Speakers

Judy Robinett

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Judy Robinett served as the CEO and president of a publicly-traded biotech company for eight years. She now works with early stage companies developing their company and funding strategies. Her experience ranges from management positions in large organizations, to serving Board of Directors, to authoring state legislation, and participating on the team defining performance criteria for the Malcolm Baldrige Award for Medical Excellence, for which she received an award from President Bill Clinton.

With her powerful network of senior executives, funding sources, and content experts she helps companies identify the things that are often causing them to stall and brings together the various resources needed to put them on the right track for success. Whether their needs are a workable funding strategy, a focused company strategy, or technology resources, Ms. Robinett either fills the needs herself or calls on her team of internationally renowned experts to get the job done. Ms. Robinett has given 300+ speeches worldwide on funding strategies, licensing, business ethics, transparency, board responsibilities, leadership (MIT, BIO-EU, Cal-Poly, AT&T, Westinghouse, and the Department of Energy).

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Jim White

Jim White, PhD is Founder and President of JL White International, Inc.,a management consulting firm. He is the best selling author of What’s My Purpose? A Journey of Personal and Professional Growth, and the creator of the What’s My Purpose Life Mastery Course. He developed The Circle of Success, a customized, yearlong, leadership and management transformation process, Jim White’s Classic Movie Series, hosts Circle of Success Radio, The Circle of Success TV Show on KYMB, and The ?Red Carpet? Tour?. These innovative programs have attracted more than 100,000 participants worldwide, including Fortune 500 CEO’s, management teams, entrepreneurs, government organizations, and trade associations.

Jim helps people dramatically and measurably increase their success in as little as 90 days. By 1991, Jim achieved international recognition as CEO of Blount World Trade Corporation, owner and Managing Director of ACEC Centrifugal Pumps NV, Belgium, and as Vice-President and Division Manager of Ingersoll Rand Equipment Corporation. Throughout his career, he has bought, expanded, and sold 22 companies, operating in 43 countries. His strategy was to acquire failing companies and revive and develop them into thriving, profitable enterprises. As a result, Jim has generated more than $1.8 billion in revenue.

Whether working with multi-billion dollar corporations or a single individual, Jim’s approach is the same: to help people clearly identify how they lead along with balancing how they live?professionally and personally?so that people can discover their life’s purpose. This is how leaders launch their real success and why living well shouldn’t take a lifetime to discover.

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Rodney Sampson

Rodney Sampson is an entrepreneur, investor, author & consecrated bishop who focuses on shaping innovative economic policy and opportunities throughout all sectors of relevant society and culture. His episcopal affiliations are with The International Bishop’s Conference and Kingdom Manifestation.

A serial entrepreneur, Sampson co-founded Multicast Media Networks [Streamingfaith.com] in 2000, Intellect in 2002, Intellect Inspire in 2006, Legacy Opportunity Fund in 2007 & EFactor in 2008. At present, Sampson is building The Opportunity Fund, a US based BDC and crowd fund designed to provide underserved communities with economic dignity, knowledge & access to investment opportunities traditionally reserved for accredited, wealthy & institutional investors. He also serves on the corporate boards and management of a disruptive technology start-up, a NY based merchant investment bank and home based business.

Sampson is regularly called upon to advise & speak to nations, businesses, universities and bishops who lead millions of constituents and viable communities around the world.

Sampson holds a BS degree in Psychology from Tulane University and a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He also studied in the M.D. Program at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine from 1995-1999. In 1998, Sampson received an honorary Doctorate of Ministry from the I.G.F Theological
Seminary.

Sampson’s published works include Your Manifest Destiny, Yes We Will, Blacks and Their Trillions & @OccupyTheChurch. His next book, entitled KINGONOMICS [Ben Bella] will release everywhere in January 2013.

A strong believer in global reinvestment, Sampson has been a friend of Africa. He has worked closely with The Republics of Namibia, Gabon and Uganda in the areas of trade and development, business development and public affairs. For his contributions to humanity, Sampson was awarded The Phoenix Award ? the City of Atlanta’s highest honor ? by Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2004.

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Emily Allred

Emily Allred is Chief Financial Officer at New Amsterdam Ideas, LLC and a consultant to small businesses and non-profits seeking to access alternative sources of capital. She has a particular interest in helping individuals, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations use financial tools to stimulate local economies, and in helping develop IT solutions for start-up and early stage organizations who are preparing to expand with access to crowdfunding resources.

Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Emily served as portfolio manager of an international impact investing fund known as the Capital for Communities Fund, as well as Chief Financial Officer of its non-profit sponsoring organization, Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN), which provides financing to promote economic development in low-income communities in Latin America.

At WCCN Emily oversaw the growth of WCCN’s assets from $5 million to more than $12 million, mainly through investments from private individuals, churches and nonprofit organizations. She also brought the Capital for Communities Fund into greater compliance with securities regulations, making it attractive and accessible to a wider range of investors. In addition to expanding the microfinance portfolio, she led the fund as it diversified into other types of impact investing including value chain lending to Latin American coffee producer cooperatives. Emily’s work included forming a partnership between WCCN and Microplace.com, an eBay company to introduce a crowdfunding mechanism for growing the fund by issuing interest-bearing notes to the general public over the Internet. Today, as WCCN approaches its third year as a crowd-funded organization, more than $1.5 million has been raised from thousands of U.S. residents.

A licensed securities professional, Emily has a varied background that includes brokerage finance, securities trading, microfinance, and socially responsible investing. She enjoys volunteering as a mentor to young entrepreneurs as a member of Madison Entrepreneur Resource, Learning and Innovation Network (MERLIN). She graduated in 2000 from the University of Utah with degrees in Finance and Economics.

About New Amsterdam Ideas, LLC (newamsterdamideas.com):

New Amsterdam Ideas (NAI) is a New York-based company focused on improving the efficacy of the world’s public sector institutions, and thus the sustainable quality of life of its inhabitants, through strategic application of technologies that promote openness, equality, collaboration, and sharing. Among its clients are government and nonprofit organizations including New York City’s Public Advocate and the New York State Attorney General. NAI’s owners and staff have a longstanding involvement in impact investing, and as a result NAI has served clients in the microfinance sector including the Capital Good Fund and Working Capital for Community Needs. NAI focuses in particular on helping organizations improve efficiency through affordable, open source information technologies, reducing costs and creating new economic opportunity for entrepreneurs building businesses that leverage these information assets and create a tighter feedback loop with citizens about how to optimize services.

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Roger Royse

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Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California (www.rroyselaw.com). Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation and his clients include emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals.

Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger has also served as an adjunct professor at the Gold Gate University Masters of Tax program. He is a frequent speaker, writer and blogger for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups.

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William Quigley

William Quigley joined Clearstone Venture Partners shortly after its formation and concentrates on its Internet and communications related investments. During his first two-and-a-half years with the firm, he worked out of the idealab incubator and helped launch and lead investments in many idealab backed companies including Homepage.com, FreePC, FreeMusic.com and Paymybills.com. A number of his early-stage investments have gone public, including MP3.com, Tickets.com, eMusic and PeopleSupport and several have been acquired including InternetConnect (sold to Covad) and Phasebridge (sold to Emcore).

William’s current portfolio reflects his belief in the enormous opportunity in the wireless consumer and enterprise markets (AOptix, SoonR, Meru Networks, Novariant). He is also focused on emerging companies offering managed services in the enterprise and consumer sectors (Communicado, Spock Networks). William is a member of the board of directors of AOptix Technologies, Communicado, Meru Networks, Novariant, SoonR and Spock.com.

William joined Clearstone from Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds, where he invested in early- stage communications companies targeting the software, equipment and service sectors. At MAVF, he was responsible for investments in Integrated Chipware, a real time embedded OS developer, Wisor Telecom, an OSS vendor to telecom service providers and NexTone Communications, a manufacturer of voice over IP equipment.

Prior to MAVF, William spent seven years in a variety of business planning and operational roles at The Walt Disney Company. His tenure at Disney included finance roles at EuroDisney, the Disney Store retail chain and Disney’s consumer products merchandise licensing division. He oversaw all finance and business planning activities for Disney’s licensing business unit, the world’s largest consumer products licensor. William also co-managed Disney’s merchant banking group where he negotiated and structured equity positions in the company’s strategic licensees.

Prior to Disney, William was a Senior Consultant with Arthur Andersen’s Financial Services Group where he developed financial and business strategies for a wide range of companies in the media and communications and financial services industries.

William is on the board of DealMaker LA, a Los Angeles based organization promoting entrepreneurial activities in Southern California.

William received his MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School, and holds a BS in Accounting, with honors, from the University of Southern California. He was trained as a CPA and a Kauffman Fellow.

