ICO versus Venture Funding panel #ICOvVC
Jay Eum CoFounder/Managing Director Translink Capital Jay focuses on consumer technology, including mobile, gaming, and consumer devices. He leads TransLink’s activities supporting portfolio companies with their customers and partners, primarily in Korea. Jay’s active current investments include AirPlug, Chartboost, Epic, Gamevice, nWay, Peel, Penrose, Singular, SoundHound and SquareTwo. Noteworthy past investments include Carbonite (CARB), Enterprise DB (ACQ: Peak Equity), Livescribe (ACQ: Anoto) and YuMe (YUME). Before co-founding TransLink, Jay was the head of Samsung Ventures America. Jay directly led several successful Samsung Ventures investments including AnalogTech (AATI), Continuous Computing (ACQ: RadiSyS), DivX (DIVX), InPhi (IPHI), Intellon (ITLN), MontaVista (ACQ: Cavium), Pure Digital (ACQ: Cisco), Techwell (TWLL) and Teknovus (ACQ: Broadcom).
Duncan Davidson CoFounder/Managing Partner Bullpen Capital They are the pioneer of Post Seed investing, an early A round setting up a super-sized round. Previously he was at VantagePoint Venture Partners, a mega-fund and one of the leaders in CleanTech. Prior to joining the dark side, he started or was involved with four startups: Covad and InterTrust, both multi-billion dollar IPOs in the ‘90s; SkyPilot, an outdoor WiFi mesh, and Xumii, one of the earliest mobile social networks. At Bullpen he is focusing on future technologies like AI, drones, IOT; as well as startups digitizing analog businesses. He is on the board of Illumeo, Verbling, Filament, Sourceeasy, Lumoid, and DoubleDutch, and an active advisor to Wag Walking, Betable and Twenty20.
Michael Sidgmore Venture Partner Broadhaven Capital Partners, where he invests in early-stage FinTech companies. He is on the Board of Liveoak Technologies and Credijusto and on the Advisory Board at Trizic. Michael is also the Founder of Let’s Humanize Finance, a podcast that interviews FinTech innovators who are changing how we interact with money. Prior to Broadhaven, Michael was a pre-product employee and Senior Vice President at iCapital Network, a financial technology company that provides simplified and tech-enabled access to alternative investments at lower costs and lower minimums. Michael helped build the family office and RIA networks and helped grow the platform to over $2.1 billion of assets.
Tobin Dommer Partner Sheppard Mullin He works in Corporate Practice Group based in the Palo Alto office and is a member of the digital current and blockchain industry group. Tobin has significant experience working with corporate investors, venture capital funds and software, digital media and hardware companies through all stages of growth. Tobin has over 15 years of experience in Silicon Valley representing startups, venture capital firms and strategic investors in financing transactions. He most recently represented a leading provider of crypto currency wallets and financial tools in its $42.5 million Series B Preferred Financing.
William Quigley Managing Director Cashel Enterprises, a cryptocurrency focused investment vehicle. He is also CEO of OPSkins.com, the world’s largest marketplace for video game virtual items. He is also Cashel has incubated and invested in more than 40 Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency related investments. Quigley co-developed the first crypto derivative, used to trade pre-release Ethereum. He co-founded many transformative crypto companies including Tether, a USD derivative adopted by many of the world’s leading crypto exchanges and Gocoin, a pioneering crypto payments processor. He also co-founded WAX, a utility token for trading video game virtual items. Prior to forming Cashel, William co-founded Clearstone Venture Partners, an early-stage focused venture capital firm where he concentrated on internet investments. He also co-founded the world’s first consumer internet venture capital firm and led internet incubation efforts at idealab, the most successful consumer internet incubator of the Web 1.0 era.
Walter De Brouwer CEO CoFounder doc.ai a platform designed to let people train their own medical AI so that they can organize their own data trial to accelerate research and convert the millions of biomarkers in their body into a financial asset.
Itai Damti Entrepreneur in Residence 500 Startups Fintech (SF) He is also CEO Antifragile which is a fintech consulting firm in Hong Kong. Previously, he co-founded Leverate (160 employees, 6 offices)- an industry leader in tech for online brokers, with over 100b USD in monthly trading volume. In his ten years at Leverate, Itai served as CEO Asia Pacific (3 years), VP Products (3 years, 9 PM’s, 13 products) and engineering lead (4 years).
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