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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out New York Early Stage Angel Breakfast, sponsored by McCarter & English, LLP, Nolcha, WeiserMazars. This event was in NYC on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014.

    Jalak Jobanputra, Founding Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures Jalak Jobanputra, Founding Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures

    Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of FuturePerfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC. Before founding Future\Perfect Ventures, Jobanputra was the Director of Mobile Investments at Omidyar Network, a philanthrocapitalist fund started by Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay. While there, she created a mobile investment strategy, invested in an East African mobile tech incubator, invested in the fastest growing Indian mobile classified ad site, and closed Omidyar's largest for profit investment ($5M) to date in Latin America, a wireless company that creates credit profiles on unbanked middle income consumers using mobile data. She has 20 years experience in venture capital, impact investing, media and technology. She was previously Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF), a private economic development fund, where she managed the fund's technology and digital media venture investments. While there, Jobanputra spearheaded the formation NYCSeed in 2008, a seed fund dedicated to funding early stage tech entrepreneurs in NYC, in response to a market gap in seed funding at the time. She was also on the selection committee and served as a mentor and speaker for NYCSeedStart, NYC's first summer accelerator program, and helped launch the FinTech Innovation Lab, which has since been replicated in London. Jobanputra worked closely with the Bloomberg administration and NYCEDC to implement initiatives to help diversify the NYC economy through NYC’s growing tech/digital sectors and served on Governor Paterson’s Small Business Taskforce. Her portfolio at NYCIF included outside.in (acquired by AOL), Thumbplay (acquired by Clear Channel), Schoolnet (acquired by Pearson) and TXVia (acquired by Google), in addition a debt instrument to Grameen America, and seed investments in Magnetic, Ticketfly, Enterproid and SeatGeek.

    Prior to NYCIF, she was a Principal at New Venture Partners, a $300 million early stage venture fund that commercialized technology out of corporate labs. At NVP, she founded and served as interim CEO of Real Time Content (spun out of British Telecom) in 2005, a personalized video ad platform, and was a Director of Procelerate Technologies, a SaaS workflow management tool for the aerospace industry. She also incubated a range of other technologies, including speech recognition/NLP, 3D displays, video surveillance, 4G wireless broadband and music recommendation software. From 1999-2003, Jobanputra was at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, where she invested in enterprise software, internet and digital media startups, including Demantra (sold to Oracle), Extricity (sold to Peregrine), Viacore (sold to IBM), R Systems (IPO), Financial Engines (IPO), Yodlee and Zinio. In 1997 in NYC, in the early days of Silicon Alley, she launched and managed product development for online financial information startup Horsesmouth. She began her career in media, telecom and tech investment banking at Lehman Brothers and Broadview in NYC and London.

    Jobanputra is also active in supporting education reform and social entrepreneurship and served as a Trustee of Achievement First Bushwick Charter Schools (Brooklyn) and sits on the Executive Committee of the Social Investment Council of Echoing Green. She is on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of Loreal’s Women in Digital Initiative, and Access to Capital Subcommittee member of the US Secretary of State Women’s Leadership Council.

    Jobanputra serves on the NYC Downtown Alliance 'LM' Leadership Committee, announced by Mayor Bloomberg on Sept. 12, 2013, and recently joined the Advisory Board of The Daily News Innovation Lab. She served as a 2010 Mentor for the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, a summer accelerator for social entrepreneurs worldwide. In 2003, she took a yearlong sabbatical from VC to consult on replication strategy for Gates Foundation funded charter schools, including the Big Picture Company. Jobanputra spent four months setting up microfinance programs and training women entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 1999. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications from the Annenberg School and a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School.

    In 2013, Jobanputra was selected as a '40 Woman to Watch Over 40'. Jobanputra was selected as an Outstanding 50 Asian American in Business in 2010 by the Asian American Development Center. In November 2012 she participated in an Aspen Institute delegation to Amman, Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II, Mideast entrepreneurs and investors. She was selected as a US State Department Delegate to Indonesia in the summer of 2011, where she met with entrepreneurs, angel investors and business leaders to promote tech entrepreneurship. Jobanputra is a Techstars NYC Mentor, Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and Advisory Board Member of Astia NYC, and is a frequent speaker and judge at entrepreneur and venture conferences, including Mobile World Congress, CTIA, TechCrunch Disrupt, Bloomberg, Internet Week and Social Media Week. She is a regular contributor on BloombergTV and has been interviewed by MarketPlace Radio, Forbes, SeekingAlpha and other national publications. Jobanputra has been asked to speak on entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems by the Obama White House and throughout the US and is currently playing a leadership role in the tech community to help pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill. She can be found at @jalak or on her blog www.thebarefootvc.com (recently named a top 10 investor blog.)

