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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Summer Angel & VC Event, sponsored by WeiserMazars, Bingham McCutchen, Nolcha, Direct Ventures, Inc. , DonQ Rum, SocialRadius, First Republic Bank, Launch.It. This event was in the way Upper West Side on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

    Photo of R. Carter Caldwell,  Principal, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners Carter Caldwell
    Principal
    Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
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    Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
    Carter Caldwell is a Principal at Cross Atlantic who is involved in investment due diligence, deal sourcing, as well as other Cross Atlantic operational efforts. Prior to joining Cross Atlantic, Carter founded and served as COO of Quazant Technology, Inc, the developer of the Transaction Accelerator, a high-speed transaction processing database. Prior to Quazant, Carter helped start Acorn Systems, Inc. and was integral in taking that company from pre-revenue to profitability. At Acorn, he served in the capacities of Director of Corporate Development, Product Manager and Engagement Manger. His experience is derived from positions at Acorn Systems, J.P. Morgan, Bear Stearns, and Business Philadelphia Magazine.

    While at Acorn Systems, and working with distributors in the Semiconductor, Electronics, Fluid Mechanics, Chemical, Food Service, and Steel industries, Carter succeeded in returning numerous businesses to profitability using a variety of methods, including activity-based costing.

    JP Morgan recognized Carter for creating a novel software analysis tool for all equities under their coverage. This tool, which utilized data such as equities' respective median volatilities and average daily volumes, enabled JP Morgan's institutional traders to make more informed trading decisions. Ultimately, this tool was used to alter the mix of equities that JP Morgan held in its Institutional Portfolio.

    Joseph Zawadzki, CEO, MediaMath Joseph Zawadzki, CEO, MediaMath

    MediaMath CEO Joe Zawadzki is a respected pioneer in the online marketing industry, known especially for establishing the demand-side platform sector. With his deep experience in audience targeting and optimization, ad networks and exchanges, and real-time bidding Joe is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences, roundtables and major events.

    After a decade representing buyers at top-tier agencies and Fortune 500 companies, Joe Zawadzki saw the need to reshape the online marketing landscape by integrating technology, data, analytics, and marketing best practices into a single media platform. He founded MediaMath in 2007, launching a technological revolution with the first demand side platform (DSP) and today, the MediaMath Marketing Operating System, TerminalOne, powers the marketing practics of more than 3,500 brands.

    Previously, Joe was founder, president and chairman of Poindexter Systems / [x+1], incubated Right Media, and as managing member of Occam's Razor, shaped AOL’s yield management and DoubleClick's buy-side optimization strategy.

    His early career was spent as an investment banker, where he developed his expertise in quantitative analysis and market dynamics, and he remains an active New York technology investor whose portfolio includes AppNexus, AdSafe, 33Across, C3Metrics, Hashable, Accordant and Spruce Media.

    Joe holds several patents in the area of online methods for dynamic segmentation and content presentation. He is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Teaching Fellow in cosmology, set theory and the history of science.

    Photo of Mark Peter Davis, Venture Partner, High Peaks Venture Partners Mark Peter Davis
    Venture Partner
    High Peaks Venture Partners
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    High Peaks Venture Partners
    Mark is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. In addition to being a Venture Partner at High Peaks, Mark is the co-founder of a handful of companies. Prior to joining High Peaks, he was a venture capitalist at DFJ Gotham Ventures. He also advised Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms on the attractiveness of acquisition targets while at both KPMG and Bain & Company earlier in his career.

    Mark focuses his investing activities on internet technologies. While at DFJ Gotham Ventures, he led or co-led investments in ADstruc, Medialets, Panvidea, SailThru, Seamless Receipts, STELLAService, Yipit, and was also actively involved with Altruik, Drop.io, SinglePlatform, Solvate, Totsy, Worktopia, and ViVOtech. He is also an angel investor in Warby Parker.

    Mark is an active member of NYC's venture community and was listed by BusinessInsider as one of the 100 Most Influential Digital NYers. He earned his BA at Duke and MBA at Columbia. While at Columbia, he was the President of the Private Equity & Venture Capital Club and an InSITE Fellow.

    Mark actively blogs at mpd.me about fundraising, startup management and other topics relating to the startup ecosystem. Many of his posts have been syndicated or cited on The Wall Street Journal, Inc, Business Insider, PE Hub, AlwaysOn, AMEX OpenForum, Mashable and ReadWriteWeb. The Rest of the Story

    Entrepreneurship is in my DNA. I am addicted. Beyond starting companies, I am an active organizer of entrepreneurial communities in NYC and host the Tech Entrepreneurship Channel on Kohort where I am working to unify the global tech entrepreneurship ecosystem. I am also the founder of both the Columbia Venture Community and New York Venture Community, advisor to numerous other entrepreneurship communities and a mentor at TechStars and Entrepreneur's Roundtable.

