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Ask An Investor Anything

Hosted by Isabelle Cloud, Brian Mac Mahon & Anastasia
Past Event
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About Event

Here at Expert DOJO, we recognize that startups need the support of the venture community to help break through to levels that allow you to compete with the best venture backed startups in the world. Every month, Expert DOJO will be arranging five top angels and venture capitalists to answer questions and guide you as to how to build the billion dollar company that you have already visualized. 


  • 6:00 PM - Mingle

  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Investor Panel 

  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Networking

This session is especially important because it takes a different type of founder to build a seed stage company, an A stage company, and a unicorn. During this session, our investor experts will answer the difficult questions to help you navigate this road. Come and join us! This session is sponsored by Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLP and Plan Writers, hosted by Expert DOJO

Meet the five top angels and venture capitalists:

Brian Mac Mahon is the founder and CEO of Expert DOJO, the most active accelerator in Southern California and one of the most active Venture Capitalists in the United States. Expert DOJO are a new form of accelerator who focus on obsessive growth as opposed to hype and inflated investments. Their experts specialize in everything from ideal customer profiles, AB testing, email sequencing, landing pages, along with every possible sales channel you can imagine.

Garnet Heraman is a serial fund manager with 25 years of experience at the intersection of innovation + technology. He is co-founder and managing partner of Aperture Venture Capital, VC For The Multicultural Mainstream™.  Aperture is a $75M seed stage fintech x diversity fund backed by the world's largest finance brands, including Bank of America, Progressive Insurance, PayPal, Truist and FIS. Garnet is a board member of the Columbia Venture Community, the Washington Square Angels (NYU's VC community), and InnovateHER, the fastest growing female entrepreneurship community in the US. He also serves as Investor in Residence for the UCSD/ StartR Accelerator. He lives in Laguna Beach with his wife and one very spoiled rescue poodle.

Aaron Ishikawa is investment team lead and partner at Aero X Ventures, a venture capital firm that's focused on early-stage aerospace and defense technologies companies. He also personally invests in ventures in the food & beverage and commercial technology spaces. 

Sergii Zhuk is a Partner at Unpopular Ventures, investing in startups from Pre-seed to Series B, anywhere in the world. Unpopular Ventures consists of a small team of partners, a rolling fund, and a syndicate with over 3,500 angel investors. Previously, Sergii founded the biggest independent Android Developer community -, which was acquired by Droidcon Global. 

Vishal Arora is a technologist at heart. He has served multiple products and professional services organizations like Microsoft, Symantec, Accenture, and Avanade in a different leadership capacity, where his roles included global enterprise product and services strategy, design and delivery, product and portfolio management, and P&L management. He is a founder of both NETVEGA Solutions, an IT services firm focused on providing services and solutions for small to mid-market companies, and VDOSH, an investment and advisory firm focused on growing technology startups in the early stages of their development. He serves as a strategic and technical advisor to multiple deep tech startups. (VersusGames, Scylla, Advrtas, Socialincs, and Mediguru).