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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Angels in Philadelphia, sponsored by Wolf Block. This event was in Philadelphia on Thursday, June 17, 2004.

    Jay Coogan, Partner, Wolf Block Jay Coogan, Partner, Wolf Block

    Jay Coogan
    Mr. Coogan, who joined the firm in 1996, currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Corporate/Securities Practice Group and leads the firm's Emerging Businesses Group. His practice involves a broad range of corporate and securities matters, with concentrations in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, emerging companies and venture capital in the representation of publicly-traded and privately-held companies and investment funds.

    Before joining WolfBlock, Mr. Coogan served as senior internal counsel for a nationwide medical rehabilitation provider after practicing corporate and securities law in New York City. Mr. Coogan also served as a clerk for Justice Andrew G. T. Moore, II of the Delaware Supreme Court in 1985-1986.

    Mr. Coogan received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1980 and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Tulane University School of Law in 1985, where he was awarded the Dean's Medal and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

    Mr. Coogan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Art Alliance. He is a member of the Bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York and the American Health Lawyers Association.

    Ellen Sandles, Executive Director, Tri-State Private Investors Network Ellen Sandles, Executive Director, Tri-State Private Investors Network

    Ellen Sandles, President, brings over ten years of increasingly successful sales and marketing expertise to the capital raising process having worked within various start-up, high-tech divisions of AT&T Corporation, Harris Corporation and Commerce Clearing House.

    Ms. Sandles has frequently lectured on Business Angel Financing, and was most recently heard at the Harvard Club, the New York City Venture Capital Conference, the Williams Club, the NYU Entrepreneurship Conference as well as the IBC Conference on Roll-ups and Mergers. She has been interviewed on numerous business programs including New Jersey Business News, the Ron Thomas Entrepreneur Forum and Bloomberg Small Business.

    Ms. Sandles effectively uses her marketing skills to cultivate additional angel investors, and assist entrepreneurs in effectively marketing their company for the capital raising process. This includes advisory assistance with business plans; implementation of marketing strategies to find well-matched, appropriate investors; creation of effective, compelling presentations, and a review of important business issues including the management team, the marketing strategy, the competition and the valuation of the venture.

    Several clients of Ms. Sandles — a security software company, an oncology management firm, two Internet companies, and a consumer marketing organization — raised a portion of their initial funding through her angels.

    Howard Morgan, Angel Investor, New York Angels Howard Morgan, Angel Investor, New York Angels

    Howard Lee Morgan is President of Arca Group Inc. in Villanova, PA and a Director of Idealab the Pasadena , CA based creator and operator of internet companies, where was a founding investor in 1996 and served as President of idealab! New York. He received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1968, and a B.S. in physics from City College of the City University of New York in 1965.

    He is helping to nurture a number of Idealab companies, including CarsDirect.com, the leading internet seller of automobiles, Partsearch , providing back end solutions for finding parts in the electronics field, Evolution Robotics, Enery Innovations, Newbury Networks and Picasa, Inc., offering digital photography acessing and sharing solutions.

    Dr. Morgan served as Professor of Decision Sciences at The Wharton School, and Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at The Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania from 1972 through 1985. He has been a Visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology and the Harvard Business School. During his academic career he served as an editor of Communications of the ACM, Management Science, Transactions on Office Information Systems and Transactions on Database Systems. His research on user interface technology, and on optimization of computer networks led to his bringing the ARPAnet to Philadelphia in 1974. As a result of this early participation in the internet, he advised many corporate and government agencies on the uses of electronic and voice mail, implementing it throughout the Wharton School in the mid 1970s.

    From 1983 to 1989, he served as President of Renaissance Technologies Corp. in New York, where he supervised venture capital investments in high technology companies. He was a founding board member and technical advisor of Franklin Electronic Publishers, one of the first manufacturers of personal computers. He has been an active consultant and speaker to users and vendors in the information systems area for more than 30 years, and has worked with many of the Fortune 100 companies and numerous government agencies.

