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Scout Ventures is the premier “Series Seed” technology investor in NYC. Through its 40+ investments, Scout is the first stop for companies moving from angel to institutional investors.

With our proprietary network, we identify smart and scrappy entrepreneurs who are adapting to changing markets, disrupting established business models, and creating products that matter.

We invest at the seed stage, complementing our portfolio companies by taking an active role in business development, marketing, recruiting, and product innovation.

Leveraging our partners’ strategic experience and extensive media and technology industry connections, we provide our portfolio companies the resources they need to build great businesses.

  • “Know-how simply isn’t enough. You’ve got to have the know-who.”

    - Brad Harrison, Scout Managing Partner

SCOUT TEAM

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    Bradley C. Harrison Managing Partner
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    John Ryu Partner / Entrepreneur in Residence
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    Mitchell Kleinhandler Venture Partner
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    Jacqueline Ramirez Administrative Assistant
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    Ramzi Abdoch Hacker in Residence
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    Jim Shook Entrepreneur In Residence
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    Jackson Lin Product Design
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    James Ryan III Controller
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    Brendan Syron Principal
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Bradley C. Harrison

is an entrepreneur and seasoned business development executive with a passion for technology, media, entertainment and lifestyle.

Brad has a great deal of experience launching new ventures. While attending MIT, he worked as a Partner in a seed stage venture fund, ITU Ventures, and helped launch a joint MIT-Harvard incubator. During this experience, Brad worked at the earliest stages with many dynamic companies including Endeca Technologies.

While serving as Director of Media Strategy and Development at AOL, Brad co-authored 3 patents in search, geo-tagging, and personalization, with Edmund Fish, Senior Vice President and General Manager at AOL. Following AOL, Brad helped raise $40M in venture funding for a contextual online advertising network. Prior to launching his business career, Brad served in the United States Army for five years, earning both Airborne and Ranger qualifications and retired as Captain.

He resides in Tribeca with his wife, Angie, his son, Elvis and his daughter, Scout.

John Ryu

A seasoned startup operating executive with early stage investment experience, John has been an Advisor at Scout Ventures since 2011. He focuses on consumer internet, mobile, and ad tech.

John graduated from Yale University with BA in Economics and UC Berkeley with an MBA from the Haas School of Business.

Mitchell Kleinhandler

Mitchell Kleinhandler is a serial entrepreneur with a record of success as a founding partner and senior level operating executive of numerous startup and growth businesses in the United States and Europe. As an ongoing advisor to digital startups, he has extensive expertise in the financing, development, and management of early stage and growth companies across diverse industry verticals.

Over the past 25 years, he was the founder and chief executive of several cable television and communications companies, including Consolidated Communications Group, which he founded in 1985 and led for more than 10 years, and Alcas Holdings, presiding as Managing Director and chief executive for 7 years from 1999 through 2006.

During that time, he also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the largest global Muzak affiliate, publicly-traded Audio Communications Network, and its predecessor company, Suncom Communications, for which he played a key role in facilitating the acquisition and merging of the two companies in 1997.

Jacqueline Ramirez

Jacqueline joined Scout Ventures in 2012 as an administrative assistant. Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Boston Conservatory.

Ramzi Abdoch

Ramzi is a full stack programmer focusing on real-time web technologies. He is currently developing products in education, fashion, and 3D printing. While working at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, he began doing hardware and software hacking and has collaborated on many human interface design problems.

Ramzi is also senior at Columbia University studying Computer Science with a concentration in Graphics and Computer Vision.

Jim Shook

Jim is an entrepreneur based in New York City, that joined the Scout Ventures team as an Entrepreneur in Residence in August 2013.

He cofounded Roomorama.com in 2009, a global short term apartment rental marketplace, and currently assists Scout in evaluating early stage companies and advising portfolio companies.

Jim graduated from Georgetown University in 2007 with a degree in Political Economy.

Jackson Lin

Jackson Lin is a native New Yorker working in web development and product engineering. In the past few years, Jackson has won numerous accolades competing in the New York City hackathon circuit. He has explored the areas of 3D printing, fashion, search, and education, among others. He continues to create unique app experiences with his keen eye for design.

Jackson attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a degree under the Product Design Innovation program, a dual degree program in Mechanical Engineering and Science, Technology & Society. He is oft accompanied by his loved border collie / schnauzer mix, Rufus.

James Ryan III

James serves as Controller at Scout Ventures. In addition to his work at Scout, James is the Founder and CEO of The IllumiFi Group, an ‘Outsourced CFO’ for entrepreneurial firms. The IllumiFi Group’s clients are ambitious young companies that are seeking to make a positive impact on our world in a major way. The IllumiFi Group manages all financial responsibilities so that their clients may focus their full energy towards scaling their business.

James received a BA from Yale University in 2009 and was a member of the varsity lacrosse team.

Brendan Syron

Brendan is an early-stage investor interested in transformational technologies and the way they impact consumer behaviors. Prior to joining Scout Ventures in 2013, Brendan began his career as a Research Analyst at Kekst and Company, a strategic corporate communications firm, where he specialized in transactions, crisis communications and research and analytics.

Brendan earned his MBA from The Carroll School of Management at Boston College with specializations in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He also received a BA from Boston College in 2008.

HOW WE DELIVER OUTSIZED RESULTS

Starting with a network-driven selection process, we identify transformational technology startups and invest earlier than traditional VCs to maximize our influence. With this position, we support our portfolio companies with LP participation and hands-on guidance.

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  • We have a proven track record of hands-on management. While many of our peers have a 40-50% portfolio failure rate, we boost traditional returns based on advisory shares we earn in exchange for aiding our portfolio companies. We achieve outsized returns by accessing the best deals and actively helping our portfolio companies reach their full potential.

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  • We act as a soundboard for our portfolio companies and connect them to our LPs and advisors. We invest time to help our portfolio companies with their BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT and OPERATIONAL NEEDS. Our Active involvement gives us a deep understanding of our portfolio companies, enabling us to detect and eliminate problems before they occur.

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  • We target technology-driven busInesses poised for immediate and rapid growth starting at the seed stage. We select companies who MATCH OUR SPECIFIC STRENGTHS and leverage the expertise of our LPs and advisors, fast-tracking them to success. We fight to get into the best deals with the strongest Institutional investors, backstopping our risk and mitigating the chances of failure.

