INGENUITY 2014 – the 5th anniversary of the conference – was co-chaired by Alan Patricof of Greycroft,  Eric Hippeau of Lerer Ventures and Michael Flannery of Redwood Partners. With over 600 attendees, the event brought together top VCs, entrepreneurs and leaders from the NYC technology community.

2014 Highlights




“The one event where entrepreneurs and investors get to know one another
and truly network. This event was amazing.”

Stephen Messer, Vice Chairman, Collective[i] and former Co-founder, LinkShare

“I look forward to this event every year.”
Andrew Reid, Co-founder & CTO, SponsorHub

“Simply the best group of investors and leaders from the NY tech scene.”
Chris Reim, Community Development Venture Capital Association

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • 8:00am-9:00am
    Breakfast Registration & Networking
  • 9:00-9:05
    Welcome Remarks

    Michael Flannery, Managing Partner, Redwood Partners & Co-Chair, INGENUITY 2014

  • 9:05-9:30
    Fireside Chat – Building the Next Large Media Company

    Greg Coleman, President, BuzzFeed
    Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed

  • 9:30-10:00
    Fireside Chat – Diversity in Tech

    Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
    Hank Williams, CEO,

  • 10:00-10:45
    Roundtable – Why New York?

    David Tisch, BoxGroup

    Alex Ferrara, Partner, Bessemer

    Jordan Levy, Partner, Softbank

    Bob Greene, Managing Partner, Contour Ventures

    Eric Hippeau, Managing Director, Lerer Hippeau Ventures & Co-Chair, INGENUITY 2014 (Moderator)

  • 10:45-11:00
    Networking Break
  • 11:00-11:50
    Presenting Company Pitches

    Hosted by Ernst & Young (Ken Egan)




    Gracious Eloise

    Backtrace I/O


  • 11:50-12:30
    Roundtable – Expansion/Late Stage Capital

    Joe Zawadzki, CEO, MediaMath

    Scott Ferber, CEO, Videology

    Howard Lerman, CEO, Yext

    Alan Patricof, Managing Director, Greycroft & Co-Chair, INGENUITY 2014 (Moderator)

  • 12:30-1:15
  • 1:15-1:35
    Fireside Chat – NY State: Digital Powerhouse

    Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer, New York State
    Anthony Ha, Writer, TechCrunch

  • 1:35-2:15
    Presenting Company Pitches

    Hosted by Dentons (Victor Boyajian)





    Boxed Wholesale

    Floored 3D

  • 2:15-3:00
    Roundtable – Sell or IPO? The View from Both Sides

    Daniela Bendor, Managing Director, Axiom Capital

    Kellee Khalil, CEO,

    Heidi Messer, Chairman, Collective[i]

    Kathleen Utech, Partner, Core Innovation Capital

    Liana Baker, M&A Correspondent, Reuters (Moderator)

  • 3:00-3:15
    Networking Break
  • 3:15-3:55
    Presenting Company Pitches

    Hosted by Square1 Bank (Brad Ellis)


    Take the Interview

    Nineteenth Amendment


    Start App

  • 3:55-4:25
    Fireside Chat – Shari Redstone

    Shari Redstone
    Shelly Palmer (Moderator)

  • 4:25-5:10
    Roundtable – NextGen Content & Monetization

    David Moore, Chairman Xaxis & President, WPP Digital

    Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor

    Mike Yavonditte, CEO, YieldMo

    Jeff Dachis, Chief Evangelist, Sprinklr (Moderator)

  • 5:15
    Networking & Cocktail Reception

    Sponsored by The Macallan


Kathleen Utecht is the Venture Partner at Core Innovation Capital, investing in financial technologies that impact the emerging middle class. Previously, Kathleen was both an investor and the Entrepreneur in Residence in the New York office of Comcast Ventures, first investing out of the main fund and then investing in and working closely with portfolio companies of the Catalyst Fund, an affiliated seed-stage fund of Comcast Ventures.

Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Kathleen worked in venture capital at Core Innovation Capital (it was so good, she went back for an encore) and WVP Ventures. Prior to her venture roles, Kathleen invested in and led Green Rock Entertainment, an online / offline commerce startup whose main product was Cahootie. She won Ernst & Young’s Winning Women Award for its success.

