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Pitch and Demo to Investor Panel

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This event is free to attend.

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Check out of some of the top up and coming startups in Silicon Valley as they pitch to a panel of investors.

There will also be startup demo tables in addition to the designated pitches.

If you would like to pitch or have a demo table, please send an email to:


Meet other entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley movers and shakers.

Network, socialize and connect!


6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Networking, Food, Demo Table Showcase

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Pitches

8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Announcements, Raffle, Networking

Each entrepreneur will pitch for five minutes, followed by five minutes of Q & A from the investor panel.

There will be five pitchers participating. There will be prizes awarded to the top pitcher and the runner up.

There will also be door prizes given out to some lucky attendees.

While there will be some food and refreshments available courtesy of our sponsors, attendees are asked to bring food and drinks to share -- in the spirit of community, collaboration, and crowd sourcing. : - )

(pizza, fruit, soda, juice, water)

Presenting Startups

1) ReinCloud

ReinCloud is leading the new media revolution with an award-winning product: the scalable next gen viewer engagement platform.

2) tagMap

Date, chat, search through your local community in real time. No pressure - you're in control!

3) expressFlow

Be in charge of your own security! ExpressFlow enables individuals to encrypt their files with their own private key before they send out files including to public cloud storage.

4) Fun2Rent

Fun2Rent enables outdoors enthusiasts to rent boats, bikes and all their cool gear to each other. Don’t let your gear sit around unused; make money renting it -- while getting the gear you need at much lower cost than full ownership.

5) Digital Learning Tree

Digital Learning Tree is a complete e-teaching platform geared to engage 21st century learners.

Investor Panel

Ariel Poler is an entrepreneur, mentor and investor. Ariel was the founder of IPRO, the first web analytics company, Topica, one of the first email communities, and TextMarks, a pioneering provider of SMS marketing services. He was board member of Kana Software, LinkExchange, StumbleUpon, Scan and Odeo. Ariel currently serves on the boards of Freedom Financial and Strava. His angel investments include AdMob, Flixster, Slideshare, VivaReal, BrightRoll, Optimizely, Causes, Mashery, Kongregate and NexTag.

Ariel holds a B.S. in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University. He is originally from Venezuela and lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children. Ariel is addicted to kitesurfing - particularly kite racing and kiting on waves.

Adeo Ressi is CEO of The Founder Institute, an idea-stage incubator for high-tech entrepreneurs with chapters in over 40 cities worldwide. The Institute endeavors to launch 1,000 companies per year worldwide.

Adeo is the founding member of, an online resource for CEOs to research, rate, and review venture firms worldwide. has two goals: streamline the fundraising process and encourage more innovation through venture investment.

Manny Fernandez is an active angel investor, serial entrepreneur and a partner at SF Angel, Inc. SF Angel is an early stage seed fund that invests in early stage startups.

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Manny has been successful in investing in his own ideas, then taking companies from startup status to exit. His success as a serial entrepreneur, his investing experience and his leadership skills inform his decisions as an angel investor/ early-stage VC in Silicon Valley and beyond. Manny attended Stanford University.

SF Angel’s latest investment was in (

Michael Pachos is a Principal at Samsung Ventures. He joined Samsung 2008, first working out of the Seoul headquarters, and then transferring to the San Jose office in 2012. He focuses on consumer, display, and IT related investments. Select portfolio companies are Collective Media, Pivot3, Novaled and nLight.

Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, Michael worked in the Samsung Group's Global Strategy Group (GSG). GSG was established under the chairman's office to address strategic and operational issues at the CEO level of Group companies. Michael worked on projects involving M&A, convergence and digital media strategy, and channel strategy. Before joining Samsung Michael was a CPU architect at DEC, Compaq/HQ and Intel. Michael is also a co-founder of Global Velocity, an enterprise security related hardware company.

Michael earned his M.B.A. at the Wharton School and completed law related coursework.

Michael holds his B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis

Avi Pasheeva is an associate at Voivoda Ventures (, an early stage fund that focuses on investments in software companies in the B2B space. Primarily engaged with startups in the cloud, enterprise, SaaS, and mobile space, Avi's responsibilities range from sourcing of deal flow and conducting due diligence, to investor relations and startup coaching. She has been a frequent speaker, mentor and judge at startup competitions.

Avi holds two B.S. degrees - one in Business Administration and one in Journalism and Mass Communications.

We will be holding regular, on-going pitch events in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

If you are interested in participating in future events, please send an email to:


All the following types of participants are welcome:

1) startups who would like to pitch

2) investors who would like to be on a panel

3) sponsors for food, venue, door prizes, media, etc.

4) event organizers to cross promote the event

5) volunteers/interns to help with organizing the event

This event will be video taped and archived for future reference for Idea to IPO members.

Our media sponsor, Silicon Valley film maker Ben Halverson ofBay Area Films ( will be videotaping the event.

For help with your online video presence, please contact Ben at:

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