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Meet Carmen Palofox of MiLA Capital at Urban Tech Connect

“Carmen is a Partner at MiLA.vc, venture capital fund that invests in pre-seed and seed-stage hardware startups across industries including Food & AgTech, Cleantech & New Materials, Biotech & Medical Devices, and Mobility & Aerospace. Carmen’s focus at MiLA is coaching entrepreneurs on finance and strategic planning, and managing venture fund operations. She was formerly VP at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where she scaled operations into new markets including Latin America, Canada, and Europe

Carmen has an MBA from Berkeley-Haas, an MA in sports management from USF, and a BA in economics from USC. She is on the advisory board at Santa Monica City College’s Business Department, Aura; a venture capital-backed Fintech startup, and PledgeLA. Carmen is also an Aspen Institute Ricardo Salinas Scholar.

 

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Anthony Mays talks about his Tech Journey at Urban Tech Connect

Anthony is a software engineer at Google. Raised in Compton as a foster kid after suffering physical and sexual abuse, he taught himself how to program computers at age 8 and started his career as an INROADS intern.

Perhaps best known for the short BuzzFeed documentary about his journey from Compton to Google, he is a frequent public speaker at schools and other student organizations. He was awarded the 2016 INROADS Trendsetter Award for his work promoting diversity in tech.

Anthony graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. His GPA was horrible, so don’t ask.

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Anastasia Ellis of BackStage Capital Joins Urban Tech Connect

Anastasia is passionate about empowering others, creating genuine connections, and striving towards financial independence through entrepreneurship. She co-founded bosa, a wellness and productivity app that enables consultants to provide the highest level of service to their clients. She’s also an emerging real estate and angel investor. Anastasia was the first Internal Program and Culture Fellow for GRID110, an LA-based organization focused on supporting early-stage entrepreneurs. Prior to entering tech and venture capital full-time, she served as an Administrative Analyst for the City of Los Angeles and a Management Analyst for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Anastasia has experience creating and leading programs in the non-profit, corporate, and public sectors. She’s a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy.

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Meet Shamin Walsh of BAM Ventures at Urban Tech Connect

Shamin Walsh has over 10+ years as an active angel investor who gained experience in the consumer space through her early investments in companies such as Sweetgreen, Flexport, Outdoor Voices, and Sir Kensington’s.

Prior to joining BAM Ventures as a managing director, she was a consumer-focused partner at an early-stage generalist firm with tangible assets in 3PL/fulfillment, cold storage/co-packing, and manufacturing, giving her a holistic perspective through which to evaluate emerging consumer businesses. She managed the investment portfolio and served on several boards, such as Alchemy 43. She also leveraged her experience as a transactional attorney to assist in contract negotiations, fund formation, and fund construction.

Shamin received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. Shamin is passionate about education and dedicates her free time to creating access for others. She previously served as an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at Loyola Marymount University. She currently serves as the Head of Engagement and Advocacy on the Teach for America Associates Board and as an active mentor with the Fulfillment Fund.

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Anthony Kelani to Join Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours

Kelani is a managing partner at Quake Capital Partners with over 13 years of experience. Anthony launched his career with the premier defense contractor, Northrop Grumman, where he was honored for his work in designing and developing life-saving situational awareness software for the United States military. As Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office, Kelani will focus his efforts on working closely with Quake’s accelerator founders in the areas of engineering and operations, expanding Quake’s investor and partner network, and assisting with fundraising and strategy.

We’re thrilled to welcome Kelani as one of the VC’s at Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours as he continues to support underrepresented founders and entrepreneurs find their success in the tech space.

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Trevor Wilkins to Join Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours

Trevor Wilkins, Co-Founder of KÜDZOO – a students rewards app, and his partner has been recognized by Forbes Magazine and named to the 30 Under 30 list in Education. Trevor helped to manage day-to-day operations and grow the app’s user base to over half a million students worldwide. As a Principal at Quake, Trevor helps manage cohort operations, assists in sourcing potential portfolio investments and expanding Quake’s presence on the West Coast. We’re excited to have him lend support to help Founders and Entrepreneur gain guidance to achieve his next milestone.

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Demarcus Williams to Join Urban Tech Connect 2019 Office Hours

Williams is the Director of SVB’s Early Stage Practice, joining by way of Zealot Networks a LA based VC backed digital media company, where he served as Vice President of Business Strategy. Williams is one of many who will join us for Office Hours at Urban Tech Connect 2019.

At Zealot, Williams focuses on fostering collaboration within LA’s early stage technology/innovation ecosystem and leveraging SVB’s brand to add value to early stage entrepreneurs. We’re excited to have him lend support to help Founders and Entrepreneurs gain guidance to achieve their next milestone.

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Austin Clements to Join Urban Tech Connect 2019 Office Hours

Clements is a venture capitalist with TenOneTen Ventures, a seed stage fund base in LA. While he began his career in investment management, he’s since uncovered his passion for helping other entrepreneurs kick start their careers, and he’s an active volunteer for local youth entrepreneurship programs.

We’re thrilled to welcome Clements as one of the VC’s at Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours as he continues to support underrepresented founders and entrepreneurs find their success in the tech space.

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Erin Shipley to Join Urban Tech Connect 2019 Office Hours

Erin Shipley is the co-founder and Managing Partner of The Helm, a venture fund and investment community that rethinks how people invest in female entrepreneurs. Before working for The Helm, she was an investor at Karlin Ventures, backing companies including Laurel & Wolf, ChowNow, Verge Genomics, and Policy Genius.

We are so excited to have Erin Shipley’s guidance and support at Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours.

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Anna Barber to Join Urban Tech Connect 2019 Office Hours

Anna Barber is the Managing Director of Techstars LA, an accelerator program that invests in ten local startups each year. Anna partnered in her first startup, Scribble Press, back in 2006 and since then has served as an advisor, strategy consultant and coach to countless other entrepreneurs. Her focus is on product roadmap, commercialization, business development and raising money.

We’re excited to have Anna Barber lend support as a VC to help Founders and Entrepreneurs at Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours.