Founder of TechU Angels, MIT alum and former winner of @massachusetts-institute-of-technology $100K Competition.
David Arcara is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Laconia Capital Group. He serves as a Board Member at Ocrolus. He served as a Member at New York Angels. He is the co-managing member of the General Partner and the Management Company. Arcara 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. Arcara has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as part of the founding team, nearly $100 million dollars of angel and venture funding. In 2010, Arcara founded Rubber Soul Ventures to contribute his personal capital and operational expertise to emerging digital technology companies and entrepreneurs. Rubber Soul Ventures currently has a portfolio of over a dozen early stage ventures based primarily in the Northeast corridor including LeagueApps, LocalVox, Page Science and Wymsee. Arcara was also the co-founder of TalkSix, a consumer facing interactive streaming video start-up with a significant B-to-B component. Arcara has also served as General Manager of Imaginova Corporation's digital publishing division, including the flagship property Space.com, founded by CNN's Lou Dobbs and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Earlier in Arcara's career, he co-founded Alliance Custom Communications, to create custom content for marketers seeking to enhance their brands' customer engagement. Arcara was ultimately approached by Random House Publishing to re-launch and lead the business as Random House Custom Media. Arcara was also a co-founder of UGO Networks, which ultimately consisted of over 500 independent affiliate web publishers reaching over 15 million users a month and became one of the nation's largest 18 to 34 male-targeted online entertainment content networks. The UGO founding team was among those pioneering the concept of an online ad-supported publishing network. Arcara served as UGO's Executive Vice President and led multiple operating functions including affiliate network development, sales, and marketing. UGO was purchased by Hearst Corporation in 2006 for approximately $100 million. In 1992, Arcara formed DJA Media, Inc., which focused on turning around underperforming radio stations by improving product and sales. In 1996, DJA Media formed Radio Enterprise, Inc., a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications, through which Clear Channel provided financing to allow Radio Enterprise to expand to a total of four stations under Arcara's leadership. Radio Enterprise was sold to Clear Channel in 1998 after more than doubling its asset value at the peak of government-deregulated consolidation. Arcara is a member of New York Angels, one of the country's leading angel investor organizations, as well as Harvard Business School Angels. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, and holds his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sohin Shah is a Co-Founder & Chief Compliance Officer at iFunding. Sohin has managed the crowdfunding listing and reporting process for the tens of millions of dollars raised via iFunding, and is a liaison for investors and operating partners. He also oversees the development team building the platform infrastructure, mobile application and interfaces to integrated solutions. Sohin holds a Series 82 license as a representative for private securities offerings. He previously has worked at investment banks in NYC and is a graduate from New York University, with a Masters degree in Finance & Risk Engineering. He also is the creator of Valuation App, an app that allows finance professionals to analyze businesses and start-ups, making use of valuation techniques that are at par with what is used in the real world. Sohin successfully raised capital to develop this app by crowdfunding it from 57 backers. He is also an Angel Investor.
Dr. Albert Wenger serves as Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures. He is also a Co-Founder at DailyLit. Dr. Wenger serves as Director at Blockstack (New York). Dr. Wenger serves as Partner at Union Square Ventures. He is a Board Member at Top Hat and goTenna. He has several years of entrepreneurial experience with an in-depth technology background. As an entrepreneur, he has founded or co-founded five companies, including a management consulting firm (in Germany), a hosted data analytics company, a technology subsidiary for Telebanc (now E*Tradebank), an early stage investment firm and most recently (with his wife), DailyLit, a service for reading books by email or RSS. He also served as the president of del.icio.us through the company's sale to Yahoo. Dr. Wenger graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT. He is also an Angel Investor.
Corniche Capital is a real estate and private equity investment company with an interest in investing in up and coming tech companies as well.
BoxGroup is an early stage investment fund based in New York. The fund invests in the curated web, mobile, e-commerce and technology sectors, with a focus on New York, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. It was founded in 2009.
