VatorSplash LA
June 7, 2012 – Los Angeles

Keynote speakers

Scott Painter, CEO, TrueCar

Scott Painter is an entrepreneur with a particular focus on cars, direct-to-consumer businesses and technology creating businesses around big ideas where those three converge.

Currently he is founder and CEO of TrueCar, co-founder of Pricelock (, and co-founder and board member of BrightHouse, Inc. ( He’s been an early stage entrepreneur in the online automotive retail sector, having introduced upfront pricing as founder and former CEO of and, now, taking the next step through Zag.
In a series of white papers available on, he makes his views about the current state of the auto industry known. In a nutshell: Now that the car has become a commodity and buyers have anonymous access to product information online, upfront, transparent new car pricing is the way of the future for auto retail.


Matt Coffin, Founder, LowerMyBills

Matt Coffin is a Los Angeles-based internet entrepreneur and investor. He was the President and Founder of, which was sold to Experian in 2005 for $330 million. In addition to, he was President of Experian Online Customer Acquisition Services and President of the incubator-like Experian Interactive Innovation Center. Matt was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of Year award winner in 2007 and was Southern California Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006.
Mr. Coffin also sat on the Board of Directors for, which was started by incubator eCompanies, whose venture arm was an early investor in He is an early investor in human powered search engine, Demand Media, Rubicon Project, Docstoc, MarketProbability, and eBureau. Coffin also invested in both Buscape (which was sold in October 2009 for $330M) and HauteLook, which was sold to Nordstrom in February 2011 for $270M.[4] Other investments include GraphEffect, Impact Radius, Machinima, ThisWeekIn, CyberRain,, InAdco, ShoeDazzle, Goldstar,, Deal Quad, HMRN, ClientRadius, Stance, and Quant The News.

Matt Coffin currently sits on the Board of Directors for eBureau, Machinima, and Mahalo. In March 2010, he and Doug Hirsch founded dailyD which later changed its name to FamilyFinds. Mr. Coffin is CEO of FamilyFinds, an online daily promotions site exclusively focused on services and experiences for families, and raised $5.75M in funding from Split Rock[disambiguation needed ] Partners for its launch in 2010.



David Austin, Sr Director Emerging Technology, Turner Broadcasting System

David Austin has over 25 years of extensive product and corporate development experience in bringing a multitude of amazing products to consumer markets as well as identifying, acquiring and integrating a wealth of intellectual property, products and teams. Currently David is helping to drive the new media technology accelerator, Media Camp, a Turner initiative. Find out more at

Prior to coming to Turner to help shape the future of media he was a Senior Director at Apple Inc for two stints totaling over 17 years. During his time there, David delivered a broad swath of consumer products working extensively with Senior Executive Management (including working directly with the late Steve Jobs on the original Keynote and iWork products).

In between stints at Apple he co-founded a startup and worked for a boutique venture capital firm. Since leaving Apple in 2009 he has had the privilege of being an investor, advisor, and board member to many angel and venture-backed startups.

David has a BS in Math and Computer Science and holds three patents.


Paul Bricault, Partner at Greycroft and Co-founder/partner of

Paul Bricault is also an active angel investor and advisor in start-ups such as Beach Mint (LA), Burstly (LA), ContextLogic (SF), Gamesalad (Austin), Needly (LA), Mtime (China), Pose (LA) and Wide Orbit (SF).

Previously, Paul was the founder of The Mailroom Fund (MRF) - a venture fund in partnership with Accel Partners, Venrock and AT&T that focused on early stage investments in Southern California-based digital media firms.

He founded MRF during his 16 year tenure at the William Morris Agency (WMA) where he served as Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors as well as the head of both the Global Marketing Practice and the Digital Media Group. Prior to WMA, Paul worked at Paul Kagan Associates where he ran the Los Angeles office for the Carmel-based media valuation and consulting firm and was responsible for covering the worldwide film, television and new media industries from 1989-1994.

Paul is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California where he has taught a course for the last 17 years on the Impact of Technology on Media. He has an M.A. in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communication at USC and a combined Honors B.A. in English Literature and International Relations from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.


David Carlick, Partner, Rho Capital Partners  

David Carlick has been in high technology media for over 30 years, and has been a venture investor in digital media companies since 1999. In ten years with VantagePoint Venture Partners, a leading U.S. venture firm, David led or co-led 13 investments, most notable among them Intermix Media (parent of MySpace, sold to NewsCorp in 2005 for $580mm) where he was Chairman; first institutional investor in ReachLocal (NASDAQ RLOC); and ReachLocal Australia (acquired by ReachLocal). He is currently Venture Partner at Rho Capital Partners, a leading U.S. venture firm. David is holds board seats at Brandscreen (Australian DSP startup), Effective Measure (Australian Digital Audience Measurement company) ReachLocal, (leading digital agency for SMB with operations globally); Thoughtful Media (Startup in online video and social media), TouchTunes (leading digital jukebox and DOH ad network with over 40,000 locations)  and Xgraph (early stage audience data company).

