Speaker Instructions

Thank you for agreeing to participate as a speaker or judge at this event.  This page will provide you with details and instructions to prepare for your session. We will make updates and send you emails with any new instructions.

Bio and Headshot

  • Your bio: 500 words or less, please include your full name, company, and title
  • Your headshot: high-resolution, print-quality JPEG – 4”x6” or larger at 300 dpi
  • Your mobile number
  • Your company’s website
  • Your personal Twitter handle

Please submit the requested information to Speak@angellaunch.com once you are confirmed.

Registration Information

We will give you a code to register for your comp ticket with our link.

Discount Codes for Guests

If you would like to bring additional members of your team, we offer a discount code. If they are accredited investors, they can attend for free. Other guests or startups will receive a discount code for a full ticket.

All Presentations Must use our Computer

Most of our speakers have a panel discussion, so you do not need slides.  If you are a startup giving a pitch, you must use our computer and bring your slides. Here are details:

Format: PowerPoint 16 x 9

Deadline: Final presentations to be sent to Speak@AngelLaunch by 5pm PST on June 1.  . In the event that last minute changes have been made to your presentation, bring your presentation to the event on a thumb drive and hand the drive to us during check-in.

Time allotment: Stick to the allotted time assigned to you (or the chairman have no choice but to politely cut you off). Leave time for Q&A (often it is the best part!). If your presentation allotment is 30 min, we suggest you leave 10 minutes for Q&A.

Other: Do not jam too many data points or text per slide as they are often hard to see from the back of the ballroom.

General Conference Details

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

Speakers are responsible for booking their own travel and accommodations. We do not have reserved rooms, but have a courtesy block at these hotels near our venue.


Craig Mullett, Founder, Bransion Group

Craig Mullett, Founder, Bransion Gorup

Craig Mullett founded Branison Group in 2004 and has worked closely with his research team to grow the business through closing deals for clients. Craig was previously Director of Business Development for Amphenol Corporation, a $3bn NYSE electronics manufacturing firm and at the time a KKR portfolio company. In this role, he completed 24 acquisitions around the world.

Prior to this, he was General Manager of HomeWorths, a direct marketing business he started for the Wooltru Group, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche.

Craig was Valedictorian of his MBA class at the Netherlands Business School at Nyenrode University, and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from the University of Cape Town. He also attended the International Leadership Academy of the United Nations in Jordan, and was a Rotary Business Exchange Scholar to Malawi and Finland. Craig is currently an advisory director on several private and non-profit boards.


John Occhipinti, Partner, Relay Ventures

John Occhipinti, Partner, Relay Ventures
John is a Partner at Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile software.  John has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software technology, marketing, and sales.  Previously he was Managing Director of Woodside Fund where he focused on ventures in cloud computing, online advertising technology and software.  John presently sits on the boards of Appcelerator, PubNub, Rally, Mojio and advises Graffiti Labs, Delighted and Fluc.  John is the Chairman of The ESVCA, Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance.

Prior to joining Woodside Fund, John was an early executive at Netscape Communications. Initially, John led a team that drove the company’s first significant revenues, helping launch Netscape through its initial public offering. Later, John ran Netscape’s Electronic Software Distribution and Strategic Channel groups. During his tenure at Netscape, John worked closely with hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs helping build web-based e-commerce and enterprise software applications. Prior to Netscape, John worked at Oracle Corporation, marketing and selling large-scale enterprise database technologies.

John has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, and a BA from the University of California Berkeley. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Trinity School. John is based in our Menlo Park, CA.


Ethan Pierse, Managing Partner Paris, Nest VC

Ethan Pierse, Managing Partner Paris, Nest VC

Ethan is an entrepreneur and experienced marketer with a passion for mentoring startups and helping young entrepreneurs succeed. Ethan brings over 20 years of experiences in digital marketing strategy with brands like Coca-Cola, HP, BP, Delta Airlines, Bank of America and Orange. At the University of Georgia, Université d’Auvergne and the CCI Negoventis Business Schools, Ethan has taught digital strategy and Internet business to thousands of students. As an entrepreneur, he has built various e-commerce companies across France and the US, and led various Internet marketing projects. Ethan is the founder and President of the “Association for International Promotion of French Technology” (APTFI) as well as FrenchPitch events promoting FrenchTech startups internationally. Ethan serves as an advisor to multiple startups in Paris for fundraising, business development and growth strategy.



