Linqto Investors

Linqto's investors provide continuous support and advice with varied expertise in fintech, banking, cyber security, intellecutal property, capital and marketing.

Investors / Advisors

Hugh Molotsi

A lead investor, Hugh is also taking an active role in the Bank Store pilot spearheading Linqto interaction with App Vendors and developers. In 2015, Hugh concluded a 22-year career at Intuit where his last position was Engineering Fellow and Vice President. During his Intuit tenure, Hugh worked on QuickBooks and several other small business offerings. Hugh has been a serial innovator and helped launch several new businesses at Intuit including Intuit Payments. Hugh holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Hugh is married to Michelle and is the proud father of two daughters.

Karim Nurani

As an investor and advisor, Karim brings a wealth of experience to Linqto. His expertise and business development skills have led to a network of diverse, bi-coastal business relationships. For over 20 years, from Boston to San Francisco, Karim has led individual companies in educating employees and facilitating more efficient business operations. He is sales-oriented and driven to increase industry assets and profits at every level of operation. as Executive Director and Principal at Bay Angels, his mission is to continue building a strong community of investors and entrepreneurs who want to foster technological innovations to make an impact, make a difference, make a profit. He has founded and co-founded six companies in the US and East Africa and is an active investor and advisor to companies in San Fransisco and Boston.

Antonio Derossi

Antonio’s experience includes over 20 years in insurance operations and technology, first as strategic consultant in the Business Technology Office of Mckinsey & co, and then in the Allianz Group where he served as a C-level executive in Germany, Middle East, Eastern Europe and most recently in the US as COO of the Fireman’s Fund Ins co. As an investor and advisor, Tony will be instrumental as Otter expands into other sectors. Antonio holds a major in Physics from the University in his hometown of Trieste, Italy, speaks five languages and is a conservatory trained classical guitarist. He is fond of outdoor activities including cross country skiing and long distance running.

Bonny Simi

Bonny Simi is President of JetBlue Technology Ventures, a JetBlue pilot and officer with over a decade of leadership experience holding talent, customer experience and other roles at JetBlue, and over 25 years in the airline industry. Simi also has deep roots in the Silicon Valley community as a graduate of both the Stanford Business and Engineering schools. Prior to her airline and venture career, Ms. Simi was a writer-reporter-producer for the ABC KGO-TV evening news in San Francisco, and is a three-time Olympian.

John Ricci

John is Executive Director at US Angel Investors, a Partner at Crimson Growth Partners and an investor in or advisor to a number of technology companies including Linqto, NexDefense, Vizkinekt, POC Medical Systems, ManageUP, Wingz, 1WorlOnline, Owlized, and Barckback. Earlier in his career, John was COO and co-founder at JMC Telecom, a prepaid telephone card company, and co-founder and CEO of SupplyMasters Systems, (business software for distributors). He was also COO, North America at Trader Media a roll-up in classified media that went public, VP Marketing and Sales at Zenith/Bull Computers in Europe (mid-range systems), and a manager at Boston Consulting Group. John holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was an Arthur Sachs Fellow, and a Master in Engineering from MinesTech in Paris.

Earl Sacerdoti

Earl Sacerdoti is a serial entrepreneur, management consultant, executive coach, and angel investor focused on early-stage software ventures. He has over 35 years’ experience in general management and managing research, development, and engineering. He has conceived and grown new businesses and brought a variety of advanced software technologies to market. Dr. Sacerdoti earned a BA in Psychology from Yale, and MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Stanford. He is a cofounder of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the author of a book and over 20 papers and articles on a wide range of advanced software topics. He is the inventor of eight issued and three pending US patents. He is also well known for his early basic research in Artificial Intelligence.

