Alan Tisch, Founder + CEO, Spring
- Alan Tisch is Founder and CEO of Spring, the easiest and most fun way to shop on your phone. He previously spent time at City Hall, launching initiatives such as NYC Big Apps and the 311 iPhone app, and more recently at Fab. Alan has an MBA from NYU Stern in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, and a BBA from Michigan Ross School of Business. He has a sneaker addiction and is always up for a game of FIFA.
Alexander Gillett, Co-Founder + CEO, HowGood
- Alexander Gillett is a serial entrepreneur. Starting with the classic childhood lemonade stand and then working at his first startup for Virage, he has had the great experience of training under people like Bradley Horowitz. He went on to start a painting company, which he sold to a competitor, and was eventually hired to run half their company. During the earliest startup phase of HowGood, Alexander had a technical support company, a rooftop farm, and a couple other gigs. They were profitable enough to fund HowGood’s early days but were not his passion. As Co-Founder and CEO of HowGood, Alexander leads HowGood’s business development initiatives by seeking out like-minded companies and organizations with which to partner and continually works to bring the information that HowGood provides to greater audiences in more meaningful ways. Under his leadership, the HowGood sustainable food rating program now supports and empowers conscientious shoppers all over the country. Overseeing the business from administration to strategy, he has taken HowGood from concept to game changer.
Alicia Yoon, CEO + Co-Founder, Peach and Lily’s
- Alicia Yoon is the CEO and Co-Founder of Peach and Lily. Alicia grew up pursuing a platform diving career in Korea then returned to NYC for her BA in Philosophy and East Asian Studies from Columbia University. She worked at Goldman Sachs, Eurasia Capital Management, a private equity fund based in Mongolia, Accenture and the Boston Consulting Group. After establishing Enabling Hands, a nonprofit that serves the homeless population through hyper-targeting aid, and Alicia Yoon Showroom, a NYC-based platform debuting Asian fashion designers; in 2012, Alicia launched Peach and Lily to bring Korean and Japanese beauty brands to North America through www.peachandlily.com and top national retailers like Sephora, Target and SpaceNK. Alicia is a long-time volunteer of international development projects in Thailand, Uganda, China and rural Korea. She is an avid fan of Louis C.K. and enjoys using her esthetician training to provide unsolicited skincare advice to friends.
Andras Forgacs, Co-Founder + CEO, Modern Meadow
- Andras Forgacs is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow developing fundamentally new ways to grow meat and leather with better properties, no need for animal slaughter and much lower inputs of land, water, energy and chemicals.Previously, Andras co-founded Organovo (NYSE: ONVO), which uses 3D bioprinting to create human tissues for pharmaceutical research and medical applications. Organovo has been recognized as one of TIME magazine’s inventions of the year in 2010 and by MIT Technology Review on its TR50 list of most innovative companies for 2012. Earlier, Andras had served as a consultant with McKinsey, a venture investor, and an investment banker with Citigroup.He is also co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the international non-profit Resolution Project, a Kauffman Fellow and was a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations. Andras holds an MBA from Wharton and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Harvard.
Andrew Cove, Co-Founder, Cover
- Andrew Cove is co-founder of Cover, a modern payments platform for restaurants and the hospitality industry. Prior to founding Cover, Andrew was an early team member at AngelList, where he leveraged his experiences in venture capital to help numerous start-ups raise capital. Andrew has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from Carnegie Mellon. Before starting his first company, he built high performance graphics engines for an R&D team within PlayStation.
Bea Arthur, Founder in Your Corner
- Bea Arthur: Called “innovative and inspiring” by the American Counseling Association, licensed therapist and entrepreneur Bea Arthur has become a leader in the field of mental health care and telemedicine. With the goal of transforming traditional therapy into a more affordable and approachable experience, she created In Your Corner which provides instant, expert support when you need it. The Columbia University alum has worked with a variety of demographics including addicts in recovery, couples in crisis, and survivors of domestic violence. Her passion for self-care led her to start two wellness-based businesses and a thriving private practice all before the age of 30. She has been featured in Elle, MTV, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, VentureBeat, NPR, and CNN; and was also named part of the New Guard of women in tech by Marie Claire magazine as well as an entrepreneur to bet on by Newsweek. Arthur is also the first black female CEO from the US to be accepted into the prestigious Y Combinator accelerator program.
