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More than 70 leading VCs will speak at the Summit. These top-tier venture investors will discuss: VC investment trends, strategies for investing in early stage ventures, strategies for finding and accessing capital, what they look for in early stage companies, the kinds of companies they find most attractive, and the do's and don'ts in structuring deals.

Omid Akhavan | Principal | MVM Life Science Partners

Omid is a healthcare VC at MVM Life Science Partners. Before joining MVM, he was the Director of Strategy and Business Development for Becton Dickinson’s $1.3B diagnostics business. Previously, Omid was a healthcare management consultant in Monitor Deloitte’s Life Sciences and Healthcare team. Omid holds a Master’s in Bioengineering Innovation & Design from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bac...
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Nisa Amoils | Investor | Scout Ventures

Nisa Amoils is an active early stage investor, Board advisor and entrepreneur. She is a member of New York Angels where she invests in a variety of technology and is the co-chair of the frontier technology committee which encompasses AR/VR, robotics, drones, AI, driverless cars, autonomous innovations, cybersecurity, remote sensing, blockchain and other disruptive technologies. She also has sect...
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David Arcara | Managing Director | Laconia Capital Group

David Arcara is co-founder and co-Managing Director of Laconia Capital Group L.P. Laconia is a venture capital fund focused on late seed-stage digital technology companies. David has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. He has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as ...
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Ryan Armbrust | Partner | ff Venture Capital

Ryan Armbrust is a Partner at ff Venture Capital. In this role he focuses on investment opportunities across a range of emerging industries, including robotics, machine learning, and broader consumer technologies. Ryan has experience providing targeted growth guidance to ffVC investments including GreatHorn, GoSkip, Dashbot, Bloomz, Wade & Wendy, Plated, and Top Flight Technologies. Prior to joi...
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David Aronoff | General Partner | Flybridge

David’s investment focus includes Infrastructure, SaaS, IoT and Cyber Security. His investments include Apiary (acquired by Oracle), BetterCloud, BitSight Technologies, Crashlytics (acquired by Twitter), NS1 and Valimail. Prior to joining the firm, David spent nearly a decade focusing on early-stage investing at Greylock Partners and before that, held management roles at Chipcom, a network equipme...
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Mark Austin | Venture Partner | Bright Capital

Based in New York, Mr. Austin has been a Venture Partner with Bright Capital since 2012, where he focuses broadly on alternative energy, resource and energy efficiency, distributed generation, water, advanced materials and cleantech, providing leadership and strategic guidance for Bright Capital’s investment strategy and portfolio companies, including serving on the Boards of Agrivida, QM Power an...
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Imran A. Babar | Vice President | OrbiMed Advisors

Imran A. Babar, Ph.D., is a Vice President on the Private Equity team. Prior to joining OrbiMed, Imran was a Biotechnology Associate at Cowen & Company, where he covered numerous therapeutics companies. He also co-founded and serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for Rare Genomics Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to helping patients who have rare diseases. Imran completed his Ph.D. in molecular...
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Amit Bansal | Principal | Digitalis Ventures

Amit Bansal is a Principal at Digitalis, a venture capital firm focused on investing in seed and venture stage companies building technology-enabled solutions to complex problems particularly in the area of human health. He currently represents Digitalis as a Director of Somatix. Previously, Amit worked in corporate strategy and corporate innovation at Mars, Incorporated, where most recently he ...
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Josh Berg | Investment Manager | GM Ventures

Josh Berg has overseen North American strategy and operations for GM’s OnStar sales, web and vehicle services. He joined General Motors to manage legislative and regulatory issues in the area of telematics and connected technologies. Prior to GM, Josh was a complex civil litigation attorney in Detroit. Josh holds a bachelor of arts in Political Theory from Michigan State’s James Madison College...
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Mark Bernfeld | Partner | Clean Energy Venture Group

Mark Bernfeld is an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor with a commitment to environmentally and socially responsible businesses. As an active angel investor, he is a member of Launchpad Venture Group, which provides funding and advice to early-stage companies, and a Partner in Clean Energy Venture Group, which focuses on start-up investments in the clean technology sector. Most recently...
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Gil Beyda | Founder & Managing Partner | Genacast Ventures

