2018 Growth Stage
Eric Rosenfeld is a co-founder of the Oregon Venture Fund (formerly Oregon Angel Fund). OVF and its 180 members, 90% of whom have started or run a business, have invested $81 million in 57 startups across Oregon that have grown to collectively employ 2,900. A fourth-generation Oregonian, Eric believes strongly in the transformative impact business and technology leaders can have when collaborating to support a new generation of local growth companies.
Previously, Eric was a principal owner of Second Story Interactive Studios, director of corporate development for Mentor Graphics, a technology and industry analyst for SRI International, and a research fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He serves on the boards of SmartRG and Eleven Software and is past board chair of the Catlin Gabel School, the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.
Prior to joining BCV Adam worked in growth equity, operations, and investment banking. Most recently he was on the growth equity team at Kayne Anderson, a $25 billion private equity firm in Los Angeles, where he made and sourced investments in enterprise software and services solutions across the United States and Canada. Previously, Adam lived in the Bay Area and spent time at both a multi-stage venture firm and on the business development team of an advertising technology startup, which Google acquired. He began his career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York.
Adam serves on the Wharton MBA Career Management Employer Advisory Board and is an active alum for the School of Arts Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He also volunteers with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston.
Adam received a BA in English with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is originally from New York.
Eric is the co-founder of Jama Software. A company born from witnessing first-hand the frustrations companies face building complicated products. Eric grew up in Eugene in a family of teachers. He attended Oregon State, then moved to the Bay area and completed a Masters in Psychology. Sidetracked by the world of software he returned to Portland. Eric founded Redside, a software consulting company that spurred the idea for Jama.
Jama was recognized four years running as one of Inc. fastest growing software companies and by Forbes as a model of innovation. In 2016, Eric replaced himself as CEO and opened Jama’s first international office in Holland. In 2018 Jama received a $200M investment from Insight Venture Partners.
Today, Eric spends his time traveling, mentoring and investing in early-stage Oregon startups.
2018 Early Stage
Harrelson Group / Cascade Angels
Julie Harrelson is an entrepreneur and investor in Oregon’s startup community. She has held multiple executive roles in design, technology, and venture funding and co-founded Cascade Angels Fund in Bend in 2013. Cascade Angels Fund has invested over $3 million in 20 companies that employ over 200 people generating over $44 million in revenue in the region.
Harrelson is invited to speak at industry conferences including the international Angel Capital Association Summit. Every month she emcees a popular Pubtalk sponsored by EDCO and attended by 200-300 entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders. Bend’s 2017 Woman of the Year and a 2014 Portland Business Journal Woman of Influence Award winner, her board service includes the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, the Economic Development of Central Oregon (EDCO) board, the Board of Advisory Directors of the Central & Eastern Oregon Region of U.S. Bank and the honorary council of the Center for Women’s Leadership at Portland State University.
Partner, Oregon Venture Fund
Matt has been an active startup investor and advisor in Oregon for the past decade. Previously, he held product, partnership, and marketing leadership roles at Yahoo! during their rapid growth period from 2002 to 2007. In 2008, he moved back to Oregon and began investing with the Oregon Angel Fund, leading the investment in Jama Software. He has been a venture-backed CEO and, most recently, was COO of Simple Financial where he led its growth to 350 employees. Matt has served on the boards of several early and growth stage companies including Jama Software and Simple Financial and is currently on the board of REI.
Matt received a dual BA in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Matt is a native Oregonian with a lifelong passion for the outdoors. Vacations with Amy, his wife, and two kids seem to always revolve around climbing, camping, or skiing.
Caroline’s primary responsibilities for Rogue are deal sourcing and screening, due diligence, community engagement, and helping portfolio companies. Caroline also works with various accelerators locally and on behalf of the U.S. Embassy: Xxcelerate, InventOR, TiE Oregon, Portland State Business Accelerator, OSU Advantage Accelerator, Female Founders Alliance, TiE India Global AIRSWEE, and Five One Labs Iraq. Prior to Rogue, Caroline was a Senior Director of Strategy and Operations for Global Design, Product, and Merchandising at Nike. In her position, Caroline managed a $500MM portfolio of strategic programs across three international business units. Before joining Nike, she spent 8 years as a management consultant working with Fortune 100
2018 Impact Track
Co-Founder / CEO, Branch
Matt serves as the CEO for Branch. Prior to founding the company, he co-founded the ground-breaking microfinance non-profit Kiva.org, where he served as CEO for nearly a decade.
Entrepreneur / Investor
As a successful serial entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Startup mentor, Dan knows all about what it takes to connect ideas, research, and passion to customers and markets. With more than 15 start-ups and growth companies in Oregon under his belt, he’s “been there and done that”, and is generous with his advice and support to other entrepreneurs. Dan is active in the Willamette Innovators Network and the Oregon Angel Fund; his goal is to connect inventors with entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs with mentoring and funding.