This week’s PitchForce Panelists

March 22nd, 2018


Maryanne Marrow

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.


Domenic Merenda

Seasoned Silicon-Valley executive with a knack for disrupting markets and creating business development opportunities. At (later PythonLabs) Domenic was an early and influential member of the business development and technology teams, and helped shape the direction of the Python programming language as Vice President of Business Development. Currently, Domenic is an investor with Sand Hill Angels, one of the top angel investment groups in the world.

Expert-level NodeJS, Angular (AngularJS, Angular 2, Angular 4), ExpressJS, NoSQL (Mongo), MySQL, advanced database architecture (relational databases as well as schema-less), responsive web design (HTML5/Bootstrap), MVC and design patterns, agile fundamentals and SCRUM practices, test-driven development, Docker (container-based micro-services architecture), and API technologies.


Richard Pivnicka

Richard Pivnicka is a member of the Band of Angels  angel group.  Richard is currently the Founder and Chairman of HearUnow, Inc., a company that is is developing its patented audio device “Table Talk” which enhances the intelligibility of the spoken word at a table of 6, 8 or 10 people wishing to speak to each other in a noisy environment, such as a restaurant or conference table.

Richard also is an active member of Gerson Bakar & Associates where he is on the board directors and is their Legal Advisor. Richard is also the founder of CzechTech, a 16 year old non-profit, non-political organization that serves as a juncture for Czechs, Czech-Americans and Americans in related high-tech industries. Richard has earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, his MBA from New York University, and his JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Steve Morrow