We have a proven track record of hands-on management. While many of our peers have a 40-50% portfolio failure rate, we boost traditional returns based on advisory shares we earn in exchange for aiding our portfolio companies. We achieve outsized returns by accessing the best deals and actively helping our portfolio companies reach their full potential.

We act as a soundboard for our portfolio companies and connect them to our LPs and advisors. We invest time to help our portfolio companies with their BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT and OPERATIONAL NEEDS. Our Active involvement gives us a deep understanding of our portfolio companies, enabling us to detect and eliminate problems before they occur.

We target technology-driven busInesses poised for immediate and rapid growth starting at the seed stage. We select companies who MATCH OUR SPECIFIC STRENGTHS and leverage the expertise of our LPs and advisors, fast-tracking them to success. We fight to get into the best deals with the strongest Institutional investors, backstopping our risk and mitigating the chances of failure.

HOW MUCH WE INVEST

With its roots in Angel and Seed investing, Scout Ventures acts a bridge between entrepreneurs and Series A by offering leadership, access, and a proven track record of corporate success

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SCOUT FILTERS

ENTREPRENEURS

We look for seasoned founders with previous experience in start-ups.

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Borrowed capital to make first two strategic investments

Formed BHV Entrepreneurship Fund, L.P. and transferred initial portfolio companies into the fund

Completed first close of $1.2MM

Closed Fund I at $4.2MM, invested in 24 portfolio companies

Launched BHV Entrepreneurship Fund IA, L.P.

Launched BHV Entrepreneurship Fund II, L.P. (D/B/A SCOUT VENTURES FUND II)

Rebranded BHV to Scout Ventures

Transitioned to 506(c) – one of the first VCs to do so

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Influential and Visionary Advisors

Scout advisors represent some of the greatest influencers and innovators in their respective industries. Their participation provides us with invaluable wisdom and networking connections.

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    Remo Carbone
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    Spider Marks
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    Daniel Brillman
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    Dave Kassling
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    Matt Mead
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    Adam Seifer
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    Ari Meisel
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    Barry Appelman
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    Brendan Burns
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    Clayton DeGiacinto
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    Craig Coblenz
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    Doug Thiede
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    Jimmy Lynn
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    John Loeffler
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    Keyvan Peymani
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    Marc Siden
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    Michael Lyons
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    Mitchell Caplan
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    Paul Capon
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    Aaron Earls
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    Rachel Weiss
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    Rudy Baldoni
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    Sean Avery
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    Sergei Kovalenko
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    Shaun Gordon

Remo Carbone

Remo is a growth orientated executive with over 15 years experience working across Australia, Asia Pacific and North America. He has worked with technology startups across several industries, such as Financial Services, Healthcare, Arts, Social, Big Data and Food.

During his career, he has worked to successfully scale FactSet Research Systems, a publicly listed enterprise software company, that serves the financial institutional market. More recently, he has been helping emerging technology companies grow their ventures across international markets.

He spends most of his time working with companies on strategic planning, tactical execution, revenue generation, organizational management and product strategy. Most of all, Remo is extremely focused around executional excellence.

Aside from helping technology startups, he runs a non-profit arts organization called Wasted Spaces.

Spider Marks

James A. “Spider” Marks is Executive Dean, College of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Phoenix. Since retiring from the military, where he attained the rank of Major General, General Marks has led many business ventures to include entrepreneurial efforts in education, energy, and primary research and served as the President and CEO of Global Linguist Solutions, a private company that provided linguistics services to the U.S. military in Iraq and was the largest employer of native Iraqis. He is an on-air national security, military, and intelligence contributor to CNN and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He sits on several boards including the Call Of Duty Endowment and the Veterans for National Service Foundation that identifies and prepares veterans for political and public office. General Marks is a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.

General Marks spent over 30 years in the United States Army holding every command position from infantry platoon leader to commanding general. He was the senior intelligence officer for Joint Task Force Los Angeles during the LA Riots and served as a strategist on the personal staff of the Chief of Staff of the Army. General Marks was the senior intelligence officer in the Balkans and Korea. He was the senior intelligence officer in combat for the Coalition Land Forces liberation of Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom. He culminated his career as the Commanding General of the US Army Intelligence Center and School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. General Marks has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, and multiple combat, expeditionary, and service ribbons. He is a Master parachutist authorized to wear Canadian and Korean Airborne wings, Air Assault qualified, and an Honor Graduate of the US Army’s Ranger School.

General Marks is a 1975 graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, and is a 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia, earning a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs. Additionally, he received a Master of Science degree in Theater Operations from the School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1990.

General Marks and his wife, Marty, have three daughters, Bess Mitchell, Maeve Hayes, and Claire and two grandsons.

Stephen Rodriguez

Stephen has more than twelve years of experience in strategic planning, corporate strategy, and business development. His core market experience is in the aerospace & defense industry in the realm of technology assessment, game theory applications, and implementing strategic initiatives for growth-stage, venture-backed investments.

Stephen serves on four corporate advisory boards, sits on the Young Friends Committee of the New-York Historical Society, was recently selected as a Term Member by the Council on Foreign Relations as well as a New York Leader by the Foreign Policy Initiative.

Stephen received his BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University and his MA in International Security from Georgetown University.

Daniel Brillman

Dan is an entrepreneur and early-stage investor with extensive knowledge in entrepreneurial finance. Dan started his career as an Analyst at Buck Consultants; providing strategic investment solutions for clients and performing due diligence on the most efficient deal structures. Dan was responsible for analyzing global market trends, and providing recommendations on the proper distribution, allocation, and investment of mid/large cap pensions. Dan is also a Captain and military pilot for the United States Air Force Reserves, where he has compiled several combat air medals and commendation medals for his combat flights and deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dan is deeply committed to his work with the veteran community, assisting military veterans in transitioning to civilian life, while also empowering veteran entrepreneurs. Dan received a BA from Yale University in 2006, where he was a record-holding scorer on the varsity lacrosse team. He graduated at the top of his class in the United States Air Force Flight School, garnering 4 out of the 5 possible distinguished graduate awards. Dan also received an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2012.

Dave Kassling

Dave is an entrepreneur and investor who joined Scout Ventures as an advisor and Venture Partner in early 2013. Dave has owned and operated several early stage businesses in both the digital and hospitality worlds. In 2006, Dave started CollegeCal, an online calendar system for high schools and colleges. In 2010, Dave opened Tri Tip Grill, a quick service steakhouse in NYC’s Rockefeller Center.