Before her operational adventure, Kathleen was an investment banker in the financial services group of Raymond James and a graduate of General Electric Capital’s Financial Management Program. Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree from Babson College and an MBA from the Wharton School. She also holds a whole host of other roles including mentor at 37Angels and Pipeline Fellowship and East Coast board member of Astia.

Scott has spent his career utilizing mathematics and information technology to build profitable businesses and products. As Chairman and CEO of Videology, Scott is focused on guiding the company through each new phase of growth, and driving innovation to meet the industry’s latest opportunities.

A pioneer in the digital advertising industry, Scott is committed to developing smart solutions to meet the needs of the world’s largest marketers and media agencies, with a focus on international expansion that has resulted in offices in 28 locations across the globe.

Prior to his work with Videology, Scott most notably co-founded in 1998 – the world’s leading performance-based digital advertising network –  and sold the company to AOL in 2004. He has also held key roles at Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble and Capital One.

Scott has received numerous awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, CEO of the Year by Blue Chip Venture Company, and the American Business Award’s “Stevie” for Best Executive in 2005.

Scott graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree from the University of Virginia, Dept of Systems Engineering in 1991, and a M.S. from the Stanford University, Dept of Engineering-Economic Systems in 1992.

Howard Lerman founded Yext in 2006 with a single goal: to build an impactful, great company with super talented people. Along the way, Yext has re-invented three industries: pay-per-call advertising, business listings synchronization, and today, the Integrated GeoMarketing Cloud. With over 300 amazingly talented employees serving over 350,000 customers, Yext is on its way to realizing Howard’s original vision. Yext is Howard’s fourth software company. Howard is also Co-Founder and Chairman of Confide, a leading off-the-record messaging service.

Mike was CEO Quigo Technologies, a contextual ad network, which was sold to AOL for a reported $340 million. Prior to joining Quigo, Mr. Yavonditte served as Vice President of sales for USA Networks Electronic Commerce Solutions Group in New York. Previously, he was Managing Director of the strategic alliances group at AltaVista. In 1997, Mr. Yavonditte joined Juno Online Services, Inc. as a Director in their business development group. Mr. Yavonditte started his career at Ziff-Davis Publishing in New York where he held various sales and management roles.

Michael Barrett is the CEO of Millennial Media, and brings over 20 years of experience in e-commerce, advertising, publishing, and sales. Previously, Michael was President and Founder of Ichabod Farm Ventures LLC. He also served as Chief Revenue Officer of Yahoo! Inc., and was responsible for global advertising revenue and operations. Prior to Yahoo!, Michael served as CEO of AdMeld, which was acquired by Google in 2011.

Previously, Michael served as Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President at Fox Interactive Media, overseeing the worldwide revenue for all of the company’s properties, including MySpace, IGN,,,, and Prior to Fox, he served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Partnerships of AOL Media Networks at AOL LLC (now Historic AOL LLC). Michael has also held senior roles at GeoCities, Disney Online, and Family PC.

Michael holds a B.A. degree in Economics from College of the Holy Cross.

Shari Redstone is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Advancit Capital. She is a media executive with a wide-ranging background in numerous aspects of the media and digital industry. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Viacom Inc. and Vice Chair of the Board of CBS Corporation.

Since 2000, she has also been President of National Amusements, one of the top 10 movie exhibitors in the U.S. Shari has expanded the company’s international footprint and its exploration of new technologies.

In addition, she is Co-Chairman of and is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the National Theatre Owners Association.

Shari earned a BS from Tufts University, a JD and a Masters in Tax Law from Boston University. She is involved in a variety of charitable, civic, and educational organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Shari sits on the Board of Trustees at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She served on the Board of Directors of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University from 2003-2012. Most recently, Shari joined the Board and Executive Committee of “Our Time”, a mass-membership non-profit organization that stands for the economic interests and political inclusion of young Americans aged 18-30. She is also on the Local Advisory Board and Executive Committee for BUILD, a non-profit organization which uses entrepreneurship to propel low income youth through high school and into college.

