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David Arcara

David Arcara is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Laconia Capital Group. He serves as a Board Member at Ocrolus. He served as a Member at New York Angels. He is the co-managing member of the General Partner and the Management Company. Arcara has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. Arcara has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as part of the founding team, nearly $100 million dollars of angel and venture funding. In 2010, Arcara founded Rubber Soul Ventures to contribute his personal capital and operational expertise to emerging digital technology companies and entrepreneurs. Rubber Soul Ventures currently has a portfolio of over a dozen early stage ventures based primarily in the Northeast corridor including LeagueApps, LocalVox, Page Science and Wymsee. Arcara was also the co-founder of TalkSix, a consumer facing interactive streaming video start-up with a significant B-to-B component. Arcara has also served as General Manager of Imaginova Corporation's digital publishing division, including the flagship property Space.com, founded by CNN's Lou Dobbs and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Earlier in Arcara's career, he co-founded Alliance Custom Communications, to create custom content for marketers seeking to enhance their brands' customer engagement. Arcara was ultimately approached by Random House Publishing to re-launch and lead the business as Random House Custom Media. Arcara was also a co-founder of UGO Networks, which ultimately consisted of over 500 independent affiliate web publishers reaching over 15 million users a month and became one of the nation's largest 18 to 34 male-targeted online entertainment content networks. The UGO founding team was among those pioneering the concept of an online ad-supported publishing network. Arcara served as UGO's Executive Vice President and led multiple operating functions including affiliate network development, sales, and marketing. UGO was purchased by Hearst Corporation in 2006 for approximately $100 million. In 1992, Arcara formed DJA Media, Inc., which focused on turning around underperforming radio stations by improving product and sales. In 1996, DJA Media formed Radio Enterprise, Inc., a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications, through which Clear Channel provided financing to allow Radio Enterprise to expand to a total of four stations under Arcara's leadership. Radio Enterprise was sold to Clear Channel in 1998 after more than doubling its asset value at the peak of government-deregulated consolidation. Arcara is a member of New York Angels, one of the country's leading angel investor organizations, as well as Harvard Business School Angels. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, and holds his MBA from Harvard Business School.


Nikhil Kalghatgi

Partner6 Investment Group

Nikhil is CEO of CoVenture Crypto and Partner at CoVenture. CoVenture Crypto is a multi-strategy cryptocurrency asset management firm backed by SBI Holdings and a group of former Goldman Sachs Partners. CoVenture is an alternative asset manager, focused on emerging technology-driven asset classes. CoVenture executes this theme across three principal investment platforms: Venture Capital, Speciality Lending and Cryptocurrency. Nikhil was previously a Partner at Vast Ventures, led early stage investments at SoftBank Capital, Founded Partner 6 Investment Group, a hedge fund in Boston and then joined the founding team of Localytics, a mobile application analytics provider. Nikhil is a recovering engineer with several years of experience in front-end design and development focused on mobile and web UX before completing his MBA at Harvard Business School.


Shai Goldman

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.


Eliot Durbin

boldstart ventures

Passionate & chronically curious early stage investor. Eliot is a early stage technology investor @ BOLDstart Ventures in NYC. His investments include; GoInstant (acq. Salesforce.com), Rapportive (acquired by LinkedIn), SpinBack (acquired by Buddy Media), Blaze.io (acquired by Akamai), Look.io (acquired by LivePerson), Enterproid, IndieGoGo, LocalResponse, Klout, ThinkNear (acquired by TelNav), YieldMo, Anchor Intelligence (sold to Comscore), YourKarma, PlainVanilla, ShowMe, Yipit, Playhaven, and also invested in Numberfire, Roqbot, TechStars (NYC), & Amplify.LA. Prior to BOLDstart, Eliot cofounded Penny Black in 2008; a private investment firm managing venture / PE investments for multiple family offices across multiple countries. He oversaw more than 300 transactions in 6 years and conducted business in South America, Middle East, China, and Europe. Eliot previously founded Templates.com, an online software retailer that was acquired 2002. He subsequently worked at the Permal Group, a multi-billion dollar global fund of hedge funds (acquired by Legg Mason in 2006). Eliot is a graduate of Georgetown University with post-graduate study at Columbia University. He enjoys surfing and lives downtown, NYC. Favorite Quote; ''The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in everything he does, leaving others to determine whether he is at work or at play. To him, he is always doing both.'' -- Zen Buddhist Text


Jonathan Heiliger

Coolan

I started rebelling against my parents when I was nine years old by staying up all night to game, hack, and program a new computer. A few years later, I taught myself 3D computer graphics and IP networking while working for EPRI and Stanford University, the local hub for the Internet’s precursor, the NSFNET. At 19, I helped start GlobalCenter, one of the first web hosting providers, with initial customers such as CNN, Netscape, Playboy, and Yahoo! More recently, I was a General Partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, from April 2012 to November 2014. During my tenure I started the seed practice and led investments in Lytro, Periscope.io, Quora, and Ravel Law, in addition to co-founding Coolan. Prior to NBVP, I worked at Facebook, where I led global infrastructure, site architecture, and internal systems as VP Infrastructure & Technical Operations, from 2007 until 2012. During that time Facebook grew from 35 million to over 800 million users. Facebook witnessed unprecedented scale and velocity, one of our most impactful decisions was defying the status quo and sharing our lessons learned in infrastructure with the world through 100+ open source projects, consequently, forming the Open Compute Project. Before that, I held executive engineering roles at Wal-Mart and Danger (acquired by Microsoft). I also spent several years as Chief Operating Officer for Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP). Earlier in my career, I co-founded and was CTO of GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s venture capital group. While scaling GlobalCenter, we saw an opportunity to build the world’s first native-optical IP network. When others were adopting ATM, we chose the path less traveled with a novel approach. I currently serve on the board of directors of Webmonsters, in addition to Vertex portfolio companies PerimeterX, CloudAcademy, and SpaceIQ. I have individually invested in and actively help several companies, including Cloudera, Coravin, Diffbot, Dropbox, Square, and ThousandEyes.


