Rodrigo is a digital native venture capitalist, formerly a strategy consultant, serial entrepreneur, and business angel. After earning his Computer Science Engineering degree at EPITA in Paris, France, he started his career working with industrial, banking, retail and media clients for two large consultancies (KPMG Consulting, Gemini Consulting) co-creating the Internet security, Internet strategy and online marketplaces practices. In the following 10 years, Rodrigo also led a number of digital strategy assignments as a free-lance consultant for public multi-billion revenue companies working closely with both the executive committees and CEOs, with clients such as AOL Europe, Capgemini and Darty. After getting two MBAs (from the Sorbonne University, and later at INSEAD and The Wharton School), he co-founded in 2002 and later ran Glowria, a video-rental and VOD service, that quickly became #1 in France and #2 in Germany. In 2005, he also co-founded and ran vpod.tv, an award-winning multimedia content management software aimed at Fortune 500, with operations in France and Spain. Both had significant venture-capital financing and were acquired. In 2009, he became an active business angel and startup mentor with a strong focus on consumers investing in companies such as Amiando, Trigami, GetAround, RecargaPay, ManifestCommerce, Tribe, Holberton School, Attach.io, etc. He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide, a regular jury member at startup competitions and occasional lecturer in top graduate schools. Rodrigo has also participated in over 300 podcasts in the past 10 years (“French Connection” at LCI Radio, “On Refait Le Mac”), always commenting on the business side of technology. In his spare time, Rodrigo is an avid traveler, B&W photographer, genealogist, wine enthusiast and enjoys opera, fine dining, biking and snowboarding. Rodrigo is a Chilean national, fluent in French, English and Spanish, and has working knowledge of German, Italian and Thai.
Brendan is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, the largest & most active venture capital fund investing in Built World technology (real estate, hospitality/travel, construction, infrastructure & Smart City technology). Brendan was previously Co-founder & CEO of Identified, a data & analytics company focused on workforce optimization that raised $35M of venture capital and was acquired by Workday (WDAY) in 2014. Brendan was also involved in the founding of Cabify and was its first investor alongside Adeyemi Ajao. Brendan has personally invested in over 75 companies, including early investments in DollarShaveClub, SpaceX, Coinbase, Bonobos, Zenefits, Cabify, Philz Coffee, OpenDoor, Clutter and many more.Brendan began his career at Goldman Sachs in investment banking and The Blackstone Group in real estate private equity. Brendan received an MBA from Stanford University & graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University. Brendan was born in New York City, Brendan is 33 years old and an avid skier, kiteboarder, triathlete & mountaineer. Brendan is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Gregg Brockway is a Co-Founder and also serves as Chief Executive Officer at Chairish. He also is an Angel Investor. He is a Co-Founder of Hotwire. Brockway served as the Chief Executive Officer of Maker Media. He is a Board Member of TurnKey Vacation Rentals. Brockway co-founded TripIt and served as its President. Prior to Tripit, Brockway served at Classic Vacations and was responsible for driving its future growth strategy, overseeing all operations, and maintaining relationships within the travel-agency community. Prior to Classic, he served as Chief Product Officer of Hotwire Inc. (formerly, Hotwire.com) and led development and enhancement of its five core travel products: airline tickets, hotel rooms, car rentals, vacation packages and cruises. Brockway is one the four founding members of Hotwire. In October 2000, Brockway helped launch the site with the financial backing of six major airlines: American, America West, Continental, Northwest, United and U.S. Airways. Before Hotwire, Brockway founded Brainstormers, a consulting organization providing Internet strategy, partnership and operations consulting. Additionally, he was a director at Hellman & Friedman, a leading private equity firm where he focused on growth investments in technology and consumer service businesses. Brockway also worked at Morgan Stanley & Company in the Merchant Banking Group as a Private Equity Analyst. Brockway is a regular speaker at numerous industry conferences, including TravelCom, Internet World, eTravel, EyeForTravel and others on the topics of travel, e-commerce and revenue management. A former member of the United States Ski Team, Brockway graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is an Advisor at Groupize. He is also a Board Member at Insightly.
Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, Seed/Venture Investor, Co-founder, Chairman, mentor and advisor. Obsessed with the infinite realm of possibility in the digital transformation of the world. Focused on innovation and disruption in digital media/marketing, big data, machine learning, cybersecurity & blockchain. CEO of Kubient. Kubient's full stack audience advertising platform is a single point of entry for advertisers and publishers to know, reach and optimize audiences. Kubient's audience advertising platform optimizes the advertising supply-chain. Giving advertiser and media partners the data-driven power to connect their audiences, increasing return on ad-spend and inventory yield. In a transparent environment with artificial intelligence powered pre-bid ad fraud prevention. Prior to Kubient Mr. Bordes was a co-founder of oneQube, the leading digital Audience Management Platform [AMP] to build, manage and market to digital audiences. Prior to oneQube Mr. Bordes was a founder, CEO & Chairman of MediaTrust the leading real-time performance marketing exchange. During his tenure as CEO the company was the 9th fastest growing company in the United State in 2009, and he was a founding member and Chairman of the Performance Marketing Association. Mr. Bordes spent much of his career in banking and venture capital and was a founder of Mason Cabot investment bank, which specialized in early stage media and technology financing. Active angel investor and entrepreneur mentor. Ranked in the top 100 most influential angel investors in the United States and social media. Member of the Thiel Foundation 20 Under 20 Mentor Program. Founder Trajectory Capital and TruVest real estate. Serves on the Board of Directors and Advisor Boards of media and technology companies Member of the Board of Directors Beasley Media - Beasley Broadcast Group (BBGI: NASDAQ) is a public media and digital broadcast company offering music, news, sports information and entertainment to over 19 million listeners a weekly from 63 stations in 15 radio markets across the United States. Fraud.Net - The leading real-time collective intelligence fraud analytics. Eliminating e-commerce fraud with artificial intelligence big data analytics. Vice Chairman Ocearch.org - Educate. Inspire. Enable. World leader in scientific data related to tracking and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks. Chairman HoobieApp - Sync all of your social and content in one place to enhance the human connection through technology. Advisor Job.com reinventing recruiting on the blockchain. New York City Father who loves adventure travel, skiing and fishing with his son Pablo.
Pritzker Group Venture Capital
Peter joined Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 2012. Prior to joining Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Peter was an investment banking analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York, where he advised clients in the consumer and retail sectors on debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and the structuring and origination of leveraged buyouts. Prior to working in investment banking, Peter completed a summer analyst program in the Investment Grade Debt Capital Markets group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. Peter is an attendee of national technology and venture capital events where he meets with entrepreneurs and their startups. He also participates at numerous events held at 1871, Chicago’s hub for digital entrepreneurship. Peter is a graduate of The McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and Management. Peter also completed a semester abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he studied Finance and Information Systems.
Warren Shaeffer is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Vidme. He is an Angel Investor. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at SocialEngine. He is also a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Digital Objects. He was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MuckerLab, an investment associate at Golden Gate Capital and an investment banking analyst at JPMorgan. He is an alumni of Harvard.
Jared Carmel is a co-founder of Manhattan Venture Partners (MVP.vc) and a pioneer in the 'Secondary Market' for pre-IPO technology companies. His primary focus is providing liquidity and diversification for shareholders of illiquid, high profile, venture-backed private companies. Over the last fifteen years, Jared has worked on a variety of assignments, including early and late-stage venture capital, private investment in public equity (PIPE), M&A projects and secondary direct stock offerings. The aforementioned has led to extensive experience in investment banking, business operations, acquisition integration and board work. Jared's involvement has helped produce in excess of $1 billion of invested capital across more than 30 businesses with over 20 liquidity events including Facebook (NYSE: FB), Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), Spotify (NYSE: SPOT), Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) and DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU). Other pre-IPO investments include Palantir, Lyft, Pinterest, SoFi, Wish, Rent the Runway, MoneyLion, Bloom Energy and Flipkart. As a technology expert and thought leader Jared is often quoted by leading financial news organizations such as CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN Money, CNN Tech, MarketWatch, The Telegraph, BuzzFeed News, and The Information. Jared Carmel graduated with a BA from the University at Buffalo School of Informatics. For all media inquiries, please reach out using the following email address: email@example.com
Eric is interested in companies at the intersection of health and information technology, finance and technology, and consumer services. He supports TransLink’s portfolio companies to engage customers and partners in Asia and leads the firm’s investment activities in Israel. Active current lead investments include aktiia, Opsys Technologies, Sensifree, and Somnoware as well as active engagement with HZO. Noteworthy past TransLink investments include Misfit (ACQ: Fossil). Eric is a founder of Eternal Capital and a private investor, board member, and advisor to public and private technology companies. He was previously the Founding Managing Director of the SOFTBANK Asia Infrastructure Fund (SAIF). Together with Gary Rieschel, Eric defined the strategy, recruited the team, and led investments for SAIF I, a $404 million venture capital fund launched by SOFTBANK Corporation in partnership with Cisco Systems in 2000. Eric has led investments in technology, media, and telecommunications companies in China, India, Korea, and the United States. Prior to SAIF, Eric was an associate partner with SOFTBANK Venture Capital focused on seed and early-stage communications services, e-commerce, and e-finance investments. Prior to joining SOFTBANK Venture Capital, he was a member of Merrill Lynch’s Technology Investment Banking Group and a consultant with The LEK/Alcar Consulting Group in Boston. Eric earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College and is a certified acupuncturist.