Gil is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was...
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Charles Birnbaum | Investor | Bessemer Venture Partners

Charles Birnbaum joined Bessemer in 2013 and is a Vice President in the New York office. He focuses on investments in financial services, education, Internet of things and consumer Internet sectors, and has helped lead Bessemer's investments in August Home, Quantopian, OMsignal, Abacus, BrightBytes and Main Street Hub. He currently represents BVP as a director at United Capital and is actively in...
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Scott Birnbaum | Founder | Red Sea Ventures

Scott is the founder of Red Sea Ventures. He combines 15 years of entrepreneurial experience including his time as co-founder of Epok, an early cloud-based enterprise solution launched in 2001. He has experience as a corporate attorney at White & Case and digital media expertise developed at CBS local where he focused on strategy and business development. Scott is a member of the board of Seed...
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Brandon Blaesser | Analyst | NewWorld Capital Group

Brandon Blaesser is an Analyst at NewWorld Capital Group and has worked at the firm since 2014. Prior to that, Brandon leveraged his LEED AP BD+C accreditation working for TerraCycle in Buenos Aires, Argentina and working for Winn Development’s Energy and Sustainability group in Boston, MA. Brandon graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Add...
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Sim Blaustein | Partner | Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments

Sim joined BDMI in 2012 from High Line Venture Partners, where he co-founded the seed fund, and has been in venture capital since 2002 including 3 years at Gabriel Ventures where he managed 17 investments including 3 IPOs and 3 M&As. In addition to spearheading BDMI's seed fund, he led or co-led BDMI’s investments in StyleHaul (acquired by RTL), Dramafever (acquired by Softbank), HelloGiggles (ac...
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Matthew Bressler | Principal | TDF Ventures

Matt is a Principal at TDF Ventures and brings prior experience investing in and working with startup and growth stage companies. Prior to TDF, Matt worked with GE Ventures supporting investments and strategy in intelligent environments. Matt also served as the Director of Investments for the Wharton Social Venture Fund and as an Associate for FOUNDER.org, investing and assisting early stage star...
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Graham Brown | Principal | Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Graham joined from SoftBank Capital, where he focused primarily on early stage investments in mobile and Internet, with a particular interest in marketplaces. Prior to SoftBank Capital, Graham was an Associate at Polaris Partners and then helped lead digital strategy at Life Line Screening, a direct-to-consumer preventive health company backed by Polaris Partners. Graham is a graduate of Colby...
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Briehan Burke | Associate | Catalyst Investors

Briehan is currently an Associate at Catalyst Investors, an NYC-based growth equity firm that invests in technology-enabled businesses. Prior to joining Catalyst, Ms. Burke interned at LOLA, a B2C feminine care startup, where she focused primarily on business analytics and marketing. Previously, she worked as an investment banking analyst in the Global Industrials Group at Bank of America Merrill...
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Dan Burstein | Managing Partner | Millennium Technology Ventures

Dan Burstein co-founded Millennium Technology Value Partners with Sam Schwerin in 2002. He has been actively involved in many of Millennium’s most important investments including Facebook (FB) and Alibaba (BABA), and led the firm’s investment in Twitter (TWTR). Before Millennium, Dan was Senior Advisor at The Blackstone Group, where he worked for 12 years in a variety of capacities. Over the co...
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Lisa Calhoun | Managing Partner | Valor Ventures

Lisa is a fourth generation entrepreneur. She is the first woman to launch a venture capital firm in Georgia. Her leadership has contributed to over a billion dollars in liquidity events, including Channel Intelligence’s exit to Google, energy monitoring startup Prenova’s exit to Eccova, and IP protection play Escrow Associates’ exit to NCC. At Valor, Lisa launched the innovative Startup Runway ...
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Andrew Cleland | Managing Director | ComCast Ventures

Andrew is a Managing Director of Comcast Ventures, based in New York. He is a Board Director of FanDuel, Enigma.io, SundaySky, Windsor Circle, Data + Math, Heleo, and Lytics. He also led CV’s investments in Osaro and Interactions. Before joining Comcast Ventures, Andrew was a Managing Director at Time Warner Investments where he invested in Simulmedia, PlaySpan, and Visible World among othe...
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Josh Cohen | Managing Partner | City Light Capital

Josh Cohen is the Managing Partner and cofounder of City Light Capital. He is also the Chief Investment Officer for Tyden Ventures, a single family office based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently on the Board of HeroX, a joint venture with the X Prize Foundation, and is an Observer to the Boards of 2U and StraighterLine. Josh recently cofounded The ImPact, whose mission is to increase...
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Trace Cohen | Managing Director | New York Venture Partners

Trace Cohen is a serial entrepreneur in NYC and now the Managing Director of NYVP making angel investments in the best startups/founders. He was the President and Co-Founder of Launch.it, a new self-publishing platform for PR professionals, agencies and brands to launch and socialize everything new. Prior to that Trace was an SVP at iFluencePR where he specialized in strategic PR for tech compan...
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Liz Crawford | Associate | Genacast Ventures

Prior to Genacast, Liz was the CTO at Birchbox, a beauty startup. At Birchbox she built the engineering, product, and data science functions. She oversaw the scaling of Birchbox’s systems and consumer presence from supporting thousands of subscribers and shoppers to more than a million, across 6 countries, online and in store. Liz has a long standing interest in developing personalized experien...
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Meghan Cross | Managing Director | Red Bear Angels

Meghan Cross, Red Bear Angels As Managing Director, Meghan leads the operations and investment team at Red Bear Angels, the angel group investing in companies led by Cornell University alumni. She joined RBA with a decade of growing media & software companies in NY & SF. As an early Director at StyleCaster Inc., Meghan led the digital media conglomerate’s marketing team through the business’ ex...
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Adam de Sola Pool | Partner | Clean Energy Venture Group

Adam is an investor, mentor, and new technologies competition judge with 20 years of experience in clean energy & water and hardware companies. Adam is a Partner in Clean Energy Venture Group, a member of Launchpad Ventures, Walnut Ventures, MIT Angels, and Sloan Angels. Adam Mentors & Judges at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Techstars, Northeastern University, CleanTech Open, & MassCh...
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Aaron Dubin | Investor | Innovation Endeavors

Aaron Dubin works on the Investment Team at Innovation Endeavors and is responsible for leading the investment due diligence process in Israel and NYC. Prior to joining Innovation Endeavors, Aaron worked as an Investment and Portfolio Management Analyst at Pitango Venture Capital, Israel's oldest and largest VC fund. Aaron holds a B.A. in Business Administration (cum laude) with Specializations ...
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Sara Eshelman | Principal | Omidyar Network

Sara is a venture investor with the Emerging Tech team at Omidyar Network. Her mission is to seek out, invest in, and fuel the success of tech entrepreneurs building disruptive solutions to big problems in a profitable and highly scalable way. Sara is particularly focused on platforms that foster health, wellbeing and connection among people. Prior to Omidyar Network, Sara was a manager at Moni...
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Linda Fingerle | Principal | EDF Ventures

Linda serves as Chief Financial Officer and Principal of EDF Ventures where she is responsible for the firm's financial monitoring and reporting and, as a Principal, has oversight over select portfolio companies. She also manages the relationships with the firm's limited partners, and oversees the firm's IT and administrative services. Linda is a CPA and brings more than 20 years of experience i...
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Nathan Fink | Investor | Shell Technology Investments

1. Nathan J Fink is Venture Investor at Shell Technology Ventures (STV), the corporate venturing arm of Shell. STV identifies technologies and businesses to support Shell’s efforts to meet the needs of the world’s ever expanding demand for energy. Nathan works with entrepreneurs that are building companies and technologies in both cleantech and oil & gas that accelerate sustainable energy innovati...
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Chris Fortunato | Investor | KEC Ventures

