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Edvard Engesaeth

Edvard Engesaeth

Co-Founder - Nurx
Telehealth Expert

NURX.
Union Square Ventures

Dr. Edvard "Eddie" Engeseath, MD is the Co-founder of telehealth startup Nurx, angel investor, startup advisor, and a former family physician. He founded Nurx to make prescription birth control more accessible. The company has since grown into a full-service telehealth startup in the prescription medicine delivery space and is backed by some of the world's most prestigious VCs such as Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and Y Combinator, to name a few. Nurx has been featured on Y Combinator's list of 100 most valuable startups several years in a row. Eddie has made appearances on ABC, CBS, and NBC, and has been featured in Scientific American, New York Times, S&P Global, USA Today, and Forbes, among others. An active angel investor, he is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and aspiring founders looking to build great startups that help shape the future.

Founded Nurx
Acq. by Thirty Madison
Raised $100M+
Y Combinator
YC top 20 exit
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Jacob Jaber

Jacob Jaber

Co-Founder & Chairman - Philz Coffee
Retail Expert

Philz Coffee
TPG

Jacob Jaber is the Co-Founder & Chairman of Philz Coffee. As CEO for nearly two decades, Jacob grew Philz from the original coffee shop in San Francisco's Mission District to more than 70 locations across the country. Jacob has raised more than $100 million in funding from investors. Jacob is also a renowned investor and advisor and was named Forbes' 30 Under 30. Jacob is a pro in the consumer space, specializing in product, design, customer experience, retail, consumer technology, team building, org culture and more.

Philz Coffee
Raised $100M
Angel investor
Retail expansion
Food & Beverage
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Mercedes Bankston

Mercedes Bankston

Director - The Founder Institute
Fundraising Advice

The Founder Institute
Loyal VC

Mercedes Bankston a LinkedIn Top Voice and a dynamic leader serving as Director at the Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. In this role, she has helped over 1000 start-ups launch, raise capital, and exit. Mercedes is instrumental in helping participants refine their ideas, build strong teams, secure initial customers, and raise the necessary funding. Under her guidance, Founder Institute maintains an impressive portfolio valued at an estimated $20 Billion, a 80% graduate survival rate after five years, and has successfully launched over 3500 companies.

The Founder Institute
Loyal VC
McGraw Hill
NEC Corporation
Funderstar LTD
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Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson

Partner - Beat Ventures
Venture Capitalist

Beat Ventures
Toyota Ventures

David Anderson is the founding partner of Beat Ventures, an early-stage venture fund that invests in startups reshaping the future of work. Prior to this, he was an investor at Toyota Ventures, and the co-founder of Bamboo, Detroit’s first co-working space for entrepreneurs. He holds an MBA from Harvard and an engineering degree from the University of Michigan. You can ask David about building and scaling tech startups, generating VC interest, the fundraising process, and building meaningful relationships with investors.

Beat Ventures
Toyota Ventures
Co-founder Bamboo
MBA Harvard University
Early stage investing
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Amit Garg

Amit Garg

Partner - Tau Ventures
Venture Capitalist

Tau Ventures
Google

Amit Garg's career in technology spans over 20+ years in Silicon Valley. As a venture capitalist he has focused on seed-stage applied AI investments in digital health, automation and enterprises. Some of his key successes are nuTonomy (seed, sold for $450M) at Samsung NEXT Ventures and Misfit Wearables (seed, sold for $260M) at Norwest Ventures. His operational background is in product and analytics at his own startup, HealthIQ, and at Google, where he joined pre-IPO.

Founded HealthIQ (acq.)
Raised $100m+
Product at Google
Harvard MBA
10+ years in VC
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Colin Rogister

Colin Rogister

Partner - Beat Ventures
Venture Capitalist

Beat Ventures
Maven Ventures

Colin Rogister is the founding partner of Beat Ventures, an early-stage venture fund that invests in startups reshaping the future of work. Prior to Beat Ventures, Colin was an investor at Maven Ventures and served as a technology advisor in the Obama White House’s National Economic Council. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can ask Colin about fundraising, pitching, and building/scaling projects.

