The Bay Area is a modern mecca for innovators and tech go-getters - all of whom are looking for a way to fund their newest concept. Amidst more common means of financial backing (via VC firms, bootstrapping, and the newly trendy crowd funding), angel investment has quickly earned a reputation as the most elusive and sought after source of capital. Budding entrepreneurs are wondering - what makes my startup an attractive investment? How do I secure the support of these angels? How do I maximize my pitch? An intersection of incubation and venture capitalism, angel investing represents a whole new set of opportunities for getting your idea off the ground and maximizing returns. Join us and learn what angels and successful startup founders have to say about getting the investments you need to succeed.
Christina Brodbeck is an angel investor, user interface designer, and entrepreneur.
Bill drives the company's vision, strategy, and growth.
Before joining WePay, Bill worked in technology investment banking at Jefferies & Company, where he advised enterprise software, digital media, and financial technology companies on M&A and capital market transactions. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Army's Communications Engineering Research Command and in electronic trading at Goldman Sachs.
Michael V. Copeland
Senior editor and resident surf bum Michael V. Copeland covers the business of technology, focusing especially on mobile, data analytics, and the convergence of computer science and biology. He began his career as a reporter with several major newspapers and later served as a senior writer at Fortune, Business 2.0, and Red Herring. His article “The New Instant Companies” was selected by the World Leadership Forum as the best magazine story on business in 2006.
Serial entrepreneur, operating executive, and investor or advisor to private companies including AirBnB, Pinterest, Square, Stripe. Currently working on a new company.
Previously, was the VP of Corporate Strategy at Twitter, as well as ran various product teams (Geo, Search).
Joined Twitter via the acquisition of MixerLabs, a company was co-founder and CEO of. MixerLabs ran GeoAPI, one of the early developer-centric platform infrastructure products.
Spent many years at Google, where he started the mobile team and was involved in all aspects of getting the team up and running. Involved with 3 acquisitions (including the Android team) and was the original product manager for Google Mobile Maps and other key mobile products.
Prior to Google, had product management and market seeding roles at a number of Silicon Valley companies. Also worked at McKinsey & Co. Received his Ph.D. from MIT and has degrees in Mathematics and Biology from UCSD.
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund & incubator program headquartered in Mountain View, CA. McClure has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years as a software developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor & investor, blogger, and internet marketing nerd.
Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur and angel investor, and a co-author of Venture Hacks. Previously he was a co-founder at Genoa Corp (acquired by Finisar), Epinions.com (IPO via Shopping.com), and Vast.com (largest white-label classifieds marketplace). He has also advised Bix.com, iPivot, and XFire, among others, and invested in many companies, including Twitter, DocVerse (sold to Google), Mixer Labs (sold to Twitter), Jambool (Social Gold), SnapLogic, PlanCast, Stack Overflow, and Disqus.