Past Meetup

Pitch to Investor Panel

This Meetup is past

106 people went

College of San Mateo

1700 W Hillsdale Blvd · San Mateo, CA

How to find us

Go to Building 10 - College Center.

Location image of event venue


The deadline to register and pay online is:

2 pm T 1/26

1) Park in lots 8, 9, or 9A to 9D, and lot 6. Parking is okay in these lots and free for this event.

2) Go to the College Center - Building 10, Bayview Dining Room (2nd floor).

3) Please review the campus map in advance so you can find the meeting space and parking seamlessly.


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, you must register and pay here:

Take advantage of online advance registration and early responder pricing.

Slots are limited! First come, first served!

First Responders $7 plus Eventbrite fees

Second Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees

Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees

Please bring your printed ticket to the event.

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 in the official pitch line up, send an email to:


Put this in the subject header:

T 1/26 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:


Put this in the subject header:

T 1/26 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)

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 the founder and CEO of TopLine, a technology and business incubator in Richmond Marina Bay located near UC Berkeley. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of Runway, one of the leading technology incubators in San Francisco. Prior to that, he co-founded 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 four IPOs and generated top tier returns for investors. Allan is also currently a venture partner with Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, a late stage private equity firm.

Salil Pradhan is a venture partner and early stage investor with Draper Nexus Ventures. An advisor to corporate LPs on product strategy, partnerships with startups, and M&A, his current focus is on seed/early stage startups in verticals including retail, healthcare and agriculture with an emphasis on IoT (Internet of things).

Previously, Salil spent 10 years at Hewlett Packard in a variety of roles, including CTO of HP's Enterprise RFID/IoT business where he helped create and grow the nascent IoT solutions business to $100m in revenue.

He serves on the Board of Momentfeed Inc., is a mentor at the Plug & Play Tech center and Cincinnati-based Brandery and an advisor to a number of tech startups. Salil is also an advisor to Washington DC based Govonomy, which helps technology startups growth into government markets. He has also served on the advisory boards of UCLA's WINMEC and UCSD's Center for Wireless Communications.

A founder of two startups, Salil's all around experience as a entrepreneur, venture capitalist, product executive and corporate strategist makes him a sought after panelist and judge at venture pitch events. He has been frequently quoted by leading publications. Salil has been issued 54 US patents, in areas related to sensors, IoT and computer systems. He has an MS in Computer Science from Northeastern University in Boston and a B.E. (Computer Engineering) from the University of Pune, India.

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 various startups. Ross served as CEO of a Hyundai subsidiary, VP of Engineering at Seagate, and CEO of two startups - R-Byte and CSSI. Computer Storage Services, Inc. (CSSI) is 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.

Prashant Shah is Managing Director of TiE LaunchPad ( ), an accelerator for enterprise startups. He is also an active Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley ( (, Co-Chair of TiE Angels ( ), and a recent member of its Board of Directors.

Prashant has been an early stage venture investor since 2001. Previously, he was with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, an early stage VC focused on enterprise and infrastructure software. Prior to Hummer Winblad, Prashant spent many years defining and launching high tech products. His background spans all seven layers of the OSI stack with product management roles at enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), Cypress Semiconductor and AT&T.

Prashant received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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.

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