Adam Enbar, Co-Founder + President The Flatiron School
- Adam co-founded The Flatiron School in October 2012 to create a system of education that’s accountable for results. After graduating from Cornell, he spent time as a real estate developer in NYC before heading up to Harvard for an MBA. He then took an entry level sales job at HubSpot, where he founded & ran the National Accounts team before leaving for a stint in VC with Charles River Ventures. All the while, Adam remained close to education, teaching first grade in Brooklyn, TA’ing a marketing course at Harvard, and volunteer-teaching entrepreneurship at South Bay Correctional Facility in Boston.Since Flatiron School opened its doors in October 2012, it’s grown from a 2,000 sf loft with 19 students to a 12,000 sf campus in lower Manhattan, and a 4,000 sf campus in Brooklyn, all with no outside investment. The school has trained hundreds of developers and boasts a near 100% job placement rate. In September 2013, Flatiron School partnered with the Bloomberg administration to launch the NYC Web Development Fellowship, which trains low-income New Yorkers in skills necessary to work as web developers.When he’s not working on fixing education, Adam continues his life-long quest to find the world’s greatest sandwich.
Adam Sager, Co-Founder + CEO, Canary
- Adam is the CEO and Co-founder of Canary, a startup transforming the security industry with the world’s first smart home security device for everyone. Canary shattered Indiegogo records, selling nearly $2M of pre-orders and was the most successful crowd-funded connected home device ever. His 15 years of security experience led him from the Israeli military to building physical, operational, and technical security programs for Fortune 100 companies. Additionally, Adam founded the nation’s largest security non-profit organization, working with local police to secure hundreds of schools and communities.
Andy Katz-Mayfield, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Harry’s
- Andy is currently the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Harry’s, a new brand of men’s shaving and grooming products sold directly to consumers on Harrys.com. Andy and his co-founder Jeff created Harry’s to provide men with a return to the essential shaving experience – simple, high-quality, well-designed products offered at an accessible price with an emphasis on superior customer experience. Formerly, Andy was an associate at private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners, and previously worked at Bain & Company. Andy graduated from Duke University with a BA in Public Policy and has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.Andy currently spends most of his time in New York; however, his sports loyalties still remain with his hometown, Boston.
Alexander Bisignano, Co-Founder + CEO, Recombine
- Alexander Bisignano is the Co-Founder and CEO at Recombine, a cutting edge clinical genetic testing company. He has experience in providing high-end bioinformatics solutions for molecular genetic data. In 2012, Recombine Scientists received the Society of Reproductive Biologists & Technologists Basic Science Award at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for their work in Preconception Genetic Screening. At Recombine, Alexander is responsible for developing and managing the core technology platforms, product development, and overall strategic planning.Prior to his work in bioinformatics, Alex was a consultant at Credit Suisse where he was responsible for improving the performance of large internal database systems. Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University in June of 2009 with an A.B. in Molecular Biology. Upon completion of his senior thesis on Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and their effect on the cell therapy market, Alex was awarded membership into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.
Alon Alroy, Co-Founder + CMO, Bizzabo
- Alon is the Co-Founder and CMO of Bizzabo, a leading networking and mobile platform for event organizers and attendees. At Bizzabo, Alon manages the U.S. operations and devises all aspects of marketing, business development, strategy and sales.Bizzabo integrates social media to build highly-interactive event communities, helping organizers increase engagement, sponsorship revenue and word of mouth. The platform has already been used by thousands of events worldwide. Bizzabo is often named as one of the most promising of Israel’s startups. In 2013 Alon was named one of the meetings industry’s “40 under 40 Young Leaders” by Collaborate Magazine, as well as one of the top 10 Israeli CMOs by GeekTime. Prior to founding Bizzabo, Alon was a senior startups analyst at Plenum and was COO at AYADR Investments. Alon graduated with honors from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, where he was selected to participate in the prestigious Zell Entrepreneurship program. Previously, Alon was an officer in Israeli Air Force and was discharged at the rank of Major.
Amanda Peyton, Co-Founder + CEO, Grand St.
- Amanda Peyton is the co-founder of Grand St., a new marketplace for creative technology. Grand St. features independent and design-oriented products from creators all over the world and shares them with a rapidly-growing global audience. Grand St. is funded by First Round Capital, betaworks and other fantastic investors. Peyton is a technologist at heart and has worked at the intersection of technology and design for her entire career. She is an alum of MIT Sloan, Northwestern and Y Combinator.
Chris Altchek, Co-Founder + CEO, PolicyMic
- Chris co-founded PolicyMic – the news platform for the next generation. PolicyMic engages our generation with high-quality, social, and live news and analysis. PolicyMic features over 2,000 millennial writers in 35 countries and reaches over 10 million unique monthly readers and growing. Chris’ previous experiences include banking at Goldman Sachs and political analysis at the White House.
