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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Early-Stage VC & Angel Event, sponsored by Loeb & Loeb LLP, Pura Vida Tequila, SocialRadius, Mason's Donation Page for American Heart Assoc., Thank you for your support on this!. This event was in Midtown on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014.

    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 Angela Lee, Founder, 37 Angels Angela  Lee
    Angel Investor
    37 Angels
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    37 Angels
    Angela Lee is the founder of 37 Angels, an angel investment network and training bootcamp for women investors. She is an entrepreneur and angel investor with a passion for education. She is also a consultant and educator and teaches Strategic Problem Solving, Entrepreneurial Thinking and Executive Communication at Columbia Business School, NYU, and General Assembly

    Photo of Jeanne Sullivan, Partner, StarVest Partners Jeanne Sullivan
    Partner
    StarVest Partners
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    StarVest Partners
    Jeanne M. Sullivan has been investing in and growing tech companies for many years. She is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners. StarVest is a New York-­based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management and invests in technology­enabled business services companies. Jeanne has more than 20 years of venture capital experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. As a General Partner of StarVest Partners and previously with Olivetti Ventures, Ms. Sullivan has served on the boards of many technology companies. Ms. Sullivan has extensive experience creating "go to market" plans for early- and expansion-stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, a keen understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends. Prior to her venture experience, Jeanne gained her experience in AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles.

    Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of "How to get the wallets out of investors' pocket". Jeanne serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association and serves as a member of the Astia Global Board of Trustees, an organization that empowers women entrepreneurs. Forebes reently cited Sullivan as "One of the women VCs changing the world". Follow Jeanne: @Gianna212

    Photo of Marc Michel, Managing Director, Metamorphic Ventures Marc Michel
    Managing Director
    Metamorphic Ventures
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    Metamorphic Ventures
    Marc has over 20 years of private equity and venture investment experience and was a founding Director of Metamorphic Ventures before joining as a Managing Partner. Marc was formerly Group Head at TD Capital (USA) in New York, TD Bank's $500 million private equity fund focused on the media and communications sectors. Prior to joining TD Capital, Marc was the Managing Partner of EOS Partners SBIC, a $60 million venture capital fund focused on business services and communications. Marc began his career at Merrill Lynch Interfunding, a $1.3 billion middle market buyout fund. Marc has spent his entire career helping entrepreneurs build their businesses across the entire lifecycle of over 45 businesses. He has helped management teams build their executive teams, develop their operational and corporate finance strategy and assisted them with executing financings of every type both public and private. Marc has served on numerous boards of directors in partnership with management and co-investors.

    Marc has been involved in many successful companies including Coinstar, Accrue Software, CADIS Software, Open Development Software, DTS Systems, Precyse Solutions, Telemundo, Robb Report, Reiman Publishing, Alaska Native Wireless, Tritel PCS, Triton PCS, Wireless One, Mountain Union Telecom, Brooks Fiber, Bresnan Cable, and FrontierVision Cablesystems.

    Marc graduated with a BA degree from Emory University in 1983 and a MBA from Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.

    Brian Smiga, Venture Partner, Alpha Venture Partners Brian Smiga, Venture Partner, Alpha Venture Partners

    As a Venture Partner of Alpha Venture Partners, Brian evaluates investment opportunities. In addition, he provides product, marketing, strategic partnership, and operating expertise to AVP and its portfolio.

    Prior to Alpha Venture Partners, Brian was the CEO and founder of Preclick, (sold to Smilebox), where he developed popular photo software licensed worldwide by HP, 3M, Sandisk, Walmart, Costco, CVS, and Walgreens. Prior to Preclick, Mr. Smiga was CEO at 3Path, an Intel and Goldman-Sachs backed startup, and the SVP of Marketing at 1ClickCharge, where his product launch resulted in a sale of the company to CMGi.

    After first working with Mr. Brotman at 1ClickCharge, Mr. Smiga has advised SAVP-backed portfolio companies: Knovel, Headliner, Altruik, and Mobile Commons. In the 1990s, Mr. Smiga began his career as a developer at Booz & Co, and in Silicon Valley was cofounder and President of Portfolio Software and Actioneer, where he co-authored six software patents and licensed top-rated software to Apple, IBM, Microsoft, AOL, Palm, Acco, and others. Brian received a BA in Liberal Arts from Swarthmore College, and a Masters of Philosophy in Literature from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. Brian is executive director of TEDxNavesink, hosted at Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ.

    Photo of Alex Goldberg, Managing Director, Canary Ventures Alex Goldberg
    Angel Investor
    Canary Ventures
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    Canary Ventures
    Alex Goldberg is an entrepreneur & angel, who invests in early-staged technology startups under the name Canary Ventures. He had more than a decade of product management, business development, and strategy roles within four high-growth, VC-backed startups in Boston, including: ATG (an innovator in personalized online advertising), Open Market (an innovator in online retailing), Frictionless Commerce (an innovator in strategic sourcing), and Adjoin Solutions (an innovator in cloud technologies). He then spent several years working for the one of the top executives at Computer Associates, where he researched emerging technologies in the “Office of the CTO.” Alex has an MBA from Columbia Business School, he is an Advisor to the Nantucket Conference, and he is an active member of the New York Angels.

