Jim Anderson

CTO at Dorthy.com, Former Co-Founder of About.com

In 1996, Jim Anderson started training a computer he named Vicki how to think like a human – and now twelve years later he is integrating those concepts into the offerings at Dorthy.com and Saber Seven. Today, we are doing things with technology that most would have never dreamed back when Jim first put Vicki to work.

As Saber Seven’s Chief Technology Officer Jim leads the companies search, content delivery, mobile, and social strategies as well as technological vision. The mixture of his experience, with leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning Technologies, and his hundreds of patents have all been fertile training for his new challenge – creating Dorthy.com as the premiere web destination.

While in his teens, Jim was working on early versions of speech recognition at IBM. He was one of the first to develop personalization within web technology and, after serving as a key developer at the early consumer online service Prodigy, Jim went on to become a founder and played a key role in the growth of the Internet company About.com.

Most recently, Jim has emerged as a leader in mobile solutions utilizing VoIP over Satellite and holds patents on Secure SMS/MMS Messaging and Secure Mobile Commerce. Jim has also created a number of patented security related products including Secure ID Credentials, EvolvID, Predictive Risk Analysis for KYC solutions. Much of Jim’s work has resulted in proprietary solutions in computing, security and telephony via his privately held companies, most notably Standard ID and Augment Communications.

Jim’s unique thinking and innovative practices have lead him to create many solutions around a variety of areas including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Technologies, Search, Security, Telecommunications, Social Networking, Software and Systems Architecture. Specifically, Jim has worked on intelligent systems and designs around the U.S. Patriot Act, KYC (Know Your Customer), and Anti-Money Laundering solutions. Jim is also a respected authority on Security, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Solutions.

As an experienced lecturer, Jim frequently speaks on topics including Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Telecommunications and Networking, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Internet Security & Safety, Security, Mobile Technologies (including banking, security, commerce and next generation solutions), and Social Networking. He is a member of the AAAI, ISSA, and an active participating advisor and Director of a number of companies. Additionally, Jim has dedicated his expertise to a number of worthy Non-Profit Organizations and educational institutions over the years including Syracuse University, Tufts University, Kids for World Health and the Guardian Angels whom recently honored Jim, along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as a 2008 Guardian Angel of the year for his work on Cyber Angels and Internet Safety.

For over 20 years Jim has been working on How to make a computer think and behave like a human. His systems try to make sense of the human gut instinct and how to apply that to a computer for reasoning. From the beginning, Jim has always wondered not just on how things work, but how they really worked. He loves a challenge and believes there is nothing that can’t be done.

Jim resides in Westchester County with his wife Cathy and their three children and works out of Dorthy.com and Saber Seven’s downtown Manhattan offices.

John Battaglia, Jr.

Founder &President of The Rockstar In You

John Battaglia, Jr. is the Founder and President of The Rockstar In You, a life coaching and image-building firm. He is MTV’s Rockstar Life Coach. Formerly, John was the agent for Beyonce, Usher, and Jessica Simpson. He is the author of the book, The Rockstar in You: How to Build Rockstar Confidence, Create Rockstar Style, and Achieve the Rockstar Performance of Your Life. He has been heard on MAXIM Radio and featured in publications such as USA Today, Life & Style and The New York Daily News, as well as on TV shows like ABC News, Entertainment Tonight and Star Daily. John specializes in helping early phase entrepreneurs build successful businesses. For more information, please visit RockstarInYou.com.

Al Berrios

Director at Salesnique

Al Berrios is a director of Salesnique™, a pre-selling and appointment setting service. From research, to planning, to cold-calling, to pre-qualification, and getting the inevitable rejections, Salesnique™ does it all soup-to-nuts to secure appointments for our clients with the right decision makers at large buyers of their services. Mr. Berrios is responsible for strategic planning, including project management. Mr. Berrios is an authority on sales planning and modeling, his insights having been published in various industry publications, including Consulting Magazine and Adotas, which cover the consulting and online advertising industries, respectively. Previously, Mr. Berrios served as one of the youngest adjunct lecturers in the marketing department at Baruch College Zicklin School of Business in New York, teaching sales and negotiations.

Mr. Berrios is an avid hiker and in-line skater and lives in New York with his wife.

Gil Beyda

Managing Partner at Genacast Ventures

Gil Beyda 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. In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOL’s acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures in partnership with Comcast Interactive Capital to invest in seed-stage, technology-centric, Internet start-ups.

