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Tom  Cole (Managing Partner  at  CSC Venture Capital)

Tom Cole

Managing Partner at CSC Venture Capital

Silicon Valley based venture capital and angel investor, startup CEO, entrepreneur, board member, and advisor with a diverse and proven 23-year track record across software, Internet, and e-commerce sectors.

After beginning his career as a software developer at both startups and F500 companies, Tom spent a decade as venture capital investor in early-stage software, technology, and Internet startups, serving as a General Partner in four funds. Most recently Tom spent 5+ years as CEO of an e-commerce startup which he lead through a strategic M&A process culminating in a successful exit to a private-equity backed national omnichannel retailer with a combined 150 employees and low-mid 8-figure revenues.

Semil Shah (MODERATOR  at  Silicon Valley Investor and Writer for Haywire)

Semil Shah

MODERATOR at Silicon Valley Investor and Writer for Haywire

Semil Shah is an investor and writer based out of Silicon Valley. Semil created and invests out of a small fund called Haystack, he is proud to be an early investor in over 70 companies, including Instacart, DoorDash, Hired, and Managed By Q. Semil is also a Venture Advisor to GGV Capital, and is proud to serve on the Advisory Boards of StrictlyVC and The Alpha Network.

Mobile Operational Work: Until recently, Semil worked on mobile product (iOS and Android), marketing, and distribution for Swell, built by Concept.io (acquired by Apple). Semil has worked at two companies in operations in the Valley, Rexly (acquired by Live Nation) and Votizen (acquired by Causes), and has been a consultant to IFTTT on their mobile apps and platform, and was an EIR for six months with Javelin Venture Partners in San Francisco.

Venture Capital Work: In the past, Semil has been a formally paid consultant to a variety of venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road assisting with deal evaluation, due diligence, marketing, and special operations — those firms have included General Catalyst, Kleiner Perkins, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Trinity Ventures, Javelin Venture Partners, Bullpen Capital, GGV Capital, and a few others.

Media Work: Previously, Semil was an official contributor to TechCrunch from January 2011 to April 2014, where he wrote a weekly column every Sunday at 10am PST and created and hosted TV show called “In The Studio,” which ended after 70 consecutive episodes. Today, Semil writes on Haywire and currently produces interviews as “Sunday Conversations,” which airs bi-monthly or so [iTunes] [SoundCloud].

Ming  Yeh (Co-Founder, Managing Partner  of  CSC UpShot Ventures)

Ming Yeh

Co-Founder, Managing Partner of CSC UpShot Ventures

CSC UpShot Ventures is a $400 million venture fund to invest primarily in technology startups on AngelList. It is the largest fund dedicated to seed-stage startups, ever. Ming Yeh is an experienced cross-border venture investor in Silicon Valley and China. Ming has extensive networks and personal presence in Asia.

Boards currently serve:
• Board of Governors, 2012-2015, China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA). Deep relationships and presence with VC/PE firms in China.
• Past Chairperson, Women In Leadership (WIL), a premier organization whose members are senior female partners in VC and PE funds in Asia with the mission to enact on women leadership positions to positively influent our the communities around us.
• Member, Wellesley College Business Leadership Council, a group of leading Wellesley alumnae that supports the college in its mission to educate women who will make a difference in the world.

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