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Angel Investing Overview #SmartMoneySV

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Last week we had a fabulous 4 days of incredible speakers @Smart Money Silicon Valley which I coordinated.  It was an amazing education about investing & I wanted to share 2 talks about Angel Investing.

Marya Stark is a Co-Founder of The Angel Fund, which brings key women in technology together to invest in Bay Area technology companies.  She is also a Co-Founder and the Founding Executive Director of Emerge America, the premier national leadership program for women who want to run for public office.  Emerge America, which now serves twelve states, is known as a “game-changer” on the national political scene.  Marya began her career in corporate finance with Smith Barney and continued doing M&A transactions for a French telecom company in Paris and for a small boutique that she started with a colleague.  Subsequently, she was the SVP of Marketing and Strategy for Urban Box Office Networks. She is a Board member of UC Berkeley’s Alumni Association.  Marya holds a finance degree from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Applied Statistics from Georgetown University.  You can find Marya on Twitter @maryastark

Gwen Edwards, Managing Director of Golden Seeds is an accomplished executive with 30 plus years of experience from the technology/telecommunications industry.  From  Stanford Research Institute to operating executive running a $400M business unit of SBC/now AT&T, to CEO of a venture backed company.  The constant thread in her career – from R&D to Sales VP and General manager, is one of commercializing innovation, and turning customer needs into revenue opportunities.   Gwen now consults and advises both early stage and F500 companies on the art of innovation, and relishes opportunities to engage key customers, front line employees, and other stakeholders in defining next stage opportunities.   She is an avid supporter of engaging women in the angel and venture investment community, and in associated leadership opportunities with new ventures.  You can find Gwen on Twitter  @GwenEdwards

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Pemo Theodore

Pemo is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is CoFounder/CEO Silicon Valley TV She is the Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley & organizes Bay Area FinTech meetup: Silicon Valley FinTech meetup & Blockchain Music meetup with almost 3k members. She has produced in the past Smart Money Silicon Valley; NoPanels & PitchPerfect Silicon Valley She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors & FinTech experts. She partners with videographers to cover San Francisco Bay area startup conferences & meetups with livestreaming, video & foto packages Silicon Valley TV She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 14 years. She has been in small business for 46 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research from VCs, angels & women founders) “Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation” She was TheNextWomen‘s most prolific contributor of 2011. Silicon Valley TV has been noted as a platform for supporting high growth women led companies in Huffington Post

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