Gil has a MBA and BS in Computer Science from California State University. He lives with his wife and four daughters in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Jeffrey A. Carr

Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Jeffrey A. Carr has been on the faculty of the New York University Stern School of Business for 14 years and became the Executive Director of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in September 2007. Professor Carr teaches Strategic Marketing, International Marketing and Marketing Management in the M.B.A. and Executive M.B.A. programs, and the Venture Planning Practicum in the Undergraduate program. He is a past recipient of the Stern/Citibank Teaching Award

Professor Carr, president of Marketing Foundations Inc is also an entrepreneur and marketing consultant with clients worldwide in the manufacturing and service industries. Consulting and lecturing extensively in the Europe, Asia, Africa and the U.S., he has completed consulting projects and delivered executive development programs for Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, General Electric, Pfizer, Kodak, Time Inc., and Unilever, among others. As part of his social entrepreneurship activities Professor Carr is involved in a United Nations-sponsored program to help developing countries create more effective budgeting strategies and implementation plans for their healthcare initiatives and regularly consults with non-profit organizations regarding their strategic planning.

Donna Bogatin

Founder & CEO of StartupAlpha.com

Donna Bogatin, founder & CEO of StartupAlpha.com, created in 1997 the first “Internet for Entrepreneurs” workshop in New York City, on behalf of the Small Business Administration’s SCORE coaching program for startups.

As leader of StartupAlpha.com, Ms. Bogatin brings her 20+ year track record of international investment banking, Internet entrepreneurship, Information Systems Adjunct Professorship and technology journalism to the service of Silicon Alley entrepreneurs and all players in the startup economy.

Ms. Bogatin instructed Fortune 500 MBA candidates on how best to use the Web for competitive advantage as Adjunct Professor of Information Systems for her alma matter, the New York University Stern Graduate School of Business Administration.

As an international investment banker and Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for Societe Generale Securities Corporation, Donna Bogatin interacted in the field with hundreds of startup entrepreneurs, in the U.S. and abroad, and evaluated thousands of strategic direct investment opportunities while sourcing and closing venture deals.

Ms. Bogatin is an Internet entrepreneur for her own account as well and was featured on the NY1 cable news station’s tech report for her work with the regional interactive advertising venture she founded, UrbanSavings.com, one of the first online directional media properties designed to drive Web consumers to local merchant businesses.

Donna Bogatin holds an M.B.A., a M.A. and a B.A., all from New York University. Ms. Bogatin is fluent in the French language and has lived, worked and studied in France several years.

Steve Brotman

Managing Director at Greenhill SAVP

Steve Brotman is a Managing Director of Greenhill & Co, and co-founder and co-head of Greenhill SAVP. Prior to founding SAVP in 1998, Steve was the founder, CEO and Chairman of AdOne Classified Network, one of the nation's leading classified ad web sites which merged with Powerdz to become PowerOne Media.

While at SAVP, Steve was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2000 and was named in Crain's 2001 Tech 100. While at AdOne, Steve, in 1997, was selected for Crain's Top 25 Players Shaping Silicon Alley and the 1995 Top 40 under 40 among New York businessmen.

Steve currently serves on the boards of ReachForce, Managed Systems, Critical Mention, and Knovel (Observer) and has previously served on the boards of Medidata (Observer), DataSynapse (Observer), 7thOnline and Bla-bla (acquired by UGO in 2001). In addition, Steve has served on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum and as a mentor and judge for the Columbia Business School Lang and Greenhouse Funds.

Steve received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University and a joint JD/MBA degree with honors from Washington University.

Kevin Buckley

Director of Business Development at Deloitte & Touche

Kevin is the Director of Business Development at Deloitte & Touche and is responsible for finding emerging growth and venture backed companies for Deloitte to become their trusted accounting service provider. He can help find the right service and/or partner to assist companies with their accounting issues and their goals. He is also available to assist and provide venture capital funds and their portfolio companies with access to his business relationships throughout the Tri-State region. Kevin has significant contacts in the venture capital community, banking community and with professional advisors.

Kevin has been with Deloitte for over five years and he works in the venture capital practice with a focus on technology, new media and internet companies. Kevin came to Deloitte from PWC and he has held various sales and sales management positions with The Red Herring Magazine and VentureOne Inc.

Charles Crockett

Co-Founder and Partner of the Ascend Venture Group

Charles is a Co-Founder and Partner of the Ascend Venture Group, a venture capital firm headquartered in New York City that targets investment opportunities in the applied technology and for-profit education industries. Ascend has approximately $150 million under management. Charles was responsible for Ascend’s investments in several datacenter infrastructure companies including Snap Appliance (sold to NASDAQ: ADPT), Netilla Networks (sold to AEP Networks) and GridApp Systems. In addition, Charles led investments in a variety of technology enabled services companies including SafeRent (sold to NYSE: FAF), Tripology and Send Word Now.

Before co-founding Ascend, Charles was a Director with The Beacon Group, a $2 billion private equity firm. Charles started his career in the Structured Finance Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Charles received his JD from Stanford Law School and his BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Charles is a currently a member of the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School, the Alumni Leadership Committee of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and is a Key Influencer of Interactive One.

Joe Daniels

Senior Counsel at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Joe Daniels joined the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. in 2003. From 1996 to 2002, he practiced in California offices of leading law firms. Joe's practice focuses on a wide variety of corporate, finance and securities law matters, including: mergers and acquisitions, public offerings (representing issuers and underwriters), venture capital investments and private equity transactions (representing companies and funds), public company reporting, joint ventures and strategic transactions, corporate governance and other general corporate matters.

