Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor, serial entrepreneur, and bestselling author featured on CNBC's Make Me A Millionaire Inventor's premiere episode which aired on Oct. 6th 2016. He has been successful investing in his own ideas as well as taking companies from startup to exit. 

Fernandez was named by Inc. Magazine as one of 33 entrepreneurs to watch in 2016. 

In 2013, Fernandez founded SF Angels Group and has been an angel investor with TiE Angels since 2012. In 2014, he was named SF Angel Investor of the Year and received the Equity Crowdfunding Leadership Award. In 2016, Menlo College Named Fernandez Silicon Valley Equity CrowdFunding Pioneer. 

Fernandez recently became a #1 bestselling author with his new book, How to Make Money Investing in Pre-IPO Stocks, which is available on Amazon. He is also the #14 Angel Investor to Follow on Twitter and has the #1 most viewed equity crowdfunding video on YouTube. 

He has been featured on mainstream media including CNBC Squawk Box, NBC, CNN Latino, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Fox News and more. 

Fernandez’s energetic and inspiring presence has lead to him being a frequent judge, speaker, and panelist for Silicon Valley corporations, startup demo days and universities. He has been a featured guest speaker for events at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Angel Capital Association Summit (ACA), University of San Francisco (USF), Pepperdine University, Draper University, Plug and Play, Yahoo!, USAWeek in Europe, Qianhai Equity Exchange in China, Intel, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC), SharkTank, Startup Grind, AngelHack Global Demo, Shanghai Slush, Finland Slush, Startup Weekend, SXSW and many more. 

All of Fernandez’s experience in the investment landscape has culminated, under his leadership, in the first Silicon Valley/San Francisco based FINRA and SEC-registered funding portal

Jim Connor

Jim Connor

Producer Jim Connor is a member of the Sand Hill Angels, CEO of First Focus Learning Systems and Producer/Host of the talk show Game Changers Silicon Valley ( www.GameChangers.TV ). He serves as a board member of Liftopia, Tabtor, KMVT Silicon Valley Media, the Angel Capital Association and Startup Learning,

Jim has been involved as an investor and advisor to emerging technology companies since 2007, currently serves as President of First Focus Learning Systems and is the Producer and Host of Game Changers Silicon Valley, a weekly technology interview about innovation. Previously he was President of JPMorgan SymPro providing treasury and portfolio management software solutions. His experience has focused on providing the institutional investor with the tools to analyze, manage and evaluate the performance, risk and compliance of investment and debt portfolios.

Specialties: Investor and advisor to early stage software companies.
Focused on software services, educational systems, financial analysis.
Founder and CEO of SymPro, Inc, which was acquired by JP Morgan Chase in Aug. 2003.

John Livesay

John Livesay

As a funding strategist, John Livesay helps CEOs craft a compelling pitch that engages investors in a way that inspires them to join a startup’s team. He is partners with Judy Robinett in Crack the Funding Code which gets founders funded fast. He hosts “The Successful Pitch” podcast with investors from around the world and is the author of “The Successful Pitch : Conversations on Going From Invisible To Investable

John had an award winning twenty year career in media sales with Conde Nast where he worked across all twenty-two brands in their corporate division.

John has appeared in Forbes, INC. as well on CBS FOX and ABC as an expert on how to be more confident and the media has called him “The Pitch Whisperer."

"Those who tell the stories rule the world." Plato