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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Boston Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen, SocialRadius. This event was in MA on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    Joe Caruso, Launchpad Joe Caruso, Launchpad

    For the last 20 years Joe has served as mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served as investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private. Joe is currently a member of Launchpad Venture Group and was previously a member of Walnut Ventures, Common Angels, eCoast Angels and a principal of Brookwood Partners, all investment groups for early stage companies. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution. He has served on dozens of boards over the years and is recipient of the Leadership in Private Corporate Governance award from the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter. He is a graduate of Northeastern University (BSEE with honors) and the Harvard Business School (MBA) He has served as advisor to Northeastern’s School of Technological Entrepreneurship, and serves as a mentor for Boston University's entrepreneurship program, the Boston TechStars program, and Mass Challenge. Previously, Joe served as interim CEO for companies in need of strategic change - running businesses ranging from 5 to 1,000 employees. Early in his career, he worked at Teradyne and Autex, Inc., and was CEO at Cyborg Corporation, a venture-funded company that was a pioneer in the use of PC’s in laboratory and factory automation. He also has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Former board memberships include: ACT Medical, Acumenta, Adhesive Technologies, American Fantasy Sports, Audiofile, Boston Restaurant Associates, Boston University's Photonics Center (advisory director), Coffee Connection, Colonial Mills, Common Angels, Corion, Cyborg Corporation, General Analysis, Haymarket Bank, Iconics, i2Chem, Laser Science, Metrisa, MicroE, Nimbit, Qiave Technologies, QD Vision, Quant Funds (trustee); Tytronics, Wwwhoosh, Zentox, the Turnaround Management Association (founding director, New England Chapter), the National Association of Corporate Directors (New England Chapter), the Association for Corporate Growth (New England Chapter) and WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology). Joe has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

    Steve Young, Investors Collaborative Steve Young, Investors Collaborative

    Stephen S. Young is an experienced international lawyer, business developer and executive leader, with a broad background in technology, finance and international business operations, and experience in government, Fortune 100 companies, and entrepreneurial startups. Mr. Young is Co-Managing Member of AMG Capital Advisors, LLC, an angel investor and merchant banking group based in Fairfield County, Connecticut; a member of AMG Analytics, LLC, an investment development and advisory group in Avon, Connecticut; a member of the Investors Collaborative, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts, serving on its Investment Screening Committee; and Co-Founder and Managing Member, Mentor Business Group, LLC, a small business development and consulting company with offices in California, Connecticut and Florida. Mr. Young serves on a number of Boards of Directors, for both private and not for profit organizations. These include federal and state sponsored entities such as incubator and services companies: Hudson Valley Technical Development Center, Hudson Valley Center for Innovation, Connecticut Corsair; and several private technology and small business enterprises in the New England area. Mr. Young’s prior experience includes military service as an officer aboard three nuclear powered submarines and command of several naval reserve submarine support units. He was associate legal counsel in corporate and real estate practice with a large New England law firm. He held progressively more responsible executive positions in legal, business development and operations with United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) (international business unit general counsel and business development director in Asia, and chief executive officer in India); and with Praxair, Inc (NYSE: (PX) (investment development director and energy services business unit president) where he developed particular expertise in aviation, international business, air-conditioning, energy systems and multiple industrial technologies. Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from University of Connecticut School of Law. Mr. Young is also licensed private pilot.

    Photo of Nat Brinn, Vital Financial Nat Brinn
    Vital Venture Capital
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    Vital Venture Capital
    Nat Brinn has a 25-year successful track record of private investments, acquisitions and business management. The most recent example is HSA Bank, the largest specialty bank in the United States focused on health savings accounts. Nat has successful management experience in growth companies, including his role as CEO of HSA Bank, where accounts and revenues grew four-fold and the firm developed a significant profit margin from an initial loss position.

    Nat's private equity investments have achieved positive returns, with many returning 4-5x initial investment within several years. In aggregate, he has completed more than 80 transactions with positive results, including the avoidance of any defaults during his tenure as a private placement bond investor.

    Currently he is acting CEO of Vital Financial's portfolio company, CR Certification Corporation. Nat has significantly built revenues and revamped this company.

    While he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Webster Bank, Nat was responsible for mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic initiatives. He also oversaw management of Budget Installment Company, a premium finance company that Webster acquired and grew three-fold in outstanding balances, revenues and profits over three years under his supervision.

    Upon acquiring HSA Bank for Webster, he was appointed to become CEO of HSA Bank. HSA Bank was purchased in early 2005 for a net premium of $12 million and was valued at nearly $100 million upon his departure at CEO in July 2007 to join Vital Financial. Both the Budget Installment and HSA Bank situations involved upgrading IT, financial, compliance and operating systems as well as building national sales organizations.

    Prior to his tenure at Webster Bank, Nat held positions in corporate development (M&A and strategic investing) and private placement investments at Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance and Inspection Company, Phoenix Home Life, Canadian Imperial Bank and Metropolitan Life.

    Nat has an MBA in finance and accounting from The Fuqua School of Business (Duke University), where he was a Fuqua Scholar and his class graduation speaker. He did his undergraduate work in economics, with additional focus in mathematics and statistics, at University of Delaware where he was in the honors program.

    Neil Chedda, Romulus Capital Neil Chedda, Romulus Capital

    Neil is a partner at Romulus Capital. As a former product manager and entrepreneur, Neil loves partnering with entrepreneurs to build teams and products at the earliest stages of a business.

    Prior to Romulus, Neil was a product manager at Zynga, where spent most of his time building products for Farmville which have since reached hundreds of millions of users. He also spent time at McKinsey and founded a healthcare company that provides innovative anesthesiology service solutions. Neil is an avid scuba diver and private pilot, but when he’s on the ground, he focuses on investments in internet, mobile, and healthcare companies.

    Neil received an A.B. in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Welcome Address: Ben Cooper, Boston Manager, FundingPost Welcome Address: Ben Cooper, Boston Manager, FundingPost

    Ben is passionate about big ideas and disrupting the status quo. As the cofounder and CEO of Sensible Baby, a wearable, smart monitoring technology company for infants, he is helping to revolutionize baby monitoring for the 21st century. His startup won Startup Weekend Boston, finalist in the 2013 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition, finalist in the 2013 MassChallenge and winner of the 2013 $100K program. Ben leads his company in business development and key relationship development.

    Prior to Sensible Baby, Ben was a senior materials engineer for the US Air Force, developing personal protective equipment for Airmen. He also operated as the lead footwear project engineer for the US Army and managed all the technical aspects of their footwear programs. He led the fast-pace multimillion-dollar development effort of the US Army's hot weather mountain combat boot program which supported the unique needs of deploying soldiers in Afghanistan. Ben has also been a key researcher on footwear studies sponsored by the NFL.

    Ben earned a BS from Northeastern University in Biomedical Physics and an MS from Boise State University in Biomechanics.

    Moderator: Michael Barron, Bingham Partner Moderator: Michael Barron, Bingham Partner

    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.

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