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    Photo of Brad Farkas, General Partner, i-Hatch Ventures Brad Farkas
    General Partner
    i-Hatch Ventures
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    i-Hatch Ventures
    Brad has been involved in the investment, management and development of technology for the past 15 years. During this time he co-founded 2 Venture Capital funds, developed five commercial software products, funded over 25 technology companies and served on more than a dozen boards. Brad is a General Partner at i-Hatch Ventures, where he leads their wireless and broadband technology practices, serving on the boards of ZTango (acquired by WiderThan), Vindigo (acquired by Forside, LTD), ThumbPlay, LimeLife, M*Metrics, Reaxion, and Equator Technologies (acquired by PixelWorks). Prior to co-founding i-Hatch, Brad was a founding Partner of Lazard Technology Partners (LTP), the venture capital group of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC. At Lazard, Brad focused on wireless, internet and data communications technologies. Prior to Lazard, Brad was the Acting CFO and Director of Compatible Systems, a developer of IP routers and virtual private networking ("VPN") equipment. Brad raised three rounds of venture financing for Compatible, and was active in both business development and product strategy. Brad introduced the company to Cisco Systems who acquired it in March 2000.

    Photo of Jeffrey Finkle, Angel Investor, ARC Angel Fund Jeffrey Finkle
    Angel Investor
    ARC Angel Fund
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    ARC Angel Fund
    Mr. Finkle is an angel investor and entrepreneur and former Managing and Founding Partner of Odeon Capital. He is the co-chair of the Evaluation Committee for ARC Angel Fund. Prior to raising $115 milllion for Odeon Capital Partners I, Mr. Finkle had a 20-year career in the fields of entrepreneurial management, general management, corporate development and marketing in the computer software industry. He served as Vice President of Corporate Business Development at Computer Associates International, and prior to Computer Associates' acquisition of Cheyenne Software, served as Cheyenne's Vice President of Corporate Development and Corporate Marketing where he had overall responsibility for corporate and product positioning. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Cheyenne's Unix Division. Prior to Cheyenne, Mr. Finkle was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Applied Programming Technologies, which he represented for sale to Cheyenne in 1993. Early in his career, Mr. Finkle co-founded N/Hance Systems a peripheral manufacturing and software development company. Today Mr. Finkle serves as Chairman of Service Channel Inc, a web based transaction management platform providor to the service maintanance industry, and Managing Member of two TV direct response entities. Mr. Finkle also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of PSCH a not-for-profit serving the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

    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 J. Skyler Fernandes, Partner, Centripetal Capital Partners J. Skyler Fernandes
    Managing Director
    Cleveland Avenue
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    Cleveland Avenue
    J. Skyler Fernandes is ranked as a Powerlist 100 VC and the Managing Director of Investments at Cleveland Avenue, a private equity and venture capital fund focused on restaurants, food and beverage brands, and food and beverage technology, as well as an incubator lab for new concepts, and a consulting group with leading industry veterans across real estate, franchising, operations, marketing / branding, technology, and food science. The group was founded by the former CEO of McDonald's.

    Previously, Mr. Fernandes founded and was the Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), the venture capital arm of Simon Property Group, an S&P 100 company, and the largest retail real estate company in the world. SVG is ranked by CB Insights as a top 5 corporate venture group within retail and focuses on investing in retail technology, rising new brands, and internet of things for smart cities / buildings.

    Mr. Fernandes is the founder of One Match Ventures, an angel fund, and has developed key entrepreneur resources, such as "The Best Startup Pitch Deck"​, a top ranked investor pitch deck template online, viewed and downloaded over 500,000+ times and used by accelerators and business schools. Mr. Fernandes also co-founded with his wife the #1 startup / VC board game, "The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship"​,

    Mr. Fernandes graduated early from New York University (NYU), summa cum laude, due to his studies at Harvard University in Physics and Foreign Policy. Mr. Fernandes is an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching Venture Capital Intensive, and is a frequent speaker on venture capital and entrepreneurship. Mr. Fernandes also gave a TEDx Talk on Venture Capital, called "Innovating the Financing of Innovation".

    Photo of Medha Vedaprakash, Principal, Rho Ventures Medha Vedaprakash
    Rho Ventures
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    Rho Ventures
    Medha Vedaprakash is a principal of Rho Ventures.