Joe has special expertise representing companies in the energy, financial services, health care, internet, life science, semiconductor, software industries. Joe also represents major investment banks in their underwriting of public offerings, venture capital funds in their investments, and private equity funds in leveraged buy-outs.

Joe received his JD from the University of Southern California Law School.

Mark Davis

Associate at DFJ Gotham Ventures

In addition to his role as a Venture Capitalist at DFJ Gotham Ventures, Mark is the author of Get Venture, a blog that addresses industry topics and offers guidance to entrepreneurs on how to raise venture capital. Mark is also an occasional contributor to a number of industry news services, including Silicon Alley Insider and CenterNetworks.

Mark is an active supporter of venture community. In addition to organizing events for entrepreneurs through the Blue Venture Community, a group Mark founded to serve Columbia University’s student and alumni entrepreneurs, Mark helps connect NY venture organizations as a member of the NY Tech Meetup's Community Committee. He is also helping Duke University support its entrepreneurs by serving on Duke’s Global Entrepreneurship Network taskforce.

Before joining DFJ Gotham, Mark was an active entrepreneur and advisor. He was the Founder and CEO Zotspot, an internet search destination, and an advisor to numerous startups. In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Mark consulted to Fortune 1000 and private equity clients on the strategic and financial attractiveness of acquisition targets at both Bain & Company and KPMG.

Mark earned his B.A. in Economics, cum laude, at Duke University and his M.B.A. at Columbia Business School, where he was the Early Stage President of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Club and an InSITE Fellow.

Owen Davis

Managing Director at NYC Seed

Owen has worked in all aspects of the online world. He created one of the first 200 web sites on-line, and founded Thinking Media in the summer of 1995, an online marketing firm which pioneered client-side tracking of pages and advertisements, which has become the standard method for online measurement. He co-founded Sonata in 1999, a wireless company that provided location-based services and marketing to cell phones. Owen also co-founded, Petal Computing, a firm that developed software which allowed large numbers of commodity PCs to act like a single unit, useful in industries ranging from image rendering to pharmaceuticals. He was also an original member of the Board setting online advertising and media specifications and has served as Managing Director of the Wireless Advertising Association. Owen was named various times as one of the 100 Top Internet Executives in New York by The Silicon Alley Reporter. Owen currently runs NYC Seed, the first true seed fund in NYC in partnership with the City of New York.

Sergio Fernandez de Cordova

Co-Founder of Fuel Outdoor

Sergio Fernández de Córdova is founder of Fuel Outdoor. Started in 2003, Fuel Outdoor has grown into a $150MM+ company with six offices in nine cities nationwide, and is now a portfolio company of Och-Ziff, a global institutional asset management firm with over $38 billion in capital. With more than 4,000 outdoor advertising locations, a growing portfolio of clients, and a very active philanthropic program, Sergio Fernández de Córdova is more than just a sharp businessman;he’s a young entrepreneur with an incredible ability to turn opportunity to success.

In addition, Sergio has created a philanthropic program to provide continued support for such organizations as the Guggenheim, FoodBank New York, Alvin Ailey Dance, Operation Smile and Make a Wish and acts as a founding global board member for the Entrepreneur Organization’s “EO Injected” global initiative.

Andrew Fox

Chairman & CEO of Track Entertainment

Track Entertainment, formed in 1989, is a privately held company with offices in the United States, Canada and South America. Track maintains an online hub of active networking websites that connect 8 million monthly unique visitors to activities in the entertainment and nightlife space.

Andrew is also an advisor and investor in Kidville.com, MobileStorm.com, The Finance Lab, DirectoryM.com, NocheLatina.com, OrganizedWisdom.com, Pseudo.com, browseformusic.com and Fearless Music Television.

Andrew launched his career at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in 1996. Andrew left Bernstein in 1997 to launch Way Communications, an internet service provider. Andrew sold Way Communication in 1999. He also owned and operated Tumble Interactive (a web design agency) and 3G Communications (a cell phone tower business). In 2004, Andrew bought Track Marketing and merged it with Clubplanet to create Track Entertainment.

Andrew is the President of the New York Chapter of The ChairScholars Foundation, a charity which assists children with severe disabilities. Since 1996, ChairScholars has awarded more than 550 children with scholarships for college and vocational school. Andrew is also a Board of Trustee for The Watson Foundation for Life which provides victims of domestic abuse with emergency financial assistance. Andrew is also a member of YPO and is the Membership Chair of The Global Diplomacy and Public Policy Network.

In 2006 , Andrew was featured in “Crain’s 40 Under 40.” Andrew also has been tapped as one of the “30 Most Influential People In Nightlife” and has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNBC, and the Wall Street Journal. Andrew recently appeared on CNBC’s ‘“The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch.”

