EVENT DETAILSWhen: Thursday, November 20th, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST Where: Lowenstein Sandler LLP, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 17th Floor, New York
Ed Zimmerman (Moderator), Ed is a venture lawyer. He represents start-ups and growth companies in raising money, selling the company or cashing out the founders, and depending on market conditions, public offerings. He puts his money where his mouth is (he’s angel invested in more than 30 companies and invested as an LP in several venture funds). One of his VC clients called the companies Ed likes to help “tinkertoy internet companies” (as opposed to heavy core tech and drug discovery companies) and that suits Ed fine. Digital media, e-commerce, social media, fin tech, SaaS, cloud/virtualization, enterprise software and adtech are, apparently, all tinkertoys.
Shereen Shermak, In addition to her position as CEO of Launch Angels, Shereen serves as a fund manager and as a member of multiple investment committees.
David Tufts, Senior Managing Director of Investments at Oppenheimer and an active angel investor.
Paul Grossinger, Investment committee partner & special advisor to VentureOut, and Director of the Gaingels syndicate for LGBT startup investments.[post_title] => Meet the Angels [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => meet-the-angels-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-11-10 09:21:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-11-10 16:21:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://startout.org/?post_type=event&p=9475 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_id] => 130 [post_id] => 9475 [Venue] => 73 [StartDate] => 2014-11-20 [EndDate] => 2014-11-20 [StartTime] => 00:00:00 [FinishTime] => 23:59:59 [event_schedule] => once [event_schedule_meta] => [event_frequency] => 1 [event_occurrence] => 0 [event_allday] => 1 [reoccurrence_start] => 2014-11-20 [reoccurrence_end] => 2014-11-20 [post_category] => 0 )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9424 [post_author] => 5083 [post_date] => 2014-09-29 08:46:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-09-29 15:46:40 [post_content] =>
7:00 Panel + Q&A
8:30–9:00 Reception & Networking
SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St, 10011, USA
Debbie Millman, Moderator
President, Sterling Brands
Chair, SVA Masters in Branding Program
Ryan Fitzgibbon, Panelist
Founder and Publisher, Hello Mr.
Mary Taylor, Panelist
Founder, Salt & OliveMary Taylor is a creative, high-achieving senior management executive, accomplished in developing and implementing consumer-driven brand, product, sales and marketing strategies, coupled with profit and margin growth. With success delivering top and bottom line sales across diverse industries, leadership experience includes Board Level membership at Row One Brands, and PlayMore Productions; and senior management roles including President of Ryka, Global Head of Puma Footwear, and Vice President of Product, Keds. Currently President/Owner of wholesale/retail brand Salt & Olive, in Cambridge, MA. Salt & Olive is a portfolio of specialty food brands, with emerging businesses olive oil and artisan salt at the core of the product offering. Comprised of both retail and wholesale food companies, as well as a food travel business, the goal at Salt and Olive is to help consumers to Make Something Amazing. Whether it’s via our olive oil and vinegar tasting room; our commitment to providing unique and delicious artisan salts, teas and spices; or helping you to plan a dream vacation to the Mediterranean, the thing we most want to create is an experience… a fond remembrance of a trip to a Tuscan olive grove, the warmth of the southern Italian countryside, or a lovely dinner with friends at a Positano café. Our job at Salt and Olive is to create a warm, inviting and delicious experience.
Ben Watson, Panelist
Executive Creative Director, Herman MillerBen Watson is the Executive Creative Director at Herman Miller, where he directs the full spectrum of marketing activities for the company, as well as the creative content of all products, communications and facilities. His work had been credited with re-invigorating the company's respected design heritage, and connecting to new generations of design talent. Today, the company's efforts include textiles and consumer furnishings. Ben joined Herman Miller in 2010 from Moroso, where he served as CEO of its North American subsidiary. His experience also includes over a decade at Vitra, including tenure as Global Marketing Director for the Swiss design company. He has also worked as the Global Creative Director for Nike’s apparel group, and as a private consultant. Watson serves on the boards of Maharam Fabric Corporation, the George Nelson Foundation and the Oxbow School of Art. He is also an advisor to the Cranbrook Academy. He lives in New York City.