David Eisenberg, Co-Founder + CEO, Floored
- David Eisenberg is the Cofounder & CEO of Floored, a New York City-based technology company that produces hardware & software to automatically generate 3D models of real estate. Floored’s stunning, interactive 3D models obviate the need for 2D floor plans and are changing the way that we communicate about physical space, digitally. Floored counts as customers a number of premier real estate developers around the world including Related Companies, Hines, Taconic, CBRE and many more. Prior to founding Floored, David was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners. Before Accel, David was an early employee of two successful technology startups, Bonobos and TellApart, and he began his career as a consultant at Bain in NY. David graduated from Harvard with a degree in Psychology.
Doug Chambers, Co-Founder + CEO, FieldLens
- Doug Chambers is the Co-founder and CEO of FieldLens, a field management app for the construction industry. Doug spent more than a decade as a construction project manager, managing jobsites of all types and sizes, including high profile sites like the New York Times building and 4 World Trade Center. With each project Doug saw that communication breakdowns were consistent throughout the industry and ultimately led to wasted resources, lost time and money. Always a technology enthusiast, Doug searched for a tool that could deal with these issues common to every job, but found only heavy and outdated software that did not truly serve the needs of the people on the jobsite. Not finding what he was looking for, Doug decided to build it, and co-founded FieldLens to develop a tool that would help construction professionals become more efficient.
Emmanuel Schalit, CEO, Dashlane
- Emmanuel, CEO of Dashlane, has more than 15 years experience in management, international business and product innovation across high-tech, media entertainment and distribution industries. Before joining Dashlane, Schalit was the CEO of CBS Outdoor France, a national leader in outdoor advertising. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Los Angeles-based Vivendi Universal Games, which was the holding company for leading games studios such as Blizzard Entertainment and Sierra Entertainment. Additionally, he was the founder and CEO of flipside.com, a leader in online games with more than 15 million unique visitors. Schalit holds a Master’s degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and a Ph.D., in Computer Science from Université de Toulouse. He also studied Marketing and Finance in the Executive Education program at Harvard Business School.”
Georg Petschnigg, Co-Founder + CEO, FiftyThree
- Georg is the CEO and co-Founder of FiftyThree, which started with the belief that people are at their best when they create. Their mission is to put the essential tools for creation within arm’s reach. FiftyThree are the makers of Paper (Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year), and the widely-acclaimed Pencil, the most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper.In his role, Georg connects the dots between engineering, design and business. Before starting FiftyThree, he co-founded the Pioneer Studios, a design venture fund, where he led the incubation of Microsoft Courier. He shipped graphic tools in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and started a photo frame business with Samsung. While at Microsoft Research he published seminal work on computational photography. He learned his best lessons from teaching, modern dance, and preserving historic sites in Germany. He holds a B.S. from Columbia in Computer Engineering and Economics, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Product Design from Stanford.
Jonathan Cedar, Co-Founder + CEO, BioLite
- Jonathan Cedar is CEO and Co-Founder of BioLite, a social enterprise that develops and manufactures clean, affordable energy systems for off-grid communities around the world. The company’s first products are clean-burning wood stoves which reduce toxic smoke emissions by 90% while generating electricity to charge cell phones and LED lights. In 2011, Business Week named Jonathan one of America’s Top Social Entrepreneurs, and together with BioLite has won the 2012 Tech Awards, 2012 Fast Company Innovation By Design Award, 2012 Popular Science Best of What’s New, and 2011 St. Andrew’s Prize for the Environment. Before starting BioLite, Jonathan was a Senior Design Engineer at Smart Design, a New York based product development consultancy, where he led teams that created consumer durable products ranging from houseware to biomedical devices.
Jonathan Hefter, CEO, Neverware
- Jonathan Hefter is a technology entrepreneur and CEO of Neverware, based in New York City. He is paving the way for innovative technologies that help solve the current business and educational computer procurement model by way of perpetually extending the life and performance of existing PCs, eliminating the need to purchase new hardware.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton with a degree in finance in 2009, Hefter spent a year teaching himself the basics of virtual computing while developing the Neverware’s prototype in his parents’ basement.
Joseph Mayer, CEO, Cureatr
- Joseph’s clinical and research experience inspired him to start Cureatr. He is currently on leave from his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has been involved in the mobile and healthcare technology spaces for 9 years starting with Corcept Therapeutics in 2003. He then founded Unwired in 2006, taking the company from startup to being awarded a government contract to build a regional wireless broadband network in The Netherlands. Subsequently, he was involved in informatics research focused on healthcare data loss prevention and clinical decision support. He co-founded Inomaly to develop and license IP in these areas. Joseph holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and an M.D. from Columbia University.
