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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC Summer Venture Conference, sponsored by McCarter & English, LLP, BDO, Nolcha, Crowded.com. This event was in La Marina NYC on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

    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, BDO 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 Moderator: Alicia Syrett, Pantegrion Capital Alicia Syrett
    Founder & CEO
    Pantegrion Capital
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    Pantegrion Capital
    Recurring Panelist on CNBC's PowerPitch and MSNBC's Your Business. Inc. Contributor. Featured in CNBC's Make Me A Millionaire Inventor, TechCrunch, Forbes, USA Today, Inc., Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Associated Press, CNBC's Cash Crowd, and Fox Business's Risk & Reward. Named as one of the "25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know" by AlleyWatch. Instructor for Steve Blank's Lean Launchpad course at Columbia University. Named as one of Wharton's "40 Under 40"​ young alumni by Wharton Magazine. Named by Virgin as one of the Five Next Generation Leaders Emerging from Tech. Founder of #Point25 (point25.splashthat.com) and Co-Founder of #MentHERnyc.

    Photo of Doug Clinton, Loup Ventures Doug Clinton
    Managing Partner
    Loup Ventures
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    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
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    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.

    Photo of J. Skyler Fernandes, Cleveland Avenue 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"​, http://www.nextbigthingboardgame.com/

    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".

    Photo of Paul Capon, Luna Ventures Paul Capon
    Managing Partner
    LunaCap Ventures
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    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). Paul’s 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 LP’s 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.

    Photo of Loretta McCarthy, Golden Seeds Loretta McCarthy
    Managing Partner
    Golden Seeds
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    Golden Seeds
    Loretta McCarthy is a Managing Partner, responsible for the Golden Seeds angel network nationwide, including member cultivation, orientation and engagement. Prior to Golden Seeds, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Oppenheimer Funds, as well as Vice President of Marketing at American Express. She brings to this role deep experience in marketing, product development, public affairs and corporate communications. She has extensive experience serving on boards of directors of corporations and non-profit organizations. Ms. McCarthy holds an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BA from the University of Arizona.

    Photo of Christine Tate, ARC Angel Fund Christine Tate
    Angel Investor
    ARC Angel Fund
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    ARC Angel Fund
    Christine is an Angel Investor actively involved in early stage investing and mentoring throughout the Northeast with a past life of strategic and operational management focused on leadership and vision and strategy.

    She serves on the due diligence committee of the NYC-based ARC Angel Fund and in a member of Funding Post Angels. Christine is active in the Upstate New York startup community as an event judge, mentor, investor and advisor as well as the Chair of UNY50. Christine was an organizer of Startupweekend Tech Valley and a principle in a gaming accelerator and fund based in Troy NY.

    Prior to becoming involved in early stage investing and mentoring, Christine worked for Cargill, Inc. in a variety of executive level positions, including Overseas Business Development based in Asia, Worldwide Audit, Tech and IT Development, and corporate level system and strategic efficiencies. She managed the financial and sales service departments of a $1B telecommunications company and served as Business Development Manger for an Asian manufacturing sourcing company.

    Photo of Rishi Patel, Plus Eight Equity Partners Rishi Patel
    Managing Partner
    Plus Eight Equity Partners
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    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 Lockie Andrews, HBS Angels Lockie Andrews
    Sector Lead
    HBS Alumni Angels NY
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    HBS Alumni Angels NY
    Lockie is the founder of Catalyst Consulting, a boutique advisory firm specializing in all things digital for consumer and retail companies. With 20+ years of general management experience, Lockie has assisted high growth companies (e.g. Nike, Lane Bryant, various start-ups) in diverse areas such as strategy, innovation, digital marketing, social media management, revenue enhancement, operational/financial improvement, workforce automation and fundraising. Catalyst's unique ability to provide clients with strategy and implementation services yields actionable and sustainable results.

    Photo of Meghan Cross, Red Bear Angels Meghan Cross
    Managing Director
    Red Bear Angels
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    Red Bear Angels
    As Managing Director, Meghan leads the operations and investment team at Red Bear Angels. She joined RBA with a decade of growing media & software companies in NY & SF. As an early Director at StyleCaster Inc., Meghan led the digital media conglomerate’s marketing team through the business’ exit to She Knows Media. Prior, Meghan was in PR, helping to build Skype and Foursquare into household names. She draws venture experience from working with Bowery Capital, Foundation Capital, Metamorphic Ventures, and StarVest Partners. She is the founder of Cross Venture Services LLC, a launch advisor to such commerce platforms as Sailo (TechStars ’15), Shareswell, and Thursday Boot Co. Meghan has been interviewed on various programs such as CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, and NBC’s “The Today Show.” Meghan received her B.S. in Fiber & Textile Science from Cornell University and M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where she was Steve Blank’s teaching assistant. She resides in New York City and serves on the junior boards of Lincoln Center and the Facing History Organization.

    Photo of Sapna A. Shah, Red Giraffe Advisors Sapna Shah

    Red Giraffe Advisors
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    Red Giraffe Advisors
    Angel investor, retail expert and entrepreneur. Through Red Giraffe Advisors, I make seed stage investments in retail, consumer and fashion tech startups. Select portfolio includes: Reply Yes, FINDMINE, The Wing, Modalyst, Iterate Studio, Swoonery, Stantt, Monica + Andy, Wine for the World and Futurestay. I also serve on the Board of Directors of New York Angels. Previous experience: co-founded Retail Eye Partners, a highly respected independent equity research firm, co-founded Mind the Chap, a menswear e-commerce site, executive roles in strategy and new concept development at Linens 'n Things and Ann Taylor, process consulting at Gap and finance/investment banking at Punk, Ziegel & Knoell and Morgan Stanley.

    Photo of David Honig, Uncommon Denominator David Honig
    Founder and Partner
    Uncommon Denominator
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    Uncommon Denominator
    David Honig is the founding partner at Uncommon Denominator (www.uncommonvc.com ), a New York based early stage venture capital fund focused on investing in consumer brands that hit a psychological nerve, software companies that help other businesses make money or spend less of it, and occasionally in frontier technologies. Uncommon is an investor in Boxed Wholesale and MegaBots, among others. Prior to Uncommon, David was the founder of Vision Ventures, whose investments include DollarShaveClub (acquired by Unilever), Grovo, MapMyFitness (acquired by Under Armour), Modern Meadow, SendTheTrend (acquired by QVC), and Zeel, to name a few. David began his investing career at Insight Venture Partners. He is the holder of a US patent for a left hand/right hand compatible schooldesk.

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