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At this special Leading Institute event for early-stage angels and innovation ecosystem leaders, we hosted an interactive angel investor roundtable discussion in August of 2021 on the topic of How to Become a Better Angel Investor.

Joining us were an expert panel of distinguished angel investors: Ivelin Ivanov, Sasha Bezuhanova, and Lance Cottrell - watch the full video, and learn about each of the featured angels below:


Ivelin Ivanov is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, board member and technologist, successfully founding, funding, growing, and selling startups that leapfrog technology platforms to drive innovation.

Ivelin's global leadership includes board roles in INCOMPAS/COMPTEL and TAD Summit; technology leadership with RedHat, TeleStax/Restcomm, JBoss, and BMC; and industry expertise in AI, IT, IoDT, CXTech, telecom, telehealth, e-learning, data security, and open source.  


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Sasha Bezuhanova is a senior executive, angel investor and philanthropist, with a 20-years executive business career in HP and a track record of service. Her long list of business achievements and social development engagements throughout the years involve positioning Bulgaria as an ICT center of global significance, boosting the entrepreneurial culture and women empowerment in her home country Bulgaria, and at European level.

In 2013 Sasha left her business career and devoted herself full-time to supporting social prosperity through innovation, education collaboration, and civic engagement. She is the Founder and Chairperson of MOVE.BG.


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Lance Cottrell has been at the cutting edge of Internet privacy, anonymity, and security for 20 years, having founded Anonymizer Inc. in 1995, and took it to a very successful exit in 2008. Before that he designed and wrote Mixmaster, an open source anonymous email platform.

Lance has been a Board Member of the North Bay Angels since 2015, and is an active angel investor, having invested in companies including Scollar, Luma Therapeutics, Phyllom BioProducts, Shyft, CloudCath, Credder, Immortal Data, and Taia Global. As a startup advisor and business mentor, Lance combines skills in security, cryptography, sales, marketing, management, and business strategy.



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