    Medha joined Rho in 2007 after several years of operating experience at Siemens Communications, where she was responsible for designing and leading the development of multiple products including the company’s voice over cable solution. She joined Siemens through the company’s acquisition of Unisphere Networks, where she developed Unisphere’s first voice over IP product. She has also worked as an investment professional at Charles River Ventures, where she focused on emerging mobile technologies.

    Medha received an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bangalore University and also holds two technology patents in the voice over IP space.

    Photo of Keynote: Howard Schwartz, CEO, Human Demand and Angel Investor Howard Schwartz
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    Howie Schwartz is a serial entrepreneur and an active Angel and Venture investor in early stage technology companies, including the ARC Angel Fund (UpNext, Sidecar Altruik, Medivo), the BHV Fund (FlowSearch, MobiTeris, Portalarium, Signpost), FF Ventures Silver (Klout, 500px, Gamesalad, Kohort), Metamorphic Ventures, Eniac Ventures, OfferVault, and other early stage companies.

    Howie is the CEO and Founder of Human Demand - a mobile Demand Side Platform (DSP) that works with mobile App and game developers on user acquisition campaigns.

    Howie co-founded FundingPost and Offermobi (acquired by Moko Media), as well as product & marketing training companies with over 120,000 customers worldwide. In the 90's, Howie spent a decade in the video game industry with companies such as Acclaim, ASC Games, and Sega. Howie is on the board of the "Friendship Circle" (Stamford, CT) which helps children with special needs and actively supports "Al's Angels" (Westport, CT) which helps children with rare blood diseases.

    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 William Reinisch, Venture Partner, Paladin Capital Group William Reinisch
    Venture Advisor
    Paladin Capital Group
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    Paladin Capital Group
    William Reinisch is responsible for the investment activities in the New York office of Paladin Capital. He is also the CEO and Founder of XIV River. He specializes in strategy and investments for the high tech industry. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. He was most previously the Vice President of Strategy and Technology with Motorola. In this role he was responsible for intellectual property standards and the corporate technology portfolio in addition to positioning Motorola for growth in emerging new market segments. Previously, he was Vice President of strategy and new initiatives and joined Motorola as a strategic advisor to the Chief Strategy Office. Prior to joining Motorola he was Senior Vice President of operations and engineering at Magnolia Broadband, where he led engineering and operations for the company. Before that, he led the global technology organization at Multilink Technology Corporation, a company focused on high-speed solutions for advanced optical networks. He has authored several publications, presentations, three US patents and several patent applications. He earned an MBA from Fordham University and a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.). As a native New Yorker, William is uniquely positioned to assist rapidly growing technology companies in the New York Market.

    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 Marc Michel, Managing Director, Metamorphic Ventures Marc Michel
    Managing Director
    Metamorphic Ventures
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    Metamorphic Ventures
    Marc has over 20 years of private equity and venture investment experience and was a founding Director of Metamorphic Ventures before joining as a Managing Partner. Marc was formerly Group Head at TD Capital (USA) in New York, TD Bank's $500 million private equity fund focused on the media and communications sectors. Prior to joining TD Capital, Marc was the Managing Partner of EOS Partners SBIC, a $60 million venture capital fund focused on business services and communications. Marc began his career at Merrill Lynch Interfunding, a $1.3 billion middle market buyout fund. Marc has spent his entire career helping entrepreneurs build their businesses across the entire lifecycle of over 45 businesses. He has helped management teams build their executive teams, develop their operational and corporate finance strategy and assisted them with executing financings of every type both public and private. Marc has served on numerous boards of directors in partnership with management and co-investors.

    Marc has been involved in many successful companies including Coinstar, Accrue Software, CADIS Software, Open Development Software, DTS Systems, Precyse Solutions, Telemundo, Robb Report, Reiman Publishing, Alaska Native Wireless, Tritel PCS, Triton PCS, Wireless One, Mountain Union Telecom, Brooks Fiber, Bresnan Cable, and FrontierVision Cablesystems.

    Marc graduated with a BA degree from Emory University in 1983 and a MBA from Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.

