Panel

This week’s PitchForce Panelists

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

 

 Bob 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.

 

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.

 

Gunterh Wobser

Gunther Wobser has been based in Mountain View in the heart of Silicon Valley. He has been running LAUDA for more than 20 years and is the CEO and main shareholder of the group. LAUDA employees 430 people and generates approximately USD 90 million in annual sales. LAUDA has twelve foreign subsidiaries, two of which are located in the US. Founded over 60 years ago by his grandfather, LAUDA is the global leader in innovative constant temperature equipment and systems for science, application technology and production. Before joining his family business, he worked at Kraft Foods (today Mondelēz).

Gunther Wobser is driven by entrepreneurship and innovation. He holds several patents and has recently founded a startup promoting his own patented furniture. Ignited by perspective gained from living in Silicon Valley, he is currently focused on transforming his company to the digital age. At the end of 2017, he opened an innovation lab in Sunnyvale where he is establishing a team working on new ideas and partnering with startups. Back in Germany, he also owns a boutique hotel with a fine-dining restaurant and a winery which is managed by his wife.
Gunther holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bamberg, Germany, and a PhD in Economics from the Technical University of Freiberg, Germany. In 2003 he published one of the first books about the integration of users in product development with internet technology. Recently he took three executive courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He regularly contributes to conferences, panel discussions and to professional social networks such as Linkedin.

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.

 

Leung Kwok

Leung Kwok has been in financial services for 30 years most of it with General Electric Capital Corp. 25 of those years were in Asia covering Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and about half the time in China. During this time, he deployed about $3bn and recovered about $5bn. The products were Private Equity, High Yield Lending, Project Finance and Distressed Debt.

Over the years, He has examined thousands of companies and projects in need of capital and provided capital to a hundred or so. As a result, He’s seen many successes and failures – attributable to a variety of operational, market and other reasons. While these were all growing or mature companies and not start-ups, he hopes to leverage this experience in SHA.