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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Angel and VC Conference, sponsored by McCarter & English, LLP, WeiserMazars, Nolcha, FP Angels. This event was in New York on Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 .

    Photo of Joshua B. Siegel, Rubicon Venture Capital Joshua B. Siegel
    General Partner
    Rubicon Ventures
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    Rubicon Ventures
    As General Partner Ė 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 Universityís 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 Bradley Harrison, Scout Ventures Bradley C Harrison
    Managing Partner
    Scout Ventures
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    Scout Ventures
    Bradley Harrison is an entrepreneur and seasoned business development executive with a passion for technology, media, entertainment and lifestyle.

    Brad has a great deal of experience launching new ventures. While attending MIT, he worked as a Partner in a seed stage venture fund, ITU Ventures, and helped launch a joint MIT-Harvard incubator. During this experience, Brad worked at the earliest stages with many dynamic companies including Endeca Technologies.

    While serving as Director of Media Strategy and Development at AOL, Brad co-authored 3 patents in search, geo-tagging, and personalization, with Edmund Fish, Senior Vice President and General Manager at AOL. Following AOL, Brad helped raise $40M in venture funding for a contextual online advertising network. Prior to launching his business career, Brad served in the United States Army for five years, earning both Airborne and Ranger qualifications and retired as Captain.

    He resides in Tribeca with his wife, Angie, his son, Elvis and his daughter, Scout.

    Photo of Mark Thompson, Partnership Fund for NYC Mark Thompson
    Senior Associate
    Partnership for New York City
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    Partnership for New York City
    Mark Thompson is an Associate at the Partnership Fund for New York City. Prior to joining the Partnership Fund, Mark was an analyst at GLC Advisors, an independent restructuring advisory firm. Prior to GLC Advisors, Mark has held positions at Pfingsten Partners and Lehman Brothers (Barclays Capital). Mark received a MAcc and a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and is a Certified Public Accountant.

    Photo of Alex Iskold, Techstars | NYC Alex  Iskold
    Managing Director
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    Alex Iskold is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AdaptiveBlue, a smart browsing and personalization company. His previous startup, Information Laboratory, was focused on applying the ideas of complexity science to software engineering. Alex and his team developed a tool, called Small Worlds, which automatically identified structural problems in large-scale software systems. After Information Laboratory was acquired by IBM, Alex worked in the IBM Automated Software Quality group as an architect.

    Hey, there! My name is Alex Iskold and I am a Tech Entrepreneur and Investor working in New York City. Currently, I am the Managing Director, NYC @ Techstars.

    I am a big fan of keeping things simple, so below you can find some highlights about me. You can email me: first dot last @, follow me on Twitter, and see my profile on LinkedIn. Although this write up is pretty dated, its a good overview of part of my personal journey.

    My current obsessions include startups, building products, venture capital, books, yoga, running, and red wine. In the past, Ive obsessed over poetry, teaching, complex systems, engineering, TV, and blogging.

    Photo of Moderator: David Sorin, Partner, McCarter & English LLP David J Sorin
    McCarter English
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    McCarter English
    Dave Sorin is an office managing partner and the head of the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies practice at McCarter & English. 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, artificial intelligence, VR/AR, FinTech, e-commerce, and communications), and life sciences. Many of the companies he represents are well-known names throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Under his leadership, McCarter is recognized as one of the most active law firms regionally, nationally and globally according to PitchBook (3rd in the East, 8th nationally, 9th globally, 8th in enterprise software and 6th (tied) in global early stage company deals). In 2017, Chambers, the definitive publisher of law firm and lawyer rankings, named him one of the top lawyers in the country in its inaugural rankings of venture capital and emerging growth company lawyers.

    Photo of Nick Jekogian, YPO Fund NYC Nick Jekogian
    Founder & Managing Partner
    YPO Fund NYC
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    YPO Fund NYC
    A New York-based real estate entrepreneur, Nickolas W. Jekogian III is the President and CEO of Signature Group Investments and CEO and Chairman of Presidential Realty Corp., a publicly traded real estate investment trust. An experienced industry thought leader with over 25 years in real estate investment and management, Nick began his career in college when he bought his first apartment building in Philadelphia. He has since made more than 1,000 separate equity, debt or corporate acquisitions with a deal value in excess of $1 billion.

    Nick led the real estate roll out of Commerce Bank one of the fastest growing retailers ever along the entire east coast from the early stages until its sale for over $8.2 billion in 2009. Nick holdings include apartment buildings throughout the United States with Signature Group and retail shopping center developments on the east coast with Site Development.