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Vlad Vukicevic

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Vladimir Vukicevic, Co-Founder & CTO of RocketHub.com
Vlad is an entrepreneur and established thought leader in the world of social media and innovation. He has taught Fortune 500 companies how to apply innovative technology, combined culture with management theory on his blog, and is the Founder and CTO of RocketHub, one of the world’s largest online crowdfunding platforms. Vladimir is the co-author of The Crowdfunding Manifesto, a popular foundational resource for artists and entrepreneurs. Vlad and the RocketHub team share a bold vision: that crowdfunding is the new path to creative, entrepreneurial, and academic empowerment.

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Mark Perlmutter

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Mark Perlmutter

Founder, MicroAngels Conscious

Crowd Funding Network

Entrepreneur and Business Developer

Mark Perlmutter, San Francisco bay area

Founder – MicroAngels Conscious Crowd Funding Network

Mark Perlmutter has been a licensed investment professional, entrepreneur, business strategist and financier for early-stage companies over the last thirty years. In his last company he proved the power of online affinity marketing by using a multi-speaker Web Summit to build a crowd of inspired fans of nearly 25,000 members which led to online sales surpassing $1,000,000 in products.

He has adopted this Web Summit method for impact companies to use to sell equity on social media under seasoned laws and the new JOBS Act. He created the MicroAngels Conscious Crowd Funding Network to help profitable impact companies raise growth money from grass roots supporters. (See “Raising Equity From Fans On Social Media” at http://www.WebSummits.com)

Since 2001 he has spoken to thousands of small investors and eco-entrepreneurs on the power of affinity-investing in local companies. In 1995 Mark pioneered Internet capital formation now called (crowd funding) by launching DirectIPO.com a website for online IPOs (sold in 1998). On this subject he received speaking invitations from Europe to Asia and across the US. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Financial Times of London, Barron’s, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Business Journal, Phoenix Business Journal, WebWeek and more.

As a sought after speaker for business groups he has been tapped to speak at The Deal Flow Media Crowd Funding Conference San Francisco, CrowdConf 2012 San Francisco, Global Trade Expo Los Angeles, American Prosperity & Jobs Symposium Newport Beach, to name just a few.

His practice areas include clean energy, whole foods, online marketing, healthy weight loss, diabetes reversal, cable, cellular, real estate, oil & gas, electric vehicles,and a network that links crowd funding sites in Europe and the US allowing grass roots advocates to invest small amounts in companies they support before they go public in the US. He is passionate about democratizing early-stage investment to change our economy and speaks on this subject often.

In 1981 Mark was licensed with NASD (now FINRA). He graduated from the University of Denver with a business degree and received a real estate broker license from the State of California. He is a Board Member of the Crowd Funding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA). Mark resides near San Francisco where he advises profitable impact companies. He enjoys hiking in the California Redwoods, yoga, touring organic farms, bodybuilding, TED talks, the Institute of Noetic Sciences started by astronaut Edgar Mitchell and plans to live till 120 to show the power of conscious living.

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Douglas S. Ellenoff

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Douglas S. Ellenoff, a member of the Firm since its founding in 1992, is a corporate and securities attorney with a specialty in business transactions and corporate financings. Mr. Ellenoff has represented public companies in connection with their initial public offerings, secondary public offerings, regulatory compliance as well as general corporate governance matters. During his career, he has represented numerous broker-dealers, venture capital investor groups and many corporations involved in the capital formation process.

Mr. Ellenoff and the rest of the corporate department distinguish themselves from many other transactional lawyers on the basis of their ability to be part of the establishment of new securities programs, like PIPEs, SPACs, Registered Directs, Reverse Mergers and CrowdFunding, where the Firm’s professionals have played leadership roles within each of those industries, assisting in the creation, formation and strategies relating to those financings, as well as working closely with the regulatory agencies; including the SEC and FINRA; and the listing exchanges – AMEX and NASDAQ. Ellenoff Grossman & Schole has been heavily involved in CrowdFunding since its inception. The Firm has sponsored conferences, webinars and has been invited to speak at different events on the topic. And recently, Mr. Ellenoff met with the SEC to discuss many aspects of the new law, how the industry currently operates and how both the SEC and FINRA will register and regulate the portals.

In the last several years, he has been involved at various stages in numerous registered public offerings, including 100 financings and, with other members of his firm, over 400 private placements into public companies (see PIPEs and Venture Capital), representing either the issuers of those securities or the registered broker-dealers acting as placement agent. Along with other members of his Firm, Mr. Ellenoff has been involved at various stages with over 70 registered blind pool offerings (commonly referred to as “SPACs”; 27 of which have consummated their IPO’s raising over $1.5 billion). In addition to our IPO experience with SPACs, he has been involved with 20 SPAC M&A assignments. He also provides counsel with regard to their respective ongoing (SEC, AMEX and NASD) regulatory compliance.