Chris Fralic

Partner at First Round Capital

Chris Fralic joined First Round Capital in 2006. Chris was most recently VP of Business Development at del.icio.us, which was acquired by Yahoo! in December 2005, focusing on distribution partnerships to integrate del.icio.us across a broad set of browsers, tools and publishing partners.

Chris previously spent 6 years at eBay, and his last position there was a combination ad sales and business development role helping entertainment companies such as Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Music Group, Apple and Netflix reach and connect with eBay users. Chris previously led the Entertainment categories, managing the transaction, platform and supply/demand aspects of the books, movies and music marketplaces on eBay in the United States. Chris had been the VP of Business Development at Half.com, which was acquired by eBay in June 2000. Chris was one of the early employees of Half.com, where he helped develop many parts of the business including fund raising, content licensing, the affiliate program, supply and distribution partnerships, and advertising and sponsorships sales.

Chris has over 20 years of technology industry experience, including significant Internet sales and business development roles since 1996. He was Vice President of Business Development at Nextron Communications, a Safeguard Scientifics funded startup focusing on web site development technology and services. He was Director of Business Development for the Enterprise division of America Online, which provided secure remote access and virtual private network services to businesses.

At Oracle Corporation, Chris was Internet Account Manager for the national industry group responsible for Cable, Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications companies. His focus was on Oracle’s early Internet offerings including Web Application Servers and Commerce Servers for some of Oracle’s largest accounts such as AOL and Time Warner.

Earlier in his career, he held senior sales and management roles in the computer reseller and consulting services industry for companies including The Computer Factory, BusinessLand, ComputerLand/Vanstar, and CoreTech, where he was responsible for over $100 million in hardware, services, and consulting sales.

He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Leader to Leader Institute (www.leadertoleader.org - formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management.) He has previously served on the Retail Advisory Councils of both NARM and VSDA, the retail trade associations for the music and movie industries, and the Advisory Board of the Library Portal Project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has taught graduate-level classes at Temple, Rutgers and Eastern University, and has spoken at numerous industry events including Gartner Group’s Retailvision, Jupiter’s Plug.in, and DigitalHollywood’s Media Summit.

Chris earned his BS in Finance from Villanova University, and his MBA from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

David Glasser

Founder and Chief Executive of First Juice, Inc.

David Glasser is the Founder & CEO of First Juice, Inc. First Juice® brand organic fruit and vegetable juice is designed specifically for young, developing taste buds, with a blend that's naturally lower in sugar. David’s vision is to help parents fight the growing childhood obesity epidemic by encouraging children to develop a taste palate that prefers less sweet foods. Founded in 2005 and launched in January 2008, First Juice is currently sold nationwide at Babies R Us, Whole Foods Market, Stop & Shop, on www.diapers.com, in select Target stores, and through multiple other channels of trade.

Previously, David helped drive the success of several beverage companies at levels from senior management to co-founder/president. In the '90s, David was a part of management at Pete's Wicked Ale, a startup specialty brewer. David was also a part of the Internet startup LinkExchange. After LinkExchange was purchased by Microsoft, he spent almost five years developing sales at MSN. Later, David co-founded Infinite Spirits, producers of five-star, award-winning, Shakers Original American Vodka.

David is married and has two daughters, aged seven and five. David's hobby is harness racing, having driven professionally in the 1980s, and he holds a B.S. in Management from New York University.

Divya Gugnani

Founder of Behind the Burner

Divya Gugnani acquired a taste for her future in culinary arts while building a career in finance. In addition to a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, Divya holds a degree from the French Culinary Institute, where she discovered her inner chef. Divya started her career at Goldman Sachs and then worked at Investcorp International and Millennium Technolgy Ventures. Most recently, as a venture capitalist and Principal at FirstMark Capital, Divya provided companies with strategic and operational guidance to achieve their visions. Divya has also catered events and worked in restaurant kitchens while managing her corporate boardroom responsibilities. With the creation of Behind the Burner, Divya blends her long-time passion for culinary arts with her expertise in business.

Divya currently advises several startups and establish brands with board level roles. She appears on MSNBC: Your Business and has been featured in BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The Deal, Eat.Drink.Better and several other publications.

Gautam Gupta

Associate at General Catalyst Partners

Gautam focuses on investments in new and existing technology businesses.

Gautam joined General Catalyst from Procter and Gamble, where he analyzed brand strategy and consumer preferences in the Consumer Market Knowledge group of Procter and Gamble's North American Fabric Care business unit. Prior to that, he worked closely with the sales and marketing groups at Wireless Services Corporation and CTV Live on Campus, during his studies at Babson College.

Gautam received a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College, with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies.

Girish Gupta

Associate at RRE Ventures

Girish Gupta is an Associate with RRE Ventures. Girish is actively involved with the following RRE portfolio companies: drop.io, Ember, Payfone, and Rave Wireless.