Ben Hindman, CEO + Co-Founder, Splash
- Ben Hindman, 30 years old, has helped throw more than 250,000 events — this year. His company, Splash, is the country’s fastest growing event marketing platform, powering events for the top brands in the world.Prior to founding Splash, Hindman was the Director of Events at Thrillist, where he produced large-scale events from concerts to hotel takeovers to mystery fly-aways. He was recruited to Thrillist after co-founding the Summit Series, an event for the world’s leading entrepreneurs. And prior to that, Hindman started and sold DC By Foot, Washington DC’s only free walking tour company.
Dan Lambert, Co-Founder, Board Vitals
- Dan Lambert co-founded Board Vitals to ensure that Medical Training is always up to date. Board Vitals brings together the very best content from Publishers, Research Institutions, and Doctors into question banks for the Medical Specialties. These banks are currently used by over 20,000 MDs and 30 institutions in the US and Canada. Before Board Vitals, Dan attended Harvard Business School, co-founded Pushpins (acquired by Ebates), and was in an executive rotation at IBM. Dan holds over 15 patents related to healthcare and data analytics
Dan MacCombie, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Runa
- Dan MacCombie is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Runa, a social enterprise and beverage company that works with indigenous farmers in Ecuador to create the world’s first supply chain for guayusa, a tea-like “superleaf” used by Runa to make hot teas and bottled beverages sold in over 8,000 stores nationwide. Dan and his Co-Founder Tyler Gage created Runa while still students at Brown University, after their work and experiences in South America demonstrated the greatest challenge many communities face: farmers had few opportunities for sustainable livelihoods, and often had to choose between supporting their families and protecting their forests. In recognition of his work, Dan was named a Forbes “30 under 30″ and has spoken throughout the country. Dan lives in Brooklyn and enjoys music in all forms, hiking, scuba diving and exploring all corners of NYC, often on a stereotypically single-speed bike that he’s finally admitted to owning.
Dan Teran, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Managed by Q
- Dan Teran is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Managed by Q, the operating system for the office of the future. Dan co-founded Managed by Q to make it easy to run an office. Q provides the products, services and technologies necessary to run a physical office space. Q also provides great careers and health benefits to its hundreds of Operators in NYC.Prior to co-founding Q, Dan was a partner at NYC based venture development firm prehype where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and startups to develop new digital businesses, and cut his teeth on NYC tech as the #1 employee at Artsicle. Dan holds a degree in international politics and economics from the Johns Hopkins University, and has a dog named Lucy.
Daniela Perdomo, Co-Founder + CEO, goTenna
- Daniela Perdomo, is the co-founder and CEO of goTenna, a hardware startup that builds tools for decentralized communication. goTenna works anywhere, regardless of access to cell reception or wifi, and allows you to communicate not just when you’re off-grid but when you want to be, because it’s end-to-end encrypted. Before goTenna, Perdomo worked in software startups and as a journalist. She’s from São Paulo (via Guatemala City and Tel-Aviv) and lives in Brooklyn.
David Klein, Co-Founder + CEO, CommonBond
- David Klein is the Co-Founder and CEO of CommonBond, a venture backed financial services company that has raised over $100M to lower the cost of student loans in the U.S. In his role at CommonBond, David is responsible for ensuring capital growth, creating a best-in-class borrower experience, and building a world-class team. Prior to CommonBond, David worked in consumer finance at American Express and started his career at McKinsey & Company. David graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in Politics, Economics, and International Business and attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. David is also a former Board Member of the Bronx Charter School for the Arts in New York.
David Yang, CEO + Co-Founder, Fullstack Academy
- David Yang is CEO and co-founder of Fullstack Academy, a Y Combinator-backed coding education experience focused on student outcomes. Since it’s founding in 2013, Fullstack Academy has graduated 100+ students with a virtually 100% placement rate into world-class NYC and SF companies like Zenefits, Priceline, Jibe, Gilt Groupe, Medidata and Percolate. Before Fullstack Academy, David built and managed NYC engineering teams for several years at companies like Gilt Groupe, RecycleBank and BrightWire Media. David previously worked as a Software Engineer at Microsoft, IBM, Yahoo! and has always enjoyed mentoring and growing great engineers. David fell in love with the energy and spirit of teaching software engineering when he and Fullstack Academy’s co-founder Nimit Maru started a lecture series called MBACodeSchool at top business schools like Wharton, Harvard, NYU and Columbia.