Prior, Mr. Carlick founded Carlick Advertising, a Silicon Valley agency that was actively involved in a number of companies that went public, including Cirrus Logic, Cypress Semiconductor, Daisy Systems, Netscape, Network Equipment Technologies, Network General, and Silicon Graphics, and also with notable portable computing companies Osborne Computer and Toshiba America. Carlick Advertising also included The DBM Group, which handled database marketing and lead generation for Carlick clients. Carlick Advertising and The DBM Group were acquired by Bozell in 1993. While at Bozell, Carlick founded or co-founded the Poppe Tyson digital media group, (merged with Modem Media and IPO as Modem Media Poppe Tyson, NASDAQ MMPT) and DoubleClick (NASDAQ DCLK, later acquired by Google). He was also a founding director at International Network Services (NASDAQ, INSS, acquired by Lucent 1999 for $3.5 billion); and at I/Pro, first online audience measurement, acquired by CMGI; and was director at AskJeeves (NASDAQ ASKJ, acquired by IACC for $2.3 billion.)


David Cremin, Founder and Managing Director, DFJ Frontier

David Cremin is a founder and Managing Director of DFJ Frontier, a Draper Fisher Jurvetson venture capital fund focused on seed and early stage technology companies on the west coast. At Frontier, he leads fund management, fundraising and portfolio management efforts. He currently serves as a Director for uSamp, Mogreet, JanRain, AppleTree, MyWinesDirect, and Prolacta Bioscience.  Prior to Frontier, he was a founding partner of Zone Ventures in Los Angeles. As an entrepreneur, he served as founder and CEO of Vis-à-Vis Entertainment, a music publishing and digital media company. He also spent several years touring as a professional musician and recording for RCA Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records and EastWest Records. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. 


Terence Fung, Corporate Development, Zynga

Terence Fung has been a senior leader in Zynga’s corporate development team since joining Zynga in January 2010 and has overseen over 25 transactions at Zynga. 

Before joining Zynga, Terence was a banker at Lazard,  a leading global investment bank, where he focused on domestic and cross-border technology and digital media advisory for over 10 years. 

Prior to Lazard, Terence worked on a broad variety of mergers, acquisitions and capital raising activities at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell.  Terence earned his bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 


 Alex Gurevich, Investor, Javelin VP

At Javelin, Alex Gurevich focuses on consumer web, mobile, big data analytics and business intelligence, consumer healthcare, and gaming. He led Javelin's investments in Thumbtack, WellnessFX and Prismatic, and is active on the boards of Skytree, PowerCloud, and AppFirst. Prior to joining Javelin, Alex was a Principal at DFJ Aurora, one of the first Western ventures fund focused on high tech investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. In addition to helping lead fund formation and fundraising, Alex worked with portfolio companies in the enterprise software, consumer web services, digital media, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and e-commerce domains. Prior to DFJ Aurora, Alex was the first employee and Director of Business Development at ooma, a venture-backed company in the consumer electronics, VoIP (voice over IP) space, where he led his company's initial product roll out, customer acquisition and retail distribution strategy. Alex was also co-founder of, one of the web's first free video dating sites, where he was in charge of all product development, fundraising, and business development efforts. Alex also serves as a key advisor to several Silicon Valley early stage start-ups, including Sifteo and PointSourcePower, as well as the Global Technology Symposium - the premier investor conference on emerging markets.

Alex holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was co-President of the Venture Capital Club, a leader of a Global Study Trip, and a Board Fellow. He also holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering, a B.A. in International Relations, and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford. During his time at Stanford, Alex was a Mayfield Fellow and led major technology centered research projects at General Motors and IBM for Stanford's Center for Work, Technology, and Organization.


Neal Hansch, Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners

Neal Hansch brings over fifteen years of experience in venture capital, technology operations and investment banking. Before joining Rustic Canyon in 2005, Neal worked in the Corporate Development group at Macromedia, where he was responsible for executing worldwide M&A transactions and strategic equity investments.

