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Pitch to Investor Panel

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Entrepreneurs can display their startup concepts, products and services during the networking portions of the event on demo tables - whether or not they are pitching at this event.  Demo table space is free for startups, though tablers are asked to support the event by bringing food to share (pizza, juice, and fruit).

Startup service providers can also request a sponsor table.

All potential tablers should send an email with info on their organizations to:


Also, all attendees will have a chance to talk to investors on the panel one-on-one during the "speed pitching"  portion of the event.


There is a cover charge to attend this event.

A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation.

In order to attend, please register and pay here:

Take advantage of online advance registration and early responder pricing.

Slots are limited!  First come, first served!

First Responders            $5 plus   Eventbrite fees

Second Responders      $10 plus  Eventbrite fees

Third Responders          $15 plus  Eventbrite fees

Fourth Responders        $20 plus Eventbrite fees

Please bring your printed ticket to the event. 

Or, pay $30 (cash) at the door. 

Our investor panel will discuss the latest trends in startup funding and take some questions from the audience. 

Entrepreneurs will then deliver elevator pitches to our investor panel, followed by questions and feedback from the panel.

If you would like to pitch,  please send an email to:


There will also be a period of time set aside for private one-on-one "speed pitching".

Additionally, there will be startup demo tables and tables for startup service providers.

If you would like space on a startup demo table, or if you would like a sponsor table,  please send an email to:



6:00 PM to 7:00 pm  Food, Networking, Demo Showcase Tables

7:00 pm to 8:45 pm  Program

8:45 pm to 9:30 pm  Networking 

Investor Panel

Jackie Magno is deal director for Golden Seeds Silicon Valley.  As an active angel investor, her passion is to promote and empower talented entrepreneurs and support companies that will transform and improve our world. 

Prior to joining Golden Seeds, Jackie spent 20 years in various executive and leadership roles at SAP, Business Objects, GE Healthcare, Novell and IBM.  Jackie’s most recent role at SAP was as a member of the executive team where she led the integration of Business Objects after the acquisition by SAP.  Jackie has extensive experience in corporate integrations, information systems, technology and change management and an outstanding track record accelerating change and implementing new ideas.

Jackie holds a Master of Science in Business from the Krannert School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Purdue University.

Darnell Kemp is an angel member of SF Angels Group and co-founder/ CTO of

Mr. Kemp is a seasoned technologist with experience developing and delivering products with a broad collection of companies including Intel, Xilinx, Honeywell, IBM, and most recently Fluidigm. He has successfully released products for startups and large companies alike in the biotech, medical device, and semiconductor industries. After a successful career in product development he pursued his MBA and transitioned to marketing and business development. 

Mr. Kemp completed his SB in Computer Science at MIT and attended Haas School of Business for his MBA with a focus on Venture Capital. 

Hon Wong is Entrepreneur In Residence at Tech Futures Group. 

As a founder, executive, angel investor, and active board member of technology start-ups, Hon has led multiple start-ups through their entire life-cycle from conception and growth to exits through IPOs and M&As.

Hon has extensive hands-on experience with all aspects of the start-up process. He has worked with and guided many management teams through the challenges faced by all technology start-ups. These include fund raising, team building, competitive positioning, market and partnership development, pivoting, and go to market strategy formation and execution. Hon has worked with enterprise software, SaaS, cloud infrastructure and manufacturing service companies. 

Today, Hon sits on the board of a number of technology companies. He is also cultivating a couple of start-up opportunities in the area of SaaS and mobile apps. 

Prior, Hon was EVP of marketing and business development at Coradiant. He also co-founded Ecosystems, NetIQ, Digital Market, Centrify, and sat on the board of many companies, including Relevant Technologies (Flextronics). Early in his career, he was a product manager at Intel and 3Com. 

Hon received dual B.Sc. in electrical and industrial engineering from Northwestern University, and earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kyle Kling is an Associate at Fenox Venture Capital, a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley with presence in global locations. Kyle sources for Seed and Series A startups in the sectors of consumer Internet, mobile and enterprise, as well as manages the due diligence team’s workflow to enable timely investment decisions. In addition, he facilitates enterprise partnerships between portfolio startups and multinational corporations.

Kyle served in a number of IT, M&A and managerial roles prior to his role at Fenox. Previously, he helped facilitate M&A transactions of IT management systems for the Safety & Graphics Division of 3M. During his tenure at Sunbelt Business Brokers, he helped generate well over 200+ main street leads. As an early employee of Foodsby, he honed his management experienced by helping build out what is now one of the leading restaurant ordering platforms in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, Kyle also contributes to peer advisory groups that enable business owners to cost effectively identify and develop solutions to improve the performance of their businesses.

Nari Choi is a Principal at XSeed Capital, with proficiency in strategic planning and management of innovative technologies.

Prior to joining XSeed, Nari worked in the CTO Strategy Office at Samsung Group. As Chief Technology Strategist of the display and semiconductor businesses, she formulated action plans, developed long-term outlooks and identified business opportunities in emerging technologies. She also led the decision to invest the $500MM Corporate Research Fund to foster research in disruptive technologies. Nari managed Samsung’s future technologies portfolio, owning the entire process from establishing the portfolio to commercializing technologies. She managed the development of core inventions that strengthened the competitiveness of existing Samsung growth engines including semiconductors, display panels, digital media/imaging and telecommunications. In addition, she lead the incubation of new businesses in advanced materials, medical, energy and environmental domains.

Nari holds a BS with honors in Electronic and Computer Engineering and a BA in International Studies from Pusan National University, as well as an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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  • Rob

    The cut off time to register and pay online is:

    2 pm Th 6/26

    Otherwise, you can pay $30 (cash) at the door.

    There is a cover charge to attend this event.

    A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation.

    In order to attend, please register and pay here: Take advantage of online advance registration and early responder pricing.

    Slots are limited! First come, first served!

    First Responders $5 plus Eventbrite fees

    Second Responders $10 plus Eventbrite fees

    Third Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees

    Fourth Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees

    Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $30 (cash) at the door.

    June 26, 2014

  • Rob

    When you arrive at the Palo Alto JCC:

    After going through parking security turn right into the parking garage. Turn right down aisle C and park as far down the aisle as possible.

    Aisle C loops around to aisle D for additional parking.

    Once parked walk to the end of aisle D (through the chained off area) and enter the door on the right at the end. Take the elevator directly inside to Level 4. The Freidenrich Conference Center is located there. The event will be held there.

    June 26, 2014

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