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Patrick Yam

20+ years investment career as Economist, Investment Banker and Hedge Fund Manager; significant global private capital and public investment experience with The Federal Reserve Bank, Lehman Brothers, Citicorp, and Private Capital International.

Partner Pacific Assets (a $1B private equity fund, an affiliate of Drexel Burnham Lambert) and President of Matthews International Management (a $300M hedge fund investment management firm).

Co-Founder of 4 start-ups including founding officer of two Internet companies with operating and financial responsibilities.
Co-CEO of Canadian telecommunications enterprise, Dynavar Networking.

Director of Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business advisory board, Dean's Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship and, Emeritus Executive Fellow in Residence of Santa Clara University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Former faculty member of Venture Capital Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.
Author of various publications on venture capital, capital markets, ‘Company Building’ and, macroeconomic development.
Advisor to various global government ministries regarding early-stage innovation and entrepreneurship.

BA – San Jose State University Pre-Law.
MBA – Santa Clara University with honors in finance and marketing.

Alayne Gyetvai

CTO and Managing Director of Cargill's Venture Capital business unit, eVentures, focusing on emerging technologies, application architecture, integration, infrastructure software, enterprise software, and security investments.

Former General Manager of Globix Corp. with full operating responsibilities.

Founding member of Sun's and SGI's professional group and, previously a senior UNIX specialist at IBM for 10+ years.

BSe degrees in music performance from Oberlin College, BSe in computer science, and MSe in probability mechanics from Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, and BSe is electrical engineering computer engineering (EECE) from Univ. of New Mexico.

Lee Hamilton

C-level consultant on technology, market analysis and fund-raising for new ventures in a variety of areas such as carrier infrastructure, streaming video in education and crowd-funding, and California-Asia wine commerce.

CTO of Wyndstorm. Rapid planning, funding and launch of streaming media JVs enabled by OTT web delivery of content direct to set-tops and mobile devices. Distribution strategy to global OTT aggregators and entertainment networks.

Technology Director at Stanford Research Institute. CTO leadership of new web and wireless ventures backed by the SRI venture group. Developed deployment/ROI models for future wireless broadband infrastructure being planned by Sprint, Motorola and Intel.

Key roles developing mobile web, networking and 3D visualization products at companies including Ricochet, Siemens, Sandia National Labs, Hyperion, and Pixar-Phillips Medical.

B.A. Univ of Rhode Island, M.A CSU Humboldt, M.S. CSU Chico.

Sandra Ballinghoff

Founder of Accelerating Solutions, a business consultancy dedicated to developing emerging businesses. Provided financial and business development for start-ups in the areas of software development, entertainment, eBusiness services and education.

Director of Budgeting and Business Analysis at Stanford University.
Directed the funding for $130MM operating budget and served as Co-Chair of the university-wide Electronic Commerce Initiative.

Director of Online Business Development and Product Development Operations at entertainment software developer Accolade.

Significant operational finance and analysis for high technology firms including Digital Equipment Corporation, Air & Water Technologies Corporation an several other technology firms.

MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University. BS in Marketing and Finance from Boston College.
Member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society for higher education business programs.