Think you can hook an investor in two minutes or less? Pitch to a panel of top investors at OCTANe’s 2015 Technology Investor Forum. Get immediate feedback on your pitch and business model from active investors and learn how to get to the next level.
The entrepreneur will pitch for two minutes. The panel of investors will give the entrepreneur high-quality feedback on their business models for three minutes.
The 2015 Fast Pitch competition will place entrepreneurs and their ideas in front of a qualified panel of investors who are actively investing in Orange County and beyond! You will get immediate feedback from the panel as to how fundable your idea is, key risks and guidance on next steps. There are only 15 slots for presenters, so apply now! To participate, please send your 2-minute Elevator Pitch to JC@OCTANeOC.org.
The winner of the contest will win a seat at the invite-only CEO dinner at the end of the conference. This is an exclusive opportunity to have an intimate dinner with leading CEOs, investors, board members, and other entrepreneurs.
Investor Panel Includes:
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Okapi Venture Capital
Marc is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Okapi Venture Capital and is responsible for Okapi Ventures’ technology investments.
He has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility in business development, legal, operations, corporate development, and strategy in the technology industry since the mid-90s. Prior to founding Okapi, Marc was with Intel Corporation first as an attorney for the Microprocessor Products Group and then as the Managing Director, Strategic Business Development for the Software & Solutions Group worldwide. Prior to Intel, Marc worked for Sun Microsystems in business development and legal roles. Marc received his bachelors from the University of Southern California, where he studied philosophy and business, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. He also attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business executive education program. Marc’s past and present board affiliations include DATAllegro (acquired by Microsoft), TrueEcho, Jabez, SecondVoice, Emulex [NYSE: ELX], WellTok, SignNow, (acquired by Barracuda Networks), RF Nano Corporation, Second Voice, My Damn Channel, Transaction Wireless, TempoAl, Qualaroo and Pegasus Solar.
He is also on the Advisory Board of The Don Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at U.C. Irvine. Marc maintains a personal blog at OC VC and can be found on Twitter as "@ocvc." Marc lives with his wife and two kids in Orange County, CA and is active with his kids’ school and in the local community. When not busy with board work, he can often be found on boards of other varieties (snow, SUP, and surf).
Tech Coast Angels
John Harbison is President of Tech Coast Angels (Orange County) - the largest Angel group in the US, where he has led 9 deals and invested in over 30 startups. Previously he co-founded of Next Autoworks - a disruptive new American car company back by investors such as Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures. Before that he served as CEO of network security software SilentRunner Inc., and as President of Raytheon Commercial Ventures Inc. where he launched four businesses in two years leading to two exits and a third company which achieved $700 million in annual revenue within eight years. At the beginning of his career, he was a partner at Booz•Allen Hamilton where he led the firm’s Aerospace/Defense Practice, its Strategic Alliances functional practice, and its Los Angeles office. He has an AB cum laude from Harvard College, an MS in accounting from NYU Stern and a MBA from Harvard Business School with first year honors.
Peter Lee manages all of Baroda Ventures new investments and current portfolio.
Previously, he was an investor at Clearstone Ventures and Prism Ventures. Prior to entering venture capital, he was the Vice President of Operations and Product Management at Goldpocket (acquired by Ericsson), a startup developing a platform for creating, distributing and managing interactive TV digital media systems.
Earlier, Peter was a manager with McKinsey, where he focused on the digital media, consumer electronics, and internet industries. He also worked as a product manager at Microsoft in their wireless device group as well as at Virtual Ink (acquired by Dymo Corp), a venture-backed startup in the consumer electronics and collaborative online meeting space.
Peter earned his B.S. and M.S. in engineering product development from MIT where he was elected into the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and was awarded a full-tuition graduate fellowship. He also holds an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard Business School.
Anthem Venture Partners
Brian Mesic is a Partner at Anthem Venture Partners. Since joining Anthem from McKinsey in 2000, Brian has led successful investments in pioneering companies such as Android (acquired by Google), RF Magic (acquired by Entropic), Planet A.T.E. (acquired by Intersil), Viewdle (acquired by Motorola) and Entropic Communications (NASDAQ: ENTR). He currently serves on the board of directors of Blurb, Card and StackIQ. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Economics and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Prior to forming Mucker Capital, Erik was most recently at Harrison Metal Capital where he helped lead one of the most successful seed-stage venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Since 2008, Harrison Metal has invested in over 50 companies, including Aardvark (GOOG), DocVerse (GOOG), Heroku (CRM), Manymoon (CRM), MixerLab (Twitter) and ZipZapPlay (ERTS).
Before Harrison Metal, Erik was most recently vice president of product management and strategy at TripAdvisor, the largest travel community site on the Web. In that role, he led product strategy and development globally for TripAdvisor sites in the US, UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, as well distributed applications and syndicated content on partner sites like Facebook.
Prior to TripAdvisor, Erik spent over four years at eBay, where he held a variety of positions, including leadership of eBay’s premium features business, which grew during his tenure from $124 million in revenue in 2002 to $410 million in 2005, significantly outpacing overall eBay revenue and listings growth.
Previously, Erik held leadership roles at MVP.com, where he was the online sporting goods retailer’s first marketing employee, and at Accenture, where he advised Fortune 500 retail, communications, and consumer products clients on strategy, operations and technology engagements. He was also an early member of Accenture’s first practice group dedicated to Internet strategy and development.
Erik earlier served at the Domestic Policy Council in the White House, where he worked on issues such as equal employment opportunity and Native American affairs. Erik holds a BS from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Duke University.