Prior to joining RRE, Girish was an Investment Banker in the Global Technology Group at Lehman Brothers. At Lehman, Girish was primarily focused on financing and M&A transactions in Software, Digital Media, Communications Equipment, and Technology Services. Prior to Lehman, Girish was with Alkeon Capital Management, a technology focused hedge fund. At Alkeon, Girish helped form sector and company investment theses for portfolio managers and educated investors on competitive technologies and trends in the semiconductor space. While studying Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, Girish was a research assistant at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, a university-based research center focusing on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and electronic mass media. Girish graduated with honors from Columbia with a BS in Electrical Engineering and minor in Economics.

Girish is a strong supporter of youth entrepreneurship and socially minded enterprises, serving on the advisory board of Ashoka's Youth Venture in New York City.

Ross H. Goldstein

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures

Ross H. Goldstein is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures, an early-stage IT venture capital fund based in New York City. He has worked directly with technology, communications, media and other emerging growth companies for most of his 25-year career. Mr. Goldstein has a combination of venture capital, technology start-up operating, and investment banking experience. Mr. Goldstein is DFJ Gotham's representative on the boards of Mimeo.com, Lumeta, ContextWeb, Searchandise, IZEA and Drop.io.

Prior to co-founding Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures, Mr. Goldstein was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Interactive Imaginations, Inc., one of the East Coast's pioneering Internet companies, and the predecessor company to 24/7 Real Media, Inc., which was recently acquired by WPP Group. Prior to Interactive Imaginations, Mr. Goldstein was with Morgan Stanley for 13 years, where he had most recently been a senior banker responsible for equity financings for the firm's technology, telecommunications and media clients. He also serves on the Board of Directors of New York Cares, a non-profit volunteer organization based in New York City. Mr. Goldstein received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics-Economics, magna cum laude, from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Liz Hamburg

Founder and President of Upstart Ventures

Liz Hamburg is a “serial entrepreneur” with extensive experience launching new products and companies in areas of communications, technology, entertainment and media. She is the founder and President of Upstart Ventures, consulting to and incubating early stage companies. Through Upstart, she has been involved in the startup of 15 new businesses including her latest venture, ApplyWise, an online college admissions counseling company.

Liz is the co-host on WOR radio (WOR 710AM) of “Launchpad”, a weekly radio segment focusing on entrepreneurs and small business. She also blogs about small business for the Huffington Post.

Liz was Chairman and Founder of Hypnotic, a broadband content and branded entertainment company and was one of the founding managers and Director of the Board of Vimpel Communications (NYSE:VIP), the leading cellular company in Russia.

She has launched new products for Reuters Tokyo and Fujisankei Communications, one of Japan’s largest media conglomerates, where she worked on the first international television home shopping show and played a leading role in the introduction of Fuji’s Nintendo game software into the U.S.

Liz received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. from Brown University. She is a Director of the Board of Safe Space, a New York based non-profit; the President of the Advisory Board of the Brown University Entrepreneurs Program and a member of the Advisory Panel of the Columbia Business School's Eugene Lang Entrepreneur Initiative Fund. She is a frequent lecturer on topics concerning entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses.


Stephanie Hanbury-Brown

Managing Director of Golden Seeds LLC

Ms. Hanbury-Brown is the Managing Director of Golden Seeds LLC, which provides investment capital to early stage, high growth companies.

Prior to that, she spent 20 years working in the financial services industry in Sydney, London and New York. The majority of her career was with J.P. Morgan, where she headed several global businesses including Global Head of Futures and Options, Head of International Private Banking, Chief Operating Officer of Global Equities and Head of eCommerce.

She is currently a member of the board of directors of Design2Launch and Artemis Woman, both private companies, as well as Count Me In, a not-for-profit organization.

Wenda Harris Millard

President of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Wenda Harris Millard was named Co-CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO) in June 2008. She is also the company’s President, Media, a position she assumed when she joined MSLO in July 2007 after three years of service as a member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Millard oversees MSLO’s media businesses, which include Publishing, Internet and Broadcasting.

During her tenure, Ms. Millard has been rapidly expanding the company’s presence in the digital space, including spearheading the company’s investments in WeddingWire and Pingg Corp. She has been the driving force behind creating cross-platform programs for marketers to leverage MSLO brands’ passionate consumer connection.

A seasoned executive with over thirty years of publishing and advertising experience, Millard was formerly Chief Sales Officer at Yahoo!, Chief Internet Officer at Ziff Davis Media, President of Ziff Davis Internet, and Executive Vice President of DoubleClick. Millard has also served as President and Group Publisher of SRDS, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Family Circle and Executive Vice President/Group Publisher of Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek magazines.

Millard is currently Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ad Council. She also serves on the Boards of Do Something, Pop!Tech and The James Beard Foundation.

Millard holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Trinity College.

