Keiretsu Capital's Managing Partners and extended team of advisors combined have centuries of experience in successfully backing growth seed and early stage technology companies and in investing in real estate.  As a team, they have built the largest angel investor network in the world (Ranked the most active venture investor in the USA) and several have managed multi billion dollar investment funds and firms.  

The senior advisor network provides valuable expertise before and during due diligence and then in support of portfolio companies once Keiretsu Capital has invested in them.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

RANDY WILLIAMS

Randy Williams founded Keiretsu Forum in September 2000 to provide a disciplined and structured approach to angel investing. Mr. Williams’s passion for investing and bringing together like-minded community leaders has created a powerful and giving environment for entrepreneurs. Today Keiretsu Forum is the largest angel investment community in the World.
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MATTHEW C. LE MERLE

Matthew Le Merle is a Managing Partner of Keiretsu Capital and Fifth Era (www.fifthera.com). Matthew was formerly the Co-President of Keiretsu Forum in San Francisco and is an expert on digitization having advised leading technology companies including eBay, Google, HP, Microsoft and PayPal on how to drive and benefit from emerging digital value propositions.
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NATHAN MCDONALD

Nathan McDonald is a Managing Partner and CEO of Keiretsu Capital. Nathan brings a unique entrepreneurial business and organizational development background developed during many years of hands-on, active leadership and operational experience. As one of the Northwest's leading organizers of entrepreneurial and investor relations-focused media and funding events, he has facilitated scores of engagements and successfully promoted hundreds of privately financed high-growth companies.
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ADDITIONAL FUND LEADERSHIP

Matt Burk (real Estate)

Matt Burk is the foremost authority in the U.S. in the specialized field of non-institutional sized, small balance real estate (SBRE) asset based 506 Regulation D pooled investment funds, a very large, fragmented, and misunderstood market segment. He is a widely respected and highly regarded adviser, consultant, and mentor to dozens of SBRE fund managers around the country. He has played the lead consulting role in the architecture and creation of dozens of SBRE funds tallying more than $2,000,000,000 in total offerings since 2012.

 

Darris Cassidy (REAL ESTATE)

Darris Cassidy joined Fairway America in 2012.  Darris’ combination of natural gregariousness, financial acumen, and lifelong love of real estate have made him an extremely versatile and valuable member of Fairway’s team. As Managing Director of Fairway’s two proprietary pooled investment funds, Darris’ primary role at the company is working with high net worth investors and raising capital for the funds. Darris is a principal of Fairway America and sits on Fairway’s investment committee.

 

ERICA LILL (INVESTOR RELATIONS)

Erica is focused on Investor Relations and Fund Operations. She comes with hands on startup experience with multiple companies that span across different areas of business ranging from adventure travel to hi-tech and is based in Seattle, Washington.

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KATIE HAMBURG (OPERATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS)

Prior to joining the Keiretsu Capital team, Katie was Director of Operations and Research for the US Angel Capital Resource Institute where her responsibilities included HALO Report data collection, analysis, and project management; seminar implementation and customer service; strategic development and grants. Katie holds an MBA from Willamette University and is based in Seattle, Washington.

 

suzanne matulis (operations)

Suzanne's passion is impact investing, where investments are measured not only on their ability to earn a market based return, but also are measured on their environmental and social impact. She holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability from the Extension School at Harvard University, as well as an MBA and BS from Northeastern University. Suzanne is based in Seattle, WA. 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

An advisory committee of people with deep institutional investment and asset management experience has been created for the Keiretsu Capital Venture Fund.

 

ALexandria Albers

Alexandria J. Albers is a retired Managing Director of Morgan Stanley with a career spanning 33 years. Most recently she was the regional manager for Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management group based in San Francisco and responsible for one of the largest regions in wealth management. She was a member of the PWM Executive Committee.  Her experience includes 8 years as Chief Operating Officer for Morgan Stanley Asia where she was responsible for overseeing operations, risk management, government relations, corporate communications and joint venture relationship management. She was responsible for establishing and executing the firm’s strategic initiatives and the firm’s presence expanded significantly during that period. Prior to her posting in Hong Kong, she worked in London and previously in New York in capital markets, institutional equity sales and divisional management.  Presently she is a member of the Advisory Board for Main Management LLC and is on the Board of Trustees for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She holds a BA in economics from George Washington University.  In 2008 and 2009, she was named as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times.