Beat Ventures
Maven Ventures
Bessemer
White House
MBA Harvard Business School
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Michael Litt

Michael Litt

Co-Founder & CEO - Vidyard
GTM & Generative AI Expert

Vidyard
Y Combinator

Michael Litt has established a notable presence in the business world as a Founder, CEO, and Investor. He successfully raised $85 million in funding for Vidyard while leading a team with over 300 members. His dedication to Go-to-Market (GTM) strategies and sales technology is reflected in the numerous Generative AI products developed at Vidyard. In addition to his role at Vidyard, Michael also serves as an investor at Garage Capital, a firm that has backed more than 150 companies, with 12 of them achieving valuations surpassing $1 billion.

CEO Vidyard
Raised $85M
Partner Garage Capital
Y Combinator
Angel Investor
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Max Samuel

Max Samuel

Partner - Snö Ventures
Venture Capitalist

SNÖ
Thiel Capital

Max Samuel is a venture capitalist and lawyer. He has formerly worked at Thiel Capital (Peter Thiel’s investment office), Wilson Sonsini and Credit Suisse, and attended Yale University, Penn Law School and Wharton. Max is passionate about mentoring both startup founders and people looking to break into the venture capital industry.

Thiel Capital
Venture Capitalist
Lawyer
Yale University
Penn Law School
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Lorenzo Thione

Lorenzo Thione

Managing Director - Gaingels
Fundraising Expert

Gaingels
Microsoft

Lorenzo is a venture investor, operator and expert in Artificial Intelligence and Managing Partner at Gaingels, one of the most active investing networks fostering social change in venture. He is a founder and operator first, having co-founded Powerset, a pioneering AI company that developed one of the earliest AI-powered web search engines. Powerset was later acquired by Microsoft and became a part of the launch of Bing in 2009​. I invested and advised over 200 startups, amongst which Lucid, Crowdflower, Weights & Biases, Turing, Eight Sleep and more. Ask Lorenzo about artificial intelligence, Product/GTM, venture capital, pitching your startup, and scaling your company exponentially.

MD at Gaingels
Founded Powerset
Acquired by Microsoft
Artificial Intelligence
Invested in 200+ startups
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Rune Hauge

Rune Hauge

Co-Founder & CEO - Mentorcam
Fundraising Expert

Mentorcam
Y Combinator

Rune Hauge is the co-founder and CEO of Mentorcam (YC S21), angel investor, and startup advisor. Before co-founding Mentorcam, Rune founded three different startups with one successful exit as a founder. He has raised millions of dollars in venture capital from top-tier Silicon Valley VCs like General Catalyst and Goodwater Capital and several high-profile angel investors. He took Mentorcam through Y Combinator in the summer of 2021 and raised $4M at a $27M valuation in their seed round. A lifelong believer in continuous learning and development, Rune is passionate about mentoring other founders and building products that empower people's lives.

Mentorcam
Y Combinator
General Catalyst
Goodwater Capital
Raised $4M+
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T Zhu

T Zhu

Co-Founder & CEO - Tellus
Fintech & Proptech Expert

Tellus
Zazzle

T Zhu is the co-founder of Tellus, a smart savings platform powered by real estate backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Alumni Ventures and Decent Capital. He previously founded and scaled a number of companies, including Sodacan, a social consumer mobile app startup that released Sip, an anonymous, location-based photo sharing app (top 50 on the US App Store), and More Corn (acquired by Answers.com) a Facebook apps company that was the seventh largest developer on the Facebook Platform. Zhu is a Stanford University graduate who enjoys assisting both technical and operational founders with their day-to-day, scaling/growth, cultural, and execution challenges.

Raised $25M
a16z
Top 50 App Store
More Corn (acq.)
Stanford University
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Sascha Eder

Sascha Eder

Founder & CEO - NewtonX
Ex-McKinsey Consultant

NewtonX
McKinsey & Company

Sascha Eder is the founder and CEO of NewtonX, a B2B enterprise research startup that has raised $40M+ in venture capital. Prior to NewtonX, Sascha was a management consultant spending time at both McKinsey & Co. and the Boston Consulting Group, as well as as a financial analyst at P&G. He graduated from MIT Sloan School of Management with honors and was named to the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list for Enterprise Technology in 2020.

