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Alex LawrenceVice Provost - Weber State University | TwitterLinkedIn
Alex has been launching and growing successful companies for more than 20 years. Alex’s current partnership, Lendio, ranks #34 on the Inc. 500 list.
Alex is Vice Provost of Innovation and Economic Development as well as an Adjunct Professor of Internet Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics at Weber State University, where he earned his MBA.
Alex is also the Director of USTAR (Utah Science Technology And Research) Technology Outreach for Northern Utah. USTAR is a long-term, state-funded investment to strengthen Utah’s “knowledge economy.” This revolutionary initiative invests in world-class innovation teams and research facilities to create novel technologies that are subsequently commercialized through new business ventures. Alex serves as the Executive Director of the Weber State University Research Foundation (WSURF), a wholly owned WSU entity that fosters and supports on campus innovation and commercialization with students, faculty and the surrounding business community.
Terrence YangAngel Investor | TwitterLinkedIn
Terrence Yang is a mentor and angel investor. His first angel investment was around 1999. He has a 40% exit rate. Terrence tip toed back into angel investing in March 2012.
Mentor and Angel Investor Highlights since 3/2012:
1. Mentored a number of startups, including startup acceleratees and the winner of Startup Weekend Orange County, November 2012.
2. Hold > $250,000 in equity of technology companies of various sizes and over $100,000 in cash earmarked for startups when the frothiness subsides.
3. Became Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Leatherby Entrepreneurship Village at Chapman University, one of the top entrepreneurship programs nationally.
4. Selected to attend Y Combinator's S12 Demo Day.
5. Achieved over 150,000 views on Quora in Q4 2012, a site that generates about 666,000 uniques per month. He writes mostly about startups to help entrepreneurs, and has over 500 followers.
6. Joined two angel networks, including the largest and most active in the country.
7. Asked to Chair the 2013 Tech Coast Angels Orange County Fast Pitch Competition.
8. Asked to CoChair the Tech Coast Angels hardware/software prescreen committee.
Leslie BocskorPresident at Venture Catalyst | TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle+
Leslie N. Bocskor is a futurist and technophile who is a successive entrepreneur with a dual focus on disruptive and transformative businesses and nascent culture. Bocskor has worked as an Investment Banker since 1996. At that time he was one of the first to focus on the internet and new media exclusively. He has had numerous notable successes, and he would say numerous projects that provided valuable experience.
Leslie has been focusing on a number of areas that are ripe for transformation such as: the convergence of gambling and web based technologies, the convergence and evolution of online and offline security, the changes to the financial markets from equity crowdfunding, and many others. He came to Las Vegas to live full time in late 2009 / early 2010 because he saw Las Vegas becoming a creator of business and culture.
Leslie is also the Chairman of the Figment Project an arts event that began in New York City, and is now in
Currently, Christopher is serving as Director of the Entrepreneurship Village (eVillage) and as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Chapman University, located in Orange, CA.
The mission of theEntrepreneurship Village is to help Chapman University Students launch new business ventures, to educate students on the entrepreneurial mindset, to prepare students on how small business work, and to give students the tools needed to compete in a corporate environment. In his role as the Director of the Entrepreneurship village, Christopher educates, advises and mentors Chapman University students about the entrepreneurial process through hands on programming. Christopher also teaches several undergraduate courses each semester.
In addition to his role as an educator, Christopher is an active Tech Coast Angels investor and President of Dynamic Investments through which he invests in start-up companies in order to help them reach their full potential. He looks for an enthusiastic team and a solid idea that fills a void or satisfies an unrealized need in the consumer market. One of his most recent start-ups is Dynamic Construction Services, Inc., headquartered in Seal Beach, CA.
Christopher received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University, and Master of Business Administration from The George L. Arygros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University. He also holds a Black Belt in Six Sigma Lean from the University of California, Irvine. He also sits on the board of several start-up companies in and around the Orange
Christopher and his lovely wife Marie live in Huntington Beach, CA with their two daughters, Lacey Alison and Ella Marie.