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Here are the Investor speakers you will get to meet at our Philadelphia VC and Angel Investor Roundtable, sponsored by McCarter & English, Crowded.com, Seasons Pizza. The event is in WeWork Center City West on Tuesday, December 5th 2017.

Photo of Ellen Weber, Executive Director, Robin Hood Ventures Ellen Weber
Executive Director
Robin Hood Ventures
Robin Hood Ventures
Ellen Weber is the Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures, responsible for operations and administration.

Ellen is also Managing Director of Antiphony, a strategic consulting firm that helps companies create sustainable value, responsible for the Leadership Development practice. Prior to that, Ellen spent twelve years at Shared Medical Systems where she was responsible for initiatives encompassing organizational development, customer support and corporate communications. She also has served as a senior consultant for Andersen Consulting. Ellen graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.

Photo of John Mazarakis, Angel Investor John Mazarakis
Angel Investor
Angel Investor
Angel Investor
Graduating with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a double major in economics and pre-med from the University of Delaware; John Mazarakis is a seasoned entrepreneur and active angel investor with an affinity for corporate evaluations. Analytical in nature with a passion for business and creative thinking, John began his career in small business. He quickly proved his strong business acumen by steering his business to success, growing a small company to $55,000,000 dollars without any outside funding. John Mazarakisí passion for the startup world emerged early on in his career. He has invested in a multitude of projects and several small companies both using debt and equity. He actively participated and won the Global New Venture Challenge along side the TAINA team in 2017 (UChicago accelerator). He currently serves on several boards and he is the CEO of Chicago Atlantic Capital a creative capital provider. He lives with his wife in DC.

Photo of Nick Adams, Differential Venture Nick Adams
Managing Director
Differential Ventures
Differential Ventures
Nick Adams is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Differential Ventures. Previously, Nick was a Venture Partner at Supernode.vc, f.k.a. Flatiron Investors, in New York City where he evaluated hundreds of seed- stage SaaS companies and led the due diligence for multiple investments. Before moving into an investment position, Nick held senior sales, marketing and product management roles for software companies that have realized over $1.3 billion in exit value, including: Opower (IPO), RAGE Frameworks (acquired by Genpact), Basware (Publicly-traded on OMX), and Comverge (acquired by Itron). He actively mentors startups out of Cornell Tech, NYU, and Northeastern University. Nick has a MSc in Global Finance from NYU and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a MBA in Corporate Finance from Northeastern University and a BA in History from Brandeis University where he played four years of varsity baseball.

Photo of Saul Richter, Managing Partner, Rittenhouse Ventures Saul Richter
Managing Partner
Rittenhouse Ventures
Rittenhouse Ventures
Mr. Richter is the Founder of Rittenhouse Ventures and has been active within the technology community for over twenty years as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and technologist. Mr. Richter brings the Fund broad experience in the venture capital industry, having worked at a number of leading venture firms over the past 18 years. Mr. Richters strong technical background in software development and systems administration, his ongoing avid interest in emerging technologies and deep early-stage venture experience make him a strong leader of the Rittenhouse team.

Since founding Emerald Stage2, now renamed Rittenhouse Ventures, in 2006, Mr. Richter has led investments in Maverick Network Solutions, acquired by Fiserv (FISV), ClickEquations, acquired by Channel Intelligence, Take The Interview and Halfpenny Technologies. Prior to Rittenhouse, Mr. Richter was a Principal at Himalaya Capital, which he joined in early 2002. While at Himalaya, Mr. Richter was active on the boards of a number of companies including Concerro which was acquired by Francisco Partners in 2012. Prior to Himalaya, Mr. Richter worked at Lucent Technologies in the New Ventures Group, where he focused on the creation and launch of software startups. In addition to Lucent, Mr. Richter has prior venture capital experience working at Softbank Ventures, Jerusalem Global Ventures and Flatiron Partners(now Union Square Ventures). Mr. Richter currently sits on the Boards of Take The Interview, Miria Systems, Vcopious and Halfpenny Technologies(observer).

Mr. Richter also has operational experience as the founder of Zapper Technologies US operations. He formed and built out the company US office, developed the go-to-market strategy, hired a sales force and worked closely with the Israel-based development team to coordinate product development. Mr. Richter also worked as a financial analyst at Salomon Smith Barney and as head of new product development at Dubois, Brown & Co, a financial analysis software company sold to Thomson Financial (NYSE:TOC).

Photo of Rick Genzer, Ben Franklin Technology Partners Rick Genzer
Investment Director
Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Rick has been involved in business leadership and technology since 1986 in roles ranging from software engineer to executive vice president and CTO. His direct functions and activities during this time include hands-on software development, systems architecture, product & project management, online services, business development, financial services, monetizing web-content, electronic commerce, due diligence for M&A activity and leadership in various content-orientated and high technology application development initiatives. From 2000-2016, he stitched together proven leadership skills, business acumen and deep technology experience into a successful management consulting practice serving a wide range of technology companies throughout the US. Today Rick proudly serves as an investment director for the IT vertical at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA

Photo of Elizabeth Sigety, Managing Director, Delaware Crossing Investor Group Elizabeth Sigety
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Delaware Crossing Investor Group
Delaware Crossing Investor Group
Liz is a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 22 offices coast to coast. She is co-chair of the firmís National Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice and co-chair of the firmís Franchising, Licensing and Distribution Practice. Liz focuses her practice on a wide variety of corporate work, with an emphasis on the representation of fast-growth, venture-backed companies and businesses that wish to expand through franchising. She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College.

Liz is also Managing Director and Co-Founder of Delaware Crossing Investor Group, an angel investor network with chapters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In this capacity, she has been investing and advising start-up companies in the PA, NJ, NY, CT and DE region for over a decade. She is also a frequent speaker and writer, especially on issues facing emerging businesses, franchised businesses and women-led businesses and serves on numerous committees and organizations in the venture capital and franchise arena.

Liz has four children and resides in Bedminster, PA.

Photo of Moderator: David Sorin, McCarter & English David J Sorin
Partner
McCarter English
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.

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