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  • SoCal Startup Day, Feb 26 2020

  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out NYC VCs, Angels and ICOs, sponsored by McCarter & English, LLP, Iconiqlab, LDJ Capital, BDO USA, Vanig, Bonafi,, Monetizr, Braincities, Based Global, topl, VREO, Wunder, MOBU. This event was in NYC on Wednesday, May 9 2018.

    Photo of Moderator: David Sorin, Partner, McCarter & English LLP 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 Patrick Lowry, Iconiq Lab Patrick Lowry
    Iconiq Lab
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    Iconiq Lab
    Pat Lowry is the CEO and founder of Iconiq Lab, a global ICO and Token Sale accelerator program based in Germany. He was a member of the Deutsche Börse Venture Capital team, where he developed a strong passion for blockchain technology and alternative financing methods. He has a decade of financial industry experience, including as an associate at Graham Partners, a Philadelphia private equity fund, and PwC as an auditor of private equity, hedge and mutual funds. Patrick was a co-founder and the CFO of Voltaic Coatings and holds an MBA and a CPA license.

    Photo of Steve Kuh, Bonafi Steve Kuh
    Group Project
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    Group Project
    Steve is interested in providing solutions to combat counterfeit goods using blockchain technologies. ICO is planned for Q2-2018. The blockchain technology presents opportunities to solve many social issues such as counterfeits, identity and credit card plastics in wallets, and digital security tags in general. With the ICO, it is hoped that products are developed from current prototypes to custom solutions that will be marketed to take advantage of the blockchain based decentralized digital public ledger and change the world one person at a time.

    With over 20 years experience as a founder and CEO of an IT firm, his specialty includes communications systems engineering, creation and production of digital IT products.

    Sydney Lai, ConsenSys Sydney Lai, ConsenSys

    Sydney Lai's vision is to democratize society's access to emerging technology and entrepreneurship. As a community leader building blockchain ecosystems, she has worked in accelerators, venture funds, financial services, SaaS, government, cryptocurrency, virtual reality, and space industries. Sydney has spent the past four years with Techstars mentoring and running accelerator programs, having come across hundreds of startups. Sydney Lai has been named an LGBT Technology Leader by The White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is a TEDx Speaker on creating innovation and a speaker on token design, enterprise blockchain, and ICO fundraising.

    Photo of Martins Bratuskins, Monetizr Martins Bratuskins
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    Martins Bratuskins is co-founder & COO of Monetizr, where he is responsible for global operations and customer success. He brings over five years experience in building companies, customer and partner success, and e-commerce. Martins plays a leading role in Monetizr, helping to move the company to USA, on-boarding major game studio customers, recently graduating the world’s leading business accelerator Techstars, and spearheading efforts to enable game developers to drive engagement and revenue via the company’s blockchain game reward engine.

    Charles Youn, Angel Investor Charles Youn, Angel Investor

    CEO and Chairman of Koherent Incorporated. Expert in cross-border transactions. Sourced and deployed billions in investments in finance, technology, media, and entertainment. Wharton alum.

    Juan Engelbrecht, MOBU Juan Engelbrecht, MOBU

    Juan's academic qualifications include a B.Comm. Chartered Accounting degree (North West University, South Africa) and an Honours B.Comm.Cost and Management Accounting degree (University of South Africa) which is on par with the Chartered Institution of Management Accountants (CIMA) managerial level.

    He completed his RPE’s and wrote the Stockbroker SAIS examinations to enable him to trade directly on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and to give financial advice on the stock market. During his audit articles at BDO in Pretoria, South Africa, the 5th largest audit firm in the world, he gained valuable experience in financial and investment management of many leading South African companies.

    As trader of Goldings, Torr & De Decker Stockbrokers in Sandton, South Africa, he traded with multi-millions directly on the JSE for two years and learned from the best as a young graduate. Juan bought his first shares at the age of 15 and have been involved with investments ever since. Juan, in partnership with Paul Pelser proved to be some of the largest cryptocurrency miners in the southern hemisphere and early adopters of blockchain. As Financial Manager of Shopfitting Studio in Pretoria, South Africa, Juan gained valuable experience on senior management level. Prominent franchises such as Wimpy, Debonairs, Steers, KFC and Rhapsody’s were some of their respected clients.

    Thereafter, SA Asset Management appointed Juan as Portfolio Manager in Pretoria, South Africa, where he was offered the opportunity to return to his real passion, namely investments and the stock market. Juan (in co-operation with the Directors of Goldings, Torr & De Decker Stock Broking firm) subsequently established Evolve Fund Managers in 2013 managing Pension funds, discretionary mandates and other investments.

    As founder and CEO of Zabercoin ICO, Juan gained valuable knowledge, experience and skills in the blockchain and crypto space and realized that there is much more to launching an ICO than just the “hype”. In his personal capacity Juan invested 1 million USD into Zabercoin ICO and perceives it as a learning curve for a greater purpose. Juan was able to establish meaningful business relationships with key individuals and business entities in the blockchain space enabling him to adapt to changing market conditions and inspire confidence among investors to ensure continued success.