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Darcy Frisch | Managing Director and VP | Hearst Ventures

Darcy Frisch is managing director and vice president of Hearst Ventures, where she makes investments in early stage digital media and information businesses. Since joining Hearst Ventures in 2000, Frisch has been involved with many investments including drugstore.com, XM Satellite Radio, Circles and MobiTV. She currently serves on the boards of Zinc, Via, Power To Fly, and Ramp. She previously ...
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Elizabeth Galbut | Managing Partner | SoGal Ventures

Elizabeth Galbut is the founding partner of SoGal Ventures and A-Level Capital, two start-up VC firms, which have collectively invested and advised 22 startups this year. Elizabeth’s favorite investment area is the intersection of smart design and machine learning/AI fueling major health tech innovation. Her placements include digital pathology standout Proscia, global health network MORE Health...
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Tejinder Gill | Associate | Insight Venture Partners

Tejinder Gill joined Insight in 2015. He previously focused on international expansion while working at Delivery Hero, based in Berlin, and has spent time consulting in the telecommunications industry with Altman Vilandrie & Co. Before venturing into the world of business, Tejinder researched blood cell production and cancer at the Harvard Stem Cell institute. Tejinder attended Harvard Univer...
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Jesse Glass | Investor | Empire Angels

Jesse is an angel investor at Empire Angels, a member-led NYC-based angel group comprised of experienced young professionals investing in US-based early stage technology ventures. Outside of investing, Jesse is pursuing his MBA at IESE in Barcelona and is extremely passionate about solving big urban problems, namely related to mobility, real estate, and sustainability. Previously, Jesse co-found...
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Shrey Gosalia | Investor | American Family Ventures

Shrey Gosalia is an Associate at American Family Ventures, a $200M fund focusing on InsurTech, Connectivity/IoT, and Data & Analytics. Prior to joining American Family, Shrey co-founded a venture backed startup, Ascent Technologies, and the Chicago Venture Summit while completing his MBA at the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. Previously, Shrey worked in telecom, led product deve...
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Taylor Greene | Partner | Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Taylor Greene is a Partner at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Previously, Taylor ran business development and served on the Board of Directors at Altruik (acquired by Searchdex). Prior to Altruik, he was an Associate at DFJ Gotham Ventures and a business development consultant for several early stage startups. Taylor has also held operating and finance roles at Time Warner and at The Synapse Group, an i...
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Ed Greer | Manager | Dow Ventures

In this role, Edward is responsible for finding and evaluating technologies and opportunities that complement Dow's robust Research & Development pipeline and have the potential to contribute to the Company’s long-term success. His geographic focus is on the U.S. East Coast. Edward joined Rohm & Haas in 1982 as a senior scientist in Analytical Research where he was promoted to manager prior to m...
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Jacob E. Grose | Investment Manager | BASF Venture Capital

Jacob E. Grose, Ph.D. is an Investment Manager for BASF Venture Capital, where he heads the Boston office, and a board observer for SLIPS Technologies. Previously, he held various positions at BASF New Business and worked as a Senior Analyst at Lux Research. Jacob did his postdoctoral work at Stony Brook University/Brookhaven National Lab, and he holds a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University a...
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John Gu | Vice President | Spring Mountain Capital

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Matthew Hanson | Partner | GSV Capital

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Sven Harmsen | Investment Director | M Ventures

Sven Harmsen, PhD, joined Merck Ventures BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, as Investment Director Performance Materials in August 2016. Previously, Sven was working as Investment Principal at BASF Venture Capital (BVC), where he established BVC’s East Coast office in Cambridge, MA to coordinate investment activities in the eastern half of North Amer...
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Brian Harwitt | Vice President | CoVenture

Brian is a Vice President at CoVenture, an early stage venture capital firm that also has a direct lending arm. At CoVenture, Brian focuses on FinTech investments, mainly in the alternative lending space. He leads underwriting, diligence and portfolio management for the direct lending portfolio, which is comprised entirely of early stage asset originators. Previously Brian worked in the investmen...
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Brandy Houser | Investment Director | Accelerate New York

