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.

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.

Chris Lee

Mr. Chris Lee is a partner at FAA Investments, a private investment group focusing in real estate and early stage companies. Chris is also co-founder and managing partner at Star Magnolia Capital (Hong Kong) Limited, an alternative investment firm conducting in-depth research on hedge funds and private equity managers. With home bases in San Francisco and Hong Kong, Chris and his partners allocate capital globally.

Additionally, Chris is a board director with expertise in financial markets, risk management, governance and leadership development. Currently, he serves on two boards. He is an Independent Board Member with Matthews Asia Funds, the largest US Investment Company (’40 Act) with a dedicated focus on Asia Pacific markets and The Asian Masters Fund Limited, a publicly traded company (ASX: AUF) listed in Sydney, Australia. AUF is managed by the Dixon Advisory Group and Evans & Partners.


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CEO and Founder at SurgeXLR, Angel investor

Maryanne is a FinTech and MarketingTech Expert. She is connecting Startup innovation with the Fortune 1000. Maryanne has over 20 years of consistently successful business development and relationship management in highly competitive markets. She has a broad disciplinary expertise across the financial services industry with experience in: mutual funds, separately managed accounts, unified managed accounts and structured products.

Maryanne is a member of the Keiretsu Forum angel investor group as well as the CEO and founder of SurgeXLR, a new kind of accelerator that is breaking the Silicon Valley model to help our founders fast-track growth and success by building business from the ground up.

Maryanne’s specialties include: Advertising, Multi-Media, Marketing and Communication Strategies, Fee-Based Asset Management, Mutual Fund Industry, Advisor Practice Management, Relationship Management.


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Neal is a hands-on operations, product and engineering executive. He facilitates teams to solve hard problems, deliver measurable results, enable customer success, and support the bottom line.  

Neal applies a systems mentality and wide range of expertise to translate strategic goals, understand architecture, and then execute tactical actions that drive results. He is an intuitive problem solver, project manager, cat-herder, participative leader, facilitator and mentor.

Other interests include visual arts – democratizing access to original artwork by enabling direct connections between artists and buyers. Neal collects art primarily from local emerging artists. He also has a large-scale public art project using billion-candlepower searchlights.



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.


Bob KammBob Kamm

Bob Kamm has over 20 years of experience in large and small companies.   Bob has started and sold 3 software companies.   These companies competed in the e-doc, logistics and security market spaces.  Bob is the Entrepreneur in residence for Sandy Hill Ventures specializing in secondary investments.   Bob holds an MBA in Finance from UCLA.    Bob has been a member of the Keiretsu Forum Angel Group for the past 13 years.

John Ricci

Advisor, consultant and interim manager for growth companies in the areas of financing, business strategy, sales and marketing, customer acquisition, business development and capital acquisition. Founder of a startup and private equity investor group.

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