Keynote Speakers for Angel Capital Expo on August 13th:
Tim Enger, Microsoft Ventures

Mr. Tim Enger is an entrepreneur and Marketing and Business Development executive. Tim is now focused on building the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Seattle. Tim co-founded SocialNexus, Inc., a firm focused on a number of ventures nationally and internationally with a focus in Brazil. In addition to the ventures in Brazil, SocialNexus built a large digital asset touching more than 30 countries which was later acquired by a major digital agency. Tim ran all sales and business development efforts in New England for Property Solutions, a rapidly growing company that went from 400-800 employees during his time at the company. He added over $1M in ARR while at Property Solutions. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business from Brigham Young University. 

                 

 Roger Ressmeyer, Visions of Tomorrow 

Roger Ressmeyer is the founder, executive director and visionary behind the Visions of Tomorrow Foundation. He’s also producer and interviewer for the foundation’s television mini-series and transmedia project, now in final development. He’s led scientific research into solutions for the world’s biggest problems. Visions of Tomorrow will soon be filmed in an exclusive  collaboration  with the Emmy-Award winning documentary company, Show of Force. Roger is also a world renowned photographer, filmmaker, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. His acclaimed collection of over a 500,000 images taken while on assignment for National Geographic, Time, The New York Times and other publications including Rolling Stone became the first major acquisition by Bill Gates’ Corbis digital media archive.  His expertise ranges from science stories on the cutting edge of global research, to space exploration, volcanoes and clean energy sources. He’s had highly privileged access to NASA and research labs around the world, and has also served as VP, Strategy & Corporate Development for Getty Images, and as CEO of Science Faction Images where he represented dozens of the world’s leading science photographers. Roger lives and works in the Seattle Area, and is a graduate of Yale.

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