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With Dominique Villela (Shot Ventures), Shadi Yazdan (Founder, PredictivEye), Pavan Kumar (F50 Elevate), Nelly Yusupova (Startup Tech Advisor), Christy Buss (CEO, Hedoskin).
Thu, Aug 19, 2021 @ 06:30 PM   Not Known   Online

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Join us for a virtual night of networking & learning from an all-star panel.


6:30 - 6:45 pm EDT: Introduction & Networking

6:45 - 7:50 pm EDT: Panel Discussion & Startup Pitches

7:50 - 8:00 pm EDT: Networking

1. Dominique Villela - Managing Partner at Shot Ventures

Dominique Villela is the founder & Managing Partner of Shot Ventures, a San Francisco & Arizona venture capital firm. Dom's primary role is in hunting for companies, due diligence, raising capital & helping founders (and even other investors) to raise capital too. Dom has been called a "The Friendly VC" because of his founder advocacy approach, transparently educating & advising on the pitfalls & benefits of accepting investment funding. In 2021, Dom & his partners launched a pre-capital advisory program using funding strategies that have captured investors & influenced the capital funding for tech companies that include the Fortune 10.

Supporting ex-executives from JP Morgan, Amazon, VISA, MySpace, & Microsoft, Dominique advances digital transformative leadership, while building financial partnerships with global top-tier venture capital & financial institutions to fund emerging tech across 20 markets. He has a specialization in digital assets, & has raised >$350MM USD & nearly $100MM in other currencies, which have supported 7 successful exits. Dominique has been recognized by the United States Congress & various municipalities for his contributions to science, technology, & entrepreneurship.

2. Shadi Yazdan - 4x Startup founder & Co-Founder of PredictivEye

Shadi is a 4x startup founder passionate about building disruptive technology with a positive impact across an array of industries. Currently, Shadi is the co-founder of PredictivEye, an AI company predicting customer behaviour with 90% accuracy. Her value-add is her outstanding record of utilizing management expertise, business acumen & strategic partnership skills to build deep relationships, executing winning marketing strategies & leveraging the latest technology to deliver exceptional results.

3. Dr. Pavan Kumar - Partner at F50 Elevate & Co-founder at 3pmVentures

Ex-founder, author, speaker & investor. 20+ yrs of experience in start-ups & enterprise acrossIndia, Middle East & USA.

Funded multiple companies across USA, UK & India. Specialized inBusiness Strategy, Partnerships, Innovation & driving change. 20+ yrs of experience in Technology, Sales, Strategic Partnerships, Operations etc., indifferent global regions.Strategic Accounts & Partnerships, Ooredoo, Qatar (2005-2017)Reliance Infocomm, India (2001-2005)Equant, India (1990-2001)Indian Airlines (1987-1990)

Investments: USA(3):,, TheCarSavior.comUK(1): (funded by AmEx)India(7):,,,,, by Zomato), by Paytm),,

4. Nelly Yusupova - Startup Tech Advisor & Founder of

Nelly Yusupova is a CTO, with over 18 years experience, leading companies to technical excellence. She is a start-up tech advisor, outsourced CTO, & the creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs.

Nelly is on a mission to help entrepreneurs minimize technology mistakes & through her online masterclass TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, she provides the roadmap to successfully manage technology teams & projects, without being technical or knowing how to code.

Just recently included in Fast Company's, League of Extraordinary Women, Nelly has been at the forefront of the women' s movement online since 1999 & is a Wall Street Journal's Woman on the IT Fast Track.

Nelly is a speaker & presenter for many organizations & major industries events including: Women's Enterprise Center, NY Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, & has been featured in INC Magazine, NBC Today Show, Fast Company Magazine,, O'Reilly, SmartMoney, SmallBiz, TechRepublic, Women's Radio.

5. Christy Buss - CEO of Hedoskin, Lakers family

As a successful dancer, choreographer, actress, & business owner, Christy Buss has traveled the world, met top athletes & celebrities & helped thousands of her fellow performers all while being in the limelight. Her busy schedule with long hours at the rehearsal studio, performing on camera, walking the red carpet, & running her various businesses meant that she needed to use quality skincare products to look her best at all times. Now, she is releasing her new line of skincare products HEDO & sharing her secrets for youthful, glowing skin & enjoying a healthy, happy life! You see, Christy worked very hard to get where she is today & knows that everyone deserves to have the best products not just big celebrities. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Christy grew up dancing at her mother's dance studio. Then, she got her big break when she won the ABC Television Special, All American Girl in 1979 & moved to Los Angeles, California. Shortly thereafter, she auditioned & won a spot as a Los Angeles Rams' cheerleader. Because of her extreme talent & ability to lead others, she soon became the dance captain & traveled the world with her fellow team members. When she returned to Los Angeles, she won numerous parts in commercials & film roles. In fact, her acting jobs on various soap operas lead her to choreograph shows like, Passion, Days of Our Lives, & more. Christy also choreographed for the LA Sparks & the LA Clippers & became a proud member of the Los Angeles Lakers' family. In order to share her love of dance with others, she opened The Studio Art of Dance in 1993 in El Segundo, California where she has taught thousands of small children to senior citizens ballet, gymnastics, jazz, tap, & more over the years. She continues teaching today while being a celebrity host on various reality television & talk shows. Plus, she works with numerous charities on various special events. Christy shares her insights on Hollywood, beauty, wellness & more & interviews celebrity guests via the Christy Curtis Buss YouTube Channel.

Christy lives the life most people dream of. She enjoys good health, family, friends, & is a successful entrepreneur. She is a radiant & forever young-looking beauty. Now, through Christy's new skincare line, HEDO, you too can experience her secrets! Enjoy Skin! Her goal is to provide some of the most high-quality skincare products on the market today with spa-quality results you can enjoy from the comfort of home.
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