Rick Heitzmann

Managing Director at FirstMark Capital

Rick Heitzmann, a Founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, focuses on investments in the emerging media & advertising and data & analytics sectors, and serves on FirstMark Capital’s Investment Committee. Prior to founding FirstMark Capital, Rick was a Partner with Pequot Ventures. Rick led Pequot’s investments in StubHub (Acquired by eBay), First Advantage (NASDAQ: FADV) and US Search. Rick has led and sits on the board of 4 FirstMark portfolio companies, including Clickable, Weplay, Live Gamer and Riot Games.

Rick has a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

Darren Herman

Head of Digital Media at The Media Kitchen

Darren is a serial entrepreneur, adviser, and board member within the media, advertising, and technology industries. Mr. Herman is fascinated with the white-space that exists between the above industries and looks for companies who try and bridge them together. Darren's belief is that 98% of ideas aren't really new; they are repackaged and spun differently to the marketplace. He's been through the first and second dot com wave, and learned quite a few lessons and look forward to applying them to his latest endeavors.

Over the past few years Darren has started and been involved with several companies including IGA Worldwide, The Media Kitchen, MDC Partners, Varick Media Management, FortuneCity, Shopflick, and many others. Herman has raised over $40MM for his own ventures and helped raise $30MM+ for ventures he's working with.

Herman has won numerous awards during his career for both execution and innovation but most notably, BusinessWeek's Top Entrepreuenr Award in 2007.

Mark Herschberg

Educated at MIT (with degrees in physics, EE/CS, and a masters in cryptography) Mark has spent his career launching and fixing new ventures at startups, Fortune 50's, and academia. Mark has worked at and consulted to number startups typically taking on roles in general management, operations, and technology. He has been involved from inception and fundraising through growth and sale of the company. These startup companies have included a wireless application platform, online advertising, lead generation, OLAP, and new language development. Mark was instrumental in launching ServiceLive.com Sear's online home services labor market; he also helped fix NBC's online video marketplace (now Hulu.com). In academia Mark spent a year at HBS working with two finance professors to create the upTick system now used to teach finance at many of the top business schools.

At MIT Mark helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program at which he teaches annually. In his spare time Mark works with numerous non-profits and has become one of the top ranked ballroom dancers in the country.

Brett Hickey

President & Co-Founder of Aegis Capital Group LLC

Brett A. Hickey is the President & Co-Founder of Aegis Capital Group LLC, a private equity and venture capital firm focused on economic development investing. Aegis has made over 30 equity and debt investments in small and medium-sized businesses across North America since its inception in 2004. Mr. Hickey has also personally made two seed investments in de novo US commercial banks.

Prior to co-founding Aegis, Mr. Hickey was an investment banker covering the financial institutions sector at Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. in New York where he worked on capital raising transactions, corporate development projects and mergers and acquisitions.

Philanthropically, Mr. Hickey is the Founder and President of Acorn Charities Group. He was recently honored with the Shinnyo-en Foundation’s 2008 Pathfinders to Peace Award alongside Morgan Freeman, Mira Sorvino and Marc Ecko. He is Co-Chairman of McGill University’s Annual Fund for the Tri-State area, and Director and Head of Sponsorships & Partnerships for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Mr. Hickey is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Mr. Hickey is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Hospitality Concepts Group, LLC, a high-end food and beverage management company which is opening Nuela, a South American cuisine concept restaurant and event space in Manhattan in 2009. Mr. Hickey received a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and is currently attending Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Manager Program. He is also a former Canadian national gold medalist and North American medalist in speed skating.


Erik Hopf

Director of Operations at Disperse Interactive

Erik Hopf is Director of Operations at Disperse Interactive - a pioneering, interactive marketing agency specializing in helping clients navigate and leverage the fast-evolving world of social media (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Delicious, Plaxo, LinkedIn). In his role, Erik oversees and coordinates all client-facing departments, including production and creative teams, Disperse teams, research and analytics, and client services. Erik has been involved in social media since 2002, having worked on brands including Pepsi, TVLand/Nick@Nite and Alberto Culver. Additionally, he is a frequent speaker on industry panels.

Erik holds a MA in English Literature from Seton Hall University and currently resides in his hometown, Jersey City, NJ.

Doug Imbruce

CEO & Founder of theU.net

Doug Imbruce is the Founder and CEO of theU.net, an online advertising network that reaches over 8,700,000 college-bound students and parents monthly. 80% of the domestic 15-18 YO college-bound audience visits at least one of our sites every quarter, while our tools and services (including flagship destination theU.com) assist hundreds of thousands of students daily in determining vocations and post-secondary education options. The company is headquartered in New York City and was founded in 2005 while Mr. Imbruce was a Senior at Columbia University.

Amish Jani

Managing Director at FirstMark Capital

Amish Jani, a Founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, focuses on software and systems investments in the enterprise, communications and digital media sectors, and serves on FirstMark Capital’s Investment Committee. Amish also leads FirstMark’s investment strategies for the Indian marketplace. Prior to founding FirstMark Capital, Amish was a Partner with Pequot Ventures. Amish has led and sits on the board of 7 FirstMark portfolio companies, including IMImobile, Conductor, Boomi and Lumos Labs.

