Matt Witheiler

Matt is a Principal at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and experience broadly cover companies and technologies across the information technology sector including financial technology, digital media, e-commerce and consumer internet. Matt currently represents Flybridge Capital Partners on the board of Convoke Systems and serves as an observer on the boards of DataXu, Sand 9, Saving Star, Simple Tuition and a portfolio company working in stealth. He sits on the board of The Capital Network and is a Founding Executive Committee Member of FirstGrowth Venture Network, a network of venture and angel investors supporting first and second time entrepreneurs building exciting companies in the New York area. And he previously sat on the board of Ready Financial. Matt joined the firm as a Senior Associate in July 2008 after completing his MBA at Harvard School of Business (HBS).

Prior to HBS, Matt spent seven years in various roles in the high technology industry. Most recently, Matthew was a Summer Associate at Jefferies Broadview in technology investment banking where he advised on sale, IPO and debt strategies of various companies in the technology industry. Prior to that, Matthew spent three years at ATI Technologies, a $4B 3D-graphics silicon provider. At ATI, Matt focused on the integration of 3D graphics and digital video and was responsible for the TV on the PC integrated circuit product line.  He researched, led development and launched the company’s flagship multimedia processor. Before joining ATI, Matt served for four years as co-owner and Senior Hardware Editor of the successful hardware review website,, where he helped build one of the world’s largest hardware review sites.

Matthew holds a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Deborah Jackson

CEO and Founder of JumpThru, a company that accelerates the founding and success of women-owned companies that use the internet to offer new products and services to women. JumpThru offers a subscription e-letter about technology, Co-Founder of Women Innovate Mobile (WIM), the first startup accelerator and mentorship-driven program designed for women-founded companies in mobile technology. Founder and CEO of Former Investment Banker for over 21 years having started at Goldman Sachs in 1980 after graduating from Columbia Business School. Left Goldman voluntarily to found boutique firm and served as first President. Launched new lines of business at Lazard Freres and also Shattuck Hammond Partners. At SHP, started health care technology practice focusing on software and Internet in 1998.

Member of New York New Media in late 1990's (angel investing group). Member of Golden Seeds, angel investing group since 2009. Investments range from SAS cloud company to Golden Seeds Fund. Profiled in the book Beyond 85 Broads. Selected as one of CVC 30 Columbia Venture Community's "30 Columbians who have accomplished the most interesting things in the technology, entrepreneurship, and venture industries" ( Served as a Judge for various start up competitions including Start Up Weekend NY, Technovation, Columbia Social Entrepreneurs and Vatortv.

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul is a Principal at the High Peaks Venture Partners based in the firm’s New York City office. Prior to joining High Peaks, he was a Senior Manager on AOL’s Corporate Development team where he helped evaluate, manage, and structure numerous high-profile acquisitions and investments for the company. Rahul’s previous experience spans across investment banking for Bank of America Securities and venture capital for both Genacast Ventures and NY Business Funders Capital. At High Peaks, Rahul is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities across a wide range of sectors and supporting existing portfolio companies. He is a graduate from the George Washington University with high honors and holds both an MS in Accounting from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Rahul is an active participant in the Columbia Venture Community (CVC) and serves on the board of the New York Venture Community (NYVC).

William Peng

William is an investor at Raptor Ventures. He focuses on early stage investments in consumer internet and digital media, e-commerce, and online business services. Previously William worked on product strategy and analytics at (acquired by Facebook) and was Mobile Product Lead and Interaction Designer at Hot Potato (acquired by Facebook). Also, he was an Analyst at RRE Ventures, where he assisted in sourcing and diligence for the firm's investments in early stage consumer internet, digital media, and location-based services. Prior to that, William was an intern on the investment team at Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments in 2008, the strategic venture arm of Bertelsmann AG. William holds a BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University. In his spare time, he likes to make ice cream from scratch.

George Abraham

CEO and Founder of Rhodium Strategies, a strategy advisory and consulting company working with emerging growth technology companies and the investors who support those companies. George serves on the Board’s of Planar Energy and Tekserve and is a member of the Advisory Board at Entrust. George co-founded the early stage VC fund SAS Investors where he led numerous successful investments and served on 6 Boards. He also served as a Managing Director at the technology investment bank C.E. Unterberg, Towbin where he led private placement efforts for emerging growth technology companies.

He has over 20 years of experience in private equity, venture capital, finance, M&A and entrepreneurial activities including starting and managing Ajax Capital Corporation, a family investment office with substantial private equity activities. While with Ajax, he led the acquisition and financing of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets and the team's relocation to Phoenix, where they became the Phoenix Coyotes, and led numerous other acquisitions and financing.

Julie Braun

Super Julie Braun, ½ of the Dynamic Duo of Super Interns™, is a clever cocktail of right brain (creativity and big picture), left brain (knowledge and process), and a splash of a sassy attitude. In her 20+ years of Corporate America experience, Super Julie has led the creative and marketing teams for some of the world’s most recognizable brands like Victoria’s Secret, Carter’s Childrenswear, Nike, MTV just to name drop a few.  She has worked with well over 2000 interns in her career and knows the inside secret of how to double a business, non-profit organization or association with interns.

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Nihal Mehta

With over 12 years of experience in innovating marketing technologies through founding five startups to date, Nihal Mehta, is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands. Named a top 25 "Up-And-Coming Startup CEO in New York" in 2012 by Business Insider, a 2012 AlwaysOn "Power Player NYC," a top 10 NYC 'Game Changer' in the 2010 New York Enterprise Report, one of twenty RCR Wireless News 'Mobile Movers and Shakers' in 2008, a Business Week 'M-Commerce Baron' in 2006 and named one of AdAge's 'Top 20 Marketers in Their 20s' in 2005, Nihal is currently CEO and co-founder of LocalResponse, Inc. which helps marketers respond to real-time consumer intent.

Prior to LocalResponse, (which pivoted from buzzd, a leading real-time city guide), Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal is also a Founding General Partner at the world's first venture fund focused on mobile startups, ENIAC ventures; a Founding Partner of the India Internet Group which incubates and invests in Indian startups; and is an active angel investor including investments/advisories in Admob (sold to Google), Greystripe (sold to Valueclick), Movoxx (sold to Adenyo). Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.

John R. Hempill

John Hempill is a partner in the corporate practice group of Morrison & Foerster's New York City office. He has been advising start ups and emerging growth companies for more than 20 years. He has worked both on the company side and the financing side. He was the corporate lawyer for many of the participants in New York City's "Silicon Alley" in the late 1990s and early 2000s, representing such well-known companies as Razorfish and EarthWeb. His practice encompasses all financing alternatives (in both equity and debt), mergers and acquisitions, as well as bankruptcy (he represented the trustee in Napter's chapter 11 case).

He continues to work with many notable early stage companies and very involved in the technology community. He has represented venture capital and other funds in their formation and capitalization.