Prior to Macromedia, Neal was at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he focused on investments in the software, networking infrastructure and e-commerce industries. He has also worked in Product Marketing at webMethods (Nasdaq: WEBM), a leading enterprise application integration company, and co-founded, a start-up that provides popular software extensions for Web development tools. Neal began his career as a financial analyst in the Software Group at Robertson Stephens, where he worked with clients such as BEA, BroadVision, HNC, Hyperion, Informatica and Intuit.

Neal received his M.B.A. with distinction from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was a Deutschman Venture Fellow. He also received bachelor degrees in Economics and Psychology from Duke University.

Adam Huie, CoFounder, Hatch Labs

Adam Huie started his career with IAC in 2006 where he developed financial models for's emerging businesses and steered the implementation of the financial systems infrastructure.

In 2008 he was recruited by IAC’s Mobile division, which led him to co-founding Hatch Labs. Having worked with a diverse set of mobile products, he is our guru in anticipating trends and opportunities in the mobile space. He is also responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the products pipeline, including financial control of the lab.


Michael Jones, Partner, Science

Michael Jones is an Internet executive, investor and strategic advisor. A long-time entrepreneur, Mike founded his first successful Internet company in college and since then, has founded, built and sold numerous online and mobile businesses. His experience and expertise in both large and small companies focuses on strategy, growth, and operational efficiency resulting in over $500M in successful investor outcomes. 

Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace. In this role, Mike oversaw global business strategy and operations for Myspace, Myspace Music, and Myspace Mobile, which included board and strategic roles with joint venture partners in Myspace China and Myspace Japan / Softbank. During his tenure, he was responsible for the relaunch of Myspace, one of the most high-profile turn-around challenges in the industry. This included stabilizing a historically negative traffic and user trend, reducing the operational cost of the business by nearly 90 percent and pivoting the product from its legacy as a social network to a social entertainment destination, then selling the business on NewsCorp behalf to SpecificMedia.  

As an active early stage investor, Mike has personally invested in over 30 startup businesses including Klout, Betterworks, Formspring, ShoeDazzle and LunchMoney to name a few. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Marketing from the University of Oregon.

Alex Maleki, New Ventures Group, Idealab

Alex is a member of the New Venture Group at Idealab, working with early-stage companies and entrepreneurs.  Alex previously helped lead the Proto Group at Idealab, working to determine the feasibility of new business ideas.  Prior to Idealab, Alex led sales and marketing efforts for venture-backed startups focused on enterprise software and services.  He holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a JD from Southwestern University, and suffers from an unusual affinity for cheeseburgers.

Alex serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Logsdon School, a non-profit school providing educational services to students with special needs.


Howard Marks, Co-Chair, StartEngine

Howard Marks, Co-Chair, StartEngine ( is a rapid accelerator focused on helping Los Angeles-based technology startups build a solid foundation for success in 90 days.  Created by Howard Marks, co-founder of Activision, and Paul Kessler, one of the most prolific investors in Los Angeles,

StartEngine will provide local startups with the essential resources and counsel they need to become successful, self-directed businesses.  StartEngine offers a team of 90+ mentors who have proven themselves as successful entrepreneurs ensuring that its startups are guided by the right people. Early-stage companies in the web, mobile and ecommerce space are encouraged to apply for the program which completes four cycles per year, culminating in Demo Days that are attended by the region’s top angel investors and VCs.  For more information, please visit


Thomas McInerney, Angel Investor

Thomas McInerney advises and invests in early stage Internet companies. Tom has a computer science background and began his career as an Engineer / Scientist at Apple’s World Wide Research and Development Group in Cupertino California. Tom later worked for Sony Information Technologies of America, helping to build and design the VAIO line of computers when that group was created.

Tom left Sony to become an entrepreneur, starting a search engine for Usenet, and later one of the first user generated video sharing sites, ShareYourWorld. Tom is an investor in Klout, and also spent time as the COO helping the company raise money and scale up. He is currently an advisor to Klout, is a mentor at i/o Ventures is an advisor to BeachMint and was an EIR at Trinity Ventures. He is a member of the National Council for the World Wildlife Fund and splits his time between Santa Monica and San Francisco.


Erik Rannala, Co-Founder of MuckerLab

Prior to founding MuckerLab, Erik was most recently at Harrison Metal Capital where he helped lead one of the most successful seed-stage venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.  Since 2008, Harrison Metal has invested in over 40 companies, including Aardvark (GOOG), DocVerse (GOOG), Heroku (CRM), Manymoon (CRM), MixerLab (Twitter) and ZipZapPlay (ERTS).

