Vinnie Lauria co-founded Lefora (acquired by CrowdGather, Inc.), a forum hosting service for over 100,000 communities on the web. Vinnie also started the SiliconValley NewTech meetup in 2006, critiquing and reviewing hundreds of startups. Vinnie has spent the past year mentoring startups in Singapore and across Southeast Asia, working with i/o ventures, the Founder Institute, and JFDI.
Vinnie has organized Silicon Valley themed events in Asia, including SuperHappyDevHouse.sg. Earlier in his career, Vinnie spent four years within IBM, helping to shape how they were approaching social software for the enterprise. Vinnie has spent considerable time traveling across Asia and lives full-time in Singapore, managing and mentoring the portfolio companies. A Kauffman fellow, Vinnie spends much of his time advising and connecting young entrepreneurs. He occasionally guest lectures at NUS and has been published in 3 books.
Jeffrey Paine is the founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage technology incubator based in Singapore. Jeff started and manages the Founder Institute in Asia where he is currently overseeing its expansion in the Southeast Asian region. Since 2010 the Founder Institute in Singapore has graduated over 60 companies in Asia.
He is a Singapore native and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Information Systems) from the University of Southern California. Jeff spent the first eight years of his career in early stage venture and private equity in the US, North and South Asia. He co-founded a China market entry advisory firm which was then merged with a China mid-market private equity firm. He was an Investment Manager at MPH Ventures, a $20M fund specializing in media & tech investments in Asia and the US. Jeff is also a founding partner of Gen Origin (advised by the legendary Pitch Johnson), a $4M tech fund focused on early stage Asian tech start ups.
Paul Bragiel is the co-founder of multiple successful ventures, including i/o Ventures, an early stage startup program in Silicon Valley. Under i/o Ventures, Paul has incubated 16 companies helping 8 access additional investment, 4 of which have been acquired. Prior to i/o Ventures, Paul founded three global companies, Lefora, Meetro, and Paragon Five. Under those companies he had customers such as Atari, Capcom, EA, Nokia, Sega, etc. At Paragon Five, Paul established offices in the US and Europe.
Paul is an investor/advisor to 33 companies and has helped those companies raise over $130M in financing. Paul has a strong background as a liaison for companies looking to establish operations in multiple countries. Paul is based out of the San Francisco and is our man on the ground providing the support network from Silicon Valley. He frequently travels to Asia.