DreamFunded's Mentor Network

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Jim Connor

Angel Investor, Former President of Sand Hills Angels

Sand Hill Angels provides early stage venture capital and mentorship to emerging technology companies, Board member since 2007, President in 2009, Treasurer in 2012. He serves as a board member of the Angel Capital Association.


Danielle Strachman

General Partner of 1517 Fund

1517 invests in companies led by young founders. Their focus is on makers, hackers, and scientists interested in working outside tracked institutions because they believe that the path geared towards higher education is not for all. They motivate people to work on what they’re passionate about, to learn by doing, and to create new technologies. Previous to founding 1517, Danielle was on the founding team of the Thiel Fellowship as the program director.


Steve Goldberg

VC, Venrock

Steve Goldberg is currently a Partner at Venrock, a leading venture capital firm. Venrock led Apple's first venture round and held a board seat for nearly 20 years. Intel was one of Venrock's first investments, funded the year Venrock was formed.

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Salil Pradhan

Draper Nexus, Venture Partner

Salil is a Venture Partner and early stage investor with Draper Nexus Ventures. An advisor to corporate LPs on product strategy, partnerships with startups, and M&A, his current focus in on seed/early stage startups in verticals including retail, healthcare and agriculture with an emphasis on IOT (Internet of things).

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Richard Chen

CEO of Yifei Investment Holdings

Richard specializes in cross border tech investments and bringing top Western tech companies to China.

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Chenoa Farnsworth

Blue Startup Managing Partner

Chenoa is the managing director of the Hawaii Angels, Hawaii’s only angel capital investment network. In 2006, she co-founded Kolohala Ventures, a Hawai’i-based venture capital firm that has invested $50 million into Hawai’i-based technology start-ups.

Mitchell levy

Mitchell Levy

Social Media Advisor

Mitchell is focused on helping corporations (and individuals) succeed via social media and thought leadership. According to LinkedIn, He was the first Thought Leader Architect in the world!

John rampton

John Rampton

Startup Advisor

John was recently named #2 on Top 50 Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine as well as a blogging expert by Forbes. Time Magazine recognized John as a motivations speaker that helps people find a "Sense of Meaning" in their lives.

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Gina Smith

Master Storyteller/ Former ABC News Correspondent

Gina Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's memoir, iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It. An award-winning journalist for her work on national radio and her syndicated national newspaper columns, Gina was ABC News' first on-air correspondent on the technology beat, where she introduced millions of Americans to tech news and culture on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20, and Nightline.

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Ande Lyons

Startup Advisor

With 4 businesses and an MBA to my credit, I’m capable of fully supporting the growth and success of a startup and early-stage enterprise.

Josh maher

Josh Maher

Angel Investor/ Startup Advisor

Josh Maher is a best selling author, editor, and financial consultant. One of his recent books Startup Wealth: How the Best Angel Investors Make Money in Startups.

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Mario Chaves

Former Director of Engineering - Intuit

As a Silicon Valley veteran and software industry executive with a Latin American background, Mario speaks at conferences and events throughout Latin America on outsourcing and technology sector regional competitiveness.

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Bart Robertson

Capital Factory, Partner

Robertson also has over 15 years of startup and venture capital experience in executive, advisory and investor roles. Mr. Robertson is currently a partner at the Capital Factory, the leading startup incubator in Austin, and is a member and mentor with Central Texas Angel Network.


Cuneyt Buyukbezci

Startup Advisor

Enterprise software executive with two decades of leadership experience in marketing, product management, strategy, and sales. Startup and growth expertise as an entrepreneur, advisor, and corporate incubator.

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Mike Lin

Early Linkedin

User Experience Design Visual Design Entrepreneurship Social Entrepreneurship Social Media Marketing Social Media Influencer Marketing

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Nisa Amoils

VC Scout Ventures

Nisa Amoils is an active early stage investor, Board advisor and entrepreneur. She is a member of New York Angels where she invests in a variety of technology and is the co-chair of the frontier technology committee which encompasses AR/VR, robotics, drones, AI, driverless cars, autonomous innovations, cybersecurity, remote sensing, blockchain and other disruptive technologies.

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Bill Gordon

Startup Advisor/ Investor

Bill Gordon is an entrepreneur who loves building startups, teaching others how to do it, connecting people and ideas always with an eye to changing the world. Lean Launch Ventures was formed by myself to run accelerator programs using the Lean LaunchPad curriculum of Steve Blank.

