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Gordon Smythe


Gordon Smythe is a Venture Partner with Mistral based in Palo Alto, California, and has more than 25 years of business experience as both entrepreneur and angel investor.Gordon is an active angel investor in Silicon Valley and has completed a number of successful angel investments over the past 13 years. Gordon is also the founder of The VC Forum, an event management company that unites entrepreneurs and investors.

The Forum has resulted in dozens of financings by Silicon Valley firms and has enabled Gordon to create relationships with hundreds of venture capital firms throughout California and the United States.Previously, Gordon founded Pelnar, Inc., a successful international distribution company that focused on the IT and sporting goods industries.

Pelnar had the distinction of being Toshiba’s largest reseller of a cutting-edge, dual format hardware product and had strong relationships with leading sporting goods companies including Wilson and Spalding.Gordon holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies and Finance from the Marshall School of Business at USC and a degree in International Business from Cal State University Fullerton.