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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Summer Philadelphia Venture Event, sponsored by Benjamin's Desk, Social Radius, Morgan Lewis . This event was in Benjamin's Desk on Wednesday, July 17, 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.

    Photo of Karen Griffith Gryga, DreamIT Ventures Karen Griffith Gryga
    Executive Director
    DreamIt Ventures
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    DreamIt Ventures
    Karen Griffith Gryga is an experienced venture capitalist and investor with over 15 years of transaction experience. Karen is the Executive Director of MAG, The Mid-Atlantic Angel Group, which has two angel funds under management. The Mid-Atlantic Angel Group Funds I & II, LP (MAG I & II) were created to bridge the gap between angel funding and institutional venture capital funding serving the Mid-Atlantic region. Karen is also Co-Founder and CEO of FashInvest, an initiative focused on emerging growth entrepreneurs within Branded Goods, Fashion and Retail and Technologies that intersect Branded Goods, Fashion and Retail. The goal of FashInvest is to create a business platform focused on bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and industry executives to foster the growth and development of emerging growth enterprises within Branded Goods, Fashion and Retail. Previously, Karen was a Founder and Partner of Liberty Venture Partners, a Philadelphia based venture fund established in 1997. Karen holds a MBA in decision analysis from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (with Distinction). At the same time as Wharton, Karen obtained a Masters in Computer Science from the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science (Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

    Photo of Brett Topche, Managing Director, MentorTech Partners 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.

    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 Holly Flanagan, Business Development, Gabriel Investments Holly Flanagan
    Business Development
    Gabriel Investments
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    Gabriel Investments
    Holly's career includes 20 years of business development experience including stints at 5 start-up ventures, 1 of which had a very successful IPO (MBNA America) and another (Juniper Bank) that was acquired by Barclays Bank for close to $300mm. Most recently, she was responsible for Business Development at local start-up, TicketLeap (a Gabriel portfolio company), where she increased gross ticket sales from BD efforts over 400% within 1 year.

    She recently joined Gabriel Investments where she is responsible for deal sourcing and is involved in investment due diligence and other Gabriel operational activities. She also actively works with the Gabriel portfolio of companies to refine their business development strategy and tactics.

    Holly holds a BA and MBA from the University of Delaware.

    Photo of Thomas Penn, Partner, MVP Capital Partners Thomas Penn
    Partner
    MVP Capital Partners
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    MVP Capital Partners
    Mr. Penn joined MVP in 2000 from Boston Millennia Partners, a private equity firm where he was a Partner. He has served on numerous MVP company boards including Andrews International, Coffin Turbo Pump, and Implex. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Penn was President and CEO of Tektagen, Inc., a leading contract services firm serving the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Tektagen was successfully sold to Charles River Laboratories, Inc. in 1998. Prior to Tektagen, Mr. Penn was President of Independence Ventures, Inc., a firm that specialized in starting and building high-potential, technology-based companies. Earlier in his career he held several positions in industry and venture capital. Mr. Penn is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

    Terry Williams, Partner, Next Stage Capital Terry Williams, Partner, Next Stage Capital



    Moderator: Jeff Bodle, Partner, Morgan Lewis LLC Moderator: Jeff Bodle, Partner, Morgan Lewis LLC

    Jeffrey P. Bodle is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice and its Emerging Business and Technology Practice. Mr. Bodle is a corporate and securities lawyer whose practice focuses on representing emerging businesses and other high-growth private and public companies throughout every stage of their lifecycle. He also represents seed and venture capital investors, private equity investors, institutional investors, and strategic investors in investment and portfolio company transactions. He also concentrates his practice on a variety of complex transactional matters, including IPOs and other public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate partnering, joint venture, and other strategic transactions.

    Sharla Feldscher, SFPR Music Sharla Feldscher, SFPR Music



    James McNabb James McNabb



    Alex Willis, AP Publishing Alex Willis, AP Publishing



    Jonathan Moyal, Lucky Ant Jonathan Moyal, Lucky Ant



    Lonnie Halpern, Crowd Mason Lonnie Halpern, Crowd Mason



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