Steve Berg is a partner at Lytical Ventures where he invests in early-stage cyber, data & analytics and artificial intelligence. His investment background is in datacenter technologies with experience in both public and private investments. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Farmer School of Business of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. In addition, Steve holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. In his spare time, Steve hosts a podcast called 'Intangibles' which can be found at https://www.intangiblespodcast.com/
David Roeske serves as Senior Analyst at Lyrical Partners. He served as an Analyst at Rustic Canyon Partners. He also is an Angel Investor.
Rishi Nangalia serves as Chief Executive Officer at REDI Global Technologies. He is also an Angel Investor. He was Head, REDI Technologies at Goldman Sachs. Rishi has served as CEO of REDI since its July 2013 launch. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of the firm's business globally. Prior to joining REDI Rishi held a number of senior roles within Goldman Sachs' electronic trading group from 2000-2013, serving most recently as Head of Product and Business Development where he was responsible for its industry-leading execution platform. Rishi is a graduate of St. Xavier's College in India and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University in both Business Administration and Real Estate Development. He is a member of multiple Boards and angel investment organizations.
Nir Liberboim is a Co-Founder at DGNL Ventures. He also is an Angel Investor. He was also the Founder of Uprise Ventures. He has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the consumer space for over 10 years. He founded Uprise Ventures to seed groundbreaking, consumer-facing ideas and work alongside passionate entrepreneurs who are creating meaningful, lasting businesses. Nir is most excited by consumer ideas that disrupt traditional business models and leverage key influencers to build brand awareness and drive adoption. Nir's professional background includes venture capital at Polaris Partners, strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company (Consumer & Retail), investment banking at Goldman Sachs (Technology & Media) and brand management at L'Oreal. Nir is a graduate of Harvard Business School and The University of Texas at Austin.
Jay Weintraub is the Founder and CEO of the LeadsCon conference series. Founded in 2008, LeadsCon is the largest gathering of vertical media and marketing professionals with 5,000 individuals attending each year and growing. In 2012, Jay sold LeadsCon to Access Intelligence, owners of a diversified portfolio of b2b media properties. Prior to founding LeadsConference, Jay was part of the founding management team of Los Angeles based Oversee.net, a domain name advertising network that grew to more than $200mm/year with no outside funding. Jay also spent two and a half years at Advertising.com, helping create the company's first product monetizing undersold inventory. Jay is a recognized thought leader on online customer acquisition and has invested and/or advised dozens of companies. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Work-Bench is a venture capital investment firm. The firm invests in the big data and advanced analytics, warehouse computing, enterprise technology applications and data-defined security sectors. It was founded in 2013 and is based in New York, New York.
Founder @projective-space, @columbia-angels @BeastEarth Investor @projective-space • Studied at @new-york-university, @innovation-and-entrepreneurship-columbia
Scott Wolfgang serves as Chief Operating Officer at Nestio. He is an Angel Investor. He served as Partner at Quotidian Ventures. He has worked in the media and technology sectors for the last 15 years. Prior to joining Quotidian, he spent 6 years at Hearst Corporation leading a number of its technology investments and acquisitions. Most notably, he led Hearst's Series A investments into HootSuite and Savored, which sold to Groupon. Prior to Hearst, he was a research associate at Thomas Weisel Partners where he helped launch the company's Internet Services coverage. He began his career in the agent training program at International Creative Management (ICM). He holds a BA in economics from Haverford College and an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from Columbia Business School.
Adam is Founder/CEO of Lucas Point Ventures and an active investor in and advisor to early stage companies. His investments include The Muse, Rapt Media, VenueBook, Hire and Esquire, Pinks and Greens, Validately and Snaps. He recently served as Chief Financial Officer of NYC based cybersecurity company NopSec, another of his investees. He is and member of and/or advisor to several angel groups including Astia Angel where he is a founding Angel and sits on the Astia Global Advisory Board. He is a Advisor/Mentor at Women's Startup Lab, Mergelane and Techweek. In the not for profit space he is Board member at International House New York and a member of their Executive Committee. He is also a Board member at the Center for Talent Innovation. Adam has over 25 years of investing and management experience most recently at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was most recently Managing Director and head of Global Macro Research. He was a top ranked sell side investment analyst in the UK, Asia and the US. Additionally he is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs where he is a Capstone workshop advisor and member of the Management faculty. He holds a MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
Vayner RSE is a venture capital firm. It is based in New York, New York and was founded in 2014. The firm invests in the mobile and information technology sectors.