Fred Cohen

Fred Cohen has 35+ years of experience building companies and supporting risk management and strategic decision making for enterprises of all sizes and sorts. He is globally recognized as an innovative expert in management, particularly related to information technology and risk. As an industry analyst he supports strategic enterprise-wide decision-making ranging from restructuring to litigation support. Fred has a PhD in Electrical Engineering (University of Southern California, 1986), MS in Information Sciences (University of Pittsburgh, 1980), and BS in Electrical Engineering (Carnegie-Mellon University, 1977).

Oliver Nguyen

Oliver is the President of SoftShores Corporation, a consultancy founded in 2001 to serve the technical staffing and software development needs of his clients. Since 2002, Oliver has also served as President of a San Francisco Bay area user group called Bay.NET (www.BayNetUG.org), one of the largest user groups in the country which supports the Microsoft .NET community. He has been a Microsoft MVP from 2004-2016 and is widely recognized for his community contributions. Prior to SoftShores, Oliver was the Director of Software Development at Panurgy Norcal and was responsible for delivering software solutions to clients, including US Web (Walgreens, Levi’s, and Televisa Projects), Adjacency (Nordstrom and Virgin Megastore Projects), Wells Fargo, Mindscape, Genentec, Esurance, Interpraise and Reel.com. Oliver received his BS in Information and Computer Science from UC Irvine with a Minor in Psychology. While at UC Irvine, he completed graduate work on Artificial Intelligence with an emphasis on Neural Networks. He is a Member of the UCI Information and Computer Science Alumni Program.

LeeAnn Jarrell

Lee Ann is a former Senior VP, Controller of Capital Group and Treasurer and Board member of the American Funds Service Company. As Global Asset Manager (AUM $1 trillion+) her broad management responsibilities included financial, operational, and corporate technology areas, as well as representation at American Funds Review and Advisory Board and Capital Research Board. An active member of Keiretsu Forum and key Advisory Board member of Linqto, Lee Ann is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Business Economics.

Neal Strickberger

Neal is a hands-on operations and software consultant, applying a systems mentality and wide range of expertise to translate strategic goals, understand architecture, then execute tactical actions that drive results. An intuitive problem solver, project manager, cat-herder, participative leader, facilitator and mentor. Neal brings a deep experience in metrics and mesaurements for success, business scaling, software development and architecure to the Linqto team. Other interests include visual arts - democratizing access to original artwork by enabling direct connections between artists and buyers. I collect art primarily from local emerging artists. He also have a large-scale public art project using billion-candlepower searchlights.

Peter Foller

Dr. Peter C. Foller received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the U.C. Berkeley. In 2010, he opted to retire early from PPG Industries having served in various Pittsburgh-based R&D leadership capacities culminating in his role as R&D director for PPG’s (then) optical and commodity chemical businesses. He is a co-founder of in SenSevere LLC, a 2011 spinout of Carnegie Mellon University, which is pursuing unique applications of physico-chemical sensing with clients in the chlorine, water treatment, electric power, and mining industries. Dr. Foller is a member of the Keiretsu Forum, a leading network of angel investors.

Mahinder Chugh

Mahinder is a partner in Aura Investment Partners in Los Angeles, with offices in Bombay for cross-border investments. His banking experience with ICICI, JP Morgan Chase and The World Bank bring a strong background to Linqto's Advisory Board. Mahinder has served on the Board of 15 companies and is the founder of the Mumbai chapter of the Keiretsu Forum. He initiated and set up the LLC in Los Angeles with an office in Bombay for Cross-border Advisory and investments within the India-USA corridor with a focus on technology transfer in the Automotive, Aerospace, and Education, Energy, Health-care and Media/Entertainment sectors.

Bing Heckman

Bing's focus is Corporate Real Estate: lease, investment, finance, and advisory services. He has developed a broad background in commercial real estate having direct experience serving a wide range of related needs. His experience includes corporate facility leasing and advisory services, investment property and land sales, consulting, oversight of institutional grade acquisitions, and market analyses for a variety of property types. As a current member of the Appraisal Institute, Bing also holds the MAI designation.

