Entrepreneurial Journey - How to raise your first round?
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – 6:00 pm
Location: Varick Street Incubator, 137 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, NY
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Meet & Greet/Networking
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm: Panel Discussion/Q&A
7:45 pm - 8:30 pm: More networking - Food & Drinks
Raising capital is one of the most arduous tasks for an entrepreneur. As part of the "Entrepreneurial Journey" series, we are bringing rockstar entrepreneurs from the NYC ecosystem to help you in your fund raising journey. These serial entrepreneurs have raised multiple rounds of funding and know in-and-out of raising startup money. They will share their experience and provide tips on fund raising and avoiding mistakes. More details about panelists and moderator below. There will also be good food and drinks at the event.
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Sheldon Owen is the co-founder and CEO of Unified, the creators of the first cloud-based social operating platform for global brands and agencies. Sheldon's vision and corporate direction have made Unified an award-winning company and one of the fastest growing social marketing technology platforms in the industry.
Sheldon has over 15 years of experience in developing and operating emerging technology and digital media companies. He has successfully managed over $1 billion in digital media campaigns throughout his career and has worked with global brands such as Verizon, Starbucks, Unilever, P&G and BMW. Sheldon is an active board member, start-up advisor and angel investor.
Prior to starting Unified, Sheldon served in several executive roles within TrafficMarketplace, a leading digital marketing company, through its successful acquisition in 2010. During his tenure, he managed a $90 million P&L and created one of the fastest growing social ad networks in the industry. TrafficMarketplace's social business grew from zero to $50 million annual run-rate within 18 months of launch and became a charter partner in the Facebook API Key and Facebook Approved Ad Platform programs. Sheldon has previously served in a variety of senior executive roles throughout his career including VP of Marketing of a $300 million division at CA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA).
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/sheldonowen
Max Yankelevich is the chief architect, co-founder and CEO of CrowdComputing Systems (CCS), provider of a SaaS platform for performing enterprise work. He was among the first entrepreneurs to spot the massive opportunity of cloud computing. A software and systems architect by background, Max led SOA teams at large enterprises such as Double-Click, Deutsche Bank, AIG and D&B before founding Freedom OSS, one of Amazon Web Services (AWS) first integration partners. CCS was born of research with MIT’s CSAIL in 2009 and is the culmination of his commitment to bringing transformative innovation to businesses through exponential technology.
Max has raised funding for each of this businesses andprovided significant ROI to each of his investors. His network of venture capitalists spans from Silicon Valley to New York City to Eastern Europe.
Loic Moisand is a French entrepreneur based in New-York. He is CEO and co-founder of Synthesio a leader in global social media monitoring. Under his leadership, Synthesio has achieved record breaking growth in revenue and clientele every year since its founding. Synthesio recently raised $20 Million in Series B funding.
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/loicmoisand
Mike Fraietta is a social business strategist who focuses on both public-facing and internal communities. He specializes in social media monitoring, building online communities and customer relationships, gamification and user experience. Mike has knowledge of a variety of industries including media, healthcare, finance, insurance, retail and government. His list of recent clients includes 21st Century Fox, Nike, The Wall Street Journal, HarperCollins, Fox Entertainment Group, Guardian, Dow Jones, Covidien, NBC/Universal and the Canadian Consulate General. Mike also is an Adjunct-Professor teaching Social Media at NYU and runs an incubator for media startups at The Centre for Social Innovation.