Sheheryar T. Sardar

Sheheryar Sardar is a founding partner of Sardar Law Firm LLC, a New York City firm that serves as general counsel to startups and entrepreneurs in the technology space, including mobile, social, e-commerce, software, consumer goods, fashion and retail. Sheheryar has also advised clients across industries such as film and art, and has been featured in national media outlets on social media legal issues. Sheheryar is also an entrepreneur, currently on the founding team of SwypeIn, a loyalty/rewards mobile checkin startup, and Vicaire NY, a curated fashion e-commerce platform. As an entrepreneur and a technology lawyer, Sheheryar has cultivated a specific niche in venture capital sourcing.

Sheheryar recently co-authored Sandstorm: A Leaderless Revolution in the Digital Age, a book focused on the role of technology and social media in the 2011 Arab Spring movement. It has been taught at Harvard and numerous other national universities. Prior to founding SLF, Sheheryar assisted Senior Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company in its Marketing Division and also spent time in-house at Scientific Atlanta – A Cisco Company, where he assisted counsel with telecommunication licensing contracts. He is a nominated board member of the International Trade Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and holds a JD from Emory University. While the law and entrepreneurship control the day, by night Sheheryar is channeling his inner Daniel Day Lewis by preparing for auditions as an actor.

Ronna Lichtenberg

Ronna Lichtenberg is a thought leader with over two decades of corporate and entrepreneurial success across multiple, diverse business sectors. She is an expert in top-notch corporate messaging, communications and savvy market shaping, product evangelizing and client prospecting/relationship management. She is also a nationally recognized business author and public speaker, has served as abusiness expert on every major TV network and is frequently quoted on both cable television and in national print. Ronna influences Fortune 500 organizations to open up to new ideas, approaches, directions and technologies, and provides strategic advice and consultancy to C-level peers discretely and with finesse.

She creates real value for clients with her extensive knowledge and ability to conceptualize and translate vision andtools into actionable strategy and bottom-line results, while also leveraging an exceptionally strong background in strategic marketing, digital/social media, corporate/crisis communications and corporate branding/imaging.

Ronna recently returned to her role as CEO of Clear Peak Communications, a management consulting firm she founded in 1997 and led until 2008, where she established an exemplary track record providing leadership coaching and communication tools for clients worldwide. Most recently, Ronna was CEO of Videotrope, a technology enabled service provider she co-founded in 2008. Within 18 months of launch, the company had 6 Fortune 500 clients for its first easy to use flexible digital video communications platform and her well-known rainmaking ability made it possible to support platform development solely with partner capital and internal funding. She currently serves on Videotrope’s Advisory Board.

Earlier in her career, Ronna was Senior Vice President with Prudential Securities Inc., at the time a $10 billion investment and brokerage firm with over 200 subsidiaries, where she headed Marketing and became the first woman in the firm’s history named to its top management group, the Operating Council. She directed the firm’s communications during a $200 million dollar product crisis, personally defending the company in a Mike Wallace 60 Minutes interview.

Ronna graduated from Harvard Business School’s prestigious Advanced Management Program in 1990. Her books have been published in ten languages and as a former contributing editor for O, The Oprah Magazine, Ronna was featured in the O Anthology of best pieces for her breakthrough “Me, Inc.”development workshops. Her most recent book, “Pitch Like A Girl: Get Respect, Get Noticed, Get Results” received rave reviews from both the mass media,including USA Today, and the business press.

Brett Martin

Brett Martin is co-founder and CEO of Sonar, a new location-based mobile application that leverages social network data to reveal hidden connections and interests you share with the people nearby. Prior to Sonar, Brett helped found K2 Media Labs, a New York-based seed stage mobile incubator, and top small business funder MDS Fund, K2’s investment arm. Before K2, he studied strategic resource allocation in early stage startups as a Fulbright Scholar in Milan. He also helped launch Vice Magazine's web presence,, and worked on Wall Street as an equity research associate.

Some other things Brett is proud of include: teaching himself Ruby, going to Dartmouth, getting published by Harvard Business, founding a rock band, starting a non-profit, and sailing 6,000 miles in a 30 ft ketch.

John Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn, NY and writes about technology, security, gadget, gear, wristwatches, and the Internet. After spending four years as an IT programmer, he switched gears and became a full-time journalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Surge, Gizmodo, Men’s Health, InSync, Linux Journal, Popular Science, InSync. He has also written a book called Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age. He is currently the Gadgets Editor of TechCrunch and he also supervises the BWL family of blogs,,, and

Leonora Valvo

Leonora has successfully built multiple businesses in the travel and event management industry over the past 25 years. Her latest venture, etouches, is a software company that offers an innovative event management platform designed from her unique viewpoint for event and marketing professionals. Serving as CEO of etouches, Leonora oversees a global staff with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.Leonora’s event management solution has emerged as a leader in the event technology space with over 500 customers including Amway, Volkswagen Audi Group, Dell Computers, The Financial Times, Visa & Mastercard, American Institute of Graphic Artists, National Public Radio, Access Intelligence, Diversified Communications and Coca-Cola.

etouches has received numerous business awards including being named to the OnDemand Top 100 and MTO’s Technology of the Year. Leonora Valvo has also received multiple accolades including winner of the 2011 Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership Women of the Year award and an Inc.500 honoree. Leonora also serves on the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Advisory Board and is on the advisory council of the Event Leadership Institute.

Marc H. Michel

Marc has over 20 years of private equity and venture investment experience and was a founding Director of Metamorphic Ventures before joining as a Managing Partner. Marc was formerly Group Head at TD Capital (USA) in New York, TD Bank's $500 million private equity fund focused on the media and communications sectors. Prior to joining TD Capital, Marc was the Managing Partner of EOS Partners SBIC, a $60 million venture capital fund focused on business funding services, media and telecommunications. Marc began his career at Merrill Lynch Interfunding, a $1.3 billion middle market buyout fund. While leading TD Capital, Marc co-founded Precyse Solutions, a leading health information management company still operating and growing today.

Marc's passion is helping entrepreneurs build their businesses from start-up to ramp to exit. He has helped management teams build their executive teams, develop their operational and corporate strategy and assisted them with executing financings of every type. Marc has served on numerous boards of directors in partnership with management and co-investors.

Marc has been involved in many successful companies including Coinstar, Mountain Union Telecom, CADIS Software, FrontierVision, Open Development Software, Precyse Solutions, Telemundo, Crescent Card Processing, Reiman Publishing, Alaska Native Wireless, Tritel PCS, Triton PCS, Wireless One, Brooks Fiber, Bresnan Cable, and Peapod.

Marc graduated with a BA degree from Emory University in 1983 and a MBA from Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.

