This Week’s PitchForce Panelists

September 19, 2017


eric-ferraro-bwEric Ferraro

Eric is a shareholder in the San Francisco office of LeClairRyan, where he leads the firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice. Eric focuses his practice on the representation of private and public technology and media companies, founders and investors in connection with entity formation and founder arrangements, venture capital finance, commercial and intellectual property transactions, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings.  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.


downloadPeter Henry

Peter Henry is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor member of Keiretsu Forum and Stanford Angels.  He has founded or co-launched startups in financial services, social applications, location-based services, personal security and other arenas.  He has been a strategic advisor to several Fortune-1000 firms, mentored dozens of startup entrepreneurs in the SF Bay and New York areas, and advised investors on portfolio turnaround approaches.  

As a technologist, he defined, architected and developed groundbreaking systems ranging from the world’s largest document imaging system, to high-volume new business and customer management systems, institutional portfolio management platforms, and the insurance industry’s first Internet e-commerce platform.  Since 2001, Peter has operated as an “ICVC”, bringing both Intellectual Capital (strategic advice, founder mentoring, operational executive strength) and Venture Capital (angel investments, fund-raising, M&A advisory) to startups in diverse markets.


Jayesh SahasiJayesh Sahasi

Jayesh Sahasi is a seasoned Technology Executive, Mentor, Advisor, and Angel Investor with extensive experience in software solutions that add significant value to various customers and industries. His particular areas of expertise and interest include B2B, Enterprise, SaaS, Artificial Intelligence, Operational Entrepreneurial Management, MarTech, Life Sciences.

Jayesh has 20+ years of experience in B2B startups as Entrepreneur and C-Level Executive in charge of Product and Technology. He has an MBA (Finance) from Wharton. Jayesh also has an MS in Artificial Intelligence, and a BS in Computer Science.


-8UpDMygSC Moatti

SC Moatti is a technology visionary, entrepreneur and investor. She is the founding partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, one of the largest communities of product managers, leaders and founders in the world.

Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts. She also serves on boards of both public and private companies, including mobile technology giant Opera Software (OPERA:Oslo).

An award-winning bestselling author, Moatti frequently gives keynotes on business and technology, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and on NPR. She lectures at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned her MBA and has a Master of Science in electrical engineering.


Alan AldenAlan Alden

As the founder and Managing Director of Series-A Partners, Alan Tikwart Alden has more than 20 years of experience working in and around technology and finance. Alan possesses the unique perspective of having worked within numerous early stage startups, in corporate M&A at Advent Software, investment research (covering software at Citi), as well as a technology-focused investment banker at Financial Technology Partners, where he headed up the Capital Markets team.  Over the past 20 years,  Alan has analyzed literally hundreds of business plans and met with numerous start-ups and established companies, helping them build business plans, re-evaluate revenue generation strategies, as well as advise on M&A, Cap Raises, and Fairness Opinions.

Alan has advised on a number of transactions, including the sale of e-Books Technology Inc to Google, the sale of Verdatum Systems to BigHand UK(a leader in the dictation space), as well as the sale of Stampede Technologies to Comtech.  Prior to founding Series-A Partners, Alan was at Financial Technology Partners, a leading boutique bank advising exclusively on the Financial Technology space, where he headed up the firm’s Capital Markets practice and helped execute a number of deals, including: the $670M acquisition of Automated Trading Desk by Citi, the $220M acquisition of Wombat Technologies by NYSE Euronext, and Goldleaf’s $46M acquisition of Alogent.

Alan holds a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law, as well as a BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA and spends part of the year in Cape Town, South Africa.  He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.