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Freeman White

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Freeman White, CEO and Co-Founder of Launcht.com, believes that social entrepreneurs are our best hope for solving the biggest problems in the world. He envisions a world where the funding of social enterprises is market-driven and democratic. After college he dove headfirst into the world of education and education reform and he was named a StartingBloc fellow in 2005. Since then he has worked as an architect and builder of cloud computing solutions to support the work of socially responsible businesses.

Launcht is the first software as a service (SaaS) company to offer crowdfunding platform software. Launcht has grown significantly in the donation and rewards crowdfunding space and successfully advocated for the crowdfunding legislation that legalized equity crowdfunding in April, 2012. Freeman is a Founding Member of Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA.org) and was selected to be the Secretary of the Leadership Board for CFIRA. As part of CFIRA, he advocates on capitol hill and to regulators for continued support of the right rules to implement equity crowdfunding.

His past speaking engagements related to crowdfunding have focused on:
Crowdfunding Basics
Successful Crowdfunding Campaigning
Crowdfunding for Social Entrepreneurs
Crowdfunding Technology
Equity Crowdfunding Legislation and the JOBS Act
Equity Crowdfunding Implementation
Starting a Crowdfunding Portal
Social Entrepreneurship
Startup Fundraising
Rewards Crowdfunding vs. Equity Crowdfunding and combinations of the above topics.

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Bruce E. Methven

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Bruce E. Methven, is an attorney with the law firm of Methven & Associates (www.methvenlaw.com) who specializes in securities offerings for companies raising money. He handles offerings in California, across the United States and involving foreign investors.

His practice also includes corporate work, intellectual property, contracts and licenses, real estate and litigating and arbitrating business matters. Bruce has been an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association since the mid 1980’s. He attended M.I.T. and graduated from UC Berkeley prior to entering UC’s Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was a member of the law review. He has practiced law in the Bay Area since 1980.

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Sara Hanks

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Sara Hanks co-founder and CEO of CrowdCheck, is an attorney with 30 years of experience working in the corporate and securities field. She recently stepped down as the General Counsel of the Congressional Oversight Panel, the overseer of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which was chaired by Professor Elizabeth Warren. Sara brings a wealth of legal expertise in securities and start-ups to the emerging crowdfunding marketplace. Her new company, CrowdCheck, is designed to protect against fraud by performing due diligence checks on entrepreneurs.

At the TARP oversight panel, Sara spent 18 months on Capitol Hill investigating the implementation and consequences of the TARP in depth. She examined the government’s intervention in the automotive companies, the execution of the banking “stress tests,” the rescue of AIG, and the international aspects of the financial crisis.

Sara has worked with the London law firm Norton Rose, as well as the D.C. office of Rogers & Wells. She later joined the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission and as Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance led the team drafting the regulations that put into place a new generation of rules governing the capital-raising process and the way in which non-U.S. companies accessed the U.S. capital markets.

In 1990, Sara rejoined Rogers and Wells, which later became part of Clifford Chance, and in 2002, was elected to the first of three terms on the firm’s Partnership Council. During two of those terms, she served on the firm’s Audit Committee. While at Clifford Chance, she advised on capital markets transactions and corporate matters for companies in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Sara received her law degree from Oxford University and is a member of the New York and DC bars and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. When not working on corporate and securities matters, Sara is an aunt, Army wife, skier, cyclist, gardener and animal lover.

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Judd E. Hollas

Mr. Hollas is the founder and chief inventor of EquityNet, the first company to publicly describe, patent, and develop an equity crowdfunding platform. Mr. Hollas continues to lead EquityNet’s efforts to create and introduce innovative new solutions and is responsible for the overall management of the Company. Prior to founding EquityNet in 2005, Mr. Hollas served as Division Manager for Beta-Rubicon, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in technology assessment and business due diligence services. He conducted extensive research on methods of conventional due diligence, causes of private enterprise failure and methods for risk prediction, and capital market characteristics in the private equity industry. He frequently presents to industry groups and speaks to entrepreneurs at leading business schools.