Weston Gaddy

Weston Gaddy joined Bain Capital Ventures in New York in 2009 to invest in early-stage digital media, big data and ecommerce companies.Prior to joining Bain Capital Ventures, Weston worked as a strategy consultant for media, financial service, and consumer product clients at Bain & Company in New York. He also founded Frogmetrics, a hand-held survey device company, and was an early team member at WisdomTree Funds. Weston received a BS in Economics, cum laude, with concentrations in Finance and Management from The Wharton School and a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Wachen

Mark Wachen is the Managing Director of DreamIt NYC. He oversees DreamIt Ventures' ( New York accelerator program which started in Summer 2011. Wachen is also the Managing Director and Founder of Upstage Ventures, a firm that advises and invests in consumer internet and interactive marketing companies. Wachen is a Board member of Optify and OrderGroove, and has worked with a variety of other companies including ChaiLabs (acquired by Facebook), YouNow, SeatGeek, Thumb, GameChanger, STELLAService, CatchAFire, and RJMetrics.

Prior to Upstage, Wachen was the CEO/Founder of Optimost. Wachen founded Optimost, the company that pioneered multivariable testing and optimization on the internet, in 2001 and served as its CEO up until its acquisition by Interwoven in November 2007 (Interwoven was then acquired by Autonomy in March 2009).

Prior to Optimost, Wachen worked for seven years at Sony, overseeing a wide variety of Internet initiatives. Wachen was CEO of Indimi (Internet Direct Marketing Intelligence, Inc.), a company majority-owned by Sony. In this role, he spearheaded the acquisitions of InfoBeat, AdTools, and DailyRating. Prior to Indimi, Wachen was Vice President of Online Ventures for Sony Music, where he directed many online initiatives, including Sony Music's investments in Spinner (acquired by AOL for $300 million), and the launch of the Sony Music Online Website in 1994.

Wachen graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jordan Bettman

Jordan Bettman joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2008 to invest in data services, marketing services, financial services and technology, and digital media companies. Prior to joining Bain Capital Ventures, Jordan worked as a strategy consultant for media and financial service clients at Bain & Company in New York. Jordan received a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Richie Hecker

Richie is a lifelong entrepreneur. He starts companies and invests in great ideas and turns around situations. His area of expertise is digital media and direct marketing. He has built his network by being a super connector and event producer. Previously, he has led the acquisition and turn-around of Bebo from AOL and is currently the cofounder and Chairman of inSparq.

Dan Kurani

Dan Kurani is the Co-founder & CEO of Thumb. Prior to launching Thumb in 2010, Dan spent 9 years as CEO of Kurani Interactive, an interactive agency specializing in user-experience design. Kurani helped Fortune 500 brands that included Nike and Universal Studios with web applications, mobile sites, and digital strategy. Before founding the interactive agency Dan was the COO of Zinnia, a 200+ employee retail chain that was a segment leader in revenue and net per square foot. In addition to the aforementioned roles, Dan serves as an advisor/mentor to a number of startups/accelerator programs and is regularly published for his thought leadership in the digital space. Dan is an active surfer, husband, and father of 3 boys.

Ben Siscovick

Ben Siscovick is a General Partner at IA Ventures. Prior to joining IA Ventures, Ben was an investment banker at Allen & Company and Barclays Capital as well as a startup operator at Kinetic Global Markets. Ben began his career as a web entrepreneur and founding partner at D202 – a startup building a proprietary mass collaboration platform for distributed and decentralized teams. Ben earned his B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where he was the Early Stage President of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Club. Ben is a board member of IA portfolio companies PlaceIQ, Kohort, Thinknear and Next Big Sound as well as a board observer of The Trade Desk.

Charlie Kemper

Charlie is a Partner at Revel Partners whose investment experience spans companies and technologies in the infrastructure & media sectors. Before helping launch Revel in February 2011, Charlie was a Principal with Steelpoint Capital Partners, a media & technology growth equity firm he joined in 2005. While at Steelpoint, he led or participated in numerous successful investments in the media & communications fields including AdSpace Networks, Atempo, Boingo Wirless (IPO), Jitterbug, PacStar Communications, PrivaSys, Promptu, SeaMobile, Topica, WMI Media Solutions, and WorkShare. Previously, Charlie worked with Darby Overseas Investments, a global private equity firm led by Nicholas Brady, former US Secretary of the Treasury and Chairman of Dillon Read & Co, where he helped launch plan an early-stage venture fund focused on Latin America.

Earlier in his career, Charlie was a Co-Founder & Managing Director of a Chicago-based digital media agency, KMF, focused on intranet design and e-commerce system integration. In addition to Revel, Charlie is a General Partner at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, the leading NY-born community-driven incubator. He is also a Founding Officer & Chair of the New York City Venture Connection, a networking organization comprised of the leading venture capital firms in the Greater New York area.

Paul Cianciolo

Paul Cianciolo is a Senior Associate at FirstMark Capital, a New York City-based early stage venture capital firm, where he focuses on investments within the digital media, data & analytics, and vertical applications & services sectors. Paul currently leads the firm’s deal sourcing and investment evaluation team, in addition to serving as a Board Observer at several FirstMark portfolio companies, including Greenphire, Dashlane, Schoology, and StraighterLine. Paul also serves as a mentor for Blueprint Health, the NYC-based, TechStars-affiliated healthcare startup accelerator. Prior to joining FirstMark, Paul worked within the M&A group at New York City-based investment bank Allen & Company, where he assisted on transactions in the sports, media, and entertainment sectors. Paul holds an MBA and BS in Finance from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University.

Vic Singh

Vic Singh is a two-time entrepreneur and venture capitalist in the mobile software space. He is currently Founder and CEO of Tracks, a mobile software startup and Founding General Partner with Eniac Ventures, a mobile focused venture capital firm. Previously Vic co-founded NearVerse (mobile proximity Internet) and was an investor with RRE Ventures where he focused on consumer Internet and cleantech. Vic has advised and invested in 50+ early stage software startups. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania.

Veronika Sonsev

Veronika Sonsev is the CEO and Founder of, a social commerce technology company. She is also a Cofounder of Women in Wireless and the WIM Accelerator. In her 12-year career as an entrepreneur and executive at AOL and Jumptap, Veronika has built new business lines, developed strategic partnerships and launched international markets. Veronika earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from American University. She was recently honored by Fast Company as one of 60 members to The League of Extraordinary Women.

Veronika was also named one of the Mobile Women to Watch 2012 by Mobile Marketer and one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech by Femmeonomics.

Bo Yaghmaie

Bo leads the New York Business Technology Group at Cooley LLP. He represents private and publicly-held emerging growth high technology and life science companies, leading investment banks and venture capital funds, with a focus on private placements and venture financings, public offerings of equity securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been involved in many of the leading corporate and financing technology transactions in the New York area, and regularly represents numerous venture-backed companies and venture capital funds. He serves as a TechStars Mentor and as an ER Accelerator Mentor.