 

CHRIS CARSLEY (VENTURE CAPITAL)

In his 20+ years in the investment industry Chris has experience with business operations, valuation, accounting, finance, regulations, venture capital, securities research, portfolio management, estate planning, securities finance, arbitrage trading, and hedging.  Chris co-founded the Northwest Hedge Fund Society (now the Seattle Alternative Investment Association) in 2004.  He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1998, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst in 2011, and holds a BBA from the University of Portland.

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ALISON DAVIS

Alison Davis is an Advisor to Keiretsu Capital and is a global strategist, finance professional and governance expert with deep expertise in the financial services sector. Her career has spanned being a global strategy consultant, a professional services firm leader, a corporate operating executive, a private equity GP, and taking on public company board chair and director roles.
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PHILIP GOODEVE

Mr. Goodeve is Chairman of Integral Securities, a leading mid-market investment bank, which is very active in raising capital to emerging growth companies across North America. He has raised over $30 Billion in capital, done 100+ acquisitions, 15+ turnarounds and 10+ IPOs. He has had senior board and operating roles in various public and private companies for leading Venture capital and Private Equity funds, been an advisory board member for 3 funds and is an active venture capital investor personally. He has been a board member of over 26 companies, both public and private, on 3 continents. Mr. Goodeve is the former Co-President of the second largest private equity and venture capital group in Canada. Mr. Goodeve was also an investment banker with a leading Canadian firm where he founded and ran the financial buyer coverage group, and an international strategy consultant with Bain & Company. Mr. Goodeve earned a Bachelor of Commerce (honors) from Queen's University (Canada) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Jim Lussier

Jim is Founder and Managing Partner of The Coast Ridge Group, an advisory and investment firm helping entrepreneurs, corporate and financial investors and executives in emerging technology to be more successful. The firm leverages Jim’s 30 year track record as corporate investment group leader, VC general partner, board member, entrepreneur, general manager, and strategy consulting practice leader.  Areas of expertise include: corporate governance and leadership, board of directors and advisors, innovation and venture capital program development and management, business strategy and planning, corporate development, business development and partnerships, fund raising strategy and execution, executive team development and general management.

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BERNARD RUDNICK

Bernard is Managing Partner of CapGenic Advisors, CFO of Atrin Pharmaceuticals and Chief Business Officer of NovoBioPharma.  He is an active angel investor with the Philadelphia Chapter of Keiretsu Forum as well as with Mid Atlantic Bio Angels and Minority Angel Investor Network.

Bernie's entrepreneurial career spans a number of startups, three of which grew to over $50 million in revenue before liquidity events. He is a founder of one of the nation's leading entrepreneurial programs (MADV) at the Fox School of Business; director of Operative Experience, Axxia Pharmaceuticals, and RSportz; and has held a number of other board positions - both commercial and not-for-profit - throughout his career. With 38 years of experience in executive-level strategy, finance, and management, Bernie has senior merger, acquisition, capital formation, and licensing leadership experience with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 50s. He has substantial experience investing and guiding investments in entrepreneurial companies and has led capital formation totaling more than $538 million and strategic and licensing transactions of over $7 billion in the past 22 years.

 

Denise Thomas

Denise founded ApplePie Capital to create a new, more efficient source of capital for franchise businesses. As CEO and Chairman, she oversees all aspects of the company.  Denise has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in business and market strategy development. Her public and private company expertise spans the financial services, technology, healthcare, hospitality and online services industries, and she has led companies backed by leading venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins, Mohr Davidow and Sequoia Capital.  Denise has founded three other companies, and held executive and management positions with SharesPost, Healthiest You, Navigenics, LesConcierges, OffRoad Capital, Onyx Microcomputer, Post Communications, Kao Infosystems, and National Semiconductor.  She has been a guest lecturer at both the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

 
 

INVESTMENT COMMITTEEs

Each Keiretsu Capital Angel Co-investment fund has an investment committee comprised of volunteers from the voting Limited Partners.

 
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Edwin Blewett (Fund 3)

Edwin has been a Micro-Economist since 1981, started with a small consulting firm, hired by the federal government in 1982, in private practice since 1987. He has 30+ years of applying the economic way of thinking to analysis in natural resources, health care, transportation, strategic planning, negotiations and litigation.

Specialties: Benefit-Cost Analysis, Economic Impacts, Investment Analysis (NPV, IRR, ROI), Expert Opinions for litigation, Strategic Planning, Methodology Development, Facilitation, Simulation Modeling, Econometric Forecasting, Decision Analysis.