Thomas Page McBee, Panelist
Writer, Man AliveThomas Page McBee was the “masculinity expert” for VICE and writes the columns “Self-Made Man” for the Rumpus and “The American Man” for Pacific Standard. His essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, TheAtlantic.com, Salon, and Buzzfeed, where he was a regular contributor on gender issues. MAN ALIVE (City Lights), his memoir about what makes a man, won the Mary Tanenbaum nonfiction award from the San Francisco Foundation and was a finalist for the 2012 Bakeless literary prize administered by Graywolf and Breadloaf. He lives in New York City, where he works as the editor of special projects at Quartz, and is currently at work on a book about modern American masculinity.
In Association with:
Sherwood (Woodie) Neiss - Principal, Crowdfund Capital Advisors. Woodie is an expert at building successful businesses. As a 3-time INC500 winner whose company won E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Woodie understands the keys to entrepreneurial success from concept to company to sale. As a co-founding member of Startup Exemption, Woodie co-authored the Crowdfunding Framework used in the JOBS Act that was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. Within Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), Woodie works with clients ranging from governments and banks that are looking for ways to boost economic development in their countries to investment firms looking for access to increased deal flow that crowdfunding creates. Woodie serves as an advisor to several crowdfunding platforms and crowdfunding technologies giving him a unique understanding and view of the industry and market. As an industry leader, Sherwood contributes to several publications including VentureBeat and TechCrunch. He additionally wrote Crowdfund Investing for Dummies through Wiley & Son’s and and co-founded the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) & Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA).
Ryan Feit - CEO and Co-Founder, SeedInvest Ryan co-founded SeedInvest because he saw the need for a better way to connect entrepreneurs and investors. Prior to founding SeedInvest, Ryan worked at Carlson Capital, Wellspring Capital Management and Lehman Brothers in New York City where he invested in, financed and managed dozens of private and public businesses. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act, Ryan supported The Startup Exemption, the nonprofit responsible for bringing the concept of equity crowdfunding to Washington, D.C. Ryan co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association and currently serves as an Executive Board Member and the Chair of the Education and Training Committee. Ryan also serves as a Board Member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates group and the Chair of the Portals Committee. Whenever given the chance, Ryan enjoys traveling and has been to 77 countries. Ryan received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Douglas S. Ellenoff - Ellenoff, Grossman & Schole LLP. Douglas is a NYC corporate and securities attorney and together with his firm has taken an industry leadership role in the emerging crowd funding industry. In addition to regular meetings and interaction on behalf of the leading trade association which the firm represents, Doug has worked closely with CFIRA (the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates) to propose rules which the SEC and FINRA sought to approve before crowdfunding became lawful in the US. The Firm is actively engaged with clients that touch all segments of the crowdfunding space: funding portals, broker-dealers, technology solution providers, software developers, investors and entrepreneurs.
Event Space :
Purpose is a revolutionary social business that builds new social and economic models driven by people and enabled by technology. They create and launch new ventures and movement organizations in areas where they can make the most difference, and deploy that experience as movement creators to collaborate with the world's leading organizations. Purpose grew out of some of the most impactful new models for social change—the internationally recognized social movement GetUp and the now 35 million strong action network Avaaz.org. Today, they bring together the world’s leading experts and practitioners such as political organizers, master storytellers, technologists, creatives, economists, policy experts, management consultants, and entrepreneurs."
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The hottest topic for startups is always “How do I raise money?”
This introductory event in StartOut’s Access to Capital Series gives you an inside look with insights and advice from leading New York based Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists.David Beatty - VP Business development,ProSeeder technologies, LLC; Managing Director, Golden Seeds Lorenzo Thione - CoFounder + CEO, The Social Edge; Managing Partner, Sing Out Louise! Productions Michael Kriak - Chief Operating Officer, Mashable Greg Wiles - Managing Director of the VentureOut Fund [post_title] => How to Be Investable [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => how-to-be-investable [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-07-17 09:11:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-07-17 16:11:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://startout.org/?post_type=event&p=9124 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_id] => 115 [post_id] => 9124 [Venue] => 91 [StartDate] => 2014-07-28 [EndDate] => 2014-07-28 [StartTime] => 00:00:00 [FinishTime] => 23:59:59 [event_schedule] => once [event_schedule_meta] => [event_frequency] => 1 [event_occurrence] => 0 [event_allday] => 1 [reoccurrence_start] => 2014-07-28 [reoccurrence_end] => 2014-07-28 [post_category] => 0 )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9095 [post_author] => 5083 [post_date] => 2014-06-10 14:37:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-06-10 21:37:10 [post_content] =>
March in the world-famous NYC Pride Parade with your colleagues and friends in the StartOut community.
We'll be distributing t-shirts and hoisting a banner to represent the strength of LGBT entrepreneurship in our fair city.
