Our members have expertise in the following. Choose one to see those members.

Here are some of the members of the Startup Specialist Network.

Tony Karrer

CEO/CTO, Techempower

Primary Services

  • CTO-for-Hire New Development – help early-stage companies formulate technology strategy and get them executing on software/web/mobile development.
  • CTO-for-Hire Turnaround – help early-stage companies who have run into development issues with internal or external teams.
  • Development – complex software/database/mobile/web development.


  • Tony also runs the LA CTO Forum, a private, invite only group of 250+ CTOs in Los Angeles. Can help provide mentors, speakers. I also am always looking for people who can provide interesting talks to the group – http://lactoforum.org/.
  • Founder of Startup Specialist Network.

Janine Davis

President & Co-Founder, Fetch Recruiting, Inc.


Primary Services

  • Technical recruiting for startup and high growth companies in So Cal. C-level to entry-level and everything in between. All aspects of tech and product.  In some instances, open to partial compensation in the form of equity.


  • Candidate Referral Program – http://fetchrecruiting.com/candidate-referral-program/
  • Current Job Postings – http://fetchrecruiting.com/jobs/
  • Sponsor of SoCalTech – www.socaltech.com
  • Certified EQ Mentor – www.eqmentor.com
  • Open to speaking about the current climate of tech recruiting in LA and sponsoring certain events.

Daniel Tudo

Managing Partner, Startup TAP

Primary Services

  • Providing emerging growth startups both onsite and offsite recruiting/talent acquisition solutions allowing for scalability.

Farida Fotouhi

President/Founder, Reality2

Primary Services

  • Development of branding strategy and strategically-driven creative execution across all platforms: web and physical world. Includes websites, microsites, brochures, videos, direct mail, emails, advertising, sales presentations, trade show booths. They don’t do PR.


  • Farida’s company uses a proprietary “Reality-Based Process” they’ve refined over 30 years to develop a branding and positioning strategy, and then executes it in communications vehicles from websites to videos and brochures

Bennett Kelley

Founder, Internet Law Center and Host of Cyber Law and Business Report on WebmasterRadio.fm

Primary Services

  • Provides legal and some business advice to early stage companies primarily in the internet and technology sector.


  • Bennett’s radio show deals with internet law and business and he sometimes profiles new companies with interesting business models or legal issues. He’s always looking for good guests to have on.
  • He also speaks at conferences worldwide on internet law.
  • http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/cyberlaw-and-business-report

Paul Park

Consultant, TriNet

Primary Services

  • Cloud based HR partner for Startups and emerging growth Tech companies – Simplified HR, Great Healthcare, Reduced Risk.


Bryan Costello

CEO, Costello & Sons Insurance

Primary Services

  • Insurance Brokerage that specializes in all lines of insurance for Technology Companies, Venture Capital & Private Equity Firms:
    • Property, Liability, E&O, Cyber Liability, D&O, Workers
      Compensation, Group Benefits, 401(k) etc…
    • We offer special programs & insurance products for Start-Ups
    • We have offices throughout California, and can insure anything worldwide


John Feeney

Co-Founder, Pasadena Angels

Primary Services

  • Angel investment.


  • Coaches start-ups; sometimes raises money; has Angel referrals by the “pocket-full”; lots of public speaking and well-connected with a lot of entrepreneurs.

Sheri Adams

President, Adams Consultants

Primary Services

  • Working with startups to refine their vision, determine resources and improve systems and align staff to do their part in increasing revenue.


  • Speaker at conferences and universities about entrepreneurship.
  • Brochure websites.

Jennifer Beever

CMO For Hire, New Incite

Primary Services

  • Outsource marketing management & execution. As the CMO for Hire for geeks, scientists and engineers, Jen describes herself as a little bit marketing strategist, and a lot hands-on implementer. She conducts market validation, competitive analyses, writes strategic marketing plans and does online lead generation, social media, trade shows, and more.


Patrick Henry

President, Maverick Angels –  Asst. Professor,  USC Entrepreneur Program

Primary Services

  • Early Stage Financing & Coaching/Mentoring of early stage ventures.


Kevin D. Holmes

Partner, Martini, Iosue & Akpovi

Primary Services

  • Kevin assists early-stage companies in positioning themselves for growth and financing transactions by advising on business, accounting and tax matters.

David R. Fullmer

Partner, Ivener & Fullmer, LLP.


Primary Services

  • Business and Investor Immigration Law for business investors.
  • Work visas for foreign business entrepreneurs starting businesses in the U.S.
  • Work visas to allow startups to hire foreign IT talent who are seeking U.S. work visas.

David L. Hoffman

Owner & Founder, Hoffman Patent Group


Primary Services

  • Preparation of patent, trademark and copyright applications (“IP prosecution”); Intellectual property clearance searches; Intellectual property litigation—defending against claims of infringement.


  • Fixed rates for IP prosecution.

Kyriacos Tsircou

Founder, Tsircou Law, P.C.

