Speaker

Keynote

Joe Edelman

Opening Keynote

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Joe Edelman

Opening Keynote

Mr. Edelman founded Perceptive Advisors, LLC in 1999. Previously, he was Senior Analyst at Aries Fund, a Paramount Capital Asset Management biotechnology hedge fund, from November 1994 through December 1998. Prior, Joe was Senior Biotechnology Analyst at Prudential Securities for four years. He started his career in the healthcare sector of the securities industry as Biotechnology Analyst at Labe, Simpson. Joe earned an M.B.A. from New York University and a B.A., magna cum laude, in psychology from the University of California, San Diego

Ashvin Bachireddy

Midday Keynote

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Ashvin Bachireddy

Midday Keynote

Mr. Ashvin Bachireddy is a Co-Founding Partner and General Partner at Geodesic Capital. He was a Partner and Head of Growth Stage Investing at Andreessen Horowitz since 2010. He led growth stage investing for Andreessen Horowitz. Mr. Bachireddy was a Senior Associate at Lightspeed Venture Partners. He joined Lightspeed in 2009 and focused primarily on investments in the areas of software applications. He began his career as an Analyst at Citigroup in their Public Finance Investment Banking Group. He received a B.S., with honors, in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego



Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurship Panel

Vincent Phillips +

Vincent Phillips

Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurship Panel

Vincent is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Income, which specializes in fixed income investments. Vincent has over 17 years of experience building fin-tech enterprises with an emphasis on portfolio accounting and trading systems. He built the world’s first web trading system for Schwab.com and launched first-of-their-kind tech platforms including Copart Mobile, CyberTraderPro, and eSchwab

Vignesh Ravikumar +

Vignesh Ravikumar

Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurship Panel

Vingesh is an associate at Sierra Ventures where he focuses on investments in SaaS, Big Data, Security, AI/Machine Learning, Marketplaces, and Robotics. Vingesh graduated from UC San Diego in August 2012

Tiffany Stone +

Tiffany Stone

Venture Capital, Private Equity & Entrepreneurship Panel

Tiffany Stone is the CEO and Co-founder of Matter Ventures-backed Menagerie. She has led the online and offline growth of SOLS, helping generate the first $50,000 in consumer revenue, and has helped the world’s largest 3D printer network, 3D Hubs, accelerate platform adoption in the U.S. Early in her career, she performed business and intangible asset valuations on companies across a range of industries, as well as valued the investment portfolios of private equity and hedge funds



Investment Management & Wealth Management Panel

Ralph Ho +

Ralph Ho

Investment Management & Wealth Management Panel

For over 20 years, Ralph Ho has had a very successful career as a finance executive. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Sequoia Capital, one of the Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capital firms with over $10 billion assets under management. Prior to Sequoia Capital, he was the Chief Operating Officer for the hedge fund and investment management firm Clarium Capital Management. Previously, Mr. Ho served as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of PayPal for three years and also as President of PayPal Asset Management for four years. He was also Vice President and Assistant Treasurer for Bank of America Securities for almost 5 years

Wyatt Wachtel +

Wyatt Wachtel

Investment Management & Wealth Management Panel

Mr. Wyatt Wachtel serves as a Managing Director of York Capital Management ("York"). Prior to joining York, from June 2012 to January 2015, Mr. Wachtel provided advisory services to York through a consulting agreement via Solana Capital Management, LLC, which he was the Sole Member. He focuses on structured credit investments, sub-performing mortgages, bank loans and other distressed opportunities. Prior to joining Solana Capital, he served as a Senior Portfolio Analyst at Highland Capital Management, specializing in distressed investments and special situations. He also served as a Senior Associate in Private Finance at Allied Capital, and an Associate at Bank of America Securities, and an Associate in the Asset Securitization division of first Union Securities. He has been Director of Rokwader Inc., since 2015

Curt Biren +

Curt Biren

Investment Management & Wealth Management Panel

Curt Biren serves as a Senior Vice President at Kayne Anderson Rudnick Wealth Advisors since 1999. He is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association, CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Los Angeles, and the Financial Planning Association. He is also a 2011-2013 Five-Star Wealth Manager by Los Angeles magazine, a title only awarded for those with the best overall satisfaction, Certified Private Wealth Advisor® professional and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®. Prior to working at Kayne Anderson Rudnick, he worked as a financial advisor at Sanford C. Bernstein and Company



