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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Philadelphia VC and Angel Investor Conference, sponsored by McCarter & English, Contap, InList, ARC Angel Fund, mow Media, Nolcha. This event was in Pyramid Club on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

    Photo of Moderator: David Sorin, McCarter & English 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 Jack Taylor, 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.

    Marc Kramer, Private Investors Forum Marc Kramer, Private Investors Forum

    Photo of Rick Genzer, GOPhilyFund Rick Genzer
    Investment Director
    Ben Franklin Technology Partners
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    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 Stephen McGovern, Eos Venture Partners LLC Stephen McGovern
    Senior Associate
    Eos Venture Partners
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    Eos Venture Partners
    Stephen is a Senior Associate with Eos Venture Partners, an InsurTech focused Venture Capital Fund with offices in Philadelphia and London. Stephen joined Eos in 2016 and is based at Eosí US office in Philadelphia, PA. He works on Eosí investment team in deal sourcing, evaluation and execution.

    Prior to Eos Stephen worked as a Senior Associate at Jaguar Capital Partners I, L.P., sourcing and evaluating deals in the insurance and InsurTech sectors. He has experience in the P&C and L&H industries working in Business Development, Corporate Finance, Product Strategy, Management Consulting and Market Analysis. Stephen has also led financial transformation initiatives, managed both buy and sell-side due diligence, overseen corporate finance, budgeting and product R&D.

    Photo of Katherine O'Neill, JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network Katherine O'Neill
    Executive Director
    JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
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    JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
    Katherine OíNeill is the Executive Director for JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network, a member led angel investor group that invests in early stage high growth companies in Mid-Atlantic region, and an investor in technology businesses. She currently serves on the Board of the Angel Capital Association ACA the national organization representing angel investor groups in North America. She recently was the Program Chair of the ACA National Leadership Conference held in 2010. Katherine represents the ACA at both national and international events. Katherine is a member of the NJ Economic Development Authority Edison Fund Advisory Board, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of SEPA Advisory Board, NJ Technology CFO Advisory Board, Princeton University MIRTHE Investment Focus Group and Rutgers Innovation Park Advisory Board. In recent years she has spoken at and judged business plan competitions both regionally and nationally at events such as IMPACT, Astia, Microsoft BizSpark NYC competition, Tri State Donald W. Reynolds Cup, Princeton University Jumpstart Innovation Forum and Start Up Weekend Princeton.

    Katherine is a seasoned financial executive and investor in early stage enterprises with extensive experience in start up and entrepreneurial operations as well as operational experiences in a diverse range of businesses. She has particular expertise developing technology-based business as well as strategic business plans. She has extensive multinational experience and financial operation management and knowledge of healthcare pharmaceuticals, information systems, e-commerce and social media. She is the president of OíNeill Associates and consults with technology companies and acts as interim CFO.

    Photo of Alex Katz, WIN Venture Partners Alex Katz, JD CPA
    Founder & Managing Partner
    WIN Venture Partners
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    WIN Venture Partners
    Alex Katz is a Founder and Managing Partner at WIN Venture Partners. He is a seasoned venture capital investor, and also serves as a General Partner of ff Venture Capital, a leading New York venture capital firm. He has been working with seed-, early-stage and growth companies for over 30 years. Alex has experience serving as a board member and/or adviser to many companies, which currently include DocAuthority, Ltd.,, Inc., Ionic Security, Inc., Muse by InteraXon and others.
    Prior to venture capital, Alex practiced law with Mesirov Gelman and was a founding partner of Katz and Miele, LLP, a tax and corporate law specialty firm. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Fastener Distribution and Marketing Company, Inc., a $21m industrial supply company, and was responsible for driving its strategy of obtaining market share through internal growth and five external acquisitions. In addition, Alex was Chief Financial Officer of Lenape Dynamic, Inc., a $15m metal forging company, for which he raised capital to execute a roll-up strategy and was responsible for dramatically increasing that companyís operating margins. He has also worked as a Certified Public Accountant.
    Alex earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drexel University and a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law.

    Photo of Harvey Homan, JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network Harvey Homan
    Angel Investor
    JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
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    JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
    Harvey has been a Founder, Director, CEO, and angel investor in biotech, medical device, software, and digital health technology companies. Since joining Jumpstart Angel Network in 2017, he has led due diligence and invested in several very promising software, IOT and e-Health ventures.
    His unique background includes leadership roles in product development, medical and regulatory affairs and with teams in the US, UK, France and Germany for global consumer and prescription pharmaceutical corporations.
    He has led integration of development and clinical portfolios for two major acquisitions, and headed partnerships in Europe, U.S., India and Japan. Harvey has played pivotal roles in the development and commercialization of dozens of skin care, analgesic, GI and Upper Respiratory products for leading global brands such as Bayer, Neurofen, Midol, Phillips, Strepsils, Boots E45, and Diaparene. His most challenging corporate role was as Senior VP for Innovation and Corporate Development. He has led start-ups from founding through acquisition via a reverse merger; has been PI on several SBIR grants and refereed publications; and has had hands on experience transitioning technology from academic labs through to commercialization.
    Currently, he is a member of the Advisory Boards for the Therapeutics Accelerator and the Biomedical Device Accelerator at Columbia Medical Center in NYC and serves on development teams for two potential breakthrough discoveries. He has been a mentor and entrepreneur in residence for Blackstone Launchpad @ NYU, the Enterprise Development Center @ NJIT, as well as Industry Mentor and adjunct faculty for the NSF I-Corps New York City Regional Innovation Node. Harvey has a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Georgia and an MBA from NYU Stern.

    Photo of Carter Caldwell, The Penn Fund Carter Caldwell
    Penn Fund
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    Penn Fund
    As the Penn Medicine Co-Investment Fundís Program Director, Carter drives the fundís investments in the cell therapy, gene therapy, and connected health sectors. Utilizing multiple decades of experience as both an entrepreneur and an investor, he sources investment opportunities, manages relationships with co-investors, completes due diligence, and supports the governance of the funded companies.
    Carter has spent much of his career in private equity and has been particularly focused on spearheading new investment efforts within the Healthcare IT, SaaS and Enterprise Software, AI, and Fintech industries, among others. He was previously a Managing Director with Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, a venture capital firm with 4 funds and over $500 million under management.

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