    Stephen Smith, BDO USA Stephen Smith, BDO USA

    Caroline Hofmann, Republic Caroline Hofmann, Republic

    Paul Menchov, CoinList Capital Paul Menchov, CoinList Capital

    Paul is co-founder and CTO of CoinList, and Managing Director of CoinList Capital. CoinList is the platform where the world's best digital assets run their token sales. Paul is co-founder of Republic, a leading US equity crowdfunding platform focused on investments in impactful startups as well as providing unaccredited investors with access to token sales. Paul was previously the Head of Fundraising Infrastructure at AngelList, where he built the systems and processes to support over $700M of online startup investments in nearly 2,000 companies.

    Photo of Matt Oguz, Venture-Science Matt Oguz
    Managing Director
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    His professional background spans ecommerce, analytics, behavioral economics and decision sciences. A Turkish-American businessman, Oguz graduated from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, the first American university outside the US and the country’s equivalent to our Harvard, with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. With full scholarship, he then earned an MBA degree in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University Robinson College of Business. Oguz started Venture/Science in 2012, a new generation venture capital fund that pioneered the data-driven "moneyball" approach to venture capital.

    Morgan Polotan, Genacast Ventures Morgan Polotan, Genacast Ventures

    Morgan is a Principal with Genacast Ventures where his responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and managing the growth of existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Genacast, Morgan worked at Bloomberg Beta, the venture firm backed by Bloomberg. He also spent time as a software engineer at Tapad and Market-Based Management instructor at the Charles Koch Institute. Morgan earned his BS from Northeastern University.

    Tristan Littlejohn, Based Global Tristan Littlejohn, Based Global

    Tristan is the CEO and co-founder of Based Global. His deep passion for business, communications, design and brand building has seen him not only start his own small businesses but work for multi million dollar brands such as Caesars Casino, Red Bull, and Kraken. Tristan’s endless curiosity lead him to become a developer where he is able to mix business with technology to positively affect and interact with people’s daily lives. Throughout his career Tristan has valued interpersonal communications and connecting with people. Echoing this value motivated Tristan to start Based which at its heart stands for connecting people around live experiences.

    Andreas Schemm, VREO Andreas Schemm, VREO

    Thanks to his many years of working in executive positions in a few companies placed in the high-tech and entertainment scene, Andreas has gathered a substantial amount of experience founding and establishing startups as well as running multiple subsidiaries and overseeing a franchising chain. Through the years this accumulated into a huge business network through all branches – for example marketing, game developers, food and beverage and sciences. After establishing LaserTag into the German market, where he oversaw the PR, HR and marketing efforts for up to 14 sites, Andreas founded Project: Gateway and Vreo, where he worked on the development of tech demos and other solutions for VR. One development was part of the public reveal of the Razer OSVR at E3 and another VR exhibit for electromobility, commissioned by the German ministry of innovation, is currently touring trade shows. After being funded by Hessen Kapital, he switched his focus to Vreo, an in-game advertising solution secured through Blockchain technology.

    Chris Georgen, TOPL Chris Georgen, TOPL

    As Founder and Chief Architect, Chris leads the design of Topl's protocol and directs its business operations. A graduate of Rice University, he obtained degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy. During his time in college, Chris performed interdisciplinary research focused on emergent phenomena in complex systems and developed the core ideas that inspired Topl's development. He has a deep interest in the application of new technologies to economic and financial problems and is motivated by the potential for new economic systems to improve standards of living around the world.

    Kaze Onguene, Braincities Kaze Onguene, Braincities

    Kazé A. ONGUENE is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of BRAINCITIES LAB. A Futuristic Thinker and Entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in IT project management, recruitment, team building and web development, he studied Software engineering at ECE Paris and computer science at la Sorbonne. Kazé Founded EMERGENCE GROUP, a digital media company in 2006 transformed into an IT consulting company in 2011. During the last 15 years, Kazé used his creativity and resources to help companies like France Telecom, Pierre & Vacances and Le Figaro adapt their businesses to digitization and develop web-based projects. Using AI, robots and blockchain to design the city of the future and a sustainable society is his engineer challenge. Kazé is militating for Data Commoditization.

    Maximilian Lautenschlager, Iconiq Lab Maximilian Lautenschlager, Iconiq Lab

    Venture Developer and blockchain enthusiast with years of experience in Consulting, Company Building, Venture Capital, FinTech and Private Equity. BA in controlling, MBA and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Sourcing Director of Iconiq Lab, an ICO accelerator program for blockchain and crypto startups. Advisor of several ICO projects and working with the German Blockchain Association.

    David Dehaeck, Wunder David Dehaeck, Wunder

    David Dehaeck is the co-founder of WUNDER. With over 25 years of experience as a pioneering art business entrepreneur, David is passionate about creating technology that disrupts the art world with transparency. In 1993, he founded Digital Media Sources Ltd, the first company ever to publish art auction data (Mayer International Auction Records) on both CD-ROM and the web, resulting in the introduction of price transparency to the art market. After selling the company to iCollector, he and his partner Nathalie Haveman co-founded BiennaleOnline, the first online contemporary art biennale, with the coveted Belgian curator Jan Hoet serving as its artistic director. Recognizing blockchain’s potential as a key player in the global art market, David and Nathalie went on to found ARTPLUS Inc., a company dedicated to finding solutions to make new media art accessible and secure. It was through this foundation that WUNDER was conceived. David holds a degree in marketing from Open University, Antwerp, and is currently working on the launch of WUNDER’s ICO.