Consulting Panel

John Nguyen +

John Nguyen

Consulting Panel

John Nguyen is currently working as a PwC management consultant in the MA practice supporting Fortune 500 and Private Equity clients in healthcare including the pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries. John previously worked at BD (formerly CareFusion) as a senior financial analyst

Alex Shin +

Alex Shin

Consulting Panel

Alex is a senior consultant at EY with focus on financial industry in Los Angeles. Prior, Alex served as an advisory analyst in EY in San Francisco

Mark Nelson +

Mark Nelson

Consulting Panel

Mark Nelson serves as the Regional Vice President for National Government Affairs at Sempra Energy at San Diego. He is a board member for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and St. Augustine High School

Meena Tafazzoli +

Meena Tafazzoli

Consulting Panel

Meena Tafazzoli is a business analyst at ZS Associates. Prior, she worked at Caliber Advisors as a valuation analyst. Meena was a teaching assistant at Rady School of Management. She received a B.S. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego



Executive Women’s Panel

Deb Bronston-Culp +

Deb Bronston-Culp

Executive Women’s Panel

Deborah Bronston-Culp amassed a career spanning 25+ years on Wall Street. She is a Managing Partner at Samothrace Partners as well as an MD and Co-head of Enterprise Technology at Golden Seeds. She invests in early-stage companies, serves on boards and mentors entrepreneurs. She was a Managing Director and Deputy Director of Equity Research at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, Deborah led Equity Research at NatWest Securities (US). She spent 15 years at Prudential Securities where she managed and trained Equity Research analysts and was a top ranked consumer analyst for each of the 7 years she followed stocks

Sara Orr +

Sara Orr

Executive Women’s Panel

Sara Orr is currently a Senior Vice President of Finance and the CFO of Verizon wireline. With more than 20 years of telecommunications and technology experience, she is focused on financial and operational leadership across multiple business units within the organization. She worked with a wide cross-section of business units to conduct financial forecasting and strategy for Verizon that allows for proper planning and management across multiple disciplines

Wendy Kim +

Wendy Kim

Executive Women’s Panel

Wendy Kim is a Wealth Management Professional in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs & Co. She is responsible for client relationship management and account maintenance. Wendy earned a B.A. in the Study of Religion from the University of California, San Diego. She also studied Ancient Mediterranean Religions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before beginning her career in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Wendy worked at Centerbridge Partners in New York City. She is passionate about environmental causes and is an avid golfer

Vignesh Ravikumar +

Vignesh Ravikumar

Executive Women’s Panel

Lauren is a senior associate at Wells Fargo Securities San Francisco office where she focuses on healthcare investment banking. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Securities, Lauren served as an associate director at UBS New York office for two years. Previously, Lauren was an associate and senior analyst at Paul Capital Partners. She also worked as an investment banking summer analyst within the public sector and infrastructure group at Goldman Sachs.



Investment Banking Panel

Melody Jones +

Melody Jones

Investment Banking Panel

Melody Jones is a founder and managing director at Strata-Visory which provides mergers & acquisitions strategy and advisory services to its clients. Prior, She worked as an independent strategic & finance consultant reporting to C- level executives and assisted Marin Software in preparing for its IPO in March 2013. Melody previously served as a director in the investment banking division for Robert W. Baird & Co. Upon receiving her M.B.A degree from the Wharton Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Melody worked as an investment banking associate for J.P. Morgan’s Technology, Media and telecommunications

Victor Ng +

Victor Ng

Investment Banking Panel

Victor is a managing director at Goldman Sachs and has been with the firm since 1995. He is a board member of Global Association of Risk Professionals. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he worked as an Economist for International Monetary Fund. From 1989 to 1994, he served as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan

David Cubeta +

David Cubeta

Investment Banking Panel

Dave Cubeta is currently an associate at RA Capital Advisors, a San Diego based boutique investment bank that specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private financings, shareholder matters, restructurings, and crisis situations for middle market and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to RA Capital Advisors, Dave was an associate for Cabrillo Advisors, another San Diego based firm that provides investment banking and other financial advisory services for the tech, life sciences and social media sectors. Dave began his career as at Pricewaterhouse Cooper as an auditor. He was also a professor in the accounting department at San Diego State University up until 2012

Barry Ripley +

Barry Ripley

Investment Banking Panel

Barry is an associate at Citigroup San Francisco office where he focuses on investment banking within the technology space. Prior to joining Citigroup, Barry served as an engineering project manager and a mechanical engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation