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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Financial Technology Investor Conference, sponsored by Deutsche Bank. This event was in New York City on Thursday, October 25, 2007.

    Photo of Habib Kairouz, Managing Partner, Rho Ventures Habib Kairouz
    Managing Partner
    Rho Ventures
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    Rho Ventures
    Prior to joining Rho in 1993, Habib worked in investment banking and leveraged buyout in New York with Reich & Co. and Jesup & Lamont. He received an MBA from Columbia University. His current and former board seats include: Avolent, Innerwireless, Intralinks, iVillage, ReachLocal, Tripod, Tacoda, Travel Ad Network, Waterfront Media, and Yantra. Habib is a Managing Partner of Rho Capital Partners and Rho Ventures and serves on the investment committee of Rho Fund Investors and Rho Canada.

    Photo of Steve Brotman, Managing Director, Greenhill SAVP Steve Brotman
    Managing Director
    Alpha Venture Partners
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    Alpha Venture Partners
    Steve Brotman is a Managing Director of Alpha Venture Partners. Steve was formally the managing director of GSAVP. Prior to founding SAVP in 1998, Mr. Brotman was the founder, CEO and Chairman of AdOne Classified Network, the nation's leading classified ad web site. AdOne has since merged as an equal partner with PowerAdz, and renamed PowerOne Media. While at SAVP, Steve was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2000, named in Crain's 2001 Tech 100. While at AdOne in 1997, he was selected for Crain's Top 25 Players Shaping Silicon Alley and the 1995 Top 40 under 40 among New York businessmen. Steve received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University and a joint JD/MBA degree with honors from Washington University. In between degrees, he worked for Andersen Consulting as an associate doing systems design and integration and enhanced workflow and productivity projects. Steve currently serves on the boards of Critical Mention, Cosential, Game Trust (Observer), and Knovel (Observer) and has previously served on the boards of Medidata (Observer), DataSynapse (Observer), 7thOnline and Bla-bla (acquired by UGO in 2001). In addition, Steve has served on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum and as a mentor and judge for the Columbia Business School Lang and Greenhouse Funds.

    Photo of Elad Yoran, CEO and Founder, Security Growth Partners Elad Yoran
    CEO and Founder
    Security Growth Partners
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    Security Growth Partners
    Elad Yoran is the CEO and founder of Security Growth Partners, a private equity fund focused on investments in homeland security solutions. Prior to founding SGP, Mr. Yoran co-founded, managed, and led Riptech, Inc. (Riptech), a leading managed security services provider. Ernst & Young recognized Mr. Yoran for his success with the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2001. Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: "SYMC") acquired Riptech for $145 million in 2002, ranking in the top 2% in transaction value of all technology merger and acquisition transactions of that year. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Yoran served as Vice President, Global Business Development at Symantec. Prior to Riptech, Mr. Yoran served as Vice President at Broadview International, an investment bank that focuses on mergers and acquisitions in the technology industry. Mr. Yoran is a MBA graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BS with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

    Photo of Chris Sugden,  General Partner, Edison Venture Fund Chris Sugden
    General Partner
    Edison Venture Fund
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    Edison Venture Fund
    Chris leads Edison's investment team focused on financial technology and services. Chris identifies and evaluates new investment opportunites in the New York and New Jersey region. As a board member, Chris provides strategic, financial, sales and marketing expertise. His background as a general manager in several emerging technology companies brings a practical perspective to board meetings. Chris is an active member in many venture industry networking organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurial events, technology conferences and financing seminars. Background Chris joined Edison in 2002. Chris has led 12 new investments and currently serves on 7 boards of Edison portfolio companies. In 2004, Chris was named by NJBIZ to the "40 under 40" list. Prior to joining Edison, Chris served as Princeton eCom's EVP of the Electronic Billing Division. As CFO he led the business development, finance and accounting departments. Earlier in his career, Chris was a founding executive for two magazine start-ups and internet businesses. Chris spent four years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the entrepreneurial services group. Chris is a certified public accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of CPA's. Education BA with Honor, Michigan State University

    Photo of Rich Erickson, General Partner, Updata Partners Rich Erickson
    General Partner
    Updata Partners
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    Updata Partners
    Rich Erickson is a General Partner at Updata Partners. He joined Updata in 2004, bringing over 20 years of experience in public and private application development and systems integration companies. Prior to Updata, as President and CEO of AlphaNet Solutions Inc., Mr. Erickson drove the restructuring and sale of the publicly-held IT outsourcing company to CIBER. Earlier, he led a similar effort at iXL, an Internet application consulting firm, in its public-to-public company merger with Scient. From 1987 until 1997, as one of two principals of Digital Network Associates (DNA), a private network and systems integrator, he guided the growth of the company through its ultimate sale United States Office Products (USOP). Mr. Erickson began his career at Excelan, one of the TCP/IP Internet network pioneers.

    Photo of Maria Gotsch, President & CEO, New York City Investment Fund Maria Gotsch
    CEO and President
    New York City Investment Fund
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    New York City Investment Fund
    Maria is the President and CEO at the New York City Investment Fund and also serves as President of the Fund's Civic Capital Corporation, which manages the Fund's charitable investments. Prior to joining the Fund in 1999, Maria was a Managing Director at BT Wolfensohn (now part of Deutsche Bank), providing strategic and financial advice related to mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and the development of business strategies. Before starting with Wolfensohn, Maria worked at LaSalle Partners in the New York area and for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York and London. Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Wellesley College.

