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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Summer NYC VC & Angel Conference, sponsored by McCarter & English, LLP, Nolcha,, WeiserMazars, AC Lion. This event was in La Marina NYC on Thursday, August 4, 2016.

    Photo of Moderator: David Sorin, McCarter & English 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 David Goldberg, Corigin Ventures David Goldberg
    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 , a mens accessories collaborative consumption platform, through its exit in 2014.

    Photo of Laurel Touby, Flatiron Investors Laurel Touby
    Managing Partner
    Flatiron Investors
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    Flatiron Investors
    Entrepreneur, now investor. Following the sale of the company for $23 mm to WebMediaBrands, I began advising small seed-stage startups and doing some investing. I left in June, 2011 and continue touching the entrepreneurial community in various ways, including via a monthly co-hosted Cereal Entrepreneurs breakfast, Venture Deal Dinners and ongoing startup advising. Until April, 2012, I hosted "Secrets of Successful Startups" on CBS Interactive.

    Photo of Jonathan Hakakian, Soundboard Angel Fund Jonathan Hakakian
    Managing Director
    SoundBoard Angel Fund
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    SoundBoard Angel Fund
    Jonathan Hakakian joined SoundBoard Consulting Group LLC, in early 2010 after working in the construction industry, rising to the level of project manager. His entrepreneurial passions started early, having grown up in a retail, family business and playing a role in the growth and success of the company. In 2006 Jonathan partnered in founding a consultancy that helped bridge the gap between baby boomer business owners and the burgeoning Gen-Y population entering the workforce. The firm also project managed outsourced global resources for the benefit of its domestic clients.

    During his tenure at SoundBoard Consulting, Jonathan supported a core group of clients in their process to uncover early-stage and start-up investment opportunities. As Co-Founder of SoundBoard Ventures, Jonathan coaches “new” entrepreneurs as they build out their business plans, prototype their products & services, and need a point of accountability to support building momentum in their ventures.

    Jonathan graduated from the George Washington University, with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in Finance. He is certified in Essential Facilitation and provides clients with in-depth analysis in order to establish clarity and prove alternative perspectives. He has also participated on the review committee for a number of business plan competitions at local universities.

    Photo of William Reinisch, Paladin Capital William Reinisch
    Venture Advisor
    Paladin Capital Group
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    Paladin Capital Group
    William Reinisch is responsible for the investment activities in the New York office of Paladin Capital. He is also the CEO and Founder of XIV River. He specializes in strategy and investments for the high tech industry. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. He was most previously the Vice President of Strategy and Technology with Motorola. In this role he was responsible for intellectual property standards and the corporate technology portfolio in addition to positioning Motorola for growth in emerging new market segments. Previously, he was Vice President of strategy and new initiatives and joined Motorola as a strategic advisor to the Chief Strategy Office. Prior to joining Motorola he was Senior Vice President of operations and engineering at Magnolia Broadband, where he led engineering and operations for the company. Before that, he led the global technology organization at Multilink Technology Corporation, a company focused on high-speed solutions for advanced optical networks. He has authored several publications, presentations, three US patents and several patent applications. He earned an MBA from Fordham University and a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.). As a native New Yorker, William is uniquely positioned to assist rapidly growing technology companies in the New York Market.

    Photo of Caryn Effron, Angel Investor Caryn Effron
    Advisor and Angel Investor
    37 Angels
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    37 Angels
    There is nothing that energizes me more than setting the stage for women of all generations to take full command of their financial future.

    Women are at a sea change moment in American society. We control 51.3% of all private wealth and that number is projected to grow past 65% by 2020. While women are already largely in control of their family's finances, most do not feel that they are on equal footing when it comes to money and financial literacy. Even more surprising is that even today most established institutions have failed connect with a female audience, leaving women feeling dissatisfied and disfranchised.

    I launched GoGirl Finance to address this very problem by building a bridge that brings the leading minds of personal finance together with any woman ready to take control of her financial future. As an angel investor and advisor to several women-led start-ups and seed-stage funds, I sit at the intersection of a number of communities that are committed to changing the status quo at scale. I firmly believe that it is through a combination of solutions that we will be successful in empowering women to build wealth.