Katherin Kirschenmann, CEO, The DO School
- Katherin is the CEO of the DO School, Inc. and is responsible for launching the school’s New York City campus. Katherin has previously been involved as Head of Strategy and Development to develop the DO School program and its first campus in Hamburg, Germany, with the mission to build a unique educational institution for emerging social entrepreneurs.Before joining the DO School team, Katherin worked for several years as a consultant for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, where she advised clients in the business as well as the public sector, including the German Government. Katherin received a BA in Philosophy and Economics, and a MA in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrew’s, both on a scholarship from the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft. She regularly teaches in various settings based on the DO School method.
Kathryn Minshew, Co-Founder + CEO, The Muse
- Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of TheMuse.com, a career platform and job discovery tool helping 1 million people every month find inspiring careers at thoughtful companies. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship topics to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. She was recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media for the second year in a row, as well as Inc.’s 15 Women to Watch in Tech. Before founding The Muse, Kathryn worked on vaccine introduction in Rwanda and Malawi with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and was previously at the management consultancy McKinsey & Company. Follow her on Twitter @KMin
Kelsey Falter, Founder + CEO, Poptip
- Kelsey is the Founder and CEO of Poptip, a company that analyzes and synthesizes social conversation in real-time and was developed out of Kelsey’s passion for understanding how people form ideas. In her role, Kelsey leads the product vision at Poptip. She also contributes to the frontend user experience and the logic behind the text analysis algorithm. Poptip was launched in 2012 out of the Techstars New York program and now works with top media broadcasters and Fortune 500 brands like Budweiser, the NFL and the NBA. Kelsey was part of a Top 10 Node Knockout qualifying team in 2012 and was the recipient of the L’Oreal Women in Digital Award in 2013. Named one of Business Insider’s 25 and Under in NY Tech 2012 list, Kelsey has spoken at Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit, Northside Festival and SXSW. Kelsey is based in New York, NY.
LP Maurice, Co-Founder + CEO, Busbud
- LP Maurice is the CEO & Co-Founder of Busbud, an e-commerce startup focused on intercity bus travel. Previously, LP worked in Silicon Valley at Yahoo, LinkedIn and Radar Networks (acquired) in product management, marketing and business development. LP holds an MBA from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Corporate Law from the University of Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from HEC Montreal. LP is Co-Founder of entrepreneur group Entrepreneurs Anonymous, managing director of seed fund Interaction Ventures, member of angel network Anges Quebec, founder of non-profit project GeoDonation and co-organizer of the Startup Open House Montreal event. LP mentors at Founder Fuel, Startup Weekend, The Next 36 and Institut du Nouveau Monde. He recently spoke at TedX and serves as VP of the HBS Club of Montreal and the Harvard Club of Quebec. LP divides his time between Montreal and New York City.
Michael Mandel, Co-Founder + CEO, Compstak
- Michael is Co-Founder + CEO of CompStak. CompStak creates transparency in commercial real estate by gathering information that is hard to find, difficult to compile or otherwise unavailable. The world’s largest brokerage firms and most preeminent real estate investors use CompStak’s crowdsourced exchange of commercial real estate data to compare properties and make investment decisions.Since launching CompStak in early 2012, Michael has helped navigate the company through tremendous growth, with $5.6 million raised, 8 (and counting) major markets launched, and a 30 person team.Before starting CompStak, Michael led the NY metro data center practice for Grubb & Ellis, where he was named National Rookie of the Year and inducted into Real Estate New York’s 30 Under 30. He graduated Babson College in 2005 and was a founding member of the world’s first live-in business incubator, the e-tower.
Michael Waxman, Founder + CEO, Grouper
- Michael Waxman started Grouper in New York City during the summer of 2011 to help bring people together offline. Grouper sets up drinks between 2 groups of 3 friends. Grouper members have shared hundreds of thousands of drinks in 27 cities and 3 countries. Michael is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He dropped out of (and later graduated) from Yale University. In his limited free time, Michael plays the drums and trains his rescue dog, Stevie.
Nick Taranto, Co-Founder + Co-CEO, Plated
- Nick was born in New York City and is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Plated.com. Nick received his BA at Dartmouth and then moved to Java, Indonesia on a Fulbright grant, where he taught English and started a microfinance group. After Indonesia, he received his MPA and MBA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School. He then commissioned as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps. After leaving active duty, he worked at Goldman Sachs while serving in the Marine Corps Reserves. In June of 2012, a Harvard Business School buddy – Josh Hix –and Nick co-founded Plated.com. Nick and his partner are on a mission to use tech and data-driven operations to fix the broken food supply chain. Over the last year, Plated has raised over $3 million from Lerer Ventures, ff Venture Capital, Founder Collective and angel investors (including the CEO of Manischewitz and one of the Facebook founders). Nick is married, a big fan of peaty whiskey, and contributes regularly to Forbes and the Huffington Post.”