Before Harrison Metal, Erik was most recently vice president of product management and strategy at TripAdvisor, the largest travel community site on the Web. In that role, he led product strategy and development for TripAdvisor sites in the US, UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, as well distributed applications and syndicated content on partner sites like Facebook.

Prior to TripAdvisor, Erik spent over four years at eBay, where he held a variety of positions, including leadership of eBay’s premium features business, which grew during his tenure from $124 million in revenue in 2002 to $410 million in 2005, significantly outpacing overall eBay revenue and listings growth.

Previously, Erik held leadership roles at, where he was the online sporting goods retailer’s first marketing employee, and at Accenture, where he advised Fortune 500 retail, communications, and consumer products clients on strategy, operations and technology engagements. He was also an early member of Accenture’s first practice group dedicated to Internet strategy and development in the mid-1990’s.

Erik earlier served at the Domestic Policy Council in the White House, where he worked on issues such as equal employment opportunity and Native American affairs. Erik holds a BS from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Duke University.


Nate Redmond, Managing Partner, Rustic Canyon

As managing partner of Rustic Canyon, Nate Redmond is responsible for leading the firm.

Nate is part of an extended family of entrepreneurs. Growing up in this environment instilled in him an appreciation for the process of creating and building great companies.  He leans on experience as an investor, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor to work alongside extraordinary entrepreneurs. Nate has a keen interest in disruptive change to help emerging companies create breakthrough products and build value.

Before Rustic Canyon, Nate worked with Professor Clayton Christensen at the Harvard Business School and co-founded an Internet infrastructure company. Previously, Nate worked with the Boston Consulting Group, The Boeing Company and General Electric.

Nate enjoys mountains and oceans and all activities that involve being active with family in these venues.

Education: Nate earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and an MSE and BSE from The University of Michigan College of Engineering, where he was an Entrepreneurial Fellow in the Engineering Global Leadership Honors Program.


Gabriel de la Rosa, Partner, KPMG

Gabriel de la Rosa  is an audit partner and an SEC reviewing partner in KPMG’s Technology Media & Telecommunications practice. Gabe serves as the signing audit partner on several public and private audit clients in the firm’s Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices. He co-leads the Los Angeles office's Venture-Backed companies practice and serves as the audit partner or client service partner of several start-up, pre-IPO and emerging growth companies. Gabe has served as the either the audit partner or SEC reviewing partner on several IPOs. He has extensive experience with technical accounting issues and SEC filing matters.

Gabe serves on the advisory boards of USC’s Leventhal School of Accounting Summer Leadership Program and Azusa Pacific University’s L.P. & Timothy Leung School of Accounting. Gabe is on the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association, Southland Chapter. Gabe also serves on the KPMG's Hispanic/ Latino Network Advisory Board and completed a rotational assignment in the firm’s National office. Gabe and his wife Lisa live in Altadena and enjoy spending time with their three boys.


 Sam Teller, Managing Director, Launchpad LA

Sam has directed new media strategy for leading entertainment, corporate, and political clients. Before Charlie, Sam was a member of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign new media team, producing interactive advertisements including the first‐ever political ads on Hulu, Pandora, and in Xbox Live video games. He then worked for the Presidential Inaugural Committee as an official blogger. Previously, Sam worked in press and new media for the Labour Party, Alan Khazei, Eliot Spitzer, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and The Huffington Post. He graduated from Harvard College and served as business manager of the Harvard Lampoon.


Bambi Francisco Roizen,Founder and CEO, Vator

Bambi Francisco Roizen is founder and CEO of Vator, one of the largest business networks dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs, and VatorNews, which provides news and information on innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to Vator, Bambi was an award-winning journalist at Dow Jones MarketWatch where she was the lead columnist/correspondent focusing on Internet trends and investments, appearing online and on TV.

She was a morning business anchor for KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco and made frequent appearances as an expert on technology on CNBC, Fox Business News, and CBS.


Ezra Roizen, Digital Media Investment Banker, Ackrell Capital

Ezra Roizen is a digital media investment banker with Ackrell Capital, a boutique investment bank. He is also an advisor and commenter on emerging ventures. He focuses on digital media, e-commerce and mobile companies. Prior to banking, Ezra co-founded and was CEO of Montclare Technologies Inc. He also co-founded and was director of business development for Convoy, which is now part of Sybase. Ezra is the Chair of the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business Alumni Council.


William Woodward, Partner, Anthem Venture Partners

Bill Woodward's technology interests include innovative software platforms, emerging new media models, and broadband convergence. His personal interests include spending time with his children, tennis, wine, movies, travel, and the entrepreneurial process. He is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, U.S.C.Trojans, and the Oakland Raiders.