Ms. Bendor brings over 18 years of investment banking, corporate finance, strategic business development and senior management experience.

Ms. Bendor Successfully developed and executed financing totalling over $750mm in value with leading technology, life science, energy and business services companies such as Microsoft, HP, Ericsson, Siemens, Hitachi, Hipcricket, GE, Merck, Broadsoft, Baxter and IBM.

Prior to joining Axiom, Ms. Bendor was a Managing Partner at Broadmark Capital and was heading its New York Office. Previously, Ms. Bendor served as a Managing Director at Marco Polo Partners (Spin-off from Lehman Brothers) responsible for the origination and execution of M&A and financing transactions focusing on the technology, energy and life science sectors. In addition, she held a managerial position in Becton Dickinson (NYSE: BDX) and led a Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning Department at Arthur Andersen.

Ms. Bendor serves as an advisor to senior management and boards of directors regarding complex strategic and financial transactions. She is also a frequent speaker at technology-related conferences. Ms. Bendor graduated with an M.B.A from the Hebrew University, summa cum laude. She holds Series 7, 79 and Series 63 FINRA registrations.

Kellee Khalil is founder and CEO of, the wedding planning one-stop-shop forever changing the way brides and grooms plan weddings. On, couples discover big day ideas, shop top designers, get expert advice, organize inspiration and find their wedding day dream team all in one place.

While working in the bridal industry and simultaneously helping her sister plan her wedding in 2010, Kellee experienced first hand the difficulty of making a wedding come to life. Scouring hundreds of retailers, blogs and vendor sites, she became frustrated by the inability to search wedding ideas, shop products and hire vendors in one place. After moving to New York City and immersing herself in the NY tech community, Kellee fully committed to solving the bridal search problem. One year later, on February 14, 2012, launched, forever changing the digital bridal landscape.

Rachel S. Haot is Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology for New York State. Her focus is to realize Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision of modernizing online government and supporting technology innovation. Prior to this role, Rachel was New York City’s Chief Digital Officer under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where her team overhauled and launched tech campaign We Are Made in NY.  Before entering government, Rachel served as founder and CEO of, the first US citizen journalism platform. She also created Upward, a digital strategy consultancy, and taught at Columbia Business School. Rachel is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was named Chief Digital Officer of the Year at the 2014 CDO Summit.

Anthony Ha is a writer at TechCrunch, where he covers media and advertising. Previously, he worked as a tech writer at Adweek, a senior editor at the tech blog VentureBeat, and a local government reporter at the Hollister Free Lance, where he won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for breaking news coverage and writing. He attended Stanford University and now lives in Brooklyn. Disclosure: I own shares in VentureBeat.

Jessica Lawrence is the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), the largest Meetup group in the world, and a non-profit organization supporting the growth and diversification of New York’s technology sector. In 2013, she co-founded The Work Revolution Summit, a conference on the future of work. Prior to her work with NYTM, Jessica was the CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in Southern California, where she supported a community of 75 staff, 5,000 volunteers, and 15,000 girls. Jessica was one of only 15 women selected to participate in Seth Godin’s Female Entrepreneur MBA (FeMBA) in 2010. Jessica’s writing has been featured on the Harvard Business Review blog,, The Next Web, The Huffington Post and in a weekly column in The Press-Enterprise. She also speaks frequently on technology startups, the New York technology community, women in tech, organizational development and culture, the future of work, and non-profit management.

Bio coming soon.

A new climate of change, hope and progress is now gripping Silicon Valley and the high tech industry. Inclusion and equal opportunity in the technology industry is the 21st century civil rights imperative. It’s today’s dynamic, disruptive change agent re-shaping the culture and character of the high tech industry.

Rainbow PUSH has brought this message to the industry through direct participation and speaking at the shareholder meetings of HP, eBay, Facebook and Google: Silicon Valley is America’s valley: built through American R&D; American education; American tax credits and tax havens. It should reflect America’s best values and principles.

Designing, implementing and measuring a 21st century Digital Inclusion and Diversity Strategy is the challenge of this era. The tech industry has demonstrated that you can solve the most challenging complex problems in the world. Inclusion is a complex problem – if we put our collective minds to it, we can solve it, too. Nothing is too hard for Silicon Valley and the technology industry.