In 2012, he added a second Tri Tip Grill to his portfolio in Grand Central Terminal’s dining concourse. Dave graduated with a BS in Economics from Vanderbilt University in 2006, and will soon be opening another Tri Tip Grill in Bethesda, Maryland as well as a brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Matt Mead

Matt Mead has spent the past 16+ years operating in strategy execution functions within Financial Services, in both business & technology units, on both the buy side and sell side, and in business build as well as business optimize roles.

A highly adaptable critical thinker and refiner of ideas, Matt has a demonstrable track record of utilizing technology to deliver business advantage.

Beyond strength in structuring and executing business plans, Matt has experience in SaaS / Cloud solutions, achieving scale, product & business development including sales channels, partners, & alliances, client management, as well as inorganic growth strategies. His last role within Citadel Investment Group was to help drive an IP commercialization opportunity as Head of Strategy & Execution for a start-up business, ‘Omnium’, that grew from an idea on a whiteboard to a business with ~70 clients across alternatives managers and asset owners, before being sold.

Matt’s goal after moving to NYC in 2013 is to collaborate with people on interesting ideas that leverage his diverse experiences to serve bottom line objectives and deliver enterprise value, whether as consultant, adviser and/or investor.

Adam Seifer

Adam is a serial entrepreneur and interactive product manager with a lifelong passion for technology, new media, multi-player games and pop culture. He is an active advisor, mentor and angel investor for NYC tech startups.

Currently, Adam is the co-founder of Everplans.com, a Scout Ventures portfolio company. Everplans is a website that helps people become heroes to their families by helping them through the confusing process of getting life and end-of-life planning in place. It provides personalized guidance for everything from life insurance to advance directives and provides a secure vault for sharing important paperwork and information with key family members.

Before that, Adam was the co-founder, CEO and Chief Product Officer of Fotolog.com, a pioneering microblogging website for posting daily photos that started as a hobby in 2002 and virally blossomed into a global community of over 30 million members who shared more than 1 billion photos. In 2007, Fotolog was the 15th most trafficked website in the world and was sold to a French media company for over $90 million.

In 1996, Adam joined a small group of entrepreneurs to launch sixdegrees.com, one of the first online social networks that was acquired in 2000 for $125 million. He is an inventor on “the social network” patent that is currently owned by LinkedIn.

Adam graduated from Brown University with BA in Visual Arts. He has also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York.

Ari Meisel

Ari started his first tech company at 12 years old and two more before graduating high school. After attending the Wharton School of Business as an undergrad, Ari went into construction, developing a row of old buildings in upstate New York. After creating a new loft district there, he came back home and started working in sustainable design.

After developing several properties in New York City and the Hamptons, Ari published “LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building” and invented a material called PapierTile. In 2006, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s is an incurable disease of the digestive tract. His case was severe, and required over a dozen daily medications and several hospital visits. After reaching a personal low point in hospital, he decided he would do everything in his power to strengthen his by then weak body. Through a combination of yoga, nutrition, natural supplements and rigorous exercise (Ironman and Crossfit) Ari was able to fight back the symptoms of Crohn’s until he was finally able to suspend medication. Eventually he was declared free of all traces of the ‘incurable’ disease, and competed in Ironman France in June of 2011. He has since spoken at seminars and at a regional TED Talk about his struggle against a seemingly insurmountable opponent.

Through the process of data collection, self tracking, and analysis, he helped develop Less Doing. This was a way of dealing with the daily stresses of life by optimizing, automating, and outsourcing all of my tasks in life and business. Now Ari focus on Achievement Architecture, helping individuals be more effective at everything.

Barry Appelman

Barry Appelman is recognized as being the father of the “buddy list” and AOL instant messenger. Companies had been using crude forms of instant messaging within their own networks for over forty years, but the idea of presence, i.e. who is logged on at any given time, was non existent. It was not until Appelman, and his colleagues at the Thomas Watson Research Center, first began to write programs on the mainframe system letting each other know when they were actually online, that modern day Instant Messaging was born.

Appelman joined AOL in 1993 to head up all of AOL server and host development efforts. He authored many innovations and patents: an instant messaging system, a highly scalable email system, ad servers, TCP/IP enabled browsers, among many others. Barry Appelman and his former colleagues from T.J. Watson Matt Korn and Mike Conners who also came to AOL, were crucial to taking AOL from a distant third position in online services to that of a formidable leadership – all within 2-3 years.

Barry Appelman authored 77 patents, and now angel invests in the technology space.

Brendan Burns

Brendan Burns has spent over 20 years at leading technology and financial institutions including Moody’s Investors Service, Salomon Brothers, Vigilar and AdOne, an Internet software pioneer.

Currently Burns is a Managing Director of Stepping Stone Capital Partners, LLC. SSCP is a growth-stage focused advisory and merchant banking firm. The firm specializes in early and growth stage capital raising, M&A and turnarounds. Primary recent assignments include the turnaround and sale of Vigilar, an information security company where SSCP drove balance sheet restructuring, multiple capital raises and a sale in 2.5 years resulting in a 5x increase in enterprise value.

Prior to Vigilar, Burns spent two years as the CEO and Publisher of Empire Information Services (now readMedia), the leading regional press release distribution company and publisher of political information in the Northeast. Burns led a financial and strategic repositioning of EIS that impacted all areas of its business including marketing, branding,product and corporate structure.

Clayton DeGiacinto

In 2007, Clayton DeGiacinto, felt ready to strike out on his own after running the proprietary trading desks for adjustable-rate mortgages and residential credits at Goldman, Sachs & Co. for five years. As the global financial crisis mounted, however, two of his original backers for a hedge fund changed their minds, so DeGiacinto opted instead to join Tower Research Capital, a New York–based quantitative proprietary trading firm, as head of its new structured-products business.

After earning returns of 55 percent in 2009 and 26 percent in 2010 at Tower, DeGiacinto left to start his own firm, Axonic Capital. He launched the Axonic Credit Opportunities Fund with $110 million on January 1. Today it has more than $3 billion. The West Point graduate was an airborne ranger in the U.S. Army before earning his MBA from Wharton.

Craig Coblenz

Craig Coblenz was one of Facebook’s first sales executives and among the company’s first 100 employees. As Director of Media Sales, Coblenz was responsible for monetizing the plaform through partnerships with Fortune 100 brands. Coblenz consulted top brands on how to best leverage Facebook and the broader social/digital space to accomplish advertising and marketing objectives.

