Meet our Mentors

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John Ngoi

Founder, Decimal Software, Tech Lead, Master Software Engineer
Jon baer

Jon Baer

Co-Author Decoding Silicon Valley & Managing Partner
Threshold Ventures
Kristine Banks-Smith

Kristine Banks-Smith

Adviser and Outsourced CFO
Frank, Rimerman & Co

Kristine helps Venture Backed Start-ups achieve their goals both financially and operationally. Prior to this…

Oliver Binkhorst

Oliver Binkhorst

Founder
Third Man Labs

Olle started www.thirdmanlabs.com because he’s passionate about developing, supporting and advising people and businesses. Olle…

Will Bunker

Will Bunker

Founding Partner
GrowthX

Traction speaks louder than words. Since building the dating site that became Match.com in the…

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Serena Cheng

Business, Marketing, Product Development Leader
MIT Sloan School of Management, Google, Apple

Serena leads business and product development strategy by integrating technology, design, and business to create…

Alfredo-Coppola

Alfredo Coppola

Co-CEO
US Market Access Center

Alfredo is the Co-CEO of the US Market Access Center, the longest-standing high-tech business incubator…

Jeptha Evans

Jeptha Evans

Partner
McCown & Evans LLP

Jeptha Evans has practiced business immigration law since 1994, specializing in counseling multinational corporations with an emphasis on…

Shawn Flynn

Shaun Flynn

Investment Analyst
Bay Angels

Shawn Flynn is a proven performer with documented business success. After living and conducting business…

Viki Forrest

Viki Forrest

CEO
ANZA Technology Network

Viki works with innovative technology companies in Silicon Valley, specifically providing expertise in market entry…

Michael fox

Michael Fox

Silicon Valley Emissary at Global Corporate Venturing
MIT Venture Mentor, The Thiel Foundation

Michael is a business convergence leader for the high technology industry with 25 years of…

Igor Gonebnyy

Igor Gonebnyy

Mentor
Google Launchpad Accelerator

Entrepreneurial and passionate manager with extensive experience in business development, strategic partnerships and general management….

Reza Halali

Reza Halali

Strategic Advisor - Tech Investment Banker, M&A
Woodside Capital Partners

Extensive transaction experience; 25+ M&A and private placement transactions in the last few years in…

adam joffe

Adam Joffe

CTO / COO
Silicon Valley Software Group
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Brianne Johnson

Senior Projects, International Projects, Founder of Bright Sparks
RMIT University
Roger King

Roger King

Founder
Bay Angels

Currently the CEO of Chief People, formerly known as Tech Search. We are a very…

Elizabeth Kukka

Elizabeth Kukka

Design Strategy, Learning & Development
Hivelab
Monica Laurence

Monica Laurence

Entrepreneur
Turtle Talks

Monica Laurence is the creator behind Turtle Talks.  Believing that “you only get to a…

Ryan maccarrigan

Ryan MacCarrigan

Founder, Lean Startup Coach, Advisor
Lean Studio
Spencer Markel

Spencer Markel

Corporate Associate
DLA Piper

Spencer Markel is in DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities and Merger and Acquisitions groups, based…

Kenny Nguyen

Kenny Nguyen

Lean Coach
TriKro

Kenny helps companies learn and grow faster through experiments. Kenny’s time is focused on leading…

Nick Noreña

Nick Noreña

Innovation Coach and Advisor
TriKro

A lean entrepreneur and coach with experience building a venture-backed company, driving and executing customer…

Karim Nurani

Karim Nurani

Executive Director
Bay Angels

KARIM NURANI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and PRINCIPAL BayAngels Executive Director Karim Nurani brings a wealth of…

rebecca pan

Rebecca Pan

CEO & Co-founder
Covo co-working
sheryl thai

Sheryl Thai

CEO
League of Extraordinary Women
Andrew Tsao

Andrew Tsao

Managing Director
Silicon Valley Bank

Andy Tsao is a Managing Director and leads SVB’s Global Gateway, which assists innovation companies…

Jorge Soto

Jorge Soto

Founder and Mentor
Soto Ventures

Jorge creates documentary films which also tell a brand’s story through film and video.

Sean Sheppard

Sean Sheppard

Founding Partner
GrowthX

Sean has successfully grown dozens of early stage companies across a wide variety of products…

Jeff-Snider

Jeff Snider

Executive VP
US Market Access Center

Jeff builds and runs the US Market Access Center’s programs for companies entering the US…

Matt Swanson

Matt Swanson

Managing Partner
Silicon Valley Software Group

After finishing his graduate work in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Matt went…