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With Lu Zhang (Managing Partner, Fusion Fund), Mark Crawford (MD, Stanley Ventures), Ashley Flucas (Angel Investor, Flucas Ventures), Jillian Cohn (Investor, Mouro Capital), Ashish Bhatia (Angel Investor).
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 06:00 PM   Not Known   Online

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1. Lu Zhang - Founder & Managing Partner, Fusion Fund

Lu Zhang is the Founder & Managing Partner of Fusion Fund, a renowned Silicon Valley based investor, a serial entrepreneur & a Stanford Engineering alumna. Fusion Fund is active in supporting early-stage entrepreneurs who are looking to build globally disruptive companies using innovative technologies to drive systemic change originating from the U.S market. For the past couple of years, Lu leads the Fusion Fund team funnels exits of multiple portfolios' IPO & M&As.

Lu received the title of 2018 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos). She has also garnered other accolades including the Featured Honoree in VC of Forbes 30 Under 30 (2017), Silicon Valley Women of Influence (2018), Town & Country 50 Modern Swans - Entrepreneurship Influencer (2017) & Top 10 All America Chinese Youth (2018). Prior to starting Fusion Fund, Lu was the Founder & CEO of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012).

Lu is active in the entrepreneur & investor communities & serves as a board member & 2020 president for Youth Council of Future Forum.

2. Mark D Crawford - Managing Director at Stanley Ventures

Mark has invested capital in all stages of the corporate lifecycle - from seed to mature. He has been involved in seed, growth, buyout, distressed, & recap situations at the Associate, Vice President, & Director levels.

Mark is a Managing Director at STANLEY Ventures & is based in Sunnyvale, California. He is responsible for bring technology & innovation to Stanley Black & Decker & leading the corporate venture capital practice in the Silicon Valley region. Prior to his tenure at STANLEY Ventures, Mark worked at Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel Corporation.

Previously, Mark led a venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology companies based in the Midwest. In addition, he worked at an investment fund focused on the manufacturing, B2C, government contracting, & logistics sectors.

Mark currently serves on the Boards of Fort Robotics, FreeWire, Occo, & Hansen Mueller.

3. Ashley Flucas - Angel Investor at Flucas Ventures, Run a syndicate on Angellist.

South Florida-based. General counsel/partner at a real estate finance fund (infrastructure, sports arenas & large-scale condo, apartment & commercial buildings) with ~ $3B AUM (LPs are overseas HNWIs). We also own & operate several real estate developments (i.e., Nassau Coliseum in NY). I also run a syndicate on Angellist. Investing: 130+ investments to date.

Deals syndicated in last 6 months: Turing, Pico, Treasure, MotoRefi, Flat, Hungry, Bungalow, Foodology, S'More, Chiper, Hellometer, SafeStamp, Talkshoplive, Nguyen Coffee Supply, Tiliter & Badaboom

4. Jillian Cohn - Investor at Mouro Capital

Jillian is an investor at Mouro Capital where she focuses on early & growth stage investments in fintechs across the US & Latin America. Prior to joining Mouro, she worked as a fintech investor at Santander InnoVentures. She also has experience in impact investing both at Goldman Sachs & at the International Finance Corporation, the private investment arm of The World Bank. She started her career in investment banking at a boutique M&A advisory firm. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School & a BA & BS from University of Pennsylvania & The Wharton School

5. Ashish Bhatia - Angel Investor & Software Engineer (ex-WhatsApp, ex-Google)

Ashish has made several angel investments in startups since 2014. IntelliVision, acquired by Nortek. Authy, acquired by Twilio. Cirrosecure, acquired by Palo Alto Networks. Minjar, acquired by Nutanix. MakeLeaps acquired by Ricoh. Strikedeck acquired by Medallia. Verbling acquired by Busuu. He is part of the Board of Advisors of Joveo as a technical advisor. He was a judge & a panelist at Venture Summit West 2019, Startup Battle 144, Startup Battle 152, Private Investor Summit 2019, Startup Battle AI 224 & Pitch Global pitching events. He blogs about security, books, & programming at

Ashish holds technical advisory roles at multiple startups, Joveo (San Francisco), Replai (Berlin), Wemby (London), & Stylework (New Delhi).
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