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Neil Shroff

Angel Investor/ Startup Advisor

Neil is an angel investor and an angel investor with the Band of Angels. The Band of Angels is Silicon Valley's oldest seed funding organization. We are a formal group of 150 former and current high tech executives who are interested in investing their time and money into new, cutting edge, startup companies. We've seeded over 277 companies in our history with 55 profitable M&A exits and 10 Nasdaq IPOs.

Steve smith

Steve Smith

Startup Advisor/ Former VC

As a former managing director of GE Capital. I was responsible for both internal and external venture activity driving innovation across GE and GE Capital. Sponsored and oversaw numerous internal new business entities and made a series of strategic investments including, eShop (MSFT), EuroNet (EEFT), Media Vehicles, Worldtel, Honicorp (Intellectual Ventures), First Virtual (Message Media) and Proxicom (PXCM). I was a member of the GE Capital investment committee which vetted all GE Capital deals.

John livesay

John Livesay

Startup Advisor

As a funding strategist, John Livesay helps CEOs craft a compelling pitch that engages investors in a way that inspires them to join a startup’s team. He hosts “The Successful Pitch” podcast with investors from around the world and is the author of “The Successful Pitch : Conversations on Going From Invisible To Investable” John has appeared in Forbes, Inc. as well on CBS FOX and ABC as an expert on how to be more confident and the media has called him “The Pitch Whisperer.”

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Preston Junger

Angel Investor/ Startup Advisor

Based in New York, NY, Preston is an Ex-Early Yelp, Ex-Yahoo!, IAC & Apple and currently works as VP of Sales for Wide Open Media & CRO for Localvore. He joined Yelp in 2008 as an early hire, opening & expanding the first NY office, bringing the company through IPO, while significantly growing Yelp revenue as VP of Brand Solutions. Preston has a B.A. from the University of Vermont and is an active angel investor, advisor & board director with several emerging tech companies in New York, San Francisco, Stockholm & in between.

George parrish

George Parrish

Startup Advisor

I work with Startups from ideation to launch on all aspects of Startup business development and planning.

Will bunker

Will Bunker

Startup Advisor/ VC

Since building the dating site that became Match.com in the 90s, I have bootstrapped several startups to profitability. I’ve worked with countless entrepreneurs to help them scale their business. With GrowthX, I’m looking to mentor great early stage ideas and the next great entrepreneurs.

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John Sweet

Angel Investor/ Startup Advisor

I'm an angel investor with Pasadena Angels. I am a mentor and adviser to early-stage companies seeking growth capital through private equity. As a group, we have invested over $65 million in over 175 ventures since inception.


James Haft

TechStars Mentor

Entrepreneur and Merchant Banker with broad experience in all aspects of forming, managing, advising, fund raising, and biz dev for entrepreneur-powered businesses, including, business strategy and M&A. Significant and relevant experience with Internet apps and platforms, integrated media, on-line advertising, on-line metrics, mobile apps, telecom, energy, emerging markets, financial consulting, real estate and venture capital.


Amir Banifatemi

Founder, Managing Partner of K5 Ventures

K5 Ventures is an early and mid stage lab and funding platform. K5 Ventures hosts, invests, and accelerates early stage disruptive and technology-driven businesses led by visionary teams. As managing partner and co-founder I established fund operations and compliance, recruiting operating partners, developing deal flow and procedures for vetting and due diligence, fund investment policies and strategies and reporting.

Jamie maynard

Jamie Maynard

Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners, Venture Partner

Invest directly with Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners, with around 10 active investments.
Support portfolio companies, refer deal flow and help with due diligence for potential investments.


Benjamin Portusach

Startup Advisor

I am entrepreneur, that exited a startup.
I was in charge of operations, marketing, strategy, financing and creation of company culture. Business development including key client relationship management

Don aoki

Don Aoki

Angel Investor/ Startup Advisor

Entrepreneurial MIT-trained leader of product and professional services teams. Four venture-backed startups, with three exits. I've recruited, led and scaled teams across multiple geographies. CEO advisor to multiple startups.


Liz Roberts

Valley Venture Mentors, CEO

Designed, built and ran Startup Accelerator to further entrepreneurship and innovation.
Provided vision and leadership through development of long range planning and evaluation with Board, ED and staff.
Recruited, managed and created Advisor Network.

Jay leonard

Jay Leonard

Investor at Springfield Venture Fund

Venture Fund investing in high growth startups located in Springfield, MA

Jose de dios

Jose De dios

Founder Institute, Mentor

Jose De Dios is a 20+ year serial entrepreneur that enjoys the challenge of creating change where it’s said “there is no room for change!” De Dios is a wonderful human with a profound passion towards helping his fellow human attain their life’s success, sometimes at his own expense.


