How to Pitch Your Startup to an Investor – Part One

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It is the Golden Age of “Pitch Rush” and to help you stand out from all the stories investors hear daily, guest author Éva Réz explains what people with money look for.

Éva previously was a Keiretsu Forum intern and Fulbright Scholar.  Original article can be found here.

No doubt, we live the era of startup pitches, but do they really help investors find the needle in the haystack? My answer would be yes, to a certain extent, but we do not (should not) let ourselves be easily fooled by a simple good pitch performance only. Convincing investors definitely requires acting skills, but as an entrepreneur you have to know what kind of questions the investor would like to get answered. Let’s see if I can help with that!

Why are pitches important?

It is like the gold rush… Now, there are a tremendous number of startups (it’s also becoming true for investors, though) who would like to mine the gold first; or at least are one of the buoyant applicants for the available resources. But they have to find the “magic way” to the nugget buckets. Pitches are certainly a possible platform to achieve this, but only if they are credible and informative from an investor’s point of view.

And this is the essence… from an investor’s point of view. So you, one of those countless startuppers, have to do a good job here: get us hooked!

First, you need your inner actor to somehow raise the audience’s attention, become noticeable in the crowd – having an outstanding product in your hands helps; or having a good sense of humour; or even giving a disastrous presentation?!

Second, you have to be able to transform into a serious entrepreneur who consciously goes through the most important topics that an investor would like to hear about. And let me be clear: it is not just your revolutionary idea! It is much more than that: we want to know about your team or the possible exit strategies, for example.

Finally, get your salesman attitude out there to make sure that those, who got excited about your startup, can easily get in touch with you. This is the forum where you can actually make valuable contacts with potential investors.

When to pitch?

Do not fall into a trap of chasing success and collecting pitch competition trophies. Startup events are useful to a certain extent: to make yourself visible, to improve yourself and strengthen your self-confidence, to mingle with other startups and to get in touch with investors, who might take you to the next level. At the beginning, I suggest that you focus on the first couple of points. A pitch event can help you get feedback, ameliorate your idea, your skills and your presentation and get you familiar with the investors’ world.

Once you feel confident and well-prepared, start attending those competitions, where you can actually approach and, hopefully, impress your targeted investor base. I am not saying that after a successful capital raise or achieving certain milestones you should not show your concept in public, but do not get distracted from your main goal: building an enterprise!

About The Genre

The Pitch Toolkit: Photo Credit: Eva Rez

Having given several presentations in my life, I definitely know how it feels to be in the spotlight, but I have also realised that the world of pitches is a very different ball game altogether. A pitch usually takes 3-15 minutes and most of the time it is followed by a Q&A session. I would define it as a brief and dense information set, which should be appealing, logically well-structured and meaningful, while it should provide a certain amount of entertainment, as well.

It is not like a lecture, where your main purpose is to educate your audience or express an idea in many details. Neither is it a traditional presentation, where you can be spontaneous, tell stories or react to the feedback of your audience. Here, you have to be prepared – basically, memorise your presentation word-for-word – and concentrated – in order not to lose your own thread while talking. In a pitch you want to share the highlights of your solution and touch on all the relevant topics an investor would like to hear about.

Pitching comes in all shapes and sizes

Strictly speaking, a pitch is what I described previously, but pitching to an investor may also happen when you catch them at a conference to introduce your startup or even when you have the first interview with a VC. Especially, in the latter case you have more time, more flexibility and more interaction, but you still have to stay focused and adapt to an investor’s mind-set.

No matter what type of pitch you give, it is always useful – if possible – to have slides illustrating your thoughts. Do not confuse this with an investment deck, where you show your concept in details, and present your business plan and financial plan in a nice format. A pitch presentation should be a guideline for the audience, as opposed to an investment deck, which is part of the decision making process.

There is always also one question: who should present? You might not think about its importance, but this is not a negligible factor. The CEO or one of the founders presenting the idea and the business case is the most credible. It is probably not a good sign from an investor perspective if you put one of your developers on stage. As the main representative of your company (or being one of them), you should have the courage and the enthusiasm to speak about your solution and future plans in public.

