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Howard Chao (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

Howard Chao

Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O'Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm's Asia Practice. He helped establish the firm's offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia. Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley, but continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets.

In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making. Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors. He maintains close working relationships with various VC and PE funds. Howard invests primarily in startups located in the Silicon Valley and China. Because of Howard's extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus.

Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice. Howard's extensive experience with investment and financing transactions in both the US and China leads him to advise and assist various clients in both places. His transactions span many different sectors, and include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies.

Nick Sramek (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

Nick Sramek

Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

Nick Sramek is a Managing Director of Doon Insights, leading workshop development, content creation, and outreach. Nick has extensive experience assisting organizations in preparing for a world not yet visible. An exceptional communicator of complex issues to diverse stakeholders, Nick has focused expertise in understanding and communicating global macroeconomic, technological, and geopolitical trends, as well as the importance of the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

Previously, Nick served as the Director of International Relations of Silicon Valley Forum, a Silicon Valley organization that focuses on startup mentorship, corporate digitization, and government innovation strategies. Prior to that, he was the Program and Knowledge Director for the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a non-profit educational organization based out of San Francisco that assists corporations, pension funds and financial institutions in carrying out their responsibilities in respect to the Asia-Pacific. Through research fellowships, he has also developed a passion for understanding the role of technology in society, particularly in developing economies.

Nick received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and History from Trinity University (Texas), and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego’s school of Global Policy and Strategy. He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

Haley Altman (Global Head of Corporate Development at Litera)

Haley Altman

Global Head of Corporate Development at Litera

As Global Head of Corporate Development, Haley Altman is responsible for strategic business initiatives and its merger and acquisition efforts. She also partners with various business units across the company on market development opportunities to strengthen how customers engage with the Litera brand and overall product suite.

Prior to the company’s acquisition by Litera, Haley was founder and CEO of Doxly. She has over a decade of experience working on complicated transactions in the corporate, private equity, and venture capital verticals. Her practice has extended from the Midwest at Ice Miller to the West Coast at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Haley previously served as a member of the finance committee and co-led the venture capital vertical at Ice Miller. She holds a J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and obtained a BA, Chemistry and Political Science while a science research fellow focusing on cancer research at DePauw University in Indiana.

Connie Brenton (VP, Law, Technology & Operations at NetApp)

Connie Brenton

VP, Law, Technology & Operations at NetApp

Connie Brenton champions innovation and transformation at the intersection of business and law. She founded and served as CEO of CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium), the non-profit that fundamentally changed the legal operations profession globally. With more than a decade of legal operations expertise at major enterprises such as Oracle Corporation and Sun Microsystems, Connie currently serves as Vice President, Law, Technology and Operations at NetApp, Inc. During her tenure at NetApp, Connie has helped build an innovative and award-winning legal department that is recognized internationally for its groundbreaking work in the areas of strategic planning and digital optimization.

Connie holds a JD, an MBA and a BA in Economics. Her awards include Women, Influence and Power in Law, lifetime achievement award, the 2019 Powerlist, Corporate Counsel’s National Women in Law, 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley and the Top 10 Deputy General Counsel by the Daily Journal. In 2021, Business Insider listed her as one of nine people disrupting the legal industry.

Connie founded the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and served as the Chief Executive Officer for the organization's first three years, taking the organization from a membership of 40 to 2,000. Connie has the honor of being named a Market Shaper by The Financial Times in 2018 and named to the 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley, a Top Ten Deputy General Counsel in California and was recognized as LegalTech's Law Department Operations Manager of the Year.

Mike Bryant (Operating Partner at Knox Capital)

Mike Bryant

Operating Partner at Knox Capital

Mike was trained in Fortune 100 settings with increasing responsibility in sales, operations, general management. Building new divisions and corporate development experiences led him to running successful start-up and growth companies. Finally, through Knox Capital, where he is an Operating Partner, Mike invests and advises early stage through lower middle-market tech and business services companies such as HaystackID where he is Executive Chairman.
Prior to the $40,000,000 recapitalization of Haystack, Mike was Co-Founder & CEO of nSource, a Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) firm that was boot-strapped over a five-year period. nSource was profitable within its first year of operation, thanks to an industry first, multi-million-dollar contract to design and manage the North American back office service center for one of the top 10 law firms in the world. nSource was successful in consulting and implementing across a wide range of large law firm back and “middle office” services including accounting, risk management, IT, research, marketing, and administrative support. After 4 years of 40%+ growth per year, nSource acquired a law firm accounting outsourcing firm that accelerated nSource’s entry into law firm billing, AP/AR services. Under Mike’s leadership, the company was recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in 2016 and remains a leader in the law firm consulting/services sector.
Before starting nSource, Mike was President at Integreon, a $100M per year global leader in business process services supporting the legal, financial services and corporate marketplace. He joined Integreon through their acquisition of CBF Group where he was CEO. Prior to CBF and Integreon, Mike served as EVP Strategy & Business Development at Bowne Business Solutions (NYSE:BNE), a $300,000,000 BPO provider. Bowne purchased Donnelley Enterprise Solutions a $100M IT, Litigation Support and BPO provider (NASDAQ: DESI). Over this ten-year period at DESI and Bowne, Mike held general management and business development roles, culminating in a global executive role responsible for Sales, Marketing, Strategy & M&A.
Mike began his career at Eastman Kodak Company where he spent a decade in sales and management roles with Kodak’s multibillion-dollar B2B systems division, culminating in an early-stage role in Kodak’s entry into the BPO sector, through the start-up of Kodak Imaging Services. Mike was responsible for leading KIS’ growth of the professional services market.
Mike completed an Executive MBA program in Product Development at MIT’s Sloan School of Business and has a BBA with Honors from University of St. Francis where he played intercollegiate tennis and is an active alumnus. Mike resides in Riverside, IL where he enjoys spending time with his family, continues to play competitive tennis and works with civic organizations focused on underprivileged youth. Mike was on the Chicago launch committee for Cradles to Crayons which provides children from birth to age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

