Aaron Holiday
Aaron Holiday, Managing Entrepreneurial Officer, Partner & Co-Founder, Cornell Tech NYC, 645 Ventures

Aaron Holiday is a rising venture capitalist, startup consultant, and former programmer. Aaron is currently a Kauffman Fellowship Finalist and has worked with over 40 startup companies on business model formation, access to capital, and growth strategies. The companies that Aaron has advised have gone on to premier Accelerator programs such as ER Accelerator, Y-Combinator, Tech Stars, and DreamIT Ventures. Additionally, since summer 2012, Aaron has helped 7 startups raise more than $10M in seed stage capital.

Prior to becoming a valuable asset to the startup and venture capital ecosystem, Aaron spent 6 years on Wall Street building advanced financial trading technology for Goldman Sachs and GFI Group. Aaron also worked with the CEO and COO of Blip.TV, a venture capital backed startup company, and was the former head of BR Venture Fund, Cornell’s seed-stage venture capital firm. Aaron has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Morehouse College, and an MBA from Cornell University.

Aaron Schildkrout
Aaron Schildkrout, Head of Platform, Uber

Aaron Schildkrout is a New York City entrepreneur and product thinker. Before Uber, he was co-founder/CEO of HowAboutWe.com (acquired by IAC, 2014) and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RRE Ventures. He speaks and writes regularly about leadership and product design. Before startup life, Aaron studied at Harvard and was an educator at a Boston charter school.

Aaron Shapiro
Aaron Shapiro, CEO Huge

Aaron Shapiro is CEO of Huge, where he helps companies reimagine how they interact with their customers and manage their businesses in the digital economy. Since 2005, Aaron has driven the firm’s growth from a small startup into a full-service interactive agency operating out of the United States, Europe and Latin America.

Aaron is a regular writer and public speaker on the impact of digital technology on businesses and the economy. He is the author of Users, Not Customers, published to critical acclaim by Portfolio/Penguin in 2011. Aaron’s commentary has been featured by publications including McKinsey Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, The Economist, and Forbes. He was included as one of New York’s leading tech influencers in Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40” list and has been recognized by the New York Observer as one of the most important people working in the rapidly growing Brooklyn tech industry.

Prior to Huge, Aaron spent more than a decade as a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and management consultant. He also served as co-founder and CEO of Silverpop, a leading email marketing company acquired by IBM.

Shapiro received an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three young children.

Alain Bankier
Alain Bankier: Serial Entrepreneur and Active Angel Investor

Alain Bankier, a serial entrepreneur and an active early stage investor, is currently focused on innovative food and food tech opportunities. Until late 2013, Alain was Co-President and CEO of The Manischewitz Company. In 2002, Alain co-founded the Saveur Food Group (SFG) to create, acquire and build branded food companies and in 2008 Manischewitz was merged with SFG. In the mid 90’s, Alain was the co-founder of a leading New York based angel investment group, which was the precursor of the New York Angels. As a leading member of the New York Angels, Alain invests in a wide variety of technology, ad-tech, media and content companies. Alain is a board member/ advisor to a variety of companies and has been instrumental in achieving exit opportunities for several of these businesses.

Combining his knowledge of the food industry and his experience in the tech and media startup world, Alain has been focusing on investment opportunities at the intersection of food, media and technology.

Before his adventures in the food industry, Alain was a founder of an international boutique investment bank, which he sold to BNPParisbas and where he remained as the Head of Mergers and Acquisitions- Corporate Finance North Americas.

Alain lives in Manhattan, with his wife and two sons, and whenever possible he is in Quogue, on the east end of long island.

.Alessandro Piol
Alessandro Piol, Co-founder and Partner, AlphaPrime Ventures

Alessandro Piol is a Partner and co-founder of AlphaPrime Ventures, early stage investor in enterprise software and real-time data applications. He is a partner of Vedanta Capital and was a General Partner of Invesco Private Capital. He spent 10 years with AT&T where he co-founded AT&T Ventures. He is President of the NY chapter of TiE, serves on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board and the Board of Visitors of Columbia’s Engineering school, and he is an angel investor and mentor. He also co-authored Tech and the City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community. He has a BS and MS in Computer Science from Columbia and an MBA from Harvard.

Ben Lerer
Ben Lerer, Co-Founder, Thrillist / Lerer Ventures

Ben Lerer is a Managing Director at Lerer Hippeau Ventures and co-founder & CEO of Thrillist Media Group. Ben was among Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners, Vanity Fair’s Next Establishments, Crain’s “40 under 40”, Forbes list of “Most Powerful CEOs Under 40”, AdWeek’s “Young Influentials,” Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 5 Entrepreneurs of the Year,” and Silicon Alley Insider’s “100 Coolest People in Tech”. He chairs the Board of Directors for the East River Development Alliance, a New York non-profit organization, and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS). Mr. Lerer is an active mentor for NYC Venture Fellows, TechStars and E[nstitute].

Bob Greene
Bob Greene, Managing Partner, Contour Venture Partners 

Bob Greene is a co-founder of Contour Venture Partners and has been a venture capitalist since the late 1980’s. He has invested in all stages of venture capital across several industry sectors. Contour invests in seed and early stage technology companies in the northeast United States with a focus on the financial services, digital media and the internet/SaaS sectors.

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. He built the technology team and portfolio within Chase Capital, which included launching Flatiron in New York City in 1996, backing Pitango Venture Capital in Israel in 1996, and launching Techfund Capital in Silicon Valley in 1997.

Some of Bob’s notable investments during his career prior to Contour include 3Dfx Interactive, Acurian, Agamatrix, Cobalt Networks, Fundquest, iXL Enterprises, GeoCities, Kinkos.com, Multex, N*Able Technologies, Resonate, SeamlessWeb, Stamps.com, and Vindigo.

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 at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Wharton School of Business for many years.

Bob received a BS from the Wharton School of Business and a MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.”

