Here at Expert DOJO, we recognize that startups need the support of the venture community to help break through to levels that allow you to compete with the best venture backed startups in the world. Every month, Expert DOJO will be arranging four top angels and venture capitalists to answer questions and guide you as to how to build the billion dollar company that you have already visualized.
This session is especially important because it takes a different type of founder to build a seed stage company, an A stage company, and a unicorn. During this session, our investor experts will answer the difficult questions to help you navigate this road. Come and join us!
Sunny is a Managing Partner at Alleyway Capital, an experienced entrepreneur and investor. His background is in academic research and computer/electrical engineering. He has also been on the founding team of two startups in the medtech and IT/cybersecurity spaces. His focus now is on acquiring and operating software as a service (SaaS) companies at Alleyway Capital. He also does startup (Angel) investing and real-estate development. As an angel/venture investor, his venture investment portfolio consists of a few dozen North American companies in the technology space. He was also the founder and the managing member for the first Tech Coast Angels LA venture fund and President of the group previously.
He is the current General Partner and Founder at Pitbull Ventures. He is also an experienced tech and hospitality investor and advisor to founders and CEOs. With experience as an early investor in a range of disruptive, fast-growing startups including Clutter, Parachute Home, Jukin Media, PocketWatch, VidMob, Harri, Embrace, Obvious Wines and more. He has also become one of the top advisors to Open Listings (acquired by OpenDoor in 2018).
Prior to focusing full time on investing, Brad was a co-founder and early investor in Lemonade Restaurant Group and a co-founder of Young, Fabulous & Broke. He started his career as an early executive at AOL, wherein he worked for the CEO of AOL Europe and helped launch the company’s German, French, UK and Benelux services. Aside from this, Brad Zions has also produced a number of independent films, including KISSING JESSICA STEIN, which won numerous awards on the festival circuit and was acquired for distribution by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Clare McKee joined the Propel VC team as an Investor last year. They primarily invest in fintech and web3 from pre-seed through Series A. Propel is investing in “the new financial economy.” The opportunities to accelerate, enable, and deliver financial services are large and diverse. Entrepreneurs create the future – and Propel’s team seeks to work with those that will leave the biggest impact. Propel is focused on companies in the US and LatAm, primarily at the Seed and Series A stage. Portfolio companies include Coinbase, Groww, SumUp, Newfront, Neon, Guideline, and Brave.
Matthew is an Angel and Real Estate Investor, and Lawyer from Canada. He is also a member of Anges Québec – the largest group of angel investors in Canada whose mission is to invest capital and expertise in innovative Québec-based companies. To date, the members of Anges Québec have invested more than $80M in the Québec economy, totalling more than 210 investments in over 115 innovative companies. The Anges Québec professional development centre supports its members in the constant acquisition of new investment-related knowledge and skills.