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Roger Royse is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone, LLP and practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. He works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries.
Roger is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and former chair of several committees of the American Bar Association Sections of Business Law and Taxation. Roger has been an instructor or professor of legal, tax and business topics for the Center for International Studies (Salzburg, Austria), Golden Gate University School of Law and Stanford Continuing Studies.
Roger is a nationally recognized authority on agtech – the technology of food production - and the legal considerations for companies in this industry. Roger is also the author of Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup and has been interviewed and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Tax Notes, Inc. Magazine, Nikkei Asian Review, China Daily, San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, The Recorder, 7X7, Business Insurance and Fast Company.
Roger is also a Certified Public Accountant (California non-Attest).
Recognized as a Northern California - Super Lawyer[masked]
Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™
Recognized as a “Top Attorney” with a “10.0 Superb” Avvo Rating
Recipient of The Recorder Legal Innovator Awards 2014 and 2015
Recognized by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the “2012 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Man of the Year”
Professional and Community Activities
Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel
California Co-Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
American Bar Association (“ABA”) Business Law Section Liaison to the Section of Taxation
Member, Executive Committee, California Lawyers Association, Taxation Section
Member, City of Menlo Park Finance and Audit Committee
Palo Alto Area Bar Association, Past President
State Bar of California Past Chair, Tax Policy, Practice and Legislation of the Taxation Section
Member of the ABA Task Force On Tax Legislation [masked])
Past Chair of the Committees on Tax Practice Management and Tax Policy of the ABA Tax Section; Past Chair of the Taxation Committee of the Business Law Section; Past California State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates
Knightscope is an advanced security technology company based in Silicon Valley that builds fully autonomous security robots that deter, detect and report. Our long-term ambition is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world.
About Bill Li
Bill is an American entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience and has a broad and deep range of expertise gained from several global assignments in the automotive sector and a number of startups. He is presently the Chairman and CEO of Knightscope, developer of crime-fighting Autonomous Security Robots (ASRs).
At Ford Motor Company, Bill held over 12 business and technical positions, focused on 4 continents, cutting across each functional area. These positions ranged from component, systems, and vehicle engineering with Visteon, Mazda, and Lincoln; to business & product strategy on the US youth market, India, and the emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and South America; as well as the financial turnaround of Ford of Europe. In addition, he was on the AMAZON team, which established an all-new modular plant in Brazil. Subsequently, he served as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions.
After internally securing $250 million, Bill founded and was COO of GreenLeaf, a Ford subsidiary that became the world’s 2nd largest automotive recycler. Under his leadership, GreenLeaf grew to a 600-employee operation with 20 locations and $150 million in sales.
At the age of 28, Bill was the youngest senior executive at Ford worldwide.
Bill was then recruited by SOFTBANK Venture Capital to establish Model E Corporation as its President and CEO, a new car company where the "Subscribe and Drive" philosophy was first pioneered in California. He subsequently co-founded Build-To-Order Inc. (BTO) as its President and CEO, a new car company based on the direct distribution of build-to-order products. Bill also founded Carbon Motors, and as its Chairman and CEO, focused it on developing the world's first purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle. He also built a world-class advisory board comprised of senior officials that had worked directly for 3 different U.S. Presidents.
Bill earned a BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.
#SVE Demo is the oldest and largest community startup pitching and demo meetup in Silicon Valley / SF, now a global online pithing meetup on youtube and zoom.
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This demo is on Youtube and zoom. Zoom link is visible to registered attendees.
Please fill the application form in the link below to pitch your startup at this event :
Looking for your cofounder, CTO, Partner, Advisor, Investor? or core team members? Join The monthly SVE Mixer, online on Zoom, and youtube, and also on Linkedin group and telegram.
Note: this mixer is on Clubhouse
You can post on meetup message board or SVE Linkedin group:
Linkedin Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1812781/
5:30 Elevator pitching (Open mic) live on Youtube
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Note: recruiting only. No sales or service offer.
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If you are are looking for co-founders, partners, core team members, advisors, developers, or opportunities, you can post as comments at this meetup. Please no repeat, no sales, no spam.
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