From his work with Dr. King, to his presidential campaigns of 1984 and 1988 and his success in negotiating the freedom of hostages held in foreign lands, Rev. Jesse Jackson has been one of the world’s foremost civil and human rights leaders.  He recently launched a Digital Connections initiative to expand the participation of African Americans and people of color in all dimensions of the technology industry.

Liana Baker is a journalist covering mergers and acquisitions in the technology, media and telecom sector at Thomson Reuters. Previously, she wrote about media and cable companies at Reuters, publishing stories and breaking news on topics ranging from Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable to Fox’s recent takeover attempt of Time Warner Inc. She has also written about the rising value of sports media rights and the future business model of television. She studied journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School.

Greg Coleman is President of BuzzFeed, where he also sits on the company’s Board of Directors to scale social advertising globally and expand mobile, video and ad products. Coleman has been advising the company since 2010. Most recently, Coleman was the President of advertising technology company Criteo. He has previously held roles as President and Chief Revenue Officer at the Huffington Post and the EVP of Global Sales at Yahoo. Coleman also served as President of Platform-A at AOL from February to April of 2009 and was formerly Senior Vice President of Reader’s Digest Association and president of U.S. Magazine Publishing. At CBS, Inc., he spent 10 years leading advertising efforts for Woman’s Day as Vice President and National Sales Manager. Coleman holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University and attended the M.B.A. program at New York University. He currently lives in Greenwich Village and is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he teaches a class on digital marketing and innovation.

Ben Smith is BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief. Since joining the company in January 2012, Smith has built a newsroom of more than 200 reporters and editors, led expansion of over 20 content verticals, and built teams across the world. Under his leadership, BuzzFeed’s coverage has grown to include politics, business, investigative reporting, longform journalism, and entertainment while growing the site’s traffic to over 150M monthly unique visitors. Smith was called “one of the most talented and admired scoop-mongers in the game” by The New Republic, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” and featured as Fortune’s “40 Under 40” for his work at BuzzFeed. Prior to BuzzFeed, Smith was senior political writer for Politico from 2007 to 2011. Before Politico, he wrote a column and a blog for the New York Daily News, started New York’s first political blog, The Politicker, for the New York Observer, as well as the political site, Room Eight, after working as City Hall Bureau Chief for the New York Sun.

Bob Greene is a co-founder of Contour Venture Partners and has been a venture capitalist since the late 1980’s. He has invested in all stages of venture capital across several industry sectors.  Contour invests in early stage and emerging growth technology companies in the Northeast and has backed over 40 companies since its launch in 2006.

Prior to launching Contour, Bob was one of the three managing partners of Flatiron Partners. The firm backed over 50 companies with over $500 million of venture capital.  Prior to joining Flatiron full time in 1999, Bob was a General Partner at Chase Capital Partners, having joined its predecessor, Chemical Venture Partners, in 1994.  Bob started and led Chase Capital’s Technology and Internet investment practice.

Bob is the President of the New York Venture Capital Association of New York and has been on the NYVCA Board since 1994. Bob has been a guest lecturer for many years at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Wharton School of Business, Columbia Graduate School of Business, and formerly served for five years on the Undergraduate Financial Aid Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bob received a BS from the Wharton School of Business and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

David J. Moore is Chairman of Xaxis and President of WPP Digital. In both roles, he seeks to accelerate Xaxis’ and WPP Digital’s growth worldwide.

Dave has over 35 years of experience in media and technology.  He finds new ways of making technologies work for marketers – from the early ad networks to search engine marketing, behavioral targeting, and today’s opportunity: big data. He founded and led 24/7 Media’s (now Xaxis) growth from start-up to a leader in digital marketing and ad technology. He is a seasoned executive with expertise in all facets of the digital advertising industry. He is a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB’s) Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Previously the IAB’s Chairman from 2009 to 2011, Dave has been an active member since 2002. He also serves on the boards of DASL and DTSI, which are both joint ventures with Dentsu in Japan and Korea; the Board of Directors of the Advertising Education Foundation (AEF), and on the Board of Directors for Visible Technologies, an industry leading provider of social media monitoring and engagement solutions.

