Manny Fernandez is an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, and TV personality of CNBC's Make Me A Millionaire Inventor. He has been featured on CNBC Squawk Box, Wall Street Journal, NBC, CNN Latino, Forbes, and Fox News, among others. Named by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 33 Entrepreneurs to Watch of 2016, he has been successful in investing in his own ideas as well as taking several companies from startup to exit. Some of his investment success stories include TaskRabbit, which was recently acquired by IKEA.
Fernandez has been an angel investor with TiE Angels since 2012. In 2013 he founded SF Angels Group, a network of angel investors to help tech entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founding SF Angels members included early investors in Google and Paypal and a former partner of Ron Conway. In 2014, Fernandez was named SF Angel Investor of the Year and received the Equity Crowdfunding Leadership Award. In 2016, after founding DreamFunded, he was named Hispanic Shark of the Year by the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Angel Investor of the Year by California State Controller John Chiang, Silicon Valley Equity CrowdFunding Pioneer by Menlo College, and was invited to the White House by the Obama administration.
Fernandez’s energetic and inspiring presence has led him to become a frequent judge, international keynote speaker, and panelist for Silicon Valley corporations, startup demo days, and universities. He has been a featured guest speaker for events at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Angel Capital Association Summit (ACA), TiE New York Conference, University of San Francisco (USF), Pepperdine University, Draper University, Plug and Play, Yahoo!, USAWeek in Europe, Qianhai Equity Exchange in China, Intel, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC), Shark Tank, Startup Grind, AngelHack Global Demo, Slush Singapore, Slush Shanghai, Slush Finland, Startup Weekend, SXSW, and many more.
Glen is a highly successful Financial Services Executive, Board Member, Public Company CEO, Small Business Owner, Investor and Executive Mentor, with a 21 year management background at GE in business development and P&L; roles. He is passionate about building businesses by improving company and individual agility, and by applying a proven methodology that assesses and improves 5 key dimensions of performance: Leadership (preparing the company for change); Human Capital (aligning vision, strategy and tactics); Execution (integrating process, technology and people); Risk Management (minimizing disruptions); and Governance (enabling constructive dissent).
Glen spent 20+ years with GE Capital in progressively complex leadership roles in general management, business development, and operations management, living and working in US and international markets. In his last role there, he was CEO of GE Money Latin America, where he built a 9 country operation from start up, exceeding $12bn in assets, $100mm in annual earnings and 17,000 employees. He signed dozens of partnerships, created multiple new products, and built out a network of over 1000 branches. Earlier GE roles were General Director of GE Capital, Global Insurance Ventures, working in London, UK where he set and executed strategy for a group of businesses that grew net income from US$2mm to US$10mm and added over US$3bn in assets; Chief Operations Officer of GE-owned Consolidated Financial Insurance Group in London; and Director of Business Development at GE Money. Glen has lived in 6 countries, been responsible for operations in over 30 countries, and was recognized by GE’s Board of Directors as a Growth Leadership role model.
He received his MBA from the University of Chicago, his BS in Economics and Finance from the University of Scranton, and is Six Sigma Black Belt certified.
Helder Suzuki is a former Software Engineer at Google, with expertise in Information Retrieval, NLP, Distributed Processing, Complex Graphs and Web. Previously, he cofounded Regrupe, the top Brazilian secondary marketplace for daily deals, and worked at Tellme Networks (acquired by Microsoft in 2007).