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Experienced group with entrepreneurial roots and understanding of high growth rate markets. 

Team Pravada


John Maines

Born in Chicago and raised in Menlo Park, CA, John graduated in 1991 from UC Davis with a BA in Rhetoric and Communications with a minor in Statistics. He has over 20 years on Wall Street as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, Smith Barney, Alex Brown & Sons and Merrill Lynch. Among these, he has held a board seat on a number of companies.He is also the founder of Maines Financial Group, specializing in starting and selling companies.

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Andrew Browning

Andrew was born in Sacramento and grew up there and in the Bay Area. He attended the University of California San Diego, where he was student athlete majoring in Economics. After college he has been passionate about pursuing his love for technology, developing immense skills and knowledge in numerous fields from software to networking. Has been entrepreneur at heart for as long as he can remember and has seen success selling several personal tech startups. Highly intelligent and motivated individual driven by competitive spirit and hard work.


Kai Robinson

CFA, CPA, MBA

Ms. Kai Robinson is a diverse financial professional with over 10 years of corporate finance, investment banking, institutional fund management, and taxation planning.   Her expertise includes project finance, strategy planning, business competitive analysis, business evaluation, and extensive financial modeling.  She is currently the CEO and Owner of Golden State Regional Center LLC.  Prior to that she was holding corporate finance and treasury positions with large corporations in US and investment banking firm in Hong Kong.  She obtained her MBA degree in Durham University UK, and she is CFA charter holder and registered CPA in California.  She is currently resides in Palo Alto, CA. 


Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes is the co-founder of LiveEnsure® and serves as both the CFO and head of business development, primarily responsible for business and financial strategy and partnerships. He has close to twenty years experience as an entrepreneur and executive.He earned a BA in Economics from Heriot-Watt University and went to work for N.M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd. in London where he was part of a corporate finance team specializing in M&A. After four years he moved on to study an MBA at Groupe HEC in Paris. He joined the Grampian Holdings management team heading up their US sporting goods division where he successfully repositioned the business for an industry sale.He has started and exited numerous successful businesses in different verticals including: sporting goods (Zoggs) , wine production (Kosta-Brown, Altera) and distribution and property development (Aspen Investments) in Palo Alto and Santa Rosa, CA. For the last three years he has been involved with LiveEnsure® strategic management, funding and international business development, focusing on the US, Europe, Asia. 

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