Silicon Valley Bank
Director, Early Stage Practice
Founder & CEO
SoftBank's Opportunity Growth Fund, TechSquare Labs, Pindrop
Investor and Entrepreneur
Based in our Santa Monica office, DeMarcus Williams is the Director of SVB’s Early Stage Practice, joining by way of Zealot Networks, where he served as Vice President of Business Strategy. DeMarcus’s work at Zealot, including strategic planning, corporate development, and business development, is directly relevant to his current role at SVB, where he is focused on fostering collaboration within LA’s early stage technology/innovation ecosystem and leveraging SVB’s brand to add value to early stage entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Zealot Networks, DeMarcus was a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch’s Private Bank and Investment Group, where he focused on cultivating relationships with entertainment and technology communities.
A scholar-athlete, DeMarcus played basketball at the University of Washington. His playing days were unexpectedly cut short by a career-ending injury, which ultimately led DeMarcus to transfer and complete his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Irvine. His experience as a student athlete gave him first-hand insight into the importance of securing a future beyond sports, initiating his curiosity with technology and finance.
Passionate about charitable causes, DeMarcus has been recognized by the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office for his contributions to the community and, since 2006, has served as an Athlete Ambassador and Steering Committee Member at Cedars-Sinai’s Sports Spectacular. In addition, he has worked with the Challengers Boys and Girls Club, the Brotherhood Crusade and numerous schools in underserved communities.
Currently residing in Los Angeles with his family, DeMarcus is a loyal Philadelphia Eagles fan and student of Capoeira, the Brazilian martial arts form. With his passion for startup life, DeMarcus is also actively engaged with a sports technology startup ranked by Fast Company as one of the “Most Innovative Companies of 2016.”
Julia Collins is the founder and CEO of Planet Forward. Her mission is to help undo climate change through the magic of food. In 2015, Collins co-founded Zume Pizza, a food delivery company that operated an automated pizza delivery platform. Its patented cooking en-route technology made it the first company to successfully cook pizza while it is being delivered to the customer. By 2018, Zume was valued at $2.25 billion, making Collins a rarity in Silicon Valley.
Paul was recently appointed to the investment committee of SoftBank's $100M Growth Opportunity Fund, which will only invest in companies led by founders and entrepreneurs of color. Paul is also the Cofounder and Chairman of Pindrop and cofounder of TechSquare Labs. He was the cofounder of Luma Home, a consumer WiFi company. From 2009-2014 he was Chief Research Officer and VP at Barracuda Networks.
In 2007 he founded Purewire and served as Chief Technology Officer until Purewire was acquired by Barracuda Networks in 2009. Previously he served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President for Secure Computing. Judge was the Chief Technology Officer at CipherTrust, where he managed the research and product management teams and was the lead inventor on all patented messaging security technologies. CipherTrust was the market share leader in messaging security prior to its acquisition in 2006 by Secure Computing.
Prior to his tenure at CipherTrust, Dr. Judge worked with IBM and NASA. Having been named to MIT's list of the top 100 young innovators in the world in 2003, Dr. Judge has spearheaded multiple research initiatives and founded the Internet Research Task Force’s Anti-Spam Research Group.
Dr. Judge is a recognized authority on information security issues, having authored numerous papers that have been published in leading academic journals, presented at multiple industry and academic conferences including Interop, RSA, and Defcon. Dr. Judge has also been featured in hundreds of national media outlets including ABC World News, CNN, Forbes, Business Week, Fox News and the LA Times. Dr. Judge holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Morehouse College, and earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.
Storm Ventures & BLCK VC
Principal & Co-founder
Frederik is a principal at Storm Ventures. After finishing school, Frederik spent two years as CEO of Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE) with more than one hundred employees and total assets exceeding $15 million – including overseeing Stanford’s accelerator program. Frederik is also a mentor with the East Bay College Fund which works with minority college students coming from underprivileged communities throughout the east bay.
He is also the Co-Founder for BLCK VC which strives to connect, engage, empower, and advance Black venture investors by providing a focused community built for and by Black venture investors.