Bo is also a member of the Entrepreneurial Sounding Board at Columbia University's Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center. He played an integral role in the 2012 launch of the Digital Media Center in New York which serves to provide a networking platform for emerging companies and members of the digital media ecosystem. Bo was also recognized by AlwaysOn as a 2012 "New York City Power Player" for helping entrepreneurs who bring technology breakthroughs to the world of digital media.

Bo has also been named among the Top 100 IPO Lawyers in the United States. He has represented both issuers and underwriters in public offerings by venture-backed issuers across a variety of industries and has served as counsel to many leading investment banks including Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Friedman Billings Ramsey, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

William Reinisch

William Reinisch is responsible for the investment activities in the New York office of Paladin Capital.  He is also the CEO and Founder of XIV River. He specializes in strategy and investments for the high tech industry. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.  He was most previously the Vice President of Strategy and Technology with Motorola. In this role he was responsible for intellectual property standards and the corporate technology portfolio in addition to positioning Motorola for growth in emerging new market segments. Previously, he was Vice President of strategy and new initiatives and joined Motorola as a strategic advisor to the Chief Strategy Office.

Prior to joining Motorola he was Senior Vice President of operations and engineering at Magnolia Broadband, where he led engineering and operations for the company. Before that, he led the global technology organization at Multilink Technology Corporation, a company focused on high-speed solutions for advanced optical networks.  He has authored several publications, presentations, three US patents and several patent applications.  He earned an MBA from Fordham University and a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.).   As a native New Yorker, William is uniquely positioned to assist rapidly growing technology companies in the New York Market.

Jack Groetzinger

Jack Groetzinger is the co-founder of SeatGeek, the web’s largest ticket search engine. SeatGeek helps users painlessly find the best deals on tickets to sports, concert and theater events. Jack started SeatGeek in 2009 with co-founder Russ D’Souza. Jack has been building websites since high school, and over the past five years has focused on frontend web design and development. His favorite part of his job is working with SeatGeek’s dev team on building a kick-ass experience for users. Prior to SeatGeek, Jack founded Scribnia, a blog content recommendation engine. The company was sold in 2009. He has also worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company in Boston. He has a BA in math and economics from Dartmouth College.

Clarkson C. Logan

Clarkson is the co-founder CEO of Maestro, a digital media company that enables cross platform access, management, and control of your entire media library from anywhere, on any device through a socially interactive platform. Clarkson also serves as the EVP for MusicSynk, a new startup that's launching a sync licensing network that empowers content owners and music supervisors by creating a digital marketplace and exchange for their deal transactions. He also manages Magnolia Crescent Enterprises, where he advises and invests in a variety of technology and media related companies. Previously, he worked at Talus Capital, a startup private equity fund in New York, and spent several years in private wealth management for Sagemark Consulting and Lincoln Financial Group.

Clarkson graduated from the University of Richmond, received his MBA from the University of Georgia, and serves on the board of the New York Venture Community (NYVC).

Jay Shek

Jay is CEO of Centzy, the world’s first price-based local search engine. Before Centzy, he was CFO of Betable, an online gaming company. Prior to that, he ran the finance and analytics group at Snapfish (acquired by HP in 2005). Jay graduated from Penn with dual degrees in Business and Computer Science.

David Schoenberger

David is a classically-trained product manager and market strategist. After a decade in the Fortune 500, spearheading multi-million dollar initiatives for Alcatel-Lucent, American Express and SapientNitro, he founded an Better Indeed, a personal creative vehicle through which he wrote a book and created Family Matters, an award-winning board game.

Infected by the start-up bug, and influenced by his early Internet roots (Viacom Interactive Services) he took his commercialization chops to mobile app developer envIO Networks before landing, as VP of Product and Operations, at Semi-Linear. David is a graduate of UVM and holds an MBA from NYU/Stern School of Business.

Sophia Chou

Sophia Chou is co-founder of Loudly, a communications platform revolutionizing the text and call experience by bringing voice communication to email. At Loudly, Sophia wears many hats: wireframing fiend, pixel perfecter, front end hacker, and team coffee brewer. Ask her about applying to accelerators, her work-in-progress, The Conversant Guide to Venture Capital, and startup life.

Anita Garimella Andrews

Anita Garimella Andrews is a senior Internet and software product management executive with almost 15 years e-commerce experience. She has expertise in building B-to-B and B-to-C platforms, social gaming and viral metrics optimization, search and advertising, user experience design, online marketing, and social networks.

She currently is CEO of Sepiida, an analytics Internet marketing optimization company, whose clients include Zynga Games Network, Ryzing, JumpRamp Games, Haymarket Media, Coveroo, and Real WaterSports. Previously, she was VP of E-commerce at Nutrisystem and also head of product management for Ingenio, acquired by AT&T/, as well as Wallop, spun off from Microsoft’s private ventures arm. Anita holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction. She earned her B.A. from New York University majoring in Politics with a minor in Mathematics. She is a member of the Mayor Nutter’s Digital Philadelphia task force and also on the Board of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) and The Enterprise Center. She teaches product management and online marketing internationally.

Anita won the Rising Star Award as a 2011 Woman of Distinction from the Philadelphia Business Journal. In addition, Sepiida was named one of the Top 50 Minority-Owned Businesses in Philadelphia in 2011.

Warner Siebert

Warner is co-founder and CEO of BuzzTable, a mobile CRM platform for the hospitality industry. BuzzTable builds a private mobile marketing database for restaurants, while providing insider privileges and rewards to regular guests. Prior to BuzzTable, he founded a technology consulting firm, Branded Evolution, which assisted early-stage companies transact with national brands, agencies, and publishers, including: General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Razorfish, Big Fuel/Publicis, and Fast Company.

Before Branded Evolution, Warner was a Marketing Executive at Clear Channel Communications where he focused on digital initiatives. He is originally from Baltimore, MD and graduated from Denison University in Granville, OH.

Graham Lawlor

Graham is the founder of Ultra Light Startups, a networking community for technology startup founders. Ultra Light Startups runs monthly startup-investor pitch events in New York and Boston. Since 2008, Ultra Light Startups has helped over 900 entrepreneurs build successful online businesses. To see upcoming events and sign up for the Ultra Light Startups weekly newsletter and social networking groups visit: -

Graham is a frequent guest speaker, moderator, interviewer, and press source on startups and online business. He has been quoted in publications such as BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Crain's, The Huffington Post and BBC News. Graham mentors entrepreneurs and startups at: - The NYU Stern Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship - The Founder Institute - Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Graham was named to the 2011 CVC30 - a list of the most interesting people in startup ecosystem out of Columbia University. - - Graham's paper, "Law Markets: A model for Predicting Laws, Governments, and Institutions" was published in Summer/Fall 2008 edition of the Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations. The paper can be downloaded at Prior to founding Ultra Light Startups, Graham spent 10 years as an IT project manager at UBS and Deutsche Bank. Graham holds a BS in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and an MA in Economics from New York University.