Prior to Facebook, Coblenz was Regional Vice President of Partner Marketing at Cendant, Inc. and before Cendant he was with InterActiveCorp (IAC). Earlier in Mr. Coblenz career he joined UrbanBaby, a two person start-up in NY founded by Susan and John Maloney, where he was responsible sales and business development. UrbanBaby was eventually acquired by CNET.

Since departing Facebook Coblenz has been an active Angel Investor and Advisor to a number of start-ups including Tykoon, Stockr, Swell, ThingLink, rfactr, and Savveo. Craig’s primary area of interest and focus as an Advisor is in ad products, monetization, and sales/business development.

Doug Thiede

For the past 15+ years Doug Thiede has worked with companies to effectively build and scale their businesses. As a VP Business Development for Qforma, Doug partners with the top healthcare companies by providing advanced analytics and predictive modeling to solve key business issues. Prior to joining Qforma, Doug helped build the Life Science & Corporate business at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) aligning closely with senior leadership of Fortune 500 organizations.

As an entrepreneur, GM and distributor Doug advised a number of start-ups advising them in marketing, sales, strategy, product launches and R&D.

Jimmy Lynn

Jimmy Lynn is the Managing Partner of JLynn Associates, a global strategic advisory firm focused on sports-related media, marketing, and retail for a diverse set of clients including teams, athletes, leagues and associations, media outlets and other businesses.

Prior to founding JLynn Associates, Lynn served as Vice-President, Strategic Development and Partnerships at AOL, where he and his team were responsible for the strategic development and account management of AOL Sports’ strategic partnerships and organizations including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, MLB, WNBA, NHL, PGA Tour, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, HBO Sports, Sports Illustrated, Turner Sports, NFL Players Association, WWF, The Sporting News, STATS, SportsTicker, etc. During his 14-year career at AOL, he was also instrumental in developing AOL Sports into one of the leading global sports destination internet sites.

Lynn is a full-time faculty member of Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management graduate program, where he serves as the “Visiting Professional in the Practice of Sports Industry Management.” Lynn received the “Dean’s Outstanding Service” award in 2010. He’s also a member of the Adjunct Faculty in Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He has a B.A. in Public Communication and an M.B.A. in Marketing from American University.

John Loeffler

John Loeffler has been a major force in television, advertising and music for over thirty years. Honored several times by ASCAP as one of television’s “Top 10 Most Listened to Composers”, he has made his reputation with his distinctive melodies and catchy phrases.

The last few years have been active for Loeffler in film and television. After composing and producing the Sports Emmy-nominated soundtrack for the Paramount / CMT film, “Dale” – the Dale Earnhardt Story and the soundtrack for HBO’s Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Montana Meth”, he completed the score for “The Ride Of Their Lives”, a new film on the history of Nascar (Showtime/CMT).

In children’s music, he continues to create all the Pokemon music for the cartoon series (over 655 shows) and the very popular “Kidz Bop” albums (15 albums), which have sold millions of copies over the last 10 years. His album, “2B a Master” (Koch) sold over 3.5 million units. John has also spent over 25 years creating music for commercial soundtracks. He launched many recognizable campaigns, including Domino’s Pizza – “Gotta Be Dominos!”, “I Love Eggs”, Jiff Peanut Butter, and other campaigns for Coca-Cola, Avon, Windex, American Airlines, Red Lobster and Ford.

John has recently entered into a relationship with BMG Music publishing to create and develop a music label of new, undiscovered writer/artists for soundtracks and licensing. In partnership with Broadway Video Entertainment, he is currently attached as a co-producer on two television pilots with VH1 and MTV. John’s music production company, Rave Music, is currently located in New York City, where he has several other composers and editors on staff.

He graduated from Williams College, cum laude, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology. He currently lives in New York City and Sagaponack, New York, with his wife Debbie, and his two children, Lucas and Kylie.

Keyvan Peymani

Keyvan Peymani is the Managing Director of the Digital Strategy Division at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media. A seasoned digital executive, Peymani serves as a strategic advisor for digital marketing and interactive entertainment, leveraging the agency’s assets to deepen ICM Partners’ foothold at the convergence of entertainment and technology.

Prior to joining ICM Partners, Peymani served in senior executive roles across the media and entertainment industry. At Warner Bros., he served as Vice President, Direct to Consumer Business Planning and Operations, where he led strategy, operations, planning and development for the DTC division within Digital Distribution. Prior to that, he served as the head of content acquisitions for catalog content and led the wholesales efforts at Netflix. Peymani also led alternative business development for Disney’s music group and was the Chief Operating Officer of Nettwerk Music Group.

Marc Siden

Marc Siden is the Co-founder and CEO of Onboard Informatics. His company began as local data startup in a Greenwich Village basement in 2001 and today powers web and mobile content initiatives for hundreds of leaders in the real estate, publishing, finance, and technology industries. Marc brings over 20 years of diverse technology, information services and finance experience to the culture of Onboard. He began his career on Wall Street where he spent eight years, before creating New Beginnings Venture Group, a venture capital firm.

His excitement for the evolving online real estate industry led him to Monsterdaata.com, a company he invested in at New Beginnings. While the concept was strong, the dotcom bust and 9/11 attacks struck MonsterDaata hard. Lessons learned and ideas in hand, Marc went on to co-found Onboard. Marc personifies both the industry and the passion of New York and of Onboard. He hasn’t forgotten where he came from: he mentors and coaches ice hockey in Harlem and serves on the advisory board of TORCH, an organization that provides business opportunities and internships to inner city high school students.

Michael Lyons

As a leader in the software industry, Michael J. Lyons has been recognized by Software Magazine as a “Top 100 Software Leader,” Michael is no stranger to technology, its evolving climate and the need to constantly initiate change.

Early in his career he founded Catalyst Corporation, the industry’s first software re-engineering firm, which was eventually sold to Peat Marwick in 1983 where he was a partner with them. Shortly thereafter, in 1988, Michael became president of Asyst Technologies, Inc. gaining notoriety for developing the first commercially viable repository technology. The years to come saw Lyons involved in a number of other forward thinking ventures. In 1991, Lyons founded Dynasty Technologies, Inc., the industry’s first enterprise client/server development tool; and in 1997 he created Ditto.com, the first visual search index on the Web. Ditto.com is a new generation search service that focuses on highly relevant results sets.

