Chris Altchek, CEO & Co-founder, Mic
Before starting Mic, Altchek worked at Goldman Sachs and the White House. He was named to the 2014 Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list.
David Aronoff, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
David holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Vermont, cum laude and with college honors, an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
David Blanke, General Manager, Clarifai
Charles Bonello, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Grand Central Tech
Prior to founding GCT, Charles managed the Venture Debt practice at Three Point Capital, a specialty finance firm, where he focused on delivering non-dilutive financing options to fast-growing companies across different technology verticals in the form of corporate loans, as well as receivables and purchase order financing. Charles was also a co-founder, Analyst and Portfolio Manager at River Twice Capital, a global long/short hedge fund that focused on companies leveraging disruptive technologies to reduce waste, grow margins and gain market share. He began his career at Fred Alger Management, where he covered the Consumer sector.
Finally, he has contributed research and writing included in a number of books, including: Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy (October 2009), Sustainable Excellence (October 2010) and The Leading Indicators A Short History of the Numbers that Rule the World (February 2014).
Owen Davis, Managing Director, NYC Seed
Owen is the author of various patents in Internet methods and technologies. He is also the author of the book Instant Java Applets, available from Ziff-Davis Press. He is an original member of the World Wide Web Artists Consortium, and served on that group’s original board. He was also an original member of the Board setting online advertising and media specifications and has served as Managing Director of the Wireless Advertising Association. Owen was named various times as one of the 100 Top Internet Executives in New York by The Silicon Alley Reporter and has also been named one of the 100 most influential people in Silicon Alley by Business Insider. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and has taught seminars at New York University in New York City and Abu Dhabi.
Nisha Dua, Partner, BBG Ventures
Chris Fenster, Founder & CEO, Propeller Industries
Prior to Propeller, Chris built and sold several outdoor industry companies and later served as a full-time CFO at startups in consumer e-commerce, food & beverage and financial services industries.
Chris lives and works in DUMBO where he relocated in early 2012 after 20+ years in San Francisco, to open Propeller’s NY office.
Tom Fuller, Head of Engineering, Next Jump
Bob Greene, Managing Partner, Contour Venture Partners
Prior to launching Contour, Bob was one of the three managing partners of Flatiron Partners. Located in New York City, Flatiron was a leading venture capital firm focused on the information technology sector. The firm backed over 50 companies with over $500 million of venture capital. Prior to joining Flatiron full time in 1999, Bob was a General Partner at Chase Capital Partners, having joined its predecessor, Chemical Venture Partners, in 1994. Bob started and led Chase Capital’s Technology and Internet investment practice.
Bob started his venture capital career in 1988 with Prudential Equity Investors (later known as Cornerstone Equity Partners) as a generalist investor, working on venture investments and buyouts in retailing, consumer, media, business services and healthcare services. Prior to this, he was a banker for five years with First Boston and Fleet Financial.
Bob is the President of the New York Venture Capital Association and has been on the NYVCA Board since 1994. Bob has been a guest lecturer for many years at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Wharton School of Business, Columbia Graduate School of Business, and formerly served for five years on the Undergraduate Financial Aid Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.
Bob received a BS from the Wharton School of Business and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
John Griffin, CEO, Transcendent Endeavors
Since 2011 working with and investing in start ups.
Daniel Gulati, Principal & Co-Head of Seed Practice, Comcast Ventures
Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Daniel was co-founder and CEO of FashionStake, a marketplace for independent fashion that was acquired by Fab.com. He later served as Director of Fashion at Fab. His book, Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders won selection to the JP Morgan 13th Annual Summer Reading List as a top 10 non-fiction work. Daniel also spent four years at The Boston Consulting Group and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Matthew Harrigan, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Grand Central Tech
Matt is a New York native, and currently a resident of Brooklyn. A graduate of Rice University, he and Charlie are both graduates of Regis High School.
Richard Harris, CEO & Founder, Intent Media
Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab
Kelly Hoey, Speaker & Strategist, jkellyhoey.co
role at Cuurio, a New York City based startup guiding brands through the fragmented digital and emerging technology landscape.
