David Lee is a Founder and Managing Partner of SV Angel. Prior to SV Angel, David was at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage venture firm. He was a founding member of Google’s New Business Development team and led business development at StumbleUpon prior to its sale to eBay. He also was a corporate attorney at leading technology law firms.David has an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow; a J.D. from NYU; and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. He has been honored by charitable organizations including CoachArt, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of children with chronic illnesses and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In 2014, he was named to the Forbes Midas List of 100 Top Tech Investors.
Brian Pokorny is a Managing Partner of SV Angel. Prior to this, he was at Airbnb, where he joined via an acquisition of DailyBooth/Batch. DailyBooth was a venture backed start-up that Brian led for 3 years as their CEO. Before this, Brian was a partner at SV Angel with David Lee and Ron Conway upon the launch of the firm. Prior to SV Angel he was a founding team member and partner at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage investment firm. Before joining Baseline, Brian spent 3.5 years at Google within various positions in the Content Partnerships team and Direct Sales Organization. Before this, he had various roles within sales operations and finance at Juniper Networks, TIBCO Software, and Applied Materials. Brian graduated with a degree in Operations and Management Information Systems from Santa Clara University. Brian is an angel investor in Twitter, Square, OMGPOP (Acquired by Zynga), Tweetdeck (Acquired by Twitter), DailyBooth (Acquired by Airbnb), Milo (Acquired by eBay), Posterous (Acquired by Twitter), Chomp (Acquired by Apple), Milk (Acquired by Google), Bump, Couple, Elepath, MessageMe, and has advisory positions with Ooyala, Stitcher, and Rupture (Acquired by EA).
Kevin Carter is a Partner at SV Angel. He was included in Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 in 2012 and 2013. Prior to SV Angel, he worked in the Private Equity Group at Silicon Valley Bank. At SVB he was a part of the Entrepreneur Services and Venture Capital Relationship Management Groups and helped with diligence and cross platform relationship efforts. Before SVB, Kevin worked at Affinity Circles, Inc. where he performed sales and client account management. Kevin graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Finance. While at SCU, he worked closely with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, founded the CIE Mentor Program and was awarded “Outstanding Student Entrepreneur”.
Topher Conway is a Partner at SV Angel. Prior to SV Angel, he worked at EQAL, Inc., where he was an adviser before the company was acquired. At EQAL, he worked with the Business Development and Sales teams and lead efforts in creating new business opportunities. In his Sales position, he developed and maintained relationships with top ad agencies and brands. Prior to EQAL, he held positions at eCost and Google’s Direct Sales Organization. Topher graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a degree in History.
Robert Pollak is a Partner at SV Angel. Prior to SV Angel, Robert worked at Morgan Stanley in the Private Wealth Management group. At Morgan Stanley, he focused on working with high net worth individuals in venture capital space and entrepreneurs with liquidity events. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked at Arnold & Porter LLP on large-scale M&A transactions in their anti-trust group. Robert graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Economics and Foreign Affairs.
Ron Conway is the Special Adviser to SV Angel. For the past 15 years, Ron 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, Facebook, Zappos, Square, Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, foursquare, and 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 Board Member of the Salesforce.com Foundation, and member of the UCSF Medical Center Chancellor’s Advisory Board in SF, and is active in fundraising for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, The Tiger Woods Foundation, sf.citi (San Francisco’s tech-backed civic organization), College Track, Sandy Hook Promise-Newtown CT, Americans for Responsible Solutions-Gabby Giffords, Teach for America, THORN Foundation, and Donors Choose.
Abram Dawson is an Associate at SV Angel. Abram joined SV Angel in 2012 after graduating from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Economics. While an undergrad, he designed and developed a number of mobile apps, tutored economics, and worked closely with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Mike Liu is an Associate at SV Angel. Mike joined SV Angel in 2014 from Qatalyst Partners, where he worked on M&A and strategic advisory assignments in the technology sector. Mike graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering.
Kathryn Johnson is an Executive Assistant at SV Angel. She brings over 15 years of support experience to the team. Prior to SV Angel, Kathryn worked at Yahoo as an Executive Assistant to senior-level executives within sales, operations, advertising and product departments. She started her career in Healthcare, but after working at AOL many years ago, she knew that Technology was where she was meant to be.