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Ronald Fortune

Ronald is the Co-Founder and Chairman at Education.com. Previously Dr. Fortune served as CEO from October 18, 2006 to February 29, 2012. Dr. Fortune was the founder and CEO of Edumetrics Learning, a company focused on developing technology-based educational content for students, which eventually formed a partnership with the EPGY program at Stanford University. He also served for 10 years as CEO of Computer Curriculum Corporation (CCC). During his tenure as CEO, CCC became the largest educational software company in the United States.

Dr. Fortune has delivered numerous speeches, presentations, and testimonials to federal and state congressional committees, international educational leaders, educational associations, and governmental groups. He has served as a member of California’s Information Technology Council, as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Software and Information Industry Association (formerly Software Publishers Association), and as President of the CEO Forum, a Washington, D.C,-based organization advocating the use of technology in schools. He has also served on the National Board for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and on the Board of Directors for Edison Schools, Inc.

Dr. Fortune serves as a senior advisor to Project Pipeline, a nonprofit teacher recruitment and credentialing institute, and volunteers in various school and community functions. A former secondary classroom teacher and school administrator, Dr. Fortune holds a Ph.D. in Education, an M.B.A., and a B.A. all from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Mike Kwatinetz

Mike Kwatinetz is a founding General Partner with Azure Capital Partners where he specializes in software and related infrastructure technologies. Prior to Azure, Mike was Group Head of Technology Research, a Managing Director and the senior software and hardware analyst at several major investment banks, including Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank Securities and PaineWebber. Mike was also a senior research analyst at Sanford Bernstein & Co.

Prior to his career in technology research, Mike was CEO of Woodbury Computer Associates, a software products and consulting firm, which resulted in a 160x cash-on-cash return.

Mike has provided research coverage and strategic advice to numerous technology companies and has consistently been viewed as a top resource on many, including Microsoft, Compaq, Dell, Apple, Hewlett Packard, VA Linux and Gateway. His coverage universe also included e-business software and internet devices and infrastructure. His theories on the shift of industry control to Microsoft and Intel, “The 4th Wave of the Web,” the advantages of Linux, and the need for PC vendors to go Beyond the Box” were considered agenda setting for the investment community. His technology investment strategy newsletter, SoundBytes, was one of the most widely read amongst public portfolio managers. He was top-ranked by Institutional Investor in PC Hardware and ranked second in PC Software and was the only sell-side analyst to ever be top three rated in both software and hardware, doing so for six straight years before leaving to form Azure in early 2000. In 1997 and 1998, Mike was rated Institutional Investor’s No.1 Large-Cap “Home-Run Hitter” for stock selection among all Wall Street analysts and remained among the Top 5 in 1999. Furthermore, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal have selected him as the No.1 PC analyst.

Mike received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematical Modeling from the University of California Berkeley and his M.B.A. in Accounting from New York University. Until recently, he sat on the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) advisory committee. He is also author of “The Big Tech Score,” published by John Wiley & Sons.

 

Alan Foster

Alan is a Managing Director at TeleSoft Partners where he focuses on digital media, systems and software investments. He has over 18 years of experience working with technology companies in venture capital, engineering, and product management roles.

Before joining TeleSoft Partners, Alan was a Principal at Berkeley International Capital Corporation, a San Francisco based venture capital firm. At Berkeley International he participated in 32 of the firm’s investments totaling $380 million of invested capital. Prior to Berkeley International, Alan worked at Silicon Graphics in the Circuits and Interconnect Technology group. Previously he held Design and Automation Engineering positions at Apple Computer. Alan started his career at an entrepreneurial laser systems manufacturer developing medical lasers.

Alan received his M.B.A., with Honors, from The Anderson School at UCLA, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

 

Dorothy Pavloff

Dorothy is a managing director with California Technology Ventures (CTV) and brings operational experience from information technology and communications companies. She joined CTV in 2000 and has represented the fund at Agile Materials & Technologies, DolphinSearch, E Team, Kiyon, MindCruiser and Thinglefin.

Before joining CTV, Dorothy was a manager of business development at Conexant Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of semiconductors focused on communications applications. Prior to Conexant, she held various positions at Hughes Electronics in its New Ventures Organization and at the MITRE Corporation, a research and development corporation focused on systems engineering for military applications.

Dorothy has taught venture investing to master’s candidates at USC’s Marshall School of Business. She received a master’s in business administration from the Boston University Graduate School of Business and a bachelors degree in Economics from Boston College.

 

Chris Bruzzo

Chris Bruzzo serves as vice president, Brand, Content & Online for Starbucks Coffee Company. In this role, Chris builds the relevance of the Starbucks brand through advertising and marketing communications programs, social media and digital customer experiences, and pro-social brand “sparks.” Chris first joined Starbucks in November of 2006 to architect the company’s digital strategy. He led the effort to create a digital blueprint for the Starbucks Experience. His team successfully designed and launched a number of online and in-store digital experiences and then, in March 2008, Chris and his team successfully launched the award winning My Starbucks Idea, the company’s first online community for customers and partners to share their ideas with Starbucks, engage in conversations and play a role in shaping Starbucks future.

In 2009, Chris and his team led major Starbucks marketing programs behind Starbucks coffee authority, for Starbucks holiday (the global sing-along project) and to introduce the world to Starbucks Via ReadyBrew. Chris’ role today includes all forms of Starbucks brand advertising, branded content, the total online brand experience as well as the Starbucks music strategy.

Prior to Starbucks, Chris served as the marketing vice president at Amazon.com, heading up the public relations and marketing teams. In his tenure with Amazon.com, Chris also produced original content for the company and led a team of software developers responsible for Amazon Wish Lists and gift registry services. Chris also spent 10 years leading marketing, public relations, technology and product organizations in the healthcare sector. He has a degree in political studies.

You will find Chris enjoying a cup of his favorite coffee on most days. In his spare time, he coaches youth soccer, rides motorcycles, advises small web-commerce companies, and enjoys hanging out with his three children on Bainbridge Island.