Mr. Hollas has 20 years of experience as an independent technology analyst and investment manager in the private and public domains. He has personally invested in over 30 emerging technology companies in a wide range of industry sectors, including various software sectors, semiconductors, biometrics, networking, wireless communications, and conventional and alternative energy. Mr. Hollas developed and applied proprietary quantitative models, statistical methods, and research approaches that were critical to his investment management performance. He worked previously on process modeling and supply chain automation of complex systems as a process chemical engineer for Phillips Petroleum. Mr. Hollas earned his B.S in Chemical Engineering (with Honors) from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and he is currently pursuing accreditation as a Chartered Financial Analyst with the CFA Institute.

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Tom Vroemen

Tom Vroemen is Director and co-founder of CrowdAboutNow, The Netherlands first and most successful crowdfunding platform for businesses and networkfinancing company. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and International Business.

His company developed a model in which entrepreneurs were enabled to collect capital from those who benefit most from the enterprise. On the other side, it makes it possible for anyone to invest in understandable, local companies that they use themselves as opposed to abstract investment opportunities like funds or listed companies. CrowdAboutNow made SMEs work without bankers and investment managers and turned everyone, from student to housewive or retiree into investors. The functioning of CrowdAboutNow shows in some of those having already made their returns.

In the first year CrowdAboutNow successfully financed a dozen companies. The entrepreneurs who were funded through CrowdAboutNow dit not only gather capital on an innovative way, but also benefit greatly from the support and revenue that was generated by their local ambassador network of investors. The model is therefore increasingly used, and even large banks show interest.

Tom has a very sharp view on the European crowdfunding domain and how it differs from the US crowdfunding practices. His experience in 3 years of experimenting with several crowdfunding models on the european market has given Tom a clear insight in what models work and which don’t, from a legal, financial, social and business perspectives.

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Kevin M. McGovern

Kevin M. McGovern   is the Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital,LLC, which provides investments and business strategy to emerging companies, particularly those engaged in consumer technologies and holders of Intellectual Property Rights. He has founded over a dozen companies, seven (7) of which have become world and/or category leaders, including SoBe Beverages, Tristrata (AHA skincare technology), and KX Industries (home-based water purification).McGovern founded and serves as Chairman and CEO of The Water Initiative (“TWI”) (www.TheWaterInitiative.com), which develops and markets home-based water purification systems, particularly in developing countries. TWI has worked with the Mexican government and the people of Mexico as its first pilot. In less than 2 ½ years, TWI has formulated technology solutions to Mexico’s most severe unclean water conditions and has launched product distribution through the government and through those people most impacted.He also serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board and Board Member of the USA Pavilion and is Senior Advisor (only foreigner) to the Development Committee of the 2010 Shanghai World’s Expo.McGovern was a founder of SoBe Beverages, which was the US’s fastest growing beverage company growing to $250mm in sales in less than 4 years, and established the “new age”/nutraceutical beverage category. SoBe was sold to PepsiCo.He also was a founder of KX Industries, which was the world’s leader in developing and marketing water and air carbon filters. KX developed and supplied the first home-based end of tap (“Pur”) filter for P&G and Brita and the first refrigerator water filter for Electrolux.McGovern co-published the pioneering Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report, which is currently the Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report.He created and directs the worldwide licensing program for Tristrata Inc., which owns the rights (over 100 patents) to Alpha Hydroxy Acids (“AHAs”), the most successful skin restoration and wrinkle reduction technology in skin care history. Tristrata licenses over 70 companies and is the leading seller of skincare products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons in over 80 countries.McGovern is a principal and strategist for Clean Coal Technologies, Inc. which has created proprietary technologies to clean coal; for EnviroFuels Manufacturing, Inc.,which markets and distributes proprietary smokeless stoves; and for Aquea Scientific,which developed and markets proprietary nanotechnology to “wash-on” additives to the skin, such as sunscreens; as well as an innovator to the fragrance industry.McGovern has served on various public and private Boards, including The Sports Authority (Executive Committee) and Nobel Education, and is the Co-Chairman of the Silver Shield Foundation, which provides education and counseling assistance to families of police and fire fighters killed in action in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.A graduate of Cornell University (BA) and St. John’s University School of Law (JD), he is a Presidential Councilor (highest honor to alumni) and Trustee Emeritus of Cornell University, having chaired its IP and Tech Transfer Committees. He also serves on Cornell’s Joint Venture (CNI) in Singapore, Chairs Entrepreneurship@ Cornell, and was named Cornell’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2007. He teaches each spring at the Johnson Graduate Business School (Global Innovation and Commercialization) and recently donated and founded the McGovern Family Venture Development Center,Cornell’s first on campus science/business incubator.