Make yourself remarkable to them

Take content as the most important pillar of your pitch (we will focus on this next week), but also pay attention to the “decoration”. Here are some examples for “wrapping techniques” or, in other words, convincing methods that I still remember:

  • a startup working on an environment-friendly shower head caught eyes due to its team members wearing bathrobes at a startup festival
  • a presenter from the creative industry, who was not aware of what a pitch should really be about, gave probably the worst pitch of the evening, but the audience still loved the character
  • the slides were created in a comic book style, and investors became part of a story coming to life;
  • a very modest founder with a no-frills presentation amazed investors with his company’s achievements and already existing client base
  • my favourite one was a startup notable for its product, namely a self-heating can – no microwave is needed anymore to prepare your lunch, you simply have to push a button on the can – circulated among the attendants during the pitch.
  • Last but not least: you probably want to – and have to – speak in English at most of the startup events, so be prepared for it. Losing your audience because of insufficient language skills is one of the worst mistakes.

About the Author

Éva Réz is an investor manager at Day One Capital and has been on both the giving and the receiving end of pitches many a time. In this two-piece series, she lifts the veil on one of the well-guarded secrets of the startup industry with useful advice on how to get in the right mindset, choose the right information and create stellar content.

Soft Launch of Keiretsu Forum Chennai, India Announced

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Keiretsu Forum- Dec 04, 2014) –  Keiretsu Forum announces today the soft launch of their new chapter in Chennai, India. Chennai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and was the optimal place to launch the next Keiretsu Forum chapter.

Keiretsu Forum is pleased to welcome Chennai, India as the newest addition to our global network,” said Randy Williams, Founder & CEO. ”Chennai, India ranks second in India in IT export, and is an up-and-coming hub for startup activity. We are incredibly excited to be expanding here and tapping into all that Chennai has to offer.”

Keiretsu Forum Chennai, will be headed by Subra Iyer (Co-President of Keiretsu Forum Chennai & Singapore), Rajan Srikanth (Co-President of Keiretsu Forum Chennai & Singapore), and Usha Nagarajan (Managing Director, Keiretsu Forum Chennai).

The soft launch was attended by 40 people from the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Chennai, including investors, incubators, educational institutions, and lawyers, among others.  The formal launch is planned for February 6, 2015.

Keiretsu Forum is the largest global angel network with 34 chapters and over 1,400 accredited investor members and affiliates. Founded in September 2000 by Randy WilliamsKeiretsu Forum‘s communities of accredited angel investor members on three continents have provided more than $400 million of capital into technology, consumer products, Internet, healthcare, life sciences and real estate companies throughout the world.  Keiretsu Forum members provide capital in the range of $250k-$3 million for high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. Members collaborate on due diligence and make their own individual investment decisions.

Keiretsu Forum Chapters: 

AndalucíaBarcelonaBeijingBoiseChennai, IndiaDonostia/San SebastiánEast Bay,IstanbulKirkland-EastsideLondonLos AngelesMadridMiamiNew YorkNorth Bay,Orange CountyParisPhiladelphiaPittsburgh,PortlandSan DiegoSan FranciscoSeattle,ShanghaiSilicon ValleySingaporeSpokane-InlandTel AvivTorontoVancouverVentura CountyVictoria-Vancouver Island/BC ,Washington D.C.Waterloo-Wellington

For more information, please visit: www.keiretsuforum.com

Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo Honors Top 2014 Camp BizSmart Team

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Written by Peggy Gibbs, Originally posted on the Camp BizSmart Website

On November 20, 2014 seven teens took the stage at Microsoft to be honored for achieving the top score in the Camp BizSmart product design and business plan competition out of the more than 30 teams for 2014. They were introduced by Sonja Markova, Keiretsu member who then introduced Peggy Gibbs, COO and Cofounder of Camp BizSmart who thanked both Sonja and Randy with Keiretsu and Microsoft, WAGIC,  Garage Technology Ventures and the Alliance of Chief Executives for their great support of Camp BizSmart’s business and entrepreneur training. A video was then shown providing context to the students’ accomplishments and the role of business case sponsors. This video is also available on the Camp BizSmart website to view anytime.

It was fitting that Kent Frankovich, the founder and CEO of Revolights and also the business case sponsor was present.  Kent and his team at Revolights had been introduced to Peggy and Mike Gibbs, founders at Camp BizSmart as a potential business case sponsor by Sonja Markova, a Camp BizSmart Advisor and member of Keiretsu Forum.  Revolights had caught the attention of the Keiretsu Forum winning the Eureka Pitch Competition, having run a successful campaign on Kickstarter and also the Shark Tank.