Nikhil Sethi, Co-Founder + CEO, Adaptly
- Nikhil Sethi is the Co-founder and CEO of Adaptly, a platform that is changing the way brands increase engagement on social networks by helping them harness the unique value of each social network. Prior to Adaptly, Sethi co-founded Blurtt, which allows users to make, upload and send real postcards to friends around the world. Sethi has previously worked at HBO as well as True Ventures in San Francisco. Nikhil has been honored by Forbes and included on their “30 Under 30: The Brightest Minds Rocking The Marketing World” list as well as AdAge’s “40 Under 40” which honors the innovative, young marketing leaders who have made their mark in the client, agency and media worlds. Sethi is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied electrical engineering. Sethi is the youngest advisory board member of the NUvention Web, the web entrepreneurship program at his alma mater Northwestern University. Originally from the Bay Area, Sethi currently lives in New York.
Raul Gutierrez, Founder + CEO, Tinybop
- Raul Gutierrez, Founder and CEO of Tinybop Inc., is an entrepreneur with a 20-year history in technology and the arts. Tinybop is a company where ideas, design, and engineering come together to delight, inspire, and educate children. Tinybop’s first product line, a series of apps collectively titled The Explorer’s Library, is built on the intersection of learning and play. The initial app in this series is the award-winning Human Body by Tinybop which has been downloaded by 4.9M families worldwide and was recently selected by Apple in it’s Best of 2013 collection. Raul was born in Monterrey, Mexico, grew up in Lufkin, Texas, and now lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and two young boys.
Sean Coughlin, Co-Founder + CEO, FaithStreet
- Sean Coughlin is the Co-Founder & CEO of FaithStreet, a platform that helps faith communities reach people and increase giving. FaithStreet’s vision is to help all people find meaning in community. Today, FaithStreet partners with over 12,800 faith communities in all 50 states. FaithStreet hosts the popular OnFaith blog, formerly of the Washington Post. Christianity Today called FaithStreet a “brilliant innovation.” FaithStreet is a part of the 2013 NYC TechStars class.Sean is a first-time entrepreneur. Prior to FaithStreet, he graduated from Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law. He worked as a bartender to pay the rent during FaithStreet’s early days. You can find him on twitter at @seanwcoughlin.
Seth Bannon, Co-Founder + CEO, Amicus
- Seth is the founder & CEO of Amicus, a social good startup that helps nonprofits turn their supporters into fundraisers and advocates. Having graduated from Y Combinator, Amicus has raised nearly $4M from some the world’s most prestigious investors.After Amicus was used to power the Human Rights Campaign’s digital organizing efforts in the successful 2012 marriage equality fight, Seth was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurship. Since the age of twelve, Seth has been volunteering for, founding, and working for advocacy organizations, including the Obama campaign in 2008. After many years of frustration with the state of technology in the nonprofit world, he founded Amicus in an effort to fix it.An avid chess player, Seth can often be found in Union Square Park attempting to hustle the chess hustlers.
Shan-Lyn Ma , Founder + CEO, Zola
- Shan-Lyn Ma is the CEO and Founder of Zola.com. Previously, Shan-Lyn was the Chief Product Officer of Chloe + Isabel and prior to that, the General Manager of Gilt Taste, Gilt’s entrance into the food and wine arena. Shan-Lyn joined Gilt Groupe since 2008, when she started as the first Product Lead tasked with defining and evolving the core Gilt.com experience. She served as the Product Management lead on Gilt’s key new business launches and led Gilt’s successful foray into mobile – managing apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android and mobile web. Prior to Gilt, Shan-Lyn held Product and Marketing roles at Yahoo! Shan-Lyn holds a BCommerce with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and an MBA from Stanford University.
Veronika Sonsev, CEO, inSparq
- Veronika Sonsev is the CEO and Founder of inSparq, a company that provides social merchandising technology to retailers and brands. Her innate knowledge of retail and social media has driven inSparq to become the social merchandising leader. Previously, she was an executive at AOL and Jumptap, where she designed and launched new products, developed strategic partnerships and expanded into international markets. She is also a cofounder of WIM Accelerator and Women in Wireless. Veronika earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from American University. She was recently honored by Fast Company as one of 60 members to The League of Extraordinary Women. She was named one of the Mobile Women to Watch 2012 by Mobile Marketer and one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech by Femmeonomics.
Vivek Sharma, Co-Founder + CEO, Movable Ink
- Vivek Sharma is leading the charge to make email a more dynamic and relevant communication channel for marketers and consumers. With a background in both sales and product development, Vivek brings a potent combination of engineering talent and business savvy to his role as Movable Ink’s CEO.Prior to co-founding Movable Ink, Vivek headed Eastern North American and EMEA sales for Engine Yard. Earlier in his career, he held senior roles at Blue Martini and Cisco Systems. Vivek graduated with a BS in Computer Science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.