Phoenix Investor Roundtable

Phoenix Investor Roundtable
Event on 2015-03-19 11:00:00


 Phoenix Investor Roundtable

Thursday, March 19 2015

11.00 am – 04.30 pm

 Microsoft Meeting Room

60 E. Rio Salado Parkway,

Suite 1200, Tempe, AZ 85281


Meet the panels of local and out-of-town investors, who will focus on pitching to early-stage investors, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check! We will be discussing the things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention during a pitch, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors.

The Soho Loft – The Voice of Capital Formation – and Victoria Global, an emerging force in the Corporate Communications, Investor Relations and Public Relations arena, with FundingPost join together to bring you this groundbreaking conference.

Who should attend? 


  • Early Stage entrepreneurs
  • Early Stage investors (VCs, Angels & Corporate) 
  • Service providers and exhibiting companies 
  • Media and academia


This conference features:

      • The first 25 entrepreneur attendees to sign up will also get the option to pitch their business idea in 60 seconds or less in front of the investor panel and receive feedback as a group from the panel.
      • There is an educational and networking component to the event, where all attendees will be gaining an understanding of what investors are looking for in the Austin market
      • All attendees will be able to market themselves (including their products and/or services) throughout the event through networking with one another.
      • There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists during the breaks and networking party!


Scott Kelly

Regional Manager of Phoenix FundingPost

Scott Kelly is a 20-year veteran in marketing, sales, training and publicity. He has trained over 1,000 sales people, generated hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe.


 Dan Creed
GrowSouthwest Business Coach

Dan Creed is an award winning international business and executive coach, entrepreneur, best-selling author, world class keynote & workshop speaker, trusted advisor and (COO) Chief Operating Officer and (CCO) Chief Coaching officer of GrowSouthwest. Coach Dan is based in Phoenix, but works with a worldwide customer base.
John Ason

Angel Investor
John Ason has been an angel investor for over 15 years specializing in early stage pre-revenue companies. He has made over twenty eclectic investments in the areas of e-commerce, technology, advertising and entertainment. John was at AT&T Bell Labs for over 25 years, first involved in software and technology development, then in marketing and business management of large telecommunications projects overseas. He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a guest lecturer at the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson and at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. John's hobbies include traveling, golf, GO (oriental game) and mentoring companies.

For about half if his investments, John has been the lead angel devoting a significant amount of his time to mentoring the companies. A typical company consists of one or two people in a garage or kitchen with minimal or no revenues. Average investment from the angel network for the first round is 5K. Any low capital industry with high growth potential qualifies with the exception of medical and biotech.

Rick Gibson
Angel Investor, Hot Ventures
Rick Gibson has had a 38-year career building businesses. He founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and has advised over (75) others. He is 60-years old. Since 2000, Rick has served as Managing Director of HOTventures, a "mentor capital fund" for the Southwest U.S., which invests in and advises fast-growth companies, in a range of domains as diverse as Ballistic Armor to Agriculture, including Information Technology, Health Sciences, GreenTech and Media. As an investor and entrepreneurial activist, he’s totally immersed in early-stage growth companies…finding them and making them great. Rick’s been involved with several companies that have had liquidity events. Rick has also served as an expert witness regarding technology business cases.

Rick has been an investor, advisor or board member in: Avisere, Beamz, The Book Patch, Bourque Industries, CopperKey, DarkPulse, DueBook, EquiSight, Flypaper, Funding Universe (now Lendio), LabTrack, LifeBot, Medipacs, MedSphere, MDS VetInfo, Mobile Authentication Corp (MAC), MojoVideo, MSDx, NuvoMed, Octopi, Real Time Companies, Sokikom, StrongWatch, World Wide Wheat and Zero Waste Wines. He has been a limited partner in Solstice Capital II (one of the largest venture capital funds in Arizona) and is an early shareholder in Bill Gross’ Idealab and a partner in Elite Desert Ventures. In Tucson, for many years Rick served on the Executive Board and still the Screening Committee of the Desert Angels, and is on the board and is Mentor-Emeritus for UA’s Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI). For several years, was Adjunct Instructor and then Practitioner Faculty for UA’s Eller School Entrepreneurship Program, and also served on UA’s MBA Advisory Council.

In Phoenix, Rick was on the board of Arizona State University's Technopolis and was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, an instructor for both the LaunchPad and LaunchPrep entrepreneurship programs, and a mentor for ASU TechBA, coaching companies from Mexico. He is on the Executive Committee, Selection Panel and chair of the Angel Investor committee for the Invest Southwest Capital Conference. He is an advisor to an ASU team in NSF’s I-CORPS program and The Green Chamber: Greater Phoenix. He was creator of "Entrepreneur's Resource Guide" for bizAZ magazine and a member of the Philanthropic Development Council of the Banner Alzheimer's Foundation. Rick participates as a director/mentor for the Tallwave ‘Labs’ accelerator program and continues as a judge for the AZ Commerce Dept’s ‘Arizona Innovation Challenge’.

In Flagstaff, Rick is on the Executive Board and is Treasurer of the NACET incubator (Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies) and is also a mentor.

Elsewhere, Rick has been a judge for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and on the Angel Capital Association’s National Collaboration Committee. He was a guest instructor for the Power of Angel Investing seminar for Angel Capital Association Summit. He is a judge for the Arizona Innovation Challenge. Rick often pinch-hits as the Mentor for the FundingPost workshops.

Rick was an early shareholder in Bill Gross' Idealab and founded one of its first companies, E-Ticket Inc, which merged with the Nederlander Organization's RealTime Syndication Network to become FeatureCast Inc. Rick served as Vice-Chairman. FeatureCast secured the online license for and executive-produced: Fox's America's Most Wanted, Teen Magazine and National Enquirer. Rick participated in strategic planning with the ten original Idealab CEOs. Idealab is known for its creation and investment of several well-known technology companies including: Overture (acquired by Yahoo), United Online (was NetZero and Juno), Aptera, Internet Brands, CitySearch, Energy Innovations, eSolar, Desktop Factory, Picasa,, eToys and Evolution Robotics. [See]. 1998-2000, Rick was an advisor to the board of directors of Petersen Publishing, producers of 100+ magazines including Motor Trend, Hot Rod and Teen.

Rick co-founded GNP Development Corp and in 1986 they sold it to Lotus Development Corp for million. In 1991, they co-founded Knowledge Adventure Inc, which in 1996 they sold to Cendant for 0 million. Knowledge Adventure became the world's largest children's CD-ROM edutainment software company (almost 0 million in annual revenues), owned by Vivendi-Universal, known for its 'JumpStart' (20 million units sold) and ‘Blaster’ series. 1986 through 1991, Rick consulted to several software companies including Ashton-Tate, Que Software/Macmillan and SPSS Inc, and arranged sales of technology to Symantec, Microlytics and Paramount Publishing. Rick directed a division of Ashton-Tate and was Chairman of 4-5-6 WORLD, a direct marketer of Lotus products. Earlier, Rick directed national sales and or marketing and helped start or re-start: Fisher Corp, KLH, Ultralinear and Androbot Inc (the personal robot start-up by Nolan Bushnell, who founded Atari and Chuck E Cheese). Rick began his career as one of the first store managers for The GAP Inc, which now has about 3,200 stores worldwide including Old Navy and Banana Republic.






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