Panel

PitchForce Panelists

 

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

 

Assim Gupta

8+ years’ CRM/ ERP product management and general management experience – including business strategy, market research, design and engineering, operations, training, and customer support. Intrepid entrepreneur with 2 successful exits/ 2 failures. Data-driven and highly analytical decision making. Designed and launched several products in areas like SaaS, eCommerce, mobile apps and enterprise applications. Hired, mentored and managed teams of varying sizes and functions. Expert in creating and running enterprise-wide technical and business (finance) PMOs. This includes Portfolio management, Program management, design & implementation of business transformation systems, business process re-engineering and organization change management. Extensive experience of enterprise applications product management, implementations and maintenance – especially for finance and sales operations domains.

Fred Drinkwater

Ten years angel investor, including software, retail/consumer, medical devices, and fintech. Long-time software engineer, and technical project & program manager.Real-time systems, OS internals, printing, imaging, and telecom. Program manager for multi-company technical product developments and worldwide distribution.

Vince Kohli

Industries Focus (B2C/B2B): Enterprise (SaaS/Cloud) eCommerce, Consumers – OnDemand – Marketplace, AR/VR, Mobile, IoT. FinTech, EdTech, HealthTech, BioTech, Medical Devices, ArtTech, AgroTech, Robotics. Artificial Intelligence – Big Data/Analytics – Connected Cars, Media. Blockchain, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency. Vince has an 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 of the symbiosis between Corporate and Start-Up environments operating models. He is passionate about design thinking, value creation innovation, startups, and the future of machines

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 of 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.

Paul Twombly

Mr. Twombly is a serial entrepreneur and high tech veteran with over 40 years of experience in telecommunications, software and computer networking. He began his career in the telecommunications industry in the late 1960’s, started his own highly successful communications engineering company in the mid-1970’s, held management and executive positions with ROLM Corporation, IBM, WarpSpeed Communications, NICE Systems, and Foundry Networks. He’s currently a General Partner with XF Ventures where he is actively involved in advising and investing in seed and early-stage companies. In addition, he is a prominent and active member in several well-known angel groups including The Angels Forum, the Band of Angels and the Keiretsu Forum.

 

 

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

 

Vince Kohli

Industries Focus (B2C/B2B): Enterprise (SaaS/Cloud) eCommerce, Consumers – OnDemand – Marketplace, AR/VR, Mobile, IoT. FinTech, EdTech, HealthTech, BioTech, Medical Devices, ArtTech, AgroTech, Robotics. Artificial Intelligence – Big Data/Analytics – Connected Cars, Media. Blockchain, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency. Vince has an 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 of the symbiosis between Corporate and Start-Up environments operating models. He is passionate about design thinking, value creation innovation, startups, and the future of machines

Les Schmidt

Les constantly pursues the extraordinary.
He is the improbable combination of collaborator and leader, entrepreneur and seasoned-advisor, open-communicator and trusted confidant, team player and individual contributor. He approaches decisions and challenges by gathering diverse inputs and data to make high-quality decisions. Closely paralleling the lean business movement, he lives by the mantra: do, learn, evolve.
His diverse career, an unquenchable thirst to learn and his “native language” (numbers and metrics) provide him with the operational tools to add value to a wide variety of organizations and enterprises. For the past decade, Les has deployed these tools in support of entrepreneurship.

 

Randy Williams

My passion for investing and bringing together like-minded community leaders has created a powerful and giving environment for entrepreneurs. I founded the Keiretsu Forum in September 2000 to provide a disciplined and structured approach to private equity investing. Keiretsu Forum is in three continents and has expanded to 46 chapters throughout the United States, China, and Europe. With over 2,500 members, Keiretsu Forum is the largest angel investment community in the world. I have 35 years of experience in finance, real estate, and marketing. I have previously held board and advisory positions in over fifteen companies. I am also a frequent guest speaker at investment conferences, leading universities, and business schools on alternative asset investments and entrepreneurialism. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Berkeley.

Cliff Tong

CEO and Principal Consultant for management consulting firm focusing on new ventures and fast-growing companies. Active Angel Investor and member of the Sand Hill Angels, Berkeley Angel Network, and Vancouver Angel Forum. Founding Investor & Advisor for The Batchery, Skydeck accelerators. Interested in new ventures, especially those in high technology, consumer products, energy/cleantech, financial services, real estate. Specialties: Business development, strategic planning, marketing, finance, organizational development, technology evaluation, cost/benefit analysis.