Amish has both a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jalak Jobanputra

Senior Vice President of New York City Investment Fund

Currently Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF) where she oversees technology and digital media venture investments, Jalak spearheaded the formation of NYCSeed in 2008, a seed fund dedicated to funding early stage tech entrepreneurs in NYC, and sits on its investment committee.

Prior to NYCIF, she was a Principal at New Venture Partners, a $300 million early stage venture fund. At NVP, she founded and served as interim CEO of Real Time Content and was a Director of Procelerate Technologies. From 1999-2003, Jalak was at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, where she oversaw enterprise software and digital media investments, including Demantra (sold to Oracle), Extricity (sold to Peregrine), Viacore (sold to IBM), Yodlee and Zinio. She was on the launch team of online financial research startup Horsesmouth in the early days of Silicon Alley in 1996, and began her career in media, telecom and tech investment banking at Lehman and Broadview in NYC and London.

Jalak has invested, and traveled extensively, in India, Europe, Africa, East Asia and Latin America. She is also active in supporting education reform and social entrepreneurship and serves on boards of Achievement First Bushwick Charter School (Brooklyn) and Echoing Green and has consulted for the Big Picture and Fenway charter schools in New England as well as Jobs for the Future. Jalak spent four months setting up microfinance programs and training women entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 1999. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications from the Annenberg School and a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School.

Robin Kent

Former Chairman & CEO of Universal McCann Worldwide

Robin is the Co-Founder of Rebel Digital. A company which consults to a number of digital music platforms and sells advertising on their behalf to “blue chip” advertisers.

Prior to this Robin was the founding CEO of SpiralFrog from May 2005 to December 2006 where he was responsible for raising funds, creating the brand, putting in place the ad sales team and signing record label and publishing contracts. He left along with the majority of his team and the Board in December 2006 to establish Rebel Digital.

Until April 2005 Robin was the Chairman & CEO of Universal McCann, the media arm of McCann Erickson advertising and a part of the Interpublic Group of Companies.

Robin joined Universal McCann in 1996 and was appointed EVP, Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa in January 1997. Under his leadership in EMEA, Universal McCann has led all media agencies in winning media-only new business throughout Europe for three consecutive years. Many proprietary research programs and strategy methods that were developed under his leadership have since been adapted worldwide within Universal McCann’s 123 countries, 180 offices and over 4000 employees.

In April, 2002, Robin was promoted to the worldwide post of Chairman & CEO of Universal McCann. In addition to his role of global Chairman, Robin assumed the role of Regional Director of UM North America and focused on elevating the quality of client servicing and new business development in the United States. In 2002, Universal McCann won over $1.7BN in new business in the US; $2.5BN globally. Under Robin’s leadership, Universal McCann was named “2002 U.S. Media Agency of the Year” by industry leading publications Advertising Age and AdWeek. Under Robin’s Global leadership Universal has been successful every year at the Cannes advertising festival, winning many media Gold Lions and the Grand Prix in 2003.

Robin has been in the media industry for 33 years and has expertise across all communication disciplines. He began his career at Saatchi & Saatchi in 1976, where he managed the media planning and buying for Proctor & Gamble, Dunlop and BP. Subsequently, Robin spent 11 years at Leagas Delaney as Media Director, responsible for Porsche, Harrods and Adidas. After Leagas, he moved to Paris as Client Services Director for Carat, managing Disney, Danone and VW.

Robin has received several prestigious industry awards including:

- AdAge Media Maven award 2002.
- AdWeek/MediaWeek: “Media All Star” for the media executive category 2002.
- AdAge Global: “Top 100 Marketers” (AdAge Global, July 2003) where he was recognized for his “fresh thinking and initiatives.”
- AdWeek and AdAge voted Universal McCann “Media Agency of the Year” in 2002.
- Gotham Top ten advertising people September 2004.

Nataly Kogan

Founder of Work It, Mom!

Nataly Kogan is the founder of Work It, Mom!, the leading online community and resource for working moms and the Chief Community Officer for Daily Grommet, a new company that discovers, sells and tells the story of one unique product every day.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur Nataly was a Managing Director with an early-stage venture firm based in New York City. While there, Nataly focused on investing in digital media and software start-up companies, had her share of great successes and dismal failures, but most importantly, learned one thing – she wanted to build companies rather than invest in them. Some of her favorite investments were Constant Contact, the leading email marketing company for small businesses, and Scanbuy, the leading global provider of mobile marketing solutions that use the camera phone as the link between the physical world and the digital world.

Before becoming a venture capitalist, Nataly worked in operations and business development at several early-stage technology companies, some of which managed to survive through the dot com bust. She began her career as an analyst with McKinsey & Company in New York.