    By day, I am a commercial real estate executive with deep experience bringing together capital and partners to turn big ideas into reality. Over the course of my 25 year career, I have financed over 1 billion $ in commercial real estate properties across the country. I create value by leveraging creative thinking, collaboration and a passion for finding connected interests in every situation.

    Photo of Katherine O'Neill, Jumpstart NJ Angel Network Katherine O'Neill
    Executive Director
    JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
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    JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
    Katherine O’Neill is the Executive Director for JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network, a member led angel investor group that invests in early stage high growth companies in Mid-Atlantic region, and an investor in technology businesses. She currently serves on the Board of the Angel Capital Association ACA the national organization representing angel investor groups in North America. She recently was the Program Chair of the ACA National Leadership Conference held in 2010. Katherine represents the ACA at both national and international events. Katherine is a member of the NJ Economic Development Authority Edison Fund Advisory Board, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of SEPA Advisory Board, NJ Technology CFO Advisory Board, Princeton University MIRTHE Investment Focus Group and Rutgers Innovation Park Advisory Board. In recent years she has spoken at and judged business plan competitions both regionally and nationally at events such as IMPACT, Astia, Microsoft BizSpark NYC competition, Tri State Donald W. Reynolds Cup, Princeton University Jumpstart Innovation Forum and Start Up Weekend Princeton.

    Katherine is a seasoned financial executive and investor in early stage enterprises with extensive experience in start up and entrepreneurial operations as well as operational experiences in a diverse range of businesses. She has particular expertise developing technology-based business as well as strategic business plans. She has extensive multinational experience and financial operation management and knowledge of healthcare pharmaceuticals, information systems, e-commerce and social media. She is the president of O’Neill Associates and consults with technology companies and acts as interim CFO.

    Photo of Moderator: Michael Devito, WeiserMazars Michael Devito
    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.

    Ravi Patel, Audience Ventures Ravi Patel, Audience Ventures

    Ravi is an analyst at Audience Ventures. AV strives to apply enterprise-level, data-driven solutions to the early-stage companies to help them grow at an accelerated rate as they mitigate risk. Our partner's have a combined 100+ years of experience in digital media, data, and start up realm.

    He received a degree (B.S.) in finance and information technology at NYU - Leonard N. Stern School of Business. At Audience Ventures, Ravi plays a key role in developing financial models for innovative business models, strategies and company valuations. He is devoted to learning more about how startups can use data help product-market fit, customer acquisition strategies and management decisions.

    Photo of Jeffrey Finkle, ARC Angel Fund Jeffrey Finkle
    Angel Investor
    ARC Angel Fund
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    ARC Angel 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 Beau Gordon, Stagefront Partners Beau Gordon
    Chief of Staff
    Stagefront Partners
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    Stagefront Partners
    Beau has served as the Chief of Staff to Kevin Spacey since 2009 and among his responsibilities were the distribution of the Shakespeare documentary NOW, which followed Sam Mendes production of Richard III around the world, which was self-distributed through Spacey Ltd. Beau has acted as tour manager for a number of concerts and events. Beau and Kevin Co-founded a venture investment fund in 2014 which invests in entrepreneurs setting out to build innovative tech companies in media and entertainment. In addition, outside of his association with Mr. Spacey, he produced the BAFTA nominated short film Connect.

    Photo of Kendrick Nguyen, Kendrick Nguyen
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    We're building Republic to bring angel investing to main street. Nothing says "I support this team, this startup, this innovation" louder than making an investment, however small. If everyone invests with purpose today, we can shape tomorrow's world. I also support mission-driven entrepreneurs through my work as the founding adviser of NOW, a venture capital platform led by Shiza Shahid, who co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. My prior business experience focused on fundraising, ops, product strategy and investment. Many years a securities attorney, I now maintain a semi-active pro bono practice. Please don't hesitate to connect, especially if you have questions about investment crowdfunding.

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