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

 

KATIE HAMBURG (RESEARCH & COMMUNICATIONS)

Prior to joining the Keiretsu Capital team, Katie was Director of Operations and Research for the US Angel 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. Learn more at linkedin.com/in/katie-hamburg

 
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Adam Henderson (real estate access fund)

Adam has 30 years in commercial real estate Investing and Management, and has successfully closed over a billion dollars in real estate transactions and overseen hundreds of millions in construction and capital improvement projects from inception to completion.

He is proud to lead one of the most seasoned teams of commercial real estate professionals in the Bay Area. His team of asset/property managers have on average 20 years of experience in the industry, and can assist you at every level of your commercial office space needs.

He loves the challenge of developing new organizations and am proud to be a founding member and serve on the Board of Directors for the Keiretsu Forum, the Contra Costa Software Business Incubators (CCSBI) and Ag Bid.

 

Peter Kuhn (real estate access fund)

Peter is a Principal at DG Retail Partners, the largest (non institutional) owner of Dollar General Stores in the country. He is an active real estate investor with interests in healthcare, multifamily, industrial and office projects. He has been a venture capital and private equity investor in the technology and healthcare fields. 

Peter is the Founder and CEO of IBP Insurance Services an employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm. Peter has a 30 year plus track record of successful business operation and management and has been recognized by his peers on numerous occasions as an industry and thought leader.

Peter’s prior work experience includes time at Price Waterhouse Coopers as a CPA (inactive) and CIGNA. Peter attended Santa Clara University and obtained a degree in accounting.

Peter has been involved at the board level with several organizations including founding and developing a nonprofit for the benefit or art and science programs at Silver Oak Elementary School, the Santa Clara University Board of Fellows and Good Samaritan Medical Group. Mr. Kuhn splits his time between San Jose, California and Scottsdale, Arizona

 

ERICA LILL (INVESTOR RELATIONS)

Erica is focused on Investor Relations. 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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Max Navas (INVESTMENT AND PORTFOLIO)

Max is focused on the investment decision making process that leads to Keiretsu Capital investment decisions, as well as ongoing portfolio tracking, valuation and commication. He has a deep interest in sustainable technologies and renewable energy and the early stage companies that are making a difference in these areas. Max holds a BS from the University of Washington and is based in Seattle.

 
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Paul Rabinovitch (Real estate access fund)

Paul is the Executive Vice President of Troon Pacific, Inc.  Mr. Rabinovitch focuses his efforts on business development, investor relations, fundraising and capital strategy for Troon Pacific and the various investment funds that are managed by Troon Pacific. He is also involved in guiding the multifamily strategy for Troon Pacific.

Prior to joining Troon Pacific Mr. Rabinovitch held leadership positions in several regionally prominent real estate companies. He brings 20 years of real estate acquisition, development, equity investment, and asset management experience to Troon Pacific. His portfolio of projects includes over 1,200 apartments in urban, suburban and resort communities, land development, brownfields redevelopment, as well as the development of over a hundred townhouses.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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

 

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.

 

ALISON DAVIS

Alison Davis is an Advisor to Keiretsu Capital and is co-founder of Fifth Era (www.fifthera.com). She is an experienced corporate executive, public company board director, an active investor in growth companies and a best selling author on the topics of technology and innovation. 
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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.

 
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Jim Lussier (Fund 3)

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.

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 & 3)

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.

 
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Adam Bush

As a Junior at Miami University (Ohio), Adam Bush studies digital marketing, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and interactive media studies in an interdisciplinary manner.  The Cleveland, Ohio native is interested in bringing his unique skills and mindset to the tech startup industry.  He has worked as a product manager, and also solely built a marketing branch for a digital production agency in his past two summers.  Adam enjoys staying active, working out, playing sports, and snowboarding.  After college he plans to move out of Ohio to a warmer place; however, never stop cheering for his Cleveland sports teams (Indians, Cavaliers, and Browns (maybe)). 

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Jerry Du

Jerry is a junior at the University of Washington studying Finance and Informatics. He is interested in the intersection between law, business, and technology, particularly in achieving effective corporate governance through stewardship, diversity, and innovation. Jerry enjoys skiing and spending time with his family and friends.

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Samuel Essabhoy

Sam Essabhoy is a current third-year student at the University of Washington, where he is studying economics and statistics. Having grown up in the technology-centric San Francisco Bay Area, Sam is interested in the application of tech to the development of business. Outside of the classroom, Sam is deeply involved in his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, where he has held numerous executive positions. 

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SPENCER KELTY

Spencer is a graduating senior at the University of Washington, pursuing a degree in economics. He has previous experience in angel investing and spent several years as a journalist and editor at The Daily.  He is passionate about marketing and works to increase communication with the Keiretsu community. He holds several student leadership positions at the UW, including serving as an Executive Officer for Phi Sigma Pi, Zeta Sigma chapter. 

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.

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Joe Motto

Joe is a current Senior student at the University of Washington, Seattle, pursuing a B.S. degree in Informatics with a focus in Data Science. Joe is interested in Big Data technologies, Cloud computing, Data Analytics, and Machine Learning. He is always taking measures to improve his technical skill sets. Joe's hobbies consist of playing tennis and traveling.

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Kristoffer thordarson

Kristoffer is a Senior at the University of Washington. A Southern California transplant, Kristoffer's interests lie in the field of biotech. A microbiology major with a business mindset, he hopes to find and support startups that share his passion for genetics. 

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Jayson Walla

Jayson is currently a Junior at the University of Washington studying Finance and Information Systems in the Foster School of Business. He is passionate about learning entrepreneurial skills and investments. In the future, Jayson hopes to start his own business that would not only be successful in the business perspective but also impactful in our society. He is also currently part of the Event Organizers team for the Indonesian Students Association at the University of Washington, a non-profit organization which annually hosts a $50,000 cultural project called Keraton. Some of his hobbies include playing basketball and spending time with his family.

 

 

Previous Fellows

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.  Dylan 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.