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Bay Area Ventures: March 4, 2019

Hosts Sam Brasch, Doug Collom, and Irina Yuen are joined by Mark Hinds (CEO, RGT – Resonant Technologies Group) and Aaron Ratner (Managing Director, Ultra Capital) on the Monday, March 4, 2019 edition of Bay Area Ventures.

Air Date: Monday, March 4, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Aaron Ratner

Air Time: 4:00 pm
Featuring: Aaron Ratner

Mark Hinds

Air Time: 5:00 pm
Featuring: Mark Hinds

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Mark Hinds

CEO, RGT – Resonant Technologies Group

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Mark Hinds is a serial entrepreneur. From 1990 through 1999, he developed and implemented environmentally and economically sound technologies for building modular homes, for water usage and delivery systems and for sustainable housing. His work in these areas led to major aesthetic, environmental and energy efficient improvements in the modular housing industry.

The formation of Americana Homes was the culmination of these efforts. This company, led by Mr. Hinds, took distressed mobile home communities and turned them into leading edge modular housing communities, with some of the first green modular homes. As the CEO of Americana Homes, Mr. Hinds took an initial investment of $16.8 million in 1998 and built the company to the point that it was sold for $121 million in 2006.

In 2001, Mr. Hinds co-founded The Resonance Project Foundation with scientist, Nassim Haramein.  The Foundation provided an organization framework for the scientific work of Mr. Haramein and his associates in developing “Resonance Physics.”

Mr. Hinds is well known in the fields of wellness and alternative medicine technologies and is widely considered a pioneer and thought leader in these areas. Over the past 14 years, Mr. Hinds has been in a unique position to build and nurture relationships with many different groups of scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. He has given many of them financial and strategic support over the years while developing a capacity to provide them with more meaningful and long-term funding.

In 2011, Mr. Hinds partnered with Peter Capuciati to establish the Novus Via Fund to commercialize four promising technologies that he had identified and determined were relatively close to commercialization. The Fund raised $20 million through 2015, before merging with Strathspey Crown. Three of those technologies are in the market now and the fourth will be in the market by early 2018.

In 2012, Mr. Hinds formed Sukha to commercialize three other even more promising technologies that required more development before they would be ready to take to market and to serve as a vehicle for the ongoing identification and commercialization of breakthrough technologies.

In 2019, Mark Co-Founded RTG to bring to market all the technologies in Sukha and then other technologies that have been developed since 2012.

 

Organization- www.sukha.com
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Aaron Ratner

Managing Director, Ultra Capital

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Aaron has over 20 years of international investment and advisory experience focusing on technology, energy, agriculture and waste. At Ultra Capital, a sustainable infrastructure investment fund based in San Francisco, Mr. Ratner is the Managing Director responsible for project origination, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ultra, Aaron was a Developer in Residence at Generate Capital. From 2012 to 2014, he was the President of i2 Capital, an impact investment merchant bank with a focus on landscape-scale conservation finance. In 2010, Aaron founded Emerging Energy International, a Hong Kong-based developer of mobile electrical power projects in frontier markets.

Aaron began his career as a foreign market entry strategist at WKI, a global strategic consulting firm based in Virginia. In 2000 he moved to Hong Kong to work for Simon Murray & Company, a Pan-Asian multi-strategy investment firm.

Aaron attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (MsM) and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and Jochi University, Tokyo.
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