William Lohse, General Partner
William Lohse is a leading angel investor and business consultant. William has been successful in software, hardware, publishing and angel investing. He is best known as the president of Ziff Davis Publishing and founder and CEO of SOFTBANK Forums. During William’s tenure, SOFTBANK Forums grew to become the largest technology event producer in the world. He is also the founder of The Tomorrow Project, LLC, producer of Pivot and Social Week and the founder of Software Venture Partners, which has been investing in technology startup companies for over two decades, and is one of the most active Angel investors in the emerging Social Construct.
Seth Rosenblatt, Managing Partner
Seth has over 20 years of experience in media and technology, including executive positions in both start-up companies and large enterprises in positions across finance, marketing, business development, technology and general management. In addition to running a number of start-up businesses, Seth has operated his own consulting firm for clients focused on go-to-market strategy, operations and business development. He has extensive experience in social media, marketing technology and enterprise software. Previously, Seth also held senior positions at Interwoven, Optimost, Bluefish Wireless, PocketScience and Ziff-Davis. He also began his career as an investment banker. Seth holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is also an elected School Board Member of the San Carlos (CA) School District.
Bob Wu, Lead Partner – Social Starts 2
Bob has 7+ yrs experience in investing and managing a $1 billion+ portfolio. He has worked in the past as Sr. Analyst for Ziff Brothers Investments, Investment Banker in Shanghai, China for Pre-IPO technology companies. He is the President of Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL)
Mike Edelhart, Lead Partner – Social Starts
Mike Edelhart, CEO of The Tomorrow Project, LLC, producers of Pivot Conference and Social Week in NYC, is a pioneering media and Internet start-up executive. Mike was Managing Director and founder of First30 Services, a launch accelerator for early stage companies. Mike has held CEO and executive management positions at a range of start-ups and tech companies, including LiveDeal, Inc, DeepDyve, and Olive Software, as well as Inman News, Zinio, and Third Age Media. Mike was a partner at Redleaf, a VC firm. Earlier in this career, at SoftBank, Mike directed content for the Seybold, Interop and Comdex conferences and launched new businesses. Mike spent thirteen years at Ziff Davis in a variety of executive and editorial positions. He has also worked as an Internet strategies consultant to Bloomberg, Reuters, AARP and other major media and Internet companies.The author of more than 25 books, Mike earned a Bsc in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.
Larry Jones, Administrator
Recently retired after 20 years of experience managing large IT projects in the utilities industry. Earned an MBA at Golden Gate University and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Alix Zirbel, Associate
Alix is currently working at Williams Sonoma Inc as Systems Development Manager for the company’s financial systems. She has 30 years of IT experience in a variety of industries including utility, consumer electronics, pharmaceutical and retail