Micah Lasher


Micah Lasher is Head of External Affairs for Sidewalk Labs, overseeing communications with media and the public and building relationships with cities across the world as Sidewalk explores new technologies to improve urban life.

Before joining Sidewalk Labs, Micah served as Chief of Staff to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, where he worked extensively to forge thoughtful regulatory approaches to emerging technologies. Previously, Micah was Director of State Legislative Affairs for the City of New York under Mayor Mike Bloomberg, an official with the New York City Department of Education, and an aide to Congressman Jerry Nadler.

Micah is a lifelong New Yorker who lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children, and who finally broke down and learned how to drive in December 2016.

Janett Liriano

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Janett Liriano is CEO of LOOMIA, a smart materials company based in NYC.

Prior to LOOMIA, Janett worked in the medical technology field creating high fidelity simulations with medical mannequins for doctors-in-training. She is a formally trained audio engineer and master electrician and has held various roles in production as a programmer, stage manager, director, engineer, and lighting designer.

As one of 28 women named to Project Diane, a database of Black and Latina women who have raised over $1M in venture funding, Janett is committed to using her position in leadership to advocate for diversity in STEAM fields and challenge the corporate culture in the tech and apparel industries. She is an active voice in the Time's Up movement , sponsor of the WACO Theatre Center, contributor to Huffington Post, and producer/host of the soon-to-be released “Untangled” podcast. Janett studied design and technology at Emerson College and audio engineering at SAE Institute.

Susan Lyne


Susan Lyne is President and Managing Partner of BBG Ventures, an early stage fund backing the new wave of female entrepreneurs using technology to re-imagine daily life. Ms. Lyne has held leadership positions at media, technology, and entertainment companies of all sizes and stages, from startups to public companies. Before launching BBG Ventures, she was CEO of the AOL Brand Group where she oversaw AOL’s unique content brands.  From 2008-2013 she was CEO and then Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the innovative ecommerce company that pioneered flash sales in the United States. She served as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO) from 2004-2008.  And from 1996 to 2004, Ms. Lyne worked at Disney/ABC, rising to President of ABC Entertainment where she oversaw development of shows including Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy.  Ms. Lyne began her career in the magazine industry: she was Managing Editor of New Times and The Village Voice; and she created and launched Premiere Magazine, serving as Editor-in-Chief and Publication Director. Ms. Lyne was named Publishing Executive of the Year by Advertising Age in 2006 and received a Matrix Award from New York Women In Communications.

Shan-Lyn Ma


Shan-Lyn Ma is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zola. Launched in October 2013, Zola (www.zola.com) is an online wedding registry for millennials. In just three years, Zola has become the fastest growing wedding registry in the country. Over 7 million guests have attended a Zola wedding and $350 million in gifts have been added by Zola couples. 

Before starting her own company, Shan-Lyn was the Chief Product Officer of Chloe + Isabel. Prior to that, in 2008, Shan-Lyn joined Gilt Groupe as the first Product Lead tasked with defining and evolving the core Gilt.com experience. During her time as Product Director she led key new business launches and led Gilt’s successful foray into mobile – managing apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android and mobile web.  At Gilt, she was also the Creator and General Manager of Gilt Taste, Gilt’s entrance into the food and wine arena. Prior to Gilt, Shan-Lyn held Product and Marketing roles at Yahoo! 

Shan-Lyn holds a BCommerce with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and an MBA from Stanford University.

Michael Marinello


Michael Marinello is the Global Head of Communications at Standard Industries, developing Standard’s communications strategy and executive messaging. He oversees all internal and external communications functions at the company and across the operating companies, and serves as the primary spokesperson. 

Michael has more than 20 years of strategic communications experience from Turner Broadcasting, Bloomberg LP and Microsoft, as well as significant experience working with CEOs, C-suite executives and government leaders. At Turner, he was Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications, overseeing corporate communications, public affairs, partnerships, marketing, media relations and executive communications. At Bloomberg, Michael was the head of global communications and developed a cross-platform positioning and reputation subsidiary for the Technology, Innovation and Design division. Prior to that, he ran communications and analyst relations for Microsoft Office.

