Instructor Bios


Executive Director, Keiretsu Forum Academy - Ambassador, Serial Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker

Dave is a pioneering software technologist and business leader skilled at uncovering and developing hidden assets that enable rapid growth in early stage and underperforming software and services companies. As CEO, he led three profitable software and services companies; at the public company, grew revenues from $1m to $16m and public market cap. 60-fold in less than 3 years; negotiated license agreements with industry leading software companies, trade association, and export licenses with Department of Commerce and NSA. In each unique situation he attracted results focused leadership teams and innovative enterprise strategies that enabled access to capital (public and private placement), relationships (industry and thought leaders), and customer advocacy that powered growth. These experiences have paved the way for a highly acclaimed book, The Paradox of Excellence: How Great Performance Can Kill Your Business, and his bookings as a keynote speaker through

In recent years, Dave has worked with CEO's of companies in transition in industries as diverse as logistics, building supply, elearning and financial services. His volunteer activities with Gideons International help touch lives around the world. For fun, he and his wife Ginny enjoy riding their sport motorcycle throughout the back roads of Northern California and beyond. 



Patent and Technology Transactions Attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

George A. Willman is a patent and technology transactions attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto.  He prosecutes patents and represents clients in licensing, development, supply, service, merger and acquisition transactions.  George has represented clients such as Amkor Technology, Bloom Energy, Broadcom, Cypress Semiconductor, Dolby Laboratories, Eppendorf, InterDigital Communications, Micron, NETGEAR, Palm, SanDisk, Santa Clara University, Solaria and UTStarcom.  He is active in the angel community in Silicon Valley. George frequently serves as a judge at the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition and a guest lecturer and mentor at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Prior to his legal career, George worked as a telecommunications software engineer for IBM and Siemens.  He holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business and a BS, Computer Systems Engineering, from Stanford University.



Owner & Principal, Omega Valuations

Keith Zachow CPA/ABV, CVA is the founder and principal of Omega Valuations, Inc., an accounting practice focused exclusively on valuation matters. His broad financing experience includes debt and equity financings,  buy-side and sell side mergers and acquisition advisory, initial public offerings,  equity private placements, lease financings, and debt restructurings. He works with many venture backed companies on issues of stock options, equity valuations, purchase price allocations and valuations of intangible assets. Prior to founding Omega Valuations he was Sr. Vice President of Menke Equity Capital, a private equity firm. Previous to this he worked in the merger and acquisition advisory practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and ran an independent search fund. He is a member of the Keiretsu Forum as an angel investor and is a licensed CPA in the states of California and Washington. He received his undergraduate degree from Whitworth College and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



CEO & Founder, PeopleConnect

Max Shapiro is the founder and CEO of PeopleConnect, bringing remarkable energy, a rare blend of experience, a sense of creativity, and a never-give-up tenaciousness that has made it possible for many startups and established companies to add key talent to their teams. A lifelong entrepreneur, and a consummate networker and business strategist, Max understands the minds and passions of startups and companies focused on growth. Max has always been an expert in finding talent; he was the youngest talent scout in the history of the NBA, serving as Chief Scout for the Phoenix Suns. He owned and operated a company that produced sports camps for children, and baseball and basketball fantasy camps for adults, where he partnered with some of the biggest names in sports, including Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Pat Riley, Magic Johnson, John Wooden and Billy Casper. Max founded PeopleConnect Staffing in 1998, where he currently focuses on business development and client relations. He is an active member of several angel investment groups, and his passion for finding talent extends to introducing PeopleConnect clients to the professional resources they need to bring their company to the next level.



Angel Investor, Keiretsu Forum, Silicon Valley Chapter

Thirty-three years of sales, marketing and executive management experience ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500 such as AboveNet Communications, Accellion Inc., SynOptics Communications (Nortel) and Unisys/Burroughs.  Mr. Dembitz expertise include accelerating revenue growth, securing key major accounts, building sales and marketing teams, establishing brand identity and market validation for new products/services, developing and implementing strategic business plans and speaking at institutional investor conferences. Mr. Dembitz had the unique experience of managing through AboveNet’s entire company lifecycle that included start-up venture funding, public offerings, acquisitions, and ultimately a merger with a larger company. Mr. Dembitz graduated from University of Utah with his MBA, BS Dual Major: Economics and Management.  He currently is an active member of the Keiretsu Forum of Silicon Valley.