Randy Williams, the Founder and CEO of Keiretsu along with Sonja Markova, have been passionate supporters of Camp BizSmart since the camp founding year of 2008.  Randy and Sonja have made it possible to bring the winning team of students to give their pitch and talk about their experience, as well as to have the opportunity to hear dozens of companies vie to be named the top valued company in a day long competition.

Camp BizSmart Team CEO, Krithika Veerappan, answers questions provided by Randy Williams, after giving the product solution elevator pitch

Camp BizSmart provides essential business and entrepreneur skills to students age 11 to 19 at premiere venues in Silicon Valley such as Stanford University as well as internationally in Mumbai, India.  Cool CEO’s from Hot Current Companies provide real business cases for teams of students to solve with expert mentors to provide just in time hands on learning.  Sessions for 11-15 yr olds and for 16-19 yr olds are available.

A special thank you and shout out to all the amazing mentors such as Kevin Surace and Aamir Patel, and Jim Sweeney, and 2014 companies Revolights, and Vintage Electric Bikes, as well as the great judges for this years competition, Bill Reichert, Marty Reed, Paul Witkay, Harry Motro, and John Butler who make Camp BizSmart truly a one of a kind experience.

To be considered to be a business case sponsor, contact Peggy Gibbs, peggy.gibbs@bizsmartglobal.com

For more information or to sign up for future sessions, please visit the Camp BizSmartwebsite: www.campbizsmart.org

Randy and Kent with the RevoArc team at the Camp BizSmart exhibit at the Angel Capital Expo at Microsoft Nov. 20, 2014

Keiretsu Forum Launches Keiretsu Ventures

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 25, 2014) - Keiretsu Forum announces the launch of Keiretsu Ventures, a premier business accelerator designed to radically accelerate the path to market and liquidity of participating companies.

As the world’s largest private equity angel investment network, Keiretsu Forum brings vetted investment opportunities to its global network of diverse and active angel investors. Keiretsu Ventures matches select, high-growth companies to a dedicated team of Keiretsu specialists who share their extraordinary expertise, mature foresight, and collective intelligence to guide and build these companies faster, smarter, and more profitably.

Randy Williams, Founder & CEO of Keiretsu Forum, announced the launch on November 20, 2014 in front of an audience of over 500 angel investors at Keiretsu Forum’s 19th bi-annual Angel Capital Expo. ”After funding over $400 million into technology, consumer products, Internet, healthcare, life sciences and real estate companies during 14 years, we are now expanding our commitment to both investors and entrepreneurs. We are here to take high growth companies from ‘cradle to greatness’. Keiretsu Ventures’ dedicated experts will actively work ‘hands-on’ to help entrepreneurs take their companies from high potential to rapid growth, which, in turn, will create best of breed investment opportunities.”

Keiretsu Ventures is led by Michael Gralnick, who Chairs the Due Diligence Committee that developed Keiretsu Forum’s Due Diligence processes and also authored Keiretsu Forum’s Due Diligence Process Handbook. The Handbook outlines how investors should evaluate a company before making investment decisions.

“Keiretsu Ventures is unlike other ‘accelerators.’ Our specialists are committed, roll up their sleeves, and work actively together with entrepreneurs and executives at all stages of growth to solve the most pressing problems, prepare for future ones, and unleash each company’s full potential,” Gralnick said.

Seasoned executives and specialists include experts in: sales development, operational leadership and efficiency, marketing, PR and communications, branding, technology, law and legal structuring, and all other areas essential to scaling companies rapidly. Through a partnership with one of the Bay Area’s leading part-time CFO organizations, specialists also include CFOs from all industries. Partnerships with sales organizations also help participants successfully reach and complete transactions with a range of potential customers.

The core programs are open to all potential future Keiretsu Forum applicants, companies in due diligence, portfolio companies preparing to syndicate their investment opportunity, and other high-growth companies with no plans to seek capital from Keiretsu Forum. Keiretsu Ventures’ programs will be available starting in January.

About Keiretsu Forum
Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area. With 34 chapters and over 1,400 accredited investor members, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest invite-only angel investor network. Keiretsu Forum members provide early stage capital in the range of $250k – 2 million in high quality, diverse investment opportunities and collaborate in due-diligence, but make their own individual investment decisions. For more information, visit www.keiretsuforum.com.