Michael holds a B.A. in International Relations from Lehigh University, on the Leadership Counsel of Tech:NYC and serves on several boards including New Yorkers for Culture and Art and CCNY's Branded and Integrated Communications Graduate Program. He currently resides in New York with his family.

Steve Martocci

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Steve Martocci leads product vision as the CEO and co-founder of Splice. An experienced entrepreneur, Steve co-founded the popular social messaging app GroupMe in 2010, acquired by Skype in August 2011, and by Microsoft in October 2011. He is also a co-founder of the short-distance aviation company BLADE, an active angel investor with investments in Fundera, TransferWise and Flatiron Health, and serves as an advisor to Movable Ink organisations where he promotes the growth of the New York City startup community.

Miguel McKelvey

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Miguel McKelvey is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of WeWork, where he directs all architecture, design, and construction activities. Miguel is a multi-disciplinary designer and entrepreneur with diverse experience in architectural design, construction management, and web development.

Prior to WeWork, Miguel created the design framework and led the national retail roll-out for American Apparel (170 stores), and was involved in the early-stage development of several companies, including Green Desk, Barre3, Versation, and English, Baby!

Miguel earned his BA (Architecture) from the University of Oregon.

William Murphy

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William (Bill) Murphy is a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Technology Officer at Blackstone, leading the Blackstone Innovations and Infrastructure team. Mr. Murphy is responsible for the firm's technology efforts. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Murphy was founding Chief Technology Officer for Capital IQ. Mr. Murphy was responsible for overseeing all product design, development, infrastructure and technology support and was involved with all operations of the business. Before Capital IQ, Mr. Murphy led teams at Sapient, delivering solutions for large clients primarily in financial services. He received a BSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Charlie O'Donnell

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Charlie O'Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures and loves it that way.  The fund makes seed investments and is the first venture firm located in Brooklyn--where he was born and raised.  The longest he has been outside of the five boroughs of New York City is three weeks.

Charlie has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies. Nick Bilton identifies him as an influence on early Twitter investors in his book, Hatching Twitter.  Dennis Crowley credits him as having helped kick off the first funding of Foursquare before other VCs had said yes.  At First Round Capital, he sourced the firm's investments in Singleplatform (sold to Constant Contact) and GroupMe (sold to Skype).  Charlie discovered GroupMe at the hackathon where the service had been built.  He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), chloe + isabel, Refinery29, Docracy, and Salescrunch.  

Working in venture capital since 2001, he apprenticed his way through the asset class with analyst roles on the original Union Square Ventures team as well as at the General Motors pension fund--a long time limited partner in many top tier funds.  

Charlie is one of only a dozen individuals to be named to Business Insider's 100 Most Influential People in NY Tech five or more times. He served on the founding board of the New York Tech Meetup and is one of the group's first 100 members. His blog, This is Going to Be BIG!, is one of the ten most widely read VC blogs in the country and over 8,000 people read his weekly NYC tech newsletter. He has spoken at SXSW and Techcrunch Disrupt.

Charlie bikes to work, has done four triathlons, the NYC marathon, and runs the kayaking program in Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

Jon Oringer

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Jon founded Shutterstock in 2003 with thousands of his own digital photographs. A serial entrepreneur, he recognized the need for licensable images at an affordable cost and created the first global subscription image marketplace. Since then, Shutterstock has grown into a portfolio of brands serving businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world with all the creative and editorial assets needed. Jon holds an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University and a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from The State University of New York at Stony Brook. In May 2017 he was made a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa).

Michael Pryor

Michael Pryor works for Atlassian as the Head of Trello, the visual collaboration tool that gives millions of people around the world perspective on their projects. Michael is a co-founder of Fog Creek Software, a nationally renowned software development company that creates popular developer tools, and sits on the board of Stack Exchange, the #1 question and answer site for developers globally. Michael currently lives in New York with his wife and two daughters. 

Jeff Raider

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As co-founder of both Harry’s and Warby Parker, Jeff Raider aims to build companies and brands that positively impact people's everyday lives, and the world more broadly. Harry’s ambition is to create exceptional shaving and personal care products that better meet the needs of modern men. Prior to Harry's, Jeff co-founded Warby Parker, the transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses.

