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.
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.
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.
Noubar is an associate at BCV where he focuses on the fund’s growth and late stage investments across verticals. Prior to joining Blue Cloud Ventures, Noubar was a quantitative risk analyst at a data driven venture capital fund in Silicon Valley where he managed the company’s public portfolio, hedging securities in lock-up periods against market risk. Noubar also helped build multiple algorithmic tools for the fund to predict future market peaks and down cycles, a metric used to reflect the health of primary and secondary venture capital transactions market. Previously, Noubar was a quant researcher at Continuum Investment Advisors, a New York based hedge fund, where he led a team of financial engineers in building trade automation engines that were tested to yield striking Sharpe ratios. Before that, Noubar managed and grew an import/export business that he started in the Middle East, with a large client base in the region as well as North-East and Central Africa. After the successful exit of his business, he moved to New York City to pursue his passion in entrepreneurship and technology investments. Noubar holds a master’s degree in Operations Research from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Noubar’s time is fully dedicated to the fund’s investments, but whenever he finds free time, he enjoys playing basketball, skiing, reading novels, watching TV documentaries, attending tech conferences and watching to TEDx talks. Noubar speaks six languages, including Arabic, Armenian, English , French, Spanish and Turkish.
Founder @projective-space, @columbia-angels @BeastEarth Investor @projective-space • Studied at @new-york-university, @innovation-and-entrepreneurship-columbia
Founder @blue-seed-collective, @xo-advisory • Worked at @mckinsey-company, @latham-watkins • Studied at @university-of-virginia, @johns-hopkins-university
CEO and Founder of DarcMatter. Extensive financial background (@bnp-paribas, WestLB). President of Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs
Namek is a Founder and Managing Partner of Silicon Badia. Namek’s experience ranges from technology development, product management, business development, and global venture investing. Namek graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Carnegie Mellon University. Namek resides between Jordan and New York and enjoys sports, reading, music and traveling.
Jared Hecht is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Fundera. He served as a Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of GroupMe. He serves as a Advisor at GroupMe. Jared Hecht also serves as a Board Member at Splice.
Cote Capital is a venture capital firm that seeks to provide intellectual property capital to disruptive technology backed companies in the seed, early and growth stages. The firm was established in 2011 and is based out of Palo Alto, California and New York, New York.
Dan Borok has more than 10 years of experience as a venture capital investor and as a corporate finance professional. At Millennium, Dan focuses on Internet and software investments. Dan has led Millennium's investments Tremor Video (TRMR), Yodle, MarkLogic, SugarCRM, Watchdox, and Janrain, where he serves on the Board of Directors. He is active in managing Millennium's investments in eHarmony, Facebook, LiveOps and WildTangent. Dan was also involved in prior Millennium realizations including HauteLook (acquired by Nordstrom), PlaySpan (acquired by Visa), DataPipe, Requisite Technology (acquired by Click Commerce), Tellme Networks (acquired by Microsoft), and Zappos (acquired by Amazon). Prior to joining Millennium, Dan had extensive experience in digital media, advertising, and services. He was one of Google's early employees in its New York City office. Prior to Google, Dan worked in the media division at DoubleClick. He began his professional career in the digital advertising group at J. Walter Thompson in New York. Dan received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School with Dean's List honors and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont. He is a founding steering committee member of the New York City Venture Connection (NYCVC), the premier organization for venture professionals in New York.
MD at Chiron, affiliate of $100m fund. Ex-Ptnr at EY in Moscow 98-04. Invest in and advise startups. U of Mich Law, Denison
Jina Ventures is an India-centric private equity firm. Founded in 2003, Jina Ventures was the first financial services firm in New York City focused exclusively on India. Over the past 5 years, Jina Ventures has grown into a full service private equity practice, with both principal investing and M&A capabilities specialized in the Asian market. Currently, Jina has a presence in New York, Mumbai, Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo. In 2009, Jina Ventures launched its second fund, Jina Strategic Growth Fund, a $200 million fund that will invest $5-$10 million in U.S. companies with the objective of buying or building operations in Asia. Jina Ventures is focused on middle-market manufacturing, media, IT, retail and consumer product opportunities in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Founder @zeel.com (2010), Founder @vault-com (sold 2007 to Veronis Suhler). EIR Lightspeed. Angel Investor. MS ChemE & BS Chem @stanford-university.
Originally from San Francisco, I’m currently the General Counsel of Upworthy in New York and advise a handful of other startups.
Founder @localmaven-com, @signature-systems-group • @highland-products-group. Investor @localmaven-com, @market7 • Studied @cornell-university, @stern-school-of-business