Andrew’s drive for creativity, innovation, and outside-the-box thinking fuels his love for brand building. He brings more than 20 years of global strategy, marketing and brand innovation experience to BrandProject. He has built businesses from scratch, repositioned business for growth and scaled business to take them to the next level. Andrew started his career working in a range of marketing roles at Cadbury Schweppes in both Canada and the US. He then joined Diageo where he worked in a variety of strategy and brand management roles in Spirits and Wine. When Global Marketing Director for the Smirnoff Brand, he supported the launch of Smirnoff Ice in 44 countries in less than two years. Andrew joined Virgin Mobile in 2005 with the mission to build the Virgin brand in Canada and deliver something fresh, exciting, and never seen before in the Canadian telecommunication market. He was the go-to guy for strategic direction, marketing communications, and development of product innovation, services, and promotion. Andrew also had the chance to live out some of his secret rock star fantasies by leading the team that put on 10 Virgin Festivals across Canada. Andrew became the Managing Director of Virgin Mobile Canada after Virgin Mobile was acquired by Bell Canada, overseeing the business through a period of substantial scaling and profitable growth. Andrew received his Bachelors degree at Queen’s University and his MBA at Southern Methodist University. He is also a Trustee of Virgin Unite- the independent charitable arm of the Virgin Group.
Brett Topche is a Co-Founder and serves as Partner at Red & Blue Ventures. Brett Topche serves as Managing Director at MentorTech Ventures. He also serves as Advisor at entreprenYOURS. He joined MentorTech Ventures in 2007 and has more than a decade of venture capital and private equity experience. He has spent much of his career primarily focusing on investments in ecommerce, digital media, mobile applications, marketing technologies and B2B software. He represents MentorTech on the Boards of Directors of Cloudmine and PayPerks and served on the Board of Wanderfly prior to its acquisition. He also serves as a Board Observer at Curalate, Quad Learning, Burrow, Soft Tissue Regeneration and TicketLeap and was a Board Observer at SeniorHomes.com prior to its acquisition by Bankrate. He also served as a member of the Investor Advisory Board of SnipSnap prior to its acquisition by Slyce. Prior to joining MentorTech, he was a member of the Fund Investments Team at Hamilton Lane Advisors, a fund-of-funds manager and private equity investment consultant. In this capacity, he evaluated private equity funds across a broad spectrum of stages and strategies on behalf of both discretionary and non-discretionary clients. During his time at Hamilton Lane, Topche reviewed more than 100 funds, including venture capital, mezzanine, buyout and real estate funds. Based in part on reports he drafted, more than $1 billion was invested into these funds. Prior to working for Hamilton Lane, Topche spent more than four years as an Associate with NJTC Venture Fund, where he focused on investments in early-stage companies in the software, Internet and communications sectors. His responsibilities included deal flow generation, initial company reviews, performing due diligence on potential investments, participating in deal structuring, reviewing legal documentation and working with companies post-investment, occasionally as an Observer on Boards of Directors. Topche is a magna cum laude graduate of the Wharton School, with a B.S. in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Legal Studies and a Political Science minor from the College and Arts and Sciences.
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Matthew Wilson is an entrepreneur and investor. He has co-founded three companies with one successful liquidity event. Since launching his consulting practice in 2016, Matthew now works with startups and early-stage companies, specializing in growth marketing & customer acquisition. He is also the current Co-Founder at BeerGuys Promotions Inc., as well as Co-Creator of the Calgary Beer Week festival. --- ''In 2012, I chose to combine my passion for entrepreneurship with my love of investing. Since beginning my journey into private equity, it has been an incredible learning experience! I have spent hundreds of hours reading books, analyzing companies, reviewing deal terms, attending venture capital & angel conferences, demo days, coffee meetings, conference calls & more. Moreover, getting my MBA has been on my bucket list since I was a kid (in progress). Once complete, I would like to parlay my experience as a PE investor and work as a deal scout with a venture capital firm or syndicate. Current investment thesis: - Mid & late-stage - Post-revenue - Consumer-facing tech In the future, I plan to do more angel/seed-stage deals. But for now, my focus is on minimizing risk & wealth accumulation.''
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.
