Meet The Team


Anshuman Sinha

Co-Founder & Producer

Anshuman is an Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Thought Leader & CEO @ Optizm Global, Executive Search Firm.

He is also the President of TiE SoCal (, a non-profit, global community of entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars: Mentoring, Networking, Education, Incubating, and Funding.

As an Angel Investor Anshuman looks for Business Plan, Cashflow, Core Team, Board of Advisors, Secure IP, Quality Investors, Monetization Models, USP, Scalability, Strong Returns, Growth Market, and Board Role

He also has twenty-five years of experience in Talent Management, Staffing, and Business Operations. P&L accountability for worldwide operations established successful offsite development centers in Mumbai & Pune (India). Established & Managed a new sales center based in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Implemented International Partner Program in Germany, Ukraine, Singapore, Kuwait, and Kenya.

Dhaval Kapadia

Co-Founder & Host

Dhaval is an Angel Investor, serial entrepreneur and a mentor. He is also the CEO of Strategic Business Profit, a financial advisory firm for start-ups.

Dhaval is also part of TiE SoCal, an Angel Investment group focused on supporting entrepreneurs through education, mentorship and funding. As an angel investor, Dhaval looks for strong financial governance within a company. He knows that the numbers always tell a story, and looking at the financials of a company easily helps to differentiate between a reliable plan vs. wishful thinking.

Before his entrepreneurial adventures, Dhaval had 15+ years of work experience in the highly competitive field of private equity investments, asset management and consulting in New York City. He now brings that experience to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. His in-depth understanding of finance, business strategy and organizational behavior makes him a great mentor.


Ashish Saboo


Founder and CEO of Tech-Synergy, a leading provider of audio transcription, translation, medical record review, customer service, call center and other back-office support services to customers around the world. Staffed with over 500 people and operating round the clock, we work as extended office for our clients enabling them to be nimble and cost-effective.

Founder of YouJustRun, a company devoted to simplifying the process of organizing sporting events particularly marathon races, cycling and swimming in India. Our end to end solutions for event organization from conceptualization to execution including online registration, rfid race timing and real-time race tracking and results greatly simplifies event organization tasks.

Partner at "StartupSteroid" the platform which connects Startup founders with investors.

Charter Member Chair of TiE SoCal (, a non-profit, global community of entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars: Mentoring, Networking, Education, Incubating, and Funding.


Ajay Prasad


After spending his first 19 years working at senior positions with several firms, Ajay decided to become his own boss. He now owns four profitable businesses and is investor in several startups in different stages.

Ajay firmly believes that increasing patient satisfaction, stellar online reviews and robust internet presence are the three pillars of a thriving healthcare business. He refuses to accept a marketing client unless they also agree with the three pillars philosophy.

Ajay's started GMR Web Team as a digital marketing agency focused on helping small businesses maximize revenue. Since 60% of GMR Web Team clients are healthcare providers that witnessed great results by applying the three pillars approach to their business, the company decided in late 2017 to completely re-position itself as a healthcare patient acquisition digital marketing agency.

Ajay created a process to track and monitor patient satisfaction, and obtain positive reviews for his clients in 2011. In June, 2016, RepuGen, an automated version of that process was launched. RepuGen helps healthcare businesses bring consistency between their actual patient satisfaction and reviews across the web.

He launched GMR Transcription Services in 2005 after identifying the need for transcription services with transparent pricing. This business is now an established leader in its space and is currently managed by a team of 4 corporate employees and about 250 independent transcribers all over the US. GMR Transcription is a 7-figure company that generates work-from-home opportunities for transcribers throughout USA.

He has written inspiring books like "Local Search Marketing Secrets Unveiled" and "Plant Your Online Biz Money Tree."

Ajay has several other businesses in different stages of growth. He is always looking for good investment opportunities. If you would like to collaborate, feel free to reach out:"



Xandra Laskowski

Founder and CEO at OSEA Angel Investors, Angel Investor, Startup Advisor

Xandra Laskowski is an angel investor and startup advisor with over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience with large multinational tech companies as well as startups as founder, investor, advisor and board member. She has held positions as Worldwide Commodity Manager and National Major Accounts managerial roles before moving into the Angel Investment and startup worlds. She founded OSEA Angel Investors in 2017, a women focused angel investment group based at the UCI Cove, University of Irvine, California.

OSEA Angel Investors is an investment partner with Tech Coast Angels, Titan Angels (CSUF), The Cove Fund, Angel Syndication Network, TiE Global, Women Angels of the Bay Area and Family Office Networks. Through Xolas, Ms. Laskowski provides startup consulting assisting entrepreneurs in producing their "Startup Roadmap".

In 2019 Ms. Laskowski was included in the Orange County Business Journal OC 500 Directory of Influence for Innovation and in February 2020 was nominated to the Orange County Business Journal Woman in Business Awards. In October 2020 Ms. Laskowski was awarded the Connected Women of Influence Gamechanger Award for her work with OSEA Angel Investors.


Axel Tillman

Partner and Global Mentor, PITCH GLOBAL


Azad Virk

Corporate Attorney at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth


Connie (Koch) Harrell

Angel Investor, President, Keiretsu Forum SoCal, Founder / CEO at Syndicated Resources


Raghu Iyer

Nex Cubed Startup Accelerator - Health Tech & Fintech Investor & Operator, Chief of Business Strategy, M&A Strategy & Ops Exper



Rich Gomez


At the forefront of initiatives at Spaceez, BowTie, Disney, Turner and PolyGram Records to support significant growth turning floundering and problematic divisions into new revenue sources. Expert at conceiving new ideas to strengthen core services and products, adopting new initiatives and building teams that execute - recognized by industry executives as "best in class" and "most innovative and productive."

A senior executive with a combination of vision and corporate realism, acknowledged for a capacity to harness the enthusiasm and talents of others, identify core issues, and develop the necessary resources to stretch funds and achieve technology objectives across a broad-base of industries by adopting and implementing Lean Six Sigma principles.

Experience of this magnitude hasn't developed overnight; successes have been hard won and commitment has been tireless. The rewards of seeing an idea take hold of peoples' imagination for more responsive experiences and improved profitability remain the greatest motivators.

Understands the complexities of organizational infrastructure, and has proven how to position an organization for genuine growth and realize a 3%-10% increase in cash flow, earnings, profit, equity and market value.

Alejandro Herrera

Alejandro Herrera

Video Editor

I am a visual development artist based in Los Angeles. I was born and raised in LA, and I currently reside in Inglewood CA. I love to create! I love taking Ideas and turning them into tangeable artwork that people can connect with. I have a passion for portraiture, I have been a free-lance portrait artist since 2011. I have drawn portraits for friends, family and even famous MMA superstar Anderson Silva! I deeply enjoy painting and digital painting in photoshop. I have aspirations to start my own studio, so I am working hard to better my skills everyday.


Philip Lee

Video Editor

Talented Motion Designer, Visionary Idea Generator, Creative Problem Solver Creating Motion Graphics, 2D & 3D Animation, Video & Sound Editing



Vedant Sinha

Startup Steroid is a multimedia platform that streamlines the process by which founders meet investors. We enable founders to share their stories in a meaningful conversation format that allows them to display their passion, drive, and purpose for starting their company. By professionally editing this content and presenting it in a well-designed format to our investors, we create an environment where investors can build a bond with founders and feel comfortable investing in the company. In addition, by sharing this content via YouTube, podcasts, and other platforms, we hope to educate and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, and provide the tools they will need to succeed.


Gabriel Quimpo


Sanay Saboo