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To see the article, visit Digital Journal here.

Overlake Capital, Kiwi Crate and Voxeet take honors at Keiretsu Expo

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Written by:  Senior Technology Reporter-Silicon Valley Business Journal

Published in Silicon Valley Business Journal on November 21, 2014

Demo Fall wasn’t the only place startups were pitching to a large group of investors in Silicon Valley on Thursday.

More than 500 angels heard investment pitches from a dozen businesses at Keiretsu Forum’s expo at Microsoft’sMountain View campus.

“I could talk about the growth of Keiretsu and strength of our platform but I think the reason we attracted so many interesting opportunities and so many angels is that it is an excellent time to invest and there is a lot of liquidity in the marketplace,” founder and CEO Randy Williams told me.

Three of the companies pitching were selected as best of show. They are:

— First Place: Overlake Capital of Bellevue, Washington. This is a boutique investment firm that was pitched by Senior Portfolio Manager Paul Thacker. Its primary focus is real estate and Overlake says that investors have seen annual returns in excess of 14 percent since it launched in 2012.

— Second Place: Kiwi Crate of Mountain View. This is a commerce and content platform that targets creativity in kids. It was pitched by founder and CEO Sandra Oh Lin. It delivers hands-on projects and content for children of all ages through a subscription service, an e-commerce shop and a retail channel.

— Third Place: Voxeet of Sausalito. Founder and CEO Stephane Giraudie presented this mobile conferencing startup that promises to call participants instead of having them dial in or use a password to join a meeting. It also claims to have clear 3DHD audio and one-click transfers between devices.

To read the full article, please visit the Silicon Valley Business Journal Website

Agenda – Angel Capital Expo, November 20, 2014

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Keiretsu Forum Presents: Angel Capital Expo

November 20, 2014

Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street, Building 1, Mountain View, CA

Today, over 500 angel investors, VCs, entrepreneurs, and guests will gather for Keiretsu Forum’s bi-annual Angel Capital Expo.

The Expo brings together angel investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the largest global angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. The event features 18 presenters from early stage companies. Companies selected are from a variety of different industries ranging from technology, life sciences, consumer products, real estate, financial services, social ventures and other segments with high growth potential.

View and download the agenda here.

Emerging Entrepreneurs (E2) Pitch Contest – Application Deadline November 24

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Emerging Entrepreneurs (E2) Pitch Contest – Application Deadline November 24

Have you launched a business within the last two years? JFK University’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership, in cooperation with the Keiretsu Forum and Chevron, has launched a new competition for entrepreneurs in the Bay Area: The E2 Pitch Contest. This event will connect emerging entrepreneurs with resources, feedback and mentoring from angel investors and community leaders. Participants pre-selected by the IEL will have 3 minutes to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges.

Bay Area entrepreneurs interested in applying should complete the Gust online application on this link. Application deadline is November 24, 2014. The criteria to apply is: (1) the company is 2 years or less in business and (2) applicant must be a principal in the company.

For more information about the event, contact the IEL Office: iel@jfku.edu or call 925-969-3525.

E2 Pitch Contest
Tuesday, December 9; 5:30pm – 8:30pm
JFK University: Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership
2151 Salvio Street, Suite 350, Concord, CA 94520

Presenting Companies Confirmed for November 20th Angel Capital Expo

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The presenting companies have been confirmed for the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo on November 20th.

The Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community. The Expo brings together angel investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the largest global angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. The event features 20 presenters from early stage companies. Companies selected are from a variety of different industries ranging from technology, life sciences, consumer products, real estate, financial services, social ventures and other segments with high growth potential.

If you would like to attend the Angel Capital Expo, please register here.

ANGEL CAPITAL EXPO AGENDA
07:30am-08:30am Registration, Breakfast & Booth Exhibitors
08:30am-08:35am Opening Remarks: Randy Williams
08:35am-08:45am Welcome Global Keiretsu Forum Team
08:45am-09:00am Angel Capital Expo Sponsor Introductions
09:00am-10:30am Block I Presentations
10:30am-11:00am Break & Booth Exhibitors
11:00am-12:30pm Block II Presentations
12:30pm-01:30pm Lunch & Booth Exhibitors
01:30pm-01:35pm Maserati Raffle Drawing
01:35pm-03:05pm Block III Presentations
03:05pm-03:10pm Exclusive Resorts Raffle Drawing
03:10pm-03:30pm Guest Speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Sohl, Professor of Entrepreneursip
03:30pm-03:45pm Most Valued Company Competition Sponsored by Exclusive Resorts
03:45pm-04:00pm Results of the Competition & Closing Remarks
04:00pm-05:00pm Reception, Networking and Adjourn

