John SanGiovanni has more than two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, strategist, and inventor. John has authored or co-authored more than 20 patents in the areas of mobile UI, wearable hardware systems, and augmented reality, many of which have subsequently been licensed or purchased by Apple, Microsoft, and others. In addition, John has led product teams which have shipped more than 30 top-tier Apps for iOS/Android, 10 of which achieved top-5 in their respective App Store category, and have won major digital/interactive awards on behalf of American Express, General Motors, NBC, and others. Between ventures, John served as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Research, where he led external academic research funding in the areas of mobile technology and augmented reality, and co-invented Microsoft’s Tile-based homescreen metaphor, now used on more than a billion devices worldwide.
As an influential thought leader and technology industry expert, John’s articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he has presented at industry conferences around the globe including TEDxSeattle, MIT Venture Summit, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. John cofounded and serves on the Board of Directors for Zumobi, and cofounded TeamXbot, a nonprofit in the pacific northwest focused on technology mentorship to inner-city high schools, and an annual participant in Dean Kamen's influential FIRST robotics competition.
John is an alumnus of the University of Florida, and always writes the word "Design" with an uppercase D.
Sean B House is a technologist and startup veteran with nearly two decades of experience, and deep knowledge up and down the technology stack. In his experience as a researcher, software engineer, leader and entrepreneur, Sean has accumulated practical experience in the architecture and development of many varied technologies, including computer networks, databases, cloud systems, APIs/SDKs and mobile applications, and has built and led cloud and mobile development teams across several high-profile startups, and noteworthy software companies such as Microsoft.
Sean spent nearly a decade in both the research and practical development of large-scale high-speed computer networks, protocols and distributed systems, during which he was awarded more than half a dozen patents and was published in numerous trade publications. Sean has spent the past decade in hands-on cloud and mobile development across iOS, Android and other mobile platforms, resulting in more than 50 published mobile applications for top-tier brands such as NBC, Pepsi, REI and Xbox; several of these applications have secured a top-five ranking within their respective iTunes App Store category.
Sean is an alumnus of the University of Kansas and holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering with a focus on the distributed simulation and emulation of large-scale high-speed computer networks, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in both Computer Engineering and Mathematics. Sean is a Kansas Jayhawk basketball fanatic and a five-time marathoner.
Susan has an extensive track record in senior financial management, organizational leadership and company building. She is passionate about building early stage scalable companies into successful enterprises. Susan’s expertise includes strategic planning and execution, business modeling, analysis, board service, capital formation, M&A transactions, and investor relations. Her career has focused on the technology and venture capital industries and also includes oil & gas, commercial real estate, and non-profit enterprises.
Susan is currently a consulting CFO with CFO Selections serving clients in venture capital and in virtual reality enterprise solutions, and she is an advisor to the Women’s Venture Capital Fund.
She began her career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She subsequently led several early stage companies to success as their key financial executive and ultimately leveraged this expertise into the launch of SeaPoint Ventures in 1997 as a General Partner and co-founder. While at SeaPoint, Susan also served as the Interim CFO of several portfolio companies.
Susan brought her private company expertise to the non-profit arena as the President and CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association from 2010 – 2013. Leading Washington State’s technology trade association, one of the oldest and largest in North America.
Susan has been actively involved in Northwest organizations. She was a past President of the Evergreen Venture Capital Association; a Board Director of Northwest Entrepreneur Network, the Technology Alliance, and Puget Sound Regional Council. Susan was a mentor in the University of Washington’s MBA Mentor Program as well as a UW visiting MBA faculty member. She served as an Advisory Board member of UW Bothell and of Seattle University’s Entrepreneurship Center. On the national front Susan was an Executive Committee member of TECNA (Technology Councils of North America).
Susan holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Washington. She enjoys hiking, yoga, nurturing life-long friendships and reading.
Sarah Imbach is an active angel investor and start-up advisor. Before relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Sarah was an early, pre-IPO, senior executive in Silicon Valley: COO at 23andMe, Chief of Staff and VP of Revenue & Operations at LinkedIn, and SVP Customer Service Operations & Fraud at PayPal. Her investments have primarily focused on consumer internet, consumer goods, health-tech and SaaS.
Tim is a founding general partner at Eniac Ventures. Prior to Eniac, Tim honed this skill over 20 years investing and building his own companies. In 2001, Tim founded Bridge, an enterprise software company focused on corporate training in Beijing, China, which he led to an 8-figure exit. Prior to Bridge, Tim led product at Quoteship which exited to Logistics.com (NASDAQ: ICGE). He also worked for ExxonMobil as a developer and Mofo where he advised startups on IP and financing. Tim started as an engineer and earned his BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Bristol-Myers Squibb award for his work in cancer research. Tim also returned to earn a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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.
She also has sector and investment expertise in entertainment, beauty, mobile, marketplaces and digital media. She has startup operational experience in areas such as strategic and digital marketing, business development, product and package development, distribution, staffing, fundraising, management and legal.
She is a regular judge/panelist on CNBC, MSNBC and Fox and does podcasts on investing. She is a speaker at conferences such as Venture Summit, the Women in Tech Summit, RoboUniverse and Women’s Innovation conferences. She is a mentor at XRC Labs, Grand Central Tech, The Vinetta Project and MenHERnyc. She is a regular judge for the Wharton Business Plan Competition and sits on the Board of the Penn Design School. She is a frequent blogger on investing in frontier technologies.
