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Matrix Partners

Matrix Partners invests in early and late stage companies in the software, communications, semiconductors, data storage, Internet and wireless sectors. The firm invests in entrepreneurs, not just companies, and maintains the highest rate of repeat entrepreneurs in the venture industry.

Dana Stalder

Dana Stalder is a Silicon Valley based general partner at Matrix Partners, where he invests in early stage software and internet companies. Dana’s experience cuts across multiple disciplines including sales, marketing, finance, technology and product management at companies such as eBay, Netscape, PayPal and Respond.com. He has managed nimble ventures as well as 2,500-person teams. Dana joined Matrix in 2008 from PayPal, where he was a senior vice president and managed all business operations, including product, sales, marketing and technology. He is also a board member at iRise and QuinStreet.

Advent Venture Partners

One of Europe's most established venture and growth capital firm, Advent Venture Partners invests in world-class technology and life sciences businesses.

Frederic Court

Frederic is a General Partner with Advent Venture Partners in London, investing in growth capital and venture capital businesses across Europe. He focuses on Internet services (consumer and business), digital media, mobility, e-commerce, and technology-enabled services (including SAAS). Frederic currently sits on the board of Zong (mobile payments), Qype (local search), Ever Team (enterprise software), Ubiquisys (software for 3G femtocells), and Echovox (mobile media). His past investments include Fizzback (Customer feedback solutions), Cartesis (sold to Business Objects), Snell & Wilcox (merged with Probel). Frederic joined Advent Venture Partners from ETEXX, a VC-backed B2B online marketplace which he co-founded in France in 1999, offering online solutions to the textile and fashion industry. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he spent 6 years in corporate finance at Lazard in London, Milan and New York where he advised clients in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors, being involved in transactions worth over $100bn. Frédéric is a graduate of ESSEC, the leading French Business School, and Bocconi University in Milan. He speaks French, English, Italian and Spanish.

Newbury Ventures

Newbury Ventures is focused on investments in information technology, communications, security, and general technology-related companies throughout the world.

Ossama Hassanein

Ossama is an entrepreneur, mentor and venture capitalist. Over the last 35 years, he managed over $1 billion in 14 international technology funds at Berkeley International in San Francisco, Technocom Ventures in Paris, Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, and Newbury Ventures and the Rising Tide in Silicon Valley. In the 80’s, he led the mezzanine financing of 80+ IT companies that became notable successes including Oracle, Cirrus Logic, Atmel, PMC-Sierra, and LSI Logic. In the 90’s, he led or co-founded six successful startups including ACC (acquired by Ericsson), Algety (merged and listed on NASDAQ), HighDeal (acquired by SAP), Highwave Optical (Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex (acquired by Comverse), and nCipher (listed on LSE). He is currently chairman of the boards of BDNA in Mountain View, Echovox in Geneva, and TechWadi in Silicon Valley. He served on the Boards of Advisors of Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UCSF Department of Ophthalmology, and the American University in Cairo. He lectured on international business at UC Berkeley, the University of San Diego, and Santa Clara University. Ossama received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering (distinctions, first class honors)from the University of Alexandria, his M.Sc. in electrical engineering and M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia. He completed his Ph.D. program in electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in Business Administration at California Coast University.

Eric Babecoff

Eric has been running his own business in international trading for over 15 years. His company is one of the main importer of textile raw materials and ready-made items into the European Union market. Eric previously worked as a financial analyst for Pictet & Cie, the largest money management private bank in Switzerland. Prior to that, Eric had experiences at Procter and Gamble and at Citibank. Eric got his MBA from Columbia Business School, New York at the age of 24, where he also worked as a Teacher Assistant in International Finance, and hold a degree in Economics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.