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Monday, June 13 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Meet the Tech Coast Angels: A Fireside Chat

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  • How can entrepreneurs who seek Seed to Series A-stage funding in the San Diego-Tijuana region better position themselves for success? It’s difficult for founders - at a typical networking event - to get quality time while waiting on line to speak with an investor who may not have a mutual interest or relevant background. Moreover, investors are asked the same questions over and over again.
  • During this panel, for the first 40 min. you will learn about the current process for consideration at TCA and also about relevant programs that are being developed to improve deal flow and the community experience. For the final 20 min. we will open up the floor to the audience for pressing Q&A.
  • The panel members all hail from a variety of industries and many are serial entrepreneurs, representing diversity within TCA.
  • Pre-work: Listen to The Impact Matters Podcast, Episode 2: Eric Gasser (Tech Coast Angels) - Angel investor who’s a part of - not apart from - the startup community (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ep2-eric-gasser-tech-coast/id1095743198?i=1000366293087&mt=2

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Millard Chan

Host | Impact Matters - The Podcast, Co-Founder | Impact Without Borders
Building a vibrant impact entrepreneurial ecosystem and engaging with our Cali-Baja community. Want to learn more about this community? Listen to Impact Matters, The Podcast at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/impact-matters/id1095743198?mt=2 | | Please subscribe on iTunes and review!

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John Baez

CEO, The Behemoth
In 2003, John co-founded the Behemoth, a game development studio located in San Diego, CA. Since then he has continued to lead the company into the video game publishing space for the Xbox and PlayStation systems. With his two partners he has created “The Gold Egg Project" which funds innovative video game development studios to help bring their non-traditional projects to life. He has also done some other mind blowing stuff but mostly he... Read More →
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Jeff Friedman

Tech Coast Angels
After receiving a BS in biology from MIT, Jeff earned a MD and PhD in Cancer Biology at Stanford University. His thesis elucidated the mechanism of action of the immunosuppressive drugs cyclosporine A and FK506. Dr. Friedman went on to train in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and was a fellow in Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. From 2003-2012 Dr. Friedman was a Principal Investigator and Assistant... Read More →
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Raul Gomez

CEO, Max Interamericas
After BS and MBA from UC Berkeley worked for major New York banks establishing startup financial companies in Latin America. Worked with major Mexican banks and conglomerates in the financial and commercial sectors. Did M&A and large international public bond offerings for major international food and television companies with operations in Mexico and Latin America. Startups in the US for food exporting companies to Latin America.
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Dean Rosenberg

Vice President, Due Diligence, Tech Coast Angels
Serial entrepreneur turned angel investor. Started a number of companies in San Diego - some were self-funded, one raised $32M in venture capital, and my most recent venture raised $2M in funding from Tech Coast Angels, and was recently acquired by a public company. I am now on the Board of Tech Coast Angels, helping other entrepreneurs to raise funding and grow their businesses.
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Amy Vavrunek

Amy is a serial entrepreneur, having started multiple graphic design agencies and she just launched a fashionable and functional line of golf apparel. At TCA, Amy is developing a proper marketing and PR effort and helps startups with potential to get their message across in their pitches.
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Caitlin Wege

Member, TCA
Caitlin is a partner in a private family Investment fund, where she is an Angel Investor that is active in companies across the country and in Canada. While her family office invests in many industries, she has recently focused her attention on San Diego's emerging Impact and Social Enterprise ecosystem. | She is an active member at Tech Coast Angels, is Board Chair of The 1to1 Movement, a progressive environmental education organization... Read More →

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