BLOCK I – SUMMARIES OF THE PRESENTING COMPANIES

Presentation #1: TranscribeMe, Alexei Dunayev
TranscribeMe makes audio content searchable and shareable, by converting speech to text, using a hybrid software + crowd-sourced platform. For complex audio with multiple speakers, overlapping conversations, ambient noise, or subject-specific jargon, we produce a 99% accurate, speaker identified transcription, using our proprietary micro-tasking technology which allows pieces of audio to be processed in parallel. We primarily serve corporations, conferences, writers, podcasters and academics who gain value from the ability to analyze, search, share and monetize their content.

Update #1: TesoRX- Will Robberts, President & CFO
TesoRx is a specialty pharma company developing the only bio-identical oral Testosterone therapy (TSX-002) to treat hypogonadism in men (“Low-T”).

Presentation #2: Drever Capital Management- Maxwell Drever, Managing Partner
Drever Capital Management has always taken a flexible, opportunistic and value-add approach towards real estate investing, with their historical high returns sourcing from safety first investments in a “necessity of life.” Considered by their institutional investors as “best of class” in workforce apartments, their shift in focus to cost-effectively supplying seniors communities for the tsunami of middle-market retirees leverages 40+ years of experience in identifying uncommonly rewarding opportunities that produce uncommon returns for investors.

Presentation #3: Kiwi Crate – Sandra Oh Lin, Founder & CEO
Kiwi Crate was founded around the vision of supporting kids’ creativity by providing convenient access to inspirational ideas and quality materials. Our mission is to equip the next generation of innovators and makers with tools for creative problem solving and exploration. We’ve built a robust commerce and content platform to support the delivery of fresh hands-on projects and quality content for young makers of all ages – through a subscription service, an ecommerce shop, and the retail channel.

Update #2: Viakoo – Bud Broomhead, CEO
Viakoo is expert on video network infrastructure behavior and the reasons video streams fail. As computer scientists, they have been troubleshooting customer on-premise video networks for a long time. When video cameras are down, enterprise risk is up.

Update #3: ThinkSpider - Srikant Sharma, CEO
Enterprises and professionals today are reeling from massive inefficiencies in getting work done. Estimates of the costs of these inefficiencies exceed $700 billion in the US in 2013. However, all of the solutions in the market are suboptimal and imperfect – because they don’t simultaneously address the needs to the business user and the CIO. ThinkSpider is a game-changing solution that redefines and reinvents enterprise work management in a manner that hasn’t been done yet. It is an urgent problem that is a $70 billion opportunity, and no solution positioned to capture this market. The prize for the winner in this lucrative enterprise space is massive.

Seed #1: Tempo Automation – Jeff McAlvay, CEO
Tempo Automation is a success if every product in the world is developed on our electronics printers. After the materials are loaded and the engineer presses “Make,” the printer spits out a commercial-grade board a few minutes later.

BLOCK II – SUMMARIES OF THE PRESENTING COMPANIES

Presentation #4: True Investments - Elizabeth Holmes, Vice President, Private Capital
True Investments Real Estate Fund II, LP (“Fund II”) is a private investment partnership seeking capital commitments of $25 million from accredited investors. Leveraging off the expertise of Fund I, Fund II will acquire, renovate, lease & manage a portfolio of approximately 800 single family residential (“SFR”) rental homes for investment benefits, notably current yield & capital appreciation. Fund II will operate in vetted markets identified by positive demographic & economic trends such as Pittsburgh, PA; Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; Memphis, TN; Kansas City, MO; and Jackson, MS. Fund II investments provide a rental housing solution for working class families while revitalizing communities. Fund II will utilize the operational expertise of the Fund Manager which has deployed $42 million of True family capital since 2012. The strategy capitalizes on the sponsor’s commitment to revitalization, capital appreciation through a non-correlated, transparent portfolio with multiple exits and a reoccurring annuity.

Presentation #5: Abom, Inc. – Jack Cornelius, Chairman & CEO
Abom, Inc. is the business of inventing, producing, marketing and selling innovative products with applications in consumer, government and industry. The first line of products that Abom’s team has invented and patented includes anti-fog active technology that will NOT ALLOW fog to survive in snow goggles and other types of active sports eyewear. Abom’s true fog killing technology has the potential for broad application in products that Abom or others, through licensing arrangements, will bring to market. Besides the Abom team’s work to bring its own products to market, Abom is also in early discussions with multiple industry focused players that have interest in potentially licensing our technology.

Presentation #6: NeuroSyntek Modeling & Manufacturing – Dr.Victor V.Boksha, Executive Chairman
NeuroSyntek is Silicon Valley company – building solutions on its next generation silicon bio-cells platform with adaptive architecture and ability for learning. For example, the driving force for live neurons to interact with transistors is to build neuro-networks similar to the brain structure. Currently NeuroSyntek is focused on stem-cells research and therapies, building tools for personal medicine and new treatments of nervous system disorders, diabetes, autoimmune and other diseases. Roadmap products are being built with biological neural networks processors for uniquely intelligent machines: toys, cyber-pets, and robots with living beings’ behavior – adaptive and emotionally intelligent – as our friends, family, and children. This is how we merge with our technology. Now.

Update #4: Wellesley Pharmaceuticals, David Dill, CEO
Wellesley developed a new drug called Paxerol™. This revolutionary drug, protected by 6 patents till or beyond 2030, is the first and only treatment for Nocturia, the frequent need to urinate at night.  Paxerol™ is a low dose combination of safe drugs in an extended release orally disintegrating tablet formulation. Nocturia afflicts 2.2 billion people and causes insomnia, fatigue, depression, and lower quality of life. It is linked to higher rates of heart disease, stroke, deadly hip fractures, long term brain damage due to sleep deprivation, and significantly higher death rates in all age ranges.  Compared to existing partial alternatives, Paxerol™ has shown superior efficacy, time to efficacy and affordable pricing with significantly fewer side effects.

Presentation #7: Owlized – Aaron Selverston, Founder & CEO
Owlized is a visualization solutions company that produces OWL®, a public, outdoor virtual reality viewer that shows users the future or history of a place. OWL has been sold to cities, commercial property developers and others as a unique tool for building public support for construction projects and building tourist attractions.

BLOCK III – SUMMARIES OF THE PRESENTING COMPANIES

 

Presentation #8: YouSolar, Inc – Arnold Leitner, Founder and CEO
Customer-owned solar PV panels and lithium-ion battery power systems are a faster, cheaper and better way to deliver power in emerging markets and to “green” power supply. Similar to how mobile phones changed telecommunications, solar-battery systems will drive a global transformation worth hundreds of billions of dollars. The company offers a plug-and-play, internet-connected system built on patented power technology for a significant competitive advantage and a highly scalable business model. First launch is in India in 2015.

Presentation #9: Overlake Capital – Blake Robbins, Senior Portfolio Manager
Overlake Capital is a Bellevue, WA, boutique investment firm that has operated one of the Northwest’s top performing real estate funds for over two years running. Investors in Overlake’s Flagship fund have enjoyed annual returns in excess of 14% since its inception in 2012. Overlake’s investment strategy combines the high returns of short term, senior position bridge loans with the risk-minimizing elements of ultra-high equity and mortgage insurance.

Seed #2: GreenFire Energy – John Muir, CEO
GreenFire Energy is developing the world’s only globally scalable, clean, baseload/flexible power technology. Harnessing the earth’s most abundant, “always-on” source of energy, GreenFire’s proprietary CO2 Geothermal™ (“CO2G™”), will generate grid-scale power at very competitive prices with zero emissions and no water consumption. CO2G™ was developed via a DOE grant and involvement by major national laboratories (Los Alamos, Lawrence Berkeley, Pacific Northwest) and the University of Utah. Using supercritical CO2 instead of water makes CO2G™ dramatically more predictable and profitable than conventional geothermal, and vastly increases the number of feasible sites. The unique ability to provide baseload and flexible power makes CO2G™ an ideal component of today’s dynamic power networks. The company seeks additional funding for operations and the last proof-of-concept projects prior to a demonstration/commercial installation with strategic partners. GreenFire will license CO2G™ technology and provide advisory services for commercial power projects worldwide.