Raised $40 m+ in funding
Forbes 30 Under 30
MIT Sloan
McKinsey & Co.
BCG
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Tim Specht

Tim Specht

Co-Founder & CTO - Dubsmash
Consumer & Social Expert

Dubsmash
Reddit

Tim Specht is the Director of Engineering at Reddit and the Co-founder and CTO of Dubsmash, a TikTok competitor that he successfully started, grew, and sold with over 250M installs and 160M users. Specht has spent over a decade working with startups across the US & Europe, helping them execute, develop their vision & grow best-in-class engineering organizations. He has extensive experience leading projects in distributed systems at scale, large-scale native mobile development, and mentoring founders and engineers to help them grow & succeed. Tim was named to Forbes' 30 under 30 for social media in 2022.

Forbes 30 Under 30
Founded Dubsmash
250m app installs
160m users
Acquired by Reddit
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Chad Fox

Chad Fox

Entrepreneur & Family Office Advisor -
Crypto Expert

Fox Ventures
F Partners

Chad Fox is an advisor to entrepreneurs and family offices through his firm F Partners. Through his VC firm, Fox Ventures, he invests in exceptional founders focused on “The Future of Financial Services”. Chad has a global network that spans from North America to the Middle East and can help you with formation, fundraising, business development and all the challenges that come with building an early-stage company. He is a qualified lawyer, angel investor and venture capitalist.

Crypto fundraising
Company formation
Customer acquisition
Business development
Angel investing
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Ryan McManus

Ryan McManus

Founder & CEO - SHARE Mobility
Mobility Expert

SHARE Mobility
NCT Ventures

I love mentoring entrepreneurs. For the last decade, I have helped over 50 entrepreneurs turn their idea into revenue. In 2016, I founded SHARE Mobility. We raised $19M of venture capital and serve major enterprise companies to solve their hiring and retention problems with employee transportation. On MentorCam, I work with scaling entrepreneurs that are looking to take their startup to the next level or overcome major roadblocks. I am looking to support founders that: · are building meaningful, high growth technology or tech-enabled services businesses · have raised or plan to raise venture capital · are solving problems that improve the way of life for large groups of people · are look for advice that leads to action Ready to help.

Raised $15M
Automotive
Scaling globally
Selling to government
International expansion
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Bill Capsalis

Bill Capsalis

Board Member - Naturally Boulder
F&B Expert

Naturally Boulder
Foundermade

Bill Capsalis is a recognized expert in healthy lifestyles and go-to-market strategies in the natural product industry. He was previously the CEO of Haystack Mountain Creamery - an artisanal goat cheese company and saw the company through a sale in early 2021. Today he is the Executive Director of Naturally Boulder - a trade association in the natural products industry with over 1,000 members and 100 sponsoring companies. His in-depth industry knowledge gives him a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing today’s food and beverage brands. He has mentored, advised and coached over 250 food, beverage, personal care, vitamins and nutritional supplement brands over the past 27 years.

27+ years in supplement industry
Getting into big retail
Raising from private equity
Bootstrapping
Scaling e-commerce
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Christian Busch

Christian Busch

Mentor - Stanford GSB
Zero to One Expert

Elevance
SAP

Chris is an expert in taking startup ideas from zero to one and in turning around underperforming corporate innovation teams. He has built product portfolios and SaaS platforms generating $750M ARR across disparate industries and technologies including AI/ML in Health Care, NLP, IoT and virtualization at scale. He invented and built SAP’s Consumer & Life Science and Healthcare IoT, VoC NLP platforms from concept to market launch and the first millions in sales. The teams he led received multiple industry awards. Chris mentors CEOs and CTOs at Stanford Graduate Business School, Alchemist Accelerator & invests as an angel with The Band of Angels. He can help with streamlining your product, market, fundraising, engineering and GTM.

