Vipin Chamakkala joined Work-Bench, a New York-based venture capital fund focusing on enterprise startups, in 2014. He’s enjoyed an exit through TrueOffice, a compliant training games maker that NYSE parent ICE acquired that November. Chamakkala sourced CoreOS, Semmle and Algorithmia and previous worked for seven years as a technology analyst at Merrill Lynch. In his spare time, he’s an Airbnb “Superhost.”
Bronson C. Lingamfelter has spent most of his career in the NYC startup ecosystem, operating, investing in and advising startups. He co-founded Fulton Waters, which drove corporate innovation through partnerships with tech startups and was an executive at comiXology (acq. Amazon) where he helped grow the company from a small team to one of the most successful mobile application companies in the U.S. His investment experience spans Interplay Ventures and Rose Tech Ventures, where combined he has made nearly 20 new investments, including seeding Learnvest, which sold to Northwest Mutual for over $250mm. Bronson has also served as a board member for CustomVine, SocialBomb, Pond 5, comiXology and Por ti Familia.
Bronson earned his B.A. in Business Economics from Brown University and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Kevin is a Co-Founder of Focus Ventures and Founder and General Partner of Focus Opportunity Fund. He is a five-time member of the Forbes Midas List. Kevin was also highlighted on AlwaysOn’s VC 100 List and Power Players West list. Additionally, Kevin is featured in Venture Capitalists At Work, a book that highlights how VCs identify and build billion-dollar businesses.
Kevin has spent over thirty years focusing on investments in the software, storage, internet and communication markets. He has led Focus Ventures’ investments in Aruba Networks (ARUN), Financial Engines (FNGN), Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), and Upwork (UPWK), all of which became public companies. Some notable acquisitions include Sensity Systems (Verizon), Paydiant (PayPal), KACE Networks (Dell) and DATAllegro (Microsoft).
Kevin initially became involved in the investment industry as a Director of Investments for Equitec Financial Group. From 1986 to 1994, Kevin was a General Partner at Dominion Ventures. Kevin then joined Comdisco Ventures as a Managing Director prior to cofounding Focus Ventures in 1996. Some notable pre-Focus investments include Capstone Turbine (CPST), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Efficient Networks (EFNT), Infinera (INFN), Xylan (XYLN) and Volterra (VLTR), all of which went public. Kevin also invested in Tivoli Systems prior to its acquisition by Alcatel.
Kevin has received an MBA, JD and BBA. Kevin is a member of the Investment Committee for Western Michigan University and an Advisor to the Silicon Valley Executive Network.
Donna Redel is a businesswoman, a professor of blockchain-digital assets, an angel investor and a philanthropist. She was the managing director of The World Economic Forum, the foremost global organization combining business, political, academic, and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of the world. Ms. Redel was the first woman to chair a USA exchange, The Commodity Exchange. Following her work in global organizations, Ms. Redel began a second career as a New York City-based advisor and investor focusing on financial technology, blockchain, and emerging technologies. She is an active participant in the startup community with New York Angels, serving as a board member, the co-founder of the Blockchain Committee and chair of the Israeli Investment Committee and the Education Committee. Ms.Redel developed and is teaching at Fordham Law school and Fordham Gabelli Business a course on Blockchain-Crypto-Digital Assets. She is the Co-Founder of The Fordham Law Blockchain Regulatory Symposium. The focus of her public service efforts are the environment, health and promoting women’s leadership. She has a J.D. from Fordham Law School, an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Barnard College (Columbia University).
Jerome Wong had established successful careers in global finance and technology. His last corporate position was as Managing Director of Credit Structuring & Advisory at BNP Paribas in NY, where he was able to successfully expand his business during the height of the financial crisis. Previously he held similar roles at Citibank, UBS and Chase Manhattan Bank working in New York, London and Hong Kong where he managed groups creating financial products and solutions for banks, insurance companies and asset management firms. Prior to graduating with an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, he worked in the greater Boston area in engineering and technical sales positions in digital image processing, software and defense companies. He had also received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.
Mr. Wong is currently the program director of the Masters of Science in Global Finance at The Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University, as well as an adjunct professor for the program. He is also the CFO for Molon Labe LLC, a portfolio company of the angel group he co-founded, Angelus Funding LLC. The group’s portfolio includes investments in advanced materials, medical devices, Blockchain technology, software, drones, and several other sectors. His accomplishments include writing a career development book for college students, “Landing Internships and Your First Job: Why Qualifications Are Not Enough”.