Presentation #10: Argil – Damoder Reddy, CEO
Argil is developing cost effective Smart Window Film that dynamically controls the amount of light passing through the window to improve energy efficiency of buildings and passenger comfort in automobiles. Argil designs, builds (using contract manufacturers) and sells Electrochromic (Switchable) Film to glass companies who manufacture insulated glass for building applications and laminated glass for automotive applications.

Presentation #11: Surfdash – Jenna Gavin, CEO
Enterprise, Government and Academia are all seeking to collaborate within and across industry. Surfdash Inc.’s flagship product, Peerdash, is a Content Management System (CMS) with superior file transfer and social business tools that outpaces current market solutions in storing, sharing, organizing, retrieving, and contextualizing data. Leadership is comprised of Seyed Safakish, Sr. Dir. Juniper Networks and Jenna Gavin, J.D. a media business strategist with expertise in Intellectual Property. As a solution combining private servers with cloud functionality, Peerdash far exceeds legacy technologies – such as external drives or cloud solutions, like DropBox – in security, workflow, and multi-enterprise collaboration.

Presentation #12: Voxeet – Stephane Giraudie, Founder & CEO
Built from the ground up for mobile users, Voxeet is redefining conferencing with calls that feel as natural as being in the same room. With exceptionally clear 3DHD audio, an intuitive interface and one-click transfers between devices, you’ll hear every word and always know who’s talking, making every Voxeet meeting more efficient and effective. The straightforward setup makes scheduling and attending meetings so simple, you never have to dial in or use a PIN—we’ll call you. With its uncomplicated calling and unparalleled sound quality, Voxeet makes it easy to connect through conferencing on any device, anywhere.

About Keiretsu Forum
Keiretsu Forum was founded by Randy Williams in 2000, and is the largest global angel investment network with 34 chapters on 3 continents. Our members are accredited private equity (angel) investors, VCs and corporate investors. Keiretsu Forum members provide early-stage capital in the range of $500k-$2 million. The organization itself does not invest in the presenting companies. Our members collaborate on screening and due diligence but make individual investment decisions in the presenting companies. Our Northern California members invested in 29 ventures in 2013 with a total of $8.66 million.  So far in 2014, Northern California members have invested over $13.5 million in 24 companies.

Keiretsu Forum and ProSeeder Launch Keiretsu Global Platform

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Keiretsu Forum and ProSeeder Technologies Announce Launch of Keiretsu Global Platform

NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Keiretsu Forum, the largest angel investment group in the world, announced a strategic partnership with ProSeeder Technologies. They will launch Keiretsu Global, the first of its kind global platform enabling their US and International Keiretsu chapters to share deal flow and collective knowledge across its accredited membership base.  The platform is also integrated with Keiretsu Capital, a new venture fund, which co-invests with the member network.

Keiretsu Forum made the decision to adopt ProSeeder’s deal flow management solution because the secure platform offers a robust feature set that goes beyond anything Keiretsu had used previously. Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic along with the Pacific Northwest and Northern California Regions were instrumental in driving this much needed transition. Keiretsu embraced the platform as a fully-integrated solution which includes deal flow management, collaboration, due diligence, investment tracking, member relations, communications and event management.

Keiretsu Forum’s Mid-Atlantic Area President Howard Lubert said, “The transition to the ProSeeder platform creates a unified environment for all 34 Keiretsu Forum Chapters around the world and, for the first time, the promise of all 1400+ Keiretsu Forum Members being able to participate in global deal flow is a reality. Creating the ‘Keiretsu Global’ system will truly foster network-wide collaboration.”

Randy Williams, Keiretsu’s Founder and CEO commented, “At Keiretsu Forum, we have companies that present to one chapter, and then go on to present and receive funding from multiple chapters and regions.  ProSeeder will enable easier and more efficient collaboration between our global chapters, and add tremendous value to both our members and companies seeking funding.”

ProSeeder’s Founder Ken Gatz shared Randy’s enthusiasm, “We are extremely excited to be working with Keiretsu Forum. They have great due diligence practices and are rapidly growing in membership and chapters. This partnership with Keiretsu Forum exemplifies the aim of ProSeeder to assist organizations by fostering collaboration and investment efficiency in ways that were not available until now.”

The Keiretsu Global Platform will be officially unveiled at the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo in Mountain View, CA on Thursday, November 20th, 2014. Both organizations are looking ahead to a mutually beneficial partnership for many years to come.