Abhishek is passionate about working with mission-driven founders who are aiming to build transformational companies in technology and healthcare. He works closely with Nexus partner companies: Apollo, Clover, Cricket Health, Imagen, HeadOut, Mezi, Parsley Health, and TileDB among others. Abhishek has been an entrepreneur and business builder prior to joining Nexus. He co-founded HelloIntern.com, a marketplace for internship search. Most recently, he worked with eBay on partnerships with marketing technology startups. Previously, Abhishek worked with Booz & Co where he served wide-ranging companies in the US, India, and Middle-East. He also had short stints with Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik (IMTEK), Bain Capital, and CNBC. Abhishek holds M.Tech and B.Tech degrees in Engineering from IIT Bombay. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School. While at HBS, he served as the President of Harvard India Student Group (HISG) and co-chair of Harvard India Conference and led venture capital activities at VCPE club. He is currently on the board of IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation.
Yaron Carni is the Founder of Maverick Ventures (Israel). The word ''Maverick'' means spark and brilliance in Hebrew. Maverick Ventures (Israel) was founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We provide funding for Tech Start-Up Companies by high value investors from around the world who are interested in the success of innovative Israeli companies. Maverick. Prior to that, Yaron founded the Tel Aviv Angel Group - a Boutique Angel Group of several hand picked value added individuals from the US, Canada and Europe that invest privately in a variety of Israeli based companies. The first investment he made, in LabPixies was the first Israeli company bought by Google. More at: www.TelAvivAngels.com Yaron served as the board member of the startup companies the group invests in. He invested in and was the Director of Business Development of Contextin and served on it's Board. The Tel Aviv Angel Group's holdings in Contextin were sold to Spark. Yaron also invested in and served on the board of Vaultive, an innovative information security company based in Tel Aviv. TAAG's holdings in Valutive were also sold. Prior to that, he was the first investor (with his group) and Director of Business Development in LabPixies which is the first company Google Inc. acquired in Israel and was it's Director of Business Development. Carni is the former Head of Business Development of GC Marketing Servcies (www.gcmarketingservices.com) in New York. He is a graduate of the Sam Zell Entreprenurship Program and also has a Master's in Law with a concentration in IP. Yaron serves on the board of United Hatzalah - Israel's bigggest volunteer rescue organziation of 2000 first responders.
Graham Forman is the Founder and serves as a Managing Director at Edovate Capital. He serves as Board Member at Aegis Identity Software. He has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 2001. For the last decade and a half he led sales, marketing, and business development for three early-stage, high-growth SaaS businesses selling to the education market. Most recently he served as Vice President of Business Development for Netchemia, LLC, a venture-backed cloud-based software company serving the K-12 marketplace where he led new business development and strategic partnerships. During his eight-year tenure the company grew to more than 2,000 school district customers throughout the United States. Netchemia was acquired by Vista Equity Partners and merged with PeopleAdmin in February 2015. He also served in leadership roles with high-growth tech startups Yearmovie and eCivis, LLC. Earlier in his career he was a legislative aide for former U.S. Senator Paul Simon and California State Assemblyman, Senator, and Community College Chancellor Jack Scott, who instilled in him a passion for education issues. Serving these education leaders he developed his understanding of legislative and regulatory issues in education. Graham is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Education Initiative, which is a non-profit dedicated to advancing educational innovation across the state of Colorado. He is an avid angel investor and value investor, having managed his portfolio to critical mass and above market returns over the last 10 years. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA from the University of Chicago.
Thomvest Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in companies that range from early-stage companies to those seeking growth equity rounds of financing. The firm invests in the sales and marketing technology, financial technology, and cybersecurity sectors. It was founded in 1996 and is based in Redwood City, California.
Sam Rubenstein is the President of Panacea Capital Advisors, Inc., a venture capital and strategic advisory firm based in Bethesda, Maryland, that works with a broad range of US middle market companies. In addition to startup and early stage Food Tech, Music Tech and other technology-enabled B2B services with an innovative or disruptive focus, Panacea Capital also invests in and provides strategic advisory services to middle market companies in foodservice, content and information services, outdoor media, distribution and supply chain services, marketing services, financial services, crowd funding services and some consumer retail.
