Jim ArmstrongManaging Director, Clearstone Venture Partners
Jim’s work at Clearstone is focused on information technology investments, with particular interest in consumer Internet, application software and Internet enabled business processes. In each of the last four years, Jim was recognized as one of the top 100 Venture Capitalists in the United States by Forbes Magazine in its annual Midas List. Jim joined Clearstone Venture Partners in 1998 from Austin Ventures, a leading venture fund, where he spent three years supporting investments in a variety of early stage companies. Jim also worked with idealab, the incubator, helping to guide and fund a variety of early Internet companies. Jim led Clearstone’s current investments Internet companies SupplyFrame, Internet Brands (formerly CarsDirect), Vast, and LeisureLink, and Software companies Integrien, Siderean and Composite. Jim actively represented Clearstone’s investment in former portfolio companies Comet Systems (acquired by Miva), PayPal (acquired by eBay as a public company), United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD), Jump Networks (acquired by Microsoft) and TriVida (acquired by BeFree). Jim holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and also holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Pete SinclairDirector, Leapfrog Ventures
Pete Sinclair’s background includes over 20 years of senior operating experience in high tech companies and more than 10 years in venture capital. He has been a serial CEO and successfully sold companies to Microsoft, Novell, and Adobe Systems and has participated in two IPOs. He started his career with Hewlett-Packard and joined Apple Computer when it was still a small private company. Pete has raised money from and worked for some of the top venture capital firms. Pete was one of the founders of Leapfrog in 1999, and is rated as one of the Top 30 VCs by Business Insider. Pete has a BS in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class. He is also a graduate of Stanford Business School’s Executive Program for Small Company Presidents and twice served as the Mayor of the Town of Woodside.
Dan KloiberManaging Director, NextStream Capital
Dan is a Managing Director at NextStream Capital, focusing on Internet and infrastructure solutions. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Dan has founded three companies with four liquidity events, the most recent being the sale of Exstream Software to Hewlett-Packard in January 2008. In addition to his role as Managing Director at Next Stream, Dan serves as Chief Technologist, Enterprise Software Group, IPG Solutions at Hewlett Packard. With 20-years as the chief technologist in software ventures he is a respected authority on software architectures for processing and enhancing data. Previously Dan was the CTO and co-founder of Exstream Software, a worldwide enterprise software company delivering document personalization solutions. Other key career accomplishments include the founding of PDR Advanced Technology where he invented StreamWeaver, and service on the board and as executive vice president of PDR Information Services. Dan began his career in research at Shell Oil company after graduating from Cornell University with a BS in engineering.
Naval RavikantChairman, Vast.com
Naval Ravikant is the chairman of Vast.com and previously founded Genoa Corporation (acquired by Finisar) and Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com). Previously, he was a venture partner at August Capital and led investments in Scintera, Neopath, Technorati, Microdisplay, DeviceScape, and Mimosa. Startups Naval has helped and advised in areas ranging from founding to product design to fundraising include iPivot (sold to Intel), Intrinsic Graphics, Andale, XFire (sold to Viacom), HedgeStreet, Engage, Photo.net, LoyaltyLab, Jaman, Hive7, Dulance (sold to Google), and Bix (sold to Yahoo!). Naval currently manages a small fund focused on early-stage social media investments and co-authors Venturehacks.com.
Kevin LawsFounder and Board Member, Vast.com
Kevin is one of Vast.com’s founders. Before Vast.com, Kevin served as a Principal at PacRim Venture Partners with responsibility for sourcing and evaluating potential software investments. Prior to PacRim, Kevin Laws was vice president of products at Epinions, where he helped build the company into the top consumer and review website. Kevin also worked as a consultant in the Communications, Media & Technology Group at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and as Software Development Manager for Computer Sciences Corporation’s offices in Heidelberg, Germany, where he oversaw Development of several major projects, including one of the first large-scale web-based Intranets in 1993. Kevin holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Dickinson College, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an M.A. in International Relations from Boston University.
John is the CEO of Vast.com. Prior to Vast, John served as vice president of marketing and business development at Between Markets, which was sold to Inovis. Before BetweenMarkets, John spent 11 years as vice president of marketing and business development at enterprise software company Trilogy, Inc, where he was critical to the company’s growth from $0 to $250 million in revenue. Previously, John was a director of technical marketing at Neuron Data and an AI associate at Shell Oil. John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.