Robin Klein

Localglobe

Based in London. Invests in ECommerce, Digital Media, SaaS, Electric Vehicles, Information Technology


Gil Elbaz

Factual

Gil Elbaz is the founder of [Factual](/organization/factual), a new information-sharing startup. He is also the co-founder of Applied Semantics (ASI), a new language that helped create [Google]. ASI helped to define and build new addressable markets with its AdSense platform and other contextual advertising products. The company formed important partnerships with key players in both internet and content spaces such as Overture (now Yahoo), Verisign, and USA Today, effectively paving the way for markets which are today measured in the billions in annual revenue. Google acquired ASI in 2003, and first-round investors reaped more than 100x return on their investment. Elbaz was appointed Engineering Director for Google Santa Monica where he focused on building up the local office, and continued to work on AdSense and other products. AdSense helped establish Google's place as a leader in the field of online advertising and in 2005, Elbaz was presented with the prestigious Founders' Award. Since leaving in 2007, true to his entrepreneurial bent, Elbaz has founded a new company whose technology will soon be revealed. In 1991, he earned his bachelor's degree from California Institute of Technology with a double major in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics, and in 2008, Elbaz was very honored to be named Young Alumni Trustee to the Caltech Board of Trustees. Active in a number of non-profit areas, Elbaz sits on the board of trustees for the X Prize Foundation. He and his wife Elyssa manage the Elbaz Family Foundation, which supports environmental and educational causes, and are involved in Los Angeles Social Ventures Partners. Committed to the open information arena, Elbaz supports organizations such as public.resource.org, and is president and founder of the CommonCrawl Foundation, dedicated to helping democratize access to web information.


Nihal Mehta

Nihal Mehta serves as Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures. He is also the Founding Partner at India Internet Fund. He also served as Member of Advisory Board at Blue Cloud Ventures. He serves as an Advisor at Inter Mobile Ventures. Nihal has several years experience in innovating marketing technologies through founding five startups to date. Nihal is currently the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of LocalResponse, which helps marketers respond to real-time consumer intent. Prior to LocalResponse, (which pivoted from buzzd, a leading real-time city guide), Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands. Named one of the "25 People Every New Founder Should Meet in New York Tech" and a top "25 Up-And-Coming Startup CEO in New York" in 2012 by Business Insider, a 2012 AlwaysOn "Power Player NYC," a top 10 NYC 'Game Changer' in the 2010 New York Enterprise Report, one of twenty RCR Wireless News 'Mobile Movers and Shakers' in 2008, a BusinessWeek 'M-Commerce Baron' in 2006 and named one of AdAge's 'Top 20 Marketers in Their 20s' in 2005. Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science. He is also an Angel Investor. He also serves as a Board Member at Alloy. He served as Board Member and Advisor at Lokast and as an Advisor at Findable. He is also an Angel Investor.


Boise Angel Alliance

Boise Angel Alliance is a community of angel investors who seek to make investments in the information technology sector. It was founded in 2004 and stimulates the availability of early stage capital to local entrepreneurs and promotes economic development in Idaho.


Arnon Rosan

Founder @localmaven-com, @signature-systems-group • @highland-products-group. Investor @localmaven-com, @market7 • Studied @cornell-university, @stern-school-of-business


BioAccel

BioAccel is a non-profit organization and an accelerator that provides funding and business expertise to develop early stage life science technologies that drive local economic development efforts. The firms invests in life sciences and research and technology companies focusing on biomedical, medical devices, tools, diagnostic platforms and service sectors. It is based in Phoenix, Arizona.


Neeraj Agrawal

Neeraj Agrawal serves as General Partner at Battery Ventures. He also serves as Board Member at Sprinklr Japan, Clubhouse Software, Brightree, Glassdoor, Yesware, Catchpoint, Pendo.io and Chef. Agrawal was a founding investor in BladeLogic (NASDAQ: BLOG, acquired by BMC). In addition to BladeLogic, Agrawal's investments include Applimation (acquired by Informatica), Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV), Brightree, Consona (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), Guidewire Software (NASDAQ: GWRE), Internet Brands (acquired by Hellman & Friedman), LifeMed Media, Marketo (NASDAQ: MKTO), Mass Relevance, Omniture (acquired by Adobe), RealPage (NASDAQ: RP), Sprinklr, Tealium, VSS Monitoring (acquired by Danaher), Wayfair (formerly CSN Stores) and Yesware. Prior to Battery, Agrawal worked as a product manager at Real Networks, an operating executive at SkyTV and a management consultant with Booz-Allen. Agrawal holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science from Cornell University as well as an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. He is a Charter Member of TiE, an active advisor to several local entrepreneurs, and has been named numerous times to the Forbes Midas List, which ranks the top 100 venture capitalists around the world.


Vishal Gupta

Founder @localfave, @volex • Worked at @goldman-sachs, @cisco • Investor @mavrx • Studied at @columbia-university, @rensselaer-polytechnic-institute



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