Doreen Bloch, CEO + Co-Founder, Poshly
- Doreen Bloch is the CEO & Co-Founder of Poshly, the data company for the $382B beauty and personal care industries. Launched in 2012, Poshly collects hyper-personal data direct-from-consumers to empower brands with real-time consumer intelligence and precision marketing campaigns. Poshly’s clients include L’Oréal, Unilever, Time Inc., Teen VOGUE and more. Since 2014, Poshly has raised more than $2M in capital from investors including Frontier Equities VC, Corigin Ventures, WI Harper Group, 645 Ventures and more and Poshly’s team has grown to 10 full-time employees. Doreen grew up in the Silicon Valley, and now resides in New York City. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and during college, she was a three-time intern at Yahoo! Inc. Doreen is a recipient of L’Oréal’s NEXT Generation Award, and a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council. Doreen’s work has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and more.
Drew Austin, Co-founder, Augmate
- Drew Austin is the Co-Founder of Augmate, a venture backed startup removing friction from work by powering wearable devices with purpose. Working with industrial customers and partners, like UPS and Siemens, Augmate is delivering new insights into the operational performance of the deskless workforce. Drew is a serial entrepreneur and extremely active in the startup community. He is a Mentor at the Startfast Accelerator program in Syracuse, NY, a Managing Director of FounderDating in NYC, and an advisor for SXSW Startup Village. Drew graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors Degree in Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises.
Evan Walden, CEO + Co-founder, ReWork
- Evan Walden is the CEO of ReWork, a tech-enabled recruiting firm focused on advancing the world of meaningful work by placing talented professionals into key roles at impact-driven organizations. ReWork has supported organizations like Acumen, Echoing Green, Venture for American, NBC Universal, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2015, ReWork was named one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work.Evan began his career on the west coast doing sales for Dow Chemical. He co-founded ReWork after personally feeling how difficult it was to find companies working on the problems you care about. Evan holds a Business degree from the University of Vermont, and in 2015 was recognized as one of the Top 10 Social Entrepreneurs in NYC by Crain’s Magazine.
Jocelyn Leavitt, CEO + Co-founder, Hopscotch
- Jocelyn Leavitt is the CEO and co-founder of Hopscotch, the maker of a new program that is accessible and fun for everyone. A former educator and business owner, Jocelyn combines her love of building companies with a passion for empowering students through experiential learning. Before Hopscotch, Jocelyn founded a real estate company and taught 7th through 11th grades in Hawaii and New York City. She attended Dartmouth as an undergraduate and earned her MBA at Columbia Business School.Her work at Hopscotch has been featured by Apple, recognized in FastCompany, Forbes, and Business Insider, and received awards from the Children’s Technology Review, the Parent’s Choice Foundation, and NYC BigApps. The company has earned the praise of kids and teachers alike in over 100 countries. Hopscotch is the first ever programming language designed for a mobile device, enabling kids aged 8-infinity to create their own apps and games.
Jonathon Ende, SeamlessDocs
- Jonathon Ende grew up in Jersey and then attended Emory University in Atlanta where he double majored in Business and Philosophy. While VP of his business school he won the prestigious Burt and Betty Book Award for person most likely to make an impact on the Universe. He took that task to heart and immediately after school started his entrepreneurialjourney. He dabbled in a wide array of industries building up his online marketing and operations skills but found his passion with SeamlessDocs. At SeamlessDocs he works with helping governments go paperless and making the world a more seamless place. But as Jonathon says, it isn’t really work if you love what you do.
Josh Bruno, Co-Founder + CEO, CareGuardian
- Josh Bruno is the Co-Founder and CEO of CareGuardian, a provider of in-home senior care and technology. CareGuardian’s mission is to ensure safety, peace of mind, and a brighter future for our families by connecting them with incredible caregivers, and giving stakeholders insight into what’s happening in the home. Prior to founding CareGuardian, Josh was a venture investor with Bain Capital Ventures in Boston and New York. Prior to BCV, Josh worked as a consultant at Bain & Co. and as a developer and product manager at Yahoo, Inc. Josh studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, and is proud to be a Longhorn.
