Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Early-Stage Investing Breakfast, sponsored by Morrison & Foerster. This event was in NYC on November 9, 2006.
Chris Saxman is the Former Executive Director of New York Angels, having served as the professional advisor to its predecessor, the New York New Media Association Angel Investment Program. Before joining NYA/NYNMA, Chris was a Principal and founding member of AIG Highstar Capital, a $400 million private equity fund sponsored by AIG Global Investment Corporation. Earlier at AIG he served as an investment analyst in the Latin American Private Equity Group following a stint with SAI Consultores in Mexico City.
He was co-founder and owner of The Emerging Markets Companion, an Internet company that attracted 1,000 daily readers within nine months and previously served as trader with The Weston Group and Brown Brothers Harriman & Company. Chris received his MBA in Finance and Economics from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and his BA in Economics and Government from Cornell University.
|Glenn T. Rieger, General Partner, NewSpring Ventures
Mr. Rieger is a General Partner of NewSpring Ventures and a Partner of NewSpring Capital, a family of funds with over $400 million in assets under management in three funds. Prior to joining NewSpring, he was employed as Managing Director by Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, inc., the management company that oversees the operations of three venture funds with over $350 million in assets under management. He oversaw the operations of Cross Atlanticís U.S. activities out of its Radnor, PA office and worked closely with several portfolio companies, including: Ecount, Gain Capital, Management Dynamics, Rubicon Technology, and Voxware (OTC.BB:VOXW). Prior to Cross Atlantic, he was a Senior Vice President for Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE) in charge of business development. In this position, he developed and oversaw merger, acquisition, investment and exit opportunities for Safeguard. In addition, he served as a business partner and director for five of Safeguard's partnership companies. Prior to joining Safeguard, he was a managing director of a boutique investment banking firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions, and President and Chief Executive Officer of a $1 billion California savings bank that employed over 250 people. He is active in the local venture capital community and for the 2004 program year chaired the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, a trade association representing more than 80 venture funds representing approximately $12 billion in assets under management. He is a graduate of Colby College and has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Brill is a founding Managing Partner of Newlight Associates and was previously a General Partner of PolyVentures, venture capital funds whose principal investment focus was on early stage investments in technology companies. Before joining PolyVentures, Mr. Brill was a successful "turn around" CEO at two technology companies, Algorex Corporation and Sipex Corporation. Previously, Mr. Brill served as General Manager of Harris Corporation's CMOS Semiconductor Division, where he was responsible for launching the world's first two commercial 16-bit CMOS microprocessors. From 1972 to 1980 he was employed by the IBM Corporation where he held various positions in engineering and management. Mr. Brill was a founding member of the Technical Advisory Board of the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Mr. Brill holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University and a B.A. and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University, both with honors. Mr. Brill holds multiple patents and invention disclosures.
Mr. Barash has close to four decades of comprehensive experience regarding venture capital and entrepreneurism. Mr. Barash holds an MBA from the Columbia University Business School and a chemical engineering degree from Drexel University. As President of Vencon, a venture capital firm, Mr. Barash has created numerous high technology ventures. He has a broad experience in the growth of enterprises and advises on the complexities and implementation of long range business planning and the management of company growth particularly those firms experiencing high growth, which are usually vulnerable to improper asset deployment. He has acted as chairman of industrial companies. Vencon has been involved in renewable energy, electronics materials and semiconductors since the early 1980ís. In other affiliations, Mr.Barash was an executive in strategic planning and M&A activities with industrial companies including W.R. Grace and EBS Industries, which owned subsidiaries in electric power, chemicals, and engineering construction. Barash was Director of Planning of BASF, a $40 billion manufacturing business. At Belco Petroleum Company, an international petroleum and coal producer, Barash was Assistant to the President. During the early 1970ís, Barash was Director of Economic Studies for the Price Commission, a White House initiative to stabilize pricing.
"The November 2008 Perfect Venture Conference, IV, was perfectly organized. There were many opportunities for us to talk to the entrepreneurs as one on one, other networking, and listen to pitches. Of major importance, there was ample room to meet for private conversations, at one's convenience, rather than being crammed together as is the common situation with most such conferences. Thank you FundingPost for being sensitive to the needs of venture capitalists."
- Irvin Barash, Vencon Management, Inc.
For the last eight years, Hugh has focused exclusively on early stage investments in the greater TriState venture market as both a VC and an Angel. Recent investments have included Critical Mention, Email Data Source and Viddler. Before founding ITJ Ventures, Hugh was a Principal at Greenhill SAVP, a Managing Director of Spencer Trask, and a Vice President of Deutsche Bank. At Deutsche Bank, he was frequently responsible for purchase decisions regarding new technology, and the testing of custom software such as the Private Bank's first internet service. Hugh Is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard Business School.
|John Moran, Angel Investor, Robin Hood Ventures
John Moran has 19 years in a variety of capacities with Synthes (USA) the leading manufacturer of orthopedic implants used in fracture repair. His positions included Director of Finance, VP of Finance and Administration, VP of Product Development, and President of the Spinal Implant Division.
Since leaving Synthes in 1997, he has been a private investor in a number of companies, mostly in the medical device field. He is on the board of Spine Solutions Inc., Power Medical Inc. (a Robin Hood Company), Immedica, Ultratouch (a Robin Hood Company) and Laserstim (where he functions as a CEO).
Moderator: John Hempill, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
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