Ben Barokas

Ben is the CEO and co-founder of Sourcepoint, where he is driving the next evolution of the internet – content compensation – by providing technology and services that enable the world’s largest media companies to foster a transparent value exchange with consumers.  

Ben is a serial entrepreneur with a unique ability to identify market opportunities and the conviction to turn them into thriving companies. A true leader of the global ad tech ecosystem, Ben has an impressive track record. In 2007, he founded the pre-eminent global supply-side solution, Admeld, an innovative advertising optimisation platform. This was later acquired by Google, where Ben went on to head up the Global Marketplace Development team. 

Prior to founding Admeld, Ben was Vice President of Advertising at JumpTV and Director of Advertising Products at The Fifth Network. He also spent six years at AOL running ad product development and operations.

Aaron Block

Aaron Block is an early stage investor with a passion for building high growth real estate and technology businesses. 

Aaron is Co-Founder and MD of MetaProp NYC, the world’s premier real estate technology ("PropTech") nexus. The MetaProp NYC real estate technology accelerator is the leading growth program for early stage companies and is based in the heart of Silicon Alley. MetaProp NYC's team and strategic seed stage funds have invested in 60+ technology companies across the full real estate value chain that have raised more than $2 billion and employ over 1,500 people globally. MetaProp Advisors provides strategic advice, growth consulting, event management and market research for real estate companies that are serious about innovation.

Previously, Aaron served as CEO of Chicago-based BayRu, LLC, a US-Russia ecommerce shopping and shipping specialist and’s exclusive drop shipping partner for Russia/CIS consumers. By 2013, BayRu grew to become the 8th largest international online retailer in Russia, was #11 on the Inc5000 “Top 100 Retail Companies” list, and was named “Exporter of the Year” by the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Prior to BayRu, Aaron was an executive with commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield and oversaw more than 270 professionals as leader of the Chicago region. Aaron received numerous honors and awards during his real estate career including Top Producer, Most Creative Deal, Agency of the Year and Most Promising Brokerage Professional. Notably, Aaron completed the largest leasing deal in Russian history and the largest leasing deal of the year in Ukraine (2007).

Outside of work, Aaron has served as a board member of numerous organizations including Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”), New York City Community Board Five, and Friends of the Chicago River.  Aaron speaks English, Spanish and Russian. 

Neil Blumenthal, Co-Chair

Neil Blumenthal is a co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. In 2015, Fast Company named Warby Parker the most innovative company in the world.

Prior to launching Warby Parker in 2010, Neil served as director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own businesses selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in developing countries. 

He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. 

A native of New York City, Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Neil lives in Greenwich Village with his wife Rachel, the founder and CEO of Rockets of Awesome, and their two children.

Matthew Brimer

Matthew Brimer is an entrepreneur, community builder, and general instigator of creative mischief. He is Co-Founder of General Assembly, where he supports GA's global efforts around social impact, alumni community engagement, and partnership development. He has worn many hats at GA, cultivating the organization’s early community of startups and entrepreneurs, establishing critical global partnerships to expand the brand, and starting GA’s enterprise corporate training business. Most recently, Brimer launched GA's philanthropic arm, Opportunity Fund, so that anyone willing to work hard and follow their passions can have a meaningful career pursuing work they love. Brimer is also Co-Founder of Daybreaker, a global community and lifestyle brand producing conscious morning experiences around the world. What began as a social experiment and art project, Daybreaker now aims to create an entirely new genre of experience, fueling a worldwide movement to increase mindfulness, camaraderie, wellness, self-expression, and mischief. Brimer also serves as an advisor to a handful of startups, including Common, Fluent City, ZZ Driggs, and Lightmatter. Prior to all this, Brimer consulted on digital education strategy for Yale University, freelanced in web design, worked for Apple as a campus rep, and served frozen custard. In college he founded two startups, one building team-based games powered by rivalries (PickTeams), and another curating and selling antique furniture (Aloysius Properties), both of which proved to be more educational than profitable. Brimer has been named to Vanity Fair’s "The Next Establishment", Forbes “30 Under 30”, Inc. Magazine’s "30 Under 30", and Business Insider’s "Silicon Alley 100”. Brimer holds a BA in Sociology from Yale, loves a proper dance party, and lives with his beautiful girlfriend Whitney in Brooklyn.

