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    Tan Nguyen Tan Nguyen, Chair

    Tan has held management positions at IBM, Phase Forward, and VERITAS; and recently served as the MIT Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) Marketing Chair.

    Tan holds Brown BS/MSEE and Cornell MBA degrees.

    Email: tan@mbatrek.org

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    Jim Anderson Jim Anderson, Partner Emeritus, Foundation Capital.

    Jim has over two decades in venture capital, including founding partnership positions in Merrill Pickard Anderson & Eyre; and in Foundation Capital, with collectively well over $1 billion in capital commitments.

    Jim has watched, coached, and participated in the nurture of hundreds of early-stage companies, helping develop them into industry leaders. He came to venture capital with a comprehensive engineering and marketing background, ranging from semiconductors to computer systems built at Beckman Instruments and Hewlett-Packard, Jim was one of the early few to leverage true operational experience. This background provided Jim with a venture platform for some unique value- added industry management approaches to the venture industry including early seed investing, development of the entrepreneur-in-residence concept, and the continuing need and value of a deep seated focus on industry markets.

    After stepping back from the venture capital industry, he created Legacy Partners, a $100 million+ philanthropic venture vehicle designed to encourage high-impact philanthropy through venture style collaboration and entrepreneurship. Early activities have focused on medical research, schools, and the environment.

    After personally experiencing the benefits of Eastern philosophies of medicine and spirituality, Jim is on a personal mission seeking out business platforms to better bond the Eastern and Western practices of medicine.

    Jim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as a BSEE and an MSEE from Purdue University.

    Mike Sarfatti Michael Sarfatti, Managing Director, SmartSilvers Alliance

    Michael has over 30 years experience in a variety of industries, including petrochemical, financial services, and information technology, holding positions in engineering, training, marketing/sales, business development and executive management, co-founding three companies involving software development and web-focused infrastructure technology. Michael also has extensive volunteer experience in a variety of professional, alumni, and social organizations. Since 1988, he has been an officer and director of the MIT Club of Northern California, a non-profit corporation, holding a variety of executive positions, including that of president, as well as serving as the regional representative to the MIT Alumni Association. Michael was also a co-founder and the first president/chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Bay Area (dba MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, aka VLAB, currently serving on the organization’s advisory board.

    Michael is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and is a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer (California).

    In addition, MBATrek is operated with a group of Bay-Area volunteers that are highly entrepreneurial individuals. For more information on how to join our team, please email us at info@mbatrek.org.

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