Jukay Hsu, Founder, C4Q
- Jukay Hsu is the Founder of C4Q, which fosters the tech ecosystem in the world’s most diverse community. C4Q believes that technology is a powerful vehicle for increasing economic mobility and empowers adults in low-income and diverse communities to gain skills and jobs in tech. After graduating from Harvard College, Jukay served as a U.S. Army officer where he commanded a rifle platoon in Iraq and earned the Bronze Star Medal. Jukay led economic development initiatives and founded the first private provincial radio station with Iraqi reporters. After military service, Jukay returned home and founded C4Q because of technology’s potential to empower people and communities. Jukay was honored to serve as the youngest member of Mayor de Blasio’s Transition Team and “Jobs for New Yorkers” Task Force. He serves as a Director of the Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association and a Trustee of the Queens Public Library, chairing its technology committee.
Jules Miller, Co-Founder, Hire an Esquire
- Jules Miller is co-founder of Hire an Esquire, a labor marketplace enabling a flexible workforce in the legal industry. They help law firms and in-house legal departments to find, manage and pay a team of contract-based attorneys and paralegals on demand. Prior to Hire an Esquire, she spent 7 years as an ‘intrapraneur’ and consultant in the green industry, helping companies like Salesforce.com and Tiffany & Co. to start up and grow environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility programs. She started her career as a consultant in the Venture Capital Group at Ernst & Young and also founded and led Carbonado Group, and environmental consulting firm. Jules received her BA from UCLA and her MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is on the Board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the first East Coast member of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund.
Justin McLeod, Founder + CEO, Hinge
- Justin McLeod is founder and CEO of Hinge, the social discovery app that helps you meet new people through friends. He grew up in Louisville, KY and studied at Colgate University. After a few years in management consulting, Justin attended Harvard Business School and decided to follow his passion for connecting people. He founded Hinge in February 2011 and launched the current mobile app in February 2013.
Kegan Schouwenburg, Founder + CEO, SOLS
- Kegan Schouwenburg is the founder and CEO of SOLS, a NYC startup redesigning the way you move through mass customized 3D printed footwear. She is also a leading voice in the 3D printing and mass customization industry. Her passion to bring nascent technologies to the consumer market is reflective in her years of experience in the industrial design and mass-manufacturing space. Before launching SOLS, she was the director of engineering and operations at Shapeways, where she helmed one the world’s largest 3D printing factories. Prior to Shapeways, Kegan co-founded her first company, Design Glut, a company which sourced and managed production for more than 30 brands including national chains Urban Outfitters and Target.Kegan has been recognized on Business Insider’s ‘30 Most Important Women under 30 in Tech’, ‘20 Hottest Startups Founded by Women’ and ‘The Coolest People in New York City Tech’ lists as well as AlleyWatch’s ‘28 Hardware Innovators in NYC You Should Know’ list. She is also a mentor at connected devices accelerator, TechStars. Kegan holds a B.S. in industrial design and manufacturing from the Pratt Institute located in Brooklyn, NY.
Lane Gerson, Jack Erwin
- Lane Gerson started his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and eventually took his formal business and accounting skill set to work with entrepreneurial-minded companies. Lane has helped run, organize and grow multiple New York-based companies and is now working to build Jack Erwin, a direct-to-consumer men’s shoe company tailored to the way men think about and shop for footwear, from the ground up.li>
Mark Arnoldy, CEO, Possible
- Mark Arnoldy is the CEO of Possible, a nonprofit healthcare company the delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare for the world’s poor. Prior to Possible, Mark worked closely with a Nepali social entrepreneur for three years to create an innovative way to treat malnourished children, and he helped create two U.S. businesses that fund nutrition programs in Nepal. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, completed Harvard’s Global Health Effectiveness Program, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal. Mark is an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, 2014 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Cordes Fellow, and Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow. In 2014, Mark was named one of Forbes Magazine’s top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.