    Nate Lentz, Managing Partner, Osage Venture Partners Nate Lentz, Managing Partner, Osage Venture Partners

    Nate joined Osage Venture Partners in 2008 and as Managing Partner oversees investment and portfolio management activities. He serves on the Board of Directors of BA-Insight, Canvas, InstaMed, FieldView, Medallion Analytics, PeopleLinx, Pneuron, and RackWare. He is also a board observer of Identropy and a member of the Technology Investment Advisory Board for Ben Franklin Southeast Pennsylvania. Nate is a frequent speaker and panelist at venture events and is actively involved with numerous venture focused organizations including PACT, NJTC, MAVA, and Early Stage East.

    Prior to joining Osage, Nate was President and CEO of Verticalnet, Inc., a publicly traded SaaS solutions provider, which was sold in January, 2008 to Italy-based BravoSolution. He served as the Malvern, PA- based Verticalnet's CEO for over five years and was attributed with leading the transformation of Verticalnet from an online operator of web portals to a proven software solution provider, while navigating the company through a financial turnaround. Prior to Verticalnet, Nate was a Partner at Mercer Management Consulting and led both the San Francisco and the Hong Kong offices. During his time at Mercer, he worked closely with multinational companies and high growth emerging businesses both in the U.S. and in over fifteen countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Nate began his career at Chemical Bank in New York providing lending and structured finance services to mid-size companies. He is a graduate of Brown University and of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he graduated with honors.

    Nate resides in Philadelphia, PA, with his wife Suzanne and his two sons and daughter.

    Jason E. Klein, Chariman, HBS Angels Jason E. Klein, Chariman, HBS Angels

    Jason E. Klein is an experienced media CEO and builder of digital and traditional businesses who has led two successful turnarounds. He is founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures LLC, an advisory and investment firm in digital media, marketing, and marketplaces; Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York; a Managing Director at Empirical Media; a member of New York Angels; and a mentor at several NYC-area incubators. Mr. Klein is on the advisory board for Shoppable (formerly 72Lux), the leading e-commerce solution for publishers, and PageScience. Mr. Klein was President and CEO of NNN, the leading national network for local media, and Mr. Klein led its expansion from a focus on daily print newspapers to a full line provider of scalable, integrated marketing solutions encompassing web, mobile, and tablet formats; targeted hyperlocal and suburban properties; and Hispanic and other ethnic segments. NNN is a limited partnership of 25 of the largest U.S. local media companies including Tribune, Gannett, Hearst, Advance Newhouse, New York Times, and the Washington Post; and serves blue chip clients such as Procter & Gamble and IBM. Under Mr. Klein's leadership, NNN delivered record results and led in the use of media effectiveness metrics.

    Prior to NNN, Mr. Klein was CEO of Times Mirror Magazines, a leading magazine publisher with $300 million in revenue and 25 titles including Golf Magazine, Popular Science, Transworld Skateboarding, and Skiing; and leading vertical digital properties including popsci.com, and golfmagazine.com. Mr. Klein joined the company as President and Group Publisher of Field & Stream and Outdoor Life magazines, and oversaw their turnaround from losses to the most profitable magazines in the company. Mr. Klein ran Times Mirror Magazines when its parent company was sold to Tribune in 2000, oversaw the divestiture of Times Mirror Magazines to Time Inc. for $475 million, and ran the integration into Time Inc. and rebranding as Time4 Media.

    He is a founder of MDconsult.com, an aggregator of medical information for professionals, now owned by Elsevier. He also founded Healthy Living Media, a private-equity backed venture, with North Castle Partners. Mr. Klein ran strategic development for Times Mirror's medical and professional division where he completed the acquisition of 15 companies in two years, including building a consumer health information sector. Mr. Klein is a former management consultant with McKinsey where he developed growth and turnaround strategies for media and consumer goods companies. Mr. Klein's clients included television networks, consumer packaged goods companies, magazine publishers, and department stores. Mr. Klein began his career at Bain & Company in Menlo Park, CA, as an associate consultant focused on consumer goods, technology, and health care.

