Michael is a serial entrepreneur who is best-known for selling social software company Buddy Media to Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) in 2012 for $800+ million. With 65 early-stage investments under his belt, including Eaze, Liquid Death, Map Anything, Buzzfeed, Domo, Namely, Braze, Tumblr, Empathy Wines and Dash Radio, Michael is one of the most prolific tech investors in New York City. In addition, Michael and his wife Kass are avid philanthropists through the Kass and Michael Lazerow Family Foundation. They have donated millions to Cycle for Survival and, as part of the leadership board, have helped raise $220 million for cancer research w/ 100% funding clinical trials and research studies. Michael was the recipient of Ernest & Young’s coveted Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011 and Kass and Michael were given the Leader of the Future Award by the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute alongside legendary CEOs Alan Mulally (Ford, Boeing) and AG Lafley (Procter & Gamble). Additional honors include Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, Crain’s New York 40 Under 40, #1 on the Silicon Alley 100 and the Ad Age Digital A-List.
Bobby Yazdani works full-time on the development and support of entrepreneurs through his venture capital firm, Signatures Capital. Drawing from nearly three decades of entrepreneurial experience in Silicon Valley, he mentors, advances and empowers entrepreneurs on their journey to build great companies. In 2014, Bobby was ranked #1 out of 2000 angel investors in a report by CB Insights as having the most successful track record for investing in companies that received follow-on funding. Bobby made his first angel investment in 1989 in medical technology company Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI), where, in addition to providing capital, he wrote software to enhance the accuracy of the company’s early neonatal pulse oximeters. In 1997 Bobby founded Saba, taking the company public in 2000. Today, Saba is the leading provider of Human Capital Development & Management Solutions. Its applications are being used by over 30 million people from 2200 customers across 195 countries and in 37 languages worldwide. While at Saba, he was named a finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Saba also earned spots on InformationWeek’s Innovation 100 list and Computerworld’s 100 Emerging Companies to Watch. Prior to Saba, Bobby worked at Oracle in various R&D roles (‘88 –‘97). Bobby has successfully mentored entrepreneurs and invested in over 100 early-stage startups including Aardvark (acq. by Google), Addepar, Atheer Labs, Baarzo (acq. by Google), BaseHealth, Bina Technologies (acq. by Roche), Bonobos, Canary, Clearspring, CleverSense (acq. by Google), Dropbox, FundersClub, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), GuardantHealth, HomeJoy, inDinero, InstaEdu (acq. by Chegg), KeyChain Logistics, KissMetrics, Klout (acq. by Lithium Technologies), Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI), Medialets, NextBio (acq. by Illumina), Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), OpenGov, PassBan (acq. by EMC/RSA), Qwiki (acq. by Yahoo), SoundHound, SweetGreen, ThinkBig Analytics (acq. by Teradata), Uber, Wash.io, Webs.com (acq. by VistaPrint), ZenPayroll and more.Born in Tehran, Iran, Bobby completed high school in England and received a B.A. in Applied Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley.
Shai Goldman serves as Managing Director, VCRM at Silicon Valley Bank. Shai has more than 15 years of experience working with the startup and venture capital community. He moved to NYC from the Bay Area in 2011 to help build out the SVB office and launch a new group serving early-stage founders. His current focus is on engaging the local VC community in NYC. Previously, he was a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, where he conducted investing, fundraising, community building and portfolio management. Shai serves on the NYC Advisory Board for BUILD.org, which is dedicated to proving the power of experiential learning through entrepreneurship, and igniting the potential of youth in under-resourced communities. He graduated from Santa Clara University. He served as Managing Director at SVB Capital.
Conor Stanley is a web entrepreneur and technology investor. He is co-founder of Tribal.vc, a new early stage venture fund, and co-location hub in Dublin. Founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Tribal is bridging Ireland and US tech communities & risk capital, partnering with top tier US VC's, advisors and innovators. Conor is an established investor with notable Irish & US tech startups including Intercom (CRM); Boxever (Big Data); PropelAd (AdTech); PageFair (AdTech); Cityhook (Travel); Phorest (SaaS); Visible Thread (SaaS); Balcony TV (Content) and LikeCharity (Payments). He was the lead investor and a board member of Jolt Online Gaming, which was a pioneering social games publisher in Europe and was acquired by GameStop corporation in 2009. In 2000, Conor co-founded and was CEO of Clearscape, a leading digital agency based in Dublin. The company was later acquired in 2008.