Brandy is currently serving as the Investment Director at Accelerate New York, a pre-seed fund that is actively investing in start-ups based in the downstate New York region. She is also responsible for operations of the New York City office of Celdara Medical, including sourcing and vetting new pipeline assets and the development of a portfolio of early stage life science technologies. Previous...
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Ali Iz | Managing Partner | NewWorld Capital Group

Ali Iz is a Managing Partner of NewWorld Capital Group, a private equity firm that invests in environmental opportunities, which he co-founded in 2009. Earlier, Mr. Iz was Business Development Leader for General Electric’s Energy Division, responsible for acquisitions in renewable technologies and power generation. Prior to that, he served as GE Energy’s General Manager of Technology Growth, foc...
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Habib Kairouz | Managing Partner | Rho Capital Partners

Habib Kairouz is a Managing Partner of Rho Capital Partners, Inc. (www.rho.com), a private equity firm with $1.5 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, growth equity and buyouts in technology and healthcare companies (Rho Ventures, Rho Canada and Rho Acceleration),...
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Dave Kirkpatrick | Managing Director | SJF Ventures

Dave Kirkpatrick is Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures, which focuses on high growth, positive impact ventures. The fund has offices in Durham, NC, New York and San Francisco, and was founded in 1999. Dave helped lead SJF’s capitalization of three funds totaling $135 million. The most recent fund, SJF Ventures III, LP, was closed at $90 million in the spring of 2013 and was oversubsc...
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Sam Lerer | Vice President | General Atlantic

Sam Lerer focuses on investments in the Internet & Technology sector. He joined General Atlantic's New York office in 2013. Sam is closely involved with the firm’s investments in Snap, Airbnb, Uber, Red Ventures and Klarna. Prior to joining GA, Sam was an investment banker at Evercore Partners in the Telecommunications advisory group based in New York. Sam earned a B.S. in Economics from the W...
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Adi Levanon | Partner | Symmetrical Ventures

Adi Levanon is Venture Partner at Symmetrical Ventures, a privately-held investment fund that focuses on startups in the pre-seed to Series A phase, bringing years of expertise in financial services, B2C, ecommerce and media. Adi has been actively involved in global startup and venture capital ecosystems for over 10 years, with a myriad of experience on both the investment side along with busine...
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Byron Ling | Principal | Primary Venture Partners

Byron was previously at Gilt Groupe, joining as an early marketer, and later leading the company’s corporate development efforts. He launched the company’s CRM marketing efforts, while working closely with the product team to build out the first loyalty platform. He later led the company’s corporate development efforts, including the sale of Jetsetter to TripAdvisor, debt/equity fundraising, and l...
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Alice Lloyd George | Investor | RRE Ventures

Alice Lloyd George is a Principal at RRE, one of New York's oldest and most active venture capital firms. Alice loves working with entrepreneurs on the frontier of innovation and helps RRE invest in emerging technologies including block chain, machine intelligence and computer vision, robotics, virtual and augmented reality, NewSpace, and healthcare IT. She is currently a board observer for six p...
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Michael Lousteau | Partner | I2BF Global Ventures

Mike is a Partner at I2BF and serves as General Counsel. Mike leads the firm’s digital initiative in New York, with a focus on media, SaaS, IoT and platforms. Mike is on the Board of FuboTV, Inc., is an observer or advisor to Nesscap Energy, ServiceTitan and StrongArm Technologies. Prior to joining I2BF Mike was an associate with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C., a leading Silicon Valley la...
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Jiong Ma | Partner | Braemar Energy Ventures

Jiong Ma has more than 15 years of research, operating and venture capital experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Braemar, she was with the venture group at 3i, Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs in product portfolio strategy, new product launches for Optical and Data Networking, and R&D, She was also with Nortel Networks and a founding member of Onetta. Dr. Ma received a Ph.D....
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Jillian Manus | Managing Partner | Structure Capital

