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    Photo of Rob Delman, Angel Investor, Golden Seeds Rob Delman
    Managing Director
    Golden Seeds
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    Golden Seeds
    Rob Delman is Managing Director of Golden Seeds, a Partner in the ARC Angel Fund and Canrock Ventures, and an Advisor, Columbia University Lang Center for Entrepreneurship. Previously, Rob was President of Delco International Ltd., a manufacturing and distribution company of tableware products for the food service industry. He led the successful sale of the company to Oneida Ltd, the world’s largest tableware manufacturer. Rob holds a BS in Marketing from Syracuse University and an MBA from Columbia University, is an Outward Bound graduate, and is a Bronze Medal winner in tennis for the USA Maccabi Team.

    Photo of Marsha Yuan, NYC Investment Fund Marsha Yuan
    Lead Associate
    NYC Investment Fund
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    NYC Investment Fund
    Lead Associate at the NYC Investment Fund, the VC arm of New York City. Marsha has an MBA from Columbia Business School and years of hedge fund and private equity experience. She leads the charge in finding great companies to invest in, on behalf of New York City.

    Photo of Tom Nicholson, Angel Investor, ARC Angel Fund Tom Nicholson
    Angel Investor
    ARC Angel Fund
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    ARC Angel Fund
    Tom Nicholson is an entrepreneur, early-stage investor and founder of Nicholson NY, a leading NYC digital agency sold for $75 million to the Interpublic Group (IPG) and IconMedialab of Sweden, today one of the largest Internet consultancies in the world (NYSE-Euronext: LBi). Subsequent to the sale, he served on the company's Board of Directors and was Chairman of the US region prior to his departure in 2009 to focus on the "post-PC" Internet.

    Tom has been an active part of the NYC digital scene since it's inception. Called the dean of multimedia by NY Magazine, his early work helped define the current digital agency model as he and his firm provided guidance and development services to many of the world’s leading global financial, technological, entertainment and cultural institutions such as IBM, McKinsey, MasterCard, Citibank N.A., NBC, Prada and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Under his leadership Nicholson NY/IconNicholson won every major national and international industry award and was consistently ranked by Forrester as one of the top firms in the U.S. and named by AdAge as one of the top three creative firms in the world.

    Since 2010 Tom has been an active early stage investor and advisor to startups such as, the Pandora-style art discovery engine, for which he was the first outside investor, and as a founding member of the Angel Round Capital (ARC) Fund that has identified and supported notable startups including Medivo, UpNext, Uptown Networks, Altruik, iJukebox, CareerMinds and others.

    Tom holds an MFA in Design from Michigan's Cranbrook Academy and has been recognized by Crain's, New York Magazine, New York University and others as a technology leader in the New York area.

    Photo of Eliot Durbin, Partner, BOLDstart Ventures Eliot T. Durbin
    Managing Director
    Penny Black
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    Penny Black
    Eliot Durbin is Managing Director of Penny Black, a New York based private investment company financing innovative companies across a spectrum of industries and stages of development including healthcare, consumer goods, internet technology, media, and life sciences.

    He is an active partner & member of the investment committee of BOLDstart Ventures, an early stage technology fund. Eliot is involved with the boards of several companies, including, Equipois Inc, Sundia Corporation, & Anchor Intelligence.

    Prior to Penny Black, Eliot founded, an online software retailer that was acquired 2002. He subsequently worked at the Permal Group, a multi-billion dollar global fund of hedge funds that was acquired by Legg Mason in 2006. Eliot is a graduate of Georgetown University with post-graduate study at Columbia University.

    The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in everything he does, leaving others to determine whether he is at work or at play. To him, he is always doing both.

    Photo of James D Robinson IV, Managing Partner, RRE 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 Brian Cohen, Chairman, New York Angels Brian Cohen
    New York Angels
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    New York Angels
    Brian Cohen is the Chairman, Board of Directors of NY Angels. He created iFluence PR a strategic behavioral-based communications consultancy for the new earned influence/social media community. Its focus is on understanding determinant business success factors and using qualitative customer research matched with highly aggressive guerrilla communications techniques to achieve client marketing objectives while providing the greatest financial value possible.

