• Our Advisors.

    We believe in advisors who actually provide value and help you scale your company

    (rather than just being on your VC's website but never actually talking to you)



    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.


    Cooley LLP


    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.

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