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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Farcet is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Startupbootcamp. He also is an Angel Investor. He also a Co-Founder and serves as Partner at Rainmaking. He has previously worked with Startup Weekend. The program is part of the first TechStars Network. He is an active contributor to Startup Weekend, a US non-profit dedicated to spreading entrepreneurship through action oriented events. He initiated and ran the hugely successful www.copenhagen.startupweekend.org, out of which came Memolane.com. He co-founded and host the monthly F1rst Friday networking events, edits the Copenhagen edition of the [Startup Digest], and created www.startupdenmark.dk.
Vamsi Sistla serves as Advisory Partner at Laconia Capital Group. He is an innovative technologist with over 18 years of experience in the Television, Digital Media & Financial industries. He has built various enterprise quality software and technology (Web and Mobile) platforms. Vamsi currently serves as CTO for OfferBoard and Technical Advisor to various early stage startups. Previously, Vamsi co-founded - Telvetto (2nd Screen Social TV Platform), Mogozz (Mobile Events Platforms) and Captivision Networks (iTV Educational Channel). Vamsi is an active Angel investor in ARC Angels, Eniac Ventures (1 & 3) and TIE SV Angels. He is also active in social & impact enterprises as a mentor (Microsoft Ventures, The Unreasonable Institute, TechStars London IoT Spring 2013 Session, 37Angels and Americas Amazing Teens Project), advisor to various early stage startups and a board member (The Good Life Organization & Chaupal India).
Brian Balfour is a serial entrepreneur and an online community leader who is also the founder and vice president of Viximo, a digital goods platform that connects content creators, brands, and publishers. He is also the founder of PopSignal, an organization that holds networking events for the Boston tech community. This is in addition to being a founding member of Betahouse, a technology co-working space for new startups in the Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to Viximo, Brian was a product manager at ZoomInfo.com, founder and CEO of Celestine Inc, an early social networking company, and founder and CEO of Unique Productions a technology-based event planning firm.
Peter has 20 years experience in software, Internet services, online media and telecommunications. An accomplished corporate speaker on strategy and marketing,he also has extensive experience as a producer of tradeshows and conferences. In 2002, he founded Riverdale Partners, a strategy and marketing consultancy serving clients throughout North America in the media and technology sector. Since then, he has worked with many senior leadership teams with notable success including DoubleClick (Acquired by Google); Cognovision (Acquired by Intel); Digital Connexxions (Acquired by InfoUSA); Truition (Acquired by CDC Software) and XPLANE Corporation (acquired by Dacchis Group). Prior to his consulting careeer, Peter served as a CMO in a number of early-stage startups such as Platespin and FloNetwork (acquired by DoubleClick). Prior to this he founded the media research practice at MediaLinx LLP, which built Sympatico (Canada's leading online service and Internet ISP). Peter also has considerable experience in the events industry both as an investor and trade show producer and advisor to a number of industry and trade associations. His association volunteer experience includes his work as a Director of the Toronto Venture Group (TVG), a non-profit association where he served as Marketing Chair for 5 years. At TVG he assisted with marketing for a variety of programs including Canada's largest conference dedicated to bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and capital sources in Canada. Peter is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at technology and marketing events. He has addressed conferences throughout North America and Europe such as COMDEX Las Vegas, Internet World, Kauffman Foundation Charite Entrepreneurship Summit (Berlin), Software Industry & Information Association (SIIA), Boston Consulting Group E-Commerce Forum, The Association for Advancement of Relationship Marketing (AARM), and Direct Marketing Days (DMDNY) in New York and the PriceWaterHouseCoopers Emerging Software CEO conference. Peter currently serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) with the MaRS Advisory Services Group in Toronto. He holds an MBA degree from Queen's University and is currently completing the Certificate Program in Strategic Planning & Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
John Hering is a Co-Founder and Director of Coalition. he serves as the General Partner at Vy Capital. He serves as an Advisor at Harbor. Hering is a Co-Founder and serves as the Executive Director and Board Member at Lookout. John is responsible for driving the company's long term vision and success together with Jim and the executive team. He is an entrepreneur with a vision of creating a more secure world in the post-PC era. In five short years, John has grown Lookout's user base to more than 50 million worldwide and built a platform for providing protection across networks and devices. Top publications have recognized John as an industry leader and innovator. BusinessWeek named John a Best Young Tech Entrepreneur in 2010, Fortune named him a Smartest Person in Tech 2011, more recently, the editors of MIT Tech Review dubbed John a 35 Under 35 entrepreneur and Fortune Magazine included John on its lists of 2012 40 Under 40 entrepreneurs. John is a frequent presenter at mobile and tech industry events including: RSA, Mobile World Congress, Black Hat Technical Security Conference, DEFCON, Fortune Brainstorm. Additionally, John is an angel investor in multiple Silicon Valley startups.