Ken Crutchfield (VP and GM, Legal Markets at Wolters Kluwer)

Ken Crutchfield

VP and GM, Legal Markets at Wolters Kluwer

Ken Crutchfield leads the Legal Markets Group and is responsible for setting the vision and strategic approach with a focus on developing leading digital products. The Legal Markets Group within Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. provides legal professionals across a wide range of markets with expert content and analysis and leading workflow solutions.

Ken brings three decades of experience to his new role. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., he was the Senior Vice President & General Manager for the Bloomberg Tax Technology division of Bloomberg BNA. Crutchfield also served in executive-level positions at organizations including Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis. Throughout his career, he has successfully led the growth of multiple businesses in varying industries, including tax & accounting and legal.

Ken earned an MBA from Wright State University and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Frank Dec (CEO of Bundle)

Frank Dec

CEO of Bundle

Frank Dec is the CEO of bundle, the first major platform in the settlement industry for obtaining attorney prepared, curative documents. Frank earned his BA from the College of St. Rose and his JD degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Having closed over 10,000 real estate deals as the bank attorney for various lending institutions, authoring and publishing many legal articles, and speaking frequently at industry conferences, Frank is an expert in the field of real estate law. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, Frank’s legal background and expertise in real estate led him to build the nation’s largest attorney prepared document service from the ground up.

bundle is the largest provider of attorney prepared legal documents in the industry. It prides itself on preparing documents for some of the nation’s largest relocation companies, settlement service providers, lenders, title insurance companies and mortgage brokers. By staying up to date with the forward moving trends and having a dependable team, bundle adapts as the real estate area continues to innovate. bundle is extremely consumer friendly, which takes the hard work out of the customer’s hands and passes it along to our experts in the field.

Joe Green (Counsel & Director of Client Experience at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP)

Joe Green

Counsel & Director of Client Experience at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

Joe Green is Director of Client Experience at Gunderson Dettmer, where he leads the firm’s efforts to design and implement innovative processes leveraging technology and data to provide a more valuable, client-centric experience. He is also Of Counsel in Gunderson’s New York office, with extensive experience advising startup and emerging growth technology companies and venture capitalists. Joe has authored dozens of articles on startup-related issues, the business of law, legal technology and the future of the legal industry. He speaks regularly on these topics at industry and academic conferences, law firms and law schools. Joe left Gunderson for a time to join Thomson Reuters as a Senior Legal Editor at Practical Law, where he created content and technology solutions enabling thousands of law firm and in-house attorney customers in the startup and venture capital space to deliver services more efficiently and effectively. Joe started his legal career as a securities lawyer with Simpson Thacher in New York.

William Mills (VP Global Strategy & Business Development at LexisNexis)

William Mills

VP Global Strategy & Business Development at LexisNexis

Bill Mills is the Head of Corporate Development for NexisLexis Legal & Professional (a RELX company), responsible for M&A, Business Development, and third-party content licensing. LexisNexis is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, government, academic organizations to make informed decisions. Before coming to NexisLexis, Bill served as the Head of Corporate Development for eBay Enterprise, Forbes Media, DoubleClick. Prior to that, he served as a Director of Media Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers and Bear Stearns. He has a broad experience in M&A, capital-raising and accounting. He earned his CPA while at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and obtained his MBA from NYU.

Scott Mozarsky (Managing Director of JEGI CLARITY)

Scott Mozarsky

Managing Director of JEGI CLARITY

As a Managing Director in our New York office, Scott brings 25 years of M&A, capital markets and operating experience working with global organizations in the business information, technology, news distribution and B2B media industries. Scott has added experience across the Legal, Compliance, Public Relations, Investor Relations and Technology verticals.

Prior to joining JEGI CLARITY, Scott led Bloomberg’s legal market business, was global co-head of M&A for UBM and had added responsibilities at PR Newswire and Vannin Capital, one of the world’s largest legal finance organizations.