Today, Jeff serves as the CEO of Harry’s Labs — a newly founded organization within Harry’s that leverages the skills and capabilities of the Harry’s team to support exceptional entrepreneurs in building and scaling the next great CPG brands. He is also on the Board of Directors at Warby Parker.

Before starting his own companies, Jeff worked at Charlesbank Capital Partners and Bain & Company. Jeff graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Studies, earned a Masters in International Affairs from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He also earned an MBA from Wharton Business School. Jeff currently lives in lower Manhattan with his wife and three children.

Daniel Ramot

Daniel Ramot is Via’s co-founder and CEO. Prior to Via, Daniel built supercomputers designed to discover new pharmaceutical drugs at D. E. Shaw Research and developed avionic systems for F-15s and F-16s for the Israeli Air Force. He has a PhD from Stanford University in neuroscience.

Todd Rassiger

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Todd Rassiger leads First Republic’s East Coasting Business Banking team which specializes in working with financial services firms, nonprofits, professional services firms and tech companies.

Todd joined First Republic in February 2011, after helping to build a successful nonprofit practice for a Boston-based bank. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Rassiger served in the Investment Banking Group at MassDevelopment, issuing more than $500 million in tax-exempt bonds for manufacturers, multi-family housing developers and nonprofit institutions undertaking large capital projects. It was during his time at MassDevelopment that Todd developed a program that granted human service providers access to the capital Bond markets, in addition to securing a $10 million grant from the US Department of Education to support capital financing for charter schools.  Prior to MassDevelopment, Todd served as a banking analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  

In addition to his work at First Republic, Todd serves as Board Chair of Strike Out Cancer, Board Member of the Weston Education Enrichment Fund and a Committee Member of City Year Boston’s Seven Generations Board.

Todd received his Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University and completed the Executive Education Program at Stanford University.  

Nathan Richardson

Nathan Richardson is a well-known financial technology & digital entrepreneur. 

Currently, he is building TradeIt ,Inc., a set of patent pending technologies that enable retail investing. He co-founded #waywire with Senator Cory Booker. He built, launched and served as the President of Gilt City, a subsidiary of Gilt Groupe, Inc. Nathan also led the launch of GiltMAN. He was the C.E.O. of
ContentNext Media, where he led the sale to Guardian Media/UK. Nathan served as the Head of Dow Jones Online, where he oversaw Marketwatch, WSJ.com, Barrons.com and several other vertical sites.

Nathan is best known for building, growing and leading Yahoo! Finance into the number-one online finance and business destination, he was named most influential by Institutional Investor. Nathan was part of the original team at DotBank prior to its sale to Yahoo; was as an Emerging Markets Associate with Citibank in Warsaw, Johannesburg and Jeddah; and served as the Country Director for the International Rescue Committee in Liberia. Earlier in his career he served a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.

Nathan serves as a board member for privately held Caribe Media Inc., and on the advisory board for The Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education. He has invested in and serves as an advisor to several Fin-Tech companies. 

Jessica Rovello

Jessica Rovello is the CEO and co-founder of Arkadium, a technology company which provides innovative interactive content to more than 450 of the world’s leading publishers, from giants like Time Inc, Gannett and tronc, to dominant stand-alone brands like the Washington Post and TMZ properties.

Since 2001, Arkadium has developed a range of media technologies from innovative, in-article editorial products to hundreds of online games—including Microsoft Solitaire Collection, one of the most played games of all time. Before founding Arkadium, at 24, Jess pioneered digital viral marketing when she produced the website for The Blair Witch Project.

A fierce proponent of evergreen business building and living a full life, Jess was recently featured on the cover of Inc. magazine’s annual “Best Places to Work” issue.  She lives in NYC with her husband and three sons.

Katherine Ryder


Katherine Ryder is the founder and CEO of Maven, the digital clinic empowering women with expert, convenient, and compassionate healthcare.

