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Join us for a Corporate Investor Panel including investors from Samsung, Orange, Qualcomm Ventures, SanDisk Ventures, KDDI & Motorola Solutions Venture Capital who will discuss the hottest investments for 2016 in Mobile & IOT. Drinks, snacks & great networking!
When: Monday February 22nd, 2016 6:30pm to 9pm
Who: This event is open to startup founders, startup executives, entrepreneurs, innovators & developers
Where: Runway Incubator, 1355 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Early Bird Tickets available till end January, hurry sign up! Demo tables available!
6:30pm to 7pm Networking
7pm to 8:30pm Corporate Investor Panel including Q&A
8:30pm to 9pm Networking
Thanks to our Partners Runway
Aymerik Renard, SanDisk Ventures Aymerik heads SanDisk Ventures’ activities in the Americas, out of the larger Corporate Business Development organization that also spearheads M&A. Sandisk Ventures targets investments across the spectrum of flash storage—from companies with solutions that enhance enterprise storage applications to companies that develop consumer products, including IoT, wearable, mobile, and drone technologies. Aymerik has over 20 years of business development and venture capital experience, 14 of which he spent as a corporate investor for the Orange-France Telecom Group in North America, investing in start-ups involved in enterprise, consumer, and carrier technologies spanning hardware, software, and services. Aymerik has had portfolio companies go public on the Nasdaq, NYSE, and Neuer Markt, and others have been acquired by Cisco, Yahoo, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Cable & Wireless, IBM, Cox Automotive, Keynote, and SAP. Aymerik’s computing industry career began in college when he served as a Campus Representative for Apple Computer. Aymerik earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Information & Decision Systems, with an additional major in Policy & Management, from Carnegie Mellon University.
Gareth Keane, Qualcomm Ventures Gareth joined the Qualcomm Ventures team in 2012 and has been heavily involved in Qualcomm Ventures activities in the hardware and connected device ecosystems. He helped define the Qualcomm Ventures investment thesis around UAVs and robotics, and led the Qualcomm Ventures investments in companies like 3D Robotics and Spire. Gareth started his career as an engineer, and spent many years in engineering roles before turning to the darkside. He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway, with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering in 1994, and followed this up with a PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast in 1999. He graduated with an MBA from UPenn/Wharton in 2010.
Brad McManus, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital As Investment Director at Motorola Solutions Venture Capital and based in Silicon Valley, Brad’s role is to actively scout, evaluate, invest in and manage the strategic venture opportunities for Motorola Solutions’ core and emerging businesses. We seek start ups that are developing compelling new technologies and new businesses that strategically and financially benefit Motorola Solutions, i.e. in the public safety space. Prior to joining MSI, Brad was head of Panasonic’s Venture Group for over ten years where he invested in and drove partnerships with consumer electronics technology startups and Panasonic Corporation. Brad has an MBA and BS in Finance and Economics from Northern Illinois University.
Aiko Fushida, Strategic Venture Relations KDDI Aiko in her role at Japanese telecommunication company, KDDI, is meeting startups every day. She is also Chair Emeritus and Board Member of MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) whose mission is to nurture entrepreneurs in the area. She has served as the organization’s Chair and President of VLAB from 2009-2011 and various executive roles prior to that. Prior to KDDI, she was a founding member of a startup called Runa, which was acquired by Staples last year. Prior to Runa, she held business development roles in helping startup companies to do business in Japan. Before moving to the Bay Area in 1997, Aiko worked in Tokyo helping foreign companies enter the Japanese market. Her clients included well-known consumer brands such as Smith, K2, Waitrose, Burberry Foods, as well as government/Industry organizations such as USMEF (United States Meet Export Federation) and the State of California. She started her carrier at Recruit, one of Japan’s leading information conglomerate, working in Boston, New York and Tokyo.
MODERATOR: Martha Hernandez Martha has a successful track record delivering critical human capital programs in both the nonprofit and private sector. Martha has served in several leadership roles for organizations such as CORO Northern California, Give Something Back, Mi Pueblo Food Centers, Inner City Advisors’ Talent Management Initiative and Save Mart Supermarkets where she is currently the Director of Talent Acquisition. In addition, Martha is Adjunct Faculty for the prestigious CORO AdelanTECH Leadership Program, which develops and empowers students currently underrepresented in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workforce to succeed and lead in California’s innovation economy and vibrant civic landscape. AdelanTECH Fellows also receive a Nano Degree from Udacity. Martha is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and has put into practice all of her learnings into developing madeBOS, a mobile web app that supports access to social capital through career quality decision making. Martha is part of this year’s Avion Ventures Cohort.