Prior to Structure, Jillian Manus had a multifaceted career in finance and media as VP of Media Acquisitions for Credit Suisse, Trendar AG, Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros Studios, TV agent for ICM, Associate Publisher of Upside Magazine and President of Manus Media. Most recently she founded Broad Strategy, a brand acceleration company with a broad scope of clients includin...
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Brad McManus | Investment Director | Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

As Investment Director at Motorola Solutions Venture Capital and based in Silicon Valley, Brad's role is to actively scout, evaluate, invest in and manage the strategic venture opportunities for Motorola Solutions' core and emerging businesses. We seek start-ups that are developing compelling new technologies and new businesses that strategically and financially benefit Motorola Solutions. Pri...
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Nihal Mehta | Founding General Partner | ENIAC Ventures

At Eniac we call Nihal the human rolodex, thanks to the thousands of connections he has made with some of world’s top companies and brands. He developed many of these connections over the past 20 years while founding five different high tech startups. Most recently Nihal was the founding CEO of LocalResponse, where he grew revenues 2153% in three years and landed them at number 204 in the 2014 INC...
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Jason Nolte | Investment Manager | GM Ventures

Jason joined the GM Ventures team as an investment manager in 2015. He is board observer to 2 portfolio companies, has experience as a deal lead and co-investor, and has deployed $7.5M to date in strategic investments with over $15M more likely to close in CY 2016. Prior to joining GMV, Jason spent a decade in various product and manufacturing engineering roles at GM and has been recognized at t...
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Kenny Nova | Investor | Mid Atlantic Bio Angels

Kenny Nova is an experienced entrepreneur, angel investor and adviser. As an investor, he is a member of Mid Atlantic Bio Angels (MABA), an investor group focused exclusively on new and emerging life science companies. Kenny founded play2prep, an education technology company focused on social education. Prior to play2prep, Kenny has deep experience launching and scaling interactive, media and ...
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Cindy Padnos | Founder & Managing Partner | Illuminate Ventures

Leveraging 25 years of high tech industry experience, Cindy Padnos is the founder and Managing Partner of Illuminate Ventures. She focuses primarily in the Enterprise/B2B cloud and mobile computing sectors, with a particular emphasis on SaaS applications and platforms, solutions leveraging big data for business impact and new business models that accelerate customer acquisition. Cindy serves as a ...
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Maria Palma | Director | RRE Ventures

Maria (Brewer) Palma is RRE’s Director of Platform, where she is responsible for working with RRE's active portfolio companies, their corporate partners and broader community, and branding for the firm. Prior to RRE, Maria was Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Business Development for a NY-based ad tech startup, Eyeview, as they scaled from 23 to 100+ employees. Maria began her career a...
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Deepen Parikh | Venture Partner | Interplay Ventures

Deepen is a Partner at Courtside Ventures, which is an early-stage VC fund that invests in technology, media and gaming, as it relates to sports. Prior, he was a Partner at Interplay Ventures, a NY based incubator and early-stage investor. He co-founded NYVC Sports with the mission of bridging the gap between sports leagues, teams, investors, entrepreneurs, and media companies. Prior to joinin...
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Vanessa Alexandra Pestritto | Co-Founder and Partner | Lattice Ventures

Vanessa Alexandra Pestritto is Co-Founder and Partner at Lattice Ventures. She invests in network effects companies in low tech industries or new markets. Pestritto is an active advisor to entrepreneurs through her roles as EIR at Friends of eBay, Mentor for the NYU Berkley Venture Competition, BrainTrust Advisor for Entrepreneurs@Athena, was named a Top Latino Tech Leader by the New America ...
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Daniel Pianko | Managing Director | University Ventures

Daniel Pianko is co-founder and managing director at University Ventures. With over a decade of experience in the education industry, Daniel has built a reputation as a trusted education adviser and innovator in student finance, medical education, and postsecondary education. A frequent commentator on higher education, Daniel’s insights have been featured in national media outlets including The...
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Stephen Plumlee | Managing Director | R/GA Ventures

