2016 Growth Stage
Moderator: Eric Rosenfeld, Oregon Angel Fund
Eric Rosenfeld co-founded the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF) in 2007. With the backing of Oregon’s business and technology leaders and largest foundations, OAF has invested $42M in 47 startups across Oregon that have collectively grown to employ over 2,500 Oregonians. Several of the Oregon Angel Funds are among the top performers of all venture funds nationwide. A fourth-generation Oregonian and former entrepreneur, Eric believes strongly in the transformative power of community and entrepreneurship, and is proud of the fund’s role in helping to shape Oregon’s economic future.
Previously, Eric co-founded Capybara Ventures, was a principal owner of Second Story Interactive Studios and director of corporate business development for Mentor Graphics. Eric also worked as a technology and industry analyst for SRI International and was a research fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition to serving on the boards of SmartRG and Eleven Wireless, Eric is board chair of the Catlin Gabel School, and past chair of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and Angel Oregon.
Panelist: Dan Hobin, G5
With 20 years of experience building technology companies with high growth, Dan oversees G5′s strategic direction, execution and planning. Most recently, Dan was the Founder and CEO of SmashCast, Inc., a web-based digital publishing company out of San Francisco, CA. Prior to SmashCast, Dan held key roles in both marketing and sales at Beyond.com, and their spin out company, CyberSource Corporation, focused on online software sales and e-commerce sales, respectively. Dan is a co-founder of the Bend Venture Conference and participates on the advisory board for OSU-Cascades.
Panelist: Nitin Rai, Elevate Capital
Nitin Rai is Managing Director of Elevate Capital, which includes Elevate Inclusive Fund, a seed stage fund that invests in women and minorities, and Elevate Capital Fund, a Pacific Northwest regional fund that invests in early and seed stage startups that includes underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs.
Since 2007, Nitin has been an active angel investor, mentor and is a founding charter member and President of the Board of TiE Oregon. In this role, he has grown TiE to a full-fledged angel investment group with a successful mentoring program and launched several education and incubator programs. Nitin is currently serving as TiE Angels Oregon’s Chair and in this role has led the group to invest over $5M in 28 startups.
He is also President and CEO of First Insight Corp, a software company in Hillsboro, OR, where he utilized his background to raise $20M in angel and venture capital, and in 2010 exited his investors via buy-back of their shares.
Panelist: Loni Stark, Adobe
Loni Stark is Senior Director of Strategy & Product Marketing at Adobe. In this role, Loni leads business growth and go-to-market strategy and execution for Adobe’s digital experience management business. Adobe is a recognized leader in solutions for Digital Experience Platforms and Marketing Cloud Hubs by Forrester and Gartner, respectively.
She is also co-founder of Stark Insider, a leading media brand about All Things West Coast® with over 750K readers a year. Over the past decade at Stark Insider, she has interviewed more than 200 creative thinkers and doers who are pushing the boundaries of film, music and technology. Loni is also a mentor at Alchemist Accelerator, named one of the top five accelerators in the U.S. in 2015, where she advises founders of startups.
Loni frequently speaks at industry conferences and her articles on the impact of digital on customer experience and marketing have appeared in publications including TechCrunch, Entrepreneur and Content Marketing Institute. In 2015, she was recognized as a Silicon Valley Business Journal Top 40 under 40.
2016 Early Stage
Moderator: Mark Lieberman, OSU Advantage Accelerator/RAIN Corvallis
Mark Lieberman is Chief Startup Officer and Director of the OSU Advantage Accelerator/RAIN Corvallis at Oregon State University. Mark is on the Advisory Board for OSU’s University Development Fund (UVDF) and the Governor’s Regional Solutions Committee. He also serves on Oregon BEST’s Outreach Committee; the steering committee for Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s Incubator and Accelerator Group; RAIN’s Joint Accelerator Committee; and is a member of the Willamette Angels.
He was formerly Executive Director for the world class Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County (BTC). Mark was also a founder and co-chair of Los Angeles County Technology Week, a series of events that promote technology in Los Angeles County. THE Magazine named him as one of the “50 Most Innovative Men” for 2012.
He has published “Commercializing Medical Technology” in the journal Cytotechnology and has a chapter in the book The Development of University Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems. Mark has also consulted a number of governments in entrepreneurship, incubation, entrepreneurship, angel and venture capital.
Panelist: Matt Abrams, Seven Peaks Ventures
Matt Abrams is an Investment Partner with Seven Peaks Ventures. He is an experienced Enterprise Software executive with a focus on Data Analytics and Machine Learning. He has spent 20 years in the Analytics and Performance Management market-space, leading product management, engineering, customer success, and industry standards teams from companies ranging in size from 200 to 100,000 employees. Matt most recently led a worldwide engineering team at Oracle, overseeing development and customer engineering for Oracle’s Analytics & Performance management hardware and software. Prior to Oracle, Matt held similar roles at Hyperion (acquired by Oracle) and Arbor Software. Matt holds a BS in Computer Engineering degree from Northwestern University.
