Juan Ramon Zarco, J.D. M.B.A., is an U.S. attorney and management consultant with an expertise in international transactions for startups and mature companies in high tech, media, software and other technologies. Operating in New York City, he hails from Silicon Valley Growth Partners (www.svvgp.com) and Crimson Growth Partners. He is an experienced senior manager as CxO, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to public and private companies with global operations in over 40 countries. He has been on TV and radio interviews and presented on digital strategy and content from many major international cities -- New York, Paris, Budapest, Berlin, Moscow, Beijing, and countless others. He also has been on many panels throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. From direct experience, he understands entrepreneurial cultures and fast growing companies seeking multinational expansions.
He has worked in the following industries: healthcare, media, IT, telecommunications, medical devices, data storage, and energy – traditional and renewable. For Sprint, he managed iDen international development in Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Africa, and multimillion dollar contractual issues with Verizon. In Private Equity, he worked with Pegasus in vetting international investment deals and interim President for portfolio companies, such as Data Foundation, a data storage company, handling marketing, strategy, fund raising, and accounting and Medical Devices affiliated with Johns Hopkins in U.S. and Russia markets. Before Pegasus, Mr. Zarco, as CLO and V.P. of Corporate Development, played a principal role in the structuring, international expansions for 2 telecom companies, U.S. Cable Group and Viatel, Inc. in financing and M&A deals exceeding $600 million, which companies had worldwide services. He has appeared in various broadcasting interviews with International Investors Video Magazine (Washington, DC), spoken for AM radio with Business Destiny (Washington, DC), and has presented at many conferences and events, recently for Media Hungary (2015).
Mr. Zarco earned a J.D. from NYU Law School, M.B.A. from Cornell, and B.A. from Williams College; is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German, with some working knowledge of Russian, Arabic and Japanese.
Azmat Malik has been a senior executive in marketing and operations at major US, European, and Japanese companies in the semiconductor industry. He has been providing strategy, marketing and operations consulting to early and mid-stage companies in energy, electronics, and medical devices since 2004.
He works at the intersection of innovation and strategy, moving ventures from pre-seed to growth. He has advised emerging companies in setting go-to-market strategy, and prepared founders and entrepreneurs for seed, angel, and Series A funding. His industry focus is in Power Electronics, Energy Efficiency (Demand Management and Response, Storage, Efficiency, Electric Transportation, Smart Building), Medical Devices, Sensors and MEMS.
From 2004 to 2009 he was Associate Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, teaching 2nd year MBA courses in marketing strategy, consumer behavior, and advertising. During that time he was Academic and Program Director for the Executive MBA program. Mr. Malik developed and delivered customized executive programs for major multinational corporations. He developed new entrepreneurship programs, and was Executive-in-Residence (faculty advisor) at the incubator.
Azmat is active in the angel investor community; his areas of investment interest are: energy efficiency and smart grid, electronics thermal management, and non-invasive medical diagnostics. Azmat serves on the Executive Committee of Silicon Valley IEEE society chapter, and is President of the Engineering Alumni Society of the University of California, Berkeley. At the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative [iNEMI] Azmat has been on Technical Working Groups on Solid State Illumination, Energy Storage, and is Chair of the Thermal Management Group. From 2009 to 2012 he was active in the Cleantech Open Accelerator in developing the program, enhancing it from an incubator to an accelerator. He mentored several startups during that time, and a number of them have gone on to become commercially successful.
He earned degrees in electronics engineering and business administration, MSEE and MBA, both from the University of California, Berkeley.