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Cocoon Networks is an operator of an international start-up ecosystem based in London, United Kingdom. It invests in the fintech, biotech, medical devices and the United Kingdom's tech industries, like fashion-tech. The firm offers a full range of services including venture capital investment, business accelerators, spaces, labs and IP management.
Sapna Shah serves as Principal at Red Giraffe Advisors. She serves as Board Member at Modalyst. She is a Board Observer of Stantt. She is also Advisory Board Member of TresseNoire. She is an angel investor, retail expert and three-time entrepreneur. Through Red Giraffe Advisors, Sapna makes angel and early-stage seed investments in retail, fashion and consumer start-ups and offers advisory services to early-stage companies. Select investments include: The Wing, Message Yes, Stantt, Wondermile, Swoonery, Findmine, Modalyst, Monica + Andy and Iterate Studio. Sapna is also the founder of Retail X Series, a retail startup boot camp program for pre-seed stage founders who are revolutionizing the future of retail. Sapna has also served on the Board of Directors of New York Angels, one of the most active angel groups in the world. Prior to Red Giraffe Advisors, Sapna co-founded and led Retail Eye Partners, a successful independent Wall Street equity research firm for eight years. At Retail Eye, Sapna assessed the monthly and quarterly performance of major retailers in the specialty, big box and department store sectors through intensive channel checks and analysis. Simultaneously, in 2012, Sapna co-founded a menswear e-commerce retailer, Mind the Chap, and led the Marketing and Web Development areas of the company. She also has over eight years of experience working for retailers in the specialty apparel and home furnishings sectors. Prior to the founding of Retail Eye Partners, Sapna was Executive Director of Strategy and Customer Insight at Linens 'n Things, Inc. In this capacity, she was responsible for customer targeting and segmentation, market and consumer research, corporate strategic planning, new business rollouts and competitive benchmarking. Prior to Linens 'n Things, Sapna was Director of Strategic Planning & New Business Development at Ann Taylor, where she worked on launching Ann Taylor's e-commerce site, developing a color cosmetics line, visioning the store of the future and improving store operations. Sapna also has experience at Gap, Inc. Previous to her career in retail, Sapna worked in investment banking at Punk, Ziegel & Knoell and at Morgan Stanley as a credit analyst. Sapna received her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School as well as a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
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.
HV Holtzbrinck Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in seed and early stage companies. It supports entrepreneurs in building internet companies. The firm has invested in over 150 businesses such as Zalando, Wooga, Lazada, Global Fashion Group, Groupon, Quandoo, FlixBus, HelloFresh, Westwing, Home24, Delivery Hero, and more. HV Holtzbrinck Ventures was founded in 2000 and is based in Munich and Berlin, Germany.