Ingenuity is a senior level, high-impact forum to showcase select entrepreneurs from premier early & late stage organizations based in the greater New York area to meet top-tier venture capitalists and investors. The invitation-only event provides investors with access to quality, professionally screened, high-potential investment opportunities. Ingenuity provides a powerful sponsorship opportunity for select companies seeking to develop and strengthen relationships with the best emerging venture-backed companies on the East Coast and top-level angels, venture investors, private equity, and corporate dealmakers.
"It all starts with a brilliant idea & a handshake. So much amazing networking happening at #ingenuity"
"The time is now to build a company the size/scope of salesforce in the marketing tech space." @shafqatislam @newscred
"74% of women rely on social media in purchases... If you're not engaging them, you'll fail." @chantelchloe
Greg Coleman, a seasoned executive with nearly 25 years of media experience and expertise in online marketing and data analytics, is the President of Criteo. Formerly the president and Chief Revenue Officer at the Huffington Post and the EVP of global sales at Yahoo, he has held executive positions and caused explosive sales growth for several of the world’s most influential technology and media companies. As the President and Chief Revenue Officer of The Huffington Post, he built a $30 million ad business in one year. As EVP global sales at Yahoo, he assembled a pre-eminent sales team that grew ad revenues from $600 million to more than $6 billion.
Paul Palmieri is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Millennial Media. Paul has spent the past 17 years building businesses in and around the wireless technology and media industries, and as a founder, corporate executive, investor, industry leader and entrepreneur, his work has had a profound impact on the growth of the mobile industry. Paul has built Millennial Media into the independent leader in mobile advertising and data. He is also well known for his influential role in mobile entertainment and advertising, having led the mobile multimedia business for Verizon Wireless where he served as an executive for five years. His establishment of new and successful business models has been credited with playing a key role in the birth of the now thriving app economy, mobile display advertising market, text interaction, and the mobile game industry.
Barry Silbert is the Founder and CEO of SecondMarket. SecondMarket enables private companies, investment funds and other issuers to manage liquidity, raise capital and better communicate with their stakeholders. Through its secure online platform, SecondMarket simplifies complex transaction workflows, streamlines investor onboarding and verifies that investors are accredited. SecondMarket also provides qualified investors with unique opportunities in a variety of asset classes.SecondMarket has received numerous accolades in recent years including being named by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. The company has also received honors from Forbes, Fast Company, Deloitte and other organizations. SecondMarket is backed by premier investors, including FirstMark Capital, The Social+Capital Partnership, Li Ka-shing Foundation, Temasek Holdings, NEA and Silicon Valley Bank. Barry has received several individual honors including being invited to join Mayor Bloomberg's Council on Technology and Innovation, being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Crain's, and being selected to Fortune's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. He is a frequent public speaker and has appeared in many leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today and Forbes. Barry has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg News and Fox Business News.
Noah Breslow is the Chief Executive Officer of OnDeck, a technology company solving small business' biggest challenge: access to capital. Utilizing data aggregation and electronic payment technology, OnDeck can make credit decisions in minutes and deliver funding to small businesses within 24 hours. As OnDeck's first employee, Noah has held a variety of leadership roles since the company's 2006 inception and became CEO in June of 2012. During his tenure as CEO, OnDeck has experienced over 100% growth and has been named to the Inc. 500 | 5000 List of the Fastest Growing Companies in America twice. To date, OnDeck has delivered over $650 million dollars to small businesses nationwide. Previously, Noah was VP of Marketing & Product Management for Tacit Networks, guiding the company from initial launch to its successful sale to a public company. Noah currently resides in New York City with his wife and children. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from MIT and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
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.
A successful track record of working on large-scale, high-demand web systems led Neil to develop Sailthru's unique capabilities. Prior to founding Sailthru, Neil was the Chief Technology Officer for MusicNation, an AlleyCorp company, ASmallWorld, and MoneyMedia (acquired by The Financial Times). Neil is an adviser to several startups, including Refinery29.com and Zootoo.com.
Chantel Waterbury, founder and CEO of chloe + isabel supported herself in college through traditional direct sales, but was surprised by the lack of opportunity for young women her age. Following school and a successful fashion merchandising career at industry heavyweights like Target Corp., Macy's, LVMH, and Gap, Inc., Chantel set out to develop the company that wasn't around when she was just getting started. Her vision translated into the company before you – Chloe + Isabel - a socially connected community of like-minded, career-driven women selling a product worthy of their passion.
Jonathan Glick grew up in Vancouver, went to college in Montreal, and now lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children. He loves science fiction, world history and the Yankees. He is also the CEO of Sulia.