Alison Minaglia

Alison Minaglia is the CEO and Founder of, a public relations, analyst relations and social media marketing company. Over a span of two decades as an entrepreneur and an executive at two international PR firms, she has represented both private and publicly held emerging growth companies. With a track record for promoting early and mid-stage technology companies to acquisition or IPO, she is an expert in company and product launches, corporate communications, internet marketing, competitive positioning, technology and business media relations, industry analyst relations, social media marketing, and event marketing.

A frequent speaker, panelist, moderator and ghost writer for clients, her articles and industry insights have appeared in numerous publications. Prior to working in PR, Alison was a broadcast news journalist on stations in New Jersey and Delaware. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of Delaware.

John Weidner

John Weidner, Founding Partner, Cornell Global LLC, has over 30 years of professional experienceas a human resource executive, independent consultant and entrepreneur. John’s career is aboutbuilding winning teams. His passion is creatively driving the human capital strategy of various sizecompanies by integrating core human resource practices such as human resource planning, organizationaldesign and development, training and career development, talent acquisition and coaching to helpbusinesses and individuals achieve specific strategic objectives.

John has considerable experienceas consultant, coach and mentor to small and emerging companies beginning in the late ‘90’s duringthe “.Com” boom (and ultimate bust) and more recently during the revival of New York’s Silicon Alleyand the significant start-up activity in Connecticut. Companies that he has been most recently involvedwith in various ways include Lumesis, Visible Assets, Owl Computing, Brainscape, Lucky Diem,Fabulous and Frugal, LeadPlace and others. And having founded or co-founded 4 previous businesses,John is currently in the process of rolling out his 5th company, “Heroes in Transition”, a career and jobsearch coaching service targeting military veterans transitioning into the civilian work force.

Ryan Hubbard

Ryan is the CTO of YellowHammer, which provides technology solutions for optimizing online advertising campaigns. As CTO of a fast-moving startup, he is the lead architect of applications that were dreamed up by over-caffeinated marketing professionals. He’s an expert in building scalable cloud solutions, and dealing with recruiters who are a bit too zealous.

Before YellowHammer, he was the co-founder of eVariant who created HealthConnect is a a cloud management and marketing platform designed for hospital systems and was honored as a finalist in Salesforce’s AppQuest awards.

Ari Lewine

Ari Lewine is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Triple Lift. Triple Lift aims to change how brands engage with their customers. As commerce and social interactions move increasingly visual, Triple Lift helps brands understand the direct and earned value of their visual assets, develop sophisticated insights based on the taste graphs of their consumers, and
directly act on this data to drive sales and improve user experience.

Prior to Triple Lift, Ari was head of the performance sales team at AppNexus – an advertising technology company. Ari’s work at AppNexus focused on increasing the efficiency of media buying for advertisers, ad networks, and publishers. Ari started his entrepreneurial endeavors at the ripe old age of 17 when he purchased University Trucking, a shipping and storage company, grew it to 125 employees, and sold the company in 2009. He loves to travel and enjoys road cycling and snowboarding. Ari holds a B.S.B.A in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Anthony Green

Anthony is currently Vice-President, Business Development at Optimal, where he leads the east coast operations of the company. Optimal is one of Facebook ‘s first API partners and is the leading technology provider in social media optimization and analytics, working with clients such as Sephora, Liberty Mutual and Just Fabulous.

Prior to Optimal Anthony co-founded Concep, a B2B marketing technology provider, with offices in London, Sydney and New York. When not talking about social media Anthony chairs the Junior Board of Achilles International, a non-profit that enables disabled athletes to compete for fun an competition.

Nigel Austin

Nigel Austin is the founding partner at Austin Law PLLC, a progressive business law firm for entrepreneurs.  He represents startups and emerging growth companies in a broad range of industries, including technology, consumer, fashion, food and beverage, and advises companies on business formation, founder and employee arrangements, seed, angel
and venture capital financings, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic transactions and other business related matters.

Nigel frequently acts as a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs and regularly serves as outside general counsel to businesses.  He is a member of the Technology & Venture Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. 

Christophe Garnier

CG is a digital entrepreneur with experience in scaling start-up style businesses to corporate level operations, in both volume and global scale. He spent the past 15 years between San Francisco, NYC and Paris & has built a strong understanding of e-commerce, mobile media and social media.

From 1997 to 2005, CG has been building e-commerce & m-commerce strategies for retail, media and entertainment companies while working at Logitech (Nasdaq: , Mobileway (acquired by Sybase) and Enpocket (acquired by Nokia). With a strong track record of setting up innovative business models, marketing strategies and new product development efforts, CG is
always focused on cost effectiveness, time to market, strong ROI & differentiation. He has been involved in various projects with global responsibilities and is now recognized as a pioneer of the mobile entertainment & flash sale spaces between Europe and North America.

Since 2005, he has been based in NYC and has been building digital businesses in the internet 3.0, mobile technology and e-commerce spaces. He has been capitalizing on his expertise with startup companies between Europe, NYC and Silicon Valley to launch great companies with amazing individuals.

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US & EU Market Exploration & Development
Internet 3.0/E-Commerce/M-Commerce/Social Media
Content Strategy, Acquisition & Licensing
Strategic Business Development
Online traffic growth/User acquisition/Viral marketing
Capital Raising & Investor Relations

Manish Chowdhary

Manish Chowdhary is the Founder and CEO of GoECart. GoECart leads the ecommerce revolution with innovative solutions that enable online retailers to Sell more™ products and services more effectively. GoECart's mission is to empower merchants with cutting-edge ecommerce technology that allows them to win in the most competitive online markets. Manish  provides business and technology leadership for GoECart and its clients. He has guided the company to become one of the most admired ecommerce platform providers in the world. Over the past decade, GoECart has evolved from an idea to a highly reputable solution that Fortune 500 companies like Sears®, Elsevier, J.D.Irving®, and hundreds of other successful merchants—rely on
to conduct mission critical business online every day.

Manish is a recognized expert in his field and a sought after public speaker on topics ranging  from ecommerce and online marketing to business leadership and entrepreneurship. GoECart has received numerous awards, including multiple prestigious Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CoDiE Awards. Manish has been interviewed and featured in dozens of publications and magazines, including The New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine, and Internet Retailer. Manish received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Bridgeport. He also holds multiple business process patents in collaborative commerce. Follow him on twitter @GoECart.

Tarek Pertew

Tarek is a repeat entrepreneur, with deep experience in higher education, employment, having previously co-founded MyWorkster, Referio, and other businesses, including NYC Footy - a popular adult soccer league here in NYC and UNCUBED - the city's largest tech talent fair. Tarek also serves as a NYC liaison to Startup America. Tarek graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 2004. 