Director, Intel Capital

Sean supports Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG) through a strategic investment program at Intel Capital. Areas of focus include semiconductor capital equipment, strategic supplier relationships and emerging silicon and process technologies.  Since January 1999, he has structured, negotiated and closed over 60 equity and debt investments for Intel Capital and the Intel 64 Fund.  Previously, he worked within Intel Treasury as an associate in mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to joining Intel in 1997, Sean worked as an associate in corporate finance at the investment bank, Laidlaw Equities, Inc. and in RDBMS marketing at Oracle Corporation.  Sean earned a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA.



President & CEO, Moreland Associates

A seasoned senior executive, Christina has over 20 years experience as a marketer. She is the President and CEO of Moreland Associates, which she founded in 2001. Moreland provides interim executive, market research, and marketing project services for clean tech and high tech start-ups, services providers, and enterprises. Christina’s clients include companies in the clean tech, software, telecom, mobile and security sectors. Prior to Moreland, she founded and served as President and CEO of OfficePlease Inc., an intranet software company and ASP and currently serves as the Chairman for the OfficePlease Foundation. Prior to OfficePlease, she was the VP of Marketing for Sentient Networks a telecom switch manufacturer, until their acquisition by Cisco Systems. Previously, she was director of carrier development and marketing at Premisys, a telecom and enterprise Integrated Access Device (IAD) manufacturer, which was later acquired by Zhone. Prior to Premisys, she held business development and marketing positions with N.E.T., a TI multiplexer manufacturer and Kevex Instruments, a provider of EDX and XRF spectrometers and detectors. She is on the advisory board of SolarNexus and NexTier Networks and regularly contributes to entrepreneur support organizations including: the Clean Tech Open as the program chair for the 2009 Accelerator; VC TaskForce Clean Tech series and Venture Backed Executives Club; SVASE East Bay Series for high tech and clean tech entrepreneurs; Astia’s clean tech committee, mentor and workshop presenter. Christina is known for her strong, clear leadership and drive. 



Founder, Demo Coach

Gold has given 15,000 software and hardware product demos during his career. His passion is to coach other people in how to deliver great demos. He is the co-author of Giving Memorable Product Demos, published in June, 2009. He has worked with small and large companies—such as IBM, Nokia, SanDisk, Symbol Technologies,,, and U3 — on how to deliver more compelling and memorable demos. 



Intel Capital

 Laura joined Intel Capital in 2001.  Prior to Intel Capital, Laura was one of the coordinators for Intel's transition to 300 mm fabs.  Her role was to manage tool selection activities for the metrology and lab areas, in coordination with the major equipment suppliers.  In 2000, Laura was the industry co-chair for the SEMATECH Metrology and Yield Management Tools Program Advisory Group.  Laura joined Intel in 1991 as a Process Engineer, where she developed a lithography technology that is currently used in Intel's mobile processors.  While in process engineering, she also worked in yield issues. In 2006, Laura received the Intel Achievement Award, Intel's highest award, for her investing activities.  In 2008, Laura was a judge for the finals of the Berkeley Business Plan Competition.  Laura is currently board observer for Crossing Automation, Xradia, and Advanced Inquiry Systems.  She also invested in and managed exits for ALIS (acquired by Zeiss),  Angstron Systems (acquired by Novellus), and Lotes (IPO on the Taiwan Stock Exchange).  Laura holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.



Director, Intel Capital

 Tammi joined Intel Capital in 2000.  Prior to Intel Capital, Tammi was with J.P. Morgan & Co., focused on leveraged buyout transactions and mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to that, she was an Audit Officer at J.P. Morgan & Co. covering a diverse set of investment banking operations from derivatives trading to global custody.  She passed the CPA Exam in 1991. Tammi is board observer of Gainspan, Impinj, RF Code, and has invested in and managed exit for Navini Networks (acquired by Cisco).  Tammi earned an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a bachelor's degree in Accounting/International Management from Georgetown University. 