    Photo of Andreas Wuerfel, Director, Deutsche Telekom USA Andreas Wuerfel
    Director Innovation & Technology Scouting
    Deutsche Telekom
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    Deutsche Telekom
    Andreas is Director Innovation & Technology Scouting at Deutsche Telekom USA. With extensive international professional experience across telecommunications, new media and entertainment industries, he currently supports U.S. East Coast venturing and business development interests for a variety of Deutsche Telekom teams in Europe and the US. Andreas also is co-founder of the Brooklyn / Berlin-based online music technology startup Songflutter. Previously, he was General Manager Billboard TalentNet. A partnership between Billboard Magazine and a Germany VC partner, Andreas co-developed the first branded online new music discovery service, established partnerships with Microsoft, RealNetworks, CMJ, PopKomm, and Deutsche Telekom, and set up Europe and Asia/Pacific representation. Andreas joined Billboard TalentNet from Intuition Records, where he last was General Manager overseeing North American Sales & Marketing and Business Development. Andreas began his career as International A&R Manager at MCA Music Publishing (now Universal Music Publishing), representing U.S. publishing interests throughout German/Austria/Switzerland, Benelux, and Scandinavia. He served on the CONNECTIONS™ Europe advisory board (partnership between Consumer Electronics Association and Parks Assoc.), the 7BillionActions Task Force at the United Nations Population Fund and was a jury member of the Advanced Media Technology Emmys (National Academy of Television Arts & Science). Andreas received his M.B.A. (magna cum laude) from the New York Institute of Technology, his BA from Gesamtschule Koeln-Raderthal and his state degree of media publishing from Joseph-DuMont-Schule in Cologne, Germany.

    Photo of Katherine O'Neill, Executive Director, Jumpstart NJ Angel Network Katherine O'Neill
    Executive Director
    JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
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    JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
    Katherine O’Neill is the Executive Director for JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network, a member led angel investor group that invests in early stage high growth companies in Mid-Atlantic region, and an investor in technology businesses. She currently serves on the Board of the Angel Capital Association ACA the national organization representing angel investor groups in North America. She recently was the Program Chair of the ACA National Leadership Conference held in 2010. Katherine represents the ACA at both national and international events. Katherine is a member of the NJ Economic Development Authority Edison Fund Advisory Board, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of SEPA Advisory Board, NJ Technology CFO Advisory Board, Princeton University MIRTHE Investment Focus Group and Rutgers Innovation Park Advisory Board. In recent years she has spoken at and judged business plan competitions both regionally and nationally at events such as IMPACT, Astia, Microsoft BizSpark NYC competition, Tri State Donald W. Reynolds Cup, Princeton University Jumpstart Innovation Forum and Start Up Weekend Princeton.

    Katherine is a seasoned financial executive and investor in early stage enterprises with extensive experience in start up and entrepreneurial operations as well as operational experiences in a diverse range of businesses. She has particular expertise developing technology-based business as well as strategic business plans. She has extensive multinational experience and financial operation management and knowledge of healthcare pharmaceuticals, information systems, e-commerce and social media. She is the president of O’Neill Associates and consults with technology companies and acts as interim CFO.

    Photo of Keynote: Steve Shwartz, Angel Investor, Angel Investor Forum Steve Shwartz
    Angel Investor
    Angel Investor Forum
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    Angel Investor Forum
    Steve recently retired from Tangoe where he was one of the early angel investors, a board member, and most recently CTO for the last 3 years. Tangoe analysts are forecasting $150M+ in 2012 revenue. It was one of the top 10 IPO’s of 2011 and is the global leader in mobile expense management and a major player in mobile device management.

    Steve is an active angel investor and is on the board of the Angel Investor Forum.

    Steve started his career as a research faculty member at Yale University in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Computer Science Department and was a co-founder of two companies in the artificial intelligence area, one of which had an IPO in 1986.

    Steve then started the company that developed Esperant, one of the leading business intelligence tools of the 1990’s, and sold it to Software AG.

    He was also an interim CTO for a number of companies during the dotcom era and was the CTO of Computershare (largest global stock transfer agent) for 5 years.

    Steve is also the author of a book on natural language processing, has spoken at dozens of industry and academic conferences, has published numerous trade and academic articles, and has received two patents.

    Photo of Andrew Tweed, Associate, Thomvest Andrew Tweed
    Thomvest Ventures
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    Thomvest Ventures
    Andrew's background includes finance and consulting experience across a variety of industries. Andrew was part of Goldman Sachs' global equity research group in New York, focusing on technical analysis and financial modeling for industrial companies. He also worked as an operations analyst for Berkeley Capital, a San Francisco private equity firm, reducing costs internally and optimizing IT systems. Andrew graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in German studies.

