Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Nandeet Mehta has been called “The Youngest Venture Capitalist” by Huffington Post for starting his career in Venture Capital at the young age of 18, having worked at Anthos Capital, Space Angels Network, Machine Shop Ventures, and Science Inc. In the past, he was involved with the exit of ThirdEye where he directed business development and co-created / co-lectured the “Self-Innovations Lab: Converting Academic Expertise to Industry Expertise” accredited class at UCLA. He was named to the University of California Office of the President 2016 “30 Under 30” for his work in Agricultural Innovation with his company Pyur Solutions, a company creating non-toxic biodegradable home solutions. Nandeet was also awarded as a Kairos Society Fellow for Pyur Solutions and is the most recent addition as an Executive to Kairos Society. Nandeet serves on the board of Wanderset. Mehta has also spent time at a myriad of Fortune 500 companies and startups including Lyft, T-mobile, Ubisoft, Dell and Samsung. He attended UCLA for a B.A. and was an Edison Scholar
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
In addition to running Prototype Capital, Rajat is the Founder and CEO of Chef Robotics. He's been called "One of the top 15 college entrepreneurs in the nation" by Forbes for building and selling ThirdEye, a product that empowers visually impaired persons by verbally recognizing what they are looking at using computer vision. He is currently a contributor at Forbes and in the past, he worked as the Interim COO of the IoT startup MainTool, was part of the Equity Crowdfunding team at Indiegogo, was a Kleiner Perkins KPCB Fellow, worked in VC at Red and Blue Ventures (Warby Parker and Jet.com), has worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wharton School, wrote a book after high school called What High School Didn’t Teach Me: A Recent Graduate’s Perspective on How High Schools are Killing Creativity, and has published first author scientific research in physics and electrical engineering. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for a BS in Economics from The Wharton School and a MS in Engineering from Penn Engineering.
Founder at Pulse Positive
Airwing Ventures, Powerplant Ventures
Dan Beldy is a partner at Airwing Ventures and Powerplant Ventures. Dan has spent the last 20 years in technology and finance as a venture capitalist. Previously, Dan was a managing director at Steamboat Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of The Walt Disney Company, where he led the U.S. venture team. Prior to that he was a partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, the first venture firm to focus exclusively on software investments.
Dan has been involved with several successful companies as an investor and advisor including GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO), Edgecast, acquired by Verizion (NYSE: VZ), Method, acquired by Ecover; upLynk, acquired by Verizon (NYSE: VZ); Playdom, acquired by Disney (NYSE: DIS); FreeWheel, acquired by Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA); Greystripe, acquired by ValueClick (NASDAQ: VCLK); Employease, acquired by ADP (NASDAQ: ADP); and Starmine, acquired by Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI).
Earlier in his career Dan was an F/A-18 fighter pilot and instructor in the U.S. Navy, and served with the Brazilian Navy during an exchange program. Dan has a B.S. in Computer Science with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from The Wharton School. He enjoys family and friends, golf, triathlons and is an avid Springsteen fan. Dan has completed 290+ carrier landings, delivered 25,000+ copies of the NY Daily News, and has completed a triathlon at Alcatraz and a marathon in Antarctica.
Apple Fellow, Investor, VC, Engineer
Rich was one of the first four Apple Fellows and Co-Founded NeXT Computer with Steve Jobs. He has over 2 decades of experience building some of the most significant development teams and new businesses in Silicon Valley.
At NeXT Computer, Rich was VP of Hardware Engineering and led the development of the Cube, NeXTstation and Turbo NeXTstation products. He also was General Manager of the NeXT Hardware Division. At Apple, Rich developed early prototypes of Lisa and the Mac. He was responsible for software development tools, compilers and hardware development. Rich was also responsible selecting the Motorola 68000 in Apple products and was personally in charge of Apple/Motorola relationship.
Later in his career, Rich was the second Fellow at Rambus contributing to lighting, RRAM and new memory technologies.Rich was President and founder of Next Sierra, a fabless semiconductor company which developed display drivers for active matrix OLED. Rich was President and Founder of Sierra Research and Technology which provided 622M ATM, 10/100 Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet designs to more than 50 semiconductor and system companies.
Rich is currently a founding investor and board member of VIMOC Technologies and works closely with the team on strategy and business development. VIMOC is a pioneer in Landscape-Computing, an infrastructure platform including hardware and software that brings cloud compute resources to the edge of the network to support in real time applications enterprises. He is also currently Chairman of the Board of Casabots, a developer of robotic home products. He has been awarded 7 patents issued in the areas of graphics and displays.
Chinatown Bureau (Formerly WPP, Ford/Lincoln, and Adidas)
Marie Berry is the Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of Chinatown Bureau, a product and venture studio focused on the intersection of creative, technology and business. Marie is a Business Strategist with more than 10 years of experience in helping Fortune 500 companies develop effective digital transformation strategies and consumer engagement models to position them for the future.
Prior to founding Chinatown Bureau, Marie helped build and grow multiple WPP agencies in Asia, including spearheading digital operations for Chanel in China and comms strategy for Ford across 14 markets in APAC. On behalf of Ford, Marie negotiated and launched their first ever eCommerce platform on Alibaba (Tmall). For the past 2 years, Marie has led a team devoted to rebranding Lincoln Motor Company. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Science from the University of Münster, and a Triple Master’s Degree in International Business from ESCP Europe, studying in London, Madrid and Paris. Marie was born in Bolivia, raised in Germany and has lived in 6 countries.
