Tasso Argyros

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Tasso Argyros is currently the Founder & CEO of ActionIQ, a company that is helping Global 2000 enterprises leverage their customer data to create orchestrated, personalized customer experiences across all digital & physical channels. ActionIQ has raised $45M from top investors Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital and FirstMark Capital.

Prior to ActionIQ, Tasso co-founded Aster Data, an early Big Data pioneer, after dropping out of the PhD program at Stanford. Aster Data was sold to Teradata in 2011 for $325M where Tasso became the co-president and GM of Teradata’s Big Data division.

Tasso has received several awards and recognitions, including BusinessWeek’s “Best Young Tech Entrepreneur” for 2009, World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneer” in 2010, and Forbes’ “NextGen Innovator” in 2013.

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.

Caryn Seidman-Becker

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Caryn Seidman-Becker is the Chairman and CEO of CLEAR. Caryn led the acquisition of CLEAR in 2010 and has guided the revitalization and re-launch of the company. She drives the overall direction and vision for the company as the CLEAR team works to build a connected world that is smarter and more secure. Caryn also oversees (obsesses over) the customer experience, marketing, business development, and people development. Caryn and CLEAR Co-Founder and President Ken Cornick previously co-founded Arience Capital and have been business partners for over 16 years.

In 2004, Caryn created the The Happy Elephant Foundation which supports education, child wellness, and the New York City community. Caryn is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in NYC.

Caryn received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She lives in NYC with her husband Marc and three children.

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 eBay.com’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.

Sebastian Cwilich

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Sebastian Cwilich is the co-founder, president and COO of Artsy, the leading global platform for discovering and collecting art from the world’s top galleries, museums, art fairs, and auction houses. Previously, Sebastian was an executive at Christie's, where he launched the company's expanded private sales division and was later named the commercial and business director of Haunch of Venison, after Christie's acquired the gallery. Sebastian is also the co-founder and Chairman of ProyectArte, an international nonprofit art school for young emerging artists based in Buenos Aires. Outside of the art world, he has served as an advisor and consultant to businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies across many different industries. Sebastian began his career as a software engineer at AT&T (Bell) Labs.

Jeff Dachis

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Jeff Dachis is the CEO and Founder of One Drop, born from his own experience as a person with Type 1 diabetes. One Drop combines wireless blood glucose monitoring, virtual coaching, and data-driven insights to deliver the most accessible, affordable, and effective consumer driven diabetes care. He is also the Co-Founder, former CE, and Chairman of Razorfish, one of New York’s first tech unicorns, and the world’s largest digital design strategy and marketing firm, where he bootstrapped the company and led it through its successful $55MM IPO and eventual $6B market capitalization. Today, Razorfish consistently ranks as the number n digital consultancy in Gartner and Forrester magic quadrants year after year.

As the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Dachis Group, he helped coin the term ‘Social Business’, set the vision and strategy for its Social Business consulting practic and the development of its big data social analytics platform, and drove the eventual strategic exit to New York’s Sprinklr, the leading social experience management platform.

Jeff is a digital serial entrepreneur. Considered one of the early pioneers in the development of the World Wide Web, Jeff was involved in the creation of the first banner ad, the creation of the first web animation, and has digital work exhibited as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. He has an MA from NYU, and double Fine Arts and Liberal Arts degrees from SUNY Purchase. Jeff lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jill, and w kids Ruby and Julian.

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 Code.org 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.

Rachel Drori

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Rachel Drori is the Founder of Daily Harvest, a direct to consumer brand reimagining frozen food to solve a modern eating dilemma: the desire for convenience without nutritional compromise. In just one year, Daily Harvest has become one of the the fastest growing direct to consumer food brands placing over 2 million smoothies, activated breakfast bowls, “nice cream” sundaes and soups in freezers across the US.  

Prior to starting Daily Harvest, Rachel devised marketing strategies throughout the customer lifecycle at Gilt Groupe, American Express and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Focused on customer centricity she accelerated brand building and channel development driving topline growth.

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

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 Amazon.com.  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 Ferreira, Co-Chair

Beth Ferreira, a Managing Director of FirstMark, invests in a broad range of consumer companies, including next-generation commerce, consumer tech, and mobile startups. Prior to FirstMark, Beth was the Managing Partner of WME Ventures, the venture capital arm of WME IMG and led investments in Glossier, Daily Harvest, Masterclass, and Hush.

Prior to this role, Beth was Chief Operating Officer at Fab and ran operations in the early days of Etsy. Beth also held positions at Flatiron Partners, BCG and UBS.

Beth holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Miguel Gamiño Jr.

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Mr. Gamiño is Executive Vice President, Global Cities, Mastercard. In his role, Miguel lead’s Mastercard’s global activities with cities and the City Possible platform, forming public-private partnerships that drive civic efficiency, inclusivity, equality and ultimately better quality of life.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Miguel served as the Chief Technology Officer of New York City, leading the Mayor’s Office of The CTO. Miguel pioneered a new civic engagement and innovation platform for NYC and stood as a voice of leadership in tech policy —ensuring that technology helped NYC become the Fairest Big City in America, strengthening the City of 8.6M residents. He also served as an organizer of cities around the world to work together to improve people’s lives in urban centers everywhere.  

Miguel’s leadership in New York translated to a broad and complex portfolio of public infrastructure, digital and visionary initiatives; including broadband for all New Yorkers, smart city and IoT programs, a comprehensive digital strategy that improved government service and NYCx – the world’s first-of-its-kind program to transform the relationship between government and disruptors of industry – to Make Tech Work for All People.

Prior to his role in New York, Miguel was the CIO for the City and County of San Francisco and the CIIO for the City of El Paso. Miguel founded the Council of Global City CIOs.

Prior to life in the public sector, Miguel was an entrepreneur, developing some of the earliest cloud-based services and launching two companies based in El Paso, TX and Silicon Valley, CA operating nationwide.   

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 site59.com, 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 Billions.org. 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.