Ron Conway Ron Conway is a Special Adviser to SV Angel. For the past 15 years, Ron Conway has been passionate about angel investing in Silicon Valley technology start-ups. During this time, he has been fortunate to invest in - and work closely with - hundreds of startups including, Google, OpenTable, Facebook, Zappos, Groupon, Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, foursquare, & Twitter.
Ron has been an active angel investor since the mid 90's. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005). He was included in 2010's Vanity Fair 100 most influential people in the Information Age. He was awarded Best Angel at The 2009 TechCrunch Crunchies Awards. He was named # 13 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top "deal-makers" in 2011. Ron was with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions (1973-1979), Altos Computer Systems as a co-founder, President and CEO (1979-1990) and took Altos public on Nasdaq in 1982 and served as CEO of Personal Training Systems (PTS) (1991-1995). PTS was acquired by SmartForce/SkillSoft (Nasdaq SKIL).
Philanthropically, Ron is a member of the UCSF Medical Center Chancellor's Advisory Board in SF, an active in fund raising for the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, The Tiger Woods Foundation, sf.citi, San Francisco's first tech-backed civic organization, College Track, the Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation, Teach for America, and Donors Choose.
Katherine Hall Ms. Hall is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Hall Capital Partners LLC, and a member of the Firm's Investment Review Committee. Ms. Hall was previously Co-CEO and CIO of Offit Hall Capital Management LLC (predecessor to Hall Capital Partners LLC) and President and Managing Director of Laurel Management Company, LLC (predecessor to Offit Hall Capital Management LLC) which she founded in 1994.
Previously, Ms. Hall was a General Partner of Laurel Arbitrage Partners, a risk arbitrage investment partnership that she founded in 1989. Prior to that, she was a General Partner of HFS Management Partners, (predecessor to Farallon Capital Partners), HFS Partners I, and Hellman & Friedman. Ms. Hall began her career at Morgan Stanley where she worked in both the risk arbitrage and mergers & acquisitions departments.
Currently, Ms. Hall is chair of the Board of Directors of Princeton University Investment Company ("PRINCO") and a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton University. She serves on the advisory boards of Riva Capital Partners (Abrams Capital), Qiming Venture Partners, General Catalyst Fund (Fund III), and TMG Partners. She also serves on the Board and Investment Committees of St. Ignatius College Preparatory and the UCSF Foundation, as well as the Boards of The Thacher School and the San Francisco Ballet Association. She previously served on the Boards of Stanford Management Company, Mills College, San Francisco Day School, Larkin Street Youth Center, Juma Ventures and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She was a Director of the American Century Mountain View Funds from 2002 to 2007.
Ms. Hall graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in Economics and earned an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Kenneth T. Rosen Ken Rosen is Chairman of Rosen Consulting Group, a real estate market research firm, and Chairman of Rosen Real Estate Securities, a REIT money manager with over $300 million in assets under management. Rosen Real Estate Securities has the Government of Singapore Real Estate Group and DB RREEF as minority partners. He was formerly Chairman, Founder and Portfolio Manager of Lend Lease Rosen Securities, a $3 billion REIT money management firm.
In addition, Mr. Rosen is Chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Rosen is also the special real estate advisor to The Davos World Economic Forum.
In prior business ventures, Mr. Rosen co-founded Regional Data Associates (RDA) in 1976, a leading real estate forecasting firm. RDA was sold to Chase Manhattan Bank in 1982, and became part of the Chase Econometric forecasting system. From 1985-1990 he was Consultant/Managing Director of Salomon Brothers' Real Estate Research Department, which was recognized as Wall Street's leading real estate research group.
Mr. Rosen received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974 and a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Connecticut in 1970. He was a Professor of Economics at Princeton University from 1975 to 1979. In addition, he was a Professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley from 1979 through 2004. Mr. Rosen is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a member of the board of directors of several non-profit and for-profit entities that deal with real estate finance and development. He has authored over 100 articles and four books on real estate and real estate finance.
Ned Spieker Warren E. "Ned" Spieker, Jr., is a partner of Spieker Realty Investments, a private real estate investment and development firm in Menlo Park, California. He served as chief executive officer of Spieker Properties, Inc. and was Chairman of the Board of the company until its merger into Equity Office in 2001. Mr. Spieker also served as a managing partner and board member of Trammell Crow Company, a company that delivers building management, brokerage and development and project management for users of and investors in commercial real estate. He serves on the board of Continuing Life Communities, a developer and operator of projects that provide independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities all on one campus; past member of Health Care Property Investors, Inc., a real estate investment trust and investor in healthcare-related real estate located throughout the United States. Mr. Spieker is also a past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).
A native of California, Mr. Spieker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He served as a trustee of the University of California Berkeley Foundation and presently serves on the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business. In addition, Ned serves as director, trustee and member of various civic and community organizations.
Jim Wunderman Jim Wunderman serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Bay Area Council, a business-backed public policy organization in the San Francisco-Oakland-Silicon Valley Bay Area. Led by its CEO members, the Bay Area Council is the strong, united voice of more than 275 of the largest Bay Area employers, representing more than 500,000 workers, or one of every six private sector employees. Since becoming CEO in 2004, Wunderman has led the 64-year-old public policy organization to become one of the most influential, effective institutions of its kind.
Under Wunderman's leadership, the Council has grown significantly in membership, revenue and profile, and has developed a global competitiveness strategy for the Bay Area that serves as a model for other regions. Some of the core elements of the global competitiveness strategy are to develop world-class infrastructure, a second-to-none education system, and to enact a smart growth plan that will stand in an era of climate change and economic pressures. Wunderman has also helped the Council develop deep and collaborative relationships with leaders in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento.
Wunderman holds degrees from San Francisco State University, and Kingsborough College of the City University of New York.