    Photo of Richard Fox, Managing Director, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners Richard Fox
    Managing Director
    Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
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    Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
    Richard M. Fox is a managing director of Cross Atlantic. Richard oversees the activities of a dedicated fund that Cross Atlantic manages, the Co-Investment 2000 Fund, and actively works with several portfolio companies, including: Broadbeam, Eduction, Ikimbo, Interactive Enterprises, First Service Network, Kanbay, Netsuite, Nomadix, and Saqqara. Prior to joining Cross Atlantic, Richard was president of Penn Janney Advisory, which managed both the direct private equity and partnership investments for The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Janney Montgomery Scott. Richard has over 20 years of investment experience in venture capital, institutional investing, and commercial banking.

    Photo of Edwin A. Goodman, 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.

    Photo of Brett Hickey, Managing Partner, Aegis Capital Group LLC Brett Hickey
    Managing Partner
    Aegis Capital Group
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    Aegis Capital Group
    Mr. Hickey is an Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Aegis NY Venture Fund, LP. Mr. Hickey is also a member of the Investment Review Committee of Aegis Texas Venture Fund, LP, and a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Aegis NY Venture Fund, LP. Prior to co-founding Aegis Capital Group in 2003, Mr. Hickey was an investment banker with the Insurance and Asset Management division of Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. where he worked on significant capital raising transactions, corporate development projects and mergers and acquisitions, including, the $16.1 billion merger of The St. Paul Companies, Inc. and Travelers Property Casualty Corp., the $1.3 billion initial public offering for Eaton Vance Tax-Advantage Dividend Income Fund and other significant transactions. Mr. Hickey graduated with distinction receiving a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal , Canada with a major in Finance and Concentration in Accounting. He was on the Principal's Student-Athlete Academic Honour Roll where he played for the McGill Rugby team, was granted membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society and was on the Dean's Honour List for having a grade point average in the top 10% of the Management faculty.

    Photo of Maneesh Sagar, Director of Investments, Connecticut Innovations Maneesh Sagar
    Managing Director, Investments
    Connecticut Innovations
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    Connecticut Innovations
    Maneesh is a Director of investments at Connecticut Innovations and is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, investing in and managing portfolio companies, primarily in the information technology sector. Connecticut Innovations was an investor in a Shelton-based software company that Maneesh co-founded and was instrumental in growing, NeuVis (acquired by IBM Rational). He has over fifteen years of hands-on operational experience with technology start-ups including DataEase (acquired by Symantec) and Vendavo. Maneesh has worked with Fortune 500 companies as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has held positions in corporate and business development, enterprise sales, product marketing and executive management. Maneesh graduated magna cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in economics management and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is actively involved with, and is a speaker for, events hosted by the Connecticut Venture Group (CVG), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) TriState, Yale Entrepreneurial Society (YES), Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) and Columbia Business School.

    Photo of Charlie Federman, Managing Partner, Crossbar Capital Charlie Federman
    Angel Investor
    Crossbar Capital
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    Crossbar Capital
    Charlie is an Angel Investor with Crossbar Capital, located in New York City. Charlie's domain focuses on Software. Prior to joining Crossbar, Charlie was a Managing Director of BRM Capital, an Israeli/US venture fund.

    Before joining BRM Capital, Charlie was chairman of Broadview, a Mergers and Acquisitions boutique for the information technology industry. Charlie has handled over 100 acquisitions and investments during his 25-year career in IT.

    He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and holds a BS in Economics.
    "No better place for entrepreneurs to meet the Metro NY venture community."
    - Charlie Federman, Angel Investor


    Photo of Daniel Schultz, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures Daniel Schultz
    Managing Director
    Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures (DFJG)
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    Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures (DFJG)
    Danny has worked closely with private early-stage and mature public companies in the communications, media and technology industries for over two decades. He has been active investing in and helping guide several successful entrepreneurial start-ups prior to co-founding Atlantic Venture Partners, the predecessor to DFJ Gotham Ventures. Danny focuses on investments in financial services, digital media, network infrastructure and mobile technologies. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Pivot Solutions (IM for Wall Street) and Magnolia Broadband (RF smart antenna chipsets) and is a board observer with NanoOpto (nano-scale optical components) and ViVOtech (contactless hardware and software solutions). Danny led Gotham's successful investment in XOsoft (disaster recovery software) sold to CA in 2006 and was a member of the Board of Massive (in-video game advertising) helping to steer it to a successful acquisition by Microsoft also in 2006. Additionally, he sat on the board of Pantero (data integration middleware) guiding it through its sale to Progress Software and is a board member of SMART System Technologies (contactless payment and CRM platform). Danny is a member of the High Tech Evaluation Committee of the Yissum Fund, a seed fund affiliated with the technology transfer unit of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Yissum . He is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurial and technology-related conferences and has guest-lectured at both Columbia University's Engineering and Business schools. He is a member of the board of the Venture Industry Association of New York and is a member of the Israel Venture Association. Prior to co-founding DFJ Gotham, Danny was a senior banker with Lehman Brothers in the Equity Capital Markets groups in both New York and London focused on technology and emerging growth companies based in the US and Israel.

    Photo of Charles Scott, Manager, Software Group, Intel Capital Charles Scott
    Director, Software & Solutions
    Intel Capital
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    Intel Capital
    Charles Scott manages the vertical markets strategy for the Software and Solutions Group in Intel Capital, Intel Corporation's venture investment arm. Based in New York, he evaluates a broad range of deals in the enterprise segment, including financial technology software. In his ten years at Intel, Charles has held a variety of management positions, including running international business development and marketing in the Enterprise Products Group, serving as chief of staff to the General Manager of Intel's Mobile Products Group, and managing Intel's worldwide strategic engagement with General Electric and NASDAQ. Prior to joining Intel, Charles worked in New York City at the U.S. Council for International Business, where he lobbied international governmental organizations on behalf of U.S. high tech companies. Charles has an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a Masters degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts and Harvard Universities. He speaks German and Japanese.

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