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    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.

    Stephen Pelletier, ARC Angel Fund Stephen Pelletier, ARC Angel Fund

    Photo of Miriam C Eaves, Angel Investor Miriam Eaves
    Managing Partner
    Cargile Group
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    Cargile Group
    Miriam C. Eaves is an innovative business development and sales executive who creates revenue for businesses in the Cleantech, Information Services and Media space.

    Her functional areas of expertise include new business development, building strategic alliances, consultative sales, new product launch, strategic marketing and corporate development.

    Ms. Eaves has created and implemented customer-driven strategies that have stimulated sales, increased industry presence and significantly enhanced the bottom line for her clients. She has negotiated numerous partnerships, deals and sales contracts to meet demanding financial and business objectives for Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial ventures.

    Notable clients include Dow Jones, Reuters and Deutsche Bank, as well as startups funded by world class venture capital and private firms, such as Draper Fischer, New Enterprise Associates and TA Associates.

    Ms. Eaves founded the trade group Women in New Media in 1994 and served as President until 2004. She is also a member of the New York Board of the Clean Economy Network and the WPA.

    Miriam Eaves holds a BA from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Virgina.

    Photo of J. Skyler Fernandes, Simon Venture Group J. Skyler Fernandes
    Managing Director
    Cleveland Avenue
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    Cleveland Avenue
    J. Skyler Fernandes is ranked as a Powerlist 100 VC and the Managing Director of Investments at Cleveland Avenue, a private equity and venture capital fund focused on restaurants, food and beverage brands, and food and beverage technology, as well as an incubator lab for new concepts, and a consulting group with leading industry veterans across real estate, franchising, operations, marketing / branding, technology, and food science. The group was founded by the former CEO of McDonald's.

    Previously, Mr. Fernandes founded and was the Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), the venture capital arm of Simon Property Group, an S&P 100 company, and the largest retail real estate company in the world. SVG is ranked by CB Insights as a top 5 corporate venture group within retail and focuses on investing in retail technology, rising new brands, and internet of things for smart cities / buildings.

    Mr. Fernandes is the founder of One Match Ventures, an angel fund, and has developed key entrepreneur resources, such as "The Best Startup Pitch Deck"​, a top ranked investor pitch deck template online, viewed and downloaded over 500,000+ times and used by accelerators and business schools. Mr. Fernandes also co-founded with his wife the #1 startup / VC board game, "The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship"​,

    Mr. Fernandes graduated early from New York University (NYU), summa cum laude, due to his studies at Harvard University in Physics and Foreign Policy. Mr. Fernandes is an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching Venture Capital Intensive, and is a frequent speaker on venture capital and entrepreneurship. Mr. Fernandes also gave a TEDx Talk on Venture Capital, called "Innovating the Financing of Innovation".

    Neelam Brar, Empress Capital Neelam Brar, Empress Capital

    Mateusz Kaliski, Rubicon Ventures Mateusz Kaliski, Rubicon Ventures

    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.

    Bernard Mantha, ARC Angel Fund Bernard Mantha, ARC Angel Fund

    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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