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Craig Asher

Craig Asher is Principal at Vital Financial.Craig Asher has had a successful track record of developing software companies. Over the past ten years he has been a key team member in three successful software startups: Commerce One; Trigo Technologies; and the internal IBM startup for InfoSphere Traceability Server. He has guided major software implementations at over 50 customers in markets including retail, medical products, pharmaceuticals, and general distribution.

Craig was acting Chief Technology Officer in 2008-2010 of one of Vital Financial’s portfolio companies, CR Certification Corporation, a company provides the patented CardioReady® certification program for cardiac emergency readiness utilizing automated external defibrillators. He successfully deployed a new enterprise system for the firm.

At Trigo Technologies Craig’s position was director of product management. He played a broad role as company strategist for marketing, sales, product development, and professional services, and he also drove implementation of much of the strategy. During Craig’s tenure at Trigo, annual revenue grew from under $1 million to nearly $40 million and the firm attained profitability. Trigo was successfully sold to IBM for over $140 million in April, 2004, thereby generating significant profits for venture capital and individual investors.

Following Trigo’s sale to IBM, Craig formed a new startup group within IBM to build a new product for information management software for sensor data. Craig’s role in the new venture was the product strategist, product manager, and implementation manager. In 2005 the venture signed its first customer, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Craig led the delivery to that customer in 2006. He Co-chaired the international EPCglobal EPCIS standard which was the core for the broad adoption of similar information management software, and attained ratification of the standard in 2007. Craig significantly helped sign and implement 7 additional customers until his departure from IBM to join Vital Financial. In 2008 the IBM product’s customer base grew to 15 customers, annual sales were approximately $9 million and gross margin was approximately $6 million.

Craig has enjoyed co-chairing several working groups in international standards bodies. He has one issued US patent – 7,866,543. He also has extensive experience in marketing strategy, product management, product development, services delivery, business development, and technical sales for growing software companies.

Before moving into software startups, Craig was a consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in the supply chain strategy practice, and helped drive the turnaround of a distressed packaging manufacturer. Craig did his undergraduate work at Stanford University, and completed his MBA and Masters in Industrial Engineering at Northwestern University.

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Robert Rosenbaum

Robert Rosenbaum is President and Executive Director at Maryland TEDCO.
Mr. Rosenbaum is an accomplished strategy, finance and operations executive with a 30 year history of building and managing high performance teams and organizations, both entrepreneurial and corporate.

As President and Executive Director, Rob is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership to ensure TEDCO’s position as a national leader in technology transfer from academic and federal research labs, as a seed and early-stage investor and as a provider of entrepreneurial business assistance. Additionally, Rob is charged with leading TEDCO’s efforts to expand its corporate partnerships, strengthen its ties with later-stage investors and to position it to make follow-on investments in its portfolio companies.

Prior to coming to TEDCO, Mr. Rosenbaum joined Nobska Group, a strategy consulting firm, in 2003 as a Partner and was a founder and Managing Director of the General Partner of Nobska Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund focused on technology and medical devices.

Immediately prior to joining Nobska Group, as Vice President of Operations of $115+mm Agora Publishing, Mr. Rosenbaum orchestrated the redesign and subsequent implementation of a new customer service organization while at the same time generating new “up-sales” from existing customers. As Chief Operating Officer of Versient, a third party warehousing company, he guided the organization through the reduction of infrastructure costs by more than 20% and led many labor process redesigns resulting in reductions of variable costs of up to 60%.

Previously, Mr. Rosenbaum led many technical projects from conceptual design through delivery and integration. As Director, Information Technology, of The Stride Rite Corporation he led a large scale application development project (two years, 125 people). As Manager, Technical Consulting and Integration Services of Eventra, an electronic commerce/EDI software company, he led many strategic and tactical e-business design, development and implementation efforts.

Mr. Rosenbaum started his career in apparel manufacturing with privately held Jay-ArrSlimwear, Inc. Over a ten-year period he worked his way from an entry-level position to that of President. Some of his accomplishments along the way were reducing time to market for new products by up to 25% and finding and managing off-shore manufacturing partners. While having full responsibility for all IT operations, he designed an industry-specific order and inventory management system and ultimately led the sale of the company to a strategic buyer.

