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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Summer Early-Stage Breakfast NYC, sponsored by Morrison & Foerster. This event was in New York City on Wednesday, August 8, 2007.

    Photo of Gabriel Baldinucci, VP Corporate Development, Virgin USA Gabriel Baldinucci
    Vice President of Corporate Development
    Virgin USA
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    Virgin USA
    As Vice President of Corporate Development for Virgin USA, Gabriel is responsible for reviewing, developing, and investing in new Virgin businesses in North America. Gabriel has been working with Virgin since 2004. He began his career as a senior in high school, when he founded and sold a small pizza chain from 1988-1994. After earning a BA at Duke University ('98) and an MBA at Stanford University ('00), Gabriel joined Goldman Sachs in their Investment Management Division's New York office. Wishing to return to more entrepreneurial pursuits, he left Goldman Sachs in 2002 and worked with several startups in various capacities until he met Sir Richard Branson in 2004 and joined Virgin.

    Photo of Jed Katz, Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Jed Katz
    Managing Director
    Javelin Ventures
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    Javelin Ventures
    One of the pioneers of Internet commerce, Jed has spent his 17-year career developing, advising and investing in early stage technology ventures. Recently, Jed also served on the Technology, Telecom & Media advisory group for President Barack Obama's campaign. Prior to joining Javelin Venture Partners, Jed was a Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York, where he was selected in the "Silicon Alley 100", an annual list of the most influential people in New York digital business, by the website Silicon Alley Insider. Prior to DFJ Gotham, Jed was the COO of Yamcon, the developer of the highly acclaimed "SkyScout", one of the best selling astronomy products of all time.

    Prior to Yamcon, Jed was the COO and Founder of Rent Net, the Internet's first rental and relocation guide. Rent Net achieved 95% market penetration and became one of the first profitable Internet companies. It was acquired by Cendant, and three years later, Jed used its infrastructure as the starting point for the formation of Move.com, one of the Internet's largest real estate sites. Move.com grew to 360 employees and was acquired by Homestore (NASDAQ: MOVE) for over $900 million. Jed holds a B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. from The Haas School of Business at the University of California Ė Berkeley, where he was awarded the Price Fellowship from the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, of which he is currently on the advisory board.

    Photo of Divya Gugnani, Vice President, Pequot Ventures Divya Gugnani
    Vice President
    FirstMark Capital (formerly Pequot Ventures)
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    FirstMark Capital (formerly Pequot Ventures)
    Divya Gugnani, a Vice President, joined Pequot Ventures in 2006, where she focuses on information technology investments. Previously, Ms. Gugnani was at Millennium Technology Ventures, where she made secondary direct investments in information technology and software companies. Prior to Millennium, Divya was an associate at iFormation Group, a joint venture between The Boston Consulting Group, General Atlantic Partners, and Goldman Sachs. iFormation Group partnered with leading Global 2000 enterprises to acquire, develop, and build new businesses. At iFormation, she worked on several financings for site59, a web-based travel site, and the eventual sale of the business to Travelocity. Divya also engaged in the operational build of ipValue, an intellectual property commercialization firm, and provided the management team with ongoing strategic, financial, and recruiting guidance. Prior to joining iFormation Group, Divya was an associate at Investcorp International, a premier source of private equity capital for companies in North America and Europe. At Investcorp, she executed leveraged transactions across a wide array of industries. Divya was also responsible for equity and debt transactions for CSK Auto, a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories. Divya began her professional career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs, where she focused on mergers & acquisitions in both the High Technology and Real Estate industry groups. Divya received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. She also holds a degree from the French Culinary Institute. Divya serves on the Board of Directors of Superior Access Insurance Services and Swingtide.

    Photo of Ryan Zeigler, Investment Manager, Edison Venture Fund Ryan Ziegler
    Investment Manager
    Edison Venture Fund
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    Edison Venture Fund
    Ryan Ziegler discovers and evaluates investment opportunities in New Jersey and New York. He also identifies new investment opportunities in the interactive marketing, financial services and wireless sectors. His activities include market research, technology assessment and financial analysis. Ryan also participates in due diligence and structuring investments. As Investment Manager, he sourced or evaluated new investments in EdgeTrade, Games Media, M5 Networks, Operative, Scivantage, SmartAnalyst and TetraData. Ryan served as a board observer on TetraData (acquired by Follett Software) and presently for CyberShift, Games Media and Scivantage. Ryan joined Edison in 2003 as Manager of Business Development. He managed and expanded Edison's extensive referral network of service providers, technology executives and capital sources generating proprietary investment opportunities. Previously, Ryan was a Business Development Manager with SEI Investments (NASDAQ: SEIC). Ryan worked in the enterprise sales, marketing and investment strategy teams serving multiple financial market segments. He launched a multi-billion dollar corporate distribution channel program for SEIís Enterprise business unit.

    Photo of Skip Besthoff, Principal, Rho Ventures Skip Besthoff
    General Partner
    Castile Ventures
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    Castile Ventures
    Prior to joining Rho in 2000, Skip was with Alliance Consulting Group focusing primarily on growth strategy formulation and e-commerce. Previously, he spent five years with Andersen Consulting performing large-scale systems integration and process reengineering engagements. Skip received an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He currently sits on the boards of Everdream, Megapath, and Verified Person.

    Photo of Emanuel Martinez, Managing Director, GreenHills Ventures David Teten
    Partner
    ff Venture Capital
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    ff Venture Capital
    David is Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York. He is a Mentor with Dreamit Ventures, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Founder Institute (New York and Singapore), Lean Startup Machine, and the Startup Leadership Program.

    David is a frequent keynote speaker to audiences such as technology entrepreneurs (MIT CIO Symposium; NY Software Industry Association; Software Information Industry Association; institutional investors (Kauffman Fellows; Franklin Templeton; Association for Corporate Growth); and senior executives (Vistage; CEO Trust). He has received the highest ratings of any speaker at three different conferences.

    He was formerly Founder and Chairman of Navon Partners, a data and analytics company focused on analyzing private companies; Acting CEO of Vertical Key, a web-based software service for managing large-scale events; Managing Director with Evalueserve, a 2,500-person global research and analytics company; and Founder and CEO of Circle of Experts, an investment research firm acquired by Evalueserve.

    David was formerly Founder and CEO of GoldNames, an Israel-based investment bank focusing on the internet domain name asset class. He worked with Bear Stearns' Investment Banking division in their technology/defense mergers and acquisitions team, and was a strategy consultant with Mars & Co. David holds a Harvard MBA and a Yale BA, both with honors. While still in college, he built a technology consulting firm with 35 clients.

    He led the first-ever study of best practices of venture capital and private equity funds in originating new deals, published in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, and the Journal of Private Equity, and many other media. David is the lead author of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online, with Scott Allen. He wrote a column for Fast Company for several years and periodically contributes to Business Insider and other publications.

    Photo of Julie Gerstenberger, Director External Alliances, Eastman Kodak Julie Gerstenberger
    Director External Alliances
    Eastman Kodak Company
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    Eastman Kodak Company
    Julie pursues technologies related to digital imaging systems and services, including applications/devices, infrastructure and enabling technologies for consumer markets. Particular areas of interest include online and mobile services, distributed content management and informatics. Julie's background is in the development and commercialization of digital imaging systems for a wide range of applications and markets, including project management, strategic planning and leadership roles. Julie has an MS in Optics and a BS in Electrical Engineering.

    Moderator: Lisa A. Weiss, Partner, Morrison & Foerster

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