Baltimore Angels is an angel investor group that invests in companies operating in the business products and services, computers and peripherals, consumer Goods/consumer products, education, food and beverage, internet/web services, IT services, lifestyle, marketing/advertising, media and entertainment, mobile, retailing/distribution, software and telecommunications sectors. The firm was established in 2009 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.
Andy Sernovitz is the Founder of GasPedal and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He is an Angel Investor. Andy Sernovitz builds organizations that help people help each other. His company, GasPedal, builds peer-to-peer communities for people leading meaningful change at the world's biggest companies. He wrote the best-selling book Word of Mouth Marketing that teaches you how to rally fans for your business, your art, or your cause. GasPedal runs SocialMedia.org and SocialMedia.org Health, and is creating communities for people leading sustainability, wellness, and other mission-driven initiatives. Andy taught word of mouth marketing at Northwestern University and internet entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business. He's a serial entrepreneur who founded and advises many startups and nonprofits. And he's a rabid purist on the topic of marketing ethics.
''Seth Berman is co-founder and General Partner at Susa Ventures, where he focuses on investments in frontier tech, logistics, marketplaces & consumer. Seth led Susa’s investments in Flexport, Pericope Data and Expanse. Prior to Susa, Seth was an active angel investor. He has invested in 100+ seed stage companies in total, and his portfolio includes Nest, Optimizely, Wish, Omio and Docker. He also served as the VP of Strategic Marketing for The Richemont Group, a publicly traded company (CFR:VX) which owns brands and e-commerce sites Cartier, Net-A-Porter.com, Mr. Porter, Montblanc, and Chloe. Seth graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degrees in Business and Finance.''
Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, Seed/Venture Investor, Co-founder, Chairman, mentor and advisor. Obsessed with the infinite realm of possibility in the digital transformation of the world. Focused on innovation and disruption in digital media/marketing, big data, machine learning, cybersecurity & blockchain. CEO of Kubient. Kubient's full stack audience advertising platform is a single point of entry for advertisers and publishers to know, reach and optimize audiences. Kubient's audience advertising platform optimizes the advertising supply-chain. Giving advertiser and media partners the data-driven power to connect their audiences, increasing return on ad-spend and inventory yield. In a transparent environment with artificial intelligence powered pre-bid ad fraud prevention. Prior to Kubient Mr. Bordes was a co-founder of oneQube, the leading digital Audience Management Platform [AMP] to build, manage and market to digital audiences. Prior to oneQube Mr. Bordes was a founder, CEO & Chairman of MediaTrust the leading real-time performance marketing exchange. During his tenure as CEO the company was the 9th fastest growing company in the United State in 2009, and he was a founding member and Chairman of the Performance Marketing Association. Mr. Bordes spent much of his career in banking and venture capital and was a founder of Mason Cabot investment bank, which specialized in early stage media and technology financing. Active angel investor and entrepreneur mentor. Ranked in the top 100 most influential angel investors in the United States and social media. Member of the Thiel Foundation 20 Under 20 Mentor Program. Founder Trajectory Capital and TruVest real estate. Serves on the Board of Directors and Advisor Boards of media and technology companies Member of the Board of Directors Beasley Media - Beasley Broadcast Group (BBGI: NASDAQ) is a public media and digital broadcast company offering music, news, sports information and entertainment to over 19 million listeners a weekly from 63 stations in 15 radio markets across the United States. Fraud.Net - The leading real-time collective intelligence fraud analytics. Eliminating e-commerce fraud with artificial intelligence big data analytics. Vice Chairman Ocearch.org - Educate. Inspire. Enable. World leader in scientific data related to tracking and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks. Chairman HoobieApp - Sync all of your social and content in one place to enhance the human connection through technology. Advisor Job.com reinventing recruiting on the blockchain. New York City Father who loves adventure travel, skiing and fishing with his son Pablo.
