Panel

This week’s PitchForce Panelists

January 18, 2018

 

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.

 

Laura Evans

Laura Evans is an analyst at Wildcat VC and focuses primarily on investments in machine learning, consumer marketplaces, and enterprise automation. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Computer Science and Innovation and founded and exited Valti, a peer-to-peer marketplace for clothing rentals, where she developed a deep respect for the entrepreneurial experience.  

During her time at Harvard, Laura was a competitive swimmer and earned the title of Ivy League swimming champion and Harvard record breaker. Now, she is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs to realize the vision of their ventures as they traverse the Traction Gap.

  • Laura graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Computer Science and Innovation.
  • She is a former competitive swimmer earning the title of Ivy League swimming champion and Harvard record breaker.

She is deeply passionate about helping people and volunteers her time with StopThirst.org where she sacrifices her personal safety for the benefit of the mission. Ask her to share a story – she has a few!

 

Bob Kamm

Bob Kamm has over 20 years of experience in large and small companies.   Bob has started and sold 3 software companies.   These companies competed in the e-doc, logistics and security market spaces.  Bob is the Entrepreneur in residence for Sandy Hill Ventures specializing in secondary investments.    Bob holds an MBA in Finance from UCLA.    Bob has been a member of the Keiretsu Forum Angel Group for the past 13 years.


Bob Kamm has over 20 years of experience in large and small companies.   Bob has started and sold 3 software companies.   These companies competed in the e-doc, logistics and security market spaces.  Bob is the Entrepreneur in residence for Sandy Hill Ventures specializing in secondary investments.   Bob holds an MBA in Finance from UCLA.    Bob has been a member of the Keiretsu Forum Angel Group for the past 13 years.

John Ricci

John Ricci is an advisor, consultant and interim manager for growth companies in the areas of financing, business strategy, sales and marketing, customer acquisition, business development and capital acquisition.

His specializes in advising, consulting and interim managing for growth companies in the areas of financing, business strategy, sales and marketing, sales force management, customer acquisition, business development, capital acquisition and crisis management/turnaround/workout.

He is the founder of a startup and private equity investor group. He received his MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Mike Rodgers

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.