Abrar Ahmad, Managing Partner at Travel Capitalist Ventures since 2010, has led investments in 6 countries with 5-person travel startups to 300-person, $100M per year travel companies. He also leads the firm’s co-investor relationships with leading sovereign wealth and global PE funds. With over 15 years in the travel industry, he is an expert in identifying travel trends to leverage discerning companies to invest in and tactically shaping a company’s expansion strategy. He is a well-known, sought after speaker on emerging travel and technology trends, travel monetization and growth strategies, and travel-focused investments. He has spoken at numerous international events, including The Economist Magazine’s “Future of Travel Summit” in Madrid; the IATA World Passenger Symposium; Singapore’s Web in Travel, the largest travel conference in Asia; at Dubai Tech Nights, the leading technology group in the UAE; and, at in5 Innovation Hub, a leading Dubai incubator. He has also lectured on entrepreneurship to the graduating MBA classes of both Tulane University and Loyola University in the United States.
Laurel Touby is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Partner at Supernode Ventures. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Odfficer at Mediabistro. During her time as Chief Executive Officer, she pulled the company through two recessions, pivoted, managed growth with minimal resources and developed audience via guerrilla and social marketing (before that term existed). Users subscribe to mediabistro's many services, which include online education, employment classifieds, conferences (offline), events (offline), forums, and industry-specific blogs, such as the popular TVNewser. Following the sale of the company for $23 mm to Jupitermedia, Laurel remained with the company through June, 2011. Laurel began investing in seed-stage startups, including: AdYapper, Appboy, Apploi, Buddie, Clef, CreativeWorx, Fashion GPS, Learn Immersive and Pivit. She is an LP in Lowercase Ventures (with holdings in Twitter, Uber, etc.) and in Pershing Square, among others. Laurel is active as a public speaker and hosted "Secrets of Successful Startups" on CBS Interactive. An inveterate connector, Laurel touches the entrepreneurial community in various ways, including via her monthly co-hosted Cereal Entrepreneurs breakfast, Flatiron Investor meetings and Startup Digital Dinners. She lives in a loft in Silicon Alley and is married to Jon Fine, Author of "Your Band Sucks" and Executive Editor of Inc. Magazine. She has served as an Advisor at HoneyCo Homes.
Cyril Ebersweiler serves as Managing Director, HAX and General Partner at SOSV. A hardware investor, visionary and serial entrepreneur, Cyril was SOSV's first general partner to run an accelerator, starting Chinaccelerator, the first mentorship-driven seed-funding program in China. He then went on to found HAX - the world's first and largest hardware accelerator - in 2012, along with HAX China and HAX Growth. Cyril is a mentor to Techstars and 500 Startups, and a founding member of the Global Accelerator Network. He is one of the world's most prolific investors in the hardware space, with 80+ investments. Cyril is a frequent speaker at events such as TechCrunch Disrupt, Makercon, Solidcon, Pioneers, The New Context Conference, AdTech, GMIC, and many others. He is an occasional guest writer at Techcrunch, and has been featured in The Economist, Popular Mechanics, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Wired and more. He served as the Board Member at Nextly. He serves as Board Member in Formlabs.
Joshua Nussbaum serves as Principal & Partner at Compound. Prior to Metamorphic, Josh worked in Business Development for startup, JustDecide, a social decision-making company. Prior to JustDecide, Josh worked in digital marketing and branding at Bayard Advertising. Josh was also a member of the executive board at Tech@NYU, New York City's largest student technology organization. For multiple semesters he was in charge of "Startup Week" where he helped organize events with top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in New York City. Josh graduated with a BS from New York University in 2013.
Ezra Galston is the Founder and serves as Managing Partner at Starting Line. He serves as Investment Committee Member at Bold Coast Capital. Galston is an Angel Investor of Ezra Galston. He served as Principal at Chicago Ventures. He focuses on all facets of the firm's consumer facing and marketing tech investments and is actively involved with Blitsy, BloomNation, Kapow Events, Luxury Garage Sale, Shiftgig, SpotHero, and Zipments. Ezra's thoughts on startups, gaming, e-commerce and bitcoin have been published in the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Re/code. Ezra joined Chicago Ventures in March, 2012 and prior was a Young Entrepreneur at Foundation Capital. Before business school, Ezra served as the Director of Marketing for CardRunners Gaming - the parent company of CardRunners, Hold'em Manager and DraftDay - and before then earned a living as a professional poker player. He launched his first startup at age 13 and served as Director of Interactive Marketing at Buzz Marketing Group from 2003-2005 working closely with Midas Records, Sony Records and MTV. Ezra is a proud husband and father to a two year old boy. His varied interests have led him to launch a record label and produce a festival screened short film. He is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 18 and holds an MBA from Chicago Booth and a BA from New York University.