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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Spring VC & Angel Event, sponsored by McCarter & English, WeiserMazars, Insperity, Rise, Crowded.com. This event was in Midtown New York on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

    Photo of Keith Petri, General Partner, Gambit Fund Keith Petri
    General Partner
    Gambit Ventures
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    Gambit Ventures
    Keith Petri has been actively working at the intersection of business and technology for 7 years.

    In 2014, he was a SVP at Human Demand, acquired by IgnitionOne for an undisclosed sum, where he currently leads Strategic Partnerships. At Human Demand, Keith was responsible for establishing the company as the leading independent mobile Demand Side Platform and differentiating its offering by highlighting its proprietary internal data assets. Before heading to Human Demand through another acquisition, Keith led Partnerships at eDealya where he successfully established over 7,000 direct-to-publisher relationships and indexed over 40m devices in just 8 months. Prior to that, Keith was the Principal of CNSLT.us, and co-founder of iGottaGuide – acquired by GetYourGuide (a Switzerland based startup that has raised $45.5m to date and leveraged iGottaGuide’s established clientele to enter the US market).

    Keith is a noted expert in the mobile space, having been quoted or profiled in Yahoo Finance, CNBC, AdExchanger, MediaPost, NativeMobile, DevsBuild.it, About.com, Skift, Tnooz, the Examiner, The New York Times, TechZulu, and the Application Developers Alliance. He mentors for Venture for America Fellows and also sits on the board of NFTE Ventures, an international non-profit organization providing entrepreneurship training and education programs to young people from low-income areas to encourage continued education and the possibility of entrepreneurship as a future career-path.

    Photo of Brittany Gorevic, General Partner, Lattice Ventures Brittany Gorevic
    General Partner
    Lattice Ventures
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    Lattice Ventures
    Brittany Gorevic is a General Partner at Lattice Ventures, providing launch capital to entrepreneurs serving industries underserved in innovation. Prior to launching Lattice, Gorevic served as General Manager at Union Square Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm with $1B+ under management. Some portfolio companies include Etsy, Twitter, SoundCloud, Tumblr, Lending Club, and Kickstarter. Her entrepreneurial endeavors include founding VetsinTech NYC, transitioning military veterans into technology jobs, and founded gtrot, a social travel recommendation engine sold to Groupon. She has a BA in Marketing and International Business from NYU.

    Photo of Trace Cohen, Managing Director, NYVP Trace Cohen
    Managing Director
    New York Venture Partners
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    New York Venture Partners
    Trace Cohen is a serial entrepreneur in NYC and now the Managing Director of NYVP making angel investments in the best startups/founders.

    He was the President and Co-Founder of Launch.it, a new self-publishing platform for PR professionals, agencies and brands to launch and socialize everything new.

    Prior to that Trace was an SVP at iFluencePR where he "created understanding for a complex world." He specializes in strategic PR for tech companies looking to develop their communications, branding and outreach strategies to connect with their communities and costumers with transparency.

    Trace is a graduate of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. He is one of the original Co-Founders and former CMO of Brand-Yourself.com, which helped students and young professionals manage their reputation and personal brands online. Best class he has ever taken.

    Photo of Shreyas Chityala, EIP Fund Slater Chityala
    Managing Partner
    Elevate Innovation Partners
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    Elevate Innovation Partners
    Slater Chityala is the Managing Partner of Elevate Innovation Partners - an early stage venture firm based in New York. EIP invests in enterprise software companies in US and fintech startups in US, Europe and India. EIP helps connect startups with financial services firms across its global network. Slater is an active member of the New York startup ecosystem. He is a mentor to several startups, accelerators and is on the Executive Committee of ARC Angel Fund and Charlotte Angel Fund. He has made several successful angel investments in US and Australia which provided the impetus to start EIP. Prior to EIP, Slater had worked in Corporate VC, Strategy Consulting and Investment Banking in US and Asia for UBS, Nomura and Westpac. He is a passionate sports fan with a particular love for football (all the various kinds) and basketball.

