Jerry received a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona and worked for large, publicly-traded companies in the Silicon Valley until he founded his own early-stage venture capital firm with two other partners. During his 20+ years in the venture capital industry, he has served on the boards of multiple startup companies. He has also served in his local church co-leading Life Groups, supporting such programs as the Adopt-A-Teacher program in East Palo Alto, and in traveling to Argentina and Brazil to provide guidance to ministries there.
Upon realizing that his technology research had created an immediate business opportunity, Ben took a leave of absence from his second year of a PhD program at Stanford. By applying his lab work, software developers could identify bugs automatically in the marketplace. He and his partners bootstrapped Coverity, a software company that attracted significant investment (from the likes of Benchmark Capital and Foundation Capital), employed hundreds of people, and, in 2014, was acquired by Synopsys. Ben approaches venture with a deep technical background and recent startup know-how. He’s lived every part of the entrepreneurial cycle, served as COO and CTO, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience. Ben holds a BS and an MS in Computer Science, both from Stanford
Jeff has served as a ministry and business executive in the Bay Area for 20+ years. Jeff served as a founding Board Member and CFO for TBC. He has driven results in executive leadership at Cityteam Ministries, Venture Christian Church and entrepreneurial ventures in software, medical devices and information technology. Jeff received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is currently energizing the startup of the Emerging Services Group at Robert Half as Practice Leader.
Bill is a technologist in large-scale computing and networking systems with general management experience. His career in computer science spans more than two decades. He began his post-graduate career starting with individual research contributions in computational science and engineering and computer systems. Bill helped to create and guide the development of numerous distributed systems, IP security projects, and applications of modeling and formal verification methods as well as converged network software. More recently, he has contributed to large-scale Web service systems and products as well as client software. He serves as an investor and coach for developing companies.
Pastor Hurmon Hamilton is a native of San Francisco, but he was raised in Coushatta, Louisiana. earned his B.A. in Philosophy and History from Grambling State University and his Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary. For seventeen years, Pastor Hurmon served as Senior Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Boston, MA. In 1998, Pastor Hurmon helped found the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. In 2011, he returned to the Bay Area and served as the Teaching Pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship (ACLF) in Mountain View for 2 years. Following his tenure at ALCF, he led the birthing of New Beginnings Community Church in April 2014, where we passionately serves as Senior Pastor.
Valerie serves as CEO for RealOptions Pregnancy Medical Clinics. She began her work with RealOptions in 1989 when she graduated from Faith Bible College serving as a volunteer Client Advocate. Valerie also served as a Church Ambassador and a HOPE Bible Study Facilitator serving women suffering from past abortions. In 2007, she answered God’s call to serve RealOptions full time as their Executive Director and was named CEO in 2010. Together with a staff of 28 employees and over 100 volunteers, she oversees four pregnancy medical clinics and various outreach programs serving high schools, college campuses, and the communities in Santa Clara and Alameda Counties.
Lance Joe is the founder and CEO of Payzone Systems Inc., a MSP of Elavon Inc., a global leader in payment processing. Payzone offers card processing solutions in the US, Europe, Asia, and China. Previously, Lance held executive management positions with Heartland Payment Systems where he built a card portfolio processing $4 billion in annualized Visa/MasterCard volume. Prior to his work in the payments industry, Lance worked in commercial real estate. Lance serves as the executive director of the Christian Entrepreneurs Association (CEA).
Henry is a Managing Principal at Sovereign's Capital LLC, a private equity fund focused on making investments in Indonesia and the US, particularly in the IT, Healthcare and Consumer Goods/Services industries. Sovereign's invests in leaders whose faith and values create a workplace culture that is about business excellence and community citizenship. Henry Kaestner is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board at Bandwidth.com, a 420 employee telecommunications firm serving the business market based in North Carolina. The company was the fourth fastest growing privately held company in the country during the 5 years of 2003 through 2007 according to INC Magazine's INC 500. The company's values are faith, family, work and fitness (in that order).
Anthony is the VP of Marketing at Gainsight, building and leading the Customer Success Industry. Gainsight has been recognized by Inc. Magazing as the 48th fastest growing private company in America (2015), by Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies (2014), and by Fortune Magazine as one of the Great Workplaces in Tech (2014). Anthony began his career as an early employee at Box. He later joined LiveOffice, a leading cloud-based email archiving and eDiscovery company, and managed their OEM partnership with Symantec from contract signature to acquisition for $115M. Prior to joining Gainsight, Anthony led the Emerging Cloud Products division at Symantec, and was responsible for the first organic product development effort that spanned both consumer and enterprise market segments.
Dr. Kim is the executive pastor and has served as elder at Jubilee Christian Center since 1986. He is also Managing Partner of Parakletos Ventures with investments in the US, China, India, and Korea. He was the first venture investor in Silicon Image, Inc. Dr. Kim is past Chairman of the board and Founding Investor of GCT Semiconductor, Inc. Early in his career, he was a youth, then founded the Kim Law Firm in Silicon Valley. Additionally, Dr. Kim served on the Board of the Living Stones Foundation and on President George W. Bush’s National High Tech Advisory Committee. He also serves as Executive Director of Church Growth International.
Brittany Kennada is a fashion and media entrepreneur currently pursuing her Masters in Fashion Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. As the former Miss Arizona USA 2011, Brittany was able to marry her dedication to fashion with her training in broadcast news, all while serving as a passionate advocate for young women. Brittany served as the TV host and official spokesperson for Phoenix Fashion Week, and in 2014, founded her own media company called EventureTV to provide event video services for companies like Google, TIBCO and Gainsight. Beyond her career pursuits, Brittany is on the Speakers Bureau of Street Light USA, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates victims of trafficking and brings them from trauma to triumph.
Danny Kim is a Microsoft MVP and recognized industry expert on Windows, Enterprise Security, Active Directory, Datacenter Automation, and Cloud Computing. Danny has helped more than 30 Fortune 100 companies, including Bank of America, Boeing, and Wal-Mart, design and deploy their Security Policy, Datacenter, and Cloud based infrastructures. He has also architected and developed several leading cloud security management products which have been licensed by Microsoft, NetIQ, Citrix, HP, Sony, Toshiba and others. Danny holds a BS in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Larry is a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, in Palo Alto, CA, where he advises clients in all matters to tax controversy, planning, and tax strategy. From 1999-2003, Larry served as commissioner of the Large and Mid-Size Business Division within the IRS. Prior to the IRS, Larry was the VP of Tax, Licensing, and Customs at Hewlett-Packard for 21 years. Larry is currently an elder-at-large at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and sits on several non-profit boards, including Fuller Theological Seminary, Church of the Pioneers Foundation, and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, USA.