Dave is a triathlete and has run the last 12 NYC Marathons.

Stephen Messer is Co-founder and Vice Chairman of Collective[i]™, a business intelligence network using technology to transform “Big Data” into insights and intelligence. Prior to Collective[i], Mr. Messer, along with his sister, Ms. Heidi Messer, founded and managed LinkShare Corporation until its sale 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. 

Eric Hippeau is a Managing Director at Lerer Ventures. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post. He is also a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, a U.S. based venture capital firm, making investments in early stage technology and digital media companies. Softbank Capital is an early investor in the The Huffington Post and Mr. Hippeau began serving on the board in August, 2006. Prior to joining Softbank Capital, Mr. Hippeau was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis. He serves on the boards of several public and private companies, including Starwood Hotels, The Huffington Post, Thumbplay and Buddy Media.

Alan Patricof is the founder and managing director of Greycroft LLC. A longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital, Alan entered the industry in its formative days with the creation of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., a predecessor to Apax Partners – today, one of the world’s leading private equity firms with over $41 billion under management. He stepped back from the daily administration and operational aspects of Apax Partners, LP in 2004 to concentrate on a group of small venture deals on its behalf, before forming Greycroft Partners in 2006.

Prior to Infor, Phillips was President of Oracle Corporation and a member of its Board of Directors. During his seven and a half year-tenure, the company tripled in size and successfully acquired 70 companies.  Prior to Oracle, Phillips was a Managing Director in the Technology Group at Morgan Stanley, where he was an Institutional Investor All Star for ten consecutive years. Before his 18-year career on Wall Street, Phillips was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines artillery unit. In 2012, Phillips was the guest speaker at the Marine Corps’ 237th birthday ball for his old unit, after their return from Afghanistan.

Michael works with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and corporations to build next-generation technology ventures. Over the years, Michael has developed ways to foster these young businesses with Redwood’s sister seed funds and acceleration services. Michael and his team run executive searches for “C” level executives and the core executive team that will drive the overall business. In addition, Michael conducts Board searches for both the placement of key Independent Directors as well as Advisory Boards that have been selected early on to help ventures gain traction. Michael provides a range of services to entrepreneurs including acceleration strategies, seed capital, office space, and the full range of human capital services including syndication to the best suited venture capital firms. He is on the Board of trustees contributing to student advancement programs as well as a member of the 1824 Society. Michael is on the Board of the New York Venture Capital Association and he co-Chairs Friends of Belfast. Michael is a graduate of Cazenovia College in central New York with a Bachelor’s in Science.

MediaMath CEO Joe Zawadzki is a respected pioneer in the online marketing industry, known especially for establishing the demand-side platform sector. With his deep experience in audience targeting and optimization, ad networks and exchanges, and real-time bidding Joe is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences, roundtables and major events. After a decade representing buyers at top-tier agencies and Fortune 500 companies, Joe Zawadzki saw the need to reshape the online marketing landscape by integrating technology, data, analytics, and marketing best practices into a single media platform. He founded MediaMath in 2007, launching a technological revolution with the first demand side platform (DSP) and today, the MediaMath Marketing Operating System, TerminalOne, powers the marketing practice of more than 3,500 brands.

Considered one of the early pioneers in the development of the World Wide Web, Jeff is adept at identifying strategic growth opportunities that drive the creation of new industries. He is the Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Razorfish, the world’s largest digital marketing solutions firm, where he bootstrapped the company and led it through its successful $55MM IPO. More recently, as the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Dachis Group, he coined the term ‘Social Business’, set the vision and strategy for its Social Business consulting practice and the development of its big data social analytics platform, and drove the eventual strategic exit to Sprinklr. With a passion for the intersection of big data, mobile computing, the quantified self movement and digital innovation, Jeff had early involvement in the creation of the first banner ad, the creation of the first web animation, and has digital work exhibited as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Jeff is a Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner (NYC 2001) and finalist (Austin 2012). He is an active mentor and investor with TechStars and Founder’s Institute, and serves or has served on advisory boards for companies including Sprinklr, Bazaarvoice, OfferPop, Ferris, and SocialWare. Jeff is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin and New York University; he has a MA from NYU, and a double Liberal Arts degree from SUNY Purchase. @jeffdachis