    Photo of Dr. Charles Popper, Advisor, Blumberg Capital Dr. Charles Popper
    Advisor and Chairman, CIO Council
    Blumberg Capital
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    Blumberg Capital
    Dr. Charles Popper has 30 years of operating and technology investment experience, and is CEO of TechPar Group and Chairman of the Blumberg Capital CIO Council. Prior to leading the CIO Council for Blumberg Capital in 2006, Charles served as Vice Chairman and Chief Technologist for Orama Partners, a boutique investment bank servicing and investing in high-tech start-ups, with a strong focus on Israeli companies. Previously, Charles was CIO at Merck & Co., Inc. where he was responsible for all areas of computer and telecommunications technology, including application development, technical support and operations. The scope of his responsibility was worldwide and included support for all segments of the company: research, manufacturing, marketing, and corporate administration, in the areas of mainframe computers, minicomputers, personal computers, voice and data communications, and videoconferencing. Prior to joining Merck, he worked as a mathematician for the National Security Agency, a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Director of Advanced Technology for American Express, and Vice President of Advanced Technology at Lehman Brothers.

    Charles received his B.A. (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard, in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

    Photo of Raju Rishi, Venture Partner, Sigma Prime Ventures Raju Rishi
    General Partner
    RRE Ventures
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    RRE Ventures
    Raju leverages 20+ years of experience as a technology entrepreneur, executive, and investor helping early-stage companies become leading businesses. He brings expertise across a wide-range of disciplines including mobility, SaaS, consumer & enterprise.

    Over the course of his career, Raju has founded two companies, held executive leadership positions at both early-stage companies and Fortune 50 companies, and led investments and served on the boards of numerous technology startups. Prior to joining RRE, Raju served as a Venture Partner at Sigma Prime Ventures, where he led investments in several NY based startups, including Ceros & NSONE. Previously, Raju co-founded and held the positions of COO and CMO at Rave Mobile Safety, the leading provider of SaaS-based safety solutions. Rave is currently being used by hundreds of schools and state/local governments to help keep millions of individuals safe, secure, and connected. Prior to Rave, Raju helped to start SwiftReach Networks, a leading provider of enhanced telecommunications solutions for businesses & government. He was also the EVP of Product Management at Vettro, a SaaS-based provider of enterprise mobile applications for sales, fleet, and service organizations.

    Photo of Lisa Wu, Senior Associate, Norwest Venture Partners Lisa Wu
    Senior Associate
    Norwest Venture Partners
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    Norwest Venture Partners
    Lisa focuses on early to late stage venture investments across a wide range of sectors at NVP, with an emphasis on consumer Internet.

    Before joining the NVP team, Lisa worked as an intern in's Worldwide Corporate Development team. In this role, she identified and evaluated acquisition targets and strategic investments for Amazon and provided strategies for potential expansion. Prior to Amazon, Lisa worked at Bessemer Venture Partners, where she originated and conducted due diligence on early to growth stage investment opportunities, including several top eCommerce, SaaS, consumer Internet, and healthcare IT companies. Lisa has also worked in the venture capital arm of Comcast Corporation, and earlier, Lisa founded BANZAI! Fresh, a small business providing high-quality, nutritious foods to schools and hospitals in Northern California. Lisa began her career in the investment banking group at Merrill Lynch.

    Lisa holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in marketing and entrepreneurial management, and a bachelor of science degree, with honors, in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Lisa earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Photo of Keynote: Greg Slamowitz, Co-CEO, Ambrose Greg Slamowitz
    Co-Founder and Co-CEO
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    Greg Slamowitz is a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Ambrose Employer Group, LLC. Prior to co-founding Ambrose, Greg practiced tax law with Brown & Wood (now Sidley Austin Brown & Wood) in New York City. Greg holds two law degrees – a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law, and a Juris Doctorate, with distinction, from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from New York University. Greg was the recipient of the 2001 Ernst & Young New York Entrepreneur of the Year® award in the employment services category. Greg is a past president and a former member of the board of directors of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), his industry's trade association. He is also the founder and current treasurer of the NAPEO Political Action Committee, and recently received NAPEO's Government Affairs Leadership Award for his proactive leadership in government affairs. Greg also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for Emory University's School of Law. He has previously served as Co-Chair of the Heart & Soul Charitable Fund, a New York City based charity which financially supports and facilitates projects that provide for the needs of marginalized individuals in New York City.