Panelist: Julianne Brands, Oregon Angel Fund
Julianne Brands is a partner at the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF), where she directs research and analysis for the fund and works closely with early stage companies in the community. Prior to joining OAF, Julianne worked for Pacific Crest Securities (a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets), where she ran enterprise software research for the emerging technology research group. Julianne started her career at the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets, an economic policy think tank in Washington, D.C.
Growing up working for her family’s small business in Oregon, Julianne has always had a passion for helping build startups and small businesses. She’s active in the Portland startup community where she can be found regularly at local meetups. Julianne graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University with a degree in Economics and Political Science.
Panelist: Jamie Danek, HUMM Kombucha
Jamie Danek leads Humm Kombucha with endless energy, abundant optimism and a big heart, traits that have enabled her to find success at numerous startups during her 20-year career. Prior to Humm, Jamie founded and served as CEO and national sales director at a multi-million dollar consulting firm before pivoting to create EON Organics, a natural products company with distribution throughout the East Coast.
Jamie is now focused on driving the sales and business development side of Humm, all while serving on the board of Kombucha Brewers’ International and also serving under Governor Kate Brown on Oregon’s Small Business Advisory Cabinet. Jamie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Marketing from Temple University.
2016 Social Impact
Moderator: Julie Harrelson, Harrelson Group/Cascade Angels
Julie Harrelson, CEO of Harrelson Group and Fund Manager for Cascade Angels, is an entrepreneur and investor in Oregon’s startup community. She has navigated multiple executive roles in design, technology, and angel investing and co-founded Cascade Angels Fund in Bend in 2013 with a group of entrepreneurs and investors. Cascade Angels Fund invests in launch stage companies based in Oregon.
Julie is invited to speak at industry conferences and events and recently presented “Best Practices in Angel Investing” at the international Angel Capital Association Summit in Philadelphia. She also emcees PubTalk, sponsored by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), attended by 200-300 entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. A 2014 Woman of Influence Award winner, Julie is an active member of the Angel Capital Association and serves on the board of the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, the Board of Advisory Directors of the Central & Eastern Oregon Region of U.S. Bank National Association and is a founding member of the Center for Women’s Leadership at Portland State University.
Panelist: Eric Boothe, Elevate Capital
Eric Boothe is an Oregon convert after seeing the light of a tightly-knit and growing startup community. Prior to coming to Oregon, Eric first earned his entrepreneurial wings when he set up a men’s bespoke suiting company utilizing labor and talent in South Korea. Later, he returned to Korea after finishing his degree in Economics at the University of Utah to establish operations for a $20M satellite campus for his alma mater in one of South Korea’s free economic zones.
After spending four years in Korea and becoming fluent in Korean, Eric returned to the U.S. and worked for Accel and Sequoia-funded unicorn, Qualtrics. Working extensively with attorneys in both Korea and at Qualtrics, Eric was inspired to pursue a law degree and received a $100,000 scholarship from the University of Oregon School of Law. There, he helped grow the University of Oregon Foundation Seed Fund into one of the most reputable investment diligence teams in the region. In 2015, he joined Elevate Capital as an Associate and drives deal sourcing and investment structuring. In his two short years in Oregon, Eric’s investment research has been used in over $7M of capital investments across a dozen firms.
Panelist: Kelly Kearsley, StartupBend.com
Kelly Kearsley is the co-founder of StartupBend.com, a blog that chronicles the startup community in Central Oregon. When not hounding local startup founders and investors, Kelly creates content and manages content teams for global financial firms, tech companies and startups including Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, DOMO, and Kobalt.
Kelly began her career telling stories as a journalist, first writing for daily newspapers and wire services and then national magazines. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications including Money Magazine, WSJ.com, CNNMoney, and Runner’s World.
Panelist: Turner Waskom, Craft3
Turner Waskom is a Senior Business Lender and VP with Craft3. From his office in Bend, Oregon, Turner serves the Central Oregon region of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.
Prior to joining the Craft3 team in May 2013, Turner was a Senior Business Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo Bank for six years and worked in similar positions for Columbia River Bank, Bank of the Cascades and Norwest Financial. For the last six years he has also served as the Executive Director for the Oregon Volleyball Academy, a large 501(c)3 non-profit volleyball club based in Bend, and coaches volleyball at Summit High School with his wife, Jill Waskom. He is currently a member of the Deschutes County Forgivable Loan Committee and a former board member for REDI (Redmond Economic Development, Inc.).