    Developed Good Cause Communications, the first full-service not-for-profit PR firm designed to meet the needs of struggling non-profits. Its planned newswire, will be the first free newswire for struggling non-profits and will be the first social responsibility volunteer program for public relations professionals. Founded GlobalComm/TSI (Technology Solutions, 1983. TSI was the first science and technology strategic marketing and public relations agency in New York and one of the first such specialists in the United States. In 1996, TSI was recognized as the #1 fastest growing public relations agency in the United States. Nearing 200 employees with 5 offices, he sold the company to The McCann Erickson World Group, part of the Interpublic Group of Companies in 1997. As a hallmark of TSI's collaborative work with nearly 1,000 companies during its 17-year tenure, they began a 14-year partnership with Sony Corporation of America in 1986. During that time, TSI provided strategic communications counsel to all Sony's computer, business professional, and consumer products divisions and introduced more than 100 "bleeding-edge" products. In that same year, TSI began an alliance with the IBM Corporation that grew to represent more than 50 IBM divisions providing all levels strategic communications/media relations counsel. Brian specifically media trained hundreds of IBM management on how to talk to and work with the media and analyst communities. As a testament to the success of this relationship, TSI received the Gold CIPRA award (#1 Public Relations program) in 1998 for the IBM Deep Blue/Gary Kasparov Chess Match concept development and public relations program.

    Brian created and instituted the RPM (Rapid Publicity Marketing) model of strategic communications. This tightly integrated approach to publicity gave clients a quick market edge and was designed to discover and leverage a company's key strengths as well as mitigate their destructive weaknesses. TSI's client list read like an entrepreneurial who's who list of leading technology companies in computing, communication, software, education, and entertainment all supported by an integrated matrix of professionals in research, strategic planning, media placement, video production and event management.

    Additionally, Brian started Focus Technology, a Focus Group company that provided qualitative research and beta site utilization services. Brian provided all development and moderating support.

    Before launching TSI, Brian was a founding publisher of Computer Systems News and InformationWeek magazine at CMP Publications. While in graduate school, he was involved with pioneering computer trade publications including Personal Computing Magazine and Minicomputer News from Benwill Publishing. Brian received two Honor B.S. degrees from Syracuse University in Biology and Speech Communications. He also received a Masters Degree in Science Communications from Boston University's School of Public Communications in 1978 and currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of Directors.

    Photo of Moderator: David Gitlin, Shareholder, GreenbergTraurig David Gitlin
    Corporate & Securities
    GT GreenbergTraurig
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    GT GreenbergTraurig
    David Gitlin focuses his practice on corporate and securities, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, technology development and corporate finance. For more than 30 years, David has counseled foreign clients doing business in the United States and U.S. clients doing business abroad. He has structured more than 200 M&A deals, over half of which have been cross-border transactions involving leading businesses in Finland, India, Israel and Sweden, among others. His representation of U.S. clients has included the purchase or sale of businesses in more than 15 countries. David represents both U.S. and foreign venture capital funds, and has handled numerous technology development transactions, particularly in the life sciences area. These include drug development, licensing and joint venture agreements involving biotech and pharmaceutical companies, as well as collaborations between industry and academia. David received his law degree from Tel Aviv University Law School and received his LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and Israel. David is recognized by Chambers USA as a leading M&A attorney and is nationally ranked as a leading Venture Capital attorney. In 2005, he was recognized by the mayors of Philadelphia and Tel Aviv for exceptional accomplishments in developing business opportunities for Israeli companies in the United States. Prior to joining the firm, David was partner in the corporate practice of a large, multidisciplinary law firm. He also practiced at a Philadelphia-based law firm, where he chaired the corporate/securities practice group and was a member of the firm’s executive committee.

    Photo of Jed Cohen, Co-Founder & COO, RocketHub Jed Cohen
    Co-Founder & COO
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    Jed was born in one of the few geographical areas shaped like a piece of clothing, Michigan, but moved to NYC at the age of 12 to pursue his career as an actor. Jed made his feature film debut as Rod McCallister in Home Alone, and his Broadway debut as Dickon in the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden. Jed is a graduate of Harvard University, where he earned his degree in Astronomy & Astrophysics, and now lives in NYC with his wife Kate and their little dog Sophie.