Mona Patel, Motivate Design
- Mona Patel combines positivity, timeless wisdom, sharp design thinking and a little bit of magic glitter to help you see around corners and realize a kind of success you didn’t necessarily expect. She started Motivate Design in 2009 to create a place where clients could get what they want, rather than what an agency needs to sell. She holds a M.S. in Marketing Communications from Boston University and a B.S.
in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University
Nathaniel Koloc, Co-Founder, ReWork
- Nathaniel Koloc Co-Founder of ReWork, a millennial recruiting firm that specializes in placing purpose-driven professionals into roles for companies and organizations working on social, environmental, and cultural innovation. Nathaniel is an expert in hiring, recruiting, and team building – and regularly speaks and writes about these topics, as well as career strategy. He is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, 99U, Entrepreneur, Inc., and The Muse. Nathaniel co-founded ReWork after his time at the 2011 Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, CO – which was the headquarters for the company until the team relocated to New York during the summer of 2014. When he’s not in ReWork’s Soho office, you can find Nathaniel adventuring in national parks and other wilderness setting across the country!li>
Nicole Hamilton, CEO, Tactile Finance
- Nicole Hamilton is the founder and CEO of Tactile Finance, a technology company that makes complex financial decisions clear to consumers and uncovers new business opportunities by leveraging data and clarity. Tactile Finance’s first products revolve around home financing opportunities, and are used by mortgage professionals from many different banks and their customers. Nicole’s career has spanned several different technology sectors. Previously, she was the managing director of a large-scale enterprise software data analytics company, and before that, she worked in telecommunication software technology and the medical device industry, launching high-impact, innovative products. Nicole has spent her career developing and managing game-changing technology for large and competitive industries. She started Tactile Finance after she found it unacceptable that home owners and home buyers don’t have access to more sophisticated insight into the financing options of what is often their biggest asset, their home.
Octavian Costache, Co-Founder, Spring
- Octavian Costache, Co-founder @ Spring, ex-googler, author of the Multiple Inboxes gmail lab, built the Google Finance charts, entrepreneur, developer, hacker.
Rachel Kaplowitz, CEO + Co-Founder, Honey
- Rachel Kaplowitzis the CEO & Co-founder of Honey, an enterprise social network helping thousands of employees share ideas, grow their professional networks, and contribute in a meaningful way to their companies. Rachel is a graduate of Columbia University and earned her MBA at NYU Stern School of Business. Rachel is also a committee member of Coalition for Queens, a member of the work-bench community, and (1 week away from being) a brand new mom! Before founding Honey, Rachel worked at Condition One, a video technology startup out of the 2012 NYC Techstars class. Follow her on Twitter @ZisserZappy.
Reza Chowdhury, CEO + Founder, AlleyWatch
- Reza Chowdhury is the CEO and Founder of AlleyWatch, a leading media property focused on the advancement of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in NYC and beyond.He is also the Founder of New York Startup Lab, a software development firm with a specific focus on early stage companies. Previously, Reza was involved with several entrepreneurial ventures and began his career as securities trader on Wall Street.Recognized as a thought leader, Reza was recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in NYC Tech by TechWeek and routinely speaks on the NYC startup ecosystem. He holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Georgetown University and completed his bachelors in Economics at the University at Albany.
Rob Fishman, CEO + Founder, Niche
- Rob Fishman is the co-founder of Niche, the leading network for social media creators. Priorly, he led social media efforts at The Huffington Post, and later at Aol. In 2011, his first company was acquired by BuzzFeed, for which he is now a contributing editor.
Ryan Rzepecki, CEO, Social Bicycles
- Ryan Rzepecki is the founder and CEO of Social Bicycles. Ryan has a BS in Marketing from Penn State University and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He previously worked for the NYC Department of Transportation as a bike planner before founding Social Bicycles in 2010. His company offers an integrated bike share solution including a custom bike, GPS-enabled lock, racks, kiosks, and software. His passion is to advance multi-modal transportation systems by providing the ultimate first/last mile solution.
Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder, Zady.com
- Soraya Darabi is the co-founder of Zady.com, a shopping platform and lifestyle destination for the next generation of consumers who care about the origins of the items they purchase. Zady launched to rave reviews in August 2013, and was featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal’s “Off Duty” section with an article entitled: Feel-Good Fashion: The New Black.What Whole Foods has done for the organic food movement, Zady does for sourced products. Zady is amongst the first online retailers to seamlessly integrate commerce, rich media content and social media to provide customers with a dynamic shopping experience. On Zady, customers can learn about the conscious consumer movement and purchase beautiful goods that were created with craftsmanship and artisanship – qualities that have been sacrificed in a world of cheap prices and fast production. Early this year, Zady was named one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail by Fast Company.