As managing director of WIM, Kelly was responsible for building the accelerator’s global influencer network of partnerships and connections (over 100,000 online connections, including 88,000 followers on Google+). She was also responsible for leading WIM’s marketing efforts including creating the Google+ Hangout on Air Series #womenwhotech and the “Meet The Innovators” speaker series launched with Apple, Inc. in 2013.
Prior to her entrepreneurial leap, Kelly was immersed in the legal world, initially as a corporate attorney, and ultimately in leadership positions at global law firm White & Case, playing a key role in the development of the firm’s global alumni, professional development and women’s initiatives. In 2009, Kelly became the first president of the women’s business networking group 85 Broads and worked directly with 85 Broads’ CEO/Founder on strategies to re-engage the membership
Aaron Holiday, General Partner, 645 Ventures
Aaron has also been instrumental in pioneering Cornell Tech’s Studio Culture as its first Managing Entrepreneurial Officer. Cornell Tech is a billion dollar tech campus in New York City, pioneered by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Aaron has been responsible for spinning up the entrepreneurial culture at Cornell Tech, where faculty, staff, and students start and spinout startup companies. Cornell Tech is advancing the NYC tech ecosystem just as Stanford did for Silicon Valley and MIT did for the Boston ecosystem. Specifically, Aaron runs Cornell Tech’s Spinout Client, which is a series of sessions designed to help startups transition from the academic environment to the commercial world. Aaron also plays a key role in the Startup Studio and Founder-in-Residence programs at Cornell Tech.
Aaron has a computer science background, working 6 years on Wall Street building advanced financial trading technology for Goldman Sachs and GFI Group. He is the former head of BR Venture Fund, Cornell’s seed-stage venture capital firm where he ran the exit process for the $801m IPO of Pacific Bio Sciences and led the fund’s seed investment Restaurant Revolution Technologies.
Aaron is frequently sought after as a contributing writer and speaker on topics related to venture capital and technology entrepreneurship. He has been published in TechCrunch and created/taught Essentials to Startup Formation, which has been taught to thousands of east and west coast startup entrepreneurs at General Assembly.
Aaron received a BS in Computer Science from Morehouse College and an MBA from Cornell University.
Jon Hsu, CFO & COO, AppNexus
Jon earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA in Strategic Management and Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in New Jersey, he is a longtime-resident of New York City and a stalwart Yankees fan.
Chris Kelly, President & Co-Founder, Convene
Charlie Kim, Founder & CEO, Next Jump
Charlie is rated as a top mentor and coach in several industries including: U.S. military, professional sports, education, nonprofits, startups and F1000 executives. Next Jump has been recognized by McKinsey as well as Harvard & Cornell for its culture of high performance and coaching techniques for both individuals and team leaders.
What sets Next Jump apart is their culture and focus on human capital. The Company has become the top destination for engineers from the top east coast universities. Experts have called Next Jump the Demonstration Project, proving the combination of caring for your employees and helping them grow as human beings is possible while making money and helping the world become a better place. Next Jump believes this is a pre-requisite in today’s human capital economy and calls it Better Me + Better You = Better Us.
Karin Klein, Partner, Bloomberg Beta
Prior to launching Bloomberg Beta, Karin led new initiatives for Bloomberg LP, where she and her team built new businesses, developed strategy and created partnerships. Before joining Bloomberg, Karin led Softbank’s team that reviewed all new investments during the period when Softbank invested in Buzzfeed’s seed round and realized the most successful exits in NYC (including Buddy Media, The Huffington Post and Associated Content). Before Softbank, Karin worked with the MC Group and Knowledge Universe, education and media focused investment funds.
Karin first developed her passion for building businesses when she co-founded an educational training company for children. Karin continues that dynamism by helping build the NYC tech community and serving as a mentor to TechStars, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and First Growth and as a trusted adviser to founders and high growth businesses by serving on boards like L’Oreal’s Women in Digital.
Karin graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an MBA and BS from the Wharton School and a BA from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.
