Member, Board of Directors
The Band of Angels is Silicon Valley's oldest angel investment group. We are an active group of 150 angel investors who are former and current high tech executives who are interested in investing their time and money into new, cutting edge, startup companies.
***If contacting me about funding, please apply, instead, to my group, the Band of Angels, via www.bandangels.com.*** Advisor to public and private companies, financial and corporate venture funds and national and regional governments on venture capital, angel investing, private company finance, corporate governance and building successful startup hubs. Investor focus is on AI and data analytics solutions for key business markets, health IT and deep tech. Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Angel Capital Association and chair of the ACA's, Education and Smart Practices Committee. Author of the ACA's courses on Assessing and Managing Risks in Early Stage Investing and Angel Backed Boards of Directors. Chairman, Software Industry Group, Band of Angels, Silicon Valley's oldest technology investment group. More than seventeen years in global venture capital and sixteen years in angel investing. He has recently advised investors, governments, corporate VCs and startups in locations as diverse as Armenia, Germany, Israel, the Republic of Georgia, Italy, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and across the US. He lectures on venture capital at major universities including Stanford, Santa Clara University, the American University of Armenia and the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, where he is an Adjunct Professor. A former Fulbright Scholar (Italy), he has written and lectured recently on "Startups in Down Markets: The Private Capital Outlook in 2022," "Who Killed Theranos: Lessons for Board Directors," "Going Global: Addressing Home Markets, Silicon Valley and the World," and "The Lessons of the Black Plague (1348-1650) in Confronting Pandemic-related Social and Cultural Change." Prior to focusing on private capital, he was CMO at Verity, the leader in corporate knowledge management, when the company was named Turnaround of of the Year by the Turnaround Management Association for becoming market share leader (1999.). Prior to Verity, he was Director of Strategic Marketing and DIrector of European Marketing at NeXT, reporting directly to Steve Jobs. A former Professor of History, he has also published numerous works including two books on the Italian Renaissance. He received his BA, MA and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.