Marc Benioff is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer at Salesforce. A pioneer of cloud computing, he founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create a new kind of enterprise software company, with a new technology model based in the cloud, a new pay-as-you-go business model and a new integrated corporate philanthropy model. Under his leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a Fortune 500 company, the fastest-growing top ten software company in the world and the largest CRM company. For its revolutionary approach, Salesforce has been named one of the World's Most Innovative Companies five years in a row by Forbes Magazine, one of Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies in the software industry four years in a row, and a Fortune Best Company to Work For eight years in a row. He has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and pioneering innovations. He has been named one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune, Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron's and received The Economist's Innovation Award. Benioff is also a member of the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees. He also serves as an Investor of BirdEye. He created the 1-1-1 model of philanthropy, which leverages the resources of Salesforce to improve communities around the world: donating 1% of Salesforce's product, 1% of its equity and 1% of employees' time to help nonprofits achieve their missions. Today, more than 700 companies have adopted the 1-1-1 model through the Pledge 1% movement. Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have focused their personal philanthropy on children's health, including building UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as on public education, homelessness and other social issues. Benioff believes that businesses are the greatest platforms for change in the world. He has embraced World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab's multistakeholder approach to leadership, serving not only shareholders but all stakeholders--including customers, employees, partners, communities and the environment to make the world a better place. Benioff is also inspiring fellow business leaders to do the same. He led a group of CEOs and business leaders in opposing state legislation that discriminated against LGBTQ communities and instituted a company-wide salary assessment at Salesforce to ensure men and women were being paid equally for comparable work. Benioff is a 35-year veteran of the software industry. Prior to launching Salesforce, he spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15. He also worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer's Macintosh Division. Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1986 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2014 from the University of Southern California. He is the author of three books, including the national bestseller, Behind the Cloud. He is also an Angel Investor. He also served as Advisor at Datawallet and DoubleRock.
Konstantin Othmer is a Co-Founder and Board Member at CloudCar. Konstantin was the Founder and CEO of Core Mobility. Before co-founding Core Mobility, he was the founding CEO of ePeople, a collaborative CRM application software company, which has raised $70M from Redpoint Ventures, Menlo Ventures and Integral Capital. With his first startup, Catapult Entertainment, later acquired by HearMe.com (NASDAQ: HEAR), he served as vice president of product development and customer support. He has also served as a consultant to several private technology companies including WebTV Networks (now part of Microsoft), Immersion (now NASDAQ: IMMR), Cepheid (now NASDAQ: CPHD), and Health Hero Networks. Prior to his involvement with early-stage companies, Konstantin was a Distinguished Engineer at Apple Computer. He has authored three books-two technical books published by Addison Wesley and one book on seven-card stud poker. He holds ten technology patents and has several others pending. He holds B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Caltech.
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.
Tim Guleri serves as Managing Director at Sierra Ventures. He serves as the Board Member at Appcues. He is also an angel investor. He serves as the Board Member at Applitools. He also serves as a Board Member at DotNetNuke, Appcelerator and MakeMyTrip. He joined the firm in 2001 and focuses on investments in the consumer (mobile Internet), enterprise software (SaaS), infrastructure software (security, deployment, management), and open source. Guleri has several years of hands on operating and investing experience, but also on a solid technical education. Prior to joining the firm, he built two software infrastructure companies. Guleri served as the Vice Chairman and the Executive Vice President of Business Development at Epiphany. He co-founded Octane Software and served as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman from 1997 to 2000. Guleri served as a Vice President of Technical Field Operations and Product Marketing at Scopus Technology from 1992 to 1997, heading the Sales and Marketing functions, and was a leader in the CRM space. He began his career as an Executive in Information Technology at LSI Logic between 1989 and 1992. Guleri has presented at numerous industry conferences such as ABA, ETRA, DCI, and eCommerce World. He also serves on Board of PhenomPeople. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College and MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Pioneer & creator of CRM solutions, CEO - @nimble.com, Founder of GoldMine. Interests; Social Business, Customer Lifecycle, Acquisition, Enchantment & Retention.
Harpreet Grewal serves as General Manager at Constant Contact. He is also an Angel Investor. Harpreet joined Constant Contact in July 2010 and has more than 20 years of broad based executive and financial leadership. In his role, he oversees the accounting, finance and investor relations functions for Constant Contact. Prior to joining Constant Contact, Harpreet served as chief financial officer of TheLadders.com, an online job search platform and recruiting company. Prior to TheLadders.com, Harpreet served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of VistaPrint Limited, a publicly traded online provider of marketing services to small businesses. Harpreet has also served as the chief financial officer at GoldenSource Corporation, a global provider of enterprise data management software for financial institutions, as well as eGain Communications, a publicly traded provider of CRM software solutions. In addition, he has served in numerous finance and strategy positions during his tenure at PepsiCo and Pepsi-Cola North America. Harpreet received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Arts in International Studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Prior to forming Mucker Capital, Erik was most recently at Harrison Metal Capital where he helped lead one of the most successful seed-stage venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Since 2008, Harrison Metal has invested in over 50 companies, including Aardvark (GOOG), DocVerse (GOOG), Heroku (CRM), Manymoon (CRM), MixerLab (Twitter) and ZipZapPlay (ERTS). Before Harrison Metal, Erik was most recently vice president of product management and strategy at TripAdvisor, the largest travel community site on the Web. In that role, he led product strategy and development globally for TripAdvisor sites in the US, UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, as well distributed applications and syndicated content on partner sites like Facebook. Prior to TripAdvisor, Erik spent over four years at eBay, where he held a variety of positions, including leadership of eBay’s premium features business, which grew during his tenure from $124 million in revenue in 2002 to $410 million in 2005, significantly outpacing overall eBay revenue and listings growth. Previously, Erik held leadership roles at MVP.com, where he was the online sporting goods retailer’s first marketing employee, and at Accenture, where he advised Fortune 500 retail, communications, and consumer products clients on strategy, operations and technology engagements. He was also an early member of Accenture’s first practice group dedicated to Internet strategy and development. Erik earlier served at the Domestic Policy Council in the White House, where he worked on issues such as equal employment opportunity and Native American affairs. Erik holds a BS from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Duke University.