Founder @zeel.com (2010), Founder @vault-com (sold 2007 to Veronis Suhler). EIR Lightspeed. Angel Investor. MS ChemE & BS Chem @stanford-university.
Paul Strachman serves as Venture Partner, US at ISAI. He serves as Venture Partner at Red Sea Ventures. Paul graduated with a BSC/MSC in engineering from Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees in France and a MSC in finance and economics from the London School of Economics. In 2002, Paul joined Bain & co. In his three year tenure, Paul focused on CPG and retail companies where he led both turnaround and growth projects. In 2005, Paul left France to pursue his MBA at the Stanford graduate school of business, where he graduated in 2007. After Stanford, Paul moved to NY to join Equinox, where he led strategy for over five years. For the past few years, Paul has been an active angel investor in NYC and SF; he sits on several boards and serves as a mentor at future labs at NYU Tandon and StartX.
Angelique is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and as a Board Member at EnerKnol. Previously, she served as a Vice President & Director of Business Development at Cora Capital Advisors.
Suna Said is the Founder and CEO of Nima Capital, a single family office with a flexible mandate to invest across various capital structures, growth stages, and industries. With significant experience and talent in global investment management and social impact, Suna brings her expertise along with an extensive network of investment partners, industry leaders, and world-class entrepreneurs as co-investors, advisors, and drivers of success. Suna spends most of her time on Nima Capital's Blockchain vertical. She also founded the Suna Said Foundation, which works to support girls throughout the world through Blockchain technology applications. Prior to founding Nima, Suna was an Executive Director and Investment Officer of Unifund, Inc., a multi-billion dollar international investment firm. Suna is an active member of numerous charitable organizations and educational institutions, and was a speaker at the 2015 Milken Institute Global Conference. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc., a national organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy, and was a 2015 Women of Achievement honoree for uniquely inspiring girls to set goals and achieve their full potential. Suna also serves on the board of directors of the Chopra Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, cultivating spiritual knowledge, expanding consciousness, and promoting world peace, as well as Pure Edge, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to bringing scholars success through focus and mindfulness. Suna was previously a board member of the Harlem Village Academies, where she was honored for creating the Mindfulness program for K-12. Suna is on the Board of Trustees for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, where she initiated the National Scholarship Program for Muslim Women, and has endowed the Maslin Scholarship Fund at Columbia Business School. Suna holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at VaynerMedia. He is also a Co-Founder and serves as Partner at Vayner/RSE. He is also a Co-Founder of Brave Ventures. Gary is a member of the board at Faithbox, and serves as an Advisor at HubSpot. Gary rose to prominence in the late 90's after establishing one of the first ecommerce wine sites, WineLibrary helping his father grow the family business from 4 to 60MM in sales. Gary is also one of the most sought after public speakers alive today. He is a venture capitalist, 4-time New York Times bestselling author, and an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo and Uber. Gary has been named to both Crain's and Fortune's 40 Under 40 lists. Gary is currently the subject of DailyVee, an online documentary series highlighting what it's like to be a CEO and public figure in today's digital world. He is also the host of #AskGaryVee, a business and advice Q&A show online. He has a degree from Mount Ida College. He is an Angel Investor.
Elio Narciso is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Measurence. He is also an Angel Investor. He also co-founded YooDeal. He helps retailers transform stores into physical websites with a robust, yet extremely easy-to-use analytics platform. Store performance is measured by analyzing inputs from several sources: remotely managed in-store IoT sensors (low cost Wi-Fi APs and beacons); open data feeds; store POS data. Inputs are then correlated and translated into actionable insights, distributed through email, SMS or app notifications to allow wide collaboration between key field employees that interact with customers, and marketing people that analyze data. Backed by Cisco, Measurence works with large retailers as well as smaller merchants, through its partnership with Square. An MIT Sloan alum of the Class of 2001, he moonlights as advisor and early stage investor to great entrepreneurs.