    Nick has been investing in startup companies for over 10 years ranging from real estate technology to biotech to consumer-based startups. He currently has over 20 startup investments in his portfolio.

    Passionate about nonprofit development and social change, Nick sits on the board of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise that prepares and connects Nigerian youth with career opportunities in technology. He is an angel investor in technology startup ventures in developing countries and the United States. Nick also acts as a mentor for Ashoka, a global nonprofit organization that helps social entrepreneurs interact with the world and affect global change.

    Photo of Moderator: Kevin Pianko, Partner, WeiserMazars Kevin Pianko
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    Kevin is an audit partner and performs audits of public and private companies and assists them with the financial and operational aspects of their business.

    He helps clients obtain sources of capital and provides M&A and strategic alliance analysis. Kevin has industry experience in numerous sectors including technology, private equity and venture capital, life sciences, manufacturing and distribution, professional services, and financial services. He has extensive experience with 33 Act and 34 Exchange Act filings, including initial public offerings.

    Kevin has extensive experience in working with private equity and venture capital entities at the fund level and the portfolio company level. He brings practical experience in working with earlier stage companies to assist them in dealing with issues they face as they progress along their development timeline. He is actively involved in many technology focused organizations. He is an angel investor in the Angel Round Capital Fund located in New York City, where he serves on the Executive Committee and also chairs the Audit Committee.

    Kevin has been quoted in numerous business publications such as Crain's New York Business, Fortune Small Business, Commerce magazine and NJBIZ. He has also been a speaker at the New York State Bar Association and the New Jersey Bar Association. Kevin has appeared on Bloomberg Radio, CNBC and NBC.

    Kevin's career also includes 10 years of professional experience with two of the Big 4 and national accounting firms.

    Photo of David Drake, Founder, The Soho Loft David Drake
    The Soho Loft
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    The Soho Loft
    David Drake, founder of The Soho Loft, a subsidiary of the VC division of the Private Equity firm LDJ Capital based in New York USA, is the founder of the US Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and US CrowdFunding Professional Association (CfPA). Fluent in 6 languages and born in Sweden, he lobbied for the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) in both the US and at the EU Commission and was a U.S. Commerce Department delegate at the Transatlantic Economic Council forum in Brussels and Rome on July 2012 where he met with European Ministers and national legislators. David presents regularly as an expert on financial innovation and impact investing at 150+ annual and international events. He writes for a number of online publications including, and Thomson Reutersí David Drake also hosted the HBS Club NY, Trail Blazers and Best Buddies Carnegie Hall Charity events for many years.

    Photo of Bruce H. Lipnick, Chairman & CEO,  Asset Alliance Corp Bruce H. Lipnick
    Chairman & CEO
    Asset Alliance Corporation
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    Asset Alliance Corporation
    Bruce H. Lipnick is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asset Alliance Corporation (Asset Alliance). He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Alliance Advisors, Inc. He has an extensive background in alternative investments with over 38 years of experience in the investment management and financial services industries, and was a pioneer in utilizing various hedging techniques in portfolio management in the early 1970 through the 1980. Among other affiliate manager-related activities, Mr. Lipnick serves on the Board of Directors of Wessex Asset Management Limited, a UK based hedge fund manager as well as on the board of many of Asset Alliance subsidiary and sponsored funds.

    He is also a member of the Asset Alliance Investment Committee, Transaction Structuring Committee and CIO of the Asset Alliance Manager Participation Fund. Prior to founding Asset Alliance, Mr. Lipnick served as principal, general partner and senior executive officer for several investment management organizations including Wharton Management Group, Inc., which he founded in 1982 and also served as president. Mr. Lipnick is a member of the Advisory Council of the Milken Institute California Center and of the Advisory Board of the Eco Power Conference in Brazil. He is also a member of United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosis Speakers Cabinet, and in 2002 he received Ernst and Youngs Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Lipnick is a supporter of the New Combinations Fund for the New York City Ballet and a supporter of the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. He is also a patron of MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a past Dinner Chairman of Petra Nemcovas Happy Hearts Fund and a board member of Hedge Funds Care. In 2008, Mr. Lipnick received the Lifetime Humanitarian Award for Giving from Hedge Funds Care. In May 2011, Mr. Lipnick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Young Jewish Professionals (YJP) for his career in the corporate finance world, spanning almost four decades. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lipnick was President and Founder of the Elms Companies and was Vice President of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., a merchant investment bank, in addition to founding and serving as President of Pierpont Management, Inc., a family office. Mr. Lipnick received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Long Island University in 1969. Mr. Lipnick has directly or indirectly owned or operated seats on several major U.S. Securities and Commodities Exchanges. Mr. Lipnick is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation.