We'll meet at 11:00am at the check-in point at 36th Street and 5th Avenue and begin the walk down to the Village at the noon kickoff.
After you've RSVPed, we'll keep you up-to-date with all the information about the days events, including how to prepare and what to wear.
There is NO FEE to join us and we hope you'll INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS!
When: Sunday, June 29th, 2014 | 11:00 am EST
Where: Parade Check-In: 389 5th Avenue
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When: Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 6-8PM EST Where: The Hatchery at MicroOffice, 1601 Broadway, 12th floor, New York, NY
Networking can be intimidating when you're in a room full of strangers and don’t necessarily know the right people to approach. The last thing you want is to end up in a 45-minute conversation with someone while there are others in the same room you could be meeting.We invite you to join 30 LGBT entrepreneurs, techies, investors and professionals in a facilitated networking program, allowing you to maximize your time by making connections quickly. This is a perfect opportunity to build your network in New York within a community that share a passion for entrepreneurship. Be sure to bring your business cards, and come ready to network with some amazing and accomplished professionals.
FACILITATORGabe Zichermann Gabe is the chair of the Gamification Summit where top thought leaders in this burgeoning industry gather to share knowledge and insight. Zichermann is also an author, highly rated public speaker and entrepreneur whose book, “Gamification by Design” (2011) looks at the technical and architectural considerations for designing engagement using games concepts. His previous book “Game-Based Marketing” (2010) achieved critical and industry acclaim for its detailed look at innovators who blend the power of games with brand strategy. A resident of New York, Gabe is a StartOut Governor, advisor to a number of startups and Facilitator for the Founder Institute in Manhattan. For more information about Gabe and gamification, visit the Gamification Blog at http://gamification.co.
When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST Where: NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway, New YorkWe are pleased to announce StartOut Demo Day + Networking 2014 in association with NY Tech Meetup (NYTM). Demo Day is a forum for the most innovative startups from the StartOut community to connect with angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate VC's. Our first Demo Day brought together amazing LGBT entrepreneurs from across the country who presented their startups to a panel of 15 active investors and an audience of over 200 members of the StartOut community. Join us for an evening of collaboration among some of the brightest entrepreneurs and investors in our community. There will be ample time for you to make new connections, share ideas with other like-minded individuals and build your network.
Jessica Lawrence, Executive Director - NY Tech Meetup
Andy Wheeler, VC - Google Ventures Patrick Chung, VC - New Enterprise Associates Chirag Chotalia, VC - New World Ventures Brad Svrluga, VC - High Peaks Venture Partners Blake Lyon, VC - Lerer Ventures Brian Cohen, Chairman - New York Angels Lorenzo Thione, Board of Directors - StartOut Patrick Grosso, Board of Directors - StartOut
CURRENT DEMOSSelect (http://meetselect.com) is a subscription service that provides consistent savings of up to 50% off on the best in dining, travel & entertainment. Crushed (http://crushed.com) is a social wine application that improves your wine life in any setting. The Shoplift (http://theshoplift.com) is a new kind of shopping mall: a social shopping mall - a mall in the cloud, where the shoppers get to run all the stores. Skyword (http://skyword.com) is a content marketing platform and service provider. Thinkful (http://thinkful.com) is building a school that trains the workforce in the technology skills necessary to sustain innovation and growth. Emozia (http://emozia.com) is enabling software to understand human emotion. Vidaao (http://vidaao.com) is changing the way enterprises purchase and manage custom video. Groupiphany (http://groupiphany.com) helps you plan better by knowing your friends' tastes through machine-learning technology, because we know the most important aspect of going out is the people you go out with. ScoreSync (http://scoresyncmusic.com) is a web application for digital sheet music that fundamentally changes how musicians write, learn, and perform music. Vaultsy (https://vaultsy.com) helps you control and profit from your online data.
6:00-6:45 PM: Networking Reception 6:45-8:00 PM: Program and Demos 8:00-9:30 PM: Networking
When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST Where: NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway, New York
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR MEDIA SPONSORS
6:00-6:40 PM: Networking Reception 6:40-6:50 PM: Welcome and Introductions 6:50-7:45 PM: Angel Panel 7:45-8:00 PM: Pitch Panel 8:00-9:00 PM: Networking
ANGEL INVESTOR PANELAJ Plotkin Entrepreneur-in-Residence, ff Venture Capital Adam Plotkin, a life-long technology early adopter and enthusiast, has spent the past three years working with startup companies as an advisor, consultant, and investor. Most recently, Adam was Director of Business Development at a New York-based startup insurance company and at a secondary gift card exchange. He has also served as an advisor to a number of mostly financially oriented new businesses in New York and LA. Previously, Adam was the first hire at Lake Baldwin Management, a Princeton, New Jersey opportunistic hedge fund, where he was a generalist investor, managing an array of public and private market investments. Mr. Plotkin began his career at Goldman Sachs in the Leveraged Finance Group, where he devoted a substantial portion of his time advising clients in the telecom and insurance industries, and in the Risk Markets Group, where he was involved in the design, structure and marketing of two of the early catastrophe risk-linked bonds.