Clint Chao is a founding General Partner of Moment Ventures. Moment is an early-stage VC firm investing in the Infrastructure of Everything: startups that are connecting digital and physical networks. Moment looks for companies in 3 primary areas: (1) Innovations in traditional IT, (2) New Device Ecosystems and (3) People-Based Platforms. Some of our investments include Soha, Skyward, Payable, Netsil, Swing Education, Call9, Copia, Viptela, World View and Nodeprime (acquired by Ericsson). Prior to Moment, Clint was a co-founding Managing Director at Formative Ventures, an early-stage VC firm. During his time at Formative, Clint invested a third of the fund's capital in early-stage technology startups, focusing on software infrastructure, web services, cloud computing applications and advanced semiconductors. Clint's investment and board leadership experience include Mashery (acquired by Intel), SOASTA, Silicon Clocks (acquired by Silicon Labs), Vungle and Zyray Wireless (acquired by Broadcom). Clint is an experienced technology executive who brings more than 20 years of start-up operating experience including marketing, sales and business development to Formative Ventures. Prior to co-founding Formative Ventures, Clint served as the first Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Business Development at SkyStream Networks (acquired by Tandberg TV), a leading provider of video routing solutions. Under his leadership, SkyStream became the worldwide leader in MPEG routing solutions to the broadcast, networking and enterprise markets. Prior to joining SkyStream, Clint served as Senior Director of Marketing at C-Cube Microsystems where he was responsible for marketing for the PC Division, a group he co-founded and grew to run rates exceeding $50M in sales annually. Clint began his tenure at C-Cube as the first Salesperson for the company, where he created the company’s sales representation network around the country. While there, C-Cube became the dominant supplier of digital video and imaging compression chips to the consumer electronics, computing and communications markets. Before joining C-Cube, Clint held numerous sales and sales management positions at Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector, where he was recognized as one of the company’s top salespeople. Clint earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
SEED Capital is Denmarks biggest venture capital fund within the seed segment and specializes in identifying, financing and developing competent and innovative entrepreneurial companies. SEED Capital also manages public funds via a strategic corporation with the innovation incubator Pre-Seed Innovation. Public funding allows SEED Capital to invest in start-ups in the early stages, and private venture capital is invested in the most successful companies in subsequent investment rounds. This business model allows them to invest earlier than most VC companies and to provide substantially more capital than most seed investors. SEED Capital invests in approximately 15 new promising growth companies every year. This is based on a screening of more than 500 business proposals every year and meetings with more than 100 of these opportunities to further investigate or advice on the suggested business ventures. Besides investment SEED Capital assists portfolio companies with value-generating activities such as management support, business development, organizational and strategic development, marketing, and ad hoc operational, financial, and legal assistance.
Peter is a Managing Partner at Transmedia Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on: digital media, marketing automation, online marketplaces, mobile and SaaS companies. Peter founded three technology companies and has been in the early stage venture business for more than 18 years. He has completed more than 85 investments including top search engines Baidu (China) and Yandex (Russia), C2B (Inktomi), and more recently: Percolate, Domo, and Wish. Peter was a co-founder of Kicklabs, a San Francisco based seed stage accelerator. In 1998, he was a Managing Partner at Whittman-Hart (WHIT), a $1 billion global IT solutions provider. Prior, he was a founder and CEO of Axis Consulting, a leading systems integrator specializing in Internet and ERP solutions, which was acquired by Whittman-Hart in 1997 in a deal valued at $60M. He holds a BS degree in Mathematics from the Western Australian Institute of Technology. When he is not focused on his technology investments, Peter is most passionate about his family, wine, food, skiing, and fly-fishing.
Numan Numan serves as Managing Director at 212 Limited. Numan currently serves on the boards of HemenKiralik.com, largest marketplace for short term rentals and vacation homes in Turkey, HotelRunner, SaaS based management and marketing platform for hotels, and IyziCo, fastest growing payment platform. Prior to founding 212, Numan worked at Goldman Sachs in Tokyo and New York for more than 12 years. As a technology evangelist in the firm's leadership team, he managed global engineering teams and focused on new technologies to bring competitive advantage to the firm. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Numan worked at Credit Suisse in Tokyo. After more than two decades in technology at investment banks, working closely with private equity and venture capital sectors, he followed his entrepreneurial instinct and ventured into other businesses. Numan holds B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from Ege University. He currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey where he is among pioneers cultivating the ecosystem.