 

Sean Kerr (Fund 1)

Sean is an active investor and entrepreneur in the Portland Area.  He is currently the Vice President of Operations for RS Medical, a medical equipment manufacturer in Vancouver Washington.  As a Partner with Accenture, Sean specialized in Customer Relationship Management and Business Transformation programs for Communications and High Tech industry clients globally for nearly 20 years.  Sean is a member of the Portland chapter of Keiretsu Forum.

 

Eli Moreno (fund 2)

Eli is a relentless entrepreneur. He serves as the CEO of Premier Residential. His experience also include roles of Founder, CEO, & Board Member of a number of technology startup companies. Eli is an active angel investor with the Seattle Chapter of Keiretsu Forum and the soon to be open Tacoma Chapter.

 

STEVE MORROW (FUND 2)

Steve's unique value add is the focused and collaborative way that he pushes himself and teams to find optimum and reliable solutions to challenging issues.  Steve has a broad knowledge of Networking industry products, services, standards, evolution and competition, including cloud models.  Steve is an active angel investor with the Silicon Valley Chapter of Keiretsu Forum.

 
 

MARY JO POTTER (funds 1, 2 & 3)

Mary Jo is a Board Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a Senior Advisor at BDC. She combines decades of experience in company governance, strategy and business improvement. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Jo is an active angel investor with the San Francisco Chapter of Keiretsu Forum.

 

BERNARD RUDNICK (FUND 2)

Bernard is Managing Partner of CapGenic Advisors, CFO of Atrin Pharmaceuticals and Chief Business Officer of NovoBioPharma.  He is an active angel investor with the Philadelphia Chapter of Keiretsu Forum as well as with Mid Atlantic Bio Angels and Minority Angel Investor Network.

 

Richard Samuelson (fund 1)

Richard is an independent investment banking professional following a fourteen year career as a Managing Director of UBS Investment bank. Richard is based in Seattle, and is an active angel investor with the Seattle Chapter of Keiretsu Forum.

 

Les Schmidt (fund 1)

Les is the improbable combination of collaborator and leader, entrepreneur and seasoned-advisor, open-communicator and trusted confidant, team player and individual contributor. Closely paralleling the lean business movement, he lives by the mantra: do, learn, evolve. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Les is an active angel investor with the East Bay Chapter of Keiretsu Forum and Executive Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

 

John Suryan (funds 1 & 2)

John is an entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in technology, commercial real estate, private equity, accounting and finance. Based in Seattle, John is an active angel investor with the Seattle Chapter of Keiretsu Forum

 

SENIOR ADVISOR NETWORK

Keiretsu Capital maintains a senior advisor network of more than 100 experienced industry and technology experts. This network is accessible to Keiretsu Capital portfolio companies CEO's and senior advisors only.

 
 

Angel Capital Fellows

Keiretsu Capital provides opportunities to a select group of young professionals who have demonstrated interest and leadership in the areas of early stage investment and entrepreneurialism.

 

Dylan Foster

Dylan is a student-athlete at the University of California, Berkeley, pursuing a B.A. degree in American Studies - with a concentration in Business and Organizational Behavior.  Dylan has a deep interest in private equity investments.  When not in the classroom, Dylan has been a rower on the UC Berkeley Crew team and is also a member of the UC Berkeley Baseball Team.  Miles is based in San Francisco.

 

Miles honens

Miles is a student-athlete at the University of California, Berkeley, pursuing a B.A. degree in Political Economy - with an emphasis in the field of International Trade.  Miles has a great interest in entrepreneurialism, innovation and real estate.  When not in the classroom, Miles directs his efforts towards constant performance improvement as a member of the California Golden Bears Rugby Team.  Miles is based in San Francisco.

 

Thomas Kurnicki

Thomas is currently a graduate business school student at Hult International Business School. He has experience in investment management at Allianz and entrepreneurialism having founded two companies in his native Poland. Thomas is passionate about investing and entrepreneurialism. Thomas is based in San Francisco.

 

Louis A. Le Merle

Louis is a student-athlete at the University of California, Berkeley where he is majoring in Economics, Business and the Built Environment.  Louis has a great interest in real estate development and investments.  When not in the classroom, Louis directs his efforts towards constant performance improvement as a member of the California Golden Bears Rugby Team.  Louis is based in San Francisco.

 

Max Navas

Max is currently studying at the University of Washington. Max has a deep interest in sustainable technologies and renewable energy and the early stage companies that are making a difference in these areas. Max is based in Seattle.