New York was a founding chapter in 2009. From Silicon Valley to ‘Silicon Alley’, New York is experiencing tremendous activity in venture capital investments and tech job growth, and large companies including Google and Facebook are expanding their New York offices.
With retail, media, finance, and fashion industries native to the city, it’s no surprise that Digital Media and Online retail industries lead the way for many startups in the Big Apple.
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09 November 2016
Programming Board Chair
Wasim is a marketing/entrepreneur with extensive experience with B2B and B2C startups in San Francisco, New York and London. Currently heads up marketing for Welcome, a startup helping retailers and brands make the shopping experience better and faster.
Vice Chair & Chief Women’s Programs Officer
Danielle is a co-founder of Akimbo, a startup connecting diverse talent to work. She is also a freelance web and UX designer. Danielle is passionate about mentoring ambitious entrepreneurs from underserved communities, including women, formerly incarcerated individuals, and LGBT youth.
Charles is a media & entertainment-industry professional currently working in corporate affairs at Warner Music Group in New York City. Prior to joining WMG, he handled business affairs for MTV Networks and was instrumental in launching several networks, including Logo. Charles also provides strategic consulting for various local startups and small businesses in the NYC area and is a contributing writer to PolicyMic, a news & analysis platform for Millennials.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he studied at the University of Wisconsin there for his Bachelors in Business Administration and Hunter College for Russian studies. Charles volunteers and supports several organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Center, and AFER.
In her current role as the Director of eCommerce, Digital Marketing and CRM for Giorgio Armani Beauty at L’Oreal, Alexandra is in charge of crafting the brand’s eCommerce and interactive strategy across the US. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Alexandra is now proud to call NYC her home.
Oytun is a co-founder of MotaWord, the world’s fastest human translation platform. His previous ventures include ecology, tourism and social design. He loves exploring collaborative business models.
Adam is an entrepreneur and software engineer. He is currently the CTO at Nommery, a social dining network, and was recently the CTO of the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel, and previously worked at Amazon and Yelp.
Rohi is a software engineer at TodayTix, a startup working to digitize theater ticket sales. He is a recent graduate of Harvey Mudd College. Rohi is interested in learning how technology can advance the performing arts and humanities.
Will is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Gilt, the online retail start-up that revolutionized the retail space with the introduction of flash sales. Prior to Gilt, Will was an investment banker focusing on consumer & retail companies. He loves new ventures and is excited to start his own retail start-up one day.