Past Meetup

Pitch to Investor Panel

This Meetup is past

80 people went

College of San Mateo

1700 W Hillsdale Blvd · San Mateo, CA

How to find us

Go to Building 10 - College Center.

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The deadline to register and pay online is:

2 pm Th 7/14

1) Park in lots 8, 9, or 9A to 9D, or Edison 7. Parking is okay in these lots and free for this event.

2) Go to 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 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 message to:


Put this in the subject header:

Th 7/14 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 message to:


Put this in the subject header:

Th 7/14 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.)

Monali Jain is an angel investor focused on the aerospace industry from drone aviation to space travel. She is currently an active member of Space Angel Network and Harvard Angels. She has 19 years of experience in developing and launching highly scalable, highly profitable Internet software products and services. She has held leadership positions at Paypal, eBay, Interwoven(HP), Good Technology(Blackberry) and GE with global responsibilities.

Monali also loves to travel and has visited 23 countries. She successfully and safely led climbing expeditions to Kilimanjaro (Roof of Africa), Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere) and Machu Pitchu (Peru).

Monali holds an MBA from Santa Clara University. She is pursuing an aviation management certificate from Stanford University and a doctorate in business administration from California Southern University which is located in Irvine, California.

Ephraim Lindenbaum is a founder and managing director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley ­based venture investment fund and venture accelerator that invests in seed and early­ stage start­ups. Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its core market sectors: Information Technology, Communication and Sustainability.

Prior to founding Advance Ventures, Mr. Lindenbaum was the co­founder of interactive media pioneer Broadcast Production Group and served as CEO until its acquisition in 1999 by Parago (NASDAQ: HAWK). Under his leadership, Broadcast Production Group was listed as a Top 15 fastest growing private company in Silicon Valley and a Top 100 fastest growing private company in the US.

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.

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

Ivy Nguyen is an investor at NewGen Capital, a VC firm based in Palo Alto investing in technologies that will power the next era of innovation. Her recent investments include ZeroDB and

Prior to joining NewGen, Ivy managed a leading cleantech accelerator. She is active in the sustainable tech community and advises several companies in water tech and sustainable tech.

Ivy holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.

Yuri Papadin is the Managing Director at The Angel's Forum, where he focuses on consumer and enterprise investment opportunities. Prior to The Angel's Forum, Yuri spent 12 years as a Corporate Development M&A executive working with Fortune 500 companies on the end-to-end process of acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and alliances in the enterprise technology sector. Yuri has mentored startups at Plug & Play and Alchemist Accelerators in the Bay Area. His personal interests include Virtual and Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence. He has an Executive MBA from école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

George Arabian is a start up veteran and Managing Partner of Steelhead Ventures, a Micro-VC fund with seed stage investments in companies his brother and partner, Gary and him truly believe in. He works with founders, other venture partners, thought leaders and executive teams who are making a positive difference in their communities and the future of our world. Steelhead’s portfolio includes 30+ visionary founders whose ideas and companies will impact their marketplace and communities. He is an activist investor who catalyzes growth through access to a deep network in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco business community, adding value through his expertise in revenue acceleration.

George has over 25 years of experience in the Silicon Valley software/technology industry, with three IPOs and two exits under his belt. He has led sales, marketing, business development, corporate development, building and scaling revenues teams for emerging technology companies at various stages in their business life cycles. He continues to advise and mentor start-ups, transitioning them from market entry to the fast growth stage and helping them negotiate the innovation ecosystem to scale at a faster pace.

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