Warren Lee, General Partner, Canaan Partners
Warren has spent most of his career in venture capital. Prior to Canaan, he worked at Comcast Interactive Capital, where he led their investments in several leading technology startups, including Arbor Networks (acquired by Tektronix for $220 million), Arroyo Video Solutions (acquired by Cisco for $92 million), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola for $186 million), CommunityConnect (acquired by Radio One), Counterpane Internet Security (acquired by British Telecom for $70 million), ReefEdge (acquired by Symantec), and Tripwire (acquired by Bravo Thomson for $180 million). Before joining the venture industry, Warren worked as an engineer and project manager at Solectron, a business development director at Sun Microsystems, a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, and an investment banker in Alex Brown’s technology group.
Warren holds a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in economics with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School. He is also on the board of NYVCA, the Venture Capital Association for NYC. A big advocate of fostering the startup scene, Warren co-organizes the NYC Turing Fellows Program, which matches outstanding computer science and engineering students from across the U.S. and Canada to paid summer internships with leading technology startups in NYC.
Tad Martin, CEO & Co-Founder, Collective(i)
Before Overstock, Mr. Martin worked for Gear.com (funded by Amazon.com), which he helped grow from an early stage startup to the largest sporting goods closeout e-commerce website before its sale to Overstock.com in 2000. In addition, Mr. Martin was a member of the Olympic bid committee responsible for bringing the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to Salt Lake City.
Mr. Martin earned a Six Sigma Black Belt and applied the methodology to operations at Overstock. Mr. Martin holds a B.A. in English from the University of Utah.
Meghan Messenger, Co-Founder & Chief of Staff, Next Jump
Meghan started as a local sales intern for Next Jump in 1998 and helped grow the business though the first dot-com bubble to over 150 employees. A few years later, Next Jump survived the dot-com bust however shrunk down to just 4 employees in January of 2002. Meghan was part of the 4-person surviving team, becoming one of the founders of the restructured Next Jump. She then helped drive the majority of Next Jump’s revenue growth managing the merchant services division building over 30,000 merchant partnerships. She also helped build Next Jump’s senior management team, as well as recruit and train some of the best engineers in the country, building the Company back up to 200 employees. Experts have called Next Jump the Demonstration Project, proving the combination of caring for your employees and helping them grow as human beings is possible while making money and helping the world become a better place. Next Jump believes this is a pre-requisite in today’s human capital economy and calls it Better Me + Better You = Better Us.
Meghan graduated from Fairfield University in 1999, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Marketing. She resides in New York City with her husband Mark and her two sons Matthew and Brendan.
Heidi Messer, Co-Founder, Collective(i)
Prior to Collective[i] and World Evolved, Ms. Messer and her brother, Stephen Messer, co-founded LinkShare Corporation, which is host to one of the world’s largest online affiliate networks representing some of the largest and fast growing publishers and merchants on the web. The company is widely considered to be a pioneer in the world of digital advertising. Under Ms. Messer’s leadership, LinkShare was recognized by Deloitte and Touche for two consecutive years as the fastest growing technology company in the New York Region. Ms. Messer served as a board member, President and Chief Operating Officer of LinkShare until its sale to Rakuten (4755:JASDAQ) for $425 million in 2005.
Ms. Messer is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and universities on entrepreneurship, digital marketing and advertising, business intelligence and the future of Internet services. She has been cited in various publications including, The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, The Nikkei, Women’s Wear Daily and Chief Executive Magazine. Ms. Messer has also appeared on national television and radio programs including the Today Show, Rock Center, Business Talk Radio, Fox News, CBS Morning News and the Fox Morning Show. Ms. Messer has received several honors including most recently selected as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs as part of their 2012 Builders and Innovators Summit. Ms. Messer serves on advisory boards for Dell Computers, NBC Universal and American Express OPEN.
Ms. Messer has been featured in The Startup Playbook and Stiletto Network as well as cited in Incredible Dream: Ralph Roberts and the Story of Comcast.
Ms. Messer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She received her juris doctorate from Harvard Law School graduating cum laude.
Georg Petschnigg, Co-Founder & CEO, FiftyThree, Inc.
