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Council Spotlight
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July 22, 2021
Executive Angel Network
Executive Angel Series: Portfolio Management
Alex Aharonov
Global Engagement Director
Carl Stjernfeldt
Managing Director
Tanner Cerand
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Secretary
Lauren Flanagan
Managing Partner
Kerry Rupp
General Partner
*Invitation-Only Event for Executive Council Network Members
Featured Speakers
Kerry Rupp
TrueWealth Ventures
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Kerry is a General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led human and/or environmental health businesses in the sustainable consumer and consumer health sectors. Previously, Kerry was CEO at DreamIt, a Top Ten US startup accelerator and early-stage venture fund, where she was directly involved with the launch of over 150 companies. She serves as a board director for BrainCheck, the Advisory Panel of the Texas Health Catalyst program at Dell Medical School, and on the Steering Committee for Beam, an organization focused on making Austin the best place to be a woman entrepreneur.
Tanner Cerand
Build Acquisition Corp
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Tanner has 17 years of financial markets experience, with the past 8 years focused on software and technology deal sourcing and research across Build Acquisition Corp., BuildGroup, and Vista Equity Partners. He loves engaging with executives and investors to have thoughtful conversations around key tech trends and where markets are headed, while building meaningful connections between founders, executives, and investors. He is on the Founding Committee for the BEAM Angel Network, whose mission is to provide equitable access to capital for women-founded companies. Currently, he is the CFO & CIO of Build Acquisition Corp., a newly incorporated blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses.
Lauren Flanagan
Belle Capital
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Lauren has more than 25 years experience in founding and operating technology companies. She co-founded WebWare Corp, a pioneer in creating the digital asset management market and served as WebWare's chairman and chief executive officer for seven years, where she raised approximately $20 million in equity capital. She is now the managing partner for BELLE Capital USA, an early stage investment fund, which focuses its investments on women owned or managed technology businesses in underserved capital markets around the USA. They are women investors (entrepreneurs, execs and professional investors) investing in women-led companies.
Carl Stjernfeldt
ArcLight
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Carl joined ArcLight in 2021 and has more than 20 years of energy investing experience across a broad range of investment stages and focus areas. Prior to joining ArcLight, He was Head of Corporate Development for Royal Dutch Shell’s renewable business in North America. Prior to Shell, he spent more than 15 years doing venture capital investments at Battery Ventures, and Castile Ventures. Before starting his investment career, He was a software developer, manager, and consultant. He earned an MBA from MIT Sloan and has a dual MS in Computer/Electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Engineering (KTH) in Sweden and Northeastern in Boston.
Art Gorelov
CVC Capital Partners
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Art is a Portfolio Administration Manager with CVC Capital Partners ("CVC"). He is responsible for managing CVC's portfolio company holding structures in the U.S. across each of its private equity investment strategies. He liaises with the deal team, portfolio company, and CVC's global tax, legal, finance, and fund administration teams in managing, monitoring and designing best practices to be implemented across the U.S. portfolio.
Alex Ahronov
Next47 (backed by Siemens)
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Next47 is a global venture firm, backed by Siemens, committed to turning today's impossible ideas into tomorrow's indispensable industries. The relationship with Siemens gives access to international markets, a global customer base, and incomparable technical experience,
Jean-Jacques De Paep
Director of Strategy
Astra Innovations
Astra Innovations
First off, the summit was absolutely fantasic. I was fortunate enough to participate with Henry and the team in the summit during December of 2019. Let me just say that from that time I have been exceedingly impressed with all that's been accomplished. ECN is doing exceptional work and it adds real value!
Pamela Baker
Managing Director of Service
Workday
Workday
I have always been involved with several business and networking groups but the ECN sessions I have particpated in have been refreshingly unique. The quality and candor of panelists are thought provoking which make for meaninful exchanges... My initial impression was, "Wow, this is different, I want to be a part of this."...