Nataly has always loved to write and has a great appreciation for the power of content. A few years out of college, she started a publishing company together with her husband. They created a series of books called Students Helping Students, all authored by college students. After several years of running the company out of their one-bedroom New York apartment while still working at their day jobs, Nataly and her husband sold the book series to Perigee, an imprint of Penguin.

Nataly is also the author of The Daring Female’s Guide to Ecstatic Living: 30 Dares for a More Gutsy and Fulfilling Life, which was published by Hyperion in 2006. Nataly grew up in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the US with her parents when she was 13. She graduated from Wesleyan University with University and High Honors.

Nataly has recently moved from New York City to Boston with her husband and young daughter, but she forever remains a New Yorker at heart.

Robert Levin

Editor-in-Chief, Publisher & Founder of New York Enterprise Report

Robert Levin founded THE NEW YORK ENTERPRISE REPORT in 2003 to serve the needs of the small business community with which he has worked so closely throughout his professional career. Available both in print and online, THE NEW YORK ENTERPRISE REPORT is the only media that caters exclusively to decision makers in the New York tri-state area’s small business market. Featuring award-winning "how-to" articles written by experts, each issue of NY REPORT provides critical knowledge that makes it a must-read for those looking to grow their businesses. In addition to its print and online properties, NY REPORT also produces events for business owners as well as hosting the annual Small Business Awards.

Prior to launching THE NEW YORK ENTERPRISE REPORT, Levin was the CEO of Profile Pursuit, a custom magazine publisher with clients such as Crunch Gym and the ATP. While CEO, he was in charge of revamping the company's sales process and improving its relationship with partners.

Levin was also the CFO of PenOp, a software developer based in New York and the U.K. Soon after joining PenOp, he became part of a three-man team that raised $4.4 million from venture capital and institutional investors, enabling the company to survive a cash crunch.

He has also served as COO and CFO of NutriPlus, LLC, an international marketer of personal care products. His responsibilities for NutriPlus included building a multi-functional management team, automating operational processes and designing and implementing a strategic planning and budgeting system.

Prior to his tenure at NutriPlus, Levin had his own consulting firm in Los Angeles that specialized in business management and finance.

Levin began his career as a tax consultant in Arthur Andersen LLP's Enterprise Group, assisting dozens of clients with tax and business issues associated with growing companies. A certified public accountant, Levin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and earned his BS from SUNY Albany and his MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.

J.B. Lockhart

Vice President of Greenhill SAVP

Mr. Lockhart joined Greenhill SAVP in 2006. Previously, he was a Manager in The Walt Disney Company’s Strategic Planning Group, where he worked on the acquisition of Pixar and the formulation of Disney’s new media investment strategy. Prior to Disney, JB worked in media investment banking and technology strategic investments at Lehman Brothers.

JB currently serves as a Board Observerat Pontiflex and Serious. He is also a junior Board Member at The Beginning with Children Foundation,a non-profit charter school organization.JB received a BA with honors from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mark Mackenzie

Senior Digital Media Analyst at AllianceBerstein ESG/VC

Mark Mackenzie is the Senior Telecom, Media & Technology Analyst and heads the TMT Venture Capital effort at AllianceBernstein. Mark analyzes emerging global trends and utilizes that knowledge to drive late-stage venture capital and advise on themes that impact the firm’s public equity and fixed income portfolios.

In this cross-over roll, Mark leverages the largest publicly traded money manager (AllianceBernstein has almost half a trillion dollars under management) on behalf of his private investments - complementing existing venture capital by offering: a unique strategic vision through access to 300 internal and thousands of sell-side analysts; introductions to potential business clients through significant ownership in public companies; and insight into Wall Street's thinking as AllianceBernstein is one of the largest consumers of IPOs. Mark’s portfolio includes Brightcove (online video), Hillcrest Labs (digital home), JumpTap (mobile advertising), Lingtu (Chinese location based services), Obopay (mobile payments), Pure Digital (maker of the Flip camcorders) and Visible World (intelligent TV advertising).

Prior to his current role, Mark was at AllianceBernstein’s sell-side subsidiary Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. where he co-founded the media & communication strategy team and analyzed the impact of technology on film, internet, music, television and wireless. In this role, Mark co-authored books on the digital home, internet video and media’s digitalization. Prior to co-creating the M&C Strategy team, he was part of Bernstein’s Global Media research team covering large, publicly traded companies such as Comcast, Disney and Time Warner. Before joining Bernstein in 2002, he was a telecommunication, media & technology investment banker with Lehman Brothers in New York and London and a manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Beijing. Mark also worked for PwC in London where he co-founded a company, Pilgrim House Services.

Mark has a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas and an MBA from New York University. He is also a CPA.

Tad Martin

Founder of Cross Commerce Media and former COO/GMM of Overstock.com

Mr Martin joined Overstock as one of the company's early employees reporting directly to Patrick Byrne, Overstock's CEO. During his tenure at Overstock, the company grew from roughly $70MM in revenues to over $800