Maven offers on-demand video appointments, texts, and instant access to prescriptions to any woman, anywhere via its best-in-class women’s and family health practitioner network. Maven Maternity is the leading maternity benefits program, helping expectant parents navigate fertility to the so-called “fourth trimester,” the challenging transition back to work, and all points in between. Maven helps corporate America both save on maternity-related costs and retain female talent. 

Previously, Katherine worked as an early stage investor at Index Ventures, where she focused on investments in digital health and education. Prior to that, she was a journalist, writing for The Economist from Southeast Asia, New York, and London. In 2009, she worked with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, helping him write his memoirs about the U.S. financial crisis. 

Katherine received her B.A. from the Honors College at the University of Michigan and her MSc from the London School of Economics. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and son. 

Jonathan Salama

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Jonathan Salama is the CTO and co-founder of Transfix, a tech-enabled truckload brokerage, or trucking exchange, based in New York City. He is a native of France and got his degree in computer engineering in the U.S. One of Gilt’s first employees, Salama was responsible for developing the company’s infrastructure from the ground up and served as a lead software engineer. He then went to join the on-demand startup, Cherry, as the first engineer and developed the platform that Lyft acquired.

Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur and has repeatedly built successful tech companies. He is passionate about the ideation and building of high-impact solutions for communities at scale. Jonathan believes it starts with deeply understanding the needs and pain-points of the user and quickly prototyping to get to the right answer and experience. Jonathan is on the Leadership Council of Tech:NYC and an active leader of building NYC’s tech ecosystem.

Lauren Santo Domingo

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Raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, Lauren Santo Domingo received her education at the University of Southern California, where she studied BA History. Upon her graduation, she embarked on a career in fashion, beginning as an assistant at US Vogue, before working as a PR at Mendel, while was followed by a tenure at Carolina Herrera, as vice-president of communications. In 2005, she returned to US Vogue in a contributing editor role, a position that she still holds today.

Lauren co-founded Moda Operandi in July 2010. It was as idea that arrived as a direct result of being a Vogue editor and consequently the many relationships she had cultivated with designers: in her world, she was granted instant access to clothes straight from the runway. Invited to pre-order her favorite pieces from the collections as soon as they happened meant that she barely had to set foot into a store when the new season landed, she already knew she had secured everything she wanted. Her friends asked her how she had managed to buy the pieces that they too wanted, and she realized that the option to shop like an editor, a stylist, or an actress is a luxury only afforded to the very few.  
Determined to offer this way of shopping to women the world over, Lauren co-founded Moda Operandi with former Gilt Groupe executive, Aslaug Magnusdottir in 2010. The luxury fashion site launched in 2011, and immediately reinvented the retail model allowing women the opportunity to pre-order looks from the international ready-to-wear runways via online trunk shows opening within hours of the runway presentation. With unprecedented first and full access to the collections – from established designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Dolce & Gabbana to newer names like Rosie Assoulin and Johanna Ortiz, as well as accessory lines and fine, vintage and estate jewelry – the term ‘pre-tail’ was coined. 

Regarded as one of the most influential women in fashion, Lauren, a connector and fixture on the international social scene lives in New York City with her husband, Andres Santo Domingo, and their two small children.

Christina Sass

Christina Sass is the co-founder and COO of Andela, a company that is empowering the next generation of technology leaders in Africa by identifying the most talented software engineers on the continent and preparing them for careers with global tech companies.  

Prior to Andela, Christina built education and employment programs in China, Gaza and the West Bank, Kenya, and Nigeria. Christina also directed the Program department of the Clinton Global Initiative and advised the President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation, a $9 billion dollar global foundation working to advance youth learning and financial inclusion for youth in Africa.  

Christina serves on the Advisory Council of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights and on the board of the non-profit Global Give Back Circle. She also serves as education topic expert for the Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting. Christina’s work has been mentioned by Forbes, CNN, The New Yorker, NBC, and WIRED. She was named as a 2014 New York Business Journal “Women of Influence”, a 2015 Business Insider “23 most innovative and inspiring women in New York City Tech” and a 2015 University of Georgia “40 Under 40” Alumni. Christina has a BA in Ancient Philosophy from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs) and a MA in International Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.