    Photo of Habib Karouz, Managing Partner, Rho Capital Partners Habib Kairouz
    Managing Partner
    Rho Ventures
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    Rho Ventures
    Prior to joining Rho in 1993, Habib worked in investment banking and leveraged buyout in New York with Reich & Co. and Jesup & Lamont. He received an MBA from Columbia University. His current and former board seats include: Avolent, Innerwireless, Intralinks, iVillage, ReachLocal, Tripod, Tacoda, Travel Ad Network, Waterfront Media, and Yantra. Habib is a Managing Partner of Rho Capital Partners and Rho Ventures and serves on the investment committee of Rho Fund Investors and Rho Canada.


    Photo of Brian Cohen, Chairman, New York Angels Brian Cohen
    Chairman
    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, GoodCauseNews.org will be the first free newswire for struggling non-profits and PublicRelationsCares.com will be the first social responsibility volunteer program for public relations professionals. Founded GlobalComm/TSI (Technology Solutions, Inc.in 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 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 Bill 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 Moderator: Michael Barron, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLC Michael Barron
    Partner
    Bingham McCutchen LLC
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    Bingham McCutchen LLC
    Michael Barron is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group where he represents technology and life sciences companies and advises companies, entrepreneurs and investors in the areas of formation and governance, early and later stage debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, employment and executive compensation, and intellectual property matters, including trademark and technology licensing. Michael serves on the board and as general counsel to several trade associations that focus on promoting and developing companies and professionals in the technology and life sciences industries. One of these organizations is the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), a trade association serving more than 7,000 New England professionals involved in Internet and digital technologies industry. Michael founded MITX in 1995 to help promote the development and growth of the Internet and digital technologies industry in New England. Michael is recognized by Boston magazine as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer and is included in the Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America. He is also AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest designation available.

    Photo of Erica Minnihan, Executive Director, STAR Angel Network Erica Minnihan
    Executie Director
    Star Angel Network
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    Star Angel Network
    Erica Duignan Minnihan is the Executive Director of STAR Angel Network and a Partner in STAR Industries. STAR Angel Network is a membership organization for professional athletes and celebrities that enables them to make investments in high growth potential, early‐stage private companies. STAR Industries is the parent company, which provides a variety of educational and financial management products designed specifically for professional athletes and celebrities.

    Previously, Erica Duignan Minnihan was the Executive Director of Golden Seeds, an arly stage investor group with offices in New York City, Boston and San Francisco, where she managed deal sourcing and screening, due diligence, and investment processes for the group. Prior to joining Golden Seeds, Erica has held a variety of roles in the Investment Banking sector, working for firms including Cantor Fitzgerald, Citigroup and Credit Suisse.

    Erica herself is an entrepreneur, having founded a beverage company that produces products for mothers focused on healthy lifestyles in 2009 which was subsequently sold to a consumer and media investment group. She has also worked with a variety of early stage and start‐up companies providing expertise as a consultant for equity fundraising and general capital strategy. In addition, she is a regular on‐air contributor to MSNBC's "Your Business" as a financial and small business expert. Erica received her MBA in finance and real estate with honors from Columbia University and a BA in Business Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

    Photo of Greg Verdino, Practice Leader, Direct Ventures, Inc. Greg Verdino
    Practice Leader
    Direct Ventures, Inc.
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    Direct Ventures, Inc.
    Greg Verdino is a strategic advisor and executive coach to digital era leaders. He partners with established executives looking to strengthen critical digital skills and digital native tech founders looking to develop core leadership competencies. He is the author of microMARKETING: Get Big Results by Thinking and Acting Small (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and has served as a go-to expert for a wide range of media outlets including Advertising Age, BusinessWeek, CNN, Fox News and The New York Times.

    Photo of Joshua B Siegel, Chairman, Georgetown Angels Joshua B. Siegel
    General Partner
    Rubicon Ventures
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    Rubicon Ventures
    As General Partner – New York, Joshua oversees the day to day activities and operations of Rubicon including evaluating early stage technology companies seeking funding, assisting current portfolio companies with development and interaction with our angels, attracting LP capital, and development of our network. Joshua has extensive experience and connections in technology, real estate, luxury lifestyle brands, digital media, and consumer products.

    Previously, Mr. Siegel was an early stage strategic advisor for startups and real estate concerns, and board member of The Founders Club, an equity exchange based liquidity platform for entrepreneurs. Formerly CEO Professional Connection Resources, an enterprise level marketing system for the legal community, Manager Eastern European Banking Systems at Citibank, Director of Market Intelligence at Citicorp Debt Capital Markets.