Lyons’ activity is hardly limited to his corporate responsibilities. As an active member of the Young President’s Organization, a forum of corporate presidents who share the pressures associated with being a CEO, Michael has a solid network of professional peers who advise and equip each other to strategically ascend in highly competitive environments. Michael is/and has been a board member of a number of software companies, as well as the Chicago Software Association, and The Humanitarian Assistance Program He was also an ITAA board member from 1990 to 1994, and taught on the topic of Software Maintenance in the Engineering Department at UCLA from 1980 to 1984. Any additional time away from the office is spent mentoring other entrepreneurs, or with his wife, and children, cooking, traveling or searching for the perfect Cabernet or was it a Bordeaux.

Mitchell Caplan

Mitchell is a modern, dynamic Marketing and Growth executive with over 20 years of experience in brand strategy, development and implementation of marketing programs, organizational management, and building new business opportunity and conversion. He has worked at some of the largest and most successful advertising and marketing firms in the world. While at Y&R, (a WPP company) Mitchell led all growth initiatives in North America, and also organized, coordinated, and sometimes led global opportunities.

His success at Y&R led to him being named to the additional post of Chief Marketing Officer of Y&R Brands, one of the world’s largest marketing communications groups. In 2008 WPP was awarded the largest consolidated MarComm account in history, the $1.5B Dell account. Mitchell was appointed by WPP to lead the global Dell team, and was one of the architects of the global agency formed to manage the business: Enfatico. Leading the Dell team Mitchell was responsible for the organizational restructuring, financial over site, and global integration of multiple partner companies.

Prior to joining Y&R Mitchell was Managing Director, New Business and Integration, at The Kaplan Thaler Group. In the late 1990’s into 2001 Mitchell was Managing Director of THINK new ideas, one of the first digital agencies in North America, with clients such as P&G, IBM, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), and several other Fortune 100 companies.

Paul Capon

Paul Capon specializes in providing financial restructuring advisory services to creditors, companies and other parties-in-interest in financially distressed matters. Mr. Capon’s experience includes the due diligence of business plans, financial modeling for valuation and liquidity purposes, as well as litigation support. In addition to serving on the board of various startups, Mr. Capon consults startups through their early stages.

Prior to joining Capstone’s Restructuring and Transaction Advisory practice, Paul Capon was a Captain in the United States Air Force where he was responsible for 150 personnel, $10MM in contracts, and the movement of 1.8K tons of cargo. Mr. Capon’s Logistics knowledge led to the successful US aid of UN NATO forces during the Libyan conflict.

Also, during his service in the Air Force, Mr. Capon completed two tours in Afghanistan. While in Kabul, Mr. Capon and his team consulted the Afghanistan National Police, enabling them to set up their national logistics system. While in Kandahar, Mr. Capon was responsible for sourcing and fielding material in support of 62 engineering projects around Afghanistan.

Aaron Earls

Aaron is a seasoned marketing, communications and sales executive with close to twenty years of experience working with some of the best and largest brands in the world. Earls helped pioneer the social media marketing and measurement industry as Co-Founder of New Media Strategies (NMS), growing NMS to one of the largest social media agencies in the world. NMS was the first social media company to be acquired in the industry, and was purchased by Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).

Aaron oversaw business development efforts leading to extraordinary growth with NMS being awarded INC 500 status three years in a row, a prestigious award given to companies with exceptional year over year growth. Earls built a blue-chip client base that featured some of the world’s leading brands and corporations including ABC, Citigroup, Chrysler, Disney, Dodge, Energizer, Ford, Fox, Jeep, HBO, Lifetime, McDonald’s, Nestle, Paramount Pictures, Procter & Gamble, RCA Records, Red Bull, Subway, Syfy, Sony, Telemundo, USA Network, and Weinstein and Co, as well as strategic partnerships with some of the largest media and advertising agencies.

Prior to NMS, Earls served as a political appointee of the Clinton Administration in the Office of the Secretary of Defense earning the prestigious Secretary of Defense “Award for Outstanding Achievement.” He was involved in the Clinton-Gore 1996 re-election campaign and has extensive political experience. Aaron is a graduate of Hamilton College and lives in New York City with his wife Franceska, and sons Augustin and Andre.

Rachel Weiss

Rachel Weiss is an award-winning digital professional and recognized thought-leader with vast experience in emerging technology and digital marketing practices. Currently, she is a Vice President responsible for creating digital marketing and innovation strategy focusing on mobile, social, content and disruptive technologies across all L’Oréal USA. She is also responsible for new digital business ventures and partnerships at the company. Weiss leads relationships with VC firms and entrepreneurs to identify first-to-market opportunities for the beauty industry. Weiss is the founder of one of L’Oréal USA’s key initiatives – Women in Digital.

Prior to L’Oréal, Weiss was Vice President, eBusiness, at Citi Cards where she developed New Customer Acquisition strategies via emerging digital opportunities for all Consumer portfolios. Previously at Wiley Publishing, Weiss oversaw online consumer marketing, brand optimization, advertising revenue development and online retail marketing programs.

Weiss blogs and podcasts Beware of the Babylon (www.bewareofthebabylon.com) and was a founder of the New York City Podcasting Association. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post and other blogs. Weiss is a featured speaker on msnbc, OMMA (Online Media, Marketing & Advertising), Internet Week, and Adtech, among others. She was recently named one of Brand Innovator’s Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing.

Rudy Baldoni

Rudy J. Baldoni is Chairman and CEO of Newport Investment Associates an Irvine, California based investment company. Newport Investment Associates invests in distressed real estate assets throughout the United States and provides early stage investment capital to companies in the technology space. Rudy is Founder and CEO of NIAX.com, a national on-line real estate asset exchange and currently has three patents pending. He is also Chairman of MortgageDocs.com, one of the nation’s largest national signing services companies.

During his career, Mr. Baldoni has been involved in over $2 billion of real estate transactions and investments and has directed the successful execution of several joint ventures including the acquisition and liquidation of $750 million of non-performing loans from the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi secured by real estate located in Tokyo. Prior to forming Newport Investment Associates, he served in various capacities within the Arnel & Affiliates organization, which is owned by former United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, George Argyros. During his tenure, Mr. Baldoni was responsible for day-to-day management of company operations, which included asset acquisition and disposition, project planning, real estate development and investments, risk management, legal matters, as well as financing and lender relations. He was also a co-investor in several private equity investments with Westar Capital, Arnel & Affiliates private equity arm. Prior to joining Arnel, Mr. Baldoni was a commercial real estate banker with Security Pacific National Bank and Bank of America in Orange County, California. Mr. Baldoni managed a loan portfolio of over $1 billion with clients ranging from major residential builders to large commercial developers.

