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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Consumer Products and CPG Investing Event, sponsored by Loeb & Loeb LLP, SocialRadius, The Soho Loft. This event was in NYC on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

    Photo of David Borish, CEO, Crowdhut and CPG Investor 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 Elijah Duckworth-Schachter, Principal, Point One Percent Elijah Duckworth-Schachter
    Point One Percent
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    Point One Percent
    Elijah Duckworth-Schachter has spent his career in the investment and strategy consulting industries. His primary focus has been in the private equity arena and his experience includes working for many years in the Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions Practice at Mercer Management Consulting, now Oliver Wyman, with a particular focus on investing in retail and consumer products companies. Additional past experience includes working at a mezzanine debt fund sourcing and structuring lower middle market buyouts and working as a financial analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers.

    Today, Elijah divides his time between managing his family's office, with a focus on direct investments in the retail industry, and acting as a principal at Point One Percent, a strategy consulting and branding firm focused on the luxury goods industry. Elijah is a graduate of Columbia College, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs and Columbia Business School.

    Photo of Jonathan Hakakian, Founder, Soundboard Angel Fund Jonathan Hakakian
    Managing Director
    SoundBoard Angel Fund
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    SoundBoard Angel Fund
    Jonathan Hakakian joined SoundBoard Consulting Group LLC, in early 2010 after working in the construction industry, rising to the level of project manager. His entrepreneurial passions started early, having grown up in a retail, family business and playing a role in the growth and success of the company. In 2006 Jonathan partnered in founding a consultancy that helped bridge the gap between baby boomer business owners and the burgeoning Gen-Y population entering the workforce. The firm also project managed outsourced global resources for the benefit of its domestic clients.

    During his tenure at SoundBoard Consulting, Jonathan supported a core group of clients in their process to uncover early-stage and start-up investment opportunities. As Co-Founder of SoundBoard Ventures, Jonathan coaches “new” entrepreneurs as they build out their business plans, prototype their products & services, and need a point of accountability to support building momentum in their ventures.

    Jonathan graduated from the George Washington University, with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in Finance. He is certified in Essential Facilitation and provides clients with in-depth analysis in order to establish clarity and prove alternative perspectives. He has also participated on the review committee for a number of business plan competitions at local universities.

    Tim Haddock, CEO, Fundamental Financial and Angel with FP Angels Tim Haddock, CEO, Fundamental Financial and Angel with FP Angels

    Gregg Smith
    Chief Investment Officer
    Edison Nation
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    Edison Nation
    Gregg has been a Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Edison Nation since January 2011. Edison Nation operates an online community of independent inventors focused on consumer and medical products and produces the Emmy-award winning PBS television show on innovation called Everyday Edisons.

    Prior to Edison Nation, he founded Evolution Corporate Advisors in 2007. Evolution was a capital markets consultant to private and public companies and institutional investors' portfolio companies and provided advice on strategic business issues in the capital markets. Gregg has completed over 100 equity and equity-linked private placements and offerings as lead or exclusive placement agent, and total transactions in excess of $4 billion in many industries.

    Until 2007, Gregg was the Managing Director and Head of Cowen and Company's Private Equity Group, where he was responsible for the execution of all Private Placements, SPACs, PIPEs and Registered Direct offerings for clients in all sectors in the U.S. and abroad. Cowen was the largest U.S. placement agent for PIPEs and Registered Direct offerings in 2006, and completed $1.8 billion in 56 private placements during Gregg’s tenure. From 2000 through June 2005, Gregg was a Principal in the Private Equity Placements Group at Banc of America Securities, where he was the lead product banker for all alternative equity capital markets transactions including PIPEs and Registered Direct offerings executed by Banc of America Securities (BAS), and closed more than $1.3 billion in private transactions. He led BAS to the top of the league tables for PIPEs till his departure in 2005 to Cowen.

    Prior to BAS, Gregg was formerly a Vice President in the investment banking departments at JW Genesis Capital Markets (acquired by Wachovia in 2000) and Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Mr. Smith began his career as an investment banker in 1992 at Bear, Stearns & Co., where he assisted in completing more than $1 billion in public and private financings and M&A transactions.

