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.
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.
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.
Sheryl Schultz is an expert in startup company dynamics, with a deep understanding of the marketing and organizational challenges faced by growing businesses. She has spent over 30 years working with a range of technology companies as a marketer, board advisor, mentor, and investor. In January 2014, Sheryl founded CabinetM, a discovery platform to empower the marketing technology industry. CabinetM has been funded by some of the most prolific angel investors in the Northeast. Sheryl is a member of Golden Seeds, an angel investment firm that supports diverse management teams with include female executives. She served for two years (2009-2011) as Golden Seeds’ Boston Forum Co-Leader, and subsequently ran deal flow for the organization in Boston. Sheryl also spent over 20 years as President of SRS Associates, a firm she founded to provide communications and market strategy consulting to telecommunications startups. In that capacity, Sheryl launched dozens of companies, 20 of whom engaged her from inception through successful exit by IPO or acquisition. During that period, Sheryl designed and orchestrated the launch of some of the most successful companies in Massachusetts including Acme Packet, ArrowPoint Communications, Sonus Networks and Wellfleet Communications. Sheryl is a Board Director at The Capital Network, and a Board Observer/Advisor to Crowdly and Playrific. She is also a founder of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Council (WEC), a “super” organization created to align the many groups that support women entrepreneurs, and provide a powerful ecosystem for entrepreneurial women. In addition, Sheryl was a Pipeline Fellowship Mentor for the Pipeline Fellowship’s inaugural Boston class, providing guidance to women philanthropists working to become angel investors through education, mentoring, and practice. Sheryl regularly speaks to groups throughout New England about Angel Funding, Startup Marketing, and Marketing for Exits.
Paul Palmieri plays a dual role of investor and advisor to seed and venture stage companies. He serves as both a General Partner of Grit Capital, a NY and Maryland based early-stage fund, and as Venture Partner at BlueRun Ventures in Menlo Park, California. He focuses on data and AI based businesses in the areas of consumer software, marketing technology, media, and commerce. Some of his current investments include Niche, Jackpocket, Zeel, Pulse8, Scorestream, Immersv, Yet Analytics and Moonlighting. He serves on the board member at Niche, and as an observer at iFundWomen. Mr. Palmieri is a successful entrepreneur in the internet space – most notably in the mobile ecosystem. He was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Millennial Media (NYSE:MM) from 2006 to 2014, a market leading advertising technology company. He led the company from concept to several hundred million USD in revenue, operations on three continents, a successful IPO, and operation and growth as a public company. Prior to Millennial Media, he held management positions at Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Advertising.com (AOL), and Tessco Technologies (NASDAQ: TESS). He has been a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg Television, as an expert in user data, and the secular trend of mobile computing. Mr. Palmieri is the former Global Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association, and served on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. He is a current national judge for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program, was a winner of the award in the technology category in 2011, and was named Executive of the Year in 2011 by the American Business Awards. Mr. Palmieri is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, where he serves as a Trustee. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and 2 children, and operates Grit Capital Partners out of New York City.
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.
Allen Nance is a Co-Founder and serves as Partner at TechSquare Labs. Allen Nance serves as Board Member at FraudScope. He is also the Founder of WhatCounts. Allen has focused his seed investing on e-commerce and marketing technology innovators including co-founding Springbot and helping grow omni-channel retailer Scrubs and Beyond. He holds a B.S. in Economics from University of West Georgia and earned his M.S. of Technology from Georgia Tech. Allen Nance serves as Board Member at Stackfolio.
David Rosenblatt serves as Chief Executive Officer at 1stdibs. He previously served as an Advisor at Carmel Ventures, Viola Ventures and Linkable Network. Since December 2010, Rosenblatt has served as a Board member at Twitter. From October 2008 to May 2009, Rosenblatt served as President of Global Display Advertising at Google. Rosenblatt joined Google in March 2008 in connection with Google's acquisition of DoubleClick, a provider of digital marketing technology and services. Rosenblatt joined DoubleClick in 1997 as part of its initial management team and served in several executive positions during his tenure, including as Chief Executive Officer from July 2005 to March 2008 and President from 2000 to July 2005. Rosenblatt currently serves on the boards of directors of IAC/InterActive, a media and Internet company, and a number of privately held companies. Rosenblatt holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
I am passionate about starting and running businesses that use technology to create value. Some hats that I wear include. ANGEL INVESTOR: I invest in startups in multiple verticals. My portfolio companies include • SAAS based startups in Marketing technology space in North America • E-commerce, infotainment, edutech companies in Asia • Gaming studios. Mind and body wellness startups I am running an incubator and angel network that aims to help entrepreneurs in Asia to get off the ground and create their next big venture. Ping me, If you have a great idea, prototype or running product or if you are excited about learning investment opportunities in the red-hot startup space in South Asia and Middle east. FOUNDER & CEO: I have run several companies as founder and CEO, a quick glance include TKXEL: A software services company that provide solutions involving analytics, mobile, web and other components to companies across the globe. We have worked with several fortune 500 enterprises, respectable SMBs and promising startups. If you are searching for a great team or have a business proposition, we are keen to listen. I am as a CEO of tkxel, manage it on daily basis and responsible for its growth and strategic direction NUTTY APPS: Founded a kids gaming brand and grew it to 500M+ installs with over 1M installs/day in a couple of years before handing it over to an executive team to run it. STRATEGIC ALLIANCEZ (SA): Founded a digital media agency in 2010 that moved on to become the No1 digital agency in Pakistan with several awards to its credit. EDUCATOR, SPEAKER: I am an educator at heart. I love to mentor, teach, train and share knowledge. I speak at various conferences and give lectures on CS and Entrepreneurship in universities. Some of my taught courses are televised by universities on TV and web as well.
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.
Experienced Marketing Technologist with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Marketing Automation & CRM, Account Based Marketing, Analytics & Customer Journey. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a BA in Technological Marketing Management, focused in Marketing and Product Management.