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Here are the Investor speakers you will get to meet at our NYC Summer Venture Conference, sponsored by McCarter & English, LLP, BDO, Nolcha, Crowded.com. The event is in La Marina NYC on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

Photo of Moderator: David Sorin, McCarter & English David J Sorin
Partner
McCarter English
McCarter English
Dave Sorin is the managing partner of McCarter's East Brunswick office and the head of the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies practice. 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, e-commerce, and communications), and life sciences. Many of the companies he represents are well-known names throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Photo of Moderator: Kevin Pianko, BDO Kevin Pianko
Partner
BDO
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 Rishi Patel, Plus Eight Equity Partners Rishi Patel
Managing Partner
Plus Eight Equity Partners
Plus Eight Equity Partners
Rishi is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Plus Eight. He has 10 years of experience working with corporations and the private equity community as an investment banker on Wall Street. He has worked at Morgan Stanley & Co., Perella Weinberg Partners LP and Jefferies LLC and has executed over $10 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. He currently serves on the Board of StudioFeed USA LLC. He received his undergraduate degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Series 7 and Series 63 license.

Photo of Doug Clinton, Loup Ventures Doug Clinton
Managing Partner
Loup Ventures
Loup Ventures
Doug is a co-founder of Loup Ventures, an early stage VC investing in artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, and augmented reality. He previously held roles at Piper Jaffray, Nokia, Enpocket, and the Robert H. Clinton Auction Company.

Photo of Joseph Coyne, Studio VC Joseph Coyne
Partner & Chief Investment Officer
Studio VC
Studio VC
Prior to joining Studio VC as Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Joe Coyne helped build Samsung Electronic's Venture Capital team in New York City as part of the Global Innovation Center. While at Samsung, Joe performed all aspects of deal sourcing, diligence and negotiation, with a focus on early and growth stage software and services investments. During his tenure at Samsung, Joe's initial investments realized two exits, Automated Insights sold to Vista Equity backed STATS Inc. and LoopPay was sold to Samsung Electronics to create the technical backbone for Samsung Pay.

In 2009, Joe joined Bain Capital Ventures Investments in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Bain Capital, Joe worked on both early-stage and growth-equity investments in a variety of industries, including business services, consumer technology, marketing services, eCommerce and digital media. He also worked closely with numerous portfolio companies on strategic planning, business development and company exits.

Earlier in his career, Joe worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Merrill Lynch in New York, where he advised clients across diverse industries on a variety of strategic and financial transactions.

Joe received his BBA from University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where his studies concentrated on investments, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Photo of Paul Capon, Luna Ventures Paul Capon
Managing Partner
LunaCap Ventures
LunaCap Ventures
Mr. Capon graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2006 with a BS in Management, and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Mr. Capon served as a logistics officer based out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom. During his time in service, he completed two tours in Afghanistan. Based in Kandahar, he was in charge of logistical operations for NATO construction projects throughout Afghanistan. During his second tour, Mr. Capon deployed to Kabul where he served as convoy commander for over 120 convoys and then as a Commander of an embedded training team (ETT). Paulís ETT was responsible for training and aiding the Afghanistan National Police in the development of their national logistics infrastructure.

In 2011, Mr. Capon left the Air Force as a Captain and received an MBA from a joint London Business School and Columbia Business School Program in 2013. While attending business school, Mr. Capon focused on finance and operations of both distressed and start-up companies. Upon graduation Paul worked in the restructuring industry for Capstone. In 2014, Mr. Capon founded LunaCap Ventures, a Venture Capital firm focused on hybrid growth capital investing. He has since led and executed a number of investments for LunaCap and distributed capital to LPís within the first year. Additionally, he negotiated the sale of a $6MM revenue company, appointed their new COO, and guided the company through a role-up strategy. He is currently the CEO of Wessex Press (a LunaCap Ventures portfolio company) where in his first two years he increased the company's revenue, previously flat for 7 years, by more than 3X and made the Company profitable.

Mr. Capon is a founding member of the New York City Military Officers Club, and also sits on the advisory boards of Comply First and the Joint Service Academy Network. He remains active in the United States Air Force as a reserve Officer.

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