Scott earned his BA degree from Williams College, and his JD degree from Fordham University School of Law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Net, a not for profit organization focused on using technology and innovation to close the Access to Justice gap, and a certified FINRA representative.

Gaurav Oberoi (CEO of Lexion)

Gaurav Oberoi

CEO of Lexion

Gaurav Oberoi (CEO) is the CEO and co-founder of Lexion. He started his career as an engineer at Amazon, before moving on to found and sell two startups (BillMonk, and Precision Polling), and build a $20M+ ARR business from $0 as a VP of Product at SurveyMonkey. Gaurav co-founded Lexion as the first EIR at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He thrives on building products that customers love, with diverse teams that enjoy working together.

Jeremy Potter (Head of Legal, Capital Markets at Stavvy)

Jeremy Potter

Head of Legal, Capital Markets at Stavvy

Jeremy Potter is the Head of Legal and Capital Markets for Stavvy. Stavvy is a Boston-based, fintech company digitizing the workflow and solutions for lending, banking and legal transactions, like foreclosure. At Stavvy, Potter works on legal, policy and product development. Prior to Stavvy, Potter was Senior Director of Strategy & Innovation at Rocket Mortgage leading a team of product managers and housing policy analysts. In that role, Potter worked closely with large mortgage investors like Fannie & Freddie as well as start-ups and fintechs looking to disrupt the real estate market. Potter joined the Capital Markets group at Rocket Mortgage from Legal where he spent 2+ years as Legal Counsel to Rocket Mortgage. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for CATIC Financial, a title insurance company and advises several start-ups and fintechs. Potter graduated from UCONN Law School and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington.

Nik Reed (Co-founder, and COO of Ravel Law)

Nik Reed

Co-founder, and COO of Ravel Law

Nik Reed is the co-founder, and COO of Ravel Law, a legal research and analytics platform acquired by LexisNexis in 2017. While at Lexis, Nik led the business and product strategy for the company’s award-winning litigation analytics product Context, a product resultant of the combination of Ravel’s AI based technology with LexisNexis’ content. In November 2019, Nik joined Knowable as SVP of Product, Design and R&D, where he is now putting his product, data science and legal analytics experience to work on contracts.

As a law student at Stanford, Nik co-founded Ravel, as a joint research project between the law school, the design school, and the computer science department, with the goal of using modern AI based tools to help attorneys better perform legal research. Prior to Ravel, Nik worked in management consulting where he focused on international mergers and acquisitions in the technology industry. Nik has a JD from Stanford Law School, an MS in Management from Hautes Etudes Commerciales Paris and a BA in Political Economy from Stanford.

Jacqueline Schafer (Founder & CEO of Clearbrief)

Jacqueline Schafer

Founder & CEO of Clearbrief

Jacqueline Schafer is the founder and CEO of Clearbrief, a legal tech startup using AI to transform the process of writing and analyzing litigation documents. She began her career as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison, and spent much of her career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington and Alaska Attorney General’s Offices, where she specialized in appellate practice and complex litigation. Before joining the startup world, Jacqueline also served as Senior Director, Program Counsel for the national nonprofit Casey Family Programs, where she negotiated agreements with state courts across the country and managed impact litigation. Jacqueline was recognized by VentureBeat as one of four semi-finalists for the 2020 Women in AI Rising Star award for founding Clearbrief, as well as for her Dec 2020 law review article describing how AI and natural language processing (NLP) will transform courts and government social services. In addition to her regular pro bono appellate advocacy for several nonprofits in the Northwest, she serves as a founding board member of the Washington State CASA Association, and a board member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. She also serves as an advisor to two AI organizations focused on social impact AI innovation, the Microsoft-backed startup X4Impact and Think of Us. She earned her B.A. in English and French from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Todd Smithline (CEO of Bonterms)

Todd Smithline

CEO of Bonterms

Todd Smithline is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bonterms, a company simplifying commercial contracting. Bonterms is releasing best-practice, open source forms for the enterprise and developing a Negotiation as a Service Platform.
Todd has been designing, negotiating and teaching contracts for nearly thirty years.
Todd was General Counsel of Marimba, a publicly traded enterprise software company and managing principal of Smithline PC, a boutique technology transactions firm that represented a who’s who list of Silicon Valley unicorns and public companies and pioneered fixed-fee subscription billing. Todd started his legal career with Latham & Watkins and Gunderson Dettmer.
Todd teaches at UC Berkeley School of Law and is a board member or advisor to multiple start-ups.

David Wang (Chief Innovation Officer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)

David Wang

Chief Innovation Officer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

David Wang is the firm's Corporate Strategic Innovation Counsel. As Corporate Strategic Innovation Counsel, David coordinates, develops, and helps to lead the firm's innovation efforts for the corporate practice group. David also practices corporate and securities law as a full-time practitioner, working with private and public companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital financings.

Prior to joining the firm, David was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Beijing, China.