Panelists

The following is a list of venture, angel and incubator panelists:

Jim Huston, Portland Seed Fund, Bridgecity Ventures

Jim Huston is a Founder and Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund. Portland Seed Fund is an early stage venture firm focused on small, “first capital in” seed deals in the Portland Metro and greater Oregon region. Jim brings more than 25 years of technology industry experience, having worked with and invested in early stage technology companies throughout the world.  From 2004-2010 Jim was a Managing Director with Blueprint Ventures, a Bay Area technology growth capital firm. From 1995-2004, Jim served in numerous positions within Intel Capital, the world’s largest corporate venture organization.  While at Intel Capital, Jim served as the Director of Strategic Investments and led investments in 16 companies and nine acquisitions; in addition, he established and managed Intel’s Patent Purchase Fund from 2002-2004.  Jim has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

When Jim is not helping entrepreneurs build their companies, he tries to stay fit enough to run with his yellow Lab, likes to play tennis with his wife (and even win occasionally), and dreams of becoming a professional soccer player when he figures out how to regain the speed and fitness of a 20 year old.

Angela Jackson, Portland Seed Fund, Bridgecity Ventures

Angela brings a decade’s experience placing 30+ angel investments (multiple sectors) and a serial entrepreneur family history to Portland Seed Fund. She has advised hundreds entrepreneurs and seed‐stage companies across a broad spectrum of industries at AB Jackson Group, and also oversees the Portland State University Business Accelerator, with 25+ resident bio-tech, technology and clean-tech companies. She is current President of the Portland chapter of Keiretsu Forum, the largest angel network in the world, and was Chair of the state’s premier angel investment event, Angel Oregon, in 2010. Prior, she served as a principal at Emergent, an incubator/investment fund for emerging technology and consumer products. Earlier in her career, she started and operated several small companies and drove key partner relationships and sales channels at Auctionpay (acquired by Global Payments: GPN) during a period of explosive growth. Very early, she trained for a career in ballet and spent three years sailing globally as a professional tall ships sailor. She holds a B.A. in English and History (Boston University) and a M.A. in Environmental Studies (University of Oregon).

Jennifer Jordan, Managing Director of Golden Seeds

Golden Seeds is a national angel investor network with over 200 members and an emphasis on seeking women founders. Jennifer is a core member of the due diligence team, where she analyzes the market opportunity and financials of early stage companies and works with entrepreneurs in designing more effective business plans. She also provides start-up mentoring for entrepreneurs through the Springboard Mentor Program and the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. Jennifer served as Corporate Vice President of Investor Relations at Cadence Design Systems and spent 10 years covering early search, ecommerce, internet software applications, video game software and technical software as an equity research analyst with Black & Company through its acquisition by Wells Fargo Securities. She is a blackbelt in the Indonesian Martial Art of Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen and holds the title Goeroe.

Steve Morris, Executive Director of OTBC

Steve is a veteran of three start-ups, and has more than 25 years of management experience in the software, service, and semiconductor test industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Integrated Measurement Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Credence Corporation and Teseda Corporation.  He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Reed College and a Masters of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now The Tepper School of Business).

Nitin Rai, President TIE Oregon, CEO First Insight

Nitin has over 25 years of experience in the high tech industry.  He is currently President & CEO of First Insight Corporation, a Hillsboro, Oregon based software company which he founded in 1994.  First Insight leads the eye-care industry in electronic medical records, practice management and e-commerce products for independent optometrists and ophthalmologists with its flagship product – Maximeyes. Nitin has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.  Prior to founding First Insight, he worked as a Sr. Software Engineer at Mentor Graphics and two software start-ups in Silicon Valley and Seattle. Nitin’s broad range of experience includes technology development, capital raising, sales, marketing and finance and operations management.  He has raised over $20 million in both angel and venture investment for First Insight.  He has chaired TIE Oregon’s mentorship program since its inception.

Tom Sperry, Rogue Venture Partners

Tom Sperry is the Managing Director of Rogue Venture Partners- A Portland based Private Equity firm. He is also the CEO of Exit Games Inc. Exit Games is a venture capital backed technology company with a focus on the video game industry. It has offices in Portland and Hamburg Germany. Prior to Exit Games he was the CEO of Blade3D headquartered in Shanghai, China, with an office in Seattle, WA. Prior to his role at Blade3D, held senior management positions with HNC Software (Executive Director) and Looking Glass Studios (Director). Tom began his career at Microsoft Corporation, where he was an International Program Manager in the Games Division. Tom holds an M.B.A. from The Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, International Executive M.B.A. Program located in Hong Kong, 2002-2004.

Rick Turoczy, Portland Incubator Experiment (PiE)

Rick has been working in marketing communications roles at Portland area tech startups for the past 16 years. Out of pure dumb luck, he happened to sit up in bed at 2 AM one night in 2007 with the inspiration to start Silicon Florist, a blog about Portland startups. Since then, he’s been a source for local television, newspaper, and radio, made an appearance on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, written for one of the top tech blogs in the world, garnered bylines in The New York Times, been named to the Portland Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” elected to the board of the Software Association of Oregon and advisory board of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, advised the City of Portland and the Portland Development Commission, and launched a startup incubator with the help of Wieden+Kennedy, Target, Coca-Cola, Nike, and Google. All because of a blog. Weird.


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