Dana Mauriello

Dana was the Co-Founder & President of ProFounder, a crowdfunding platform that provided tools for entrepreneurs to raise investment capital from their communities. She has also testified twice as a Congressional expert witness on Crowdfunding and played an active role in the shaping and passage of the Crowdfunding Bill of the JOBS Act. She now consults to businesses that serve entrepreneurs, crafting strategies to help their entrepreneurs access capital and other resources to grow.

Prior to ProFounder, Dana worked on the Corporate Product Innovations team at Estee Lauder and in Marketing at L'Oreal. Dana created a unique major at Stanford University, earning her BA in Product Development, and returned to earn her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2009. She is a champion powerlifter, and die-hard New Yorker.

Ellie Wheeler

Ellie Wheeler is a Senior Associate with Greycroft Partners and is a member of the New York office. Her responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and working with existing portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Greycroft, Wheeler worked in a similar role during business school evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital with investor Chris Sacca. Before working with Lowercase, Wheeler worked at Cisco in Corporate Development
doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the communications, collaboration, and video verticals.

Wheeler’s past experience also includes working briefly at the London-based venture capital firm DN Capital, focused on early stage ecommerce companies. She began her career in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners in Boston.

Wheeler graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Beatty

Born in Ireland, David Beatty started his career as a headhunter in London. After joining the software company IMI Computing, he transferred with them to the U.S. in 1990. David is chairman of Empire Messaging, Inc., a company that provides enterprise messaging solutions, which he founded in 1993. David has co-founded many successful companies including Healthology, Inc., a Health media company later acquired by iVillage/NBC, Acronym Media, a full-service search engine marketing firm and R2R Recycling, a company processing roofing scrap.

Amanda Bensol

Amanda Bensol is the head of Business Development and Operations at Karma, a simple and honest mobile provider. Prior to joining Karma, Amanda worked as an Associate at TechStars NYC, a highly selective startup accelerator program. While at TechStars, Amanda assisted twelve startups with a variety of tasks including marketing, business development, operations and strategy.

Before TechStars she spent two years in Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she worked on IPO transactions within the Technology sector. Amanda graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a BS in Finance and Marketing.

Robert Gaal

Robert Gaal is the founder of Karma, a simple and honest mobile provider. Karma recently graduated from TechStars NYC, signing with investors such as Werner Vogels (CTO of Amazon) and DFJ (investor in SpaceX and Tesla). Robert started his first business in Amsterdam when he was 21, and was declared Europe's Top Young Entrepreneur by BusinessWeek.

Ronald Weintraub

Ron is an active angel investor, a member of the Screening Committee of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of NY and the New York Angels, as well as a mentor at ER Accelerator. He has many years of experience managing companies including Publisher of the New York Sun newspaper and Founder/CEO of Harmon Publishing Company, the nation's largest publisher of real estate photo magazines.

Earlier he was President of a division of Sara Lee Corporation and CEO of a family consumer products company. He was President of the Harvard Business School Club of NY, Chairman of the Metro New York Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Bjørn Holte

Bjørn is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first startup at the age of 16. Before joining bMenu/bMobilized as a founding member in 2005, he founded and led Aktivt Søk AS, a Norwegian search engine marketing and optimization firm. Before that, he led marketing and multimedia operations at Q-Free ASA, a global supplier of traffic and surveillance data for electronic toll collection systems.

Bjørn has a master's degree in Strategic Marketing Management with an Internet focus from BI Norwegian Business School and Griffith University in Australia, a bachelor's degree in International Marketing from BI Norwegian Business School, and bachelor's equivalent in Multimedia from Griffith University.

Ryan Armbrust

Ryan is an Associate at ff Venture Capital, one of the oldest early-stage investors in New York. Prior to joining ffVC Ryan spent seven years spinning out startups and otherwise commercializing early-stage technology at Columbia Technology Ventures, the technology transfer office of Columbia University. A self-taught hacker, Ryan as been involved in the New York technology scene for a number of years. Ryan is on the Board of Columbia Venture Community and is the founder of Brooklyn Venture Community. Ryan graduated from Columbia University with a BA
in American Studies.

Brian Magida

Brian joined Warby Parker shortly after launch in March 2010, following his realization that a career in finance wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Within a few short weeks— between bouts of answering phone calls and emails— he was able to coax the four founders into providing him with login details for the company’s Facebook, Twitter, and Google Analytics accounts. Today you can find Brian spearheading Warby Parker’s paid customer acquisition strategies and occasionally popping into the showroom. Because it’s awesome.

Armando D'Accordo

Armando brings more than 27 years of experience to the support industry. In 2001, he was named Support Director of the year, and has received extensive training in business management, customer service, sales and quality assurance from the University of Michigan, Disney, Citibank, and the Help Desk Institute.  As president of CMIT Solutions of South Nassau, Armando assists his small and medium size business clients with business and technology solutions that facilitate increased productivity and revenue, often while reducing cost and downtime.

He is an industry leader as well as an accomplished public speaker, and in 2007, he was named CMIT Rookie of the Year. In 2009, Armando co-wrote and published his first book entitled: I Just Want My Computers to Work! The LI Press name CMIT of Long Island the #1 company in the Computer Support Category, and 2nd place in the Green Business category for their efforts to recycle and reduce power.

Jason E. Klein

Jason E. Klein is an experienced media CEO and builder of digital and traditional businesses.  He is currently founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures, an advisory and investment firm in digital media and information; a member of New York Angels and Harvard Business School Alumni Angels, and a mentor at NYC-area incubators.  Mr. Klein is on the advisory board for 72 Lux, a leading e-commerce solution for publishers.  Mr. Klein was most recently President and CEO of NNN, the leading national network for local media, and led its expansion from a focus on daily print newspapers to a full line provider of scalable, integrated marketing solutions.  

Prior to NNN, Mr. Klein was CEO of Times Mirror Magazines, a leading magazine publisher with $300 million in revenue and 25 titles including Golf Magazine, Popular Science, Transworld Skateboarding, and Skiing; and leading digital properties including, and 

He is a founder of, an aggregator of medical information for professionals, now owned by Elsevier.  He also founded Healthy Living Media, a private-equity backed venture, with North Castle Partners.  Mr. Klein is a former management consultant with McKinsey where he developed growth strategies for media and consumer goods companies.  Mr. Klein began his career at Bain & Company in Menlo Park, CA.

Mr. Klein holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Dartmouth College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude in computer science. He is Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and is on the board of the New York City Police Foundation. Mr. Klein can be found on twitter as @JKNews.

Peter Himler

After years in senior media leadership positions at several esteemed global PR firms, Peter left the big agency world in 2005 to form Flatiron Communications LLC. Today, he advises established and emerging companies, including many tech startups, on how to use the latest communications technologies and strategies to advance their business goals.

