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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Philly VC & Angel 2012 Roundup, sponsored by Benjamin's Desk, SocialRadius, The Soho Loft. This event was in Philadelphia on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

    Photo of Elizabeth Sigety, Co-Founder, Delaware Crossing Investor Group Elizabeth Sigety
    Managing Director and Co-Founder
    Delaware Crossing Investor Group
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    Delaware Crossing Investor Group
    Liz is a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 22 offices coast to coast. She is co-chair of the firmís National Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice and co-chair of the firmís Franchising, Licensing and Distribution Practice. Liz focuses her practice on a wide variety of corporate work, with an emphasis on the representation of fast-growth, venture-backed companies and businesses that wish to expand through franchising. She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College.

    Liz is also Managing Director and Co-Founder of Delaware Crossing Investor Group, an angel investor network with chapters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In this capacity, she has been investing and advising start-up companies in the PA, NJ, NY, CT and DE region for over a decade. She is also a frequent speaker and writer, especially on issues facing emerging businesses, franchised businesses and women-led businesses and serves on numerous committees and organizations in the venture capital and franchise arena.

    Liz has four children and resides in Bedminster, PA.

    Photo of John Moore, Angel Investor, Investor's Circle John Moore
    Angel Investor
    Robin Hood Ventures
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    Robin Hood Ventures
    John Moore is a Managing Partner of Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investing group in Philadelphia.

    Prior to working at Robin Hood, John worked at Seton Company as the Controller for North, Central, and South America. Seton Company is among the world's largest suppliers of automotive leather. Before becoming Controller, John was the Special Projects Manager where he did business acquisition and development, product pricing, and the implementation of company-wide strategic initiatives. In addition to his work with Seton, John spent eight years developing cardiovascular catheters for B. Braun Medical, Inc.

    John holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Drexel University.

    Photo of Mark deGrandpre, Ph.D., Dir. of Investments, Ben Franklin Technology Partners Mark deGrandpre, Ph.D.
    Dir. of Investments: Physical Sciences
    Ben Franklin Technology Partners
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    Ben Franklin Technology Partners
    Mark deGrandpre, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience with innovative business and technology development. Currently at BFTP/SEP, he is responsible for a portfolio of over 30 young physical science companies in the region, and for identifying new investment opportunities. Mark has significantly improved deal flow and enhanced portfolio quality since he joined the team in January of 2006. Previously, Mark was Director of Technology and New Business Development for Polysciences Inc., a privately held specialty materials company headquartered in Warrington, PA. Throughout his career, Mark has also worked for Rohm and Haas Company as Director of Corporate Development: Licensing, as well as numerous other positions within the company and in joint ventures.

    Photo of Tony Bifano, Partner, Artists and Instigators Tony Bifano
    Artists and Instigators
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    Artists and Instigators
    Tony Bifano is a co-founder of Artists & Instigators. He is responsible for the Fund's investment strategy, sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio commercialization. Bifano brings his extensive seed and early stage operational expertise to launching and scaling innovative startups. He has served as a board member of mobile dating company MeetMoi, independent music ecosystem ReverbNation, and social gaming company Ryzing. Prior to Artists & Instigators, Bifano founded online community provider, which was acquired by Aroundcampus. Bifano's experience growing businesses includes his leadership roles at enterprise integration software provider Boomi, which was acquired by Dell, and he was a member of the leadership team at healthcare data and analytics provider Health Market Science. Bifano began his career at Accenture as a technology programmer and has a B.S. in Industrial Engineer from Penn State University. He lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA with his wife and three children.

    Photo of Ellen Weber, Co-founder, Robin Hood Ventures Ellen Weber
    Executive Director
    Robin Hood Ventures
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    Robin Hood Ventures
    Ellen Weber is the Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures, responsible for operations and administration.

    Ellen is also Managing Director of Antiphony, a strategic consulting firm that helps companies create sustainable value, responsible for the Leadership Development practice. Prior to that, Ellen spent twelve years at Shared Medical Systems where she was responsible for initiatives encompassing organizational development, customer support and corporate communications. She also has served as a senior consultant for Andersen Consulting. Ellen graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.

    Photo of Gil Beyda, Managing Partner, Genacast Ventures Gil Beyda
    Managing Partner & Founder
    Genacast Ventures
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    Genacast Ventures
    Gil Beyda is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

    In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOLís acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures in partnership with Comcast Ventures.

    Photo of Moderator: Jeff 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 David Borish, Co-Founder, Crowd hut David Borish
    Co-Founder & CTO
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    David was the Founder of several trailblazing companies. The most recent was, a social network for the publishing industry and, a publishing software which streamlines the process of writing and submitting book proposals. Previously, David founded Sell Your Stuff, the first eBay drop-off franchise in New York. Within two years of its inception, he developed the concept into a national franchise brand.

    Photo of Christine Landon, Founder, Web Financial 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.

    Chris Tyrrell, Managing Director, Right Strategies Chris Tyrrell, Managing Director, Right Strategies

    Chris Tyrrell is the Managing Director of Right Strategies, an M&A and venture consulting firm and Manager of Nehemiah Investments, a family investment office -- both based in Princeton, NJ. Chris started college in an early-entrance program at age 15 -- he is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Virginia School of Law. After a brief career in politics working on the campaigns of Steve Forbes for President and Bill Simon for California Governor, he spent four years on Wall Street as a finance attorney, primarily focusing on asset-based finance, in the corporate finance department of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. From 2006 to 2010, he was involved in corporate and asset-backed financing transactions totaling over USD $60 billion. He is currently focused on M&A and venture strategies in energy efficiency, transportation and - of course - crowdfunding. He and his wife have eight children and currently reside in Princeton, New Jersey.

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