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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Venture Capital Conference, sponsored by Duane Morris. This event was in New York on August 11, 2009.

    Photo of Rohit Bodas, Director of Strategic Investments, Hartford Ventures Rohit Bodas
    Director
    Hartford Ventures
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    Hartford Ventures
    Rohit Bodas is Director of Strategic Investments for Hartford Ventures. In this role, Rohit is responsible for identifying, executing and managing strategic minority private equity investments on the behalf of The Hartford.

    Prior to joining The Hartford, Rohit worked at Motorola for 9+ years in various roles including venture capital, business development and R&D. As part of Motorola Ventures, Rohit sourced and analyzed a broad range of investment opportunities in various sectors including digital media, internet & mobile applications, wireless infrastructure, public-safety. He also held business development roles to incubate and commercialize new technologies. Rohit joined Motorola as a R&D engineer and has developed key multimedia technologies for mobile phones, STB and public safety applications Prior to Motorola, Rohit worked at a technology startup in India developing cryptography and data encryption software.

    Rohit earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management majoring in Finance and Strategy. He also has a Masters degree in Computer Science (University of Toledo) and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering (University of Pune, India).

    Photo of Konstantine Drakonakis, Director, Launch Capital Konstantine Drakonakis
    Director
    Launch Capital
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    Launch Capital
    Konstantine Drakonakis, P.E., Director of the New Haven Office of LaunchCapital LLC, brings over ten years of environmental and energy technology investment and engineering consulting experience to the LaunchCapital team. LaunchCapital actively engages university startups and entrepreneurs seeking seed and early stage funding in a broad array of industries, including Medical Device, Cleantech, and IT.

    Konstantine was the Manager of New Technology Investments and Infrastructure Development at Connecticut Innovations, Inc, which administers the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, prior to opening LaunchCapital's New Haven Office. Konstantine oversaw venture stage equity investments, project finance for beta and alpha stage technology projects and clean energy infrastructure developments programs for the CCEF. His project and investment experience covers the full range of cleantech technologies, ranging from renewables, fuel cell and hydrogen generation, and smart-grid and energy storage technologies, as well as water supply & infrastructure, environmental remediation technologies, and natural resource management. While at CI, Konstantine structured, financed, and managed multiple emergent renewable energy company projects worth over $11M. He has been very active in the clean energy community, speaking and instructing events covering renewables and carbon markets, resource management, and investment workshops. Konstantine draws on his experience in environmental and civil engineering project management and consulting to evaluate technologies for their investment potential as well as the business model's integrity and feasibility.

    Konstantine received his Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University, with a focus in Industrial Environmental Management and Industrial Ecology. He earned his civil and environmental engineering degree from the University of Vermont, and is a member of the National Civil Engineering Honors Society. He is a co-founder of the Cleantech in Connecticut Network.

    Photo of James D. Robinson IV, Managing Partner, RRE Ventures James Robinson IV
    Managing Partner
    RRE Ventures
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    RRE Ventures
    Jim Robinson is a co-Founder & Managing Partner of RRE Ventures. He has been active within the technology community for over twenty years as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and banker.

    Since co-founding RRE in late 1994, Jim has been responsible for over thirty technology investments, with a focus on digital consumer, enterprise and financial services technologies. He is currently a Director of AdaptiveBlue (semantic personalization) GoMobo (mobile order systems), iCrossing (e-marketing technologies), Mixed Signals (digital broadcast monitoring), m-Via (mobile remittances), OpenPeak (home infotainment platforms), SmartPay Jieyin (mobile top-up & payments in China), Vivre (luxury brand retailing), and WisdomTree (developer of indexes/ETFs).

    While earning a dual degree in Computer Science and Business Administration at Antioch College during the early 1980's, Jim worked as a programmer for state government, and later founded and was President of IV Systems Inc., a firm that created small business applications for unix workstations. In 1986, Mr. Robinson joined JP Morgan & Company, where he spent four years working on technology-related assignments, first within the group charged with building global risk management systems, and later as an investment banker in corporate finance. Mr. Robinson earned an MBA from Harvard in 1992, and subsequently joined Hambrecht & Quist Venture Capital in San Francisco. While at H & Q he led investments primarily within the software and communications sectors.

    Jim is involved in several non-profit endeavors, with a particular interest in children’s issues and rights. He is also involved with the New York Software Industry Association (NYSIA), the New York City Investment Fund's Information Technology Group, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Drug Abuse Problems. Jim has been a member of the Young President's Organization since 1998.

    Photo of Jeffrey M. Krauss, Managing Member, Psilos Group Managers Jeffrey M. Krauss
    Managing Member
    Psilos
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    Psilos
    Jeffrey joined Psilos in March 2000 with a focus on investments in the healthcare services, healthcare information technology, specialty pharmaceutical and medical instrumentation segments. He currently serves on the Boards of Versamed, Valera Pharmaceuticals, HealthEdge, OneShield.

