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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Early-Stage Angel and Venture Capital Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen. This event was in New York on Thursday, May 12, 2011.

    Photo of Jay Goldberg, Senior Managing Director, Hudson Ventures Jay Goldberg
    Senior Managing Director
    Hudson Ventures
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    Hudson Ventures
    Jay has been the Senior Managing Director of Hudson Ventures since 1996, and an Angel Investor in Early-stage Technology and Mobile companies.

    He was the founder of OPCENTER, LLC, a privately-held company that provides help desk and computer operations services, and the founder and Chairman of Lexstra PLC, a London based consulting company. From 1990 through 1994, Jay served as Chairman and CEO of Image Business Systems Corp., a company that provided document management and workflow software. In 1989, he founded Zeitech, Inc., a company which provided computer implementation professionals through its five national offices. Under Jay's direction, Zeitech appeared twice on Inc. Magazine's 500 List of America's fastest growing companies and was sold in January 1996 to Career Horizons, Inc. In 1986, Jay purchased Money Management Systems, Inc. (MMS) from Ziff-Davis. MMS sold software and services to banks and broker-dealers for securities trading activities. In 1989, MMS was sold to Sungard Inc. From 1968 to 1985, Jay was Chairman and CEO of Software Design Associates, a systems development firm that grew to 600 people, which was sold to AGS Computers Inc. Currently, Mr. Goldberg serves on the Boards of several of Hudson's portfolio companies, including: Bigfoot Interactive, GlobalServe, Didera, i-Hello, PowerSteering, and OpenService. He is the past Chairman of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, and Treasurer of the Governor's Committee for Scholastic Achievement. Mr. Goldberg is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the faculty of Arts and Sciences of New York University, the Board of Trustees of Montefiore Medical Center and a Trustee of the Charles Babbage Foundation. Jay, an avid golfer, holds a B. A. degree from New York University and resides in New York City with his family.

    Photo of Sachin Jade, Partner, Klifer Capital Sachin Jade
    Klifer Capital
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    Klifer Capital
    Sachin Jade is an entrepreneur and investor and has been a part of the start-up ecosystem for more than a decade. At Klifer Capital, he focuses on mentoring and investing in technology based start-ups in Media, Healthcare and Education. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build products and companies by leveraging his operational experience and business expertise. He earned a B.Tech in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.

    Photo of Nat Brinn, Principal, Vital Financial Nat Brinn
    Vital Venture Capital
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    Vital Venture Capital
    Nat Brinn has a 25-year successful track record of private investments, acquisitions and business management. The most recent example is HSA Bank, the largest specialty bank in the United States focused on health savings accounts. Nat has successful management experience in growth companies, including his role as CEO of HSA Bank, where accounts and revenues grew four-fold and the firm developed a significant profit margin from an initial loss position.

    Nat's private equity investments have achieved positive returns, with many returning 4-5x initial investment within several years. In aggregate, he has completed more than 80 transactions with positive results, including the avoidance of any defaults during his tenure as a private placement bond investor.

    Currently he is acting CEO of Vital Financial's portfolio company, CR Certification Corporation. Nat has significantly built revenues and revamped this company.

    While he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Webster Bank, Nat was responsible for mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic initiatives. He also oversaw management of Budget Installment Company, a premium finance company that Webster acquired and grew three-fold in outstanding balances, revenues and profits over three years under his supervision.

    Upon acquiring HSA Bank for Webster, he was appointed to become CEO of HSA Bank. HSA Bank was purchased in early 2005 for a net premium of $12 million and was valued at nearly $100 million upon his departure at CEO in July 2007 to join Vital Financial. Both the Budget Installment and HSA Bank situations involved upgrading IT, financial, compliance and operating systems as well as building national sales organizations.

    Prior to his tenure at Webster Bank, Nat held positions in corporate development (M&A and strategic investing) and private placement investments at Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance and Inspection Company, Phoenix Home Life, Canadian Imperial Bank and Metropolitan Life.

    Nat has an MBA in finance and accounting from The Fuqua School of Business (Duke University), where he was a Fuqua Scholar and his class graduation speaker. He did his undergraduate work in economics, with additional focus in mathematics and statistics, at University of Delaware where he was in the honors program.

    Photo of Rahul Gandhi, Associate, High Peaks Venture Partners Rahul Gandhi
    High Peaks Venture Partners
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    High Peaks Venture Partners
    Rahul is an Associate with High Peaks based in the firmís New York City office. He is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities across a wide range of sectors and supporting existing portfolio companies.

    Prior to joining High Peaks, Rahul worked as an Associate at both Genacast Ventures and Comcast Interactive Capital where he conducted due diligence on early and growth stage investment opportunities in the Digital Media, Online Advertising, Internet, Software-as-a-Service, and E-Commerce sectors. Before working in venture capital, he was a Senior Manager on AOLís Corporate Development team where he helped evaluate, manage, and structure numerous acquisitions and investments, including Bebo, Quigo, Weblogs, Relegence, and Truveo. Rahul began his career in Investment Banking at Banc of America Securities working on a variety of strategic and fundraising transactions for companies such as Microsoft, Time Warner, Primedia, and Cablevision.

    Rahul earned a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the George Washington University with Honors, an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Finance.

    Photo of Mark Wachen, Managing Partner, Dreamit Ventures Mark Wachen
    Managing Director
    Dreamit Ventures
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    Dreamit Ventures
    Mark Wachen is the Managing Director of DreamIt NYC and will oversee the Summer 2011 program in New York City. Wachen is also the Managing Director and Founder of Upstage Ventures, a firm that advises and invests in consumer internet and interactive marketing companies. Wachen is a Board member of Optify and OrderGroove, and has worked with a variety of other companies including ChaiLabs (acquired by Facebook), SeatGeek, Opinionaided, GameChanger, STELLAService, CatchAFire, and Cyan Pictures. Prior to Upstage, Wachen was the Managing Director of Autonomy Optimost. Wachen founded Optimost, the company that pioneered multivariable testing and optimization on the internet, in 2001 and served as its CEO up until its acquisition by Interwoven in November 2007 (Interwoven was then acquired by Autonomy in March 2009). Prior to Optimost, Wachen worked for seven years at Sony, overseeing a wide variety of Internet initiatives. Wachen was CEO of Indimi (Internet Direct Marketing Intelligence, Inc.), a company majority-owned by Sony. In this role, he spearheaded the acquisitions of InfoBeat, AdTools, and DailyRating. Prior to Indimi, Wachen was Vice President of Online Ventures for Sony Music, where he directed many online initiatives, including Sony Music's investments in Spinner (acquired by AOL for $300 million), and the launch of the Sony Music Online Website in 1994. Wachen graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Photo of Steve Brotman, Managing Director, GSA Venture Partners 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.

    Moderator: Benjamin Burkhart, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLC

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