Robert Siegel serves as Partner at XSeed Capital. He is the Advisor at Pixlee. He serves as Board member at Sparta Science. He served as Advisor at K5 Ventures. His investment areas include enterprise software, business operations where computational technology helps automate / improve company performance, and computing platforms that shape both business and consumer behaviors. He sits on the Board of Directors of Zooz, Lex Machina, Cape Productions and DropThought, and he led XSeed's investments in CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks - NYSE: PANW), Chatous, Dispatcher, Breezeworks, The League, Teapot, Smart Coffee Technology, Neon, Pixlee, Caller Zen and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest), and also supports other portfolio companies such as Citrine Informatics. He is currently on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, Formation of New Ventures, The Industrialist's Dilemma and Entrepreneurial Finance. In these classes he has led research and written cases on companies including Google, Box, AngelList, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Wikimedia Foundation, Zuora, Minted, 500 Startups, TrueCar, Axel Springer, General Electric and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others. Robert is the Co-President of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community, as well as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech in Vienna, Austria. He has co-authored several articles for California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Forbes and VentureBeat. Prior to joining XSeed, Robert was General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. Robert was also Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Robert was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world's first digital picture frame, and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices. Robert served in various management roles at Intel Corporation, including an executive position in their Corporate Business Development division, in which he invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel's vision. Previous to Intel, Robert was promoted to a series of senior sales and marketing positions at GeoWorks, which went public in 1993. Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, is the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove's book Only the Paranoid Survive.
Dharmesh Shah is co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot, he was founder and chief executive officer of Pyramid Digital Solutions, a software company, which was acquired by SunGard Data Systems in 2005. In addition to co-authoring Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs, and Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online, Dharmesh founded and writes for OnStartups.com, a top-ranking startup blog with over 350,000 members in its online community. In 2013, Dharmesh published HubSpot’s Culture Code, which has garnered over 1 million views on SlideShare. He is an active member of the Boston area entrepreneurial community, an angel investor in over 40 startups, and a frequent speaker on the topic of startups and inbound marketing. Dharmesh holds a BS in Computer Science from UAB and an MS in the Management of Technology from MIT.
Marcus Daniels is a startup accelerator leader, digital product entrepreneur, seed capital investor and corporate innovation platform architect that helps new ventures win in global markets. Co-founder & CEO of HIGHLINE, a VC-backed acceleration platform that helps digital startups achieve product-market fit, establish global connectivity and secure institutional capital. Focused on delivering a ''Speed to Seed'' brand promise through specialized accelerator products, timely investments and programming in Vancouver-Toronto-NYC-SF. HIGHLINE's foundation was derived from the Extreme Startups-GrowLab merger and has 35 active portfolio companies with 4 meaningful exits. Founder & Executive Chairman of MeshSquared Ventures, an investment & education company with ownership positions in accelerators (HIGHLINE) and media (Toronto Standard). Also, a Limited Partner (LP) investor in the Rothenberg Ventures Fund based in SF with positions in SpaceX & AngelList. Prior to HIGHLINE Marcus was the Managing Director of Extreme Startups, a VC-backed startup accelerator where he evolved it into a three staged model and led 9 investments. Former COO at TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 Trendspotting website with over 2 billion views & an innovation partner to Fortune 500 brands. Past VP Operations & Product at Frameworks, a leading retail QSR business intelligence software & eLearning company. Started the eLearning division at AME Learning, a global financial education company. A digital native that started tech ventures in 1989 that led to co-founding Fluid eNovations, an award winning web marketing agency. He has significant board of director experience that includes HIGHLINE, Canadian Association Business Incubation, Extreme Startups and Youth In Motion (Canada's Top 20 Under 20). Community involvement includes: Dell Center for Entrepreneurs Advisory Council, Board of Advisors for Venture for Canada, StartupNext (Google for Entrepreneurs)mentor, SXSW mentor and co-chair of Enactus Toronto chapter. A frequent speaker on growing digital startups, seed investing/VC and corporate innovation accelerators. Also, he has architected digital strategy curriculum for University of Toronto. Marcus holds an MBA from Queen's School of Business, a BA in Psychology & Economics from McGill University and completed the Venture Capital Executive Program from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.