Sean Avery

Sean Avery is a former pro hockey player, ad man, marketing advisor, occasional fashion model, bar and restaurant owner in lower Manhattan, and social and civil liberties activist. Sean spent 12 years playing for National Hockey Leagues teams, including the NY Rangers, where he was typically known as his team’s “enforcer” and had a reputation as an outspoken agitator on (and sometimes off) the ice. During one off-season, he interned at Vogue Magazine and was featured there in a NY Times ad.

When Sean retired from hockey in early 2012, he started working at the Lipman Agency in NY as its Chief Strategy Officer. He now calls himself an Editor-At-Large there, handling a range of assignments for the agency and its parent, Revolate Holdings (with investments in apparel, media, and sports). One of his ad clients says of Sean: “He wasn’t classically trained, with an MBA or college. He has an MBA degree in social networking. He’s a connector.” Sean will appear in an ad campaign for another Lipman Agency client, 7 for All Mankind Jeans that is to be introduced in February. He owns a sports bar and a restaurant in lower Manhattan, and he was the first pro athlete to speak out for legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State by appearing in a video for New Yorkers for Marriage Equality. Sean is on the Board of Directors of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit raising awareness about and ending homophobia and transphobia in sports.

Sergei Kovalenko

Sergei is an entrepreneurial executive with 18 years of experience in IT and extensive knowledge in software and product development with a strong operational background. He has a solid understanding of challenges (pitfalls) for startups and how to overcome them.

Sergei is an active angel investor and advisor for several start-ups in NYC metropolitan area and helps young companies with building and managing teams, developing growth strategy, sales and marketing. Currently Sergei is CEO and President of iTechArt Group company – a first class custom software development and software outsourcing company with development centers in Eastern Europe. iTechArt has more than 450 engineers. Sergei co-founded the company and helped it to grow on 50% -70% per year organically.

Sergei graduated from Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics with a Master’s Degree in Microelectronics. He also holds an MBA from IPM Business school (2009 – 2010).

Shaun Gordon

Mr. Shaun Gordon is Founder and Managing Partner of Ascend Global Investments, a private investment partnership that makes direct investments in special opportunities and private equity. Mr. Gordon also serves as Executive Chairman of Pristine Environments, a company that delivers specialized facility services to the Government, Healthcare, Higher Education and Commercial sectors.

Previously, Mr. Gordon was a portfolio manager at Enso Capital Management, a global alternative investment management company based in New York. During his tenure at Enso Capital, Mr. Gordon was responsible for Enso’s global healthcare and consumer sector investments. 

Mr. Gordon is an active mentor of high-risk youth and is involved in various charities focused on education and healthcare. Mr. Gordon is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Success Academy Bronx 1, a free, public elementary charter school. Mr. Gordon is also a member of the Board of Directors of Young Angels of America, an after school mentoring program that fosters a culture of philanthropy in adolescent Americans, and a member of the Advisory Board for The Resolution Project, an organization that develops socially responsible young leaders.

Mr. Gordon holds a BS in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

OUR PORTFOLIO

 

Founders:

Pejman Pour-Moezzi and Paul Javid

Headquarters:

Seattle, WA

Type of business:

Fitness

Cody is a fitness video service -- they film and produce videos with top trainers and deliver them on their social apps. Cody is disrupting the old Fitness DVD model by combining high-quality video with software - users get encouragement from their trainer and other members right from the app.

Founders:

Pau Sabria , Jose de Cabo , Luis Sanz

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Advertising and Monetization

Olapic is the premier social photo crowdsourcing service providing brands and publishers with tools to engage their audience and support a strong community built on photo and video sharing. Olapic helps companies grow by leveraging the power of data from multiple photo-sharing sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

Founder:

Rohit Vashisht and Vikas Gupta

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Advertising and Monetization

Sverve organizes a highly fragmented market of 20 million female influencers and provides a comprehensive self-service influencer marketing service to millions of online businesses in the US.

Founder:

Vic Singh

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Social Content

Kanvas is building the experience graph. The Kanvas mobile and web service lets users effortlessly make micro-social networks around real world experiences. ‘Kanvas’ can be geo, temporal or last forever. Make kanvas for a family cruise, football season, date nights, pub crawls, a year in college. Each kanvas is a living social network based on thematic experiences in the real world. Kanvas are framed around rich media and made over time and across locations. This lightweight concept lets users map fluid real world networks.

CEO:

Richard Brasser

Headquarters:

Charlotte, NC

Type of business:

Big Data Analytics

rFactr provides social business solutions for enterprise clients. These tools empower front line reps and amplify sales activities while providing valuable intelligence and insights across the social ecosystem. rFactr helps companies command their entire social media presence while protecting the value of their brand.

CEO:

Ari Horowitz

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Social Content

In January 2012, BlackBook, a print and online magazine for style and popular culture, was acquired by a consortium of investors including Vibe Holdings’ Ron Burkle and Magic Johnson as well as Leo Hindery Jr.'s private equity firm Intermedia Partners.

Founder:

Jeremy Gocke

Headquarters:

Los Angeles, CA

Type of business:

Social Content

Fliptu is an interest network & social catalog connecting fans to their favorites in music, sports, entertainment & brands through rich media sharing and exclusive offers.

Founders:

Eric Alterman and Tom Luczak

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Big Data Analytics

Flow is a cloud-based data-sharing PaaS (platform-as-a-service) that addresses the challenges developers and consumers face when they attempt to build real-time applications and/or share data with other applications. There are oceans of content generated by many applications, but most of this data is neither reusable by other applications nor discoverable by consumers.

Founder:

Nelson Chu

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Personal Archiving

TIDBT is the smartest, simplest clipping tool out there that helps you save and share all the things you love, whether you find it on your computer or on the go. It does all the work for you so you don't have to, layering on a level of intelligence that can help you stay organized like never before. It truly is the smartest archive.

Founders:

Rob CromerBuzz Wiggins, and Rob Prentice

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Ad Tech

Adcade provides a suite of rich media ad puzzles and games to drive consumer engagement with brands and increase revenue for publishers.

Founders:

Massimo Scapini and Felipe Saint-Jean

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Education Technology

bContext transforms the way ideas are shared by enlivening static documents (ppt, pdf, image) with audio, writing, and drawing capabilities. The app makes it easy for anyone (e.g. teachers, sales professionals, designers, architects, consultants, bloggers, journalists etc.) to produce more engaging content.