    Prior to joining Psilos, Mr. Krauss was a general partner at Nazem & Company, a New York-based venture capital firm, from 1990 to 2000, where he specialized in investments in the healthcare services and healthcare information technology segments. Prior to joining Nazem & Company, Mr. Krauss was an attorney with the law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, where he specialized in private equity transactions and worked extensively on transactions originated by KKR. Prior to that, Mr. Krauss was an auditor with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. Mr. Krauss is currently a volunteer with the New York City Investment Fund in the Fund’s Healthcare Sector Group. Mr. Krauss performs various services for the Fund, including representing the Fund on the Boards of several portfolio companies.

    Mr. Krauss graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany and he graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School . Mr. Krauss is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of New York , and is also licensed in the State of New York as an Attorney.

    Photo of Brian Hirsch, Managing Director, GreenhillSAVP Brian Hirsch
    Co-Founder
    Tribeca Venture Partners
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    Tribeca Venture Partners
    Brian is a co-founder of Tribeca Venture Partners. Prior to starting Tribeca Venture Partners, Brian was a founder and Managing Director of GSA Venture Partners, formerly the venture arm of Greenhill & Co (NYSE: GHL). Prior to GSAVP, Brian was a Principal at Sterling Venture Partners and a Vice President at ABN AMRO Private Equity. Prior investments at prior funds include YellowJacket (acquired by InterContinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE)), KnowledgeStorm (acquired by TechTarget (NASDAQ: TTGT)), eCredit (acquired by Fidelity Ventures), OpenWave Systems (NASDAQ: OPWV) and Daleen Technologies (NASDAQ: DALN).

    Brian is currently a board member or responsible for the investments in Coinsetter, CommonBond, CrowdTap, Flat World Knowledge, FTRANS, HomeSphere, Just Sing It, Lendio, Mobile Commons, Pontiflex, RealDirect, ShopKeep, Spanfeller Media Group, Truveris and Vook.

    Brian serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Venture Capital Association (NYVCA) where he founded the Ingenuity Conference, one of NY's largest annual venture events. He is also a co-founder and Organizer of the NYC Turing Fellows Program. Brian has a BA in economics and American studies from Brandeis University.

    Photo of Jalak Jobanputra, Senior VP, NYC Investment Fund Jalak Jobanputra
    Founding Partner
    FuturePerfect Ventures
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    FuturePerfect Ventures
    Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of FuturePerfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC. Previously, she was the Director of Mobile Investments at Omidyar Network, a philanthrocapitalist fund started by Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay. While there, she created a mobile investment strategy, invested in an East African mobile tech incubator, invested in an Indian mobile classifieds site, and closed Omidyar's largest for profit investment ($5M) to date in Latin America. She has 20 years experience in venture capital, impact investing, media and technology. She was previously Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF), a private economic development fund, where she managed the fund's technology and digital media venture investments. While there, Jobanputra spearheaded the formation NYCSeed in 2008, a seed fund dedicated to funding early stage tech entrepreneurs in NYC, in response to a market gap in seed funding at the time. She was also on the selection committee and served as a mentor and speaker for NYCSeedStart, NYC's first summer accelerator program, and helped launch the FinTech Innovation Lab, which has since been replicated in London. Jobanputra worked closely with the Bloomberg administration and NYCEDC to implement initiatives to help diversify the NYC economy through NYC's growing tech/digital sectors and served on Governor Paterson's Small Business Taskforce. Her portfolio at NYCIF included outside.in (acquired by AOL), Thumbplay (acquired by Clear Channel), Schoolnet (acquired by Pearson) and TXVia (acquired by Google), in addition a debt instrument to Grameen America, and seed investments in Magnetic, Ticketfly, Enterproid and SeatGeek.

    Prior to NYCIF, she was a Principal at New Venture Partners, a $300 million early stage venture fund that commercialized technology out of corporate labs. At NVP, she founded and served as interim CEO of Real Time Content (spun out of British Telecom) in 2005, a personalized video ad platform, and was a Director of Procelerate Technologies, a SaaS workflow management tool for the aerospace industry. She also incubated a range of other technologies, including speech recognition/NLP, 3D displays, video surveillance, 4G wireless broadband and music recommendation software. From 1999-2003, Jobanputra was at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, where she invested in enterprise software, internet and digital media startups, including Demantra (sold to Oracle), Extricity (sold to Peregrine), Viacore (sold to IBM), R Systems (IPO), Financial Engines (IPO), Yodlee and Zinio. In 1997 in NYC, in the early days of Silicon Alley, she launched and managed product development for online financial information startup Horsesmouth. She began her career in media, telecom and tech investment banking at Lehman Brothers and Broadview in NYC and London.

    Jobanputra is also active in supporting education reform and social entrepreneurship and served as a Trustee of Achievement First Bushwick Charter Schools (Brooklyn) and sits on the Executive Committee of the Social Investment Council of Echoing Green. She is on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of Loreal's Women in Digital Initiative, and Access to Capital Subcommittee member of the US Secretary of State Women’s Leadership Council.