Peter comfortably straddles the worlds of traditional PR and digital communications, frequently lecturing and writing about the two on his blog and for He maintains an active engagement in the social media graph, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Quora, LinkedIn, Instagram, RebelMouse, and (far) too many others.

He serves as president of the Publicity Club of New York and on the advisory boards for Social Media Week, the Center for Communication, and the Communications & Media Studies Program at Tufts University from which he holds a BA in Political Science and French.

Mike Swift

Meet Swift, developer evangelist at-large for SendGrid and home-grown New York hacker. As a lifelong developer himself, Swift has made it his personal mission to enable developers by helping them get the tools and resources they need to make awesome, creative stuff. Swift is also one of the founders of Hacker League, the platform for hackathons, a former engineer at Crowdtap, and an alumni of Rutgers University.

Pete Jimison

Pete Jimison is COO of F#, the start-up in New York specializing in the creation of purposeful, music-based advertising. At F# he leads the company’s business operations, strategic partnerships and new business opportunities. He has more than 10 years of business operations experience spanning strategy, finance, sales, market analysis and business development.

Prior to F#, he co-founded the digital media consultancy Fever Creative where he successfully helped launch five companies. Pete began his career at VF Corporation, the world’s preeminent global apparel leader. While at VF, he worked with the finance department and European business operations of VF’s brands, notably Reef and Vans, out of their Lugano, Switzerland office. Pete created and implemented the VF’s Analyst Development Program (ADP) to promote interdepartmental collaboration, cost savings, and “intrapreneurial” innovation.

Pete holds a B.A. in Finance from James Madison University and was a graduate of the distinguished Miller Leadership program while at James Madison.

Dan Merritts

Dan Merritts is CEO of F#, a technology startup specializing in the creation of purposeful, music-based advertising. At F#, he leads the global company to connect brands to their target audience with the power of music on platforms such as Spotify and Facebook.

Dan has 15 years of experience envisioning and building disruptive business models. Over the years, Dan has helped build or launch a number of successful startups, including: Bookrenter, Fileboard, Kno, Loudcloud, Zenprise and Savision.

He began his career at an early behavior and contextual advertising startup backed by Sequoia named Affinia. He later helped define cloud computing at Loudcloud (later known as Opsware; acquired by HP). He also co-founded, where he fathered the textbook rental model. Previously, Dan lead product management for Zenprise, which is a leader in Mobile Device Management. Before Zenprise, Dan led several global service management initiatives at EDS (now HP Services) where he was responsible for driving significant technology investments globally.

Dan holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Bachelors of Science in Operations Management from Santa Clara University.

Ben Uretsky

Ben Uretsky is the CEO of DigitalOcean, a simple cloud hosting provider for developers and their startups. With over 10 years of experience in the managed hosting industry prior to DigitalOcean, Ben has expertise in scaling some of the world's largest web infrastructures.

Ben and the rest of the DigitalOcea team have recently completed the TechStars accelerator program in Boulder, CO and have been experiencing serious traction and growth since graduating with almost 40,000 virtual servers launched since inception. Ben has been interviewed and featured on Forbes, TechCrunch, PandoDaily, and TheNextWeb.

Lawrence Mai

Larry was most recently a Director with Hearst Ventures based in New York City. Prior to joining Hearst, he was held roles in investment banking, private equity, and venture capital. Earlier in his career, he was a software developer writing code for ecommerce, media, and financial services companies.

He is a graduate from Cornell University and University of Virginia's Darden Business School. In addition to his official roles, Larry serves as an advisor/mentor to a number of startups.

Mike Hawkins

As SoMoLend’s Chief Technology Officer, Mike is responsible for all aspects of product development. His responsibilities include product management, research and development, quality assurance, infrastructure and technical strategy.

Mike has 16 years of software engineering and product management experience in startups and new product development in financial services, healthcare and education. He previously designed and developed cross platform systems and services for, and the back-end systems from the brokerage and retirement planning units to support client assets and investor accounts.

Mike was a software architect and engineering manager for the RIS Logic CS 1.0 product that grew from annual revenue of $150,000 to $40 million over a four year period. At Dynamic Imaging, a New Jersey based early stage software company, he was the Director of Product Management responsible for new product innovation in the three years leading up to their acquisition by General Electric. At GE, Mike led product strategy for the Dynamic Imaging Solutions division and led product management for new product innovation for the parent business group.

Mike is currently on a leave of absence from Columbia University’s Mathematics program. Mike is the lead author of four patents in the areas of adaptive workflow, resource prioritization and user experience.

Ariele Krantzow

Ariele is the Wix Trainer and Support Manager at the Wix Lounge in NYC. At the Wix Lounge she teaches classes and one-on-one tutorials ranging from how to build your website to marketing your business online. In her free time Ariele is a freelance graphic designer and travel addict.

Michael Wu

Michael Wu is a Founding Board Member of Long Island Angel Network and was most recently a Principal at Chart Venture Partners, a NYC-based $100M early-stage venture fund focusing on dual-use technologies (with both commercial and defense applications) in the areas of Communications & Mobile, Software & Cyber Security, Advanced Materials, and Clean Energy.

Prior to that, Michael founded Blue Angel Ventures, a seed funding and venture advisory firm in Research Triangle Park, NC and partnered with entrepreneurs in co-founding or turnaround management roles. Prior to entering venture capital, Michael held engineering and product management roles in fiber optics, wireless infrastructure, smartphones and applications at Nortel, Ericsson and Nextel. Michael earned his MBA from Duke University-Fuqua and MS in Electrical Engineering and Management of Technology from Georgia Tech.

Kathleen Murray

Kathy Murray is CEO of LLC, the online community for small businesses to match up with potential advisory board members and professional service providers in order to enable strategy, execution and growth for their firms. She also leads McMorrran Strategists, LLC, a portfolio of angel investments and working agreements with several firms to develop their top line growth, e.g., Clarion Group, Ltd., Hiperos, LLC, PowerPlay Mobile, LLC and Urish Popeck & Co.

Current affiliations include being a Board Member of Verity Wines LLC (the mid-tier $30M+ wine distributor in NY and NJ for 300 wineries and producers from 14 global wine-producing regions), a Trustee on the University of Rochester Board, a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, Membership Co-Chair for Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of NY, a Board Member of Harvard Business School Women's NYC Association, Member of the Executive Forum, Chair of Executive Forum Angels and has leadership roles at other organizations. She is quickly becoming an expert on social media, start ups and entrepreneurship.

Previously, Kathy created and led functions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) as Managing Director of Operations. The functions included sourcing/procurement, real estate leasing/facilities, security, crisis management, operational risk management, records management, travel services, meeting/event management, supplier diversity …and the technology to enable these functions. Prior to 2000, she was at Aetna Inc as Senior Vice President of Aetna Retirement Services and as COO of Aetna Business Resources. She began her career in sales and marketing leadership roles at Aetna and at INA (now Cigna). Staff reporting to her has been over 3000 people with related budgets of $550 million, as well as the accountability for the firms’ spends of over $3 billion.