Kathleen Ryan

CEO & CFO of RoseRyan

Kathy Ryan knows what it takes to help Silicon Valley start-ups—including her own—grow and prosper.

Kathy keeps 10 balls in the air without breaking a sweat and thrives on running a business. She started RoseRyan on a mission to let highly skilled professionals combine challenging assignments with a flexible work/life balance—and the firm has grown beyond her wildest dreams. While building RoseRyan, she’s served as interim CFO at more than 50 emerging companies, mostly in the high-tech sector. With the keen ability to see the big picture as well as pesky details, she makes sure her employees and clients stay on top of an ever-changing regulatory landscape.

Kathy was director of finance at Quantum and tax manager at Price Waterhouse before co-founding RoseRyan in 1993 with Sue Macias. In addition to management expertise, her skills include general and cost accounting; tax and SEC reporting; forecasting, budgeting and planning; business finance; and systems planning and implementation. Kathy, formerly a Big 4 CPA, holds a BS in accounting from Santa Clara University. She serves on the finance committee at St. Michael’s Church in Livermore. Among her loves: golf, needlepoint and (her guilty pleasure) romance novels.         



Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Scott McCall is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati's employee benefits and compensation practice. He represents both private and public technology clients in connection with executive compensation and employee benefits matters. Scott's practice focuses on the design and implementation of equity compensation and bonus plans, executive employment agreements and the corresponding tax, accounting, and securities law issues. He also is actively involved with the firm's transactional practice, working with employers to manage the transition of employees and their benefits during and after a merger or acquisition, joint venture, or spin-off.

He received his B.A. from San jose State in 1993 and his J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where he was part of the Order of the Coif. In 1999, Scott received his L.L.M. from New York University School of Law.



Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Troy Foster is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's corporate and securities group. His practice touches a wide range of corporate and entrepreneurial clients, including emerging growth companies, venture capital firms, public companies, and investment banks. Troy's venture practice is primarily focused in the life sciences and clean energy areas, where his clients include Angelica Pharmaceuticals, Clean Power Finance Company, Free Space Solar, Hydra DX, Intradigm Corporation (now Silence Therapeutics), and Sutro BioPharma. In addition, Troy has represented several venture firms in connection with their investments in the life sciences sector, including ALTA Partners, Frazier Healthcare Ventures, GBS Venture Partners, Venrock Associates, and Versant Ventures. Troy is also active in the digital media and Internet sector, where he represents Evryx Technologies, Madvision Entertainment, Playmaker Mobile, Pragmatic Solutions, Soul Train Holdings, TrueCar, Zadspace, and Prior to joining the firm, Troy clerked for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1999 to 2000.



President of Green Tree Capital and Entrepreneur Academy Ambassador

In 1986, Franz  co-founded Green Tree Capital; in 1989 he founded the Los Angeles Venture Forum. Since 1986, Green Tree continues to focus on arranging mergers, acquisitions & divestitures and debt/equity financing for privately owned companies with revenues between $7.5 million and $50 million. Franz has rich experience working with or for privately owned “middle market” companies. He has served as president, chief financial officer, controller and director of a number of private companies (ITM International, Intraco, Meridien Marketing and Pandick California) with sales ranging from $25 to $100 million and as audit manager in Price Waterhouse’s NYC Small Business Department.

Franz obtained his CPA from New York State, holds a BS in General Business and Finance from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA in Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business Administration. He has served in many senior leadership positions for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) including 5 years on the ACG Global Board of Directors, President of the ACG San Francisco chapter and President of the ACG Los Angeles chapter.



Founder and CEO, TSS Financial

After several years of selling and financing small business and mainframe computing systems, Jeff founded TSS Financial in 1982. The company works with lenders and entrepreneurs, creating innovative financing for technology companies at all stages of development, from A round startups to multinational public corporations. TSS has specialized in the Biotech, Semiconductor, and Software industries in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area for over thirty years.

Today, he is focused on helping early stage businesses obtain alternative sources of capital through government programs as well as via specialized loan and grant programs available from industry and foundations. As a volunteer with SCORE and other counseling organizations, Jeff has demonstrated an affinity for engaging with people in all age and skill groups as both a mentor and instructor.