Edward Shenderovich

Edward Shenderrovich

Edward Shenderovich is a co-founder and Chairman of Knotel. He is also a co-founder of Merchantry (acquired by Tradeshift in 2015) and a founding partner of Kite Ventures, a global venture investment company. Besides Knotel, Edward is on the board of Tradeshift and Domo.

Prior to Kite, Edward was a founding executive of SUP, a Moscow-based online media company, currently a part of Rambler&Co. He started his career at Silicon Valley Bank as the Industry Analyst in Online Services and Communications.

Edward Skyler


Edward Skyler joined Citi as Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs in May 2010. Reporting directly to the CEO, Mr. Skyler oversees Communications, Government Affairs, Branding, Sponsorships, Corporate Citizenship, Sustainability and the Citi Foundation. He also shares leadership of Investor Relations and Regulatory Affairs. He is charged with ensuring that Citi's global dialogues with the public, governments and investors are effective and consistent.

Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Skyler served as a member of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's administration from 2002 to 2010, rising to the position of Deputy Mayor for Operations for the City of New York. In that capacity, he oversaw the performance of the City's main operational agencies and served as a top budget, legislative and labor negotiator. Mr. Skyler oversaw four consecutive balanced and on-time City budgets; negotiated legislation to reform lobbying and "pay-to-play" practices; and spearheaded critical initiatives such as the overhaul of the City's 911 system and its sustainability agenda.

Before he was appointed Deputy Mayor for Operations, Mr. Skyler served as Press Secretary and Communications Director during Mayor Bloomberg's first term. He managed all communications operations, including media relations and speechwriting. Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, he worked in the Corporate Communications group of Bloomberg LP. He also served as Deputy Press Secretary to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Public Information Director at the Department of Parks & Recreation.

Mr. Skyler has stayed involved in civic life and now serves as Chairman of the Citizens Budget Commission. He is also an Executive Committee Member of the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund and is a Trustee of The Paley Center for Media.

Mr. Skyler is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a law degree from the Fordham University School of Law, which he attended at night. A member of the New York State Bar Association, he has been honored by several organizations, including the Association for a Better New York.

Cari Sommer

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Cari Sommer is the CEO and Founder of RAISE Communications and a Social Impact Investor with 10XImpact, an organization she co-founded to back social entrepreneurs.

Through her work with RAISE (started in 2011), Cari regularly serves as a trusted thought partner and communications strategist for today’s most prominent technology company and VC firms. Most recently, she was an early Communications Advisor to Trilogy Education (acquired by 2U). She is the host of the Pitch Factor podcast, where she interviews business leaders that launched movement, built iconic companies and got the world to listen, and is a contributor to Forbes where she shares advice and analysis on business growth.

Cari began her career practicing law at two international AmLaw 100 Law Firms. She is an alumni of Cornell University and has served on the Boards of Entrepreneurship at Cornell Advisory Council, the Dean’s Advisory Council for Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, President Council of Cornell Women, Red Bear Angels, The Children’s Museum of Arts in New York, and Step Up Women’s Network.

Cari lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Dan Teran


Dan Teran is the CEO and co-founder of Managed by Q, the platform for office management. 

Founded in 2014 with a vision for building the operating system for the built world, Q now powers office operations for thousands of top companies nationwide, ranging from fast-growing startups to the Fortune 500.

Managed by Q has been recognized as a standard bearer of good jobs in the on-demand economy.  The hallmark of Q’s business is its commitment to creating good jobs, and using technology to not only increase efficiencies in workspaces, but economically empower communities and provide opportunity to small businesses. Dan has spoken about this business strategy at Harvard, MIT Sloan, NYU, and Parsons School of Design, and has been recognized by the White House, Department of Labor, and others as a leading voice in the national conversation around the future of work. 

Prior to co-founding Q, Dan was a Partner at venture development firm prehype, co-creating startups with the world’s finest corporations and entrepreneurs. Dan has a background in community organizing and progressive politics in Baltimore, and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

Liz Wessel


Liz Wessel is the Co-Founder and CEO of WayUp, the go-to platform for early-career professionals to explore opportunities, receive advice, and get discovered by employers. Founded in July 2014, WayUp is a venture-backed startup based in NYC that has raised nearly $30M, and was named by CNN as one of the 30 most innovative companies changing the world. WayUp's millions of users represent thousands of campuses in the U.S., and WayUp has worked with companies of all sizes -- from startups to Fortune 500's like Google, Starbucks and Disney. Liz has been featured as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and has been named one of the 18 Coolest Women in Silicon Valley. Prior to founding WayUp, Liz worked at Google as a Product Marketing Manager in California and then in India.

Ed Zimmerman

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Ed is a lawyer representing tech startups, growth companies and the venture capital and growth equity funds that back them. He co-founded and Chairs the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, where he’s worked since he was a summer associate in 1991. In 2013, Dow Jones ranked Lowenstein among the five most active law firms in America for venture capital and private equity deals. As an angel investor, Ed has personally invested in more than 80 startups and more than 30 venture funds. He’s been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business since 2005, where he teaches Venture Capital and Angel Investing. Ed co-founded and chairs VentureCrush, which also includes FirstGrowthVC (which Pando Daily called “New York’s best Accelerator”). Ed has published approximately 100 columns on tech startups and growth companies (and sometimes wine and music), mostly on the Accelerators page of the Wall Street Journal, where he currently serves as a WSJ Expert Panelist. Ed worked harvest (briefly) in France and California, and had minor involvement in vinifying a wine granted a perfect 100 point score by Robert Parke

Michael Zuckert

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Michael Zuckert is SVB Financial Group's General Counsel. He is responsible for leading the company's legal department as well as providing strategic guidance to SVB’s management team and board. He joined SVB in 2014 from Citigroup, where he most recently was Deputy General Counsel.

During his 12 years at Citi, Michael covered a wide range of legal matters, most recently focusing on Citi Holdings and mergers and acquisitions. He also served as senior counsel to Citi's chief financial officer and the company’s finance organization, advising on public company disclosures and capital markets transactions. During the financial crisis, Michael advised on investments by the U.S. Treasury in Citi and led teams which prepared senior executives for Congressional hearings.

Previously, Michael worked at Morgan Stanley as a Principal in the legal department covering investment banking and principal investing. He later served in a business role as a Chief Operating Officer for a private equity fund at Morgan Stanley. Michael also served as General Counsel of TheStreet, an Internet financial news provider. He advised the company on its initial public offering, corporate governance and international expansion. He started his legal career as a corporate associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in history, and law and society, from Brown University and a law degree from New York University School of Law. He is on the boards of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and the Global EIR Coalition, a member of the Tech:NYC Leadership Council, a member of the Investment Committee of Waterman Ventures and an advisory member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Directors' Exchange.