Paul Grossinger Managing General Partner, INE Ventures, Founder at Pervasive Group, Member of NY Angels and Jumpstart NJ
Paul Grossinger is a New York entrepreneur and investor. He is the Managing Partner of INE Ventures, a fund investing in and relocating Israeli technology startups to New York. He is an active angel investor with New York Angels, Jumpstart New Jersey, Golden Seeds, and Delaware Crossing, and was the co-founder of L&M Media, an internet publishing company, and Pervasive Group, an android software company.Jo Ann Corkran Managing Director, Golden Seeds Jo Ann Corkran, Managing Partner of Golden Seeds LLC and Lead Partner of Golden Seeds Fund 2, is an investor in over 20 private companies including life sciences, technology and consumer products ventures. She sits on the board of two companies in the Golden Seeds’ portfolio: Crimson Hexagon, a social media monitoring company, and Bespoke Global, an on-line aggregator of luxury custom-made home furnishings. Prior to Golden Seeds, Jo Ann had a more than 20-year career on Wall Street. She has extensive experience in asset management and securities research mainly with Credit Suisse and First Boston. Jo Ann holds a BS in Mathematics from NYU and was a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Ed Zimmerman, Moderator Chair, Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler Ed is a venture lawyer. He represents start-ups and growth companies in raising money, selling the company or cashing out the founders, and depending on market conditions, public offerings. He puts his money where his mouth is (he’s angel invested in more than 30 companies and invested as an LP in several venture funds). One of his VC clients called the companies Ed likes to help “tinkertoy internet companies” (as opposed to heavy core tech and drug discovery companies) and that suits Ed fine. Digital media, e-commerce, social media, fin tech, SaaS, cloud/virtualization, enterprise software and adtech are, apparently, all tinkertoys. Ed has founded a bunch of stuff including: www.FirstGrowthVN.com (an accelerator for start-ups which doesn’t charge or take equity), the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler, www.AngelVineVC.com, and www.GrapeArborVC.com (through which he makes his angel investments – some on the positive and others on the negative side of his personal balance sheet). He teaches VC & Angel Investing to MBA candidates at Columbia Business School and has lectured at Harvard Business School, Wharton, and Paris-based Sciences Po. David Beatty, Pitch Contest Moderator Co-founder, ProSeeder, Managing Director, Golden Seeds David is an entrepreneur and angel investor. David is currently co-founder and Vice President of Business Development for ProSeeder Technologies, an enterprise funding platform enabling financial firms to collaborate, syndicate and execute private equity and debt transactions. Born in Ireland, David started his career in 1985 as a headhunter in London and after joining IMI Computing was transferred to the USA in 1990. In 1999, David cofounded Gorann, Inc, to invest in and work with early stage company’s and has a track record of 3 exits and 1 profitably running company from 5 projects. David is also Chairman of Empire Messaging, Inc., a company he started in 1993 and ran until 2004, which provides enterprise messaging solutions to mid market companies. David is an active angel investor and is a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investor group in New York where he is co-head of the Golden Seeds institute, leading workshops for angel investors and entrepreneurs in the US and overseas.
When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST Where: Lowenstein Sandler LLP, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 17th Floor, New York
Join the StartOut community for a holiday networking event at Sky Room Times Square, which boasts 360 degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River from the city's highest rooftop lounge, taking New York City nightlife to the next level.
Come and meet LGBT entrepreneurs at all stages, from aspiring to seasoned, and the people who help make them successful (investors, lawyers, bankers and other service providers). It will be a terrific opportunity to socialize and exchange ideas and interests with others who share a passion for entrepreneurship.
Whether you’ve built a great company, are in the process of building one, or are an investor in great people and ideas, come and meet other like-minded people and get a headstart in your entrepreneurial journey.
Networking: 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Sky Room Times Square, 330 West 40th Street, 33rd Floor, North Terrace, New York