    Photo of Joe Latona, COO, Gate Impact Joe Latona
    GATE Impact
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    GATE Impact
    Mr. Latona is responsible for the day to day operations of GATE Impact and the end-to-end development of GATE Impact products. He is an industry leader in the development of electronic trading technology and was recently the head of sales, trading and business development for an electronic trading system focusing on illiquid/alternative assets. Prior to this position, Mr. Latona spent over ten years at Intercapital Securities (a division of ICAP) as Senior Managing Director in charge of all institutional sales and trading. Mr. Latona directly managed the firm's trading desk, sales force and all of the firm's daily operations. Mr. Latona helped build up Intercapital Securities electronic trading platform IAPS to connectivity with over 250 institutions worldwide. IAPS had annual trading volume of over $5 billion in assets and increased market share every year. Mr. Latona holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Monmouth University.

    Photo of Christine Landon, CEO, WebFinancial Christine Landon
    CEO & Founder
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    Christine Landon is the founder and CEO of WebFinancial, LLC, a crowdfunding-based financial system startup based in Providence, Rhode Island.

    Before founding WebFinancial, Christine had a diverse 19 year career in financial services, including positions as a research associate for Cambridge Associates, and positions in actuarial consulting and analysis, and product development for small mutual and Fortune 10 insurance firms, including General Electric, Liberty Mutual and NASSurety. She is a patented inventor and certified in Six Sigma.

    Ms. Landon graduated from the University of Vermont undergraduate school of business administration, with a concentration in finance and accounting, after attending Tufts University for her pre-medical studies.

    Photo of Moderator: Douglas S. Ellenoff, Partner,  Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP Douglas Ellenoff
    Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP
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    Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP
    Douglas S. Ellenoff, a member of the Firm since its founding in 1992, is a corporate and securities attorney with a specialty in business transactions and corporate financings. Mr. Ellenoff has represented public companies in connection with their initial public offerings, secondary public offerings, regulatory compliance as well as general corporate governance matters. During his career, he has represented numerous broker-dealers, venture capital investor groups and many corporations involved in the capital formation process.

    In the last several years, he has been involved at various stages in numerous registered public offerings, including 100 financings and, with other members of his firm, over 400 private placements into public companies (see PIPEs and Venture Capital), representing either the issuers of those securities or the registered broker-dealers acting as placement agent. Along with other members of his Firm, Mr. Ellenoff has been involved at various stages with over 70 registered blind pool offerings (commonly referred to as "SPACs"; 27 of which have consummated their IPO's raising over $1.5 billion). In addition to our IPO experience with SPACs, he has been involved with 20 SPAC M&A assignments. He also provides counsel with regard to their respective ongoing (SEC, AMEX and NASD) regulatory compliance.

    Mr. Ellenoff and the rest of the corporate department distinguish themselves from many other transactional lawyers on the basis of their ability to be part of the establishment of new securities programs, like PIPEs, SPACs, Registered Directs and Reverse Mergers, where the Firm's professionals have played leadership roles within each of those industries, assisting in the creation, formation and strategies relating to those financings, as well as working closely with the regulatory agencies; including the SEC and FINRA; and the listing exchanges - AMEX and NASDAQ. "Mr. Ellenoff is routinely requested to be a panelist and presenter at investor conferences.

    Supplementing his practice of law, Mr. Ellenoff has always maintained an active investing profile. Mr. Ellenoff founded Wardenclyffe, an investment management business, in 1995. Wardenclyffe was the general partner of: (ii) a long/short high yield bond fund (the Wardenclyffe High Yield Fund, L.P.), (ii) a micro-cap hedge fund (Wardenclyffe Micro-Cap Fund, L.P.), which specialized in emerging growth companies and (iii) a fully invested venture capital fund (Wardenclyffe Venture Partners I, L.P.). While attending law school, Mr. Ellenoff worked for Seligman, Harris & Co., Inc., a New York Stock Exchange broker-dealer as an intern analyst of special situations. Mr. Ellenoff's ancillary business and investing activities provide him with practical experience that enables him to more effectively represent and advise his law clients. Mr. Ellenoff currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association of the City of New York, Inc. and is Chairman of the Development Committee. Mr. Ellenoff is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Ellenoff received a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Vassar College.

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