Founders:

Stuart Wall and John Buchanan

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Advertising and Monetization

Signpost is a do-it-yourself daily deal service for small businesses. Businesses use Signpost to run their own deals that are tailored to their business needs. The company has a large and growing group of community sales people (“Scouts”) that drive merchant awareness of the platform.

Founders:

Richie Hecker and Veronika Sonsev

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

inSparq is re-imaging how retailers sell products online through its social discovery suite which productizes the same techniques like Fab.com used to grow from $0-140MM in sales in one year. The core product suite includes Social Sharing, Tell-a-Friend and Live Pinboard, with analytics that help identify most influential customers and most viral products for customers. Its products have driven 200-300% lift in social traffic and convert sharing traffic as high as 5-8% into sales.

Founder:

Gio Hunt

Headquarters:

Washington DC

Type of business:

Social Content

Villagize is a social network and social discovery tool for local neighborhoods and communities. Villagize provides U.S. consumers with a free internet destination where they can meet and socialize with their real-world neighbors.

Founder:

Jeremy Avin

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Social Content

Free Awesome uses free to play instant win games to drive qualified leads to advertisers. We send both non-incentivized and incentivized traffic to partners based on their needs. Our audience converts very well with high paying verticals such as Credit Cards, EDU, Daily Deals, Coupons and more. In addition to pushing traffic to our partners, we are using the current site as an innovative marketing funnel for new properties of our own.

Founders:

Mateen AiniJeff Arbour, and Zaw Thet

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Advertising and Monetization

A consumer facing universal digital rewards platform built on game mechanics tied to digital activities. Users accumulate points redeemable for VIP experiences and prizes.

CEO:

Brendan Burns, Founder & Chief Creative Officer: Kirsten Soderlind, VP of Product &

Customer Experience:

Rachel Wright

Headquarters:

Seattle, WA

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

Online destination to help consumers discover, plan, and engage with museums and art and purchase tickets to exhibits and products based on the world's great art.

Founders:

Brian Litvack and Jeremy Goldberg

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

LeagueApps is a platform that powers local recreational sports communities, allowing sports organizations to more efficiently run their business, attract participants, and capture new revenue, while transforming the sports experience for players. Think of LeagueApps as an “OpenTable for recreational sports” and “a social version of Active Network”. The platform requires no upfront fees, and is as easy to setup and use as a WordPress blog.  

Founders:

Andrew Cohen

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Education Technology

Brainscape is a mobile education platform that helps people learn as fast as humanly possible, using cognitive science.

Founders:

Daniel Gellert and Jeff Arena

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

GateGuru, the leading mobile resource for flight and airport information around the world, was acquired by TripAdvisor.

Founder:

Abby Schneiderman and Adam Seifer

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

Everplans uses technology to provide step-by-step guides, interactive workbooks and checklists to help people understand their options, make informed decisions, and navigate the complexities of death and dying. They're on a mission to make it easier for everyone to be a hero to the people they love by getting a plan in place.

Founders:

Ken BrennerMark Rockefeller, and Mark Brenner

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Social Content

Founded by a fourth generation Rockefeller and backed by existing and former CEOs of movie studios, leading IT firms, TV networks, talent agencies and sports teams, Legacy aligns celebrities, causes, corporations and foundations in a platform with consumers to create the greatest multiplier of donations and impact. Through a unique “Triple Impact” business model, Legacy leverages foundation pledges to match consumer donations and fund reputable projects.

Founder:

Jayastu Bhattacharya and Jake Howerton

Type of business:

Mobile and Digital Payments

Zipmark makes it simple and safe to quickly pay your rent, bills, and even your friends for that coffee they bought you. Simply connect your bank account to Zipmark to make and receive payments via mobile, the web, and mailed invoices. Zipmark is your digital checkbook. You can send and receive money quickly, securely and simply. There’s no container holding your money ‘in the cloud’ that you need to make withdrawals from in order to access your money. Make payments via your mobile device, over the web, or even pay invoices mailed to you. Payments made with Zipmark display as digitals check in your bank account, because that’s what they are.

Founder:

Hugh Nguyen

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Cloud Infrastructure

ClearServe is a NY Tech company that empowers our clients to make faster and more efficient investment decisions. ClearServe provides the next-generation of Portfolio management and performance analytics software, in a flexible, secure cloud-based platform. Our platform creates data transparency and enables real-time performance analysis and attribution, across asset classes and platforms. We serve the alternative investment community including family offices, fund of funds, RIAs/other independent wealth managers, endowments and foundations.

Founders:

Guy Filippelli, Les Craig, Renny McPherson

Headquarters:

Baltimore, MD

Type of business:

Big Data Analytics

RedOwl Analytics offers cutting-edge analytical solutions for risk, compliance, and investigatory use cases. RedOwl's flagship product, Reveal, diminishes the liability hidden in corporation's digital trails and provides unprecedented situational awareness to forward-leaning organizations that understand the massive implications of the information they produce. By exposing changes, anomalies, and patterns in how people communicate, Reveal can proactively detect and mitigate illicit behavior.

Founders:

Rishi Prabhu and Steven Szaronos

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

Bespoke Post is a contextual marketing platform enabling brands to effectively reach men. We combined a product-subscription service with rich and actionable content to connect brands with a hard-to-reach demographic in a meaningful way. Bespoke is the magazine of the 21st century, and disrupting an industry in dire need of change

Founder:

Wendy Nguyen and Dan Myers

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Health and Quantified Self

HealthyOut is a healthy meal delivery platform that uses local restaurant dishes to help customers stay healthy. The company is using massive amounts of data to disrupt the commercial weight loss space by creating a new "dieting" experience with made-to-order food.

Founder:

Michael Keating

Headquarters:

San Francisco, CA

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

Using Scoot, you can make 30 MPH, one-way trips between any Scoot location in the city, riding an electric motorscooter you activate with your own smartphone. No motorcycle license needed. Rates start at $5/ride. As fast as a taxi and as affordable as the subway, Scoot is the ideal form of mobility for our increasingly connected and crowded city lives. Scoot opened its beta in San Francisco one year ago and has grown to 11 locations, 35 vehicles, and over 1000 subscribers. We are planning our expansion to other cities now.