Stephen has been the Global Chief Operating Officer of R/GA since 2006. As Global COO, Stephen is responsible for managing R/GA’s global operations, strategic growth plans for international operations, financial tracking, and business continuity planning. In 2014, Stephen led the establishment of R/GA Ventures, which he manages, and the R/GA Accelerator. R/GA Ventures is the investment arm of the...
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Nael Rasamny | Partner | Outbound Ventures

Nael graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Government and Political Science. After graduation, he co-founded Outbound Ventures - an early-stage venture capital fund based in NYC. The fund invests in consumer brands that connect with a digitally native demographic, and technologies that help other brands do the same. Nael has invested in 11 companies with Outbound and is constantl...
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Jake Rosenfeld | Investor | Correlation Ventures

Jake leads the New York office for Correlation Ventures, a West Coast-based fund with over $360M under management. Prior firm investments include Casper, Distil, Sun Basket, and AirPR. Prior to joining Correlation, Jake was a team member at two NYC-based venture-backed startups, Mighty, a legal FinTech company, and Olapic, a pioneer in the visual marketing ecosystem. He also co-founded Piggy, a F...
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Praveen Sahay | Managing Director | WAVE Equity Partners

Praveen Sahay is a co-founder and Managing Director of WAVE Equity Partners, a private equity firm in Boston that provides expansion capital to clean energy, food and water companies at their inflection points of growth. Originally a Nuclear Physicist, he prospected for offshore oil and gas deposits; managed retail operations for India's largest mutual fund; and led armed battalions as a Deput...
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Andrew Schoen | Principal | NEA

Andrew is a Principal at NEA and is on the founding team of the firms’ NYC office, where he focuses on enterprise and consumer technology investments. Andrew is a Board Director of CCP Games, Qadium, and IONQ, and he is actively involved in NEA’s investments in Code42, Curalate, Duolingo, Pocket, ThreatQuotient, and TrackMaven. Prior to NEA, Andrew was an Analyst at Blackstone in New York. In add...
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Rudina Seseri | Founder and Managing Partner | Glasswing Ventures

Rudina Seseri is Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures. With over 14 years of investing and transactional experience, Rudina has led technology investments and acquisitions in startup companies in the fields of robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), SaaS marketing technologies and digital media. In her role as Partner at Fairhaven Capital, Rudina serves as lead investor and Director on ...
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Sapna Shah | Investor | New York Angels

Sapna Shah is an angel investor, retail expert and entrepreneur. Sapna makes seed investments in retail tech, fashion tech and ecommerce start-ups through Red Giraffe Advisors and is a member of the Board of Directors of New York Angels. Previously, Sapna co-founded Retail Eye Partners, an equity research firm, as well as a menswear e-commerce retailer, Mind the Chap., Sapna has held executive ...
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Travis Skelly | Senior Vice President | Citi Ventures

Travis joined Citi Ventures in 2016; he is responsible for sourcing and executing venture investments in companies that sit at the intersection of financial services and technology. Travis is obsessed with understanding how financial institutions will be improved, marginalized or even destroyed by new technologies, revolutionary business models, and repurposed talent. Travis started his career ...
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Mike Spadafore | Managing Director | Sandbox Industries

Mike is a Managing Director at Sandbox Industries, a venture capital firm focused on implementing innovation by connecting established corporations with entrepreneurs. Mike focuses on healthcare through the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Funds, a collaborative investment platform with over $500 million in capital and over 30 Blue entities participating. Mike leads investments in various sectors an...
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Jonathan Struhl | Co-Founder & General Partner | Indicator Ventures

Jonathan Struhl is Co-founder and General Partner at Indicator Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital fund focused on investing in digital efficiencies or innovative technologies that save a considerable about of time and money for the end user. Jonathan focuses on enterprise frontier technology investments such as VR/AR, Machine Learning, and AI. Jonathan sits on the boards of IrisVR, Mezzobit ...
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Will Szczerbiak | Investor | Greycroft Partners

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Vincent Tang | Principal | Samsung NEXT

