We are bringing together leading angel investors to offer practical and valuable insight for tech founders raising early stage capital and fellow angels. The panel will cover investment strategies, what angels seek in a startup, deal structures, opportunities, and more.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Christian Kameir is a managing partner at blockchain venture fund Sustany Capital in Newport Beach. He writes on implications of blockchain and technology on society and finance.Before accepting the role of COO at a California venture fund in 2000, Mr. Kameir lead the merger of two of Europe's first Internet service providers as general counsel for NIKOMA, today part of Europe's largest ISP Tiscali. After founding Yelp-predecessor Colizer in 2004, and selling the operation, Chris joined the board of severaltechnology companies. He is a guest lecturer at several California business schools and official member of Forbes Finance Council. In addition to majoring in business, Chris is certified in NLP and a graduate of Muenster's School of Law.
Adrian Mendoza is the Founder and General Partner of Mendoza Ventures. After having two VC-funded startups in Boston, Adrian started Mendoza Ventures to address the funding gap in the pre-seed investment stage for underrepresented founders. He launched his firm in 2016 focused on investments in AI, Fintech, and Cybersecurity companies. Mendoza Ventures is minority and women led as well the first VC firm in the east coast founded by a latino. The firm is currently raising its third fund and its first fund is the top quartile of seed stage funds.
He is the author of ""Mobile User Experience"", a book on mobile user experience published by Elsevier in 2013, adapted industry wide as the standard for mobile user experience education, and of the video series “CSS for designers” published by O’Reilly on 2015.
Adrian earned his Bachelors from the University of Southern California and his Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
BANKEX CEO Igor Khmel is a fintech entrepreneur with experience in product development, operations, and digital strategy implementation. With an MBA from Stanford School of Business, Khmel’s professional track-record includes professional tenures at prestigious organizations McKinsey, Deloitte, and Citadel. Khmel also founded Sberbank Lab, afintech laboratory, and innovation practice, at the largest bank in Eastern Europe. Experienced in product development, operations and digital strategy implementation in corporate and entrepreneurial environments. Ex-McKinsey consultant, completed MBA at Stanford GSB with a strong banking background, professional expertise in FinTech products, digital banking, and venture capital.
"WHY I’M DIFFERENT: Passionate about startup and ecosystem building. I accelerate startup scale-up & business transformation by focusing on integrated customer experience and lean operations. WHO AM I: I am a business transformation digital expert with 25+ years of multi-disciplinary industry experience. I deliver business transformation solutions with digital workflows to improve operations efficiency and profitability. Strategic deployment of fit for purpose innovative cloud digital solutions. I am a dynamic market leader, accomplished digital subject matter expert, and speak on Startups, Venture, Innovation, Digital and Strategy. My experience includes working with cross-functional teams in companies ranging from Fortune 500 to SMBs & startups. Verticals include Energy (Oil & Gas, Utilities), Chemicals, Manufacturing, Consulting, Private Equity & Venture.
MY KEY AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Business Thought Leadership | Agile Cloud Digital Transformation | Venture Capital New Business Development | Strategic Partner Alliances | Relationship Management Contract Negotiations | Lean Operations Model | Program Management HOW I DO IT: Leveraging my deep understanding of the digital landscape, I engage with C-level & leaders to set strategy, goals and ROI metrics. I provide thought leadership on the digital business value proposition to maximize the ROI on digital investments.
WHO I WORK WITH: Fortune 500, Small & Medium Businesses & Startups • Energy : Oil & Gas (Upstream, Midstream, Downstream), Alternative Energy, Utilities • Heavy Industry: Manufacturing, Equipment, Chemicals • Other – Medical, Food & Beverage, Financial, Retail, Transportation WHY IT WORKS: I help prioritize business objectives to successfully deploy digital solutions, while building consensus across multi-disciplinary teams - business, asset owners and IT to accelerate adoption. I excel in boosting operational efficiency with a strategic, streamlined future-state roadmap to deliver digital workflows. WANT TO TALK: Reach out to me here on LinkedIn or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hall launched TEN Capital as the Texas Entrepreneur Networks in 2009. Today, the firm has over 12,000 investors in its network, and has helped startups raise over $700M and counting. He serves as the Vice-Chair of the Baylor Angel Network. He previously led the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) as its first Executive Director, where he achieved over a 40X return for the investors.
He is the founder and director of the Texas Open Angel Network, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the education of angel investors. As a part of that program, he hosts the Investor Connect podcast series. He is also a Founder and initial Managing Director of SKU (Incubation Station), a consumer product goods accelerator based in Austin, Texas, and the former Managing Director of AccelerateNFC, an accelerator based in Dallas, Texas, focusing on Near Field Communication. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas, leading the Idea to IP program, which fosters startups from the engineering program.