Colin is one of the Co-Founders of Equity Directory
While investors are still putting money into startups, they are moving up the ladder, leaving early stage companies with reduced access to capital. Colin's group connects people with aligned visions and shared passion, based on an equity/work exchange so early stage startups can avoid this paradox and increase their chances of success.
Alexandra Ivanovitch has recently launched a social impact start-up to leverage the potential of disruptive technologies to tackle societal issues, and more precisely to develop virtual reality apps in the context of restorative justice and the fight against radicalism. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Université Paris-Sorbonne, where she also was a postdoctoral researcher in Digital Humanities.
Edward is the Johnson Professor of Law and Business at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law, and is a former Chief of Staff of Congress’s nonpartisan tax resource, the Joint Committee on Taxation. Kleinbard’s scholarship focuses on political economy and business taxation. His book, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money, analyzes contemporary U.S. fiscal policy through the prisms of public finance economics, technical tax and budget rules, and moral and political philosophy.
Lindsay serves as the Executive Director for the San Francisco team of Summer Search, a youth advocacy organization facilitating college access and readiness to talented low-income youth through its signature mentorship model.
A global explorer, former teacher and amateur tri-athlete, Lindsay earned her B.A. from Cornell University with a double major in English and International Development, and her M.A. from the School of International Service at American University.
After a 30-year career in banking, Jim is now an English teacher at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA. His love of education prompted him to serve as an elected school board trustee and to earn his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's College. Jim’s dissertation is associated with two semester-long studies he conducted with student veterans about the benefits of writing about military experience. For many years he wrote a human interest column for the Bay Area News Group, and continues to blog in his free time.
Jeanie is the Chair of Good News Bears which was founded in 1996 with the mission to provide teddy bears to hurt, traumatized, or abused children as well as adults. Jeanie’s non-profit distributes "stuffed love" - teddy bears and other stuffed critters to children and adults suffering illness, loss, trauma, or loneliness. They average over 14,000 giftings per year to shelters, emergency personnel, hospitals, hospice, and more. Their animals travel around the world to comfort those in need.
Jeff is director/writer of his personal story Save Me Mine. Jeff was born with Down Syndrome. He enrolled in the Livermore Film and Media Workshop, run by Futures Explored and Inclusion Films, to fulfill his greatest ambition, becoming a director. And with the support of his instructors, mentors and classmates he’s now able to live out that dream with this film. Jeff is truly an inspiration, through his warm personality, openness and through the perseverance of everything he’s overcome. He has also worked as a writer, grip, editor, sound mixer and in other crew jobs on a variety of films in the workshop and on paid projects for Futures Films.
Kris started her career in a start-up company prior to graduate school and subsequently worked for Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors and Hewlett Packard. In 1997, she left Hewlett Packard to start her own consulting firm. After six years of consulting, Kris took a sabbatical to pursue a long time passion she has had for the ocean and moved to Thailand to expand her training and teaching of scuba diving. This sabbatical launched her into a lifelong pursuit of ocean conservation and teaching around the world as a seasonal avocation. Broadening her global reach has fueled her love of economic development and cultural studies which has only enhanced her professional life.
Keven has 17 years of experience in the construction industry with multiple positions held from carpenter through Founder. Prior to founding True North Services, Inc. and becoming Co-Founder for the HOS Business Center, he was involved with several aspects of the construction and business process for hundreds of projects. Mr. Hempel has built trusting and long-standing relationships with his clients and is constantly researching mindfulness and the emotional connection with future product development, as well as what, and how, technology is to be used in our ever-changing world.