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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Early-Stage VC Breakfast, sponsored by Morrison & Foerster. This event was in New York on Tuesday, June 13, 2006.

    Photo of Matthew Smith, Managing Director, Connecticut Innovations Kevin Crowley
    Managing Director, Investments
    Connecticut Innovations
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    Connecticut Innovations
    Kevin joined Connecticut Innovations in 2006. He has led CI’s investments in Cara Therapeutics and Oil Purifications Systems. Kevin serves on the boards of frevvo, Oil Purification Systems, RemoTV, Retail Optimization, and Standing Stone and is a board observer for Cara Therapeutics. Additionally, Kevin manages the $46 million Connecticut BioScience Facilities Fund, which invests in the build-out of wet laboratory space. Prior to joining CI, Kevin was director of the Office of BioScience at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), where he was responsible for bioscience business recruitment, client interaction, bioscience related public policy strategy and day-to-day operations of the office. He also previously served as director of business recruitment in DECD's Business Recruitment and Industry Clusters Division, negotiating relocation incentive packages for high priority corporate development projects. Kevin holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Quinnipiac University.

    Photo of Edwin A. Goodman, Partner & Co-Founder, Milestone Venture Partners Edwin Goodman
    Investment Partner
    Activate Venture Partners
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    Activate Venture Partners
    He also co-founded Activate’s predecessor funds - Milestone Venture Partners - in 1999. He brings over 40 years of diversified venture investment experience, beginning with Patricof & Co. (now APAX) where he worked for seven years beginning in 1974 as its third employee. While at Patricof & Co., Mr. Goodman, headed a small business investment company which invested in the final private financing round raised by Apple Computer in the summer of 1979. After APAX, Mr. Goodman worked for 17 years at Hambros Bank Ltd., where his responsibilities expanded to include managing both the U.K. bank’s U.S. venture and merchant banking operations. During his tenure with Hambros Bank Ltd., Mr. Goodman also was responsible for supervising the creation of new Hambros-sponsored fund products, including Cross Atlantic Partners I, II and III (a series of biomedical venture funds for which he served as the Chairman of the General Partner and a member of the Advisory Board) and Crescent Private Capital, L.P. (a private equity fund for which he served as a member of the investment committee). He also assisted in the launching of Hambros Venture Funds in Japan, Australia and Israel.

    Prior to his investment experience, Mr. Goodman managed WBAI FM, an educationally-licensed, listener-sponsored FM radio station in NYC. Before managing WBAI, Mr. Goodman was the co-CEO of an investment unit of the Bedford Stuyvesant Development & Services Corporation in Brooklyn, NY, which made SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses in the community.

    Mr. Goodman’s professional career began with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. After his release from active duty, he joined his family’s high-fashion retailing business, Bergdorf Goodman, in New York City, where he was active in many areas of the business. He worked closely with his father on the sale of the business to Carter Hawley Hale Stores, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company in 1972.

    Mr. Goodman is a former Board Chair and a current life Trustee of the Board of the Choate Rosemary Hall School in Wallingford, CT. He also serves on the Board of FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology), a college with 9,000 students, within the New York State system. Additionally, Mr. Goodman serves as a Trustee of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization which supports college student civic engagement by encouraging voter registration and social entrepreneurship. He was a founding director of the Board of DonorsChoose, a non-profit organization that allows individual donors to select and fund projects that are posted on its website by public school teachers throughout the U.S.

    Mr. Goodman holds a B.A. in English literature from Yale College and a M.S. from Columbia University Business School.

    Jeffrey Seltzer
    Angel Investor
    New York Angels
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    New York Angels
    Jeffrey L. Seltzer is Managing Partner of Pierce Yates Ventures which provides venture capital and consulting to the financial services, business services, education and sports industries. He is a member of the board of directors of the New York Angels. Jeff was the Chief Operating Officer of Adirondack Trading Partners from 1999 through the exit of its businesses in 2005. Adirondack was a start up venture formed to capitalize on electronic trading technology through the creation of new securities exchanges and the development of market making capabilities on those exchanges. It was the corporate founder of the International Securities Exchange, now the largest equity options exchange in the U.S., which had its IPO in 2005.

    He joined CIBC World Markets in 1994 and from 1996 to 1999 was Deputy Chairman of its U.S. broker- dealer focusing on the credit, derivatives and wealth management businesses as well as regional strategies for CIBC. Before that Jeff was with Lehman Brothers where he was Managing Director and one of the founders of its Financial Products Group. In eight years at Lehman he played a major role in structuring and executing innovative international financial transactions and the management of the new product development process. Jeff started his career as a securities lawyer in private practice in New York City.

    Jeff is a Special Professor of Law at Hofstra University Law School where he developed and teaches a seminar in Complex Corporate Transactions. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets at Hofstra's Zarb School of Business. Jeff is a member of the Board of Overseers of the University Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania, the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, the Advisory Board of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and the Major Gift Committee of Penn's $3.5 billion capital campaign.

    He served as an advisor for six years to the U.S. Small Business Administration and as a joint advisor on trade policy to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative for four years. He served as Vice Chairman of the Institute for International Bankers and was the founder and Chairman of the Swap and Derivative Products Committee of the Securities Industry Association. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Sports Commission.

    Jeff received a B.S. in Econ. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

    Adam Farber
    IDT Ventures
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    IDT Ventures
    Adam is the COO of IDT’s Venture Services group. He graduated from Boston University in 2001 with a degree in Music Theory & History Soon thereafter, he went to work for a small music agency in New York, specializing in booking tours and recordings for a number of preeminent jazz musicians. He then went to work for a real estate sales & development firm in Manhattan, specializing in Uptown residential realty. In his current capacity with the Ventures Group, Adam specializes in increasing deal flow and forming strategic contacts and relationships.

    Photo of Douglas P. Miscoll, Principal, Newlight Associates Doug Miscoll
    Newlight Associates
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    Newlight  Associates
    Doug Miscoll is a Principal of Newlight Associates. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Laidlaw & Co., an investment firm that he purchased with an investor group and subsequently sold. He also served as Managing Director of Northgate Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on investments in early-stage technology companies.

    Photo of Ethan D. Ayer, Partner, One Equity Partners Ethan Ayer
    One Equity Partners
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    One Equity Partners
    Mr. Ayer is a Partner of OEP. He joined OEP in 2002 as a Vice President. Prior to joining One Equity Partners, Mr. Ayer held associate-level positions at two independent venture capital firms, Allegra Partners of New York, NY, and Early Stage Enterprises of Princeton, NJ. Mr. Ayer sits on the Board of Cybertrust Inc. and Vercuity Solutions, Inc. and is an observer at Nextone Communications. Mr. Ayer received an A.B. from Harvard College in Economics and an M.A. from Cambridge University, UK.

    Anthony Buffa
    Managing Partner
    Endeavor Capital
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    Endeavor Capital
    Anthony Buffa, 50, Managing Partner, has over 24 years of experience in the private equity industry. He founded Endeavor Capital Management in 1988 and oversees all investment and operating activities of the firm. Mr. Buffa has been a director of more than 25 private equity–backed businesses and has been actively involved as an investor, director and advisor to a number of successful growth companies during his career including, among others, NWP Services, Catalina Marketing, Timberjack Holdings, Harbinger Corporation,, and Education Systems. Previously, Mr. Buffa was a general partner of Edelson Technology Partners (“ETP”), a private venture capital firm where he originated ETP’s single most successful investment, Catalina Marketing, which Mr. Buffa identified, co-led and originated to the venture community.

    Moderator: Lisa Weiss, Partner, Morrison & Foerster

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