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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Series A Venture Conference, sponsored by McCarter & English, Pura Vida Tequila, N6A, WeiserMazars, Thirstie. This event was in NYC on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

    Photo of Jeffrey 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.

    Photo of Steven Wendler, Spencer Trask Ventures Steve Wendler
    Chief Executive Officer
    Spencer Trask Ventures
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    Spencer Trask Ventures
    Chief Executive with consistent track record of excellent and enduring achievements in growing small companies and revitalizing large divisions. Direct experiences with investment banking, operations; sales and marketing; product development; customer services; process innovation, reengineering and outsourcing finance; HR management; IT management; strategic planning and corporate business development. Demonstrated leadership ability to build trust and excitement with superiors, board members, peers, customers and followers through natural earnestness, impeccable ethics, respectfulness, compassion and reliability. Strategic thinker, relentless innovator and gifted troubleshooter who builds enthusiastic participation through natural passion and well-considered, culturally-appropriate decisions

    Photo of Joshua Siegel, Rubicon Venture Partners 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 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 Nat Brinn, Vital Financial Capital Nat Brinn
    Principal
    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.

    Photo of David Arcara, Laconia Capital Group David Arcara
    Co-Managing Partner
    Laconia Capital Group
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    Laconia Capital Group
    David Arcara is the co-managing member of the General Partner and the Management Company. Mr. Arcara has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. Mr. Arcara has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as part of the founding team, nearly $100 million dollars of angel and venture funding. In 2010, Mr. Arcara founded Rubber Soul Ventures to contribute his personal capital and operational expertise to emerging digital technology companies and entrepreneurs. Rubber Soul Ventures currently has a portfolio of over a dozen early stage ventures based primarily in the Northeast corridor including LeagueApps, LocalVox, Page Science and Wymsee. Mr. Arcara was also the co-founder of TalkSix, a consumer facing interactive streaming video start-up with a significant B-to-B component. Mr. Arcara has also served as General Manager of Imaginova Corporations digital publishing division, including the flagship property Space.com, founded by CNNs Lou Dobbs and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Earlier in Mr. Arcaras career, he co-founded Alliance Custom Communications, to create custom content for marketers seeking to enhance their brands customer engagement. Mr. Arcara was ultimately approached by Random House Publishing to re-launch and lead the business as Random House Custom Media.

    Mr. Arcara was also a co-founder of UGO Networks, which ultimately consisted of over 500 independent affiliate web publishers reaching over 15 million users a month and became one of the nation largest 18 to 34 male-targeted online entertainment content networks. The UGO founding team was among those pioneering the concept of an online ad-supported publishing network. Mr. Arcara served as UGOs Executive Vice President and led multiple operating functions including affiliate network development, sales, and marketing. UGO was purchased by Hearst Corporation in 2006 for approximately $100 million. In 1992, Mr. Arcara formed DJA Media, Inc., which focused on turning around underperforming radio stations by improving product and sales. In 1996, DJA Media formed Radio Enterprise, Inc., a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications, through which Clear Channel provided financing to allow Radio Enterprise to expand to a total of four stations under Mr. Arcara leadership. Radio Enterprise was sold to Clear Channel in 1998 after more than doubling its asset value at the peak of government-deregulated consolidation.

    Mr. Arcara is a member of New York Angels, one of the country leading angel investor organizations, as well as Harvard Business School Angels. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, and holds his MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Photo of Brian Smiga, Alpha Venture Partners Brian Smiga
    Venture Partner
    Alpha Venture Partners
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    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: Altruik, Headliner, Knovel, 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, 3Com, 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 Moderator: Mike Devito, Partner, WeiserMazars Michael Devito
    Partner
    WeiserMazars LLP
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    WeiserMazars LLP
    Michael possesses more than 17 years of experience in providing audit, accounting, and tax services to private and public companies. He advises clients on improving profitability and the operational aspects of their businesses.

    As part of the firms SEC and M&D Groups, Michael has expertise in working with SEC rules and regulations and auditing under the PCAOB standards. His industry experience is focused in technology and software, retail, manufacturing, wholesale/distribution and energy. Michael has experience in dealing with companies that receive government grants and their related compliance and reporting requirements.

    Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and Public School Accountant in the state of New Jersey. He received his BS in Accounting from Rider University. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey Technology Council and teq.konnect.

    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.

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