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Ask An Investor

August 25, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ask An Investor

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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 arranges 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. However, this week, Expert DOJO will be featuring as the investor and this session is focused on how a startup finds investment in this market.

Join us for an engaging discussion as Brian Mac Mahon provides valuable insights into the challenging investment environment that many startups face today. He also shares his perspective on navigating through these difficulties and highlight key learnings from the impressive portfolio of 250 companies that Expert Dojo has invested in.

​This session is especially important because we are sharing our exclusive tips. Come and join us!

This session is hosted by Expert DOJO and the Veteran Fund. Ask any questions about veterans, whether you are a Limited Partner or a veteran startup and looking for veteran investing, we have answers!


About Brian Mac Mahon:

Brian Mac Mahon is the founder of Expert DOJO, the 7th most active global venture capital firm according to Pitchbook in 2022 with over 250 startup investments.  Expert DOJO has a growth accelerator program and a later stage growth opportunity fund, both of which deploy millions of dollars in investment capital annually.  What separates Expert DOJO from any other venture capital firm is their expertise in the area of user growth.  Brian’s team is made up of expert growth hackers who have built unicorns themselves using these same strategies.  When Brian speaks at conferences he brings a unique perspective that shows founders how to build a company using an alternative strategy to just raising investment funds.  If you want to truly build a Unicorn on your terms then you will want to listen to what Brian has to say.


About Lisa Song Sutton:

Lisa Song Sutton is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, and former Congressional candidate for Nevada’s 4th district. With a background in business litigation, Lisa began her career working in a top Las Vegas law firm before launching and scaling several companies across various industries including real estate, food and shipping retail.

As the daughter of a USAF Vietnam War Veteran, Lisa is a strong advocate for the veteran community. She is currently a General Partner of The Veteran Fund, a $20M pre-seed venture capital fund that invests in veteran-led and military-spouse-led companies.

In addition to her work in real estate and venture capital, Lisa is a sought-after speaker, sharing her message of leadership, empowerment, and action with audiences from the TEDx stage to local schools, encouraging the private sector to become more involved in their communities.

Lisa was the first Miss Nevada of Asian descent and remains actively involved in her community, serving on the boards of StartUpNV, Nevada’s largest statewide business incubator, and the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Las Vegas chapter. She was recently recognized as Vegas Inc.’s 40 Under 40 and is thrilled to be a new 2023 board member for the Nevada Policy Research Institute. Find more information about Lisa at www.lisasongsutton.com


About Mike Sherbakov:

Mike Sherbakov serves as General Partner at The Veteran Fund, a pre-seed venture capital fund in Silicon Valley, and Managing Director of Southern California’s Founder Institute, the world’s largest early-stage startup accelerator. As the CEO of Greatness Ventures, he has led the business accelerator to thousands of investor members and hundreds of companies in their portfolio. Their venture philanthropy arm has built homes in underdeveloped communities since 2014 and continues to lead impact trips open for the community to join.

Mike previously founded three startups, helped grow two companies from 0 to $20M+ valuations, and consulted with leading brands including Fitbit, lululemon athletica, Equinox, and Qualcomm. He served on active duty as a United States Marine, graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University, has traveled to 59 countries and counting, and believes that our greatness is not what we have but what we give.


About Justin Nahama:

Justin is a passionate and highly accomplished leader, business strategist and attorney committed to creating impact for all.  After serving as a US Marine, Justin practiced law as a partner at a premier global law firm to support the impact of wellbeing pioneers like Deepak Chopra, the founding team of CrossFit, Inc., and The Honor Foundation, the largest transition program in the world for Navy SEALs and Special Operations personnel.  Justin is now focused on advising global wellbeing leaders, investing in disruptive technology companies, and supporting veterans. As the father of a child impacted by Autism, Justin is particularly passionate about caregiver wellbeing and founded the Autism technology company NuroLux.  Justin currently serves as the Director of Global Impact to Deepak Chopra’s Foundation, a General Partner at The Veteran Fund, a venture capital firm  investing in military technology startups, and a partner at world’s largest virtual law firm.


August 25, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Expert DOJO
395 Santa Monica Place, Unit 308
Santa Monica, CA United States