VatorSplash
December 5, 2012 – 3:30 pm to 10 pm – Le Poisson Rouge, New York

Keynote Speakers


Jeremy Allaire, Founder & CEO, Brightcove

Jeremy Allaire founded Brightcove in early 2004 with a vision for the transformation of television with the Internet. As Founder & CEO of Brightcove, Jeremy leads the company's technology, marketing and business development strategy. Prior to founding Brightcove, Jeremy worked as a technologist and entrepreneur-in-residence for Cambridge, MA-based venture capital firm General Catalyst, where he worked on companies and investments in broadband media, mobile content, e-commerce software and digital identity.

Before General Catalyst, Jeremy was Chief Technology Officer of Macromedia, where he helped define and launch the Macromedia MX platform for Rich Internet Applications, helping to evolve Macromedia Flash into a dominant platform for rich media applications on the Internet. Jeremy joined Macromedia with its merger with Allaire Corporation, where Jeremy was a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. Founded in 1995, Allaire Corporation was a pioneer in using the web as an application platform, and its industry leading and award winning products power millions of websites, online services and business applications on the Internet.

 

Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO, Care.com

Sheila Marcelo founded Care.com in 2006 and today, the Company is the largest online care destination in the world with 7 million members in more than 15 countries.  Care.com allows families to connect with millions of caregivers to manage the lifecycle of care challenges families face:  childcare, including special needs, senior care, pet care, housekeeping, tutoring, and more.  The Company also offers its suite of services as an employee benefit to Fortune 500 companies, higher education institutions, technology and service companies, and a variety of industries.  2012 marked the beginning of Care.com’s international expansion which to date include the company’s launch in the UK (April 2012) and Canada (July 2012), followed by the acquisition of Berlin-based Besser Betreut, the largest online care portal in Europe, in mid-July.

Sheila is a frequent speaker on female entrepreneurship, women in technology, and female leadership, and currently mentors numerous young female entrepreneurs around the world.

 

VC/Judges


Michael B. Aronson, Managing Director, MentorTech Ventures

Michael Aronson co-founded MentorTech and has had a more than 30 year career working with technology companies.  He has significant expertise in company formation around business school concepts, software development, capital raising, strategic alliances and joint ventures, financial reporting and tax issues, executive compensation, employment matters and copyright law.  He represents MentorTech on the Board of The Neat Company, Ticketleap, Soft Tissue Regeneration , SeniorHomes.com, Innova Dynamics, EyeIC, DietTV and NeuroDiagnostic Devices. He serves as a Board Observer at Bioconnect, Wanderfly, and Gentis.  He acted as an advisor to management at Merchant Circle, Yodle, and Diapers.com.
 

 

Thatcher Bell, Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Ventures

Thatcher Bell works closely with DFJ Gotham portfolio companies Sailthru, AdStruc, Fynanz, Altruik, EXPO, Lumeta, Verterra and Widetronix Thatcher also led DFJ Gotham’s successful investment in SinglePlatform, which was acquired by Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT). In addition, Thatcher serves on the Board of Directors of the NY Tech MeetUp and is Co-Chair of the New York chapter of Wharton Private Equity Partners.

Thatcher’s background includes venture investing, operating and consulting roles with software, Internet, and financial services companies.

 

Gil Beyda, Founder & Managing Partner, Genacast Ventures

Gil Beyda is the Founder & Managing Partner of Genacast Ventures, a seed fund formed in partnership with Comcast Ventures to invest in technology-centric, Internet start-ups. Gil has invested in Invite Media (acquired by Google), Demdex (acquired by Adobe), DoubleVerify, Packlate, Enterproid, Mortar Data, LeadiD and YieldMo.

Gil is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

 

Max Chee, Partner, Millennium Technology

Max Chee joined Millennium in 2005 and has led numerous Millennium investments including ArcSight (acquired by HPQ), Airvana (acquired by SAC Capital), Green Dot (GDOT), RigNet (RNET), Epocrates (EPOC), Acronis, MarkLogic, Tumblr, LegalZoom, and ETF Securities, where he serves on the Board.