FiftyThree builds tools that make ideas better. They are the makers of Paper, the fast and beautiful productivity app for getting ideas down, and Pencil, the award-winning stylus. Internationally recognized for design excellence and innovation, they’ve received awards from Apple, IDSA, The Edison Awards, and IxDA.
FiftyThree is based in New York and Seattle and brings together the craft of software, hardware, and service design. Founded in 2011, FiftyThree’s products reach more than 15 Million creative thinkers worldwide.
Alessandro Piol, Co-Founder & Partner, AlphaPrime Ventures
Vince Ponzo, Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia Business School
Before joining Columbia Business School, Vince was the first general manager of General Assembly’s offline education business, where he also managed the curriculum, instruction, student, alumni, and outcomes products and teams.
Prior to General Assembly, Vince spent time as the Executive Vice President of Partnerships at Kargo, a mobile advertising company, served as the Vice President of Client Services for SelectMinds, an enterprise SaaS company acquired by Oracle for its social recruiting and alumni networking products, and spent more than nine years at Fidelity Investments and Citigroup in roles ranging from Corporate Finance to Corporate Training.
He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in finance from Boston College.
David S. Rose, Founder & CEO, Gust
From his initial involvement with the first online communities in the 1970s, through founding one of the first personal computer training companies in the 1980s, one of the first wireless data information networks in the 1990s, and the first global angel investing platform in the 2000s, David has been at the forefront of innovation in business and technology.
Among the fields in which he has been actively involved as an executive, board member or investor are: wireless communications, consumer electronics, crowdsourcing, international finance, social networking, space tourism, user-generated content, online video, mobile network security, biological testing, electronic music, citizen journalism, out-of-home advertising, fiber-optic networking, concierge medicine, online marketing, interactive voice response, and many others.
As an entrepreneurial executive himself, David is the founder and CEO of Gust, which operates the world’s largest online platform and community for entrepreneurs and early stage investors. Gust is used by hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in over 100 countries to connect with tens of thousands of accredited investors.
He is also Managing Director of Rose Tech Ventures; Founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels; and Founding Track Chair for Finance and Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, the Google/NASA-sponsored post-graduate program in exponential technologies.
David is Chairman of Board of Social Bicycles, Waywire.com, Miner and Por ti, Famila, serves as a director of KoolSpan; TekServe and the NY Tech Meetup, and is an active early stage investor in companies including LearnVest, RealtyMogul, Space Adventures, Moven and PublicStuff.
David is well known in the business startup community for discovering and mentoring high-potential entrepreneurs, and has been profiled by BusinessWeek as “The Pitch Coach” for his ability to help CEOs perfect their fundraising skills. He is a regular speaker at the TED conferences, and his TEDtalk on How to Pitch a VC has been viewed nearly a million times. He lectures at business schools including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Pace, and Stevens, and was named Mentor of the Year by NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Prior to founding AirMedia Corporation in 1988, for which he served as CEO for over ten years, his career included over fifteen years in real estate development, government, teaching and urban planning. David was co-founder and Chairman of The Computer Classroom and Vice President at Rose Associates, Inc. Earlier, he served as Deputy Director of the New York office of US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
A native New Yorker, David has a BA in Urban Affairs from Yale University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a D. Eng. (hc) from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the New York City public school system and Horace Mann High School. He is an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale University and a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Boards of Columbia Business School and Yale University. David can be followed online @davidsrose
Barin Rovzar, Executive Director, R&D and Strategy, Hearst Technology
Prior to Hearst, Barin spent several years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company where she served clients in the Media and Healthcare industries. She began her career in the healthcare provider space at The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C.
Barin is an active advisor to startups and currently serves on the Board of Next City, a digital media organization focused on urban innovation. She has also lectured on business and growth, including a 10-week Business Fundamentals and Tactics course that she developed for General Assembly. She earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University where she graduated with honors.
Brian Schechter, CEO, HowAboutWe
Brian continues to run HowAboutWe within IAC.
