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March 9, 2010
New York City
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Confirmed Speakers Include:

Thatcher Bell
DFJ Gotham Ventures

Thatcher is a Principal at DFJ Gotham Ventures. He works closely with DFJ Gotham portfolio companies Altruik, Solvate, Worktopia, ExpoTV, and Lumeta. In addition, Thatcher serves on the Board of Directors of the NY Tech MeetUp and is Co-Chair of the New York chapter of Wharton Private Equity Partners.

Thatcherís background includes venture investing, operating and consulting roles with software, Internet, and financial services companies.

Prior to joining DFJ Gotham, Thatcher was a Senior Analyst at North Hill Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Capital One Financial, where he was a deal team member for the firmís investments in DealerTrack (NASDAQ: TRAK), Compete (acquired by TNS), Higher One, and Exchange Solutions.

Before joining North Hill, Thatcher was Manager of Business Development at OpenPages, an enterprise software vendor, where he oversaw an acquisition and developed channel partnerships in the U.S. and Europe. Previously, he was the third employee at SharkTank, an online marketplace connecting lawyers and potential clients. Thatcher began his career as a consultant at Ernst & Young (now Cap Gemini Ernst & Young).

Thatcher has a B.S. cum laude in Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. While at Wharton, he was a Summer Associate with Silicon Alley Venture Partners (now Greenhill SAVP) in New York, an early-stage technology venture capital firm. Thatcher also serves on the Board of Directors of the Childrenís Museum of the Arts in New York City.

Steve Brotman
Managing Director & Co-Chairman of the Investment Committee
Greenhill SAVP

Steve Brotman is a Managing Director of Greenhill & Co, and co-founder and co-head of Greenhill SAVP. Prior to founding SAVP in 1998, Steve was the founder, CEO and Chairman of AdOne Classified Network, one of the nation's leading classified ad web sites which was acquired by Hearst, Scripps and Advance-Newhouse.

While at SAVP, Steve was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2000 and was named in Crain's 2001 Tech 100. While at AdOne, Steve was selected for the 1997 Crain's Top 25 Players Shaping Silicon Alley and the 1995 Top 40 under 40 among New York businessmen.

Steve currently serves on the boards of Mobile Commons, ReachForce, Critical Mention and Knovel (Observer) and has previously served on the boards of Medidata (Observer), DataSynapse (Observer) and UGO (acquired by Hearst in 2007). In addition, Steve serves on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum's New York chapter and has served as a mentor and judge for the Columbia Business School Lang and Greenhouse Funds.

Steve received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University and a joint JD/MBA degree with honors from Washington University.

Stephen M. Davis
Goodwin Procter

Steve Davis, a partner in the firmís Business Law Department, is a member of the Technology Companies Group and the Life Science, Securities and Finance, and Clean Technologies Practices. He has extensive experience in several areas of corporate practice with a focus on venture capital, corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate counseling. Mr. Davis joined Goodwin Procter in 2008.

Mr. Davis has represented clients in transactions ranging from start-up financings to billion dollar plus transactions and has counseled companies in diverse industries such as software, Internet infrastructure, applications and services, telecommunications, wireless technologies, biotech, medical devices, energy and clean tech, manufacturing, investment management and investment banking. He has also represented issuers, investors and underwriters in numerous initial public offerings, secondary offerings, PIPEs offerings, spin-off transactions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Davis was a partner in the New York office of Heller Ehrman, where he was co-chair of its corporate/venture law practice and chair of its New York business law practice.

Jeffrey Glass
Managing Director
Bain Capital Ventures

As a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures, Jeff focuses on wireless, digital media and consumer marketing technologies. He has led investments for the firm in LinkedIn, Targetspot and BlipNetworks. He also serves as a board member of Loc-Aid, Bzz Agent, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Jeff was co-founder, President & CEO of m-Qube, Inc., a Bain Capital Ventures portfolio company acquired by VeriSign Inc. He led the company from start-up to becoming the leader in the North American marketplace for the management, delivery and billing of mobile content and applications. The company was named in 2005 by the Boston Business Journal as the fasted growing business in New England. Jeff was voted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in New England and his business success and contributions to non-profits were recognized when he was named to the BBJís ď40 under 40Ē list.

