Panel

Riaz Karmali

Riaz Karamali is a partner in the Corporate & Securities – Technology practice in the firm’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices. Mr. Karamali has extensive experience in corporate law, venture finance, private equity, strategic mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions. Mr. Karamali has worked with hundreds of start-up and emerging companies, guiding them from their pre-founding stages through their angel and venture capital financing rounds, significant commercial contracts and strategic alliances to their ultimate exit transactions.  Riaz as earned a B.A. in English, Economics, and Political Science from Rice University as well his JD from Columbia Law School.

 

 

 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.

 

 

Paul Twombly

Mr. Twombly is a serial entrepreneur and high tech veteran with over 40 years of experience in telecommunications, software and computer networking. He began his career in the telecommunications industry in the late 1960’s, started his own highly successful communications engineering company in the mid-1970’s, held management and executive positions with ROLM Corporation, IBM, WarpSpeed Communications, NICE Systems and Foundry Networks.

He’s currently a General Partner with XF Ventures where he is actively involved in advising and investing in seed and early stage companies. In addition he is a prominent and active member in several well known angel groups including The Angels Forum, the Band of Angels and the Keiretsu Forum.

 

 

Tony Lazar

Tony is a co-founder of DocuStream, Inc. and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer. He is also the Founder of NeuroSapient, Inc. He studied government at Harvard University for his undergraduate degree, and later received his MBA from Stanford.