    Gregg has a B.S. in Business from Skidmore College and was an Officer and Treasurer of his class for all four years.

    Photo of Carter Weiss, Managing Partner, SILAS Capital Carter Weiss
    Managing Partner
    Silas Capital
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    Silas Capital
    Before forming Silas Capital, Mr. Weiss co-founded Built NY, Inc. in mid 2003, and for 6 ½ years as CEO grew the company into an internationally recognized and highly profitable consumer products brand, taking sales from zero to approximately $30 million. Mr. Weiss oversaw the creation of the BUILT brand, steadily building and enhancing the company’s position in the marketplace with a distinctive brand strategy and product identity. Under his leadership, Mr. Weiss grew the BUILT brand to what it is today, selling in over 50 countries around the world at retailers including Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, MoMA and Target. Prior to his role as CEO of Built NY, Mr. Weiss spent 7 years as a venture capitalist. He was previously a member of the corporate venture capital fund Hollinger Capital, where he made successful investments in consumer internet companies such as (IPO in 2004). Before Hollinger, he was an Associate at venture capital firm Cornerstone Resources and a M&A analyst at CIS Corporation. Mr. Weiss began his financial career at World Marketing Inc, a Trans World Airlines holding company, where he held various accounting positions. Mr. Weiss graduated with a B.A. in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University.

    Moderator, Joe Daniels, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP Moderator, Joe Daniels, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP

    David Yarnell
    Managing General Partner
    BEV Capital
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    BEV Capital
    David co-founded BEV in 1997. Prior to BEV, David served as Vice President at Consumer Venture Partners. He also spent seven years at McKinsey & Company as a consultant. Previously, David served as President of Mexx USA, an apparel manufacturer and he acquired marketing experience at General Mills and at Federated Department Stores. David received his BS from Tufts University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Photo of Parker Gilbert, Angel Investor, New York Angels Parker Gilbert
    Angel Investor, Managing Partner
    Brand Building Ventures
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    Brand Building Ventures
    Parker Gilbert is an Angel Investor with New York Angels, and is the Managing Partner of Brand Building Ventures, based in Westchester County, New York. Brand Building Ventures, founded in September, 2004, is committed to investing in emerging consumer goods and services companies that possess unique selling propositions. Mr. Gilbert has thirteen years of classic consumer packaged goods marketing experience across a range of product categories. Over the course of his career, Mr. Gilbert has won two sales awards and one national advertising award. He has a track record for building consumer brands that deliver top and bottom line growth. Most recently, he was Vice President of Marketing on Banana Boat Suncare at Playtex Products, Inc., located in Westport, Connecticut. His experience ranges from health and beauty aids, frozen food, medical devices, suncare, baby care and household cleaning. Prior to Playtex, Mr. Gilbert held marketing positions at Pepperidge Farm and Wyeth. He received his MBA in marketing from the Stern School of Business at NYU and an undergraduate degree in history from Middlebury College in Vermont.

    Photo of Vlad Vukicevic, Rockethub Vladimir Vukicevic
    Read the full profile for Vladimir here!
    Vlad Vukicevic is an entrepreneur and established thought leader in the world of social media and innovation. He has taught Fortune 500 companies how to apply innovative technology, combined pop culture with management theory on his blog, and is the Co-Founder and CTO of RocketHub, one of the world’s largest online crowdfunding platforms. Vladimir is the co-author of The Crowdfunding Manifesto, a popular foundational resource for artists and entrepreneurs. Vlad and the RocketHub team share a bold vision: that crowdfunding is the new path to creative, entrepreneurial, and academic empowerment. RocketHub has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Economist, and SXSW – and is the fastest growing crowdfunding community.

    Photo of Ryan Feit, SeedInvest Ryan Feit
    CEO and Founder
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    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.

    Bruce Lipnick, Crowd Alliance Bruce Lipnick, Crowd Alliance

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