Warren Woo is a Founder and Managing General Partner of Breakaway Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment fund founded in 2014 focused on direct lending and structured equity investments in the lower middle market. Warren was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Moelis and Company. Prior to Moelis, he was at UBS Investment Bank where he was a Vice Chairman, member of the Board of Directors, member of the Global Management Committee and member of the U.S. Executive Committee as well as the Global Head of Financial Sponsors, Hedge Funds and Leverage Finance. Prior to UBS, Warren was a Managing Director and Head of West Coast Leverage Finance at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and a Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1986 through 1990. Warren graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA. Warren is an owner of the Nashville Predators, a National Hockey League franchise. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Carlthorp School, an independent elementary school in Santa Monica, CA and a member of the Board of Directors of the West Valley Wolves, a Southern California-based youth hockey travel club. Warren is currently on the Advisory Board of Park Lane, a sports investment bank and a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national organization focused on developing “Better Athletes, Better People”.
Pablo Perez De Rosso is a Director in the content team at Netflix, the world’s leading internet television network. Before joining Netflix, Pablo was a Director of Business Development & Strategy for Universal Pictures, analyzing new business and investment opportunities in film production and distribution. Pablo started his career in the media/entertainment industry at MGM Studios and he also helped theatrical exhibition company Cinepolis launch its operations in India. Before working in media/entertainment, Pablo spent 5 years as an investment banker for Lazard and as a consultant for LECG, now part of Compass Lexecon. Pablo earned his M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Brad is the VP & GM, E-Commerce for one of SUN Capital Partner’s portfolio companies where he is currently building a new consumer business. Prior to working for SUN, Brad was the GM at an Internet Retailer Top 100 company where he grew the business from 275 million to over 400 million in annual revenue.
Brad started in E-Commerce in the late 90’s working on Dell.com where he worked in project management, product management and marketing; eventually working in London and Tokyo developing the ecommerce operations in those regions.
As the VP of Business Development at Invodo, a venture capital funded startup, he signed several partnerships with companies like Demandware, Oracle ATG and Razorfish. As an E-Commerce consultant he has worked for companies like Hyatt, J. Hilburn, United Airlines, and Orbitz.
He has a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Peter Brack is an entrepreneur and former Time Warner executive with a 20 year track record building
businesses in international markets.
As an entrepreneur, Mr. Brack was co-founder and CEO of two companies, both of which went public
on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He is an active member of the internet and digital media
communities in New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. Mr. Brack serves on several internet and
mobile-related boards and advisory boards, and is an early stage venture and private equity investor.
Redgate Media Group, which Mr. Brack co-founded in 2003, is a diversified television and outdoor
media and entertainment company in China. Redgate Media merged with a public company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2012. Mr. Brack also co-founded and was CEO of One Media Group, a leading Chinese-language lifestyle and entertainment content publisher. One Media Group went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2005. Prior to co-founding Redgate Media Group and One Media Group, Mr. Brack was an executive at Time Warner. Most recently Mr. Brack was Senior Vice President, Time Inc. International where he was responsible for the revenues and overall profitability of TIME & FORTUNE’s Asia editions. He oversaw the Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, and Sydney offices. Earlier, Mr. Brack was at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a subsidiary of Time
Dan Chen is currently a managing director at Siemer & Associates with 15 years of investment banking, private equity and corporate development experience and completed transactions totaling over $5 billion in value. Most recently, Mr. Chen was Managing Director of Corporate Development at a Los Angeles-based holding company where he evaluated and executed on a wide variety of new investment and partnership opportunities in multiple industries, including healthcare IT, software & services and the energy sector. Prior to that, Mr. Chen was Vice President in the media practice at Montgomery & Co., where he provided M&A and capital raising advisory services to companies in the software, digital media and Internet services space. Key transactions completed include Disney’s $700 million acquisition of Club Penguin, HBK Investments’ $165 million LBO of CoCreate Holding GmbH (now part of Parametric Technology Corp.), and late stage financings for companies such as Vantage Media and WildTangent. Before joining Montgomery & Co., Mr. Chen was an Investment Associate at TPG Capital. At TPG, he handled all aspects of deal sourcing and transaction execution for TPG’s cross-border private equity and venture investments in the U.S. and Asia. He participated in the investment activities of Newbridge Asia III, LP ($724 million) and Newbridge Asia II, LP ($392 million), and he monitored several portfolio companies in the Internet services space within those funds.
