Entries by Ariel Ruben

Grant Jordan

CEO SkySafe Grant is the CEO of SkySafe, a leading drone defense firm. His team builds cutting-edge systems that protect critical airspace—stadiums, prisons, critical infrastructure, military personnel and facilities—from drones. An MIT grad, Grant served as an officer in the US Air Force where he designed and built hardware systems for counter-IED missions and small […]

Todd Poling

Partner  Vantage Point Advisors & Savitch LLP Todd Poling is the Founder and President of Vantage Point Advisors, Inc. Mr. Poling is actively involved in valuation engagements of all types and also leads the firm’s strategic planning and business development efforts. Prior to founding Vantage Point, Mr. Poling was Managing Director of CBIZ Valuation Group, […]

Ryan Buell

Founder and CEO  Sayva Solutions Ryan started his career in public accounting with Ernst & Young, eventually becoming part of the national advisory services practice. His areas of specialization were merger compliance, revenue assurance, FCC and SEC compliance, operational audits, and process improvement. In 2014, Ryan founded Sayva Solutions, Inc. Sayva is an accounting, finance, […]

Mark Wicker

Partner  Perkins Coie Mark Wicker, a partner in the Technology Transactions & Privacy practice, advises clients in all aspects of acquiring, developing, commercializing and licensing new technologies and products. He has significant experience structuring strategic alliances, collaborations, joint ventures, licenses, and research, development, manufacturing and distribution relationships, often using novel approaches and pioneering methods that […]

Gary Benitt

Managing Director  Social Leverage Gary is a General Partner with Social Leverage, a seed stage venture capital firm. Gary is a seasoned serial entrepreneur, having been a part of four founding teams in both consumer and B2B companies over the past 20 years. Most recently, Gary spent 3 years as COO of Desk.com after his […]

Jay Lichter

Managing Director Avalon Ventures Jay Lichter is an entrepreneur and seasoned investor in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical arena with over 25 years of expertise in management, scientific research, and business development. He currently serves as president and CEO of COI Pharmaceuticals. As managing director of Avalon Ventures, Dr. Lichter led investments in Carolus, Otonomy, Sova […]

Kim Kamdar

Partner Domain Associates Dr. Kamdar is a Partner at Domain Associates, a life sciences venture capital firm, which she joined in 2005. Kim is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Obalon (NASDAQ: OBLN). She also serves on the board of directors of several private companies including Epic Sciences, Omniome, ROX Medical, Sera Prognostics […]


You got your VC meeting, Now What

Just like your company is unique, so too are venture capitalists and their investment strategies. Many mistakes are made by entrepreneurs, way before they get to the meeting. Join us as top-tier VCs share their experience and insight.

Killu Sanborn

Director of Business Development  Oxford Finance Corporation Life sciences specialty finance professional, venture capital investor, business development and operations executive, scientist, banker and consultant. Expertise: Life science venture debt and equity financings, life science startup formation, strategy, business development and M&A, startup operations, and financing. Venture fund investment strategy, deal analysis, investment exit strategy identification […]

Kristi Jaska

Vice President  ViaSat VP, ViaSat Inc. July 1987 – Present (29 years 1 month), Carlsbad, CA Member of Technical Staff, Linkabit Inc August 1985 – July 1987 (2 years), San Diego, CA

Emad Fareed

Partner  KPMG CPA focusing mostly on life science companies ranging from start-up to public companies. Co-lead KPMG San Diego’s life science practice and venture capital practice. I service companies ranging from emerging growth IPO companies to mature public companies.

Stacey Davenport

Founder & CEO  Davenport Executive Search Dr. Stacey L. Davenport is the Founder and CEO of Davenport Executive Search as well as co-founder of DavenportMajor Executive Search. Her hands-on operational leadership in Life Sciences and Healthcare has been sought after by clients worldwide. Ms. Davenport brings a depth of clinical experience combined with a strong […]

Neal Bloom

Entrepreneur  Hired Top 5 Things to Know About Neal Bloom 1. I have launched 84 astronauts into space while working on the Space Shuttle program. 2. I am an ENTJ and high Influencer on the DISC survey. 3. I have run over 62 miles at once while climbing 12,000 feet on trails. 4. I am […]

Jeffrey Belk

Managing Director  ICT168 Capital, LLC Jeffrey Belk is Managing Director of ICT168 Capital, LLC, focused on developing and guiding global growth opportunities in the Information and Communication Technology space. Formerly, Belk spent almost 14 years at Qualcomm Incorporated (from when the company was $200M in revenue to $7B+), where prior to his departure in early […]

Stuart Starr

Shareholder  Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. I am a Shareholder of Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. I have been with the Firm since 1999 and have been in public accounting since 1992. My technical expertise is in providing audit and consulting services to technology and life science companies, both publicly traded and privately held, including many backed […]