    Photo of Moderator, Joe Daniels, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP Joe Daniels
    Partner
    SheppardMullin
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    SheppardMullin
    As a business lawyer, I represent start-up to mature public companies, private equity and venture capital funds, and investment banks involved in high-growth sectors, such as information technology and new media. I have advised company management and top investment banks in raising over $4 billion in IPOs and follow-on offerings of equity and debt, including many foreign companies in their U.S. public offerings. I have represented private companies, venture capital firms and strategic investors in over $1 billion of venture and strategic financings, and helped companies and private equity firms handle over $5 billion of merger, acquisition, and disposition transactions. I also regularly advise companies obtaining secured lines of credit, equipment financing, and other loans. And I serve as outside general counsel for numerous public and private companies, assisting them with their day-to-day business transactions and other legal matters. I focus on representing clients involved in high-growth sectors, and have experience with a broad range of industries, including biotech, cleantech, digital media, ecommerce, energy, healthcare, IoT, fintech / financial services, mobile, semiconductor, software, UAVs, and telecommunications.

    I frequently help organize and speak at events addressing a wide range of topics critical for fast growth companies, including with the Association of Fintech Professionals, Edtech Connect, Enterprise Connect, Entrepreneur’s Roundtable, Fintech Connect, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels, Health 2.0 and TiE Angels. I also teach classes at various accelerators and incubators throughout the country.

    Specialties: IPOs and other Public Securities Offerings (including equity and debt offerings), Venture Capital Financings and other Financing Transactions, Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Strategic Partnerships, Recapitalizations, General Corporate Matters and International Transactions

    Photo of John M Kenney, Angel Investor John Kenney

    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    John M Kenney: I am a growth capital investor in branded consumer product and service businesses: food, beverage, beauty / personal care, fashion and luxury. Beyond my role as investor, I seek to partner with management teams in an active / engaged but non-operational role to help the brand and business flourish. In addition to my 20+ years of experience as a private equity investor (the last 13 of which I have been solely focused on consumer-oriented businesses) I bring my large (and growing) network of experts from all disciplines - production/operations through distribution, marketing, sales, etc - to help the businesses with which I work to achieve ever higher levels of success. Specifically, as a Board member and thought-partner to the executive team, I am able to help consumer businesses refine their focus and execute across a range of areas: • Product and Price: brand architecture, packaging, NPD • Place: distribution • Positioning and Promotion: marketing, sales, distribution • People: team • Process: operations, manufacturing • Profit: positioning business for maximum strategic value Until mid-2013, I was a Managing Director and Partner of TSG Consumer Partners LLC where I also served on the Investment Committee. I joined TSG in December 2008 and helped establish and build the New York office for the firm which has its headquarters in San Francisco. As well, I led the expansion of TSG’s investment efforts into Europe. During my time at TSG, I led and/or was involved in a number of investments including e.l.f. Cosmetics (leading value-priced cosmetics brand in US) as well as other transactions in the food, beverage, beauty, retailing, and luxury goods categories. Prior to joining TSG, I spent 10 years with AEA Investors LLC, a global private equity firm where I was co-head of AEA’s consumer product and retail investment practice. Among others, I co-led AEA’s acquisition of and served on the boards of Burt’s Bees, the natural personal care products company, which was subsequently sold to Clorox Co., as well as Acosta Sales and Marketing, North America’s largest sales and marketing agency representing thousands of brands selling to the grocery and foodservice industries, and Tampico Beverages, a leading brand of refrigerated fruit drinks. Before my time at AEA, I was a Principal at Investcorp International where, as a senior member of its North American Corporate Investment Team, I focused on consumer products and retail investments. Before Investcorp, I was with Lazard Frères' private equity investment vehicle, Centre Partners, and started my career in the investment banking group of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. I hold a B.S. from Boston College.

    Photo of Tim Haddock, CEO, Fundamental Financial and Angel with FP Angels Tim Haddock
    CEO, Fundamental Financial / Angel, FP Angels
    FP Angels and Fundamental Financial
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    FP Angels and Fundamental Financial
    Tim Haddock is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fundamental Financial, one the nations leading commercial finance firms focused on providing financing solutions to emerging and high growth companies. Fundamental offers an array of financing vehicles ranging from as small as $100,000 to as large as $10 million, including Lines of Credit, AR & Inventory Finance, Asset Based Lending and Venture Debt.

    Prior to Co-Founding Fundamental Financial, Tim was a Partner & Managing Director with the global merchant banking firm Greenhill & Co. (NYSE:GHL) where he was the 5th professional promoted to Partner in the firm's history. During his career he has advised on over $75 billion of capital raising, financing and merger transactions.

    Tim earned his MBA in Finance & Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Texas Christian University where he was a Stark Foundation Scholarship recipient.

    Tim resides on the Upper West side of Manhattan with his wife and two of his three children – his oldest is now away at college.

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