Brian Cohen
Brian Cohen (Chairman), New York Angels

Brian Cohen serves as the Chairman of the New York Angels. Brian was the first investor in Pinterest and numerous other industry leading startups. Brian has worked tirelessly for nearly 30 years to catalyze the New York startup/finance ecosystem. His contacts are second to none.

As an author, Brian‘s new book (McGraw Hill) entitled “What Every Angel Investor Wants You To Know To Raise Smart Money For Billion Dollar Idea” was published in April, 2013.

As a disruptive media entrepreneur, Brian believes that all new products, services and ideas should be easy to discover, find, share and buy. As a result, Brian co-launched with his son Trace the first direct to customer – self-publishing PR news platform called Launch.it in May 2012.

As a social entrepreneur, Brian was a founding Board member of Center4, NYC’s first technology accelerator devoted to serving the non-profit community.

As a technology media strategist, Brian is considered one of the fathers of science & technology strategic communications, having co-founded Technology Solutions, Inc. with his wife Carol in 1983. TSI’s client list read like an entrepreneurial Who’s Who of startup technology companies in computing, communication, software, education, and entertainment. For more than a decade, Brian maintained a broad strategic communications partnership with Sony & IBM Corporation providing counsel to dozens of their intrapreneurial new technology divisions. Notably, TSI received the Gold CIPRA award in 1998 for the IBM Deep Blue/Gary Kasparov Chess Match concept and communications program. In 1996, TSI was recognized as the #1 fastest growing agency in the United States. He later sold the company to The McCann Erickson World Group in 1997 and became the Vice Chairman of their technology group.

As a researcher, Brian created Focus Technology, an organization that provided qualitative research and instituted the RPM model of integrated strategic communications providing ultra-competitive technology clients the ability to quickly discover and leverage their key strengths, as well as mitigate their destructive weaknesses.

As a publisher, Brian was a pioneer in helping start of a number of the first computing publications, to include Computer Systems News and InformationWeek Magazine.

As an educator, Brian created the AIMS (Advanced Internet Media Studies) Program, a college semester program where students would be trained to use the internet professionally. He also advises entrepreneur students at NYU and Columbia University.

As a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Brian holds a Masters Degree in Science Communications from Boston University’s School of Public Communications.

Brian Schechter
Brian Schecter, CEO, HowABoutWE

HowAboutWe was founded in 2010 by Brian Schecter and Aaron Schildkrout, his childhood best friend. They raised over $25mm grew the company to over 100 people, with offices in 5 cities. HowAboutWe had millions of users and multiple product offerings when it was acquired by IAC (the parent company of Match.com) in 2014.

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.t.

Bryan Goldberg
Bryan Goldberg, CEO, Bustle 

Bryan Goldberg is the founder and CEO of Bustle — the web’s premier media destination for young women. Previously, Bryan was the co-founder of Bleacher Report, the world’s largest sports website.

Charles Bonello
Charles Bonello, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Grand Central Tech

Charles Bonello is the co-Founder and Managing Director of Grand Central Tech Accelerator, New York’s flagship technology accelerator.

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).

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Charlie Kim, Founder & CEO, Next Jump 

Charlie Kim is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Next Jump, described by the New York Times as “a bellwether for the next generation of ecommerce.” Charlie founded Next Jump in 1994 in his college dorm room. Grew the business to 150 employees in the first dot-com boom, soon to be followed by the dot-com bust, bringing the Company down to 4 employees before building back up to 200 NxJumpers. Today, Next Jump has built the largest consumer database of people with jobs by partnering with over 90,000 HR departments, including 70% of Fortune 1000. Charlie never took a dime from VC’s and private equity firms, however, raised an unusually large amount of money ($45mm) from over 100 angel investors. Next Jump’s eco-system of blue-chip brands and high-value shoppers have made them the go-to source for loyalty and rewards programs for Dell, Hilton Hotels, and numerous others, as well as similar programs for membership organizations like AARP.

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.

Charlie O'Donnell
Charlie O’Donnell, Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Charlie O’Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed investments and the first venture firm located in Brooklyn–where he was born and raised. The longest he has been outside of the five boroughs of New York City is three weeks.

Charlie has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies. Nick Bilton identifies him as an influence on early Twitter investors in his book, Hatching Twitter. Dennis Crowley credits him as having helped kick off the first funding of Foursquare before other VCs had said yes. At First Round Capital, he sourced the firm’s investments in Singleplatform (sold to Constant Contact) and GroupMe (sold to Skype). Charlie discovered GroupMe at the hackathon where the service had been built. He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), chloe + isabel, Refinery29, Docracy, and Salescrunch.

Working in venture capital since 2001, he apprenticed his way through the asset class with analyst roles on the original Union Square Ventures team as well as at the General Motors pension fund–a long time limited partner in many top tier funds.

Charlie is one of only a dozen individuals to be named to Business Insider’s 100 Most Influential People in NY Tech five or more times. He served on the founding board of the New York Tech Meetup and is one of the group’s first 100 members. His blog, This is Going to Be BIG!, is one of the ten most widely read VC blogs in the country and over 8,000 people read his weekly NYC tech newsletter. He has spoken at SXSW and Techcrunch Disrupt.

Chris Fenster
Chris Fenster, Founder & CEO, Propeller Industries

Chris Fenster is the founder and CEO of Propeller Industries, which provides outsourced CFO and accounting services to nearly 100 emerging growth companies through offices in SF and NY. In his role at Propeller, Chris draws upon 20+ years as a serial entrepreneur and CFO – helping companies manage finances through Propeller’s web-based service architecture and providing strategic guidance on the specific challenges early-stage companies face.

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.

Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly, President / Co-Founder, Convene

Christopher Kelly, also known as Chris, co-founded Convene (formerly Sentry Centers) in 2009 and serves as its Principal and President. Mr. Kelly leads brand and revenue development, marketing and research, partnerships, client and community relations, human capital management, and guides strategic planning in collaboration with his partner and team. He specializes in sales, marketing, brand development, cultural and human capital management, and jointly oversees strategic planning. He has become a leading industry spokesperson on alternative workplace strategies, collaboration and entrepreneurship. He also founded The ReThink Forum, a multinational hybrid conference and sits on the Young Leaders Board of CoreNet New York, the leading association for corporate real estate professionals. Previously, Mr. Kelly co-founded evoJets, a leading provider of global private jet charter services and has started a number of other small business ventures in the United States, Equador, and Costa Rica. He has twice been recognized in Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of most promising young entrepreneurs for roles in Sentry Centers and evoJets. He is a graduate of the Villanova School of Business with a focus in marketing.

Daniel Gulati
Daniel Gulati, Entrepreneur in Residence, Comcast Ventures

At Comcast Ventures, Daniel Gulati invests across the technology spectrum, focusing on disruptive consumer internet, digital media and SaaS companies. Additionally, Daniel’s experience frequently leads him to startups that are redefining the future of retail and commerce.

Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Daniel was co-founder and CEO of FashionStake, a marketplace for independent fashion (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 of 2012. Daniel also spent four years at The Boston Consulting Group.

Daniel holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce with distinction from the University of New South Wales.

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David Rose, Founder & CEO, Gust

David S. Rose has been called “New York’s Archangel” (Forbes) and “patriarch of Silicon Alley” (Red Herring). He is Founder of New York Angels, Managing Partner of Rose Tech Ventures, and CEO of Gust, the global infrastructure platform for entrepreneurial finance. David started his first New York-based tech company in 1983 and raised his first New York-based venture financing in 1991.

David Aronoff
David Aronoff, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

David Arnoff  is a General Partner at the firm whose investment interests and experience include the SaaS, cloud, mobile, data analytics, video and information security sectors. David currently manages the firm’s New York City office. Prior to joining the firm in June 2005, David spent nearly a decade focusing on early-stage investing at Greylock Partners and held management roles at Chipcom, an enterprise network equipment vendor where he led development efforts in Ethernet bridges, switches and routers. While working full-time on his MBA, David co-founded the Attitude Network (acquired by TheGlobe.com), an Internet content startup with the top two game sites of the day, HappyPuppy.com and GamesDomain.com. Earlier in his career he held technical positions at Bell Labs where he developed secure network systems.

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 M. Blanke
David Blanke, CEO and Founder, Rivertrail Advisors

I love working with leadership teams to help them unlock the revenue and profit potential embedded in their business.

I have over 18 years of experience in the technology, digital media, and healthcare industries at startup, high growth, and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to founding Rivertrail Advisors, I worked as CFO and COO of Sailthru, an innovator in marketing personalization technology. In this capacity, I had oversight for finance, corporate strategy, business development and alliances, marketing, HR, and client services at various stages in the company’s growth. In 2012 and 2013, I helped lead Sailthru’s $19M Series B fundraising effort as well as our $20M Series C fundraising effort, which brought on Benchmark and Scale Venture Partners as investors, respectively.

While at Sailthru, the company increased headcount by 3x, consistently increased annual revenues at growth rates that far exceeded market, and became a truly high-performance, analytics-driven organization transforming from startup to emerging leader in our space.

Prior to Sailthru, I served as a Managing Director at The Financial Times after leading the sale of Money-Media, where I was CFO, to the group in 2008. As Managing Director, I led the post-sale integration of the business, global expansion into Europe and Asia, and new business development into research and data products.

Earlier in my career, in addition to working with other early stage companies as CFO, I worked in strategy, planning and analysis, accounting, and audit roles at Quest Diagnostics and Stryker Corporation, both in the healthcare industry, and at PWC. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Michigan and received my CPA license from New Jersey.

David Steinberger
David Steinberger, Co-Founder / CEO,  comiXology

David Steinberger is the co-founder and CEO of comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform that features content from Marvel, DC and 75 top comic book and graphic novel publishers. The comiXology platform includes a top ten grossing iPad app, as well as iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8 apps, and a web store and reader at www.comixology.com. He designed comiXology’s Guided View, the reading technology that transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience and defines the digital comic experience. A long time comic fan and passionate entrepreneur, David’s inspiration for comiXology was shaped at the NYU – Stern’s 2007 Business Plan competition while he pursued his MBA. David also holds a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music, and an Advanced Certificate from The Juilliard School. David’s currently reading Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness from IDW Publishing.

David Tisch
David Tisch, Managing Partner, BoxGroup

David Tisch is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City based seed-stage angel capital firm. BoxGroup is an investor in over 180 seed stage technology companies including Vine, Blue Apron, BarkBox, Warby Parker, Harry’s, Oscar, Flatiron Health, DataMinr, Behance.


David is also the co-founder and Chairman of Spring – the easiest way to shop on your phone. Spring allows the world’s best brands to sell directly to consumers on mobile.

David is the Co-Founder of TechStars NYC, where he previously served as Managing Director.

David was named to NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and serves on the Investor Board of Venture for America. He is an EIR for Wharton’s Entrepreneurship Program and on the Entrepreneurship Board at NYU. Prior to joining TechStars, David served as Executive Vice President of Interactive Strategies at kgb, a global information services company. While at kgb, David founded and lead Knowmore.com.

David has a B.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. David was born and raised outside of NYC in Westchester.

Elias Roman
Elias Roman, Co-Founder, Songza

Elias Roman is a Co-Founder of Songza Media, Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Roman Co-founded Amie Street, Inc., in 2006 prior to his graduation. He serves as an Advisor at Metamorphic Ventures. He also serves as Chairman of Coalition for Queens. He was named as among Business Week’s ‘Top 25 Entrepreneurs in America Under 25′. He was named among the 2012 “Forbes 30 Under 30”, Business Insider’s 2013 “100 Coolest People in New York Tech” and AlleyWatch’s 2014 “100 NYC Tech Influencers You Need to Know”. Mr. Roman graduated with honors, magna cum laude from Brown University in 2006.

