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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Washington DC VC & Angel Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen, WeiserMazars. This event was in Mid-Atlantic on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

    Photo of David Horowitz, Partner, Genacast Ventures David Horowitz
    Genacast Ventures
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    Genacast Ventures
    David is a partner at Genacast Ventures. Prior to Genacast, David was Managing Director at Comcast Ventures, the venture capital arm of Comcast. David joined Comcast Ventures in 2000 as one of the first employees of the fund. David focused on investments in digital media, advertising technology, digital home, education and financial technology. David led investments in Entropic (NASDAQ: ENTR), Intellon (NASDAQ: ITLN), Invite Media (acquired by Google), LinkShare (acquired by Rakuten), Nuera Communications (acquired by Audicodes), and XOS Digital (acquired by JumpTV/Neulion.) Prior to Comcast Ventures, David worked in investment banking at Bear Stearns. David graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with highest honors from the University of Michigan.

    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 John May, Managing Partner, New Vantage Group John May
    Managing Partner
    New Vantage Group
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    New Vantage Group
    John May is the managing partner of New Vantage Group, a McLean, VA firm that innovatively mobilizes private equity into early-stage companies and provides advisory services to both funds, private investors and entrepreneurs. Mr. May’s experience in private equity capital over the last 25 years ranges from venture capital fund management to angel investing in the USA and angel ecosystem development abroad. Mr. May has been at the forefront of the angel investor movement. He is the founder of five investment groups, as well as the Investors' Circle, a national non-profit group of 125 family and institutional investors working to grow the social venture capital industry. He is chair-emeritus of the Angel Capital Association (formerly a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation), and is a lead instructor for the “Power of Angel Investing” seminars, a program of the Angel Resource Institute. He is the co-author of two books, Every Business Needs an Angel (Crown Business: 2001) and State of the Art: An Executive Briefing on Cutting-Edge Practices in American Angel Investing (Darden Publishing: 2003). Currently, Mr. May is actively involved with cross-border angel investing and developing angel investment ecosystems in emerging markets. In addition to speaking on angel investment topics in over 20 countries, he is managing partner of Seraphim, a UK-based global venture fund, and is working on USAID projects promoting the formation of angel groups in Indonesia and the Middle East. He also serves on the advisory board for Conservation International’s “Verde Investments.” Mr. May firmly believes that angel investing can trigger success in high-growth companies that spur job creation and economic development around the world. Mr. May holds a BA from Earlham College, an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

    Photo of Sever Totia, Principal, Edison Venture Fund Sever Totia
    Edison Venture Fund
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    Edison Venture Fund
    Sever is responsible for leading investments in enterprise software and business services companies primarily located in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area. He focuses on software sectors including business intelligence, securing the enterprise, mobility, real-time infrastructure, information services and on-demand applications. Sever is active in the venture community as President of the Young Atlantic Venture Association, and he also serves on venture committees for MAVA, Deloitte & Touche Technology Venture Center (TVC), Maryland Incubator and National Sciences Foundation Tech Program.

    Prior to joining Edison, Sever was with Lazard Technology Partners (LTP), a $400M early stage venture fund. There he co-led the enterprise software investment practice. He worked closely with management teams and the boards of portfolio companies Vocus (NASDAQ: VOCS), Managed Objects, Intellitactics, NFR Security (sold to Checkpoint), Aptsoft, Cyveillance and BoxTone. He was also a member of the original investment team for BoxTone, AptSoft, FNX (sold to GL Trade), Interwise (sold to AT&T), Intellitactics and Vocus. Before joining LTP in 2000, Sever was a senior Product Manager with Thomson Financial's Equity Research Products division, comprised of the Worldscope, Disclosure, IBES and Datastream business lines. In this role, Sever led teams responsible for software platform development, database architecture, content operations management, as well as implementation of systems for equity analyses and quantitative portfolio modeling. Sever is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute.

    Photo of Benjamin Miller, FundRise Ben Miller
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    Ben is a co-founder of Fundrise. Ben's responsibilities involve strategic partnerships, deal underwriting, real estate development, PR as well as setting the long-term strategy and goals for the company.

    Ben has 15 years of experience in real estate and finance, and he has acquired, developed, and financed more than $500 million of property in his time as Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners and President of Western Development Corporation.

    Ben also started US Nordic Ventures, a cross-Atlantic private equity and operating company. Ben has worked as an analyst for Lubert-Adler, a private equity real estate fund. Ben was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative.

    Ben is also co-founder of Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website.

    Victor McLaughlin, FundRoom Victor McLaughlin, FundRoom

    Bruce Lipnick, Asset Alliance Bruce Lipnick, Asset Alliance

    Arthur Espinoza, Washington Ballet Arthur Espinoza, Washington Ballet

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