    William Shelley, iFunding William Shelley, iFunding

    Photo of Jeff Finkle, ARC Angel Fund Jeffrey Finkle
    Angel Investor
    Viridian Members Fund
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    Viridian Members Fund
    Mr. Finkle is an angel investor and entrepreneur and former Managing and Founding Partner of Odeon Capital. He is the co-chair of the Evaluation Committee for ARC Angel Fund. Prior to raising $115 milllion for Odeon Capital Partners I, Mr. Finkle had a 20-year career in the fields of entrepreneurial management, general management, corporate development and marketing in the computer software industry. He served as Vice President of Corporate Business Development at Computer Associates International, and prior to Computer Associates' acquisition of Cheyenne Software, served as Cheyenne's Vice President of Corporate Development and Corporate Marketing where he had overall responsibility for corporate and product positioning. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Cheyenne's Unix Division. Prior to Cheyenne, Mr. Finkle was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Applied Programming Technologies, which he represented for sale to Cheyenne in 1993. Early in his career, Mr. Finkle co-founded N/Hance Systems a peripheral manufacturing and software development company. Today Mr. Finkle serves as Chairman of Service Channel Inc, a web based transaction management platform providor to the service maintanance industry, and Managing Member of two TV direct response entities. Mr. Finkle also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of PSCH a not-for-profit serving the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

    Jorge Newbery, AHP Jorge Newbery, AHP

    As American Homeowner Preservationís CEO, Jorge Newbery works to create meaningful social and financial returns for investors, while keeping families in their homes. Jorge founded American Homeowner Preservation in 2008 as a remedy for the nationís mortgage crisis with a mission to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Jorge moved the company from Cincinnati to Chicago in 2011, and in 2013 transitioned to a crowdfunding platform that allows investors to pool their money and invest in distressed mortgages online. Jorge has 24 years experience in the real estate industry, founded a successful mortgage company, Sunset Mortgage in 1992 and has also been a principal in development, brokerage, and property management firms. He holds a real estate brokerís license and Series 65 securities license. He began acquiring distressed real estate in 1992 and amassed a portfolio of over 4,000 multifamily units nationwide. Jorge draws on his extensive experience to lead AHP's mission to facilitate win-win-win solutions for homeowners, investors and lenders, and regularly contributes to Huffington Post and other publications as a thought leader in the real estate and crowdfunding industries.

    Photo of Murat Aktihanoglu, ERA Murat Aktihanoglu
    Managing Director
    Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
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    Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
    Murat is an engineer, author and technology entrepreneur. He recently sold Centrl, a location-based social networking startup that he founded in 2008. At the time of the sale, the application was the first to offer a free IM-on-a-map-system that was not reliant on SMS.

    A tireless force on the NYC tech startup scene, Murat founded the Entrepreneurs Roundtable in 2007. The organization, which holds monthly "short pitch" format meetings connecting investors with promising startups, has created active and engaged communities New York City, Philadelphia, Turkey and Japan, with India and China coming soon.

    In 2011, Murat co-authored Location-Aware Applications, a comprehensive guide to the technology and business of creating compelling location-based services and applications.

    Murat has served as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies and some of the world's most well known brands including AT&T, Sony, Panasonic, Logitech and Pioneer. He has established engineering infrastructures and software development methodologies for numerous startups including Improv, Sonicbox, Plaxo, Manyone and Coollris. His expertise has been in constant demand; he has managed engineering teams for Silicon Graphics in Mountain View and Sony Corporation in San Jose and Tokyo.

    He is a frequent speaker at technology and entrepreneurship conferences and panels, such as Mobile Marketing Association Forum, Monaco Media Forum, Ultra Light Startups, Siggraph and New York Entrepreneur Week.

    Murat serves as a board member for the Turkish American Business Forum and is co-founder of the Turkish Founders Club. He is an advisor at MIT Enterprise Forum, Standard Start, Girls In Tech and the Turkish Women's International Network.

    Murat holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrics and Electronics from Bilkent University, in Ankara, Turkey.

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