Startup Steroid - Investors Podcast
Full interview with Brenda McCabe the CEO of Next Act Advisors

Full interview with Brenda McCabe the CEO of Next Act Advisors

March 21, 2022

Company Profile Link - https://www.startupsteroid.com/investors-interview

Brenda McCabe possesses a unique combination of international experience of over 25 years, in operating roles of CEO and VP positions in Sales, Operations, Business Development in Enterprise SaaS, biotech and pharmaceuticals; renewable energy, retail, digital health, and M&A experience while at McKinsey & Company and AstraZeneca. She has multicultural experience and total fluency in Spanish having lived and worked in Spain, Italy, and the US.

Since 2008, her operating experiences have been in early-stage and mid-sized companies in the cleantech, digital health, and enterprise SaaS space working to build businesses with founders and Private Equity ownership. From her firm, Next Act Advisors, a white-glove advisory firm serving entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs with disruptive technology including Healthcare Technology, Medical Devices, Clean Tech, and Enterprise SaaS, she is passionate about creating and maintaining Enterprise value by working with technological innovation out of the “lab” and bringing it into the mainstream. A graduate of the University of Chicago Booth, she served as President of the University of Chicago’s Alumni network in Spain and B.S. Business Administration and B.A. Spanish from Berea College. Since 2012, she has served as an Independent Board Director on privately held (PE portfolio companies) and public company boards in the US and Spain. She is an NACD Governance Fellow, Ambassador for the NACD PSW chapter, and a member of Women Corporate Directors, OcTane, LAVA, an angel investor in technology companies.

Sunny Singh the President at Tech Coast Angels LA

Sunny Singh the President at Tech Coast Angels LA

December 22, 2021

Digvijay "Sunny" Singh is the current president of TCA-LA. He has been a member of TCA since 2017 and has previously served as membership chair and vice president.

Sunny started his investment journey as an electrical engineer at the end of his Ph.D. at UCLA in 2013. Since then, he has been part of the creation and sale of two technology startups in the IT and MedTech fields. He now oversees the acquisition and management of his commercial real-estate and startup portfolio in Southern California.

Company Profile Link - https://www.startupsteroid.com/investors-interview

Justin Cohen Sr. Director, Ventures at Slalom Strategy.

Justin Cohen Sr. Director, Ventures at Slalom Strategy.

December 22, 2021
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David Friedman President Tech Coast Angels OC

David Friedman President Tech Coast Angels OC

November 24, 2021

David Friedman is a tech-savvy marketing and operations executive with more than 30 years’ expertise in bringing to market new technology. He plays at the intersection of technology and the customer; his real love is innovation and commercializing technology to meet the needs of customers.  A member of the TechCoastAngels of Orange County since 2009, he serves as President, TechCoastAngels, Orange County, and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of TCA.  He is also a senior consultant with the Small Business Development Lead Center and founder and managing partner of C-Level Partners, a business advisory that focuses on helping companies grow their top-line revenue.

During his career, he has introduced more than $1.5 billion in new products. In his corporate career, he has helped companies build top-line revenue growth and EBITDA while mentoring the next generation of business leaders. David has been executive vice president and Chief Marketing Officer for ATX Group (now Sirius Connected Car) which provides telematics and information services to automobile manufacturers. Previously, he was Vice President, Marketing and Direct Sales at Connexion by Boeing, and commercialized the first Wi-Fi services available to passengers onboard commercial airplanes. He also held executive positions with US Cellular, Covia Technologies, Ameritech Services, and RCA. 

Friedman holds an MBA (economics) from George Washington University, a master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering (summa cum laude) from City College of New York.

