This week’s PitchForce Panelists

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018


Monali Jain

Monali Jain is an angel investor focused on software, mobile and cloud technologies. She is currently active member of Kiretsu Forum and Tie Angel groups. She has 16 years of experience in developing and launching highly scalable, highly profitable internet software products and services. She held leadership positions at Paypal, eBay, Interwoven, Good Technology and GE with global responsibilities.

Monali also loves to travel and has visited 17 countries. Her hobbies include hang gliding and Indian classical dance. She successfully climbed to top of Kilimanjaro, highest mountain in Africa. (The hike was huge success as 11 out of 11 which is 100% of her team members reached top while success rate is usually 75% or less for most groups.)

She has completed Bachelor in Engineering from University of Mumbai, India and MBA from Santa Clara University, USA. She has also completed executive education program from Harvard Business School, USA


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 Schoolof Law.


Vince Kohli

Vince has obsession with ICEX = Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Problem Thinking and UI/UX research with 16+ years of experience in top-tier tech consulting and client focused functions @ Accenture. A strong breadth of business experience and deep understanding about the symbiosis between Corporate and Start Up environments operating models. He is passionate about design thinking, value creation innovation, startups, and future of machines.

Vince works with companies to become more successful through innovation-driven entrepreneurship. From single entrepreneurs trying to launch new ventures all the way up to large multi-billion dollar corporations seeking to achieve their goals through entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation. Also serves on the board of directors or advisers for a number of companies. He is a regularly featured speaker at management leadership programs on topics such as entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial marketing, technology innovation, creating sustainable and rapid profitable growth, business models strategies, and operational excellence.

Vince is keynote speaker, a frequent panelist and workshop facilitator at a variety of forums that focus on leadership, global philanthropy, new product development, community involvement., and corporate startup innovation.

Founder of two tech startups, Vince’s all round experience as a entrepreneur, super angel investor, product executive and corporate strategist makes him a sought after mentor, panelist and judge at MIT, Google, UCSF, StartX, Stanford, Singularity, and IBM..


Russell Brand

Russell Brand is active angel investor with Keiretsu Forum and MIT Angels; he has made 40 direct investments in the past 3 years and is an LP in five early stage funds.

Previously, Russell had started two profitable computer security companies one of which worked with asymmetric cryptography and public key infrastructures in their earliest days long before it began being called blockchain and also assisted the federal government in adopting open source software before it had a name resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of savings to the American taxpayer.

He is currently doing research in machine learning, working to create an applied research lab for commercialization of overlooked and  forgotten engineering advances from years gone by, and advising a number of early stage companies.


Steve Lamont 

Steve Lamont is a strategy and marketing professional, with a track record of success leading growth initiatives, especially in the communications and high technology arenas. He has served as Chief Marketing Officer for major companies, as well as consulted to many leading companies.

His mission is to act as a trusted advisor to help emerging communications and high-technology companies succeed with the best marketing and business strategy/execution, serving in roles such as board member, advisory board member, interim CMO, or consulting project leader.