About ProSeeder Technologies:
ProSeeder Technologies is a SaaS-based enterprise platform for direct investing in the private securities marketplace.  The system enables investment organizations and entrepreneurs to manage various aspects of investment and corporate operations on a single fully-integrated system in any time zone, currency or language.  ProSeeder’s technology is private labeled and easily configurable for angel networks, venture capital funds, family offices, broker dealers and individual entrepreneurs.

About Keiretsu Forum:
Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporate/institutional investors.  Keiretsu Forum was founded in Lafayette, California in 2000 by Randy Williams, and it has grown into the largest network of angel investors in the world.  Keiretsu specializes in providing capital and resources to early-stage companies, and high-quality deal flow to its members.   It has over 1400 members spanned across its 34 global chapters.  Keiretsu Forum members invest in early-stage, diverse investment opportunities.  Through Keiretsu Forum, more than $400 million of capital has been invested into technology, consumer products, Internet, healthcare, life sciences and real estate companies.

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Keiretsu Forum & Barcelona Activa to Present Gamedonia

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Keiretsu Forum and Barcelona Activa Will Present Gamedonia at the 2nd European Angel Capital Expo in Istanbul.

Gamedonia, a cloud platform for video-game developers, created by EdenicGames, was nominated by Keiretsu Forum Spain and Barcelona Activa to present at the 2nd Annual European Angel Capital Expo that will take place in Istanbul on November 6th.

The first European Angel Capital Expo, organized by Keiretsu Forum and sponsored in part by Barcelona Activa, was held last year in Barcelona with the objective to give visibility to the city, with the focus on helping entrepreneurs gain investment from the European and Global angel community.  With the second edition in Istanbul, Barcelona Activa and Keiretsu Forum have validated their objective, and plan to hold this event on an annual basis.

The CEO of Edenic Games, David Xicota, explains that their project is B2B in the videogame sector, and it permits developers to easily create social, multi-player games.

Edenic Games has already raised $600,000 euros, and seeks to raise another $300,000 euros to be able to expand the commercialization of Gamedonia.  They consider Turkey to be an appropriate market because there are many companies there that design video games.  The company [Edenic Games], which now has 600 clients, was founded in 2007 as a B2C company by computer consultants selling video games.  Now they have taken the leap and want to be the leader in providing tools for server technology.

The 2nd European Angel Capital Expo will have 90 investors, including the Keiretsu Forum Presidents, Randy Williams, Judi Iglehart, Miquel Costa, Ozan Isinak, and Danny Arazi.

Translated to English by Olivia Diamond

[Original Press Release Distributed by El Economista:

Keiretsu Forum y Barcelona Activa presentarán Gamedonia en la II European Angel Capital Expo en Istanbul

Gamedonia, una plataforma cloud para desarrolladores de videojuejos creada por Edemic Games es la propuesta de Keiretsu Forum Spain y Barcelona Activa en la II European Angel Capital Expo que tendrá lugar en Istanbul mañana, 6 de noviembre.

Este evento organizado por Keiretsu Forum y patrocinado por Barcelona Activa celebró el año pasado su primera edición en Barcelona, con el objetivo de dar visibilidad a la ciudad como foco de emprendedores y ayudarles a buscar financiación con vocación internacional. Con la segunda edición en Istanbul, Barcelona Activa y Keiretsu Forum validan el objetivo de la European Capital Expo que quiere celebrarse con carácter anual.

El CEO de Edenic Games, David Xicota, explica que su proyecto es B2B en el sector de videojuegos y permite que los desarrolladores puedan crear juegos sociales multijugador de manera fácil.

Edenic Games que ya ha invertido con 600.000 euros, necesita 300.000 más para poder expandir la comercialización de Gamedonia y considera que Turquia es un mercado muy apropiado porque cuenta con muchas empresas de desarrollo de videojuegos. La empresa que ahora cuenta con 600 clientes nació en 2007 como B2C de la mano de consultores informáticos vendiendo videojuegos y ahora ha dado el salto y quiere ser líder en herramientas para la tecnología del servidor.

La II European Angel Capital Expo contará con 90 inversores, entre los que destacan los presidentes de Keiretsu Forum, Randy Williams (Estados Unidos), Judith Iglehart (Asia), Miquel Costa (España), Ozan Isinak, (Toronto) y Danny Arazi, (Teal-aviv).

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