Speaker/Investor Bios

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez
Angel Investor, early-stage Venture Investor and Serial Entrepreneur

Manny Fernandez
Angel Investor, early-stage Venture Investor and Serial EntrepreneurFernandez is an active angel investor and a Partner of SF Angels GroupFernandez has been successful in investing in his own ideas, then taking companies from start-up status to exit. His success, investing experience and leadership are invaluable in his role as an angel investor/ early-stage VC and serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Fernandez attended Stanford University.

Zahava Stroud
Angel Launch and
iHollywood Forum
Event Producer

Zahava Stroud, Founder, Angel Launch
President, iHollywood Forum
Conference Producer

Zahava Stroud is the President and co-founder of iHollywood Forum and Angel Launch. For 25 years she was based in Los Angeles, but moved to to the SF Bay area in summer 2013.  iHollywood Forum and Angel Launch are leading producers of business summits for Hollywood executives, investors and entrepreneurs involved in digital entertainment, media, telecom, mobile, and emerging technologies.   Founded 11 years ago, she has produced over 500 events consisting of summits, seminars, conferences, mixers, tradeshows and workshops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and New York. Their database contains thousands of executives from entertainment, digital media, technology, investing, software, hardware, telecom, and mobile sectors.In 2010, she created a new brand, Angel Launch, to produce events for entrepreneurs and investors not related to entertainment; and produce investment forums to connect entrepreneurs to angel investors and VCs.  Angel Launch holds events in LA and the Bay area. These other sectors include: technology, consumer products, retail, web services and apps, mobile, green tech, clean tech, enterprise, software and hardware.  We have a past attendee list of over 15,000 execs, startups and investors that have attend our events.  Zahava attended UCLA and UC Berkeley with a BA in Sociology, and a JD from UC Davis. She is a member of the California bar and practiced law as a trial attorney for 18 years in Los Angeles before founding iHollywood Forum and Angel Launch.  She has two kids in college (who hopefully will support her some day by becoming successful entrepreneurs), a son who is a  senior at Cal Engineering and a daughter who is freshman at Johns Hopkins Engineering.