Jim is a Founder of Development Capital Networks and manages the WBTangels initiative. In his career he has inspired over 70,000 people in his seminars and workshops ranging from change management, to adult education and participative planning. Since 1997, Jim has led over 100 workshops averaging 35 participants on seed investing for angel investors and new entrepreneurs. As an expert in strategic planning, group facilitation, and organizational learning, Jim heads up the firm’s internal planning processes and new curriculum designs. He received his B.S. from Oklahoma State University and earned a master's degree with a concentration in organizational transformation from DePaul University in Chicago where he serves as an Adjunct Faculty in their School for New Learning.
. Robert is a Managing Director of Cimarron Capital Partners. In 1994, Robert formed Edge Development Capital, Inc., the predecessor to Cimarron, specializing in venture capital partnership investing. Edge serves as fund manager of Cimarron Business Capital, LLC, and, through an affiliate, as manager of the Oklahoma Capital Investment Board. Robert was a founding director of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds and co-authored the National Governors' Association study on " The Experience of States with Seed and Venture Capital." He sits on the Advisory Committees of numerous venture capital and serves on the national advisory committee of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. Robert earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jeff Carpenter. Jeff leads BirdDog Innovation Strategies which provides WBTangels due diligence, intellectual property landscape, patent evaluation, and market research services. His 20 years of technology commercialization experience includes director of product development for a clean tech start-up; nearly 10 years in the University of Minnesota technology transfer office; senior tech scout for a medical device company; and commercialization planning, due diligence, and strategic partnering support for entrepreneurs, investors and technology acquirers. His expertise includes market and competitor analysis, strategic patenting, partner identification and vetting, patent evaluation, and license negotiation. Jeff holds a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Minnesota; and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Forestry from the University of Montana. Jeff also has worked as a Congressional Service Fellow in the U.S. Senate.
The law firm of Conner & Winters of Tulsa, OK, provides legal services to WBTangels. www.cwlaw.com