David is the Founder and Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City boutique seed-stage capital firm. David is also the co-founder of TechStars NYC and previously served as Managing Director of the program. David was named to NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and serves on the Investor Board of Venture for America. He is also a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal ‘The Accelerators’ online blog. Prior to joining TechStars, David served as Executive Vice President of Interactive Strategies at kgb, a global information services company. While at kgb, David founded and lead, a social aggregation startup within kgb. David has a B.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Alex Ferrara is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office where he focuses on investments in the application software and Internet sectors. Alex’s current and previous board service includes Dashlane, NewVoiceMedia, Wandera, Shopify, OMGPop (acquired by Zynga), SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle), Yodle and Quadriserv. He was also involved with the firm’s investments in Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco), Skype (acquired by Ebay), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee), (acquired by Perform Group), Activ Financial, TeamViewer, and Gerson Lehrman Group

Alex Ferrara is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office where he focuses on investments in the application software and Internet sectors. Alex’s current and previous board service includes Dashlane, NewVoiceMedia, WanderaShopify, OMGPop (acquired by Zynga), SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle), Yodle and Quadriserv. He was also involved with the firm’s investments in Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco), Skype (acquired by Ebay), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee), (acquired by Perform Group), Activ Financial, TeamViewer, and Gerson Lehrman Group. – See more at:
Alex Ferrara is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office where he focuses on investments in the application software and Internet sectors. Alex’s current and previous board service includes Dashlane, NewVoiceMedia, WanderaShopify, OMGPop (acquired by Zynga), SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle), Yodle and Quadriserv. He was also involved with the firm’s investments in Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco), Skype (acquired by Ebay), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee), (acquired by Perform Group), Activ Financial, TeamViewer, and Gerson Lehrman Group. – See more at:
Alex Ferrara is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office where he focuses on investments in the application software and Internet sectors. Alex’s current and previous board service includes Dashlane, NewVoiceMedia, WanderaShopify, OMGPop (acquired by Zynga), SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle), Yodle and Quadriserv. He was also involved with the firm’s investments in Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco), Skype (acquired by Ebay), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee), (acquired by Perform Group), Activ Financial, TeamViewer, and Gerson Lehrman Group. – See more at:

Alex Ferrara is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office where he focuses on investments in the application software and Internet sectors. Alex’s current and previous board service includes Dashlane, NewVoiceMedia, WanderaShopify, OMGPop (acquired by Zynga), SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle), Yodle and Quadriserv. He was also involved with the firm’s investments in Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco), Skype (acquired by Ebay), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee), (acquired by Perform Group), Activ Financial, TeamViewer, and Gerson Lehrman Group. – See more at:

Jordan Levy is a General Partner at SoftBank Capital NY and also Managing Partner of Seed Capital Partners, an early stage venture capital fund that he co-founded in 1999. Prior to co-founding Seed Capital Partners, he was co-founder of ClientLogic and was President, co-CEO and co-Chair of its predecessor companies SOFTBANK Services Group and UCA (now SITEL Worldwide). Previously, Jordan was SVP of Software Etc,now GameStop (NYSE:GME) and prior to that he was also co-founder of Software Distribution Services, now known as Ingram Micro (NYSE:IM). Jordan currently serves on the boards of several technology companies including SocialFlow, Spanfeller Media, Synaptic Digital, COKeM Int. and is Chairman of Synacor (NASDAQ: SYNC). He is a Board Observer of Betaworks and Boxee. Previously, Jordan served on the boards of ZipList (sold to Condé Nast in 2012), OMGPOP (sold to Zynga in 2012), Hyperpublic (sold to Groupon in 2012), and KickApps (sold to KIT digital in 2011). He also is the first non-Native American on the Board of Seneca Holdings Corporation. Jordan is Chair of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, the State Agency responsible for the redevelopment of Buffalo’s vast historic

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