Yi-Jian Ngo, Managing Director, leads the Alliance of Angels. A network engineer by training, Yi-Jian stumbled into the startup world when AT&T rebooted its corporate venture fund and recruited him as a founding team member. Working closely with entrepreneurs and helping them build their companies turned out to be such a blast that he continued that work at Microsoft. Most recently, he was a venture capitalist at Sierra Ventures, where he focused on investments in mobile and enterprise/infrastructure software & services from around the world. Yi-Jian holds an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell.
Alan Blickenstaff, Senior Associate, is a 2012-13 K&L Gates Fellow. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington. Prior to his MBA, Alan worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including helping to found the Seattle franchise for Ashoka. His background in entrepreneurship includes developing curriculum and programming to support high school social entrepreneurs, as well as organizing and coaching at venture competitions, including UW’s Business Plan Competition, NWEN’s First Look Forum, and SVP’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch. Alan holds a B.A. from Whitman College.
Boyd Anderson, Senior Associate, is a 2012-2013 K&L Gates Fellow. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington. Prior to his MBA, Boyd worked for United Technologies Corp. in a series of engineering & manufacturing roles while being based in China. His background in entrepreneurship includes co-founding a company, Andersander, which competed in the 2013 UW Business Plan Competition. Boyd holds a B.S. from Northwestern University.
Jennie Johnson, Membership and Sponsorship Manager, graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. After graduating, she continued her studies at the UW where she obtained her Masters in Education. Jennie spent five amazing years teaching Kindergarten and First Grade in Bellevue before leaving to spend time at home with her children. During that time she has worked as an Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper and has spent five years as a founding member of the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Parent Advisory Board at Evergreen Hospital.
Board of Directors
Dan Rosen, Chairman, is CEO and President of Dan Rosen & Associates, a technology investment and advisory firm. Previously, Dan was a founder and managing director at Frazier Technology Ventures, General Manager of New Technology at Microsoft and General Manager for MSN. Prior to Microsoft, he served as Vice President and General Manager of AT&T Consumer Interactive Services and Managing Director for Northern & Eastern Europe. Dan sits on the boards of Buck, Centri, Modumetal, the Angel Capital Association and the Dean’s Leadership Council of UCSD Biological Sciences.
Gregg Bennett, Vice Chairman, is an entrepreneur who coaches local technology companies, Gregg has helped over 25 Northwest-based startup and early-stage companies become self-sustaining businesses. He is a member of the Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland Chamber of Commerces as well as the Bellevue, Lake Washington and Issaquah Schools Foundation. Gregg is co-founder and President of the Bellevue Baseball Club, a parent advisor to the Bellevue High School Microfinance Club and a founding board member of SAMA (Science and Management of Addiction).
Geoff Entress, Vice Chairman, is a Venture Partner with Voyager Capital and Founders Co-op. An active angel investor, Geoff has invested in over 50 Pacific Northwest companies. He sits on the boards of drugstore.com, Liquid Planner, Bonanza and Judy’s Book, and is a board observer for several others. Geoff is also a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Washington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Advisory Board for the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Gaylord Kellogg, Board Member, is a founder of Saltspring Ventures LLC. Gaylord is an angel investor specializing in early stage Northwest companies focused on Internet technologies, software, and clean tech. His portfolio has included: Amazon, AvenueA/Aquantive, Atom Films, Daptiv, Escapia, Halosource, MarketRange, Modumetal, Neah Power Systems, Pet Holdings, Play Network, Qsent, ScaleOut Software, Tegic, Terabeam, and VacationSpot. He co-founded Gear.com, an online surplus sporting goods retailer acquired by Overstock. He serves on the board of Northwest Horticulture.
Doug Bevis, Board Member, has been an angel investor in early-stage Northwest technology companies via his wholly-owned Washington Park Ventures LLC. Doug served as CFO of two Puget Sound technology companies for their Initial Public Offerings. Prior to involvement with public companies, Doug served as CFO for two national privately-held architecture and engineering firms, and in between, as President of a commercial real estate development company in Seattle. Prior to this business career he served aboard ship for three years as an officer in the United States Navy.
Eric Michelman, Board Member, has been an entrepreneur, software executive, and angel investor. He has an extensive background in the software industry, has created and led several successful software products, having worked at Apple, Intel, Microsoft, and his own startups. He co-founded a successful VC-backed startup, holds numerous patents, and as an angel investor has invested in more than a dozen startups. He sits on the boards of Valant Medical Solutions, the Center for Research in Computational Linguistics, and the Climate Change Education Project.
Mikal Thomsen, Board Member, is founder and managing director at Trilogy Partners, Chairman and CEO of the Tacoma Rainiers, member of the Board of Governors of the WSU Research Foundation, and sits on the boards of Airband, WineBid.com, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, and University Prep in Seattle. He is a past chairman of the Washington State University Foundation. Previously, Mikal was a founder and managing director of Pacific Northwest Cellular, Chief Operating Officer of Western Wireless, VoiceStream, and President of Western Wireless, General Manager of McCaw’s Cellular One operations and International operations.
Rochelle (Shelley) Whelan, Board Member, joined Keeler Investments Group (KIG) in 2007 as a Partner and serves on the board of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network. Previously, Shelley spent over 9 years with Intel in a broad range of senior marketing roles. During her tenure in Intel Capital, she was a founder of 2 internally funded startup businesses.
Seed Fund Committee
Emer Dooley, Executive Director, serves as adjunct faculty in technology strategy, entrepreneurship and venture capital in the Business School and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. She also works with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), involving students in all aspects of company creation, technology commercialization and investment. Currently she sits on the boards of the Washington Research Foundation, Julep and CIE.
Gaylord Kellogg, Investment Committee Member, is a founder of Saltspring Ventures LLC. Gaylord is an angel investor specializing in early stage Northwest companies focused on Internet technologies, software, and clean tech. His portfolio has included: Amazon, AvenueA/Aquantive, Atom Films, Daptiv, Escapia, Halosource, MarketRange, Modumetal, Neah Power Systems, Pet Holdings, Play Network, Qsent, ScaleOut Software, Tegic, Terabeam, and VacationSpot. He co-founded Gear.com, an online surplus sporting goods retailer acquired by Overstock. He serves on the board of Northwest Horticulture.
Peter van Oppen, Investment Committee Member, is currently a partner at Trilogy Partnership. From 1994 to 2006, Mr. van Oppen served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC). Prior to ADIC, Peter served in various positions including Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Interpoint Corporation, and as a management consultant at Price Waterhouse LLP and Bain & Company. Peter has served as a director of multiple other public companies including Interpoint Corporation, Western Wireless Corporation, Spacelabs Medical, Receptech Corp. and Key Technology.
Tim Porter, Investment Committee Member, is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group where he serves on the boards of Appature, Schemalogic and Z2Live, and is a board observer for Apptio, ExtraHop Networks, Impinj, Skytap, Singlepoint, and Smartsheet. Prior to joining Madrona, Tim was a key member of Microsoft’s Corporate Development group, where he shared responsibilities for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating Microsoft’s acquisitions, strategic investments and joint ventures. Earlier in his career, Tim worked for broadband satellite start-up Teledesic, spending his last year there also working for Craig McCaw’s Eagle River Investments.