Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out New York Venture Capital Event & Workshop, sponsored by Morrison & Foerster. This event was in NYC on Thursday, June 5, 2008.
Howard Lee Morgan is President of Arca Group Inc. in Villanova, PA, a Director of Idealab the Pasadena, CA based creator and operator of internet companies, where was a founding investor in 1996 and served as President of idealab! New York, a partner with First Round Capital, and a member of the New York Angels. He received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1968, and a B.S. in physics from City College of the City University of New York in 1965. He is helping to nurture a number of Idealab companies, including CarsDirect.com, the leading internet seller of automobiles, Partsearch, providing back end solutions for finding parts in the electronics field, Evolution Robotics, Enery Innovations, Newbury Networks and Picasa, Inc., offering digital photography acessing and sharing solutions.
Jung Yun has more than fifteen years experience in the areas of finance, banking, operations, sales, consulting, and as an entrepreneur. She is currently the Managing Director for Yun Capital. She also serves as a Fund Manager and Partner of Global Media Fund with over $400M under assets. In addition, Ms. Yun is a partner of Boston First Capital, a boutique Investment Bank focused in International Transactions in such countries as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, China, Montenegro, Kingdom of Tonga, and the Bahamas.
Ms. Yun's experience has been in the capacity of both Fund Manager and Investment Banker. She has worked with many public/private companies in transactions ranging from $1M to $8B. She has completed over $300M in mergers and acquisitions, and serves as both designer and architect in these ventures. She also delivers financial strategy, business consulting, operations, implementations and strategic alliance expertise to the companies she invests in. In addition, her career has included setting up and managing Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards. She has served as President and Chairman of Global Life Line, a telecommunications company and President of Mindography Inc, an eduportal for the education market.
Ms. Yun's accomplishments on the operational side include building direct sales channels, managing a team of 300, business development, Joint Ventures and mergers & acquisitions. The list of companies to which she has contributed to their growth include: JPMorgan, Reed Elsevier, The Village Companies and many others. She graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee and is a proud member of the MENSA organization.
"I thought the event was excellent as always. Thank you for including me in your wonderful event. I thought companies really benefited. I am following up with 3 companies from the event and one that we recommended for the event :)"
- Jung Yun, Yun Capital
Mr. Freschman is a Managing Principal of Innovation Capital Advisors, LLC (ICA). ICA serves as the management company of Innovation Ventures, L.P. (IV), and the Delaware Innovation Fund (DIF). He has served as the President and CEO of the DIF since its establishment in 1995. The DIF is a seed- and early-stage venture capital fund that focuses on entrepreneurial ventures in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Freschman has been responsible for all aspects of IV’s and the DIF’s management since its inception, including the business strategy, fiscal and operational management, raising investment capital, and evaluating all investment opportunities and portfolio company management.
Mr. Freschman is active in the venture and entrepreneurial communities. He is one of the organizers and initial investors in the Mid-Atlantic Angel Group, where he served on the angel fund's Executive and Investment Committees. He sits on a number of Boards, and has been a lecturer on venture capital, entrepreneurship and angel investing at The White House Conference on Small Business, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, the University of Delaware, Goldey-Beacom College, and Loyola College in Baltimore. He is the creator and founder of Early Stage East – the premier early-stage venture capital event on the East Coast. In 2001, Mr. Freschman was appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner to chair the venture capital study of Delaware’s Strategic Economic Council. Mr. Freschman was appointed and served a three-year term representing New Castle County, Delaware, on the Small Business Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia through 2002.
Prior to establishing the DIF, Mr. Freschman was responsible for the formation of the corporate finance advisory division of McBride Shopa & Company, one of the largest certified public accounting and consulting firms in Delaware. Mr. Freschman began his career with the Enterprise Group of the Philadelphia office of Arthur Andersen, LLP, from 1984 through 1989. He graduated with honors with an MBA from Loyola College of Maryland and cum laude from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in accounting, where he was a John B. Lynch Scholar. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma – the National Honor Society.
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.
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.
Chip has advised and built companies in the Technology and Media industries for his entire career. In addition to founding BOL.com, Bertelsmann’s E-commerce division, Chip was a member of the senior executive team leading the buyout and restructuring of Prodigy, and was a co-founder of McKinsey’s Interactive Practice, where he spent seven years advising Fortune 500 companies on their media strategies. Most recently, Chip was President and CEO of Bertelsmann Online, where he was responsible for building Bertelsmann’s global e-commerce business. Chip maintains an advisory and investor relationship with Bertelsmann Ventures, an independent venture capital fund capitalized by Bertelsmann. Chip also served as Acting CEO of European-based DealPilot.com, a Bertelsmann Ventures portfolio company. Prior to Bertelsmann, Chip was a member of the management-led buyout of Prodigy, where he was SVP of Sales and Business Development and General Manager of Prodigy's first Internet Service. Before joining Prodigy, Chip spent seven years at McKinsey in the Media and Interactive practices advising clients out of New York, Los Angeles, Australia and various European offices. While at McKinsey, as a co-founder of the Interactive Practice, Chip shaped the New Media strategies of the world's largest media companies in the fields of newspapers, magazines, yellow pages/classifieds, cable programming, network TV and film studio production.
Moderator: John Hempill, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
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