Panel

David Emerson

David Emerson is a member of the Harvard Business School Angels Selection Committee.  He has a 20+ year career working with emerging high-growth companies in various capacities – including as senior management (general counsel, chief financial officer), board member, advisor and investor.   He is an active investor through Harvard and Berkeley Angels and is a principal in Greendale Ventures.  

David Emerson also practices law as a business attorney as a member of the California Bar and as a patent attorney registered with the USPTO, with an emphasis on social media and gaming, telecommunications, mergers and acquisitions and venture financing.  He is a respected panelist and speaker at early-stage investing pitch events and serves as an industry expert and provides business counseling to start-ups in the San Francisco area.   David Emerson holds degrees from Berkeley, Harvard and WPI and is a trustee of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

 

 

 Assim Gupta

Assim has a background in eCommerce, SaaS, mobile and ERP/CRM space. In the last 20 years, Assim has played several roles ranging from a software engineer to a product manager to the CEO of start-ups. He specializes in taking an idea from “a gleam in the eye” to the “hands of the consumer”. He has worked on product strategy, architecture, development, deployment and global operations. Assim not only brings a strategic vision along with deep technical expertise, he also adds managerial depth to the team. He has created wide spectrum technical teams from scratch and has led/ directed several complex projects as a people manager and a program manager for companies like Oracle and VMware. He has worked extensively in distributed software development scenarios and has been recognized for his expertise in lean software development. Some other companies Assim has worked with are Apple, Google, and SGI.

 

Eric Ferraro

Eric is with Fathom Law, a modern business and technology law firm advising entrepreneurs, growth companies and investors in a wide range of industries. Fathom delivers sophisticated legal and business advice with outstanding service to achieve their clients’ strategic objectives. Eric is a corporate attorney focused on the representation of emerging technology ventures, middle market companies, investors and financial services firms. Eric routinely handles a wide variety of corporate, securities law and intellectual property matters, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and investment banking transactions and technology licensing. In addition to his legal practice, Eric is a former digital media company founder (sold to a division of Sony Entertainment in 2012) and an active angel investor. Eric is routinely recognized as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine, and is a regular judge and panelist at a wide range of technology pitch competitions and demo days.

 

Alan Alden

I have spent the past fifteen years analyzing, building, and selling companies and am now leveraging this insight to help start-up and early stage technology companies fully monetize their existing assets as they reach out to potential clients and investors. I bring a unique perspective of working as an entrepreneur, sell-side research analyst (covering software and technology) and an investment banker, which enables me to provide a holistic view of a company and its underlying industry from both sides of the table. I have also built up an extensive network that includes a large number of C-level executives at leading companies across six continents. I am leveraging this experience and network to help companies define their messaging and go-to-market strategies, accelerate revenue growth, as well as guide management teams through liquidity events, including capital raises and exits.

 

Ron Weissman

Ron is currently a partner at Circini Innovation, and has previously worked for Navera, Apax Partners, and Performance Works.