    Jobanputra serves on the NYC Downtown Alliance "LM" Leadership Committee, announced by Mayor Bloomberg on Sept. 12, 2013, and recently joined the Advisory Board of The Daily News Innovation Lab. She served as a 2010 Mentor for the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, a summer accelerator for social entrepreneurs worldwide. In 2003, she took a yearlong sabbatical from VC to consult on replication strategy for Gates Foundation funded charter schools, including the Big Picture Company. Jobanputra spent four months setting up microfinance programs and training women entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 1999. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications from the Annenberg School and a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School.

    In 2013, Jobanputra was selected as a “40 Woman to Watch Over 40”. Jobanputra was selected as an Outstanding 50 Asian American in Business in 2010 by the Asian American Development Center. In November 2012 she participated in an Aspen Institute delegation to Amman, Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II, Mideast entrepreneurs and investors. She was selected as a US State Department Delegate to Indonesia in the summer of 2011, where she met with entrepreneurs, angel investors and business leaders to promote tech entrepreneurship. Jobanputra is a Techstars NYC Mentor, Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and Advisory Board Member of Astia NYC, and is a frequent speaker and judge at entrepreneur and venture conferences, including Mobile World Congress, CTIA, TechCrunch Disrupt, Bloomberg, Internet Week and Social Media Week. She is a regular contributor on BloombergTV and has been interviewed by MarketPlace Radio, Forbes, SeekingAlpha and other national publications. Jobanputra has been asked to speak on entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems by the Obama White House and throughout the US and is currently playing a leadership role in the tech community to help pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill. She can be found at @jalak or on her blog www.thebarefootvc.com (recently named a top 10 investor blog.)

    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 Mark Peter Davis, Associate, DFJ Gotham Ventures Mark Peter Davis
    Venture Partner
    High Peaks Venture Partners
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    High Peaks Venture Partners
    Mark is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. In addition to being a Venture Partner at High Peaks, Mark is the co-founder of a handful of companies. Prior to joining High Peaks, he was a venture capitalist at DFJ Gotham Ventures. He also advised Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms on the attractiveness of acquisition targets while at both KPMG and Bain & Company earlier in his career.

    Mark focuses his investing activities on internet technologies. While at DFJ Gotham Ventures, he led or co-led investments in ADstruc, Medialets, Panvidea, SailThru, Seamless Receipts, STELLAService, Yipit, and was also actively involved with Altruik, Drop.io, SinglePlatform, Solvate, Totsy, Worktopia, and ViVOtech. He is also an angel investor in Warby Parker.

    Mark is an active member of NYC's venture community and was listed by BusinessInsider as one of the 100 Most Influential Digital NYers. He earned his BA at Duke and MBA at Columbia. While at Columbia, he was the President of the Private Equity & Venture Capital Club and an InSITE Fellow.

    Mark actively blogs at mpd.me about fundraising, startup management and other topics relating to the startup ecosystem. Many of his posts have been syndicated or cited on The Wall Street Journal, Inc, Business Insider, PE Hub, AlwaysOn, AMEX OpenForum, Mashable and ReadWriteWeb. The Rest of the Story

    Entrepreneurship is in my DNA. I am addicted. Beyond starting companies, I am an active organizer of entrepreneurial communities in NYC and host the Tech Entrepreneurship Channel on Kohort where I am working to unify the global tech entrepreneurship ecosystem. I am also the founder of both the Columbia Venture Community and New York Venture Community, advisor to numerous other entrepreneurship communities and a mentor at TechStars and Entrepreneur's Roundtable.

    Moderator: Keli Isaacson, Partner, Duane Morris Moderator: Keli Isaacson, Partner, Duane Morris

    Keli B. Isaacson represents clients in connection with corporate and securities transactions, focusing on venture capital, public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and the representation of emerging growth and middle market companies.

    Ms. Isaacson represents a number of leading venture capital firms and angel investors. In 2005, Ms. Isaacson was named one of the "40 Under 40" outstanding business leaders in Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal.

    Ms. Isaacson is a 1997 graduate, with honors, of the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif, and a graduate, with honors, of Goucher College.

    Moderator: Peter Rothberg, Partner, Duane Morris Moderator: Peter Rothberg, Partner, Duane Morris

    Peter W. Rothberg practices in the area of corporate law with a focus on corporate securities, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, financial transactions and digital media company representation. Mr. Rothberg serves as outside general counsel to venture capital funds and to private companies involved in a variety of industries, particularly in connection with financing and acquisitions transactions, including venture capital and private equity fund investments in such companies, private placements of securities, bridge financings, IPOs and public and private mergers and acquisitions. He also represents a life insurance premium finance agency in matters related to regulatory issues as well as lending and borrowing transactions.

    Mr. Rothberg is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of the editorial board of Law Policy in International Business, and a summa cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, where he was a James Bowdoin Scholar.

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