Greg Marsh
Greg Marsh, Founder & CEO, KeyMe

Greg Marsh is the CEO of KeyMe, a NYC start-up disrupting the locksmith industry with innovative robotics and mobile technology (www.key.me). Before founding KeyMe, Greg was Director of Finance for Aperia Technologies – a hardware technology company revolutionizing the commercial trucking industry. Before getting into tech start-ups, he worked in finance. Greg attended Columbia Business School and is a CFA charterholder.

Gregory Miller
Gregory Miller, Managing Director, Greenhill & Co.

Gregory Miller is a Managing Director of Greenhill & Co., an independent global investment banking firm focused on mergers and acquisitions. Greenhill & Co. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

At Greenhill, Miller serves clients in the global media industry. Prior to joining Greenhill in 2004, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, where he worked for more than 14 years. At Credit Suisse, he also focused on the media sector. Over the last two decades, he has worked with many of the world’s leading media companies, including Scholastic, Gannett, IAC, Viacom, Walt Disney, Bertelsmann, Lagardère, Vivendi, Thomson Reuters, Moody’s, FactSet, Wolters Kluwer, Informa, DMGT, Cheil, Phaidon, and many others. He has advised a wide range of consumer and professional companies on more than 100 merger and acquisition and capital raising transactions in all segments of the industry.

Miller is active in the art world as a collector and as a leader of several art-related organizations. He is President of the Board of White Columns, New York’s oldest alternative art space, and is a member of the Board and Treasurer of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which administers the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He is a longstanding member of the Painting & Sculpture Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art and Tate’s North American Acquisitions Committee. He also serves as a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art’s Committee on Museum Archives, Library and Research and is a member of the Board of Printed Matter, the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists.

In 2004, Miller launched Gregory R. Miller & Co. (www.grmandco.com), a publisher of high quality books about contemporary art, architecture, and design.

Miller received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1993 and a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1987.”

Heidi Messer
Heidi Messer, Co-founder, Collective[i]

Heidi Messer has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the digital economy since the commercialization of the Internet. She currently serves as Co-founder and Chairman of Collective[i]™. Collective[i] is a business intelligence network built around technology designed to transform what is currently referred to as “Big Data” into insights and knowledge. Collective[i]’s technology integrates and analyzes disparate data sources through a network where business insights and knowledge can be shared throughout large enterprises in real time through finished applications for sales, marketing, services and customer support. Ms. Messer is Co-founder and CEO of World Evolved, a platform for global investment and expansion. Ms. Messer is one of the founding members of the Zokei Network. In addition, Ms. Messer is an active angel investor in and advises numerous startups.

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.

Ian Bremmer
Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm.

He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as Global Research Professor at New York University. His latest book focuses on the future of America’s role in the world and will hit shelves in May 2015.

In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with just $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington and London, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. Eurasia Group provides analysis and expertise on how political developments and national security dynamics move markets and shape investments across the globe. As the firm’s president and most active public voice, Bremmer advises leading executives, money managers, diplomats and heads of state.

Bremmer is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets—he created Wall Street’s first global political risk index (GPRI)—and for establishing political risk as an academic discipline. His definition of emerging markets—“those countries where politics matter at least as much as economics for market outcomes”—has become an industry standard. ‘G-Zero,’ his term for a global power vacuum in which no country is willing and able to set the international agenda, is widely accepted by policymakers and thought leaders. Said Larry Summers, “Global political economy has no sharper or more prescient analyst than Ian Bremmer.”

Bremmer actively discusses the intersection between politics and markets in speeches and the media. He has published nine books including the national bestsellers Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? He is a regular columnist for Reuters and the Financial Times A-List, and has written hundreds of articles for many leading publications. He appears regularly on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC, and other networks.

Bremmer earned a PhD in political science from Stanford University in 1994 and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2007, Bremmer was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where he is the founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk. He is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and serves on the President’s Council of the Near East Foundation, the Leadership Council for Concordia and the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared.

Bremmer grew up in Boston and currently lives in New York and Washington.

Itzhak Fisher
Itzhak Fisher, Founder & Chairman, Pereg Ventures

Itzhak Fisher is the Founder and General Partner of Pereg Ventures, a Nielsen backed private equity fund focused on investing in companies with ambitious ideas that can transform world markets, and operate around marketing intelligence, advertising solutions, online solutions and mobile enabling.

Fisher served as Executive Vice President, Global Business Development for Nielsen. His responsibilities included strategic business development initiatives as well as all Mergers & Acquisitions and overseeing the Sports Practice. Previously, Fisher led the global product division, guiding the development and delivery of all Nielsen product solutions to the marketplace. In addition to his having full responsibility over the P&L, he oversaw global strategy, and business development.

As co-founder and Chairman of Trendum, Fisher took the technologies of this small internet data mining company joined them with VNU, Intelliseek and BuzzMetrics, and sold the new entity to the Nielsen company.

Throughout his tenure at Trendum and Nielsen, Fisher continued to lead a private venture capital group, through a slew of high-tech investments such as Matomy, Counect and the purchase of several European Telcos and Internet companies.

In the nineties, Fisher founded and headed RSL Communications (NASDAQ: RSLC) a Telco company operating in over 20 countries across four continents with over $1.5 billion in revenues. Under his tenure as President and CEO, RSL raised over $1.7 billion in equity and high yield bonds, bought all the shares of a start-up IP telephony company, Delta Three, for $10 million, which after only three years, had a successful IPO, with a valuation of $1 billion. While at RSL, Fisher bought a 25% stake in Telegate, a German international directory assistance company, for $35 million, which RSL sold 2 years later to Tiscali for $450 million.

Specialties:Itzhak maintains a long track record in creating new companies and developing them into operationally excellent businesses. He has been a prominent and serial entrepreneur in high technology businesses for three decades.