Jeff also held positions as Founder and President of Transactive Solutions/ Zooba, a email marketing and content management company that was acquired by Bertlesmann. He was Chief Operating Officer of Travelers/NETPlus, a direct marketing and sales business in the financial services sector and spent a couple of years as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on multimedia and convergence technologies. Jeff received an M.B.A., with first year honors, from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College. He is active in fundraising for a number of non-for-profits organizations including the Brain Tumor Society, the American Cancer Society, Amherst College and the Mobile Giving Foundation, a non-profit where Jeff was a Founding Board Member.

Jeff has spoken on numerous occasions on the state of wireless, the impact of digital advertising on traditional media and entrepreneurship more broadly. As a ďrecoveringĒ entrepreneur who started his first business at the age of 18, Jeff enjoys helping young entrepreneurs to get started and established CEOs think about the challenges of maintaining growth.

Michael A. Greeley
General Partner
Flybridge Capital Partners

Michael is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners focused on information technology, healthcare and medical technology investments. Among a range of general investment themes, Michael is currently focused on opportunities involving the convergence of healthcare and IT, technology-enabled business services, and technologies that address the physical security and homeland defense markets.

Michael currently represents the firm on the boards of BlueTarp Financial, Lighter Living, MicroCHIPs, PolyRemedy, Predictive Biosciences, T2 Biosystems, TARIS Biomedical, and VidSys and led the firmís investment in Magen BioSciences and Protein Forest.

Habib Kairouz
Managing Partner
Rho Capital Partners

Habib Kairouz is Managing Partner of Rho Capital Partners, Inc. (, a private equity firm with $2.5 billion under management and offices in New York, Palo Alto and Montreal. Rho's business units span various classes of private equity investments, including venture capital in early stage and growth equity technology and healthcare companies (Rho Ventures and Rho Canada), and fund investments in all classes of venture capital and private equity funds (Rho Fund Investors). Over the years, Rho Ventures has been a significant early backer of a number of industry-leading venture companies including Capstone Turbine, Ciena, CommerceOne, Compaq Computers, Diversa, Human Genome Sciences, Intralinks, iVillage, MedImmune, Nitromed, Senomyx, Silicon Graphics, Tacoda Networks, and Vicuron.

Habib is a General Partner in Rho Ventures, the direct venture capital arm of Rho, focusing on multi-stage investments in information technology, new media, telecommunications, alternative energy and healthcare companies. He is also a member of the Investment Committees of Rho Fund Investors, a private equity fund of funds as well as Rho Canada, an early stage venture capital fund focused on Canadian companies.

Habib is a member of the board of directors of a number of companies in which Rho Ventures is an investor. His current and recent board seats include Innerwireless, Intralinks, iVillage (sold to NBC), ReachLocal, Tacoda Networks (sold to Time Warner), Travel Ad Network, Tripod (sold to Lycos), Verified Person, Waterfront Media and Yantra (sold to AT&T).

Prior to joining Rho in 1993, Habib worked for five years in investment banking and leveraged buyouts with Reich & Co. and Jesup & Lamont.

Habib received a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University.

Ryan Ziegler
Edison Venture Fund

Ryan Ziegler leads and evaluates investments in the interactive marketing and digital media, financial services and business service sectors. On a regional basis he helps to head up Edison's New York City office and covers firms activities in New Jersey and New York. Ryan is an active member in many venture industry networking organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurial events, technology conferences and financing seminars.

As Principal, he sourced or evaluated new investments in over a dozen Edison investments. These include Blue Cod, BFS, CheckpointHR, EdgeTrade, FolioDynamix, Giant Realm, M5 Networks, Operative, PlumChoice, Scivantage, SmartAnalyst, TetraData and TheInfoPro (TIP).

Ryan served as a board observer on TetraData (acquired by Follett Software) and presently for CyberShift, Giant Realm, Operative and TIP.

Ryan joined Edison in 2003 as Manager of Business Development. He managed and expanded Marketing Edison's extensive referral network of service providers, technology executives and capital sources generating proprietary investment opportunities. Previously, Ryan was in the Associates program with SEI Investments (NASDAQ: SEIC). While there Ryan worked in the enterprise sales, marketing and investment strategy teams serving multiple financial market segments. He launched a multi-billion dollar corporate distribution channel program for SEI's Enterprise business unit.

Ryan participates in numerous regional technology organizations and is on the board of the SIIA VC Group and the steering committee for the NYCVC (Young NYC VCís). He also is a member of the NJ AngelVine selection committee for emerging businesses.