    Since 1989, he has been President of the Arca Group, Inc., a consulting and venture capital investment management firm specializing in the area of computer and communications technologies. Arca Group nurtures ventures and has taken them from seed stage through initial public offerings, including MetaCreations Corporation (now Viewpoint Corporation), a computer graphics software company, Infonautics Corporation( now Tucows), which provides search products and services on the internet and MyPoints.com, Inc.(now part of United AirLines New ventures) – the leading direct e-mail provider He has been involved in more than two dozen startups and was a lead investor in the formation of Bill Gross Idealab, a Pasadena based incubator for internet companies.

    Dr. Morgan serves on a number of public company Boards, including Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., Segue Software Corporation, and Unitronix Corp.. He is also Chairman or a member of the board of numerous private companies including CarsDirect.com, Partsearch Technology, Energy Innovations, MagicWorks LLC, and Planalytics, Inc. He has also served as CEO of Kentek and Franklin during various turnover or transitional periods. In 1997, he was named Delaware Valley Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Tim Reese, Founding Member, Minority Angel Investor Network Tim Reese, Founding Member, Minority Angel Investor Network

    Mr. Reese has eighteen years of combined technical, operations, and start-up experiences as the principal executive with P&L responsibilities. As principal executive he is a founder of Minority Angel Investor Network; investor, President & COO of Xcelis Communications, LLC; strategist, share holder, and Board Advisor of Netilla Networks, Inc. His prior companies include founder and principal owner of The Standing Stone Group, LLC which was sold to Visalign, LLC in 2000; senior executive and strategist of Planning Technologies, Inc. which was sold to Red Hat, Inc. in 2001; founder and principal executive of InfoTech Services, Inc. which was merged in a two-way deal with Correctional Healthcare Solutions, Inc. and Planning Technologies, Inc. in 1997.

    Mr. Reese has been an investor and an advisor to investment firms for the last 5 years on the both the East Coast and West Coast of the US.

    Tami Fratis, Fund Manager, Murex Investments Tami Fratis, Fund Manager, Murex Investments

    Ms. Fratis is a venture capitalist with 20 years of sustained business experience in analysis, product and new business development, strategy, operations and investments in private and public companies. Her experience includes providing due diligence, advisory, fund formation, fundraising, operations and investment structuring services to private investors and Philadelphia-based venture capital funds, including TL Ventures, Safeguard Scientifics, IL Management, LLR Equity Partners, Phoenician Ventures, and Murex Investments. As a venture capitalist, Ms. Fratis has worked on 25 transactions that generated an IRR of over 100% and a realization ratio of 3.6 times.

    Ms. Fratis is a key figure in the Mid-Atlantic business community. She is a former Director and Chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, which is an association of 66 venture funds and private equity investors that manage in excess of $11 billion. She is Former Executive Committee Member and Director of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Fratis is also on the Board of Directors of one minority-focused business incubator and training center (The Enterprise Center) and one PA Commonwealth sponsored seed technology fund (Ben Franklin Technology Partners -Southeastern PA). For the companies in which Ms. Fratis’ fund holds ownership interests she serves as a Director, and Member of all functioning Board Committees. Ms. Fratis also is a Trustee for a $250 million mental health services company, where she serves on the Compensation and Audit committees.

    Ms. Fratis is the former President of the Wharton School of Business Alumni Association of Philadelphia, where she earned her Masters of Business Administration in Finance, Strategy and Entrepreneurial Management. In 1983, Ms. Fratis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, with a minor in Economics, from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

    George Marks, Angel Investor, Robin Hood Ventures George Marks, Angel Investor, Robin Hood Ventures

    George Marks is a co-founder of Robin Hood Ventures and current membership chairman. His experience relates to the management of almost $2,000,000 in investment to Robin Hood-related companies.

    He is a partner in the architectural firm of Kramer/Marks Architects and manages a portfolio of Real estate investments in the Tri-state PA, NJ & DE region. His expertise relates to service businesses and those involved in customer satisfaction.