    Mr. Siegel received his BA degree from Boston University in Economics and Business Administration and received his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Finance and Entrepreneurship in 2000. He also holds a Degree in Gastronomy from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Joshua was born and raised in New York City, attending Horace Mann, where he lives with his wife, son and daughter.

    Photo of Ryan Feit, Co-Founder, SeedInvest Ryan Feit
    CEO and Founder
    SeedInvest
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    SeedInvest
    Ryan is the CEO and co-founder of SeedInvest, a revolutionary funding platform for startups and small businesses. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act, Ryan supported The Startup Exemption, the nonprofit responsible for bringing the concept of Equity Crowdfunding to Washington, DC. Ryan co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association and currently serves as an Executive Board Member and the Co-chair of the Education and Training Committee. Ryan also serves as a Leader of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates group, which is working with the SEC and FINRA to write the crowdfunding portion of the JOBS Act into law. Prior to founding SeedInvest, Ryan worked at Carlson Capital, a $7 billion multi-strategy hedge fund, where he evaluated and recommended public equity investments. Prior to Carlson, Ryan worked as a Senior Associate at Wellspring Capital Management, a private equity fund with $3 billion under management, where he led small deal teams in conducting detailed due diligence, structured deals, raised hundreds of millions in financing and managed an array of portfolio companies. Prior to that, Ryan was an Investment Banking Analyst at Lehman Brothers where he structured and executed financings to support leveraged buyouts, refinancings, recapitalizations and acquisitions. Ryan received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Photo of Bill Davis, President, Gate Impact William Davis
    President
    GATE Impact
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    GATE Impact
    Bill is the President of Gate Impact LLC. Bill Davis provides Leadership with extensive hands on managerial experience rooted in “Best Practices” and “Guaranteed Delivery”. He has earned the “Go-To” label by C Level Executives and Board Members in organizations that are facing tough decisions, tight budgets and deadlines. As part of Gate Impact, he provides CIO services to the leading Micropayment and Virtual Currency company in Europe. He specializes in Business & Logistical Intelligence with prior engagements with American Express, IBM and Boeing. He provides advisory services to some of the largest Social Investment Portfolios and passionate consultants in the U.S. He coauthored the Impact Intelligence for High Performing Organizations Roadmap with Sara Olsen, the founder of the Social Ventures Technology Group.

    Over his 20 year career, Bill has provided leadership that resulted in financial, technical, operational and most importantly cultural transformation (work ethic, quality of work, timelines & governance) for his clients. Bill has extensive experience providing merger and acquisition due diligence, performance management analysis, customer and product profitability analysis and other business intelligence services. He brings extensive project management & technology application experience to ensure projects adhere to strict disciplines within the relevant life cycles for minimizing risks and guaranteeing success. These accomplishments prepared Bill to lead the build out of the Impact Investing Infrastructure for the GATE Impact Community.

    Photo of Vamsi Sistla, Technical Strategist, Crowd Valley Vamsi Sistla
    Angel Investor
    ARC Angel Fund
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    ARC Angel Fund
    Starting 1996, Vamsi Sistla worked at various media & entertainment startups in engineering and software development roles. In 2002 he pivoted into Market & Technology Research at ABI Research, Inc as Director of Broadband & Consumer Electronics, and in 2006 he join Gemstar-TV Guide as Director, Mobile Entertainment. From 2009 to January 2011 he worked for Rovi(Macrovision) as Director, Mobile Product Development and later Director, Mobile/Social Platform Product Management.

    During his tenure at ABI Research, he has appeared on many business- and news-related TV and radio programs such as CNBC Squawk Box, Canadian Report on Business (RoB TV), CE Channel, and NPR Marketplace and CNET Tech Radio. He has been cited by AP, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswire, USAToday, Forbes, TWICE, BusinessWeek and CIO.

    Currently he is an active Angel investor in few of the Angel funds (including ARC Angel Fund) and part of TIE Angels & AngeList at Eniac Ventures. He is also founder/CEO of Telvetto, Inc - a "Curated TV" startup.

    Photo of Christina Bechhold, Managing Director, Empire Angels Christina Bechhold
    Managing Director
    Empire Angels
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    Empire Angels
    Christina leads sourcing and due diligence efforts on potential investments with a strong interest in mobile and the Internet of Things, and is responsible for organizing training and education events for members. She is a particularly eager supporter of young, New York based entrepreneurs.

    Christina has a professional background in emerging markets and structured finance. She also serves as Vice Chairman of Hope on a String, a non-profit, grassroots organization that seeks to foster an environment of social transformation and economic development in Haiti through participation in music, a Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Hotchkiss School Alumni Association and Founder of InterprepNYC, a social and networking organization which connects U.S. and UK prep school alumni in New York. Christina graduated cum laude from the honors program of Boston College with a B.S. in Management.

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