Giovanni Rodriguez

Startup Advisor

Giovanni Rodriguez is founder of the Silicon Valley Story Lab. Over the years, he has advised numerous organizations including The White House Hispanic Initiative, the Democratic National Committee, The Israeli Foreign Ministry, the AARP, Coca-Cola, SAP, Microsoft, Google, VMware, Stanford University, Singularity University (which he helped to launch in 2009).


Sheridan Tatsuno

Startup Advisor

Corporate business strategist for several dozen major U.S., Japanese, European and Asian tech corporations, including Intel, AMD, Cisco, Hitachi, Toyota, and NTT; serial entrepreneur (co-founder of 7 startups since 2000).

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Peter Henry

Angel Investor, Business Strategist

Peter Henry is an angel investor member of Keiretsu Forum and Stanford Angels, LP with Keiretsu Capital, and Managing Director at Canard Sauvage LLC, a private equity investor. Peter has founded or co-launched software and services startups. He has been a strategic advisor to several Fortune-1000 firms, mentored dozens of startup entrepreneurs in the SF Bay and New York areas, and advised venture investors on portfolio turnaround approaches.

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Janice Varney-hamlin

Tech Coast Angels, Angel Investor

Janice Varney-Hamlin is an innovative, global marketing and sales executive with a proven track record in driving fully-integrated online and offline marketing programs impacting some of the most dynamic brands and intellectual properties on the planet. She spearheaded the strategic planning and growth of some of the most well-known brands in the world. Disney at ABC Television Group; Shark Tank, Dancing with the Stars, Universal Studios; Law & Order, Barbie, DC Comics, Hot Wheels and Nickelodeon.

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Tom Cervantez

Founder Harvard Angels, VC with Accelerator Ventures, Lawyer For CEO's and Tech Startups

I am an entrepreneur, Harvard educated lawyer, and angel investor. Specialties: Attorney representing investors and entrepreneurs in the areas of equity and debt securities offerings, private placements, capital structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. Tom Cervantez also is the Chairman of the Golden Gate Angels

Ed fernandez

Ed Fernandez

Early Stage & Startup VC, Advisor, Investor & Entrepreneur

Ed is a seasoned mobile industry veteran with more than two decades of experience combined. Member of the Young Presidents' Organization, a worldwide non for profit association of leaders and entrepreneurs under 45. He is Partner & Co-founder of Naiss.io, a venture capital boutique in Palo Alto, focusing on technology based start ups and early stage companies, preparing them for M&A and IPO in alternative markets. As a VC practitioner he started in 2012 as investor and venture partner in a $10MM Start Up venture fund with 12 companies in portfolio.

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Steven Hoffman

Founders Space, Founder

Steve Hoffman (a.k.a. Captain Hoff) is a serial entrepreneur, author, investor, and the Captain and Chairman of Founders Space. He has trained and educated hundreds of startup founders around the world. Founders Space is ranked a Top 10 Incubator in Inc. Magazine and the #1 Accelerator for startups coming to Silicon Valley from overseas in Forbes Magazine.

Mike ryan

Mike Ryan

Startup Advisor

Advisor, board member, CEO for 25+ years at technology, healthcare & consulting companies. Expertise in starting, growing, leading, advising & guiding 500+ companies in Internet, healthcare & technology. Served on 60+ board of directors.

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Sylvia Flores

CEO/ Co-Founder at Manos Accelerator

Sylvia Flores is an award-winning entrepreneur and engineer with years of experience. She founded several startup companies and is knowledgeable of the U.S. Hispanic market. In 2003, she worked with the former President of Mexico Vicente Fox to establish a technology incubator for Mexican entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Prior to her career in startups, Sylvia held various engineering positions at IBM.

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Orion Parrott

Y Combinator Alumni, Startup Advisor

I specialize in simplifying complex work flows. I have worked on high-security computing and grew a passion for selling.

Terrence yang

Terrence Yang

Angel Investor/ Founder of Precelerator

Helping startups first, before others can or will. We want to be your first mentor. We were the first investor in 2 startups, and second to fourth investor in a few others. Our startups have achieved YC interview, completed a top 10 accelerator, completed the #1 Bitcoin accelerator, received funding from Tim Draper, the Government of Singapore, Joanne Wilson, Comcast Ventures, DreamIt Ventures.