Mr. Rosenbaum earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his MBA from Columbia University. His volunteer activities include serving as a mentor and coach for startup ventures through the MIT Enterprise Forum; he is the Vice Chairman of The Maryland-Israel Development Center, a public-private partnership whose mission is to aid the efforts of Israeli technology companies attempting to move into the US market; and is a Trustee at Oldfields School, an all girls boarding and day high school.

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Jeff Weiss

Jeff Weiss is Managing Director at ASAP Ventures.
Jeff Weiss co-founded Distributed Sun (www.distributedsun.com) in 2009, where he is Managing Director. He leads capital formation activities and plays an active role in management and governance. Since 2000, he has run ASAP Ventures to help high-potential, growth-stage companies get to market faster and smarter. He has led companies active in renewable energy, cyber and physical security, intelligence and corporate fraud mitigation, mission preparedness and training, software development, and transformational management.

An early e-business and on-line media entrepreneur, Jeff helped found two firms which deliver information and services to businesses online; Picture Network International was sold to Kodak in 1997, and CDx (Certificate of Deposit Exchange). He co-founded Trust Strategy Group, a $10MM strategic intelligence firm. He was Chief Marketing Officer of Vista Information Technologies, a $100mm network services firm. He has advised dozens of companies through significant changes, as a board member, an investor, an investment banking advisor, and as a strategy consultant, and has raised substantial funding in the corporate, venture, and capital markets. As a result, he has broad understanding of how companies grow and create value, how to create and communicate business and marketing plans, in managing operations, as well as in evaluating partners and closing capital transactions.

Jeff graduated from Cornell University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At Cornell, he is President of the Cornell class of 1979, on the Board of Cornell Hillel, on the Industry Advisory Group of Cornell Center for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (CCTEC), and a past Trustee Council member. He, is on the Executive Committee of the Shenandoah National Park Trust, is Director of the Washington Hebrew Congregation, is Washington Leadership Chairman of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and is past Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Society.

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Rhett Weiss

Rhett Weiss is Executive Director at BR Venture Fund.
Rhett is the Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. In addition, he serves on the faculty, teaching or advising graduate students in the entrepreneurship, private equity, and venture capital areas.

Before joining Cornell in July 2011, Rhett had over 25 years of successful leadership and management roles. Rhett is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, consultant, and attorney who has led domestic and foreign strategic transactions totaling over $30 billion. Throughout his career, he has been involved in dozens of entrepreneurial ventures and innovation initiatives. Rhett also has held board chairman and other leadership positions at professional, educational, civic, and other non-profit organizations.

A Virginia native, he was a partner of a Virginia law firm early in his career. When his firm was disbanding because two of his partners became judges, a bank client recruited Rhett to lead a turnaround effort as COO. Once the bank returned to profitability and was positioned for sale, he reentered the practice of law with a major international law firm. There, he resumed his practice in the corporate, finance, real estate, and economic development areas. As a result of some seminal deals on which Rhett was lead counsel, a Big 4 accounting firm, which was law firm client, recruited Rhett to build and direct a consulting practice in strategic corporate expansion. He also served on the practice’s national management team at that Big 4 firm. In 1999, Rhett founded DEALTEK, Ltd., a management consulting and decision support software firm. He invented and holds the patent on web-based DEALS® software, marketed by DEALTEK and used worldwide in over 35 countries to model and optimize location-sensitive corporate capital investments. Besides successfully launching DEALS, as CEO Rhett led consulting engagements with domestic and foreign companies to develop, grow, or consolidate their markets, operations, and facilities. Rhett continues to serve as DEALTEK’s Chairman.

Google Inc. brought Rhett’s expertise in-house to help build out its global infrastructure. From 2005 to 2010, Rhett served as Senior Team Leader – Strategic Development, based in Mountain View, California, and Vienna, Austria. He was chief designer and negotiator of several large strategic acquisition and development projects for Google’s global infrastructure, typically involving its legendary data centers. He headed key initiatives and relationships with businesses, utilities, governments, economic development agencies, landowners, and other stakeholders in North America and overseas. These responsibilities included leading location and site selection, managing professional teams, and closing numerous deals. Rhett also created and conducted negotiation training workshops in Google’s offices globally. While at Google, Rhett co-founded the “Juicy Ideas” collegiate entrepreneurship and innovation competition, with 300 universities participating in most recent round. After leaving Google, Rhett became involved again in various technology sector startups.

Business and technology news articles often mention Rhett’s award-winning projects. He also frequently has presented, authored, or co-authored works in the fields of negotiations, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

Rhett holds a BS in Management with Honors (finance major) from Tulane University, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the College of William & Mary, and an MBA-level Executive Certificate in International Business from Georgetown University.