Max has more than 14 years of experience as a private equity and venture capital investor. Prior to Millennium, he worked for Mellon Ventures, where he led investments in enterprise software, business services, communications, IT infrastructure, and traditional growth capital. Earlier in his career, Max was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers in New York City. He also worked in Salomon's Asia-Pacific Investment Banking Group in Hong Kong covering corporate clients throughout the region. Max received his Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University in Canada.

 

Allen Duan, VP of Strategy and Corporate Development , Viacom

Allen Duan is the Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Viacom.  In this role, he is responsible for corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and JVs across the Viacom properties.  Allen works closely with entrepreneurs, VCs, and leading technology companies that foster innovation in wireless, social media, advertising, e-commerce and related industries.
He began his career as a product manager at Microsoft and held a succession of business development and product planning roles across MSN, Financials Services and Mobile & Embedded Devices divisions.

 Chris Fralic, Partner, First Round Capital

Chris Fralic  joined the firm in 2006 and is based in their New York office, and has focused on a number of the firm's investments in areas such as Advertising Technology including Invite Media (acquired by Google)  and Demdex (acquired by Adobe), Social Media including CoTweet (acquired by ExactTarget) and myYearbook (acquired by QuePasa), eCommerce, Gaming, and more.

Chris has over 25 years of technology industry experience, including significant Internet sales and business development roles since 1996. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management).   He has attended and been involved with the TED Conference since 1994 and helped launch TEDTalks, which have been viewed over 500 million times. Chris is a co-author of Media and Communication VC Best Practices, and is a co-inventor of two US Patent for listing goods for sale.  He is an avid skier/snowboarder and tennis player, and has finished 4 marathons with his wife and swears he will never run one again.

 

Bambi Francisco Roizen, Founder and CEO, Vator

Bambi Francisco Roizen is founder and CEO of Vator, one of the largest business networks dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs, and VatorNews, which provides news and information on innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to Vator, Bambi was an award-winning journalist at Dow Jones MarketWatch where she was the lead columnist/correspondent focusing on Internet trends and investments, appearing online and on TV.

She was a morning business anchor for KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco and made frequent appearances as an expert on technology on CNBC, Fox Business News, and CBS.


Daniel Garrie, Partner, Pulse Advisory

Daniel  Garrie is a recognized entrepreneur and renowned attorney with substantial experience in the Internet and mobile marketplace. He is a Managing Partner at FSRDG LLC a consulting company that works in mobile, web 2.0, legal and storage marketplaces assisting with strategy, licensing, fund raising, business development, and marketing and FSRDG LLC makes strategic investments in these markets. Daniel’s distinguished list of clients include: Emdigo, Treemo Labs, PublicRoutes, AdNav, DOJ, Westpac Bank, Schlumberger, AIG, eBay Motors, DHS, and Johnson & Johnson. Previously, Daniel was a partner at EMI Capital LLC, a venture development company. Prior to that, he was the Director of Information Governance and e-Discovery worldwide for Charles Rivers Associates, who effectively acquired LegalTech Group, a strategy consulting Daniel founded.

 

Lewis Gersh, Managing Partner, Metamorphic Ventures

Lewis Gersh is a Managing Partner at Metamorphic Ventures, a NYC based seed fund focused on B2B technology ventures in digital media and transaction processing services.

Lewis has over 15 years of experience founding, investing in and advising start-up ventures. Prior to founding Metamorphic Ventures, Lewis was the founder and CEO of Worldly Information Network (WIN), a publisher of digital financial information to both the retail and institutional markets founded in partnership with AOL. Lewis successfully raised angel and venture capital, grew WIN into a profitable company and completed several acquisitions before its sale; but more importantly, he experienced all the ups and downs that every start-up goes through. Lewis graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English & Political Science and later received his JD and Masters in Intellectual Property Law from the UNH School of Law. During the interim, Lewis was an accomplished athlete, competing in Ironman triathlons, marathons and ultra-marathons worldwide while writing free lance articles on the events as well as doing computer work to pay the bills.
 