Anthony Casalena

Anthony Casalena is the Founder and CEO of Squarespace, which launched in 2004. During the company’s early years, Anthony acted as the sole engineer, designer, and support representative for the entire Squarespace platform, allowing for it to be a stable business from the outset. In addition to his main responsibilities in running the company and setting overall product strategy, he remains actively involved in the engineering, design, and product teams within the organization. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Paul Daugherty

Paul Daugherty is Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer and leads the company’s Technology Innovation & Ecosystem group. He is also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee. In addition to overseeing Accenture’s technology strategy, Mr. Daugherty has responsibility for driving innovation through R&D activities in Accenture’s
Labs and leveraging emerging technologies to bring the newest innovations to clients globally.

He founded and oversees Accenture Ventures, which is focused on strategic equity investments and open innovation to accelerate growth. He also leads the company’s large group of highly skilled, certified technology architects, who apply new technologies and architectural
foundations in building solutions for clients across industries. In addition, Mr. Daugherty is responsible for managing Accenture’s alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships with leading and emerging technology companies, and runs Accenture’s Global CIO Council and
annual CIO and Innovation Forum. 

Mr. Daugherty has played a key role in evolving Accenture’s technology business to respond to the changes in the industry. He developed the Digital Business vision and helped shape Accenture’s early moves to establish its digital business leadership. He founded Accenture’s cloud computing business and was instrumental in launching Accenture’s SaaS, big data and open source businesses, and played a key role in the company’s technology business during the major transitions to client/server computing and internet based computing. 

Mr. Daugherty is a passionate advocate for gender equality in the workplace and sponsoring STEM-related inclusion & diversity initiatives. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on industry and technology issues, and has published articles in a variety of publications. He sponsors Accenture’s technology initiatives with the World Economic Forum. Mr. Daugherty also serves as chairman of the board of Avanade, the leading provider of Microsoft technology services. He is on the board of directors for Girls Who Code, Accenture Global Services
Limited, the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley and the advisory board for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Mr.
Daugherty helped to found the Advisory Board of the Academy of Information Technology, a  non-profit that works to boost IT careers for youth. He also sponsors Accenture’s partnership with which is focused on bringing Computer Science education to students around the world. 

Paul is co-author of Different Everyday, a management guide to Artificial Intelligence, to be published by Harvard Press in late 2017.

Chad Dickerson

Chad is CEO, President and Chair of Etsy, leading the company in its mission and growing it into a global community of creative entrepreneurs and their customers.

Under Chad's leadership, marketplace sales by Etsy’s community of more than a million sellers have grown significantly. The company became a Certified B Corporation in 2012 and, in both 2013 and 2014, Etsy was named one of the Best Small & Medium Workplaces by the Great Place to Work® Institute. In April 2015, Chad was appointed as a member of the US Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by President Barack Obama. He serves on the boards of the DUMBO Business Improvement District, the Partnership for New York City and St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Prior to becoming CEO in 2011, Chad was Etsy’s CTO. Before joining Etsy, Chad led Yahoo’s Brickhouse & Advanced Products team, and the Yahoo! Developer Network. Notably, he created the Yahoo! Hack Day initiative, the first internal innovation program of its kind.

Almost entirely self-taught in all things tech, Chad was an early advocate for the power of the Internet as a disruptive platform. He began his career in media, holding technical positions at InfoWorld Media Group,, CNN, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Brian Distelburger

Brian is Co-Founder and President of Yext, and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Brian runs Yext’s international revenue division, and is responsible for all sales and customer relationships internationally. Prior to founding Yext, Brian started another technology company and tried to start a motorcycle shop.

Brian also sits on the Cornell Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, and advises several NYC Tech startups.

Brian attended Cornell University and graduated without distinction.

Amanda Eilian

Amanda Eilian is the Co-Founder and President of Videolicious, an enterprise mobile video creation platform used by Fortune 500 companies like IBM, SAP & Canon. Companies use Videolicious to automatically create sophisticated personalized videos to enhance sales & marketing campaigns. Videolicious has over 4,000,000 users in over 100 countries, and is taught in over 90 journalism schools. Videolicious investors include  Prior to forming Videolicious, Amanda was a founding partner of Capitol Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC) that completed a $265 million initial public offering in 2007 and closed a merger in 2009 that led to the formation of Two Harbors Investment Corp., a $3 billion NYSE listed REIT (TWO) and Silver Bay Realty Trust (SBY).  Amanda previously worked in private equity and mergers and acquisitions at Merrill Lynch.  Amanda is a Truman Scholar and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University with Honors in Economics, and received her MBA from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar.  Amanda serves on the Board of Directors of Juice Beauty, the largest organic skincare brand in North America, and on the Board of Directors of the Melanoma Research Alliance, the largest private funder of melanoma research with more than $79 million in grants awarded to date.  Amanda is an active investor and advisor to companies in the healthy living and lifestyle space, including Goop, Daily Harvest, and OneFineStay.

