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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Mario Schlosser is the CEO and Co-Founder of Oscar, a health insurance startup that uses technology and personalized service to empower individuals to choose quality, affordable health care. Previously, he co-founded Vostu, the largest social gaming company in Latin America, where he led the company's analytics and game design practices. Mario is the author of 10 computer science publications, including one of the most-cited computer science papers published in the past decade, in which he developed an algorithm to securely compute trust in randomized networks.
Mario began his career at McKinsey and Bridgewater Associates, where he developed analytical trading models as a Senior Investment Associate. He holds a degree in computer science with highest distinction from the University of Hannover in Germany and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jake Schwartz is the co-founder and chief executive officer of General Assembly, a global educational company on a mission to empower a global community to pursue work they love. Focusing on the most relevant and in-demand skills across data, design, business and technology, GA is confronting a skills gap through best-in-class instruction, providing access to opportunities and working with thousands of employers to help companies source, assess and transform talent.
General Assembly was named as the number one most innovative company in education by Fast Company in 2015 and was in the top 100 on Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™ rankings. Schwartz was named E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and was recently named one of Crain’s “40 under 40." He earned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale in 2000 and a M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton in 2008.
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.
Yancey Strickler is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects, raising over $2.5 billion in its short history. Under Strickler's leadership, Kickstarter has become a Public Benefit Corporation, a designation which means the company must consider not only its financial obligations to shareholders, but also its impact on society. As part of its corporate charter as a PBC, Kickstarter donates 5% of its after-tax profits to arts education groups and organizations fighting systemic inequality. Prior to Kickstarter, Strickler worked as Editor-in-Chief of eMusic. His writing also appeared in The Village Voice, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.
Yancey Strickler serves on the board of New Inc., the New Museum's incubator for art, design, and technology. He has been named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People, listed among Vanity Fair's New Establishment, and received a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award from the Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to Kickstarter, Strickler worked as Editor-in-Chief of eMusic and has written for The Village Voice, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications
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 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.
Kathryn Yontef is a Director on the External Affairs team within U.S. Government Affairs at Microsoft. She is responsible for engagement with Microsoft partners and other external stakeholders, and works to advance the company’s positions related to the intersection of law, policy and technology.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Kathryn was a Vice President at Teneo, a global advisory firm based in New York. She spent over two years working with companies to address a broad range of issues involving corporate transactions, public policy and legislative matters, brand development, and organizational and management change. Before that, Kathryn spent almost six years at Burson-Marsteller. As a Director in the Issues and Crisis Practice, she managed policy-based campaigns, reputation management programs, and crisis preparedness training and response for several Fortune 100 companies in the in the technology, automotive, data services, and professional and financial services sectors.
Kathryn serves on the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students with their writing skills and helping teachers to inspire their students to write. She is also a member of the Young Entertainment, Media and Communications Division Executive Committee at the UJA-Federation of New York. Kathryn earned her Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and her Master of Science from Boston University.
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 Parker.
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 Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, a member of the Tech:NYC Leadership Council, and an advisory member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Directors' Exchange. Michael previously served on the Board of the American Red Cross of the Bay Area.