Veronica Guzman

Veronica Guzman is the founder of WAM Ventures, a management consulting & marketing firm and interested in bright minds who invest their energies building innovation-forward companies.  She serves entrepreneurs seeking to move up-market via business development, capital raising guidance, coaching, advisory board development & go-to-market strategies.  To keep her life fluid and rich, Veronica is co-located in NYC & SF/Silicon Valley.

Her entrepreneurial lifestyle helps her expand my own mind, absorb new experiences and develop high-touch relationships with my customers and network.  She's actively involved in the entrepreneurship & innovation capital ecosystems via New York University’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Stern School of Business, Springboard Enterprises’ Tech/Media Accelerator, Founder Institute, Astia, NBIA (National Business Incubation Association) and NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) where she served as a Board Member.

Her corporate background includes management consulting, M&A advisory, stakeholder buy-in, financial analysis & product development for multi-national firms including JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank Deloitte & Touche & PwC.  Veronica's deal sheet includes various multi-national transactions involving due diligence, senior executive evaluation, accelerated transition, enterprise valuation and interim-CFO special projects such as preparing enterprises for sale. Veronica co-founded & invested in a B2B new media & events company serving C-level executives in the financial services industry with key clients comprising the Fortune 500, Nasdaq 100 and Global Fortune 100 firms who manage over $13 trillion in the U.S. and over $30 trillion domestically; she continues to spearhead business development initiatives.  Veronica graduated from NYU’s Stern School of business with concentrations in finance & accounting and NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy in Fundraising where she earned my certificate in philanthropy & fundraising.

Entrepreneurship is a journey where you can explore your passions and focus your energies to build something meaningful.  For anyone who has a vision:  to act upon it, recruit talented people, find partners who want to help you succeed, engage influencers who will spread your vision and execute well by scaling.  You will be rewarded exponentially!

Caitlin Strandberg

Caitlin is an associate at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and experience broadly cover companies and technologies across the information technology sector including ad tech, digital media, fin tech, and consumer internet.

Caitlin joined the firm in August 2012 from LearnVest, a personal finance start-up in NYC, where she served as Director of Business Development.  Previously, she was the Associate Director of Business Development at Behance, a platform for showcasing and discovering creative work online. Caitlin was also the President and Co-founder of Slope Media Group, a student-run media organization based out of Cornell University that includes internet radio, internet television and a digital magazine. 

Caitlin holds a BA in History from Cornell University with a minor in Science and Technology Studies.

Outside of the office, Caitlin enjoys kite-boarding, traveling and playing guitar.  At Cornell, she was a coxswain on the men’s lightweight crew team and played women's club basketball. And she once rode an elephant in Laos!

Alan Brody

Alan Brody is the author of ARE YOU FUNDABLE? and founder of the, New York, NJ and L.A.s longest running Digital Media Executive Networking Group, the iNNNOVATOR iEvening for Start-Ups.


Day Starting Time Duration Mentor
11/14 12:00pm 60 mins Ronald Weintraub
11/14 12:00pm 60 mins Bjørn Holte
11/14 12:00pm 60 mins Alison Minaglia
11/14 12:00pm 60 mins Leonora Valvo
11/14 12:00pm 60 mins Michael Wu
11/14 1:00pm 60 mins Matt Witheiler
11/14 1:00pm 30 mins George Abraham
11/14 1:30pm 30 mins David Schoenberger
11/14 1:30pm 30 mins John R. Hempill
11/14 1:30pm 30 mins Tarek Pertew
11/14 1:30pm 30 mins David Beatty
11/14 2:00pm 30 mins Deborah Jackson
11/14 2:00pm 60 mins Mike Hawkins
11/14 2:30pm 30 mins Bo Yaghmaie
11/14 2:30pm 30 mins Charlie Kemper
11/14 3:00pm 30 mins Marc H. Michel
11/14 3:00pm 30 mins John Biggs
11/14 3:00pm 30 mins Jack Groetzinger
11/14 3:00pm 30 mins Anita Garimella Andrews
11/14 3:00pm 60 mins Pete Jimison
11/14 3:00pm 60 mins Veronica Guzman
11/14 3:30pm 30 mins Vic Singh
11/14 3:30pm 30 mins Dan Kurani
11/14 3:30pm 30 mins Anthony Green
11/14 4:00pm 30 mins Nihal Mehta
11/14 4:00pm 30 mins Ari Lewine
11/14 4:00pm 30 mins Christophe Garnier
11/14 4:30pm 30 mins Clarkson C. Logan
11/14 4:30pm 30 mins John Weidner
11/14 4:30pm 30 mins Nigel Austin
11/14 5:00pm 30 mins Veronika Sonsev
11/14 5:00pm 30 mins Jordan Bettman
11/14 5:00pm 60 mins Richie Hecker
11/14 5:00pm 60 mins Weston Gaddy
11/14 5:30pm 30 mins Dana Mauriello
11/15 11:00am 30 mins Ronna Lichtenberg
11/15 11:00am 60 mins Julie Braun
11/15 11:00am 60 mins Armando D'Accordo
11/15 11:30am 30 mins Sheheryar T. Sardar
11/15 12:00pm 30 mins Jay Shek
11/15 12:00pm 60 mins Peter Himler
11/15 12:00pm 60 mins Caitlin Strandberg
11/15 12:30pm 60 mins Ellie Wheeler
11/15 1:00pm 60 mins Sophia Chou
11/15 1:00pm 60 mins Jason E. Klein
11/15 1:00pm 60 mins Lawrence Mai
11/15 1:30pm 30 mins Ryan Hubbard
11/15 1:00pm 60 mins Mike Swift
11/15 2:00pm 30 mins Ben Siscovick
11/15 2:00pm 60 mins Manish Chowdhary
11/15 2:00pm 60 mins Ben Uretsky
11/15 2:00pm 60 mins Kathleen Murray
11/15 2:30pm 30 mins William Peng
11/15 3:00pm 60 mins Rahul Gandhi
11/15 3:00pm 60 mins Mark Wachen
11/15 3:00pm 60 mins Ryan Armbrust
11/15 3:00pm 60 mins Brian Magida
11/15 11:00am 60 mins Dan Merritts
11/15 3:00pm 60 mins William Reinisch
11/15 4:00pm 30 mins Warner Siebert
11/15 4:00pm 60 mins Brett Martin
11/15 4:00pm 60 mins Robert Gaal
11/15 4:00pm 60 mins Amanda Bensol
11/15 4:00pm 60 mins Paul Cianciolo
11/15 4:00pm 60 mins Graham Lawlor

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