Empire Angels Young Investors/Founders Series
Keeping It Fresh
Innovation is all the rage, and hey, it's easy to think big and pivot fast when it's just two of you working from home and living off $1 slices. But what happens as your team, your top line, and your vision grow? Join us for insights on keeping it fresh and maintaining an innovative culture as you grow, as well as a sneak peek into the strategies employed by the behemoths.
Wednesday, July 30th
Techstars (1407 Broadway, 24th Floor)
Chitra Narasimhan, Managing Director, Citi Ventures
Chitra Narasimhan joined Citi Ventures in January 2012 as part of the Incubation team based in NY. She is responsible for leading new innovation initiatives in partnership with Citi businesses. Her areas of focus include customer service, digital engagement and commerce and payments.
Chitra joined Citi from American Express, where she was most recently Senior Vice President and head of Strategy for the Enterprise Growth Division. In shaping the strategy for this new division, her primary focus was to identify innovations, technologies, and business models that are most relevant to online and mobile payments as well as digital commerce. Previously Chitra was a senior member of the Corporate Development group responsible for all types of M&A activities, including acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and divestitures globally across the Company. She completed a number of large strategic transactions including the sale of American Express Bank, the investment in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), and the spin-off of American Express Financial Advisors. Chitra was also instrumental in establishing and building the first Corporate Development team at American Express.
Chitra started her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston focusing on real estate finance and fixed income securities. She serves on the Board of Bottomline, which supports low income NYC students to get in and through college. She is also a member of the Well, which supports the operations of Charity Water, an organization that brings clean water wells to global communities. Chitra graduated from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and three children in Scarsdale, NY.
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The Empire Angels Young Investors Series seeks to provide education and training to young angel investors in the New York area. How do I tell good deals from bad? What are the most important terms to negotiate for? How to I add value to my portfolio companies? Through a curated series of evening workshops, panels and discussion events, the Young Investors Series aims to empower highly successful Millennial professionals with the key skills required to find, execute and support early stage, private investments.
The Young Founders Series seeks to provide education and training to young and first time entrepreneurs in the New York area. Starting a company is hard work, and founders with a strong vision but limited operating experience encounter unique challenges. How can I be an effective 20 or 30-something executive? Should I hire this person or that one? What does branding even mean? How do I build a company culture? How do I convince people twice my age to invest in my company? Through a curated series of evening workshops, panels and discussion events, the Young Founder Series aims to empower Millennial entrepreneurs with the key skills required to compete and succeed.
Empire Angels is a member-led, New York based angel group of young professionals which seek to invest in early stage technology ventures with a focus on supporting young entrepreneurs.
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