Primary Services

  • Kyri specializes in intellectual property matters, particularly in the area of patent law. He provides a broad range of client services in acquiring, maintaining, analyzing and enforcing intellectual property rights. He also advises clients on confrontations with the intellectual property rights of others.

Tom Nora

Management Consultant/Founder, Darwin Falls Partners // Cowlow Studios LLC

Primary Services

  • Interim CEO
  • CEO Coach
  • Board Member
  • Mobile App Dev for fine art markets


  • Startup Workshops – http://www.meetup.com/Startup-Workshops/

Jim Twerdahl

Managing Director, James S. Twerdahl & Associates, Inc.

Primary Services

  • Investment Banking and Management Consulting.

John Morris

Coach, CEO Peer Groups, Vistage International, Inc.

Primary Services

  • Coach (or chair of) startup entrepreneur peer groups.
  • Angel Investment.
  • Board member.

Joey Tamer

President, JoeyTamer

Primary Services

  • Shadow CEO consulting to early stage tech and digital media companies from early capital strategies through to exit.
  • Consultant to established, expert consultants to maximize their consulting practices (doubling their revenue, getting paid in advance, controlling scope creep).

Matt Carlson, CIC

Vice President, Risk Strategies Company

Primary Services

  • Risk Strategies is a boutique national firm providing commercial insurance and risk management solutions for start-up to global technology companies. We focus on educating and managing expectations throughout the various stages of needing insurance.
  • Matt is based in LA and attends various (LAVA, ACG, angel, etc) events in order to consistently connect with his clients and prospects.

Ben Kuo

Founder, SoCalTech

Primary Services

  • News and information on Southern California startups, funding, and high tech companies.

Trent Freeman

Vice President, Olmstead Williams Communications, Inc.

Primary Services

  • Business-to-business public relations: Strategic planning, crisis communications, social media, civic engagements and media relations for technology and professional services.


  • http://www.prtechconnect.com: PRTechConnect leverages the knowledge, resources and infrastructure of a full-service Los Angeles-based public relations agency to connect tech startups and other small businesses with critical audiences. That includes customers, investors, suppliers and future employees – all through news media outreach starting at just $1,000.

Louis Wharton

Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP

Primary Services

  • Louis’ practice focuses on advising startup, emerging growth and middle market companies across a spectrum of industries in securities compliance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

Tracy Williams

CEO/President, Olmstead Williams Communications

Primary Services

  • Public Relations.
  • Social Media.

Eli Eisenberg

Founder & CEO, Straight Line Management

Primary Services

  • CFO Services and Financial Expertise for Early Stage Companies.

Kelly Lefkowitz

CEO/CFO, StratAssist

Primary Services

  • Strategy, finance and interim CFO Services.

Stan Tomsic

Partner, ACODA Technology & Investments, LLC

Primary Services

  • Strategic assistance, business consulting, investments and mergers and acquisitions for technology and services companies.
  • Assistance in obtaining funding, interim management, developing business plans, product development plans, and conducting sales and marketing strategy and training sessions.
  • Direct and coordinate mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Sean Greeney

Vice President,  Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP

Primary Services

  • Counsel companies in corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and general corporate matters for both public and private clients.
  • Counsel startup/early-stage/emerging growth companies on matters ranging from formation to exit and everything in between.

Richard Abbitt

Managing Partner, Lee & Associates

Primary Services

  • Tenant representation of Technology companies.

Mark Landay

Managing Director, Dynamic Synergy – Executive Recruitment

Primary Services

  • Providing start up and growth companies with retained executive recruitment of VPs and C-level executives. Approximately 33% of the companies Mark has consulted to have had positive exits!


  • Mark is the President of LA CEOs, an education and support group for CEOs www.LACEOs.com.
  • Founding mentor for the Founders Institute
  • Chairman, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Southern California, software & digital
    media. http://www.hbsalumniangels.com/

Dave Chariton

President, Miners Mills, Inc.

Primary Services

  • CFO-for-Hire
  • Business Planning
  • Executive Coaching

Andy Mui

Technologist/Community Development, Softlayer Technologies


Primary Services

  • Cloud Hosting and Catalyst start-up incubator program.

Cathy Finley

Principal, caffeinate consulting

Primary Services

  • Brand positioning, marketing strategy and a select range of marketing services for early to mid-stage start-ups, both business-to-consumer and business-to-business.

Rachel Williams

CFO, Early Growth Financial Services

Primary Services

  • Outsourced CFO, accounting, and strategic finance services.
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Dan Burnham

Chair – Emerging Companies Practice, Latham & Watkins

Primary Services

  • Lawyer for emerging companies and venture capital funds

Scott R. Brooks

President, S.R. Brooks Company, Inc.

Primary Services

  • Accounting, Finance, and CFO services for venture-backed and emerging growth companies

Lisa Tsou

Founder, CEO and Pitch Coach, The Winning Pitch

Primary Services

  • Pitch Coaching, Strategic Advisory and Consulting, Business Planning