Prior to this, she spent many years at media companies, including Time Warner and NBC Universal, looking at Internet 1.0 deals, the precursor technologies to VR, and executing strategic partnerships with film and television on behalf of Fortune 500 brands. She was also a practicing corporate lawyer. She holds a BBA (business) degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gary is a Private Investor and Entrepreneur based in the Seattle area. With a diverse 25 years of experience in launching startups, business acquisition, commercial real estate investing and running large scale businesses, Gary is rich with insights, growth and business strategies. Gary was President/CEO of Architectural Details, Lighting Universe and ATG Stores, as well as a VP for Lowe’s. A philanthropist as well, Gary founded Rubens Family Foundation whose focus is on providing underprivileged kids with college scholarships as well as supporting no cost adoptions for foster kids. Most recently, Gary’s acquired start up i1 Biometrics provides sensored products for the sporting goods industry, helping to identify head injuries and trauma. Gary views everyday as a new opportunity to change the world in some way, his goal is to be a positive and inspiring addition to people’s lives.
Gregory Bylos is an experienced entrepreneur, strategic advisor, and marketer. As founder of Mineplex, the world’s largest network of Minecraft servers, Gregory is recognized as one of the early catalysts and venture strategists of the ‘Digital Crafting Revolution’. His experience in large-scale immersive engagement has forecasted a near future of VR-based collaboration for applications in industry, such as the types of conversations enabled by the Visual Vocal platform.
Before Mineplex, Gregory served as a digital marketing Account Director, where he oversaw strategic accounts including Verizon Wireless and Home Depot. Currently, Gregory is working on new software platforms for the eSports & gaming industry, advising on business strategy for software startups in Seattle, and is an active international angel investor.
Kirby Winfield is a seasoned startup operator and angel investor.
Early in his career, Kirby was a founding team member and operating executive at back-to-back tech IPOs, with Go2Net (GNET) and Marchex (MCHX).
He is also a two-time venture capital-backed CEO, with AdXpose (DFJ, Ignition) acquired by comScore (SCOR), and most recently Dwellable (Maveron, VersionOne) acquired by HomeAway (AWAY).
As an angel investor, Kirby served as a Board Director of real estate startup Sharper Agent (sold to LEDR/Z), and has invested in and advised dozens of seed stage startups in travel, ad tech, and SaaS.
He is an active Techstars mentor, and a passionate Board Member (and Board Chair-Elect) at Special Olympics of Washington, as well as Board Member at the Haring Center Capital Campaign, and Board Adviser at the Friendship Circle of Washington. In his free time, Kirby coaches youth soccer and baseball, and enjoys running, tennis, and traveling with his wife, son and daughter.
Dr. Dossick’s main research interests focus on emerging collaboration methods and technologies such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Current projects include (1) technology and collaboration strategies for green building design and construction, (2) global virtual teams, (3) applications of BIM and COBie in operations and (4) bringing BIM to the construction site via iPad. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Education, Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington, University of Washington Royalty Research Fund, University of Washington Capital Projects, the College of Built Environments’ BE Lab and was awarded the College of Architecture and Urban Planning 2007 Dean’s Development Fund.
Tom spent the first seventeen years of his career at Raychem Corporation where he started in Sales and held a variety of executive positions in Europe, South America and the U.S. His last position at Raychem was Group Vice President and General Manager of the Industrial Products Group. Following Raychem he was the first President and CEO of Innova Corporation, a Venture backed manufacturer of digital millimeter wave radios that went public in 1994. Tom co-founded and was the first CEO of Metawave Communications Corporation, a manufacturer of cellular infrastructure equipment which went public in 2000. In 1997, Tom formed SeaPoint Ventures an early stage Venture firm. Tom is currently Chairman of the Board of Airspan, AutoGraph, Glympse, Mojix, Photobucket and Zumobi. He is past chairman of Qpass, SNAPin Software, Telecom Transport Management and a past board member of Tegic Communications and Kineto Wireless. In addition to his duties at SeaPoint Ventures, Tom serves as a venture partner at Oak Investment Partners.
Tom has a BA and a BSIE from Columbia University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Dr. Dana Ardi, Corporate Anthropology Advisors, has touched the lives of thousands of executives in hundreds of companies. Ardi’s twenty-five years of experience and global network give her the ability to map the competition and talent in unexpected ways, bringing companies the most creative and competitive human capital solutions possible.
An expert in the fields of talent management, organizational design, recruiting, assessment, leadership, and collaboration, Dr. Ardi creates enhanced value in companies by matching the most sought after talent with the best opportunities.
She also coaches senior management, boards, and investors on the art and science of building high caliber teams, providing them with the skills to attract top-level management, design ideal organizational structures, and deploy people against strategy. She is an accomplished thought leader and author of "The Fall of the Alphas— The New Beta Way to Connect, Collaborate, Influence – And Lead" (St. Martins Press)
Dr. Ardi has served as a Partner/Managing Director at CCMP Capital and JPMorgan Partners, and was a Partner at Flatiron Partners. Earlier in her career, she was an operating executive at R. R. Donnelly & Sons and at McGraw-Hill. She also has a background managing and leading executive search firms.
Dr. Ardi is an advisor to MFinancialGroup and the lead Director to the MCenter. Dr. Ardi served on the board of AMC Entertainment Inc. from 2009 until the company’s sale in 2012. She is an officer at the Creative Arts Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, and a member of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Dr. Ardi has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a masters degree and doctorate in education from Boston College.