Vin Tang is a Principal at Samsung NEXT Start in New York. In his current role, Vin backs early stage founders, either through seed capital or our entrepreneur-in-residence program. Previously, he was as a machine learning engineer with Clarapath/New York Genome Center and Bear Stearns after earning his degree from Carnegie Mellon. In his spare time, he builds flying and talking machines, and me...
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Jaahred Thomas | Founding Partner | Connectivity Ventures Fund

Jaahred Thomas is a Founding Partner Connectivity Ventures Fund, LP (CVF). CVF looks to invest in, and help grow, early stage companies in healthcare, fintech and the future of work. Jaahred is responsible for running the due diligence process for the CVF. He brings valuable experience in interacting with both the management teams of early stage companies and large sophisticated investors from ...
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Claude Vachet | Managing Partner | Cycle Capital Management

Claude has 22 years of operational, Venture Capital, Secondary Transaction, and fund management experience of venture capital portfolios investing in high tech companies. Having managed numerous investments and exits during his career, Claude has built a solid track record. He has, among others, been part of successful teams at both Kirchner and Multiple Capital. He has also worked at Innova...
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Graham Walmsley | Investor | Versant Ventures

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Ira Weiss | Founder & General Partner | Hyde Park Venture Partners

Ira is a founder of Hyde Park Venture Partners and a professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches entrepreneurship and tax strategy. Ira has been actively investing in private companies for the past 15 years and has made over 125 venture capital and angel investments. Ira started his career as an accountant at Coopers and Lybrand, and received both his MBA ...
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Anna Whiteman | Senior Associate | Tribeca Venture Partners

Anna is a Senior Associate at Tribeca Venture Partners. Prior to joining TVP, she was an investment banking Analyst at Credit Suisse and an Associate at VMG Partners, a consumer private equity group in San Francisco, where she focused on deal execution, portfolio oversight and advisory to companies such as Stone Brewing, Health Warrior, and Quest Nutrition. Anna has partnered closely with entre...
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Nicolas Wittenborn | Vice President | Insight Venture Partners

Nicolas joined Insight in 2016 and focuses on fast growing SaaS, consumer subscription and marketplace businesses. Previously, he was a Principal at Berlin-based Point Nine Capital, where he led early stage investments across Europe and North America. Nicolas studied at the University of Mannheim in Germany and Singapore Management University; and will beat you in a game of Mario Kart.

Eugene Zhang | Founding Partner | TEEC Angel Fund

Eugene Zhang is the General Partner and co-founder of TEEC Angel Fund (TAF). In 2010, Eugene co-founded TAF, a Silicon Valley based super angel fund. TAF is operated by a team with strong operating and entrepreneurial experience who has either served as a founder or an executive in Silicon Valley or China. For the past 7 years, TAF had 9 successful exits, 2 unicorns and 7 centaurs, and is one of t...
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Baiyin Zhou | Senior Associate | Ascent Venture Partners

Baiyin is a senior associate at Ascent Venture Partners, an early stage enterprise tech VC based in Boston. She spends her time connecting the dots between entrepreneurs, disruptive tech, and big markets. She spent the prior five years of her career focused on making enterprise tech investments at firms such as OpenView Venture Partners and ClearSky Power & Tech Fund.

Alex Zisson | Managing Director | H.I.G. Capital

Alex focuses on investments in the biopharmaceuticals industry, especially in pharmaceuticals, generics, drug delivery and specialty pharma and biotechnology. He joined H.I.G. Capital as a Managing Director in January 2016. He currently serves on the board of directors for Clarus Therapeutics and Keystone Dental. Prior to H.I.G., Alex was spent 13 years making similar investments at Thomas, M...
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Rick Zullo | Investor | Lightbank

Rick is a Principal at Lightbank, a $200m early-stage VC based in Chicago, where he focuses on enterprise software, infrastructure services, IoT and technology enabled businesses. Prior to Lightbank, worked with investment firms Foundation Capital, Bowery Capital, First Round Capital and Lightview Capital, having supported dozens of investments in technology companies across the capital spectrum....
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