As a Partner at Venrock in New York, David focuses on early stage venture investing in internet and digital media companies. His active investments include Media6Degrees, Smartling, Klout and Singly. Previously, Pakman was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. After buying eMusic from Vivendi Universal, in the three years that Pakman ran it, he grew the business by more than 850%, from $7M in revenues to more than $68M. Pakman transformed the business from an obscure also-ran with 50,000 subscribers to the second largest digital music retailer in the world, with more than 400,000 subscribers and more than 12% market share.
Mike is the Managing Partner at Bowery Capital based in New York. Prior to Bowery Capital, Brown co-founded AOL Ventures and led investments in over 30 companies primarily focused around the next generation of CMO and CTO spend. Before AOL Ventures, Mike worked for the investment arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, helping to invest capital in early stage internet startups on behalf of the British entrepreneur. He began his career at Morgan Stanley. Outside of his professional life Brown serves on the Board of Directors of the National Forest Foundation and co-chairs the Columbia College Young Leaders Council. Mike holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
David Eisenberg is the Co-founder & CEO of Floored, a New York City-based technology startup that produces hardware & software to automatically generate 3D models of real estate. Dave is also the co-founder and managing director of Red Swan Ventures, a seed stage venture firm managed by startup CEOs that invests in exceptional founding teams. Prior to Floored & Red Swan, David was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners, one of the premier venture capital firms in the world. David was an early employee of two successful technology startups in Bonobos and TellApart and he began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company in NY. David graduated from Harvard with a degree in Psychology.
Seth Besmertnik directs corporate strategy, guides product vision and develops strategic partnerships for Conductor. Since co-founding the company, Seth has navigated Conductor through multiple financing rounds and extraordinary growth including being ranked the 13th fastest growing software company in the US & the 3rd Best Place to Work in New York City. Today, Conductor is the market leading SEO Platform for companies with SEO teams, and the agencies that support them. The company boasts the biggest customer list in the category including more than 500 Fortune and Internet Retailer 500 brands like General Electric, Toys R Us and Federal Express.
Katia’s beauty motto: “I’ll try anything twice.” She’s not kidding—in the short time since starting Birchbox, she has experimented with everything from lip tattoos to at-home waxing kits. A bonafide hair whiz, she can whip up a red carpet-worthy updo in minutes using her trusty teasing brush and often gives impromptu braiding lesson to her co-workers.
Warren brings significant operational experience and proven investment talent to Canaan Partners, with expertise in communications, digital media, and software. He joined the firm�s Connecticut office in 2005 to focus on digital media investments, specifically in the New York corridor. Convinced online advertising as we know it is only in its nascent stages, Warren is always on the lookout for the next great leap in digital media � and was responsible for Canaan's early investments in Tremor Media, a rising star in the online video advertising space; Motionbox, a leading user-generated video site; Associated Content, �The People�s Media Company�; and Vivox, a provider of voice communication services to online communities.
Shafqat Islam is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NewsCred, the world’s leading content marketing and syndication platform. As CEO, Shafqat manages the strategic growth of the company, pioneering a new content ecosystem for brands and publishers. Since its founding in 2008, NewsCred has grown to a 75+ person team of technologists, journalists and creative content marketers based in New York, London and Dhaka. The company is funded by leading investors including Mayfield Fund, FirstMark Capital, Greycroft Partners and IA Ventures.
Mr. Stephen Messer is Co-founder and Vice Chairman of Collective[i], the first Big Data network built around technology that delivers enterprise-wide analyses curated and developed by the world’s leading data scientists directly to business users in order to answer essential questions about marketing, sales, service and support data. Prior to Collective[i], Mr. Messer, along with his sister, Ms. Heidi Messer, founded, built and managed LinkShare Corporation until its sale in 2005 to Rakuten for $425m. In 2005, Mr. Messer was awarded the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the New York Region. Mr. Messer was also awarded the Best Service to the Industry award, recognizing his contributions to development of the affiliate marketing industry. Mr. Messer holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and a B.A. from Lafayette University.
J.J. Colao writes about startups for Forbes Magazine. In his two years at Forbes he's written over 30 print pieces, including profiles on billionaire Michael Rubin, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg and Steve Blank. He runs Forbes’ annual list of "America's Most Promising Companies" which ranks high-growth, privately-held U.S. businesses. Before joining Forbes, J.J. co-founded and ran a web startup with friends from college. He is based in New York.
