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SCOUT VENTURES

Scout Ventures enables entrepreneurs to build great businesses by providing them the strategic support and capital necessary to grow and reach new markets.

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

We seek entrepreneurs beginning at the seed stage, and we complement them by taking an active role in business development, marketing, recruiting and product development. Leveraging our partners' strategic expertise, and extensive media and technology industry connections, we provide our portfolio companies the resources they need to build great businesses.

  • Bradley C. Harrison

    Managing Partner

  • Brendan Syron

    Principal

  • Stephen Rodriguez

    Chief of Staff

  • Daniel Brillman

    Venture Partner

  • Dave Kassling

    Venture Partner

  • John Ryu

    Entrepreneur In Residence

  • Jim Shook

    Entrepreneur In Residence

  • Kevin Weeks

    Venture Fellow

  • Jason Gilbert

    Chief Financial Officer

  • James Ryan III

    Controller

  • Jacqueline Ramirez

    Administrative Assistant

  • Jackson Lin

    Hacker in Residence

  • Ramzi Abdoch

    Hacker in Residence

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kevin is an early-stage investor focused on strategic business development partnerships. Prior to joining Scout, Kevin worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a Vice President in BAML's strategic investments group, he invested in financial technology and infrastructure companies. He began his career as an investment banker at BAML.

Kevin is the Co-Chairman of the Young Professionals Board of Defy Ventures, an entrepreneurship training program for formerly incarcerated adults. He is also an active supporter of NY-based non-profit StreetWise Partners.

Kevin is currently earning his MBA from Columbia Business School. Kevin graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and played offensive tackle for the varsity football team.

Jason is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for early-stage investing. In addition to his role as CFO of Scout Ventures, he is both Co-Founder and Managing Partner at RGA Investment Advisors, and General Partner at Rayner & Gilbert, CPAs. Jason has spent several years advising on M&A transactions both at KPMG and Berkery, Noyes & Co. More recently, Jason invested in growth-equity transactions in the semiconductor and financial services groups at General Atlantic. Jason graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Political Science and Economics, and earned his MS in Accounting and Finance from the George Washington University School of Business. He is a licensed CPA who holds both the PFS and CFF designations from the AICPA for his expertise in financial planning and corporate forensics.

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

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 is currently earning his MBA at The Carroll School of Management at Boston College with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He also received a BA from Boston College in 2008.

Ramzi is a computer scientist focusing on real-time web technologies and Art in Technology. He is currently developing a curriculum to teach 3D printing at the university level. 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.

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.

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 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.

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  • Adam
    Seifer

  • Barry
    Appelman

  • Brendan
    Burns

  • John
    Loeffler

  • Aaron
    Earls

  • Rudy
    Baldoni

  • Clayton
    DeGiacinto

  • Jimmy
    Lynn

  • Joanne
    Colan

  • Rachel
    Weiss

  • Keyvan
    Peymani

  • Sean
    Avery

  • Sergei
    Kovalenko

  • Ari
    Meisel

  • Kenzo
    Digital

  • Mitchell
    Caplan

  • Shaun
    Gordon

  • Doug
    Thiede

  • Michael
    Lyons

  • Marc
    Siden

  • Craig
    Coblenz

  • Paul
    Capon

  • Matt
    Mead

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 $350 million. The West Point graduate was an airborne ranger in the U.S. Army before earning his MBA from Wharton.

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.

Joanne Colan is a British broadcast journalist and television host. She has spent the past decade hosting, writing, co-producing and creating broadcast television and radio for major networks, cable television and digital media across international markets. Her programming experience spans news, entertainment, lifestyle, science and tech, for such networks as Discovery, MTV, BBC, Canal+.

Joanne recently co-hosted the original television series Dean of Invention, exploring cutting edge inventions alongside renowned American inventor Dean Kamen. The series aired on Discovery’s Planet Green.

Previously, Joanne hosted and co-produced Rocketboom for close to three years. Widely regarded as the pioneer of podcasts with tens of millions of episode views to date, Rocketboom has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, Rolling Stone magazine, Forbes, Wired magazine, UK newspaper The Guardian, PBS, Newsweek, and Businessweek among others. Steve Jobs included Joanne and Rocketboom in his “Stevenotes” keynote speech when he introduced the iTV in September of 2006.

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.

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.

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 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).

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.

Kenzo Digital is a director and artist based in New York City. His work is dedicated to synthesizing new narrative forms by unifying traditional storytelling with ground-breaking technology. He is best known for his collaborative work with Beyoncé, including her video-driven 2011 Billboard Awards performance and the United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day 2012 project, “I Was Here.”

Previously, Kenzo worked as a creative director at Wieden+Kennedy, where he developed broadcast and print campaigns starring Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony for Nike. He is also the video director of Nam June Paik’s studio; in this capacity, he has executed installations for the artist at the Guggenheim, Tate Museum, and National Gallery of Art. His films have been featured in the Tribeca Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, and have been recognized by the rockefeller Film Fellowship.

Kenzo Digital is represented by Oscar-winning production company Ridley Scott & Associates (R.S.A.) and talent agency UTA. He also serves as an advisor for the Harvard iLab and has recently been nominated for the Disruptive Innovator of the Year Award at Tribeca Film Festival 2013.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 in 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.

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