 

David Gilboa, Founder, Warby Parker


David Gilboa is one of the founders of Warby Parker. Like a Viking from his Swedish homeland, Dave spends his free time seeking adventure. His two most recent conquests include trekking across Antarctica and becoming the fastest person to ever run a marathon in a flamingo costume. He aspires to one day summit Everest while wearing his trusty monocle.

 

Rick Heitzmann, Managing Director & Founder, FirstMark Capital

Rick Heitzmann joined Pequot Ventures in 1999 where he focuses on investments in emerging media and advertising and data and information services. Rick has led or co-led many investments in the consumer technology market including StubHub (acquired by ebay) and US Search (First Advantage – FADV). Previously, Rick was a founding member of the senior management team at First Advantage (NASDAQ: FADV), which was formed by a merger of a division of First American Corp. (NYSE: FAF) and USSearch.com, Inc. At US Search, Rick, as the senior vice president of corporate development and member of the board of directors, led the public company turnaround after Pequot Ventures recapitalized the company. Prior to USSearch, Rick served as an executive with Nationsbanc Montgomery Securities in the Private Equity Group and with Booz Allen Hamilton in the Financial Services and Healthcare Group. Rick has been featured on CNN Market Call, CNBC, and Bloomberg television and radio.

 

Deborah Jackson, Founder, WIM Accelerator/Golden Seeds

Deborah Jackson is the Co Founder of Women Innovate Mobile. Deborah is the CEO and Founder of JumpThru.  A former Investment Banker (21 years) Deborah started at Goldman Sachs and went on to found a boutique firm. Deborah launched new lines of business at Lazard Freres and Shattuck Hammond Partners (health care tech). She made her first angel investments as a member of New York New Media in 1998 and later as a member of Golden Seeds. She has served as a Judge for various start up competitions including Start Up Weekend NY,  Technovation, Columbia Social Entrepreneurs and Vatortv. 

 

Scott Kurnit, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Keep Holdings

Scott Kurnit founded Keep Holdings. with a mission to improve the Internet by enabling consumers to engage in more productive interactions with the brands, products and services in their lives.

Scott also founded and served as chairman and CEO of About, Inc. as it grew to a public market value of $1.7 billion and was the 5th largest of all Web properties. About invented the forerunner to Google’s AdSense in Sprinks (purchased by Google in 2003) and the first family of ad networks in Luna. Kurnit sold About U.S. to Primedia in 2001 for $724 million. About is now owned by the New York Times Company.

Scott serves on the Boards of AdKeeper, Appssavvy, Brightcove, OpenSky, SendMe Mobile, and The Paley Center for Media. He is an advisor to About, Black Arrow, Mashery and SmartBrief.

 

Ben Lin, Managing Partner and COO, Great Oaks Venture Capital

Ben Lin has been investing in startups at Great Oaks since 2006. Responsible for the sourcing, due diligence and investment management of GOVC portfolio companies, Ben also oversees the GOVC entrepreneur support facility. Ben started his career with the Global Investment Research division of Goldman Sachs and earned a BS Magna Cum Laude in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2005.

 


 

James Robinson, Managing Partner, RRE Ventures 

Jim Robinson is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at RRE Ventures. He has been active within the technology community for nearly 30 years as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, banker, and futurist.

Jim is involved in several non-profit endeavors, and has a particular interest in the issues & rights affecting children.  He is a Director of the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF-NYCP), the NYC Seed Program, and on the Advisory Board of the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems. Jim has been a member of the Young President's Organization (YPO) since 1998.  Allegedly, he founded a stealth campaign-technology company in 2007 to help build a viable third-party alternative in the U.S.  Importantly, he's a dog person.

 

 Ezra Roizen, Digital Media Investment Banker, Ackrell Capital

Ezra Roizen is a digital media investment banker with Ackrell Capital, a boutique investment bank. He is also an advisor and commenter on emerging ventures. He focuses on digital media, e-commerce and mobile companies. Prior to banking, Ezra co-founded and was CEO of Montclare Technologies Inc. He also co-founded and was director of business development for Convoy, which is now part of Sybase. Ezra is the Chair of the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business Alumni Council.

