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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Philadelphia VC and Angel Investor Roundtable, sponsored by McCarter & English, WeWork, Seasons Pizza. This event was in WeWork on Tuesday, August 7th 2018.

    Photo of Jack Taylor, VC, Touchdown Ventures Jack Taylor
    Senior Associate
    Touchdown Ventures
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    Touchdown Ventures
    Jack is a Senior Associate at Touchdown Ventures, joining the team in 2017 and focusing on investments in the Internet of Things (IoT) and physical security sectors. Before Touchdown, Jack gained operating experience at Personal Capital, a venture-backed startup in Silicon Valley, and was co-founder and President of the Philadelphia InSITE Fellowship chapter while attending business school. Prior to that, he spent time in the New York venture ecosystem evaluating investment opportunities at Laconia Capital Group, New York Angels, and Virgil Capital. Jack previously worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland where he specialized in short-term interest rate products. Jack holds a BA in History from Duke University and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors as an Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing & Operations major.

    Photo of Ellen Weber, Executive Director, Robin Hood Ventures Ellen Weber
    Executive Director
    Robin Hood Ventures
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    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 Andrew McDermott, Angel Investor Andrew McDermott
    Angel Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Andrew McDermott is currently a Healthcare Management student, entrepreneur, and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Honor Homes, Inc., a student-veteran housing corporation. He has been angel investing for nearly 10 years since he first learned of the important role while studying at the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Shenandoah University. Since serving as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy, his focus has mainly been on making investments in and advising start-ups that creatively improve individual and population health. Andrew also serves on the Board for Public Service and Scholarship at Shenandoah University and is a member of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making

    Photo of Glen Bressner, Managing Partner, Activate Venture Partners Glen Bressner
    Managing Partner
    Activate Venture Partners
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    Activate Venture Partners
    He has been a venture capitalist for over 30 years, has participated in more than 100 equity financings and has served as a Director or Board Observer of over 30 companies.

    Mr. Bressner served as part of the co-founding team of the NEPA Venture Funds in 1985 and has been an active investor in the region from Pennsylvania through New Jersey into Metro NYC ever since. In 2008, he co-founded Originate Growth Fund I (OG1) and serves as its Managing Partner. In 2017, he co-founded Activate Ventures II as the successor to OG1 and represents his sixth fund. Mr. Bressner served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group (now called PACT) for several years and was selected to be its Chairman during 1996-1997. He has been a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Southeast Ben Franklin Technology Partnership for over 25 years and was awarded the Entrepreneurial Advocate of 2000 by the Northeast Tier Ben Franklin Technology Partnership. He is a past member of the Board of Governors for Philadelphia-based St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

    Presently, Mr. Bressner is Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISSC) and a board member and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Tabula Rasa Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRHC). He has been the original investor in a number of other successful companies that were founded in the funds’ targeted region including IQE plc (LSE: IQEP), CareGain (acquired by Fiserv), UltraCision (acquired by J&J), Ravisent (RVST), Access Health (acquired by McKesson), MicroE (acquired by General Scanning Group), Visual Networks (VNWK) and AnyTime Access (acquired by Digital Insight).

    He is co-founder of Leader Lehigh Valley, a 501(c)(3) organization which is providing The Leader in Me to approximately 50 elementary and middle schools in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

    Mr. Bressner holds a B.S.B.A., cum laude, from Boston University where he lettered in varsity basketball. He also received an M.B.A. from Babson College.

    Photo of Michael Kelley, Founding Member, ARC Angel Fund Michael Kelley
    Founding Member
    ARC Angel Fund
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    ARC Angel Fund
    For more than 13 years, Michael Kelley has been executing and managing principal investments in venture capital and real estate. He is the founder and principal of Formation Capital, Inc. (“Formation”), which currently manages in excess of $50 million in equity invested in 30 investments. Formation’s venture portfolio includes Foxfire Printing and Packaging, iProcess Online and Performance Systems Development. Formation also manages investments in multi-family developments utilizing the Low-income Housing Tax Credit. At Formation he personally developed an online fund management system that allows all stakeholders to collaborate, upload or access information based on permissions. Prior to Formation, Mr. Kelley was a principal with HK Special Situations Group, where he provided advisory services to the US Small Business Administration regarding a troubled Small Business Investment Company. He was also a principal with GSA Management and with Intrust USA. At Intrust he was responsible for raising and investing 4 real estate tax credit funds and one venture capital fund. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Innovation Fund, Mr. Kelley sits on the boards of Foxfire Printing, Early Stage East, and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Mr. Kelley received his BA degree in History magna cum laude from the University of Delaware.

    Photo of Carter Caldwell, Principal, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners Carter Caldwell
    Principal
    Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
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    Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
    Carter Caldwell is a Principal at Cross Atlantic who is involved in investment due diligence, deal sourcing, as well as other Cross Atlantic operational efforts. Prior to joining Cross Atlantic, Carter founded and served as COO of Quazant Technology, Inc, the developer of the Transaction Accelerator, a high-speed transaction processing database. Prior to Quazant, Carter helped start Acorn Systems, Inc. and was integral in taking that company from pre-revenue to profitability. At Acorn, he served in the capacities of Director of Corporate Development, Product Manager and Engagement Manger. His experience is derived from positions at Acorn Systems, J.P. Morgan, Bear Stearns, and Business Philadelphia Magazine.

    While at Acorn Systems, and working with distributors in the Semiconductor, Electronics, Fluid Mechanics, Chemical, Food Service, and Steel industries, Carter succeeded in returning numerous businesses to profitability using a variety of methods, including activity-based costing.

    JP Morgan recognized Carter for creating a novel software analysis tool for all equities under their coverage. This tool, which utilized data such as equities' respective median volatilities and average daily volumes, enabled JP Morgan's institutional traders to make more informed trading decisions. Ultimately, this tool was used to alter the mix of equities that JP Morgan held in its Institutional Portfolio.

    Photo of Saul Richter, Managing Partner, Rittenhouse Ventures Saul Richter
    Managing Partner
    Rittenhouse Ventures
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    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 Jeff Davison, General Partner, Leading Edge Ventures Jeff Davison
    General Partner
    Inflection Point Ventures
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    Inflection Point Ventures
    Jeff has been investing in early-stage technology companies since 1984. He co-founded Tritech Partners, L.P., an early-stage fund managed by Triad Investors Corporation, Baltimore, MD, in 1994. Previously, he was a member of the senior investment team at Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) Boston, MA. Jeff earned a Master's degree in architecture and planning from MIT, and a Bachelor's degree from Hampshire College.

    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.

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