    Mr. Klein holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Dartmouth College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude in computer science. He is on the board and executive committee of the New York City Police Foundation, and is an officer of the Harvard Business School Club of New York. Mr. Klein is the immediate past Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and a past board member of the Magazine Publishers of America (now the Association of Magazine Media) and the American Advertising Federation. Mr. Klein was recognized by Media Magazine as one of "100 People to Know" in the media industry, and by Alley Watch as one of "25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know." He can be found on twitter as @JKNews.

    Justin Humphries, Executive Director, STAR Angel Network Justin Humphries, Executive Director, STAR Angel Network



    Moderator: David Sorin, Partner, McCarter & English LLP Moderator: David Sorin, Partner, McCarter & English LLP

    Dave Sorin is the managing partner of McCarter’s East Brunswick office and the head of the Venture Capital and Early Stage and Emerging Companies practice. He focuses his practice primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. Dave has a long track record of successful representation of growth companies, having been repeatedly recognized by well-known periodicals for a unique combination of legal acumen and sound business judgment. He also brings to bear his broad range of knowledge and experience in counseling enterprises and investors in diverse emerging growth markets, technology industries (including software, information technology, e-commerce, and communications), and life sciences. Many of the companies he represents are well-known names throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

    One industry-leading publication has recognized Dave as one of New Jersey’s top 100 business people, categorizing him within an "elite group" of executives who "are the voices of their industries." He was later identified by another industry publication as one of the region’s "top deal makers." Chambers USA, an international guide to lawyers and law firms, called Dave the State’s top corporate lawyer. More recently, Lawyer Monthly Magazine identified Dave as one of the top 100 Lawyers in the world in the category of emerging growth company representation and he also was named to the 2014 NJ Super Lawyers list.

    Dave co-founded the law firm of SorinRand in 2009, was Managing Partner of the New Jersey and New York law offices of Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corporation and of the Princeton office of Hale & Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale LLP), as well as a corporate practice area Vice-Chair. He later established a non-legal consulting practice to advise emerging growth companies on a wide range of business issues, including matters relating to finance, commercial transactions, corporate partnering and licensing arrangements, and governance. In addition, he served as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University, teaching Entrepreneurial Law, Venture Capital and Corporate Governance. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, teaching Accounting for Lawyers and Mergers & Acquisitions. He began his legal career at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

    The realities of the 21st century economy and rigorous analysis of the business and legal marketplace convinced Dave that service to startup, early stage, emerging growth and middle market enterprises is largely incompatible with the cost infrastructure, high leverage, and fee schedules generally associated with today’s law firm model. He and his partners founded the firm to meet the new business realities head-on, reinventing law firm practice to help clients achieve their goals, sensibly. Together, they joined McCarter & English to leverage McCarter’s geographical scale, size, and breadth of services to provide clients the many disciplines they require throughout their business lifecycles, while retaining the unique delivery model and value proposition offered by SorinRand.

    Dave, who is a frequent speaker, panelist, and author on issues of interest to the emerging growth and middle market sectors, also is a Certified Public Accountant.

    Welcome Address: Joe Colgan, WeiserMazars Welcome Address: Joe Colgan, WeiserMazars



    Miriam Eaves, Managing Director, BP Castrol Innovation Ventures Miriam Eaves, Managing Director, BP Castrol Innovation Ventures



    David Beatty, Angel Investor, Golden Seeds David Beatty,  Angel Investor, Golden Seeds

    David is an entrepreneur and Angel investor. David is currently co-founder and Vice President of ProSeeder Technologies, an enterprise funding platform enabling financial firms to collaborate, syndicate and execute private equity and debt transactions. Born in Ireland, David started his career in 1985 as a headhunter in London and after joining IMI Computing was transferred to the USA in 1990. David is Chairman of Empire Messaging, Inc., a company he started in 1993 and ran until 2004, which provides enterprise messaging solutions to corporate clients. David has co-founded 5 companies, 3 of which have exited. David is an active angel investor and is a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investor group in New York where he is co-head of the Golden Seeds institute, leading workshops for angel investors and entrepreneurs in the US and overseas. David sits on a number of boards, including emozia, technology to assess a users emotional state and MIS, a radiology services

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