Jack Welde
Jack Welde, Co-founder and CEO, Smartling

Jack is a technology early-adopter, serial entrepreneur, software patent-holder, product evangelist, and combat-decorated Air Force pilot. Before founding Smartling, he served as SVP of Product at eMusic and COO/CTO at SheSpeaks and RunTime Technologies. He also co-founded Trio Development, a software company that created the first personal information manager, which was acquired by Apple in 1993. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also studied linguistics and interned with Professor William Labov, and an MBA from Cameron University in Germany.

Jack was named one of Fast Company’s “Who’s Next” in 2011, and was named a 2013 NYC Venture Mentor by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Jake Schwartz
Jake Schwartz, CEO and Co Founder, General Assembly

Jake Schwartz is Co-Founder and CEO of General Assembly, which is pioneering a new kind of education for a global community of entrepreneurs and professionals. Under his leadership, General Assembly has scaled to thirteen cities and has helped more than 250,000 students create opportunities and pursue work they love through educational programming in technology, business and design. Jake has guided the strategic growth and expansion of the company, which now offers full-time immersive programs, part-time courses, classes, workshops and online educational programming on the most relevant skills of the 21st century economy, including web development, user experience design, product management, digital marketing and data science.

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.

John Griffin
John Griffin, CEO, Transcendent Endeavors

25 years as President of global publishing companies (P C World 19867-90), Rodale Press Magazines (1990-2000), National Geographic Publishing (2001-2011), Time News Group (2011). prior 7 years as an editor, and 7 years in direct response and retail marketing. last three years working in the start up community with transcendent, as a mentor at NYU Berkeley center for entrepeneurship and as a teacher and board member at the Workshop in Business Opportunity. Outdoor person. Active in conservation community, bioard member Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Jon Dube
Jon Dube, General Manager, Digital William Morris Endeavor – IMG

Jonathan Dube is an award-winning leader and innovator in digital media. He has run major digital media businesses in the U.S and Canada for AOL, Disney, CBS and CBC, and served as President of the international Online News Association. He currently oversees digital content strategy and businesses for William Morris Endeavor / IMG Worldwide. He also advises digital media startups, mentors companies through TechStars and serves on the boards of SXSWi and Landmark Ventures.

During his career, Dube has led news, sports, finance, tech, lifestyle, local, mobile, video and subscription digital businesses. He has a strong track record in growing traffic & revenue, and developing innovative new businesses, products and sites. At WME-IMG, he is focused on building new digital content businesses, including one in the fashion space. Prior to joining WME-IMG, he ran some of the largest media sites in North America, including CBSSports.com, ABCNews.com and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s news and sports sites. As Senior Vice President & General Manager for AOL’s News & Information division, he ran more than a dozen sites, spanning everything from sports to consumer tech.

Jon-Hsu
Jon Hsu, CFO & COO, AppNexus

Jonathan Hsu is Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of AppNexus. A respected media and tech industry veteran, he previously served as CEO of Recyclebank, one of Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.” Prior to that, Jonathan spent 11 years in a number of executive roles – including CEO, COO, and CFO – at 24/7 Media, leading the company through its $649 million sale to WPP, the world leader in marketing communications. Jonathan was also an M&A investment banker at JP Morgan. Jonathan is a Director on Evidon’s Board, an advisor to Tribeca Venture Partners, and a mentor in the NYC Venture Fellows Program. He has served on the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers Council, Media.NYC.2020 Committee, Green.NYC.2025 Committee, and White House Forum on Business Innovation. Jonathan holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA in Strategic Management and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Lehr
Jonathan Lehr, Venture Director, Work-Bench 

Jonathan Lehr is Venture Director of Work-Bench, where he focuses on early stage enterprise technology investment. He manages the Work-Bench Ventures $10M fund which co-invests with top-tier investors in extraordinary founders tackling enormous market opportunities in enterprise technology.

Jon founded the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup in January 2012 as a way to generate momentum for the enterprise tech ecosystem in New York, with a focus on connecting entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 technologists, investors, and students to network and learn from one another.

Prior to Work-Bench, Jon worked at Morgan Stanley on their Technology Business Development team in IT. In that capacity, he partnered with internal technology clients to facilitate the selection and on-boarding of emerging technology vendors.

He has written about enterprise technology trends for the WSJ’s CIO Journal, The Next Web and PandoDaily. Jon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received a BSE in Bioengineering, with minors in Mathematics and Economics.

Justin Hendrix
Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab

Justin Hendrix connects companies seeking to advance digital media technologies with university capabilities in order to drive collaborative innovation. Before joining NYC Media Lab, Hendrix was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist Group in the Americas, where he directed the Group’s innovation process, including prototyping, testing, and commercializing new digital media business concepts. Prior to this role, Hendrix directed brand marketing and communications and ran The Economist’s thought leadership events business in the Americas. He is a regular writer and speaker on media & innovation. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Brooklyn.

Karin Klein
Karin Klein, Partner, Bloomberg Beta

With more than twenty years of operating and venture capital experience, Karin Klein currently heads Bloomberg Beta’s investing activities on the east coast. Bloomberg Beta is a $75 million venture fund to invest in and create early-stage technology companies. Since launching in June of 2013, Bloomberg Beta has invested in forty promising startups. Previously, Karin was the head of new initiatives at Bloomberg LP, where she and her team focused on building new businesses, developing strategy, and forming partnerships for Bloomberg.

Before joining Bloomberg, Karin was a venture capitalist at Softbank where she identified new investment opportunities and worked closely with portfolio companies to help grow their businesses. Karin sourced and served on the board of Buddy Media which was acquired by Salesforce. She also managed Softbank’s team that reviewed new investments and provided post-investment guidance to portfolio companies and their management.

Prior to Softbank, Karin worked with the MC Group and Knowledge Universe, where she conducted strategic reviews of new investments in the media, education and technology sectors and partnered with management teams to develop and implement operating and growth plans.

