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Jared Carmel


Jared Carmel is a co-founder of Manhattan Venture Partners ( 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:

Albert Wenger

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 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.

Paul Judge


Paul Judge is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is CEO and founder of Luma, the home WiFi company. In addition, he serves as Executive Chairman of Pindrop, a pioneer in voice fraud prevention and authentication, which he co-founded in 2011. Paul is also the Co-Founder of TechSquare Labs, an incubator, seed fund, and corporate innovation space in Atlanta, and the Co-Founding Chairman of Looklive and Monsieur. Formerly, Paul co-founded Purewire, a leading web security company, serving as CTO until its acquisition by Barracuda Networks in 2009 where he then served as Chief Research Officer through its IPO in 2013. Prior to this, Paul served as CTO on the founding team of CipherTrust, a leader in email security that was acquired by Secure Computing in 2006. He also worked briefly with IBM and NASA. Paul has received many awards including being named to Fortune's 2016 40 Under 40 list, MIT's Technology Review Magazine's “top 100 innovators under 35”, Black Enterprise’s “50 Most Powerful Players Under 40”, and InfoWorld's “Top 25 CTOs”. Paul is an inventor of approximately 30 patented and patent-pending computer security technologies and has spearheaded multiple research initiatives including founding the Internet Research Task Force’s Anti-Spam Research Group. He is a recognized authority on information security issues, having authored numerous papers that have been published in leading academic journals and presented at multiple industry and academic conferences. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Paul holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Morehouse College and received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Network Security from Georgia Tech.

Elio Narciso

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.

Michael Perone

Michael Perone is a Co-Founder and serves as Board Member at Barracuda Networks. He is responsible for worldwide communications and marketing strategies, including corporate brand management and identity. He has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry, and was a pioneer in delivering free Internet access to users worldwide. Perone co-founded and served as President and Board Member for [6], a leading free email and Internet access service that reached more than 3.5 million users (acquired by WhitePages). He also co-founded Spinway Inc. (acquired by Kmart Corporation). Additionally, Perone co-founded Affinity Path, a private-label ISP that powered and supported thousands of ISPs throughout North America. He also has held systems engineering positions with GE Aerospace. In 2007, he was named by Ernst & Young a "Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California" award recipient and today serves on the Board of Directors of Perch, the first hands-free video communication app designed to bring families together regardless of where they are located.

Max Ventilla

Max Ventilla is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at AltSchool. He serves as Venture Partner at Xfund. He Co-Founded The Mechanical Zoo in 2007. Ventilla came from Google where he focused on strategy for Google's marketing and monetization initiatives around Adsense and web applications. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development for Trader Classified Media and founded Krypteian Systems (acquired by Corporate Smarts), an enterprise email datamining tool powering expertise and contact directories. He has a BS in Math and Physics and an MBA from Yale. He also serves as Advisor at SignalFire. Max is a Venture Partner with Xfund.

Alain Rodermann

Alain Rodermann is founder and managing partner of Expon Capital, a global VC firm started in 2015, based in Luxembourg and focusing on early stage exponentially growing digital ventures with a positive impact. Portfolio includes Catalyte, Spire Global, Itravel, Finarta, Wizata, Nannybag. He spent the first 8 years of his career in technical positions, leveraging his studies in mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science. He understood in 1995 that Internet Technologies would revolutionize the entire IT industry and decided to be part of this revolution by joining the startups ecosystem. After an MBA in 1997, He joined Innovacom, the Venture Arm of France Telecom, invested in early stage companies and had notable successes with the IPOs of Netvalue, Integra and, a company that generated $3 billion in yearly revenues just 6 years after inception. He became a Partner at Sofinnova in 1999, a leading Pan European Venture Capital Firm with a diversified early stage Life Science / IT strategy. He experienced the Dotcom boom and burst and the tough years that followed, for both start-ups and VCs. In this context, he managed to secure successes in Europe and the US (Email Vision, Maximiles, Atomz and Wyplay). He left Sofinnova in 2009 to start his own venture investments vehicle after 12 years of VC experience, 7 IPOs and having been through bear and bull cycles. Arenatis Capital was dedicated to pre-seed investments in Internet Services and Drug Development, his preferred sectors. The portfolio includes promising companies like Geneanet, Welovewords, Sirdata, and GMP Orphan. He received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from, Supelec, graduated Summa cum laude from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) where he obtained an MBA. He also holds an associate Degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.

Scott Banister

Scott Banister is a Co-Founder & serves as a Director of Technology at IronPort Systems. He is a Co-Founder & serves as the Chairman at Zivity. Scott built his career by identifying new markets and shaping innovative products for them. In 1995, he identified search engines as a significant advertising medium and invented the first products to automate marketing across multiple search engines, ultimately creating the bid-for-placement business model. As an initial investor and Director at PayPal, he was a co-inventor of the 'email payments' product now widely used on eBay. He also serves as a Board Member of PostMates. He also serves as Advisor at SignalFire.

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