Neal Hansch serves as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner at Silicon Foundry. He served as Incubator Managing Director at Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. Previously, he served as a Principal at Saints Capital. He served as a Partner at Rustic Canyon Partners. He brings several years of experience in venture capital, technology operations and investment banking. Before joining Rustic Canyon, he worked in the Corporate Development group at Macromedia, where he was responsible for executing worldwide M&A transactions and strategic equity investments. Prior to Macromedia, he was at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he focused on investments in the software, networking infrastructure and e-commerce industries. He has also worked in Product Marketing at webMethods (Nasdaq: WEBM), a leading enterprise application integration company, and co-founded a start-up that provides popular software extensions for Web development tools. He began his career as a financial analyst in the Software Group at Robertson Stephens, where he worked with clients such as BEA, BroadVision, HNC, Hyperion, Informatica and Intuit. He also served as a Board Member at Cashie Commerce and UrbanSitter. He received his M.B.A. with distinction from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was a Deutschman Venture Fellow. He also received Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Psychology from Duke University.
Sapphire Ventures. LLC
Steve is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures, where he is responsible for the firm’s capital markets activities as well as coverage of the sports and media technology sector. Other areas of technology interest for the firm include consumer hardware, automotive technology and legal technology. Steve has served as a board director for Recommind and currently serves as a board observer for Tonal and Fevo. Steve is a founding partner of the firm’s early-stage sports, media and entertainment technology investing initiative, Sapphire Sport. Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures, Steve was a managing director in technology investment banking at Deutsche Bank, UBS and Jefferies, where he led more than 100 financings and M&A transactions. Earlier in his career, Steve was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and worked in technology corporate finance at Robertson Stephens. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with highest honors, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a JD from Stanford Law School. During his time at Stanford, Steve was a fellow at the Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation and worked for the San Francisco 49ers on salary cap modeling. He also serves on the Bay Area Leadership Council for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Steve is based in our Palo Alto office. He has also lived in London, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and traveled extensively throughout Europe and China.
Michael Meyer serves as General Partner at Edge Harris Ventures. Mike is an entrepreneur, inventor, and inveterate early-stage investor. As Founder and CEO of Transmitive, his team developed the groundbreaking Memote remote-control platform, bringing together consumer electronics and mobile software. Mike is the lead inventor on and holds the patent for the remote control of obstructed, infrared-light-receiving devices via omnidirectional IR output. He has directly supervised physicists, electrical engineers, patent agents, industrial designers, software engineers, and web developers. Mike studied Physics at Yale University while still in high school, graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian from Landmark College, and finished his academic career at Columbia University. He is an active investor in early-stage fintech companies, and was an early first-round investor in both Dataminr and Artivest. A member of the Milstein family, which owns and operates Emigrant Savings Bank, New York Private Bank & Trust, Milstein Properties, Milstein Ventures, and Milford Management, Mike has close ties to banking, real estate, and traditional venture financing, which supplement his excellent access to deal flow as part of the New York City tech startup world.
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.
Shan Mehta serves as Managing Partner at CITG Capitial. He serves as Partner at Trilogy Real Estate Group. He also serves as a Board Member at Little Switzerland. Shan also co-founded SnapUp and served as its Executive Officer and Board Member. Prior to CITG, Shan worked for GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm, where he focused on evaluating investments in software and business services. Prior to that, he worked at Morgan Stanley's Princes' Gate Investors fund in New York, where he focused largely on venture investing in areas such as data storage and enterprise software. Prior to that, Shan worked in investment banking with Morgan Stanley's Mergers, Acquisitions, and Restructurings group in New York. Shan received a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan Business School, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and with high distinction, and a MBA from INSEAD. He is an Angel Investor.