Karin first developed her passion for building businesses when she co-founded an educational training company for children.

Karin graduated on the Director’s List with an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, and she has undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania – a B.S. from The Wharton School and a B.A. from the Annenberg School of Communications. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Karin mentors several promising startup companies through New York City Economic Development Corporation, Techstars, L’Oreal Women in Digital, and First Growth and regularly advises founders and high growth businesses. She is frequently requested as a public speaker, as a panel participant in industry conferences and as a judge at online media and entrepreneurship events.

Karl Slatoff
Karl Slatoff, President/Partner, Take-Two Interactive/ZelnickMedia

Karl Slatoff was appointed President of Take-Two in May 2013. He previously served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer since October 2010, and prior to that, held the position of Executive Vice President beginning in February 2008.

Mr. Slatoff is a partner at ZelnickMedia who specializes in the area of music, direct marketing, broadcast television and radio, interactive entertainment and new media. Since joining ZelnickMedia in 2001, Mr. Slatoff has been responsible for originating, structuring and monitoring investments with a focus on direct marketing and interactive entertainment. In addition, Mr. Slatoff is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cannella Response Television.

Before joining ZelnickMedia, Mr. Slatoff served as Vice President of New Media for BMG Entertainment, at that time one of the world’s largest music companies. In this position, he was responsible for guiding BMG’s online digital strategies, including the development of commercial digital distribution initiatives and new business models for the sale and syndication of online content. He was also responsible for maintaining relationships and leading negotiations with major software developers, consumer electronics manufactures and online retailers / portals, as well as representing BMG’s interests in various industry consortia relating to the development of digital businesses.

Mr. Slatoff also held roles in corporate development and strategic planning at the Walt Disney Company, and mergers and acquisitions at Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Slatoff earned a BA in Economics and English from Kenyon College and received a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kelly Hoey
Kelly Hoey, Speaker & Strategist, jkellyhoey.co

““1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship” – Forbes

“25 Smartest Women On Twitter” – Fast Company

“100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter” – Business Insider

“100 NYC Tech Influencers You Need To Know” – AlleyWatch

Kelly Hoey is a strategist, speaker, startup advisor and board member. A connection-maker, networking strategist and expert community builder, Kelly is known for her leadership in building valuable professional networks, understanding the dynamics of engaged communities and the “how” of raising visibility, online and off. She is also known for her boots-on-the ground leadership in supporting and investing in women. In 2011, Kelly co-founded Women Innovate Mobile, LLC (WIM), the first startup accelerator focused exclusively on fast-tracking the growth of early-stage mobile technology ventures with gender-diverse founding teams. Kelly continues to invest in as well as advise emerging technology companies, actively mentors startups through selected accelerator programs and is a member of the board of directors of emerging tech startup, Glimpse. In 2014, Kelly assumed an interim CMO
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
base.

Liz Bacelar
Liz Bacelar, Founder and President, Decoded Fashion

Liz Bacelar is the founder of Decoded Fashion, the top global event series focused on connecting decision-makers in Fashion, Beauty and Retail to emerging technologies. Its groundbreaking summits in New York, London & Milan are produced with top industry partners including the CFDA, the BFC, IMG and Pitti Immagine. Decoded Fashion also hosts networking events, hackathons and pop-up summits in 12 countries, in addition to a pop-up summit at South by Southwest. In 2014, Decoded Fashion was acquired by Stylus Media Group, top trends research and advisory firm based in London. Aside from startup founder, Liz is an experienced producer, with 10 years in journalism, and an Emmy-nomination as a network TV producer at CBS News.

Lokeya Venkatachalam
Lokeya Venkatachalam, Chief Revenue Officer, Senior Engineer Next Jump

Lokeya Venkatachalam joined Next Jump in 2008 as a Software Engineer graduating from Virginia Tech’s Masters in Computer Sciences and Applications. She has received multiple awards during her career at Next Jump and in less than seven years, has been mentored and coached in Next Jump’s FastTrack mentorship program. This led to one of the fastest career trajectories in Next Jump’s history where she took the role of Chief Revenue Officer as of early 2014, bringing the company to approximately $2B in ecommerce sales. In addition, Lokeya manages a significant team of engineers as most of Next Jump’s revenue work is driven by the engineering team. In her history, she led the team that built Mercury, a scalable fast delivery open source CRM email platform. She is now leading the team that is building and operating Next Jump’s eCommerce store via Commerce APIs provided by the likes of Walmart, BestBuy, Priceline and many others. She is one of the most respected leaders in the company, the most senior female engineer and is one of the top requested coaches and mentors within the Next Jump organization.

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.

Mark Peter Davis
Mark Davis, Partner, Interplay

Venture Capitalist + Incubator

Matt Turck
Matt Turck, Managing Director, FirstMark Capital

Matt Turck is partner at FirstMark, a New York based early stage venture capital firm, and invests across a broad range of enterprise and consumer startups.

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.

Matthew Harrigan
Matthew Harrigan, Co-founder/ Managing Director, Grand Central Tech

Matt Harrigan is Managing Director and co-founder of Grand Central Tech. Matt started his career in international development at Booz Allen before transitioning to innovation strategy consulting at Fahrenheit 212. From there, he became a Product Manager at ESPN working across the full range of their mobile products, most notably overseeing their College Football App, Webby-nominated for Best Sports App in 2013. He is also the founder of Barebands a watch and apparel business launching this spring.

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.

Meghan Messenger
Meghan Messenger, Co-Founder & Chief of Staff, Next Jump

Meghan Messenger serves as Co-Founder & Chief of Staff at Next Jump, Inc. (NxJ). As Chief of Staff, she runs the Company in partnership with Next Jump’s CEO. She is the highest ranked leader after the CEO and has helped build the Company from a print advertising business to a $2B ecommerce platform.

