John Ricci is president and founder of the Bay Area Startup Network and US Angel Investors. He is also COO of a web startup currently in development mode. He brings more than 20 years of experience in operations management, marketing and sales. He has been an advisor to many startup companies, including HTC-Corp, PureSense, Boma Systems, Danforth A/S and Zortal. Before founding US Angel Investors, Ricci was CEO of SupplyMasters, an ASP software startup, co-founder of JMC Telecom, a prepaid telephone card startup, and COO of Trader Classified Media (North America), a classified media roll-up since sold to Yellow Pages Group. Ricci was also vice-president of marketing and sales (mid-market systems) and director of business development for Zenith Data Systems (Bull) Europe, where he started in PC and server product marketing before leading the company's commercial and government accounts. Ricci also worked at GESCO, a subsidiary of GE, where he was vice-president of marketing and business development and helped the company restructure its U.S. operations, and at Boston Consulting Group. He holds a master's in engineering from Ecole des Mines de Paris and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was an Arthur Sachs Fellow. Ricci has been an advisor to NetClearly since 2003.
Arman Pahlavan is co-chairman of an SSD private equity and technology practice and is a resident of the Palo Alto office. He advises public and private technology companies and venture funds on various aspects of their business transactions across industry sectors, including software and communications, life sciences and renewable energy. His areas of specialization include mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, intellectual property transactions and private equity fund formation matters. Pahlavan has represented companies and venture funds in transactions valued at more than $1 billion US. He is a frequent contributor to venture capital and technology industry associations on various topics involving business transactions. Pahlavan has served as a member of the board of directors of The Enterprise Network of Silicon Valley and as a founding member of the International BioMed Society (IBMS).
Dr. Abbas Moallem
Abbas is executive director of UX Experts, LLC and adjunct professor at San Jose State University, California State University, East Bay, where he teaches human computer interaction(HCI) and human factors.
Abbas has over 20 years of experience in the fields of human factors, human computer interaction (HCI), usability and ergonomics. He has served as an expert in HCI and usability many companies in Silicon Valley including PeopleSoft, Oracle Corporation, Tumbleweed, Axway, NETGEAR. Abbas has consulted a variety of industries in Europe, Canada, and the USA.
Dr. Moallem holds a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Ergonomics from the University of Paris (Paris XIII), a Master degree in Biomechanics from the University of Creteil (Paris XI) and a Master degree in Ergonomics from the Conservatoire Nation des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France. Dr. Moallem obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Tehran in 1978. He is the author of several articles and books.