Eric Wu is the VP of Growth & Product at SpinMedia and the former Director of SEO for eHow.com. As a Growth Hacker and Product Manager, he has made a career of connecting millions of consumers with large brands while at AT&T, Demand Media, REALTOR, and EarthLink. Since 2000, Eric has worked at scale across a variety of industries for some of the internets most popular websites including eHow.com, LIVESTRONG.com, YellowPages.com, Realtor.com, VIBE.com, and SPIN.com He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Cognitive Science & Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from UC San Diego.
Gene Chuang is most recently CTO of Oversee.net and has been a technologist at Los Angeles companies including Yahoo!, AT&T Interactive, YP Mobile, Chegg, Overture, GoTo.com and Wilshire Associates. Gene contributes to the LA tech community as mentor at Muckerlab and Launchpad LA, tech advisor to Laudville and GoTokki, and actively involved in Innovate Pasadena, LA Ruby Conference and LA Java User Groups. He strongly believes in mentorship as his mentors include Brian Acton co-founder of WhatsApp, Joseph Essas CTO of Opentable, Qi Lu President of Bing and David Henke SVP of Ops of LinkedIn. Gene received a BS in Biochemistry from UCLA, a former pre-med who failed to get into medical school resulting in his first pivot into Internet startups. He feels his greatest accomplishment is raising his three kids right and keeping his wife of 12 years happy.
Tom Weedon is an experienced digital media and advertising executive with over 20 years of business development, operations and management consulting experience. Tom has a track record of building successful Internet companies, launching new media startups and being at the forefront of driving disruptive digital advertising technologies. He is currently a Board Member of Los Angeles based media company Hypomania Content. Most recently, Tom was Vice President, Global Accounts at The Rubicon Project, a company that pioneered the yield optimization business for display ads. At Rubicon, Tom had revenue responsibility for the yield optimization business which represented over 75% of Rubicon’s revenue and $250 million in managed revenue for its premium publisher customers. Prior to Tom’s stint at Rubicon he served as Senior Director, Partner Development at Microsoft, where he oversaw the company’s multi-year strategic partnership with Viacom, valued at more than $500 million. Tom began his career in the digital space at GoTo.com (later Overture Services) in 1999 where he started in product management. He held several roles at GoTo/Overture, the last being Senior Director, Search Quality where he built and ran the group responsible for the quality of Overture’s paid search listings. (Overture created the paid search business, now a $12 billion plus annual market in the US alone.) Overture was sold to Yahoo! in 2003 for $1.63 billion. Tom took a sabbatical after his time at GoTo/Overture to focus on working with charitable organizations, travel and consult with companies such as Veoh Networks and Spot Runner. Tom began his career working as a management consultant for The Monitor Group and then later The Boston Consulting Company. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours, First Class) from Queen’s University in Canada. Tom currently lives in Venice, CA with his dog Ella. He snowboards and travels ever chance he gets.
Tomer is a co-founder and the CEO of Quixey – The Search Engine for Apps. Quixey developed a new kind of search, Functional Search, specifically for app discovery. He is also an advisor for Particle Code, GeoTrio and the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Prior to Quixey, Tomer was the founder and CEO of Your Logo Here, a branding solutions provider for companies such as Google and Slide. A lifelong entrepreneur, Tomer founded a custom apparel printing business in college to pay his own tuition while studying Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at UC Santa Cruz. In his spare time, Tomer advises a chapter of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, a leadership organization for Jewish teens
Mr. Wootton joined Verifi in May 2010 as Chief Revenue Officer responsible for Sales, Marketing and Business Development and brings 11 years of digital distribution and alternative payments expertise to the company. Prior to joining Verifi, Mr. Wootton was Senior Vice President of Business Development at RentPayment.com, the largest payment processor for the real estate and utilities industries where he launched and managed two strategic business units, forged distribution partnerships with leading software providers and managed the company’s inside sales team. Previous to this experience, Mr. Wootton was General Manager and Vice President of Payment Solutions and Business Development for Green Dot Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of prepaid debit cards. At Green Dot, Mr. Wootton developed debit card and payment programs with leading brands such as AT&T, DirecTV and Visa. Previous experience includes management positions at Fox Sports Net, NASCAR and Moviso, a mobile ringtone and game company where Mr. Wootton was responsible for launching the first ever retail prepaid mobile content product in the U.S. with partners 7-Eleven, Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Mr. Wootton earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara.
Tom is the COO of LA-based Savings.com. Prior to Savings.com he was with Lagovent Ventures in Los Angeles where he evaluated consumer internet businesses as an EIR. Prior to Lagovent Ventures, Swalla was the President at Knowledge Adventure, the leading venture-backed developer and publisher of childrens gaming content, where he was responsible for launching and managing all online business initiatives for the company. He was also the VP of Business Development and Strategy for RazorGator.