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Rudy Gadre

Rudy started his career in the technology/business group of Perkins Coie, the Northwest’s largest law firm, from 1994-1999. In 1999, he joined as its fourth lawyer, starting as corporate counsel and rising to the position of VP & Associate General Counsel for New Technologies, Intellectual Property and Business Development. Rudy left Amazon in May 2005, and after a short stint as a principal at Beacon Law Advisors, moved to Palo Alto to become Facebook’s general counsel in January 2006. After the birth of his first son in 2008, Rudy returned to Seattle and took on the role of VP, Business Operations at an internet startup, Evri Inc., which he left in July 2010. Rudy started angel investing in 2010 and has invested in over 65 technology companies since then. Most recently, Rudy has joined with Chris DeVore and Andy Sack as a general partner with the third fund of the Seattle-based VC firm Founder’s Co-op’s. A native of Seattle, he earned a BA in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College (class of 1991) and a JD from the University of Washington School of Law (class of 1994). He serves on the boards of several Seattle-area startups and is a trustee of Seattle Country Day School.

Shripad Nadkarni

Shripad is a Founding Director at MarketGate Consulting and brings over 30 years of experience across sectors such as FMCG, media, apparel, OTC products, automobiles, entertainment and financial services. Shripad was Vice President-Marketing and Business Head for New Beverages at Coca-Cola India. Previously he was Vice President-Marketing for the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Business. Shripad is an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has contributed articles to leading business dailies and magazines.

Perkins Coie Law Firm

Perkins Coie’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice lawyers offer one of the premier legal resources in the nation for venture-backed companies that have IP as a key value driver. Founders rely on us for guidance on company formation, IP protection and enforcement, corporate governance, financings (including IPOs), and strategic transactions, among others. In its first two years ranking law firms, U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers named us “Law Firm of the Year” for Venture Capital Law (2011-2013), an honor the publication only gives any firm two years in a row. The publication has currently named us “Law Firm of the Year” for Patent Law for the second year in a row. To learn more, visit us at

Gary Rubens

Gary is a Private Investor and Entrepreneur based in the Seattle area. With a diverse 25 years of experience in launching startups, business acquisition, commercial real estate investing and running large scale businesses, Gary is rich with insights, growth and business strategies. Gary was President/CEO of Architectural Details, Lighting Universe and ATG Stores, as well as a VP for Lowe’s. A philanthropist as well, Gary founded Rubens Family Foundation whose focus is on providing underprivileged kids with college scholarships as well as supporting no cost adoptions for foster kids. Most recently, Gary’s acquired start up i1 Biometrics provides sensored products for the sporting goods industry, helping to identify head injuries and trauma. Gary views everyday as a new opportunity to change the world in some way, his goal is to be a positive and inspiring addition to people’s lives

Gurpreet (Sunny) Singh

Sunny Singh lives by a few basic tenets: follow your passions, keep it simple, always believe the best is just ahead of you and drive a sure path to success through hard work. The consummate entrepreneur, Sunny built a thriving professional career by solving complex supply chain and enterprise integration problems across diverse industries. As president and CEO, Sunny has assembled an exceptional team. These outstanding associates catapulted Edifecs into the top tier of healthcare technology enterprises. In recent years Edifecs has successively been named to both the 100 fastest growing private companies and the 100 best places to work in Washington State. Edifecs is fully self-funded, employee-owned and profitable. Sunny has also been the recipient of numerous honors and accolades. In July 2013 he was named one of the United States’ pre-eminent American Sikh business leaders and asked to speak at the White House. He also received these distinguished awards: 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Pacific Northwest; 2010 WEDI Leadership in Technology and the 40-Under-40 for outstanding leadership and entrepreneurship by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Sunny participates actively in many healthcare industry groups. He has testified before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) which serves as the advisory panel to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on HIPAA. Prior to starting Edifecs, Sunny worked at Microsoft and Expeditors International. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology–Delhi and dual Masters Degrees in Computer Science & Industrial Engineering from Montana State University.

Krishnan Srinivasan

Krish is VP of Finance at Lyft, the friendly transportation alternative with cars toting pink mustaches. He has more than 18 years of experience working in finance for large organizations, prior to Lyft. Krish headed up Finance for Amazon India, before which he was the head of all retail finance for Amazon Japan. Prior to Amazon, he held a number of finance roles at Microsoft, including a stint running the company’s IR department and a strategic role based in India. Krish is an MBA from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. His knowledge and insights into both global strategies and successful finance practices make him an invaluable resource to everyone he does business with.

Vijay Vashee

Vijay is Board Director at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, leading the fight against cancer. He’s worked in general manager, chairman, director and founding president roles for more than the last 15 years. Vijay has played an active role in helping the youth, both as a past Chairman of a foundation for early learning, whose focus was on the birth to five years age group of children, a very important time for development and learning for kids as well as serving as Chairman for Bellevue College where the focus is on higher learning and readying graduates for today’s ever changing work force. Vijay also plays in instrumental part in helping to develop entrepreneur’s ideas through Tie Seattle which he was the founding president of. His vast experience in education and development make him valued to anyone looking to help shape the future and present.

Andrew Wright

Andrew is the managing director of Wright Ventures, a seed stage fund that partners with startup founders to help them scale their businesses and realize their vision. Andrew’s passion is around high volume consumer internet businesses, starting with a compelling idea and gradually molding it to the audience. He excels at defining the vision, assembling the team and executing the strategy. As Founder and CEO of Smilebox, the leader in creative photo sharing, Andrew conceived the idea, built the team and scaled the business up until he sold it to Perion Networks. He did the same at RealNetworks with RealArcade, starting from scratch to build the leading platform for the digital distribution of casual games. With the entrepreneurial spirit and ambition to take an idea and make it into a thriving business, Andrew offers invaluable insight into building, developing and growing your business.

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