Company Profile Link - https://www.startupsteroid.com/investors-interview

 

 

Silvia Mah the Founding partner of Ad Astra Ventures

Silvia Mah the Founding partner of Ad Astra Ventures

November 16, 2021

Ad Astra Ventures is an investment company dedicated to growing and empowering female founders in the early stages of their businesses. This is done through our Ad Astra Accelerator, which provides programming and education, and our Ad Astra Venture Fund, which invests early-stage capital. Ad Astra is building a global community of founders, investors, executives, and philanthropists passionate about seeing more diversity in leadership. 

Championing fierce female founders, Ad Astra was created by three San Diego female investors that live and breathe the startup, product, and investment industry, Allison Long Pettine (Managing Partner), Vidya Dinamani and Silvia Mah.

Company Profile Link - https://www.startupsteroid.com/investors-interview

Philip Topham, The Savvy Founder - Philip Topham is The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist.

Philip Topham, The Savvy Founder - Philip Topham is The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist.

October 7, 2021

Philip Topham is The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist. Philip has an inquisitive mind and passion for ideas. He’s impatient to see tomorrow’s today. He focuses on helping technical founders unlock their pragmatic dreamer and develop their business skills and social capital with The Savvy Founder framework.

With more than 25 years across startups and corporate roles, Philip has been everything from janitor to the Founder and Chief Everything Officer. His earliest career was as a network engineer bringing companies into the Internet age. He’s served as the Head of Information Technology (Divisional CIO) as well as startup Chief Technology Officer, building software and solving problems others said couldn’t be solved.

Company Profile Link - https://www.startupsteroid.com/investors-interview   

Jerry Heikens the Director of Business Development & Investor Relations at VDOSH Venture Capital

Jerry Heikens the Director of Business Development & Investor Relations at VDOSH Venture Capital

October 1, 2021
VDOSH is a venture capital firm, which gives investors the opportunity to invest in promising new startup companies alongside major players in the industry through VDOSH Fund. For its entrepreneurs, it provides an efficient funding process and instantaneous access to a well-established network of investors and influencers.
 
Sateesh Polisetti - CEO & Managing Partner at TopShelf Equity Partners

Sateesh Polisetti - CEO & Managing Partner at TopShelf Equity Partners

September 29, 2021

Founded on the belief that investment success starts with excellence in relationships. Established in 2020, TopShelf Equity Partners looks for opportunities that have value to high net-worth individuals across the globe, offering investors the chance for success in the world of private equity management. Our model is simple and unique, relying on the relationships that we’ve built with stellar late-stage companies along with our team of professionals in the capital markets.

Company Profile Link - https://www.startupsteroid.com/investors-interview

Shankar Ram - The President Executive Director Chairs of Tie SoCal Angels

Shankar Ram - The President Executive Director Chairs of Tie SoCal Angels

September 16, 2021

TiE SoCal Angels is a network of successful entrepreneurs, professionals, and highly educated individuals who are now turning their passion for business into investments and mentorship for the next generation.

Started by a handful of dedicated individuals in the 1990s, TiE SoCal Angels formalized the group in 2018 with the intention of bringing together more investors and helping more entrepreneurs. Today, TiE SoCal Angels comprises of 75+ accredited investors who are actively investing and mentoring founders.

Company Profile Link - https://www.startupsteroid.com/investors-interview

Abhi Mahule the Founder & CTO at Dreamteam Labs -

Abhi Mahule the Founder & CTO at Dreamteam Labs -

September 9, 2021

Executive profile

  • Highly experienced tech founder with over 15 years of track record leading technology teams at startups and Fortune 500 companies
  • Proven expertise in deploying large scale production solutions for Mobile, Cloud, and AI platforms
  • Strong hands-on skills in the full life cycle of software design, architecture, development, and testing
  • Deep operational experience in cutting edge markets and highly competitive verticals such as consumer products, media, fintech, healthcare
  • Strategic thinker skilled in decision making through collaborative partnerships inside and outside the organization
  • High energy, self-motivated individual with a "get it done" attitude in fast-paced environments

 

Company Profile Link - https://www.startupsteroid.com/investors-interview

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