    Photo of Sumeet Shah, Brand Foundry Ventures Sumeet Shah
    Senior Associate
    Brand Foundry Ventures
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    Brand Foundry Ventures
    Sumeet is helpful in sourcing and managing new opportunities at Brand Foundry Ventures. Mr. Shah has 6 years of experience across the startup and private equity industries, formerly running new business strategies at Gist Digital and handling business development and project work at Gotham Consulting Partners. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, specializing in Biomechanics.

    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.

    Photo of Moderator: Kevin Pianko, Weisermazars Kevin Pianko
    Partner
    BDO
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    BDO
    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 Welcome Address: Dorothy Zizzo, Insperity Dorothy Zizzo
    Advisor
    Insperity
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    Insperity
    Dorothy has worked with early stage and emerging growth companies as a Business Performance Advisor at Insperity since 2006. She has consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors and provided effective HR strategies that empower them to become employers of choice. She serves on the board of directors of New Ground a non-profit based on Long Island. Some of her favorite things to do are spending time with family and shoe shopping.

    Photo of Brian Cohen, NY Angels Brian Cohen
    Chairman
    New York Angels
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    New York Angels
    Brian Cohen is the Chairman, Board of Directors of NY Angels. He created iFluence PR a strategic behavioral-based communications consultancy for the new earned influence/social media community. Its focus is on understanding determinant business success factors and using qualitative customer research matched with highly aggressive guerrilla communications techniques to achieve client marketing objectives while providing the greatest financial value possible.

    Developed Good Cause Communications, the first full-service not-for-profit PR firm designed to meet the needs of struggling non-profits. Its planned newswire, GoodCauseNews.org will be the first free newswire for struggling non-profits and PublicRelationsCares.com will be the first social responsibility volunteer program for public relations professionals. Founded GlobalComm/TSI (Technology Solutions, Inc.in 1983. TSI was the first science and technology strategic marketing and public relations agency in New York and one of the first such specialists in the United States. In 1996, TSI was recognized as the #1 fastest growing public relations agency in the United States. Nearing 200 employees with 5 offices, he sold the company to The McCann Erickson World Group, part of the Interpublic Group of Companies in 1997. As a hallmark of TSI's collaborative work with nearly 1,000 companies during its 17-year tenure, they began a 14-year partnership with Sony Corporation of America in 1986. During that time, TSI provided strategic communications counsel to all Sony's computer, business professional, and consumer products divisions and introduced more than 100 "bleeding-edge" products. In that same year, TSI began an alliance with the IBM Corporation that grew to represent more than 50 IBM divisions providing all levels strategic communications/media relations counsel. Brian specifically media trained hundreds of IBM management on how to talk to and work with the media and analyst communities. As a testament to the success of this relationship, TSI received the Gold CIPRA award (#1 Public Relations program) in 1998 for the IBM Deep Blue/Gary Kasparov Chess Match concept development and public relations program.

    Brian created and instituted the RPM (Rapid Publicity Marketing) model of strategic communications. This tightly integrated approach to publicity gave clients a quick market edge and was designed to discover and leverage a company's key strengths as well as mitigate their destructive weaknesses. TSI's client list read like an entrepreneurial who's who list of leading technology companies in computing, communication, software, education, and entertainment all supported by an integrated matrix of professionals in research, strategic planning, media placement, video production and event management.

    Additionally, Brian started Focus Technology, a Focus Group company that provided qualitative research and beta site utilization services. Brian provided all development and moderating support.

    Before launching TSI, Brian was a founding publisher of Computer Systems News and InformationWeek magazine at CMP Publications. While in graduate school, he was involved with pioneering computer trade publications including Personal Computing Magazine and Minicomputer News from Benwill Publishing. Brian received two Honor B.S. degrees from Syracuse University in Biology and Speech Communications. He also received a Masters Degree in Science Communications from Boston University's School of Public Communications in 1978 and currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of Directors.

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