Gopi Rangan, Investor, Managing Director USAA

Gopi Rangan, Managing Director USAA, Investor

Gopi is an angel investor in the SF bay area. He is also a  member of the Executive Management Group at USAA in San Antonio, Texas. As a Managing Director in USAA’s corporate venture group with $350MM (AUM), he focuses on facilitating strategic partnerships with innovative start-ups. He plays an active role on the board of portfolio companies. USAA’s typical corporate VC investments are $1M to $10M per round, stage agnostic, and in the following sectors: internet and mobile businesses, enterprise infrastructure, and fin-tech.

Corporate Development responsibilities include mergers and acquisitions, outbound licensing, and intellectual property. Portfolio companies: TrueCar (Nasdaq: TRUE), Care.com (NYSE: CRCM), Vast, Cartera Commerce, Snapsheet, ID.me, Automatic, Saffron Technology, Expect Labs, Personal Capital, Repair Pal, CafeX, Narrative Science, Coinbase, Prosper, Roostify, Robin Systems and Roost.

USAA’s mission is to facilitate the financial security of its members, associates, and their families through provision of a full range of highly competitive financial products and services; in so doing, USAA seeks to be the provider of choice for the military community.

USAA provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to more than 11 million members of the U.S. military and their families, with $24 billion in annual revenues and 28,000 employees. USAA is consistently lauded as leaders in customer satisfaction.



Alex Suh, Founding Managing Director, California Technology Ventures, LLC

Alex Suh, Founding Managing Director, California Technology Ventures

Alex Suh is a founding Managing Director with California Technology Ventures, LLC, a Southern California venture capital firm that focuses its investments in the fields of Life Sciences and Information Technology. Alex is the managing director that invests in Life Sciences as well as Information Technology. Alex is also a founding Managing Director with J.J. Jacobs Enterprises, LLC and Jacobs Capital Group, LLC, both Pasadena-based venture capital and fund-of-fund firms where he has invested in emerging venture capital funds globally that offer a strategic partnerships with California Technology Ventures while changing the venture capital model from the traditional way when forming their last fund. Alex was an entrepreneur having starting several businesses, helped develop the first small business incubator in the San Gabriel Valley, managed several small business lending programs, consulted with nonprofits and cities on economic development projects and taught college in entrepreneurship, business and management. Alex currently or formerly sat on the advisory board for EmTek, a San Diego based community small business lending and equity program; LARTA, a technology think tank; Claremont Graduate University’s Venture Financial Institute; and the Life Science Steering committee for State of California Governor’s Policy Office, Advisory Board member City of Hope’s International Translational & Regenerative Medicine Center (ITRC), SoCalBio (SCBC) Advisory Board member, and Trustee for Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. His community involvement included past president to Villa Esperanza, a school for developmentally challenged persons; distinguished president for Kiwanis; Advisory board member for Women at Work and the Crippled Children’s Society; Special Olympics coach and more. He was also honored in the past as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business. He is also an avid amateur underwater photographer and ocean conservationist and you can see some of his work atwww.DiveWet.com. Alex graduated with honors from the University of Denver’s School of Business with a B.S.B.A. in Management.


Patrick Walsh, Director US, Intel Capital

Patrick Walsh, Director US, Intel Capital

Mr. Walsh joined Intel Capital in April 2007, and is responsible for Software and Services sector investments in Cloud Services, Visual Computing, and Open Source. Mr. Walsh joined Intel in 1979 and brings over 28 years of software experience in Operating Systems, Languages, and Multimedia to Intel Capital with prior roles at Intel in software engineering, marketing, and sales; most recently working directly with ISV’s such as Avid, Softimage, PTC, Solidworks, ANSYS, Fluent, HK&S, Microsoft, Lotus, The Learning Company, PureSpeech, Lernout & Hauspie, JBOSS, MySQL, and many others to develop ecosystem synergies and drive increasing use of Intel platforms. Mr Walsh has invested in and served on the boards of Revolution Analytics, Black Duck Software, Likewise Software (formerly Centeris), Gaikai, Swrve Mobile (aka New Game Technologies and Swrve New Media), iStreamPlanet, Prism Skylabs (Prism), and Apperian Software. Education: Oregon State University – BS/Computer Science, 1982; Oregon Graduate Center, 1985; Boston University – MBA/Finance, 1999.