Scaled to $700m+ ARR
AI/ML Expert
Healthcare IoT
Alchemist Accelerator
Stanford GSB
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Tobias Bengtsdahl

Tobias Bengtsdahl

Co-Founder and CEO - memmo.me
Creator Economy Expert

memmo.me
Wolt

Tobias raised $25m of funding from top tier investors like FJ Labs and Left Lane Capital among others. He launched and localised memmeo.me, an app for personalised video messages from celebrities, in 15+ markets. During his time with memmo, Tobias helped creators earn millions and reached $10m+ in revenue in year 2. He recruited 150+ employees in the first 20 months and experienced hypergrowth firsthand. He uses these learnings to work with startup and scaleup founders – supercharging their fundraising, talent acquisition of A Players, and scaling of their operations.

Raised $20m+
Scaled to $10m+ revenue
Celebrity recruitment
Built 150+ person team
Backed by Left Lane
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Mikael Makinen

Mikael Makinen

Co-Founder - Four Sigmatic
CPG Expert

Four Sigmatic
Google

Mikael Makinen is the Co-Founder of Four Sigmatic, a functional foods company especially known for its mushroom coffees. Mikael was responsible for growing Four Sigmatic's retail business from scratch to 8 figures profitable revenue and +5,000 retail doors in over 20 countries with the main focus in the United States. In the process, he hired and managed an internal team from the ground up, and sourced tens of distributors, and hundreds of external sales reps. Mikael stepped down from his operational role after 11 years and remains an active board member of the company. Mikael is an expert in B2B sales, profitability, fundraising, international business, and CPG strategy and operations. 

Ex-Google
Omni-channel
Retail sales
Profitability
International expansion
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Joe Coyne

Joe Coyne

General Partner - Studio VC
Venture Capitalist

Studio VC
Bain Capital

Joe Coyne is a Venture Capitalist focused on helping entrepreneurs scale their businesses from day one to exit. Joe’s experience spans Venture Capital, Private Equity and Investment Banking, having started his career on Wall Street and transitioned to finding his passion for investing at Bain Capital Ventures, Samsung Electronics, and now as Managing Partner of Studio VC. Additionally, Joe studied Finance at the University of Wisconsin and earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. Joe is passionate about helping startups founders and mentoring young professionals looking to break into venture capital as a career.

Bain Capital Partners
Merrill Lynch
Samsung Electronics
Harvard MBA
Venture Capital
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Sam Hodges

Sam Hodges

Co-Founder & CEO - Vouch
InsurTech Expert

Vouch
Y Combinator

Sam Hodges is the co-founder and CEO of Vouch, a venture-backed commercial insurance business focused on serving the needs of high-growth companies. Previously, Sam served as co-founder and U.S. Managing Director for Funding Circle, a leading global lending platform for small businesses, where he helped scale the U.S. operation to over $1.5B in total origination volume, serving tens of thousands of small businesses. Funding Circle went public on the London Stock Exchange in Fall 2018. Before this, Sam played a role in building several other financial technology companies and started his career in management consulting and investing. Sam currently serves on the boards of two private companies. He received his MBA and MS from Stanford.

Raised $150M+
Y Combinator
Funding Circle
Stanford GSB
Angel investor
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Cristian Raygoza

Cristian Raygoza

Partner - Iluminar Ventures
Syndicate Expert

Gaingels
Illuminar Ventures

Cristian is Founding Partner of Iluminar Ventures, a Seed fund investing in LatAm with 35 investments in fintech, marketplaces, SaaS and supply chain. He's a Venture Partner at Gaingels, where he led the firm's Research team. Cristian founded TrueColors LatAm, the first non-profit for LGBTQ entrepreneurs in LatAm. Cristian managed a $360B portfolio at AIG, investing across fixed income, structured products, real estate, and private funds. He holds an Economics degree from University of Chicago. Cristian loves turning brilliant ideas into mission-driven companies, and actively advises folks on early stage investing, fundraising, achieving product-market fit, growth and go-to-market strategies, and building mission-driven cultures.

LatAm markets
Gaingels Associate
AIG Portfolio Manager
University of Chicago
Syndicate Lead
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