Chris Fralic is a Partner at First Round Capital and based in their New York office. He joined the firm in 2006 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, Mobile and more. Chris has 25 years of technology industry experience, with significant Internet business development roles since 1996. Chris was VP of Business Development at social bookmarking and tagging company del.icio.usthrough the Yahoo! acquisition. Chris was also one of the early employees and VP of Business Development at Half.com starting in 1999, and after the eBay acquisition spent six years with eBay in a variety of entertainment, business development and media roles. Chris earned his BS in Finance from Villanova University and his MBA from St. Joseph's University.
Charlie O'Donnell has been an active member of the NYC venture capital and startup community for ten years in roles ranging from institutional fund investor to venture capitalist to entrepreneur--with a little product management in between. He has venture experience at two of the top venture capital firms in the country, Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital, and sourced First Round's Investment in GroupMe, which sold to Skype in 2011. The investments he sourced at First Round Capital also include Refinery29, chloe + isabel, Backupify, SinglePlatform, Salescrunch and Docracy.
Tapad founder and CEO Are Traasdahl has more than 15 years’ experience in mobile and digital content. In addition to Tapad, Are holds several board positions for start-up companies and is the President of Spring Capital. Prior to Tapad, he founded Thumbplay, a mobile entertainment service that he grew to more than $100MM in revenues before he exited the company in 2008. He was previously a senior executive with Telenor Group, an international provider of telecom, data and media communications services.
Dan Ciporin is committed to building innovative businesses that make the Internet a more engaging place for consumers. Dan joined Canaan’s Connecticut office in 2007 to invest in emerging leaders in online advertising and digital media in the New York corridor, as well as in communications infrastructure companies that deliver interactive content to connected consumers.
Eric Hippeau is a Managing Director at Lerer Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital fund focused on New York technology startups. Hippeau is also Chairman of SohoTechLabs, a Lerer Ventures-backed incubator based in NYC working on breakthrough products, and co-founder of NowThis News. Hippeau is a Special Partner at Softbank Capital and former Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post and a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, where he served as Managing Partner for many years.
Jeanne has more than 20 years of private equity experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. Over the past 20 years as a founding principal of StarVest and previously with Olivetti Ventures, Ms. Sullivan has served on the boards of multiple private and two public companies and has extensive experience creating “go to market” plans for expansion stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, an understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends.
Andrew Siegel has led approximately 20 investments since joining Advance Publications, Inc. in the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development in January 2011. Advance Publications, Inc. is a diversified media company with leading positions in national and international magazines through Condé Nast, Fairchild Fashion Media and Parade Publications, daily and weekly newspapers, business journals through American City Business Journals, internet sites including Reddit.com and Style.com, cable television systems through Bright House Networks, and a significant interest in Discovery Communications. Mr. Siegel previously led Yahoo! Inc.’s corporate development activities. He was recognized as a 2013 Media Maven by Ad Age, named to the 2011 Silicon Alley 100, and was honored with a 2011 TechFellowAward.
JJ Ramberg is the host of msnbc's “Your Business,” the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners and co-author of It’s Your Business: 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business, available October 16th. Now in its seventh season, the program has profiled hundreds of small business owners and offered advice from countless small business experts and investors.
(Hosted by NYVCA & SorinRand & Square1Bank)
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Chris Fralic, Partner, First Round Capital & INGENUITY Co-Chair
Warren Lee, Partner, Canaan Partners & INGENUITY Co-Chair
Building a leading online and offline brand
Dave Gilboa, co-CEO and co-founder, Warby Parker
Presenting Companies Track 1
Presenting Companies Track 1
From PowerPoint to IPO, the successes and challenges of a founder/CEO
Paul Palmieri, CEO, Millenial Media
FinTech 2.0: Lessons from the financial trenches as we look at P2P, Bitcoin, and beyond
Barry Silbert, CEO, SecondMarket
Enterprise tech goes mainstream in NYC
Neil Capel, CEO, SailThru
City Hall's Role in Silicon Alley: Taking stock of the Bloomberg years and looking forward.
Presenting Companies Track 3
Presenting Companies Track 3
Pioneering and scaling innovative online models in Fashion and Retail
Chantel Waterbury, Founder & CEO, Chloe + Isabel
Continuing Evolution of Content & Ad Models
Jonathan Glick, CEO, Sulia
Emerging Sources of New Capital in NYC
Designing new investment vehicles for New York's evolving tech landscape
From Yahoo! to HuffPo to IPO
Greg Coleman, President, Criteo
Warren Lee, Partner, Canaan Partners & INGENUITY Co-Chair
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