    Chris Starr, VP of Investments, Innovation Philadelphia Chris Starr, VP of Investments, Innovation Philadelphia

    Christopher Starr is a Managing Director and Vice President, investments at Innovation Philadelphia. Starr is responsible for organizing and implementing economic stimulus investments, attracting new companies to the region, evaluating potential investment opportunities, performing due diligence, negotiating and structuring investments, and working with management teams to execute their strategies following an investment by Innovation Philadelphia.

    Most recently, Starr was a principal of Lenfest Capital L.L.C., an affiliate of the Lenfest Group, and a venture capital fund based in Philadelphia that invests nationally in early-stage companies in the media, cable and communications industries as well as in other venture capital and buyout funds. Before joining Lenfest Capital, Starr was an Associate at the Eastern Technology Fund, a venture fund for promising seed-stage Internet and technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic region and a feeder fund to PA Early stage, an affiliated private equity fund of Safeguard Scientifics.

    Previously, Starr was an Associate at the Innovation Factory, a venture fund and business accelerator focusing on the Philadelphia region. Starr also spent three years in corporate finance with Merck & Co. Inc. Before joining Merck, Starr worked at Dean Witter Discover (now Morgan Stanley Dean Witter).

    Additionally, Starr worked at the law firm of Stevens & Lee, handling business transactions and deal processing in the corporate group.

    In 2001, Philly Tech magazine selected Starr as one of the 30 Under 30 business executive to watch in Philadelphia's region high tech industry. Also, in February 2002, the Philadelphia Business Journal recognized Starr as one of the Philadelphia region's 40 Under 40 young business leaders.

    Starr is an active speaker and panelist at various universities, industry groups and seminars, discussing issues affecting emerging growth companies such as venture financing, management and technology. Starr is also active in the community, participating on the Board of advisors of the Philadelphia Area New Media Association (PANMA), a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and an active member of the Eastern Technology Council and Greater Philadelphia Venture Group. Additionally, he is active with the regions leading universities, participating as a judge and a student mentor in the business plan competition at Wharton, Temple University, and Drexel University.

    Starr earned his bachelor's degree in business administration, and a master's degree in business administration with concentration in strategic management and finance from Temple University School of Business. In addition, Starr earned his J.D. with a focus in corporate law from Temple University School of Law.

    Josh Kopelman, Private Investor Josh Kopelman, Private Investor

    Josh has been an active leader in the Internet industry since its commercialization.

    In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

    Josh founded Half.com in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000 -- and Josh remained with eBay for three years, running the Half.com business unit and growing eBay’s Media marketplace to almost half a billion dollars in annual gross merchandise sales.

    In early 2004 Josh helped to found TurnTide, an anti-spam company that has created the world's first anti-spam router. TurnTide's unique, patent-pending system changes the rules in the war with spam. TurnTide acts as a router and limits the bandwidth and resources that spamming sources can use, dialing down the flow of email from them to a rate of as little as a handful of messages per hour. By denying the bandwidth and resources that spammers would like to use, TurnTide prevents spam from leaving the spammers' servers.

    Josh is also currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Comcast Interactive Capital a $350 million venture capital fund affiliated with Comcast Corporation.

    Josh is an inventor on five U.S. Patents for his work in Internet technology. In June 2000, he was awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the Greater Philadelphia region. Josh has also been recognized as one of the “10 Most Influential People in Philadelphia Technology” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the “76 Smartest Philadelphians” by Philadelphia Magazine and as one of forty individuals under the age of forty who have made the biggest impact on the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

    Josh is often quoted in industry trade journals and national newspapers, has appeared on numerous national television shows, and is a frequent speaker at industry-wide conferences on entrepreneurship, Internet marketing and the future of Internet services.

    In 2001 Josh and his wife created the Kopelman Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on angel philanthropy to provide “start-up” grants to social entrepreneurs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Innovation Philadelphia, a public/private partnership focused on enhancing the global innovation economy of Philadelphia through technological leadership. He also serves on the board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Partnerships. Josh has previously served on the boards of Mastery Charter High School and JEVS, a not-for-profit, nonsectarian social service agency.

    Josh earned a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Moderator: David Gitlin, Chair Corporate/Securities, Wolf Block

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