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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC early-stage VC and Angels, sponsored by Morrison & Foerster, Yun Capital, LLC. This event was in New York City on Wednesday, May 13, 2009.

    Photo of Larry Chaityn, President, Keiretsu Forum NY Larry Chaityn
    Keiretsu Forum
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    Keiretsu Forum
    Larry Chaityn is President of the New York Tri-State Chapters of The Keiretsu Forum, the largest global private equity investment network of accredited angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporate/institutional investors. Keiretsu Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities in emerging technologies, healthcare/life sciences, real estate, consumer products and other industries with high growth opportunity. Our community is strengthened through education on angel investing, as well as charitable and social activities.

    Larry is an expert in the development and execution of performance management and corporate acceleration strategies that help organizations achieve their financial and operational goals. His 18 years of experience consulting in industries such as Technology/Software, Healthcare, Life Science and Manufacturing on multi-million dollar engagements has helped shape the vision and strategy for True North Global Partners.

    Larry is an active member in the National Association of Health Services Executives, Turnaround Management Association, and The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Health Leaders of NY, The American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Society for Quality's Healthcare Division and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce in NYC. He often speaks on topics of change, systems thinking, effective communication, and causal problem analysis. Larry held senior management positions with the consulting practices of Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young and Oracle Corporation. Larry graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has completed additional executive education programs in Management from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

    Photo of Owen Davis, Managing Director, NYC Seed Owen Davis
    Managing Director
    NYC Seed
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    NYC Seed
    Owen is currently Managing Director of NYC Seed, a seed stage venture capital fund in New York City. Owen has worked in all aspects of the online world, including work with early versions of AOL and MSN. He created one of the first 200 web sites on-line and founded Thinking Media in the summer of 1995, an online marketing firm which pioneered client-side tracking of pages and advertisements, which has become the standard method for online measurement. He co-founded Sonata in 1999, a wireless company that provided location-based services and marketing to cell phones. Owen also co-founded, Petal Computing, a firm that developed software which allowed large numbers of commodity PCs to act like a single unit, useful in industries ranging from image rendering to pharmaceuticals.

    Owen is the author of various patents in Internet methods and technologies. He is also the author of the book Instant Java Applets, available from Ziff-Davis Press. He is an original member of the World Wide Web Artists Consortium, and served on that group's original board. He was also an original member of the Board setting online advertising and media specifications and has served as Managing Director of the Wireless Advertising Association. Owen was named various times as one of the 100 Top Internet Executives in New York by The Silicon Alley Reporter and most recently was named one of the 100 most influential people in Silicon Alley for 2008. He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

    Photo of Matt Turck, Principal, Bloomberg Ventures Matt Turck
    Managing Director
    Bloomberg Ventures
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    Bloomberg Ventures
    Matt is a Managing Director at Bloomberg Ventures, the incubation and investment arm of Bloomberg L.P.

    In addition to actively pursuing investment and partnership opportunities for Bloomberg, Matt currently runs one of Bloomberg Ventures’ incubated startups, the Bloomberg Institute. The Bloomberg Institute aims to become the world’s leading online education and recruitment business for finance professionals, with products that span the lifecycle of a customer’s career, from enabling students to get their first finance job to helping the seasoned executive learn a new product or asset class.

    Prior to joining Bloomberg Ventures as a Principal in 2008, Matt was a Senior Director at Oracle, where he focused on global new product launches in the search, eDiscovery and collaboration spaces. Matt joined Oracle in 2005 as a result of the acquisition of TripleHop Technologies, a venture-backed enterprise software company that he co-founded and where he served as President & COO. Matt started his career as an M&A and securities lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York.

    He holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School and is a graduate of Sciences-Po Paris.

    Photo of Charlie Federman, Angel Investor, 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 Kyle Harris, Managing Director, Liquidity Works, Inc. Kyle Harris
    Managing Director
    Liquidity Works
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    Liquidity Works
    Kyle Harris is the Managing Director of Liquidity Works. He began his career in the Foreign Military Sales group for the Navy's F-18 aircraft program, ultimately running the team that sold over $3.5 Billion dollars is USG equipment worldwide. He next ran international marketing for the NYMEX crude oil contract working with foreign governments and multinationals to develop risk management programs around the world's largest traded commodity. After receiving his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Business he began an early stage incubator which funded several notable projects. As a operator/entrepreneur, he was COO of IMTI Systems an insurance software provider, and was the founder of Global Detection and Reporting, Inc a company offering innovative risk detection tools for illegal drugs in the workplace. Kyle is married, has three children and lives in NYC.

    Photo of Amish Jani, Managing Director, FirstMark Capital Amish Jani
    Managing Director
    FirstMark Capital
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    FirstMark Capital
    Amish Jani, a Founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, focuses on software and systems investments in the enterprise, communications and digital media sectors, and serves on FirstMark Capitals Investment Committee. Amish also leads FirstMarks investment strategies for the Indian marketplace. Prior to founding FirstMark Capital, Amish served as a Partner with Pequot Ventures.

    Photo of Steve Barsh, Partner, DreamIt Ventures LLC Steve Barsh
    Dreamit Ventures
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    Dreamit Ventures
    Steve Barsh is an accomplished CEO, entrepreneur, and senior executive whose expertise is leading world-class teams and companies to deliver superior results. With over 20 years of experience, Steve has the ability to both determine a winning strategic direction and drive its execution. His life-long passion is working with technology companies where he is able to understand quickly the technical underpinnings and the market strategy necessary to maximize revenue.

    As he was graduating from the University of Michigan, Steve founded and led a software and consulting company. He built it into an industry leader and after maintaining a 60% CAGR for 7 years, he sold it to MCI for 8x revenue. Following that, Steve led an Internet company focusing on the baby boomer space -- In less than a year, iGrandparents became the largest and fastest growing website focused exclusively on baby boomers. At iGrandparents Steve raised over $6 million in financing and grew revenue at 25% per quarter while increasing operating expenses only 12% per quarter. Steve also led a U.S. publicly traded Israeli-based software anti-piracy company.

    Currently, Steve is a Partner in DreamIt Ventures, a pre-seed stage venture firm that provides aspiring entrepreneurs with funding, services from leading law and accounting firms, mentoring from seasoned entrepreneurs, access to capital, and a creative, rigorous environment to bring innovative business ideas to market. As well, Steve provides acting CxO and consulting services. During 2008, Steve was very fortunate to camp out (think 'entrepreneur in residence') with Josh Kopelman, Chris Fralic, Howard Morgan, and Rob Hayes, at their well-regarded early stage venture capital firm, First Round Capital.

    Steve's media appearances have included NBC Nightly News, ABC Nightline, CBS News, CNNfn, CNBC, and a multitude of NBC, ABC, and CBS local affiliates. Steve has testified and spoken on multiple occasions before U.S. Senate and FDA subcommittees. Recognized as a dynamic, focused, motivating speaker, Steve has delivered presentations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

    Steve is a Project Faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School where he teaches, coaches, and guides international MBA Global Consulting Practicum teams that focus on developing actionable, U.S.-focused go-to-market plans and expansion strategies for an array of international companies. Steve is a founder and active member of The Stop ALD Foundation -- a medical research foundation driving research and development of cutting edge therapeutic technologies targeting a neurodegenerative disorder. Steve leads marketing, IT, and helps shape the Foundation's overall strategy.

    Steve graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in computer science. He is a licensed private pilot with instrument rating. He lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

    Moderator: Tom Devaney, Partner, Morrison & Foerster

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