Portfolio responsibilities include: Audyssey • BuzzMedia • Corus • Neven • Planet ATE • Wavestream • Gridiron • TrueCar • CoCoDot • BeachMint • ThisNext

At Anthem Bill is the Managing Director and founder of Anthem Venture Partners. At Anthem, Bill serves on the boards of Audyssey Labs, BeachMint, Buzz Media, GridIron Software, ThisNext, and Wavestream. Prior to its sale to Skyworks, Bill also served on the Board of Axiom Microdevices. Prior to its sale to Google, Bill also served as Chairman of the Board of NevenVision and managed the progress of Corus Pharma before its acquisition by Gilead Sciences. Bill was also on the board of Planet ATE before its sale to Intersil. Before Anthem Bill brings to Anthem a distinguished career of nearly 25 years of entrepreneurial and investment experience in technology, software, and interactive media.

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Gaurav Mathur, Partner, Silicon Legal Strategy

Gaurav Mathur is a Partner at Silicon Legal Strategy and head of the firm's Santa Monica office.

Gaurav’s practice is focused on representing technology startups, startup founders, and venture capital and angel investors. He provides day-to-day counseling to early stage startups regarding company formation issues, fundraising, VC financings, employment and equity compensation, commercial contracts, and M&A transactions.

Based on his experience working with startups and investors in LA and the Bay Area, Gaurav is able to provide strategic advice as to market terms for key deal points. He offers not just legal advice, but can help find the right business terms. He also connects young companies to his network of investors, advisors, accountants, bookkeepers, and litigators.

Prior to joining SLS, Gaurav was in-house counsel at Sega of America, where he advised Sega’s product development, marketing, and sales groups regarding commercial contracts and IP matters. Prior to Sega, Gaurav was a corporate attorney at Fenwick & West LLP, where he advised technology startups regarding corporate law matters and IP transactions.

Gaurav received his law degree from Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rick Smith, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Crosscut Ventures

Rick Smith has been a leader across a broad spectrum of private equity in Southern California since 1987. His professional highlights include:

  -  Co-founded the leading seed fund based in LA (Crosscut Ventures)
  - Advised the leading talent agency in the world (Creative Artists Agency) on the convergence of technology, media and entertainment
 -   Established two of the largest venture firms in Southern California (SunAmerica Ventures and Palomar)
   - Worked for several years with the most successful entrepreneur in LA (Eli Broad), helping sell SunAmerica for $19 billion
  -  Co-founded a merchant bank that bought Steinway Piano Company and Selmer Instruments (NYSE:LVB)
   - Helped establish the Los Angeles office of a Wall Street law firm (Milbank, Tweed).

He remains intricately involved in the Southern California venture community at all levels. He is currently working most actively with the following Crosscut portfolio companies: Affordit, Circle Street, Docstoc, Pulpo, Shoedazzle and Zadspace.

Over the last several years, Rick has led the investments in over a dozen companies that have been sold or gone public, including Berkeley Networks (sold to FORE Systems/Ericsson), ConvergeNet (sold to Dell), Entone (sold to Harmonic), Magma Design Automation (NASDAQ:LAVA), Maverick Networks (sold to Broadcom), Micromuse (NASDAQ:MUSE), PropertyFirst (merged with Loopnet), and TriVida (sold to Be Free/ValueClick).

Rick graduated from Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D., and from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he received his B.S. in Finance.


Jules Walker, Director, KPMG LLP

Jules Walker has been working in a  variety of business development roles in the Bay Area for close to 20 years.  With career stints in banking, consulting and recruiting, Jules has been an insider in the rise, fall and rise again of this great region we call Silicon Valley.

In his role as a Director in the Venture Practice of KPMG, Jules is tasked with identifying and assisting the next group of great companies to emerge from the incubators and seed rounds.  Prior to KPMG, Jules was a Principal with the Ravix Group providing part-time and interim help in finance and HR to young companies aspiring to reach the next level of success.

Jules received his MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and his BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut.

The "Mule"

The Mule started playing bagpipes at the age of 9. In 2003 he competed in the World Pipe Band Competition in Glasgow, Scotland as a member of the Sir James McDonald pipe band. They won 3rd place in the "Youth Pipe Band" category that year. Since then he has received a MA in Music, Science, and Technology from Stanford University and CCRMA, and BS in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami.

He once visited 34 Apple stores in one week and was kicked out of graciously removed from 17 of them. Other random talents include, unicycling, moon walking, talkboxing, and the ability to say the ABC's backwards in under 4 seconds.




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