Past Meetup

Pitch to Investor Panel

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Palo Alto JCC

3921 Fabian way · Palo Alto, CA

How to find us

Go to the Freidenreich Conference Center on the fourth floor.

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Second Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees

Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees

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Or, pay $20 (cash) at the door.

Our investor panel will discuss the latest trends in startup funding. Pre-selected entrepreneurs will then pitch to our investor panel, followed by questions and feedback from the panel.

Audience members (even those who are not pitching) will benefit from the insights offered by the investor panelists and will learn more about the Silicon Valley Startup startup investment ecosystem. All attendees will have an opportunity to interact with investor panelists during the networking portions of the event before and after the formal program.

If you would like to pitch to the investor panel, send an email to:


Put this in the subject header:

W 7/1 Pitch Event - Pitch Applicant

The pitch format is:

Two minutes, no slides, followed by four minutes of Q & A / feedback.

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 are a startup service provider and would like a sponsor table, please send an email to:


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W 7/1 Pitch Event - Tabler


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

7:00 pm to 8:45 pm Program

8:45 pm to 9:00 pm Networking

Investor Panel

(More investors TBA)

Assim Gupta is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with Keiretsu Forum. He has more than 20 years of software development and business strategy experience and has worked with leading names in Silicon Valley like Apple, Google, Oracle, SGI etc. Assim's current focus is in mobile/ cloud based consumer services and products. He typically works with early stage companies which have some unique proposition in these areas.

Assim holds an MBA in International Business as well as a BS in Electronics Engineering.

Mary Jo Potter has been an active entrepreneur and investor for 30 years. An entrepreneur, she operated and sold a business to McGraw Hill, then became active in angel investing in the Chicago area - where her first investment was Supercuts.

Upon moving to the Bay area, Mary Jo became a member of Keiretsu Forum. She has invested in a variety of entities, but is now focused on the healthcare sector. Her more recent investments include Chronix, Hydration Technologies, and 3 Derm. Mary Jo serves on the investment committee of Keiretsu Forum.

Mary Jo has held executive positions with BDC Advisors, Highperlink, Sibson and Omega Performance. Her clients have included Kaiser, Partners, Trinity Health, WEBMD, Sutter, and Genentech. She has held positions on many boards, including CHW/Dignity, CHI, Christus, UC School of Public Health, Hope unlimited in Brazil, Compli, and Les Concierges.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Siena Heights University, a master's degree from Northwestern University, and has completed an executive education program at Stanford. In her ‘spare” time, Mary Jo enjoys tennis, cooking, travelling wherever airplanes fly, and working with disadvantaged young people.

Allan Young is currently founder of TopLine, a technology and business incubator in Richmond Marina Bay near UC Berkeley. Previously, he founded Runway, another technology incubator in the heart of San Francisco. Before that he cofounded a company backed by Y Combinator.

Allan has experience as a venture capitalist as part of a small group of students that launched a venture fund managed by undergraduates. That portfolio yielded 4 IPOs and generated to tier returns for investors. Allan is also currently a venture partner with Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, a late stage private equity firm.

Ross Johnston is a pioneer in the data storage industry with experience ranging from mainframe machines to PCs at Control Data, RCA, Seagate, Hyundai and Startups. Ross served as CEO of a Hyundai subsidiary, VP of Engineering at Seagate, and CEO of 2 startups R-Byte and CSSI. Computer Storage Services, Inc. (CSSI); a company predicated on the idea of extending successful repair and service practices and technology into the data storage and information technology markets.

A Keiretsu Forum investor and a corporate mentor, Ross co-founded DiskCorp to implement refurbishment for the Information Technology industry. Ross is a recognized corporate growth enabler in the very competitive data storage industry, driving rapid expansion in international Fortune 500 companies, as well as in start-up environments. His experience has afforded him deep insight into life cycle development (design, delivery, positioning,) of award-winning, landmark data storage products and services that lifted companies to record levels of revenue, market share, and industry recognition.

Ross holds a B.S. in Engineering, an M.S. in Engineering, and an MBA.

André Guéziec is an angel investor, entrepreneur and executive with a unique combination of product vision, technical depth, and start up expertise. His passion is to build a quality product and experience from the ground up.

André founded Beat the Traffic (nicknamed "BTT") in[masked] and successfully sold it to a Canadian media group, Pelmorex (The Weather Network and MeteoMedia) in 2012. The Beat the Traffic system is used by 60 TV stations in many large North American cities. Beat the Traffic is also a popular Smartphone App, consistently in the top 10 in its free navigation category. André started BTT and, as its CEO, grew it to a profitable business with original and defensible Intellectual Property, and an excellent team. In addition to being an angel investor he is also an advisor to technology companies. His sweet spot is to be the catalyst in early stage opportunities where it also makes sense for him to actively participate in an advisory role.

Earlier André was Senior Software Engineer and Architect at Multigen and Borland. André started at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Univ. Paris 11, and a MS in Economics from Univ. Paris 11 Sorbonne. André also holds a MS in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris. He has published about forty peer-reviewed papers, journal articles and book chapters and is an inventor of about 25 U.S Patents.

John Guenther is a member of the Keiretsu Forum and helps entrepreneurs launch their startups both with capital and guidance. He is active in helping early stage ventures prepare funding pitches and organize their product strategies, and he participates in due diligence analysis projects of potential investments.

Formerly design director at Hewlett Packard (retired 9/12), John led the design functions of hardware and software design in nine geographies with five principal international and national design studios comprised of 160+ employees world-wide. John has also held design director positions leading design organizations at Compaq Computers and Tandem Computers.

John formed and has led design consultancies providing design consulting services for companies such as AT&T, Olivetti and Sony and has been recognized with numerous patents and top design awards world-wide.

John is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Industrial Design. John teaches graduate design studies at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is an instructor at San Jose State.

Palo Alto JCC Directions and Map

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Guest parking is in aisles C & D.

Follow the "Idea to IPO" signs to the elevator at the end of aisle E and take the elevator to level 4.

Go to the Freidenrich Conference Center on the 4th floor.

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