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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Crowded: The Collaborative and On-Demand Economies, sponsored by McCarter & English, Crowded.com. This event was in NYC on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

    Photo of Sutian Dong, Firstmark Capital Sutian Dong
    Senior Associate
    FirstMark Capital
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    FirstMark Capital
    Sutian is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities. Sutian was previously Director of Marketing for Norisol Ferrari, a New York-based luxury outerwear brand, and worked in Sales and Marketing at MarketFactory, a FirstMark portfolio company developing software applications for high-speed trading platforms.

    Sutian holds a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

    Photo of Geoff Schneider, Cava Capital Geoff Schneider
    Managing Director
    Cava Capital
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    Cava Capital
    Geoff founded Cava Capital in 2007 based on the idea that entrepreneurial experience is essential to being a great investor in start-ups. Geoff has more than 20 years of operational and leadership experience with a range of companies in consumer marketing and media, technology products and services, information services and Internet marketing. He has helped build over twenty venture-funded businesses into viable high growth enterprises, been instrumental in raising millions of dollars of venture capital, worked with many companies as advisor and investor and sat on several boards of directors at various stages of company growth. Geoff has participated in several Angel investments and has been a strategic investor in two venture capital funds. He currently oversees day-to-day management of the firm, chairs the Operation and Investment Committees and leads coordination efforts with the Cava Ecosystem for portfolio company development. Geoff holds a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University as well as an M.B.A. from George Washington University. He is married with two children and enjoys competitive golf and fine wine.

    Photo of David Goldberg, Corigin Ventures David Goldberg
    Director
    Corigin Ventures
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    Corigin Ventures
    David Goldberg is a Director at Corigin Ventures, a NYC-based provider of capital and support to early-stage tech-enabled companies. Corigin Ventures invests in inspirational teams tackling high-growth markets across all sectors including consumer, mobile, real estate tech, and the on-demand economy. Some prior investments include Lending Club, Urban Compass, Zeel, Transfix, and Poshly. Prior to joining Corigin, David founded and led FreshNeck.com , a mens accessories collaborative consumption platform, through its exit in 2014.

    Photo of Ali Hamed, Coventure Ali Hamed
    Managing Partner
    Coventure
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    Coventure
    Ali Hamed, co-founder of CoVenture, a firm that builds software for early-stage startups in exchange for equity, told Business Insider that his company plans to partner with and invest in twice as many companies in 2014 than it did this year. In 2013, CoVenture worked with six startups, all of which managed to raise additional capital. They also gained revenues of around $10 million each after working with Hamed and his team.

    CoVenture seeks out non-technical founders with big ideas. It will build $30,000 worth of software in exchange for 5% equity in each company. Hamed looks forward to partnering with 15 new companies in 2014, after sealing $500,000 of its own funding in six weeks, instead of the six months that he expected.

    Photo of Tim Foster, LLR Tim Foster
    Business Development Manager
    LLR Partners
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    LLR Partners
    Tim joined LLR from KPMG, where he was a Business Development Director responsible for building relationships with investors, business owners and service providers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. He previously served as Business Development Manager for Edison Ventures.

    Focused on the metro New York market, Tim sources and evaluates new investment opportunities for LLR and potential acquisitions for portfolio companies.

    Photo of Timothy Gentry, Angel Investor Tim Gentry
    Partner
    Sonic Words
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    Sonic Words
    Tim Gentry is a thought leader in value chain disruption and protection measurements. His body of work exhibits true understanding of how to leverage market forces to extract and defend value. He currently sits as an advisor for startups and investment funds, providing market leadership.

    In his role as the President of Communiclique - a Global Unified Communication API provider - Tim and team works to provide a full offering of voice messaging solutions to the enterprise and consumer marketplace. Communiclique offers an incubator for young entrepreneurs to allow them the resources, locations and additional funding for their businesses and ideas.

    Previously, Tim was the Senior Vice President for Business Transformation and Acceleration at Avaya; a TPG company. He was in charge of driving accountability at all levels of the business to provide go-to ­market growth and cultural transformation for Avaya.

    He co chaired a targeted sales acceleration executive team that focused on Avayas IPO packaging and quarterly revenue commitments.

    Tim was the CEO/Managing Director for Avaya Asia South Pacific. He was based in Sydney, Australia, and headed the strategic leadership for Avaya as it delivered high performance networks, new multi channel communication solutions, and services to the ANZ marketplace.

    Charles Sidman, Angel Investor Charles Sidman, Angel Investor



    Photo of Moderator: David Sorin, McCarter & English David J Sorin
    Partner
    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.

    Moderator: Mark Roth, Crowded.com Moderator: Mark Roth, Crowded.com



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