Founders:

Ryan Feit and James Han

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

SeedInvest is an equity-based, crowdfunding platform that enables accredited investors to connect with and invest in exciting startups. The platform provides opportunities to invest alongside top professional investors, facilitates diversification through low investment minimums and streamlines the investment and due diligence processes.

Founder:

John Ryu

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

Assurely is an insurance platform that provides risk protection for all types of pledge-based and equity-based crowdfunding.

Founder:

Marco Hansell

Headquarters:

Los Angeles, CA

Type of business:

Advertising and Monetization

twtMob is a technology and marketing platform that connects brands with influential members of social networks who are rewarded for sending branded messages to their audiences on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and more. twtMob utilizes its pricing algorithm and matching data to value influencers online, giving each individual a dynamic “stock price” that adjusts based on their performance, as well as determine the best advocates to promote specific brands. Currently reaching more than 100 million impressions a day, twtMob provides brands with the first scalable way to run cost-effective word-of-mouth marketing while recognizing and rewarding social media influencers for simply talking about things they believe in.

Founders:

Peter Bordes and Robert Moore

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Big Data Analytics

IML builds innovative real-time relevance technology. It connects businesses, brands, and people using the Digital DNA of the Internet. IML builds technology platforms that enable content, businesses and brands to make meaningful connections with users. Its intelligent automation decodes the Digital DNA of the Internet, linking and interacting with consumers to create new paradigms of relationships and engagement powered by the relevance graph. IML currently has two platforms: SeeSaw (http://sees.aw) a real-time social search and visual discovery and Chirpaloo (http://chirpaloo.com) an intelligent tool and actionable analytic to build and manage your followers in a searchable database.

Founders:

Richard GarriottFred Schmidt, and Dallas Snell

Headquarters:

Austin, TX

Type of business:

Social Content

Portalarium, Inc. was formed for the purpose of developing and publishing online social games, virtual worlds and related services and products. Target deployment is across all popular social networks (Facebook), mobile platforms (iPhone, iPad, Android), browser types (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, others), and PC hardware platforms (PC, Macintosh). The goal is to foster people coming together for shared play, learning, good will and community. The Company desires to maximize the social play experience between friends, and to make it is easy and seamless for them to find each other online regardless of what they each may be doing.

Sector:

Social Content

Hullabalu is creating the next generation of stories for kids. Our first series, featuring a purple panda, hit #1 in 17 countries with over 100,000 kids playing every month.

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Founders:

Scott RozicMark EvansSteve Markowitz, and Dave Compton

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

NetPlenish brings the flexibility of price comparison along with a higher level of control for repeat delivery of recurring products. We turn a boring 45 minute run to the store for diapers, dog food and detergent into 45 seconds on your iPhone or Android. You get the best price via our ShipGenius feature from great merchants across the web – Target, Wal-Mart, Sephora, Walgreens, Drugstore.com and K-Mart. With our no-checkout checkout, you don’t have to fill out endless forms and your big thumb can do all of the heavy lifting in no time. NetPlenish is poised to capture a significant share of the massive consumer staples market. This is a more than $50 billion offline market with only 5% online penetration.

Founder:

Murgesh Navar

Headquarters:

Mountain View, CA

Type of business:

Mobile and Digital Payments

BuyFi® establishes consumer and merchant harmony in the world of mobile technology. BuyFi is a mobile commerce network platform enabling orders, payments and direct communications between consumers and food service operators. The consumers’ mobile phone connects with the restaurant’s Point of Sale (POS) system, enabling customers to price menu items and with only one tap complete and pay for orders directly through the POS system. BuyFi local area commerce network empowers merchants within the same geographic area to engage in community marketing to attract more local customers who visit more often and spend more money per visit.

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

Vengo is a software technology company that helps brands engage with consumers and bridge online and offline.

Founder:

David Larkin

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Social Content

Plexus Entertainment is developing a search tool for movies. The tool includes a ‘Watchit’ button, allowing users to find films available across all distribution platforms, including in theater, DVD sales and rentals, streaming and cable (i.e. Kayak.com for entertainment).

Founder:

Shane Walker

Headquarters:

San Francisco, CA

Type of business:

Social Content

SocialWeekend, which operates a portfolio of popular Facebook and mobile apps and has built robust tools to help app developers acquire, engage and retain users, was acquired by AdKnowledge.

Founders:

Caren Maio and Michael O’Toole

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

Nestio is transforming the residential rental industry through technology. We offer landlords, brokers, and renters the ability to manage and communicate information in real-time, all in one place.

Founder:

Michael Lovett

Headquarters:

Washington DC

Type of business:

Cloud Infrastructure

 CirrusWorks is a technology management platform for commercial buildings. It’s a hardware and software solution that makes it cheaper and easier for them to operate their data, security and power technologies. CirrusWorks take expensive, support-intensive technologies and moves the software and processing outside the building, leaving only small hardware appliances on-premise, drastically reducing the installation and operating costs. This design allows buildings to share centralized components on the cloud and creates a simple, stable solution at less than half the cost of operating traditional in-building technologies.

CEO:

Ben Habbel

Location:

New York

Sector:

Social Content

VOYAT is a revolutionary social CRM for hotels. It re-invents the way hotels interact with guests by enabling them to use data, personalization and predictive analytics to drive up sales and build lasting customer relationships.

Founders:

Dan BrillmanKareem ElsirafyTaylor Justice, and Andrew Price

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Social Content

Unite US is a hyper-local community management platform that connects the military veteran community to peers, supporters, and all resources through interactive mapping technology.

Founders:

Blake Hall and Matthew Thompson

Headquarters:

Tysons Corner, VA

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

Founded by veterans, ID.me is a user-centric digital identity network that empowers consumers to prove who they are and things about themselves that are true in real-time while they are online. In turn, ID.me's capabilities provide brands and public sector agencies with a method to directly interact with consumers in a trusted and secure manner through digital channels. ID.me is a part of the President's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, a prestigious grant program administered by NIST.

Founders:

Shuang Wang and Izzy Johnston

Headquarters:

New York, NY

Type of business:

Commerce and Services

Mayvien allows wholesalers to move their sales from pen and paper to the iPad and bring their sales catalogs on-line.

Founder:

Jan Goetgeluk

Headquarters:

Houston, Texas

Type of Business:

Commerce and Services

Virtuix is the developer of the Virtuix Omni™, the first ever virtual reality interface for moving freely and naturally in virtual worlds. The Omni is a patent-pending, omni-directional treadmill that enables the user to walk, run, and jump in 360 degrees in video games.

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