David Paul

David is a veteran of Silicon Valley high technology manufacturing companies in senior operations finance roles. His most recent companies include Fusion-io, Omnicell, and Intuitive Surgical where he participated in the initial public offerings for both Intuitive Surgical and Fusion-io and was recruited for the turnaround activities at Omnicell after a public restatement. He has led company critical Enterprise Resource Planning system implementations and likes to create efficient, scalable infrastructure for growing organizations. David received a BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and an MBA from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and resides in Sunnyvale.

Tom Hresko

Tom is a sales executive with over 20 years of global experience with High Technology companies selling software solutions for the customer life cycle of acquisition, conversion and retention, security and IT performance management. He currently works at eG Innovations, an application performance management company. His prior experience includes eGain, Intel/McAfee, Oracle and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He has sold SaaS, Cloud, managed services and on premise deployments to Enterprise Accounts, SMB, Government, and BPO’s and Fintech companies such as Fiserv, First Data, eBay, PayPal and major money center banks. Tom has built organizations and increased sales in 11 positions for both public and private companies and will help us as we scale our sales efforts. Tom has a BBA from the University of Michigan and MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Brigid mcGrath Massie

Brigid McGrath Massie is an award-winning business consultant, author and professional speaker. She has delivered thousands of keynote speeches and management seminars throughout the United States focusing on enhancing personal effectiveness, sales skills, leadership and customer service. Brigid has taught many courses at colleges and universities and holds both a Master’s Degree in Social work and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Brigid is the author of two nationally distributed books, What Do They Say When You Leave the Room? and Selling for People Who Hate to Sell.

Mark Gray

Mark has a keen interest in early stage growth companies. Companies he has invested in cover a broad range of technologies, including health and life sciences, fintech and industrial biotech. Mark has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Class of 1980.


Murali Krishnan

Murali Krishnan is an experienced leader in creating and leading software teams from incubation through several versions. As the VP of Products at Transform, Murali is responsible for developing the first of its kind revenue technology cloud products. Previously he led teams of up to 200 people to create products in Windows, Office, Xbox, and MSN products during his 21 years at Microsoft. Murali holds more than 40 software Patents filed in US and other countries. He works with several startups as an advisor and an angel investor.

Abhishek Gaur

Ab is Founder & CEO of Customer Marketing Technology Agency Verticurl. Verticurl was founded in 2006 and since has expanded into 18 countries in all major continents. Due to its futuristic approach aligning Customer engagement strategies and enabling them with Enterprise Marketing Technology (MarTech) such Adobe (AMC), Oracle (OMC), Salesforce Marketing Cloud (SFMC), Ogilvy & Mather (a WPP company), acquired Verticurl in 2013. Verticurl is proud to work with global brands such as Dell, LinkedIn, Intel, Kimberley Clark, Showtime, RedHat, Fonterra, La Prairie, EMC to name a few.

Sean Irvine

Sean is Managing Director at Mojo Ventures in North Vancouver. A former Professor of Intellectual Property and Business Strategy at Sauder School of Business, Sean brings to Linqto a significant background in licensing, IP and marketing strategies. Sean coaches executives, facilitates planning meetings, leads projects, and takes board seats. He also likes to invest in new product ideas, real estate projects, and shares of promising companies.


Sin Lew

Sin is currently an angel investor and advisor focusing on companies that lead the change and disrupt existing norms. He has successfully built and lead teams at Microsoft Redmond and in Beijing and Shanghai China during his 23 years at Microsoft and 10 years in startups in Silicon Valley. Working with the local industries in China, he has helped Microsoft succeed in establishing engineering centers and core businesses.


Lana Dobbs

Lana is a highly effective and dynamic Business Development and Operations professional offering a broad and complementary skill set based on 15+ years of experience in healthcare and finance. Creative, entrepreneurial and passionate leader with proven track record of business expansion and organizational improvement. During her career, Lana has led a variety of projects focused on strategic growth (partnerships and strategic alliances, new business development, go to market strategy) and resource optimization (cost cutting and process improvement). She has founded 2 companies and is an active angel investor. Lana holds an MBA from UC Irvine.