Beth Ferriera, Co-Chair

Beth Ferreira is Managing Partner at WME Ventures, the venture capital arm of WME IMG. An accomplished operations leader, company advisor and venture investor, Beth shapes the firm’s investment strategy and manages its portfolio of next generation commerce, consumer tech and mobile start-ups.
Prior to this role, Beth was Chief Operating Officer at Fab where she led the strategic development and expansion of the company’s global operations and customer service infrastructure. As an early senior executive at Etsy, Beth served as Vice President, Finance & Operations and played a pivotal role in transforming the company into a lifestyle brand and profitable global e-commerce platform, seeing revenue growth skyrocket 15x during her tenure. Before joining Etsy, Beth was a member of the investment team at the venture capital firm, Flatiron Partners and a Venture Partner at FirstMark Capital. She has also held positions at The Boston Consulting Group and Union Bank of Switzerland.
Beth is a mentor in the Techstars program and a serves on the Director’s Council at the Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School.  Beth is also an advisor, mentor and angel investor who shares her expertise with many early-stage entrepreneurs.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Eric Friedman

Eric is currently Head of Expa Labs at Expa.

Eric Friedman is the former Global Senior Director of Sales and Revenue Operations at Foursquare.  He joined as Foursquare first got started working in Business Development, focussing on growing the merchant community, and spent the last few years focussed on building up the sales team revenue for the Company.

Eric was formerly at Union Square Ventures, a venture capital firm focussed on early stage web services and technology companies.  He also spent three years working at Reprise Media, a full service SEM, SEO, and social media agency startup that was acquired by IPG in 2007.  Prior to that Eric spent time at Grey Advertising working at Mediacom and Beyond Interactive with clients within both divisions.  Eric has combined his entrepreneurial interests and experience in product management, finance, marketing, and account management in his work.  Eric has a BBA from George Washington University.

Andrea Gellert

Andrea Gellert serves as OnDeck’s Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development. Prior to joining OnDeck in 2012, Ms. Gellert was Vice President of Client Services and Operations at Group Commerce Inc., an e-commerce platform for publishers, from September 2011 to October 2012. From July 2008 to September 2011, Ms. Gellert served as Vice President, Customer Experience and Retention, OPEN at American Express Company, a multinational financial services company and also served in industry strategy and global account management roles during her tenure as a Vice President in Merchant Services at American Express. Ms. Gellert holds an A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jeff Glueck

Jeff became CEO of Foursquare in January 2016, after 18 months as COO of the company. Prior, Jeff was CEO of Skyfire Labs, a Silicon Valley-based mobile technology company acquired by Opera Software. He co-founded, an online travel company that grew to over $100 million in sales in two years, and was acquired by Travelocity. In the following seven years he served as chief marketing officer at Travelocity, where sales expanded from $3 billion to $11 billion globally, he introduced the “roaming gnome” and launched a fast-growing contextual advertising business. Previously, Jeff was a strategy consultant at Monitor Company and served as a White House Fellow in the Clinton Administration. He holds a master’s degree from Oxford as a Marshall Scholar and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.

Jonah Goodhart

Jonah Goodhart is the CEO and Co-Founder of Moat, a New York based Analytics company focused on driving success for brand marketers and premium publishers. Moat is at the forefront of helping shift digital advertising away from impressions and clicks and toward new models of attention. Jonah was the Founding Investor and Board Member of Right Media (acquired by Yahoo!), Founding Partner of WGI Group, and Co-Founder of Jonah was also a member of Mayor Bloomberg's Council on Technology and Innovation.

Michael Gordon

Michael brought more than 20 years of financial management and business experience to his role as CFO of MongoDB. Michael has a strong background in finance, strategy and business operations and a track record of helping high growth companies scale successfully. Previously, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Yodle, where he was responsible for the strategic and operational management of all aspects of finance and business operations, business development, reseller programs, corporate development and legal affairs.

Prior to Yodle, Michael was a Managing Director in the Media and Telecom investment banking group at Merrill Lynch, where he helped raise over $20 billion in capital for clients, including many initial public offerings, and advised clients on over $50 billion in mergers and acquisitions transactions. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Michael worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble. He was named to the 2016-2017 class of David Rockefeller Fellows, is on the Board of Directors of Share Our Strength - one of the nation's leading anti-hunger organizations, and is an advisor/board member to entrepreneurial and high growth companies.  

Michael received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Brooke Hammerling

Brooke is the Founder of Brew and has over 18 years of experience in technology PR and communications, both on the client side and in large and small agencies. She started Brew eleven years ago determined to bring a different style to the PR world. With the help of her partner, Dena Cook, and an incredible team, Brew has grown to be a company that provides the unique blend of communications that Brooke had envisioned. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London, Brew works with some of the most interesting, innovative and successful companies in tech. Brooke plays an active role in strategy across all Brew clients, which include Goldbely, Oracle Refinery29, Standard International and more.

