This week’s PitchForce Panelists

November 16,  2017


Assim Gupta 

Assim has a background in eCommerce, SaaS, mobile and ERP/CRM space. In 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.


Mike Rogers

As Founder & CEO of The Revenue Group, Mike Rogers helps companies accelerate their potential in the quickest timeframe possible through strategic partnerships and positioning. He provides access to new markets, new channels, and new technology. Mike also acts as an Operating Partner for Sway Ventures and helps to identify interesting companies with high performing teams, building revolutionary technology, creating the next enterprise or consumer category. He provides business development support and assists in driving sales growth in order to increase valuation. Sway is actively looking for seed stage companies.


Maryanne Morrow

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 businesses 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.


Jeffrey Truong

Jeff Truong focuses on early-stage software and digital media investments in the US. Before joining Altos, he was at Tenaya Capital, where he focused on growth-stage investments in enterprise technology and internet.

His previous investments include PlanGrid, Tenor, Skyhigh Networks, ThousandEyes, Airware, and OfferUp. He began his career as an investment banker at Union Square Advisors advising technology companies on capital raises and M&A strategy. Jeff graduated with a B.A. in Honors Business Administration with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.


Jeremy Banon

Prior to joining Javelin, Jeremy was an Associate at Interplay Ventures, a cofounder and investment firm based in New York. There, he split his time between leading their investment efforts into CustomVine, Course Hero, FlyCleaners, and Trumaker as well as supporting portfolio CEOs with special projects.

Before Interplay, he made diversified investments for Chazen Capital Partners, a New York-based family office. Their investment profile spans from retail and e-commerce to licensed manufacturing and commercial real estate in New York.

Jeremy grew up in Manhattan and received his BA from Columbia University, where he majored in both Economics and Political Science. Jeremy is an angel investor, a Fellow at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards and serves as a mentor to both Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs and Talent Tech Labs. He also enjoys chess, golf, fantasy sports and board games of skill and strategy.