NYEBN Presents a panel discussion at Startup Roundtable #10. This panel includes Ben Lerer (Thrillist), Vin Vacanti (Yipit), Dan Kurani (Thumb) & Andrew Wong (moderator). Join our roundtable discussions on how to build an "insanely great" product with your startup. See details below.
Adam Rich (@AdamMatthewRich) - Co-Founder @ Thrillist & JackThreads
Vin Vacanti (@vacanti) - Co-Founder & CEO @ Yipit
Dan Kurani (@dankurani) - Founder & CEO @ Thumb
Andrew Wong (@awong19) - Founder @ NYEBN & Founder @ appommunity (panel moderator)
1 - 2 PM: Registration & Lunch (pizza & drinks)
2 - 3 PM: Panel Discussion & Q&A
3 - 4 PM: After-panel networking
Best pitch practices
Early Bird - $15 (sold out)
General Admission - $25
Walk-in - $35
Our Host - Cooley
Cooley LLP has a long tradition of representing emerging and high-growth companies worldwide, and has extensive experience in all aspects of practice: corporate formation, venture financing, employee incentives, intellectual property protection, employment and severance matters, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and litigation. The Firm represents over 3,000 emerging companies in all industries, including software and information technology, telecommunications, semiconductors, life sciences, and clean technologies. For more info, visit www.cooley.com.
Adam Rich (bio)
Adam Rich is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Thrillist.com, overseeing all editorial content for the leading menâ€™s multi-platform digital lifestyle publication. Since its launch in 2005, Thrillist has expanded into 20 markets in the U.S. and the U.K., plus a best-of-the-web Thrillist Nation edition, and now serves over 3 million subscriptions.
In 2010, Thrillist expanded its reach into e-commerce by acquiring members-only online retailer JackThreads.com and launching local experiences platform Thrillist Rewards. In 2012, the three companies converged to create â€œThrillist Media Groupâ€ - a new media model allowing brands to reach its collective 4-million-strong audience of young guys both locally and nationally, online and offline, through content and commerce.
As a media industry expert, Rich has been a featured speaker at a multitude of conferences and panels, most recently at WSJâ€™s How I Built It Conference, Incâ€™s Helping Businesses Grow Healthy Conference, Mashableâ€™sConnect Conference, Luckyâ€™s Fabb Conference and DeSilva+Phillipâ€™s Media Dealmakerâ€™s Summit, among many others. (source: Thrilllist)
Vin Vacanti (bio)
Vinicius Vacanti is co-founder and CEO of Yipit, where he is responsible for general and product management.
He left finance in the summer of 2007 with the ridiculous notion that he could build web products. It took him six months to realize he had no idea what he was doing. After a few days of soul searching, he decided to push forward spending the next 12 months learning to become an entrepreneur. The highlight (and often lowlight) of the journey was teaching himself to build websites (Python/Django).
Before working in finance, he graduated from Harvard College in 2003 with a degree in Applied Mathematics.
He is a mentor at TechStars. He shares the lessons he learned as a first-time entrepreneur on twitter and his blog: http://vacanti.me (source: crunchbase)
Dan Kurani (bio)
Prior to launching Thumb in 2010, Dan Kurani spent the last 10 years as President/CEO of Kurani Interactive, a digital development firm. Kurani helped Fortune 500 brands that included Nike and Universal Studios with web applications, mobile, and websites. Dan grew Kurani Interactive to $3 million in annual billings and architected a number of successful digital properties. He is the author of The Honey Pot, a strategy book that helps brands use digital innovation to generate revenue. Dan was recently tapped as a mentor for the upcoming inaugural NYC class at DreamIt Ventures, a start-up accelerator program. When not working, your best chance of finding him is floating somewhere in the Atlantic ocean. (source: thumb)
Andrew Wong (bio)
I am the founder of NY Entrepreneurs Business Network (NYEBN). The community grew to 5,000+ members within its first year. Weâ€™re now 11,000+ members on Meetup. NYEBN has the best startup events in NYC. And we serve the best interests for innovators in the business world.
I like building things that are innovative and have lasting value. Iâ€™m the Co-Founder and CEO of appommunity.com, an interest-based social network headquartered in NYC.
I grew up in Shanghai, China. Currently I reside in NYC. I enjoy the cultural diversity in the Big Apple. Itâ€™s also an awesome place to meet new people. Before I started my multiple ventures, I was a student at Kelley School of Business (Indiana), where I learned humanity, team work and the value of building businesses.
I like doing things slightly differently but more efficiently. Some words that can relate to me: Knicks, gym, beer, Apple, travel, cars, Internet, and technology. (source: ranwong.com)