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.

Micah Rosenbloom
Micah Rosenbloom, Partner/Founder, Collective

I’ve spent my career starting and funding tech enterprises. It’s what I love. As an entrepreneur, I’ve raised four rounds of venture capital for over $40M in investment for three distinct companies.

I am currently a Venture Partner with Founder Collective, leading seed investments out of NYC. Most recently, I founded Sample6 Technologies – a Boston-based company building a diagnostic and monitoring platform for harmful bacteria in food and healthcare settings. Previously, I co-founded Brontes Technologies, a company that we sold to 3M in 2006 based on real-time 3D imaging technology out of MIT. My very first business was Handshake.com, an enterprise software and consumer web company that sold online scheduling and pricing engines.

Most interestingly, I worked for one of Hollywood’s premier talent agencies Endeavor (subject of the TV series, “Entourage”) as a mail clerk.

I have a BS from Cornell, MBA from Harvard Business School and because of my experience at Endeavor, I can fix any make/model of photocopier.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith, Managing Partner, Tribeca Heavy Industries

Founder/CEO of several tech companies across as, entertainment, finance, travel and real estate, most recently StreetEasy.

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Mike Goldstein, Director, IDB Bank 

Former Chairman and CEO, Toys R Us
Director on Boards in Healthcare. Retail and Banking

Murat Aktihanoglu
Murat Aktihanoglu, Managing Director, ERA

Murat Aktihanoglu is an entrepreneur, investor, author and technologist. He is the co-founder and managing director of Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, an early-stage investment fund and technology accelerator in New York City with a portfolio of 80 and growing companies since 2011. He is the also co-author of the book “Location-Aware Applications” published by Manning Publications. He has managed engineering teams in Silicon Valley, Tokyo and New York as well has having started numerous technology startups. He is a frequent speaker on technology and entrepreneurship. He has a Masters Degree in Computer Science.

Nisha Dua
Nisha Dua, Chief-of-Staff, AOL Brands

Aussie fashion, media, health, martial arts, Yankees, tech geek; reformed lawyer, Bainee. Love a good aesthetic. Chief of Staff, AOL Brands @smlyne GM, @cambio

Owen Davis
Owen Davis, Managing Director, NYC Seed

Owen Davis is currently Managing Director of NYC Seed, a seed stage venture capital fund in New York City. Owen has worked in all aspects of the online world, including work with early versions of AOL and MSN. He created one of the first 200 web sites on-line and founded Thinking Media, an online marketing firm which pioneered online tracking of pages and advertisements. He co-founded Sonata in 1999, a wireless company that provided location-based services and marketing to cell phones. Owen also co-founded, Petal Computing, a firm that developed software which allowed large numbers of commodity PCs to act like a single unit and was a precursor to cloud computing.

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.

Paul Tumpowsky
Paul Tumpowsky, Chairman, InSITE Fellowship 

Paul is the CEO and founder of Lark Travel Group, the future of luxury travel agencies by delivering content, industry best pricing, service and support the way travelers want it: online and mobile.
Paul was the founding angel and CEO of Square Zero, a development stage company building a platform designed to achieve real-time data processing and analytic capabilities for today’s large-scale unstructured data challenges.
Paul was a founding principal with Metropolis Venture Partners in New York, a venture fund focused on 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.

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Robert Locascio, CEO & Founder, LivePerson

Robert Locascio is the Founder & CEO of LivePerson, Inc. (LPSN: NASDAQ & TASE). Since 1997, LivePerson has been the leader in intelligent engagement solutions, allowing companies to create meaningful online connections with their customers. Prior to LivePerson, Robert was the Founder & CEO of Sybarite Media. He is a Founding Member of the NYC Entrepreneurs Council of the Partnership for New York City, and a Mentor of the NYC Venture Fellows, a fellowship program designed to help the next generation of global entrepreneurs succeed in New York City. Passionate about community and helping others, Robert founded FeedingNYC, a volunteer-based organization which delivers Thanksgiving Day meals to thousands of families in need throughout New York City.

Scott Levine
Scott Levine, Managing Director, Time Warner Investments 

Scott Levine is a Managing Director at Time Warner Investments, where he is focused on digital media investment opportunities that have a strategic fit with Time Warner’s operating divisions. Scott is actively involved with Time Warner’s investments in Krux, Epoxy, Conviva, Adaptly, Maker Studios (sold to Disney) and Gaia Online.

Scott was previously the SVP of Corporate Development at Sony Music, where he led M&A, venture investments and digital strategy. Prior to Sony, he was a Vice President at General Atlantic, a growth equity firm with $17 billion under management.

Scott has also been an operator at three digital media startups, including myYearbook (social network; $100mm sale to QPSA), Liquid Audio (online music retailer; IPO, sold to Wal-Mart) and Verance (audio watermarking, anti-piracy). Scott is a graduate of Stanford University (Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering) and Columbia University (MBA, B.S. in Electrical Engineering).

Shay David
Shay David, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Kaltura 

Dr. Shay David is a scholar and serial entrepreneur, specializing in collaborative and open-source information and communication systems. Shay is the co-founder of Kaltura ( www.kaltura.com ), where as the Chief Revenue Officer he oversees sales, business & corporate development. Shay is also, a founding member of the Open Video Alliance, an organization dedicated to open standards for video. Headquartered in NYC, with over 150,000 publishers, universities and enterprises worldwide who have integrated Kaltura’s open source video platform the company is the world leader in the field. Prior to Kaltura, Shay was a co-founder of Destinator Technologies, a leader in mobile-GPS-navigation software, and consulted on open systems to Fortune 500 companies like Toyota. Shay holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from Tel-Aviv University, and an M.A. from New York University where his interdisciplinary research thesis focused on the political economy of free and open source software and file sharing networks. Shay wrote his PhD dissertation on “Participatory information networks” at Cornell University and he is also a fellow at The Information Society Project at the Yale Law School ( http://yaleisp.org/ ) where he has done his Post-doc work on issues of access to knowledge. Shay has published extensively in leading academic and industry journals, and has presented his work all over the world. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

Slava Rubin
Slava Rubin, CEO & Co-Founder, Indiegogo 

Slava Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way that people fund what matters to them, and has led the organization to becoming the largest crowdfunding platform in the world. Slava is responsible for executing the company’s strategic growth initiatives, while overseeing all daily operations of the business.