DFJ (Formerly Pritzker Group)
Chirag is based in Pritzker Group Venture Capital’s Los Angeles office. He is actively involved in the sourcing, diligence and oversight of several companies, including Casper, Dollar Shave Club, HelloGiggles, The Honest Company, Mapbox, PureWow, Retention Science, and Women.com. Prior to Pritzker Group, Chirag held roles at SV Angel, where he focused on investing in consumer internet companies and The Honest Company. Chirag holds B.A. in economics and diaspora studies from Swarthmore College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in entrepreneurial management.
Viacom (Formerly MachineShop Ventures)
Currently the Executive Vice President at Machine Shop Ventures, Kiel previously worked at Creative Artists Agency in Entertainment Marketing and International Corporate Development focused on global expansion initiatives. Prior to CAA, Kiel helped grow an influencer marketing startup to be the on Inc. Fastest Growing Company list for 3 consecutive years. Prior to working with the startup, Kiel began his career at JPMorgan Investment Banking for 4 years, working and living in New York, London, and Johannesburg. Kiel attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton undergraduate program, majoring in Economics.
Kabir is based in the center of Silicon Valley while working at Google as a Program Manager for the Google for Work org to help bring order to the chaos of prioritizing, resourcing, and managing a portfolio of projects within one of the most used enterprise collaboration tools. He was born and raised in Southern California and quickly moved up to the bay to obtain his B.A. in Business Management Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. At 20, post-graduation, Kabir began his career as an Analyst for Google Search; he also founded Brush with Bamboo, a consumer product providing one of few alternatives to plastic toothbrushes.
NexusEdge (formerly Live Nation, Adobe, Goldman Sachs, UBS)
Eddie started his career in New York where he worked at UBS Investment Bank and Goldman Sachs. He transitioned into marketing at Adobe before switching to the entertainment industry at Live Nation/Ticketmaster, where he led partnerships in corporate concert strategy and marketing. Eddie has since founded MentorMint, a marketplace for students to receive online career coaching from professionals in their field. Eddie served as student-body president of the University of Southern California MBA program, and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Edward Lando is the Co-Founder of Horizons School of Technology that finds the most promising young people around the world and gives them all the advantages they need to launch their successful careers in tech. He is an active angel investor in San Francisco and New York and has invested in startups like Apptopia, ZeroCater, Sawyer, The Infatuation, and FrenchFounders. In the past he was the Co-Founder of GovPredict (YC S'14), the Co-Founder of Black V Neck Club, and an intern of StartX. He graduated from Wharton.
Noah's last company Twice (www.liketwice.com) was bought by eBay, raised $23m from Andreessen Horowitz, and Noah scaled the company up to over 50 people. Currently he's leading Built Robotics, a construction automation company that has raised $15M from Founders Fund. He has been named both Forbes 30 Under 30 and Inc Magazine 30 Under 30; Noah completed his BS Econ from Wharton, BS/MS in CS from Penn and was previously a product manager at Google.
Young Basile LLP
Kayvon is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded two VC backed startups and is also a practicing patent and startup law attorney. As a patent attorney, Kayvon has prosecuted hundreds of patents for Fortune 100s and startups across a wide range of industries including software, cloud storage, autonomous vehicles, MEMS, sensors, semiconductors, healthtech, and wearables. As a startup attorney, Kayvon advises a wide range of startups from incubators such as YC, Highway1, Plug&Play Tech Center, Rock Health, Wharton VIP, and Harvard i-lab. In addition to his legal insights, Kayvon has a wealth of product experiencing as his first startup launched a successful product on Facebook and his second startup garnered successful FDA clearance for an implantable device. Kayvon holds a BS in Bioengineering from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), a JD (cum laude, IP concentration) from the University of San Diego School of Law, and an MBA from the The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Indigo Ag (Formerly SAB-Miller, PepsiCo)
An agripreneur with several grassroots experiences (ITC-echoupal, NAIP, SABMiller-FAO, PepsiCo-HeadSCM), gained across organizations that put societal value creation at the heart of business strategy. Most recently, Akhil serves as a Director for Indigo Ag and formerly was the General Manager for SABMiller India and the Head of Procurement & Supply Chain for PepsiCo Asia . Akhil has an MBA from MANAGE in Agribusiness as well as an MBA from Stanford as a Sloan Fellow.
Daniel is passionate about how affordable housing and transit can be advanced by technology and law. As the first in my family to attend college, he saw firsthand how quality affordable housing helps families survive health shocks and access good schools. As a startup lawyer at Cooley, he helps founders and investors solve problems and protect their assets as they do everything from hiring employees or raising capital. He's particularly passionate about housing startups, having the privilege of being Toyota's Startup & Go Winner and an MIT100K and Harvard President’s Challenge finalist for using design and technology to reduce the cost of rent. He has a Harvard JD/PhD and is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.
Assistant Professor, Bilkent University
Can Alkan is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of
Computer Engineering at Bilkent University. He
received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Case Western
Reserve University in 2005 after a brief visit to Simon Fraser
University in Vancouver, Canada. During his Ph.D. he worked on the
evolution of centromeric DNA, RNA-RNA interaction prediction and RNA
folding problems. He then joined the Department of Genome Sciences of
the University of Washington as a postdoctoral fellow right at the moment
of the boom in genomic sequencing technologies. Since then his
work includes computational prediction of human genomic structural
variation, and characterization of segmental duplications and
copy-number polymorphisms using high throughput sequencing data.