    Photo of Saul Richter, Managing Partner, Emerald Stage2 Ventures Saul Richter
    Managing Partner
    Rittenhouse Ventures
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    Rittenhouse Ventures
    Mr. Richter is the Founder of Rittenhouse Ventures and has been active within the technology community for over twenty years as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and technologist. Mr. Richter brings the Fund broad experience in the venture capital industry, having worked at a number of leading venture firms over the past 18 years. Mr. Richters strong technical background in software development and systems administration, his ongoing avid interest in emerging technologies and deep early-stage venture experience make him a strong leader of the Rittenhouse team.

    Since founding Emerald Stage2, now renamed Rittenhouse Ventures, in 2006, Mr. Richter has led investments in Maverick Network Solutions, acquired by Fiserv (FISV), ClickEquations, acquired by Channel Intelligence, Take The Interview and Halfpenny Technologies. Prior to Rittenhouse, Mr. Richter was a Principal at Himalaya Capital, which he joined in early 2002. While at Himalaya, Mr. Richter was active on the boards of a number of companies including Concerro which was acquired by Francisco Partners in 2012. Prior to Himalaya, Mr. Richter worked at Lucent Technologies in the New Ventures Group, where he focused on the creation and launch of software startups. In addition to Lucent, Mr. Richter has prior venture capital experience working at Softbank Ventures, Jerusalem Global Ventures and Flatiron Partners(now Union Square Ventures). Mr. Richter currently sits on the Boards of Take The Interview, Miria Systems, Vcopious and Halfpenny Technologies(observer).

    Mr. Richter also has operational experience as the founder of Zapper Technologies US operations. He formed and built out the company US office, developed the go-to-market strategy, hired a sales force and worked closely with the Israel-based development team to coordinate product development. Mr. Richter also worked as a financial analyst at Salomon Smith Barney and as head of new product development at Dubois, Brown & Co, a financial analysis software company sold to Thomson Financial (NYSE:TOC).

    Photo of Douglas Roth, Associate, Connecticut Innovations Douglas Roth
    Director of Investments
    Connecticut Innovations
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    Connecticut Innovations
    Douglas is responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities, evaluating and negotiating investments, and serving on the boards of portfolio companies.

    Before joining CI, Douglas gained extensive experience with early-stage businesses as both an advisor and operator. He founded a consulting firm to help early-stage companies identify and assess growth opportunities, generate sustainable revenue and manage intellectual property. Previously, as a senior consultant at a boutique management consulting firm, Douglas provided strategic intellectual property advisory services to companies in the telecommunications, information technology, and medical device industries. He advised investors in early-stage businesses, representing more than $250 million in invested capital. Early in his career, Douglas spent more than a decade in the telecommunications industry, primarily focused on international voice, data and IP networks.

    Photo of Moderator: Jeffrey Frese, Mobile Product, CNNMoney Jeff Frese
    Director of Mobile Products
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    Jeff Frese is the director of mobile products for CNNMoney. He leads all iOS, Android OS, Blackberry OS and Mobile Web Products for CNNMoney. Jeff was previously the director of product sales for Play Megaphone, an out of home advertising firm that enabled users to control digital signage with their mobile phones. Prior to this, he was the founder of Freshman Fund, a social network that helped families save money for college; the company was acquired by GradSave. Early in his career, he served as the manager of production and technology for Viacom Interactive Services.

    Photo of Brett Topche, Principal, MentorTech Ventures Brett Topche
    Managing Partner
    Red and Blue Ventures
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    Red and Blue Ventures
    Mr. Topche joined MentorTech Ventures in 2007 and serves as a Principal. He was previously a member of the Fund Investments Team at Hamilton Lane Advisors, a fund-of-funds manager and private equity investment consultant. In this capacity, he evaluated private equity funds across a broad spectrum of stages and strategies on behalf of both discretionary and non-discretionary clients. During his time at Hamilton Lane, Mr. Topche reviewed more than 100 funds, including venture capital, mezzanine, buyout and real estate funds. Based in part on reports he drafted, more than $1 billion was invested into these funds.

    Prior to working for Hamilton Lane, Mr. Topche was an Associate with NJTC Venture Fund, where he focused on investments in early-stage companies in the software, Internet and communications sectors. His responsibilities included deal flow generation, initial company reviews, performing due diligence on potential investments, participating in deal structuring, reviewing legal documentation and working with companies post-investment, occasionally as an Observer on Boards of Directors.

    He previously worked for MRA International in real estate development consulting and for the accounting firm Frankel and Topche.

    Mr. Topche is a magna cum laude graduate of the Wharton School, with a B.S. in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Legal Studies and a Political Science minor from the College and Arts and Sciences.

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