The Mucker Network consists of more than 200 of the best, brightest, and most generous entrepreneurs, executives, and investors from Southern California and Silicon Valley. They have all graciously volunteered to mentor and advise Mucker entrepreneurs by offering their time, experience, and networks. In addition to spending time one-on-one with founders, they also hold office hours, roundtable discussions, and instructional sessions at Mucker’s office in Santa Monica.
Warren Woo Partner, Breakaway Capital
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”.
William Smith Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Euclid Analytic
Will is currently the Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer at Euclid Analytics. Euclid’s product is conceptually analogous to Google Analytics for the physical world. Their customer base includes retailers, mall owners, and venue operators of many kinds. Will was born into a retail family and spent his teenage years wandering through shopping malls thinking about dollars per square foot and tenant mix optimization. After Stanford and a stint in finance, he decided to merge his love of data and technology with his family history in retail. Euclid was the result. Euclid’s investors include Harrison Metal Capital and NEA.
Yidrienne Lai Technology Investor
Yidrienne previously worked at Technology Crossover Ventures as Vice President. Yidrienne has twelve years of finance and private equity experience. Her primary investment focus is in the internet consumer sector. Yidrienne is actively involved with TCV’s investments in Groupon, HomeAway, Everyday Health, eBags, among others. Prior to TCV, Yidrienne specialized in acquisitions and investments at eBay, Inc. Some of the transactions she was involved with at eBay include craigslist, Marktplaats, Rent.com, Shopping.com, and a number of European classifieds companies. Yidrienne began her career at Morgan Stanley in the Technology Investment Banking Group. Yidrienne received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
Zao Yang Founder CEO, Zenmarketing
Zeo is the founder CEO at Zenmarketing and is currently working on a mobile data platform. Previously, he co-founded BetterWorks, a reward & recognition system for employers. Before BetterWorks, he co-created Farmville, and was the CEO/co-founder of MyMiniLife, Inc. (sold to Zynga Game Networks, Inc.). MyMiniLife is now the common technology platform at Zynga. He is also an investor/advisor of SV Angel, AngelList, and UCSF.