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Jeff Davison

Jeff Davison is General Partner at Inflection Point Ventures.
Jeff has been investing in early-stage technology companies since 1984. He co-founded Tritech Partners, L.P., an early-stage fund managed by Triad Investors Corporation, Baltimore, MD, in 1994. Previously, he was a member of the senior investment team at Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) Boston, MA. Jeff earned a Master’s degree in architecture and planning from MIT, and a Bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College.

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Sean Glass

Sean Glass is Venture Partner at Novak Biddle Venture Partners.
Prior to joining Novak Biddle, Sean was the founder and Chairman of Pikum Holdings, which was backed by Virgin and First Round Capital, and which was acquired by The Football Pools.

Prior to Pikum, Sean was the founding President and then Chief Marketing Officer at Higher One (NYSE: ONE), where he led the marketing and positioning strategy that helped the firm reach profitability while becoming recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. by INC. and Fast Company. Higher One went public in June 2010 in an offering led by Goldman Sachs.

Sean co-founded Higher One while a student at Yale where he earned a B.S. in Engineering Sciences. He also has an M.A. in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

While at Yale, Sean founded the Yale Entrepreneurial Society and launched Yale’s business plan competition. Sean serves on the board of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society, and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute which he also helped found.

Sean is an active angel investor and currently serves on the board of PaperG.

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Gunilla Carlsson

Gunilla Carlsson
Minister for International Development Cooperation
Born in 1963
Political appointments
The Riksdag (Swedish Parliament)
2004-2006
Deputy Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
2004-2006
Deputy Member of Committee on EU Affairs
2004-2006
Alternate Member of the Swedish Delegation to the Nordic Council
2003-2004
Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
2002-2004
Member of the Committee on EU Affairs
2002-2003
Member of the Committee on Education
2002-2006
Member of the War Delegation
2002-2006
Member of Parliament
The European Parliament
2004-2006
Vice Chair of European People’s Party (EPP)
1999-2002
Leader of the Moderate Party delegation in the European Parliament
Member: Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defence Policy
Substitute: Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy
1995-2002
Member of the European Parliament, and EPP-ED Group
Moderate Party
2003-
First Vice Chair of the Moderate Party
1999-2003
Second Vice Chair
1999-
Member of the Board of the Moderate Party
1992-1995
Vice Chair of the Moderate Party Youth League
Co-opted to the Board of the Moderate Party
Member of the Moderate Party Programme Committee 1996-1997
Local government appointment
1989
Member of Vadstena Municipal Council
Other appointments
1994-1998
Vice Chair of the International Young Democratic Union (IYDU)
1993-1994
Vice Chair of the Nordic Young Conservative Union
Education
1982-1983
Accounting and auditing courses, and non-degree courses at Linköping University
Professional experience
1994
Political administrator at the Moderate Party Secretariat of the Riksdag
1990-1994
Accounting manager
1984-1990
Accountant

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D.J. Paul

Past Events

D.J. Paul, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, crowdfunder. D.J. began his professional career as a sovereign and high-yield bond portfolio manager at Banque Paribas in London and CenTrust Bank in Miami. He then moved to New York City working for Cowan & Co. as a Mortgage-Backed Securities salesman. Prior to joining the crowdfunder team, D.J. was an award winning film and television producer, having produced over a dozen independent films and television shows. D.J. is an Executive Board Member of CfIRA (Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates) and a Founding Member of CfPA (Crowdfunding Professional Association).

D.J. earned his BA in Philosophy from Brown University. He is a Certified Crisis Counselor and Wilderness First Responder. He currently resides in Los Angeles and New York City, where he was born and raised.

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Christine Landon

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Christine Landon is the founder and CEO of WebFinancial, LLC (www.webfinancial.com), a crowdfunding-based financial system startup based in Providence, Rhode Island.

Before founding WebFinancial, Christine had a diverse 19 year career in financial services, including positions as a research associate for Cambridge Associates, and positions in actuarial consulting and analysis,and product development for small mutual and Fortune 10 insurance firms, including General Electric, Liberty Mutual and NASSurety. She is a patented inventor and certified in Six Sigma.

Ms. Landon graduated from the University of Vermont undergraduate school of business administration, with a concentration in finance and accounting, after attending Tufts University for her pre-medical studies.Born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a contractor and an educator, she was raised in the greater Burlingt

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