Marios Anapliotis

Marios Anapliotis has 20+ years of experience in conceiving, developing and introducing commercially successful products in the mobile communication, internet / mobile gaming and big data analytics industries. Working for world leading companies, he has been recognized as a strong techno-commercial product executive that combines substantial and hands on experience in the areas of Product Management, Product Marketing, Product Partner Development and Product Sales Engineering. He is a C-Level Executive in a big data analytics startup, holds 4 patents and is an active investor and advisor to high tech companies. Marios has MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Stephen Tibbitts

Stephen is a serial entrepreneur, technology consultant, and electrical engineer specializing nano-electronics. He is the founder of FabLab, Silicon Reality (purchased by Evans & Sutherland), PICCO (purchased by Broadcom), and REALtool. He has worked for or consulted for Intel, IBM, Fairchild, Fujitsu, Hitachi, National Semiconductor, Seattle Silicon, Fox Electronics, IDT and others. Through his roll at FabLab, he has helped budding entrepreneurs and inventors build their companies.


Rakesh Ramde

Rakesh is an attorney with Structure Law Group where he represents entrepreneurs, businesses and high net worth individuals with legal needs. Rakesh handles litigation matters, corporate formation and governance, business financing, intellectual property and general business counseling in a wide range of technology and commercial areas. Rakesh routinely facilitates investment for his client companies and assists with their sale and acquisition with Silicon Valley-type companies. Prior to his legal career, Rakesh was a consultant at the management consulting firm PRTM (now a part of PwC) in their telecommunications group.

Austin and Sushma

Austin Lund and Sushma Shah are a husband and wife investing team who are both CEOs in the industries of wellness and healthcare. Austin is the Owner/President of Body Techniques – a national corporate health & wellness company. After 20 years of entrepreneurial success, Austin still carries a deep interest in the start up process. He has an MBA from St Mary’s College. Dr. Shah is specialized in emergency medicine and currently works in a busy Bay Area trauma center. She is the CEO and a partner of Eden Emergency Medical Group (EEMG). Sushma graduated from UC Berkeley and obtained her medical degree from UC San Francisco Medical School.

Allison Rong

Allison Rong is the Founder/Managing Director at NissiVentures, an angel fund focusing on early stage Tech start-ups. Allison is a veteran of PayPal, where she held various leadership positions in Global Strategic Planning, Consumers/Merchant analytics and Financial Planning/Operations. Her experiences also include Global Sales Strategy at PepsiCo, Strategy Consulting at Deloitte Consulting and Audit Advisory Service with Arthur Andersen. Allison holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BBA from the University of Houston.

Mike and Jeri

Mike and Jeri Downey are experienced investors with a deep background in Silicon Valley. Mike is an experienced corporate financial executive with significant merger and acquisition activity and several successful exits. He served as EVP and CFO at Nellcor Puritan Bennett, a leading medical device company. While at Nellcor, revenue grew from less than $100 million to nearly $1 billion. Prior to joining Nellcor, Mike served as Vice President of Finance at Shugart Corporation, a manufacturer of computer disk drives. He also held several financial management positions at General Motors. Jeri is an experienced investor in her own right, having spent time with E.F. Hutton and Merrill Lynch and is a co-investor in Linqto.

Robert Blair

Robert has over 30 years of global exec & operating experience as CEO, CFO, General Manager, Sales, Marketing and Business Development Director. Consulting now on business development, technology, funding, strategy, marketing, sales and hiring, Robert is on the BOD, Board of Governors and Comp Committees of firms in S/W, Mobile, Med Devices, Systems and Semiconductors. Based in N. California Robert has lived and worked in USA, UK, Germany and is a US & EU citizen.