Prior to Indiegogo, Slava was a strategy consultant working on behalf of clients such as MasterCard and FedEx for over a decade. Slava is also the founder of “Music Against Myeloma,” an annual charity event that raises funds and awareness for cancer research.

Slava represented the crowdfunding industry at the White House during the signing of the JOBS Act and has played a crucial role in working with the White House and the SEC to finalize the rules and regulations for equity crowdfunding. Slava also speaks at events across the globe including SXSW, Google I/O, Thomas Friedman’s Global Forum, Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit, and the Milken Institute’s Global Conference.

Slava graduated with a B.S.E. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He currently travels back and forth between Indiegogo’s San Francisco and New York offices.

Steve Schlafman
Steve Schlafman,Principal, RRE Ventures 

Steve Schlafman is a Principal at RRE Ventures, focused on early stage investments in mobile services, marketplaces and hardware. Prior to joining RRE, Steve was a Principal at Lerer Ventures, one of NYC’s most active seed funds. Steve was previously VP of Business Development at Stickybits Inc. /Turntable.fm and Director of Venture Investments at The Kraft Group, a diversified holding company focused on sports & entertainment, paper & packaging, real estate development, and private equity. Steve started his career at Massive Inc. and Microsoft in a variety of Business Development, Strategy and Corporate Finance roles. He regularly teaches at GA and Skillshare, and has guest lectured at Columbia Business School, Wharton, and Harvard Business School. Steve graduated with highest honors from Northeastern University. You can follow him on Twitter at @schlaf..

Tad Martin
Tad Martin, CEO/Co-Founder,  Collective[i] 

Prior to founding Collective[i], Tad Martin headed operations at Overstock.com as the company’s COO / GMM. Mr. Martin joined Overstock as one of the company’s early employees. During his tenure with the company, Overstock grew from $70M in revenue to over $800M and became a publicly traded company in the process (NASDAQ: OSTK).

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.

Tad Smith
Tad Smith, President and CEO,  The Madison Square Garden Company 

Tad Smith serves as president and chief executive officer of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), overseeing all aspects of the company, including the overall strategy and day-to-day operations of MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, as well as its administrative areas, including Finance, Legal, Human Resources, Communications and Business Operations. He also serves as alternate governor to the National Hockey League on behalf of the New York Rangers.

The Madison Square Garden Company’s signature assets include an unparalleled portfolio of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. In addition, MSG owns and operates professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty; MSG Entertainment and its entertainment properties, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and New York Spring Spectacular, both featuring the legendary Rockettes; and regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG and MSG+.

Previously, Mr. Smith served as President, Local Media at Cablevision Systems Corporation, where he was responsible for Cablevision Media Sales, the company’s digital and linear television advertising sales division; News 12 Networks, the tri-state area leader in local cable news, weather and traffic for the communities Cablevision serves; and Newsday Media Group with assets such as Long Island’s leading daily newspaper Newsday, its popular digital products including, Newsday.com; and amNewYork, the nation’s most widely circulated free daily serving New York City.

Prior to joining Cablevision, Mr. Smith worked for Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a worldwide provider of business information. An accomplished veteran of both print and electronic operations, he most recently served as chief executive officer of the company’s U.S. business-to-business division, Reed Business Information (RBI), where he had leadership and operational oversight for a number of well-known brands, including Variety, Daily Variety, Publishers Weekly, Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable. He also was responsible for developing and running RBI’s digital media businesses, including its extensive e-commerce operations.

Mr. Smith previously served as senior vice president of e-commerce for Starwood Resorts and Hotels Worldwide, tasked with developing and implementing a comprehensive global Internet strategy for the company. Prior to then, he was a vice president with BMG Entertainment, a subsidiary of global publisher Bertelsmann AG, where he served as head of the company’s merchandising unit, and managed strategy, acquisition and restructuring for its North American business units, including Arista Records, RCA Records, BMG Direct Record Clubs and BMG Music Publishing. Mr. Smith began his business career as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc., a leading global management consulting firm, where he advised media, energy, and healthcare clients on all aspects of strategy and performance improvement.

Mr. Smith has been teaching at the Stern School of Business at New York University since 1999, where he is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Finance Department. His course, Strategy and Finance for Technology, Media, and Entertainment Companies, has been a favorite among Mr. Smith’s 800+ former students.

He received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellow. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he received the R.W. Van de Velde Prize. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Smith also served on the Dean’s Leadership Council of the Woodrow Wilson School.

Mr. Smith serves on the board of directors for Tribeca Enterprises and SiTV Media, Inc. He is also a past member of the board and the executive committee of the Long Island Association, and the boards of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the Online Publishers Association, and American Business Media. He won Folio’s Executive of the Year in 2008, min’s Top Executive of the Year in 2007, and Media Business’ Top Innovator in 2007, and was inducted into the Digital Media Hall of Fame in 2006.

Vince Ponzo
Vince Ponzo, Director Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia Business School 

Vince Ponzo is Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the programmatic, strategic, operational and financial management of the center as well as building the center’s connection across the larger university and NYC ecosystems through marketing, outreach and community engagement. Additionally, he is involved in the development of new entrepreneurship curriculum and research initiatives and teaches Entrepreneurship as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Management Division of the school.

Before joining Columbia, Vince was General Manager at General Assembly, where he was responsible for the expansion, growth and management of the offline education business while later overseeing the curriculum, instruction, student, alumni and outcomes (placement) 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 9+ 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.