    Photo of A. Jolly, Crypto Lotus Fund Apneet Jolly
    Managing Partner
    Crypto Lotus
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    Crypto Lotus
    Managing partner at Crypto Lotus, a crypto currency hedge fund, currently $25M AUM. We tend to be highly selective about which ICOs we invest in, and instead are fairly active trading wise. My background is all in computer security – deep expertise in exploit development, incident response, etc. Got my first coins in 2011.

    David Drake, LDJ Capital David Drake, LDJ Capital

    David Drake and his family office LDJ Capital and its partners, has acted as GPs and investors in fund-of-funds, realty funds, venture capital funds, seed funds, debt funds and hedge funds. Mr. Drake's investments and private equity advisory at LDJ Capital currently has 50+ global directors and family office partners maintaining relations with institutions and family offices with $1.5 trillion in assets.

    Mr. Drake and his family office manages and co-invests alternative assets with the top 30 out of his investments in The Soho Loft Media Group that has a 5000 family office and institutional investor reach. These top 30 have aggregate asset under management of $1.5 trillion with 40% from Asia, 30% from Europe and 30% from the Middle East.

    Mr. Drake’s access to 100,000 investors is maintained through his media holding investment The Soho Loft Media Group which has produced and sponsored over 1100+ global finance conferences since 2002, ie events by institutional media leader Thomson Reuters, with speakers from Nasdaq, NYSE, KKR and Carlyle Group. Global investor relations, capital allocation, syndication and buy side advisory are augmented at LDJ Capital advisory division via The Soho Loft Media Group.

    LDJ Capital Special Situations partners have invested $100 Million in Alibaba and Palantir and continues with its NYC partner at McCarter English to place $500M in pre-IPO companies such as Lyft, N3N, Klarna, Dianrong, Truecaller, Crowdfunder, MagicLeap, DropBox. LDJ Capital Real Estate’s multi-family strategy is to acquire series A core rental properties in global gateway cities at a 4+ cap rate and turn them into a 10 cap repositioning with a 15% IRR. The realty hotel division works with top 10 hotel operators and asset managers globally including pursuing its own hotel acquisitions and hotel conversions in NYC.

    LDJ Capital invests and handles buy side advisory for institutional fund placement, mutual fund seeding, fintech Investments, data and risk analysis investments, natural resources from gold to oil revenue generating properties to operating minority and controlling stakes in, but not limited to, broker dealers, wealth management, hedge funds, transportation, finmedia to insurance.

    Mr. Drake has been involved in technology, media, telecoms, realty, hospitality, cleantech, energy and social impact investments for more than 25 years. He is an advocate of digital automation investing in private equity, compliance, capital formation policies and the US JOBS Act which he lobbied for in the US Congress and the EU Commission. Because of his leading work in this space, he represented the US Commerce Department at the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome in 2012 and was invited to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C. and as a speaker at the UK Parliament in 2013.

    Privately, Mr. Drake has hosted the Harvard Business Club of NY at his home, produced Carnegie Hall concerts and raised funds for the charities Trail Blazers and Best Buddies for many years. As he resettled in NYC from years of traveling, he was honored March 2015 to become a board director for the New York City Opera and years as a board advisor for The Washington Ballet which allows him to work and advise US Ambassadors from, but not limited to Sweden, Dominica, Ukraine, Marshall Islands, Australia and Luxembourg.

    Born in Sweden and fluent in six languages, Mr. Drake has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University in DC where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.

    Photo of Moderator: Joe Daniels, Partner, McCarter & English Joseph Daniels
    McCarter English
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    McCarter English
    Mr. Daniels represents startup to publicly-held technology, life science and consumer companies, venture capital and private equity funds and investment banks in a wide range of seed and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other public offerings. He regularly advises a broad range of startups, venture-backed companies and VC funds, and has led hundreds of venture and strategic financing transactions. Mr. Daniels has helped companies and private equity firms handle over $5 billion of merger, acquisition and disposition transactions. Additionally, he has represented issuers and underwriters in more than 25 IPOs and follow-on public offerings involving companies in the technology, life sciences and consumer sectors, including leading investment banks such as Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Oppenheimer.

    Mr. Daniels also serves as outside general counsel for numerous companies, assisting them with everything from day-to-day business transactions to multinational strategic alliance transactions ranging from technology and distribution partnerships to joint ventures. He focuses on representing clients involved in high-growth sectors, and has experience with a broad range of industries, including adtech, biotech, cleantech, consumer, digital media, ecommerce, energy, Internet of Things, Fintech/financial services, life sciences, mobile, semiconductor, software, UAVs and telecommunications.

    Prem Kumar, Vanig Prem Kumar, Vanig

    Angel Investors