 
 Micah Rosenbloom, Founder Partner, Founder Collective

As the co-founder of three start-ups, Micah Rosenbloom said he learned early on how important it is to achieve an equilibrium in the entrepreneur-venture capital relationship. Rosenbloom's first company Handshake.com offered web software that enabled consumers to automatically schedule services with a variety of service businesses. But the company strayed from its original mission and attempted to build a big web front-end to drive customers to its business customers. In the end, this proved cost-ineffective and was dropped. "After raising over $20M in financing, I realized we may have overfunded the business," Rosenbloom recalls.
 
 

David Teten, Partner, ff Venture Capital

David Teten is a Partner with ff Venture Capital, Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Angels New York, and co-founder and Chairman of Navon Partners, a data mining and research analytics company focused on analyzing private company data. David is a Mentor with Founder Institute in New York and Singapore, Dreamit Ventures, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, and NYCSeed.  He also runs the ff Venture Capital Parents+Kids Meetup.

David is a frequent keynote speaker to audiences such as technology entrepreneurs (MIT CIO Symposium; NY Software Industry Association; Software Information Industry Association); institutional investors (Kauffman Fellows; Franklin Templeton; Association for Corporate Growth); and senior executives (Vistage; CEO Trust). He has received the highest ratings of any speaker at three different conferences.

 

Tim Walsh, Partner - Venture Practice, KPMG

Tim Walsh is an Audit partner in the New York office leading KPMG's Venture Capital Practice. Tim specializes in providing services to consumer and industrial market companies. He also spends significant time servicing clients in the media and advertising industry.

Tim has over 20 years of experience working with KPMG. He is the audit partner on a number of different companies responsible for the delivery and coordination of all firm services. These companies represent broad industry experience including media and advertising, ecommerce, medical diagnostic equipment, retail/ quick service restaurant franchising and marine port operations. From 2001 to 2006, Tim worked in the London office as a partner with the US Capital Markets Group. He has significant capital market transaction and international experience.

 

Online Judges


CeCe Cheng, Associate, First Round Capital

Before joining First Round Capital, CeCe Chang was the Director of Communications at internet startup Qwiki where she led all PR and marketing efforts.

Prior to Qwiki, CeCe was at Dan Klores Communications, a boutique PR agency in New York City. She has also worked in the press office of her former Missouri Senator Kit Bond in Washington, DC and enjoyed a brief stint in finance in Boston.
CeCe received her B.A. from Princeton University where she studied Politics/IR and French. She is an avid traveler and loves experiencing exotic cultures and cuisines. CeCe is fluent in Mandarin and Shanghainese and conversational in French and Spanish.

Tim Foster, Director, KPMG

Tim Foster leads KPMG’s Venture Capital Practice. In this role he leads the firm’s market development efforts in the New York Metro area working with high-growth venture backed companies. He is responsible for building relationships with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and service providers within the space. He actively works with early stage companies providing guidance and direction.

Tim was previously with Edison Ventures where he led the firms deal sourcing and corporate development efforts. Tim has also served as Manager of Industry Development with 1SYNC, a subsidiary of GS1 US, where he was responsible for expanding global data standards adoption across various industries and global regions. Tim has many years of proven experience in the software and technology industry including sales and account management roles with SAP and Princeton Softech(acquired by IBM).

 

 Jules Maltz, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners

Jules Maltz joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in August 2008 and has over ten years of venture capital and startup experience. He focuses on later-stage venture investments in rapidly-growing Internet and software companies. Jules led IVP’s investment in Buddy Media and was actively involved in IVP’s investments in LivingSocial, Marketo, Ngmoco (DeNA), Sugar, Spiceworks, Twitter and Yext. Jules currently serves on the Board of Directors of Buddy Media and H5.

 

 

Kevin Stephens, Co-founder and CEO, Kismet

Kevin Stephens is the co-founder and CEO of Kismet. Prior to Kismet, Kevin worked at Google, YouTube, Apple, and Boxee. At Google he was one of the earliest members of the mobile team and a key member of the AdSense team, where he worked across Engineering, Product, and Business Development to help build Google's mobile presence in Asia Pacific and Latin America. At Boxee, he headed the company’s Device Partnerships. He holds a BS in Computer Science from UCSD.

 



 

 

 

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