He has spoken at SxSW, NY Tech MeetUp, Ignite NYC, The Glimpse Conference, Internet Week NYC, Northside Festival, TEDx and more. He also advises several high-growth tech companies. His expertise includes strategy, product-innovation, CEO-coaching, business development, e-commerce, on-line acquisition, financial modeling, etc.
Prior to founding HowAboutWe, Brian was a high school teacher and a meditation instructor.
Jake Schwartz, CEO & Co-Founder, General Assembly
Prior to founding General Assembly, Jake worked for Associated Partners, a multi-stage private equity firm focused on telecommunications, media and technology co-funded by Liberty Media and Goldman Sachs. Jake has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in New York, one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” and listed on Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment” and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100.” Jake holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Yale University and earned an M.B.A. with Honors from The Wharton School.
David Steinberger, Co-Founder & CEO, comiXology
Paul Tumpowsky, Chairman, InSITE Fellowship
Prior to Square Zero, Paul was a founding principal with Metropolis Venture Partners in New York, a venture fund focused on investing between $1‐$10 million per transaction in the telecommunications, networking, wireless and enterprise software markets. As part of his responsibilities, Paul was the founding Chief of Staff of Luxcore, an optical networking hardware firm and operated Aluminium.com commodity metals trading software firm as CEO through multimillion‐dollar involuntary bankruptcy and wind down. Paul spent over four years at Accenture, where he specialized in acquisition advisory, custom database design and development, and logistics strategy for companies like Oracle, Coach and Tosco/Circle K/76.
Paul received his MBA from Columbia Business School, where he concentrated on finance and entrepreneurship, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois where he was Chairman of the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee and has studied at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo.
For the past several years, Paul has been the Chairman of the InSITE Fellowship, taught the Idea to IPO at New York Academy of Sciences and guest‐lectured in the Data Science and Entrepreneurship course at Columbia University. He is a mentor to the White House Department of Energy Business Plan Competition, ERANYC, NYCBigApps, NYC Venture Fellows and IBM SmartCamp.
Matt Turck, Managing Director, FirstMark Capital
Prior to FirstMark, he was a Managing Director at Bloomberg Ventures, the investment and incubation arm of Bloomberg LP, which he helped start. Previously, Matt was the co-founder of TripleHop Technologies, a venture-backed enterprise search software startup that was acquired by Oracle.
Matt is passionate about building communities, and organizes two large monthly events, Data Driven NYC (which focuses on data-driven startups and Big Data) and Hardwired NYC (which focuses on the Internet of Things, 3D printing, and wearable computing).
Matt graduated from Sciences-Po Paris and holds a master of laws (LL.M.) from Yale Law School.
Lokeya Venkatachalam, Chief Revenue Officer & Senior Engineer, Next Jump
Prior to Next Jump, Lokeya worked for Oracle as a Senior Applications Engineer. Lokeya is married, resides in Long Island and is expecting her first child.
Dahlia Loeb, Managing Partner, Reveille Capital Management
Philippe von Borries, Co-Founder, Refinery29
Mike Goldstein, Principal, MGoldstein LLC
Alain Bankier, Partner, Laconia Capital
John Walker, CFO & Head of NY Office, TempCFO, Inc.
Mr. Walker was previously Director of Finance at A-List Education where he led the re-structuring of the finance infrastructure to support growth in the college education services business. Prior to A-List, Mr. Walker was Consulting Director of Finance at Echoing Green, where in addition to managing the organization’s financial systems he also led all impact investing activities, developing the Recoverable Grant investment concept and leading the structuring of the partnership with The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund.
Mr. Walker lectures on impact investing at Columbia Business School and at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He also advises a number of start-up businesses, focusing on financial management and investment strategy.
Prior to Echoing Green, Mr. Walker was a principal with Chart Venture Partners and Chart Group in New York City contributing to venture and LBO deals covering semiconductor, imaging, and materials technologies and the industrial manufacturing sector. Before moving to New York City from Edinburgh, Scotland, Mr. Walker was Marketing and Technical Director at Pentland Systems, a member of the Defense Science Advisory Council at the UK MoD and a senior research engineer with BAE Systems.