David Presson

Angel Investor/ Startup Advisor

As Director of Investments for First Bank, I’m responsible for supervising our team of portfolio managers, setting investment policy for Wealth Management, marketing our investment process to prospects, and maintaining strong compliance controls within investments. In addition, I’m responsible for a number of key client relationships, both in the Midwest and in California. I also put together our presentation materials and host seminars for current clients and prospects, as well as educational seminars.


Deepak Luthra

Angel Investor/ Startup Advisor

Build out high-performance Operating & Technology Platforms for Banking and Financial Services industries that leverage - superior Customer Engagement, Innovative Experiences & Products, and Digitization-driven Operational Excellence. Global leader in Banking & Financial Technology industry. Proven ability to scale up new initiatives. I have been part of start-up team at Wealth Management venture funded by SWF.


Eli Velasquez

Lubbock Angel Network

The Lubbock Angel Network (LAN) is a member-directed investment club. LAN seeks to invest in early-stage startups emerging from Texas Tech as well as syndicated deals from other angel networks.

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Chris Ciabarra

Startup Advisor

I am the Co-Founder/ CTO of Revel Systems. I invented and developed the iPad App and cloud-based backend for the Revel iPad POS system.


Mark Feinberg

Investor/ Start Advisor

As principal at BOC Ventures, our venture investments focused on transformative verticals / digital transformation.

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Tony Quinones

Impact Investor

Tony is the Chief Investment Officer at Cavendish Impact Capital. As an impact investor who has successfully commercialized sophisticated technology across various industries. He has managed multi-million dollar accounts while executing strategy and leading project finance in multiple start-up tech companies with a successful track record in building global businesses and leading them to successful exits.


Ram Valliyappan

Startup Advisor

I am a technical project manager at Instagram/ Facebook. Specialties: Product Management, Technical Program Management, Excellent Planning & Execution, Effective Communication Skills. Leading and Motivating Teams. Above all, finding an opportunity in any given problem space.

Jordan goodman

Jordan Goodman

Startup Media Advisor

35 years in the broadcast and print media including commenting at MONEY Magazine, NBC News, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, and many national and local radio and TV shows. I have written 13 books on personal finance including Master Your Debt, Fast Profits in Hard Times, Everyone's Money Book and the Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms.


John Ricci

Founder US Angel Investors, Startup Advisor

US Angel Investors is a private equity "angel investor" group that seeks quality deals across many industry sectors for early stage investments (seed, series A). We invest in technology, healtcare and other sectors across the US.

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Max Shapiro

Angel Investor, Incubator Co-Founder

Runway Incubator, which I co-founded in 2012, is home to innovation, collaboration and awesome startups. I’ve been involved with planning, marketing, events, partnership development, and engaging and selecting new founders and entrepreneurs to join the community. Believing that you should put your money where your mouth is, I have been an active angel investor for 12 years, and have worked with countless founders and CEOs to help them refine their presentations and to make the connections they need to build world-class teams.

Shalin sheth

Shalin Sheth

Startup Advisor

I am currently a venture investor at Second Century Ventures (SCV) where I launched REach, a strategic technology accelerator program. REach has taken a programmatic approach to launching 23 companies (ranging from seed to $100M+ in valuations) into new verticals.

Tarak rindani

Tarak Rindani

Indian Institute of Technology, Mentor

Mentoring startups at Empresario Business Model Competition 2016, Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur.

David mcdonough

David Mcdonough

Startup Advisor

Ex Googler, Former Google Ventures Google For Entrepreneurs (20%).

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Andy Vargas

Startup Advisor

Andy Vargas joined EforAll in December 2015 to facilitate marketing and communications for all EforAll locations. He also served as a White House intern, under the Obama Administration. As a communications intern for the administration, Andy expanded the White House’s reach on social media, communicated with the press, researched and drafted articles related to issues in the fields of economic development, immigration, culture, and foreign policy in the Americas. In November of 2015, Andy was elected to the Haverhill City Council, becoming the City’s first Latino elected.

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Landon Spitalnik

Startup Advisor

He began his career in Private Equity out of undergrad in New York and was involved in both the Wharton Angel Network and the Wharton Club of New York, where he served as a judge for the annual Alumni Business Showcase.


Beau Giannini

Startup Advisor

Developing technology and data management solutions. Multi-lingual with US/China business acumen, and passionate about sustainable entrepreneurship.

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Jeff Kleid

Startup Advisor

Jeff Kleid has been in the business sector since 1994. With a unique ability to understand what people need and how they can obtain it, Jeff set out to provide "best in class" products and services.