Heather Hartnett

Heather is the CEO and founding partner of Human Ventures — an early-stage venture studio in NYC that backs and builds consumer technology companies. Heather leads the core team at Human that supports each portfolio founder with the beginning stages of building. She was recently featured in Business Insider as "the first female-led startup studio in New York City" bringing a fresh new perspective to the tech scene. Prior to Human Ventures, Heather incubated companies within City Light Capital — a venture capital fund that invests in companies seeking to generate measurable social and environmental impact in addition to financial returns.

Jay Hass

Jay joined RRE in 2010 as the Partner responsible for business strategy functions including product and brand development, communications, and investor relations. Jay also supports RRE portfolio companies with business development initiatives. Previously, Jay spent 22 years at Brown Brothers Harriman, where he was a Managing Director. There he established and managed BBH's Alternative Investments Group of private equity, hedge, Asian equity and real estate funds, with assets of $1.3 billion and approximately 1,300 Limited Partners.   Jay has been an angel investor in a number of privately-held companies.  He serves as a Board Member of the Tory Burch Foundation and a Director of the Cheetah Korea Value Fund.

Before entering the investment world, Jay spent several years in national political campaign management as well as in advertising. Jay graduated from Princeton University with an AB in Politics in 1983. He completed the CFA Institute’s Investment Management program at Harvard Business School in 2004.  In his free time Jay likes to run...and run some more.  He has completed 22 marathons, including multiple finishes at Boston and Death Valley.

Jeffrey Hill

Jeffrey Hill is a Partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s Tax practice, serving as the Northeast Region Tax Technology & Telecommunications Sector Leader. Jeff leads teams of high-performing professionals globally, consulting on tax planning and reporting matters, income tax accounting and financial statement reporting. Previously, he led EY’s Growth Markets tax practice for the Northeast, with a significant focus on New York City and New Jersey high-growth companies and their leadership teams.

Jeff has more than 26 years of overall business, tax and accounting experience, serving both international and domestic clients in technology, life sciences, retail and industrial products. He has advised both publicly held and privately owned high-growth companies on complex business and tax planning matters, including corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, international tax and financial statement reporting matters.

His passion for technology and entrepreneurship has led him to be actively involved in Entrepreneur Of The Year® programs in the Northeast. Founded by EY, these programs recognize visionary leaders who are innovating and setting the pace for the future of business.

Jeff holds a Master’s Degree in Tax from Pace University – New York City and a Bachelor’s Degree from Monmouth College in Business Administration/Accounting.

He is an avid golfer and lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

Jalak Jobanputra

Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, a venture capital fund in NYC focused on early stage investments in next generation technology including blockchain and machine learning. Before founding Future\Perfect Ventures in 2013, Jobanputra was the Director of Mobile Investments in Emerging Markets at Omidyar Network. She has 20 years experience in venture capital, impact investing, media and technology, and she was named one of Institutional Investor’s 35 Most Powerful Dealmakers of 2016. She was previously Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF), a private economic development fund, where she managed the fund’s technology and digital media venture investments. While there, Jobanputra spearheaded the formation NYCSeed in 2008, and helped launch the FinTech Innovation Lab, which has since been replicated in London and Hong Kong. Jobanputra worked closely with the Bloomberg administration and NYCEDC to implement initiatives to help diversify the NYC economy through NYC’s growing tech/digital sectors. Prior to NYCIF, she was a Principal at New Venture Partners, a $300 million early stage venture fund that commercialized technology out of corporate labs. At NVP, Jobanputra incubated a range of technologies, including speech recognition/NLP, 3D displays, video surveillance, 4G wireless broadband, and music recommendation software. From 1999- 2003, Jobanputra was at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, where she invested in enterprise software, internet and digital media startups. In 1997 in NYC, in the early days of Silicon Alley, she launched and managed product development for online financial information startup Horsesmouth, where she also learned to code and help build a content recommendation engine. She began her career in media, telecom and tech investment banking at Lehman Brothers and Broadview in NYC and London. Jobanputra currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of L’Oreal’s Women in Digital Initiative, is a member of Mayor DeBlasio’s Broadband Taskforce, and served on Secretary Clinton’s Women’s Leadership Council. Jobanputra spent four months setting up microfinance programs and training women entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 1999. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications from the Annenberg School and a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School. Her blog The Barefoot VC has repeatedly been cited as a Top 10 investor blog in several publications and she is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Fox Business news.