WAMVentures Forumkicks off the fall season with Retail Tech & Fashion Tech investors & experts! Meet Sapha Shah, Founder of Retail X Series & Principal of Red Giraffe Advisors;Aubrie Pagano, Co-Founder & CEO of Bow & Drape & Investment Partner with XFactor Ventures; & Irene Ryabaya, Co-Founder of Monarq.
Sapna Shah, Founder - Retail X Series & Principal - Red Giraffe Advisors
Sapna is an angel investor, retail expert & three-time entrepreneur. Through Red Giraffe Advisors, Sapna makes angel & early-stage seed investments in retail, fashion & consumer start-ups & offers advisory services to early-stage companies. Sapna is also the founder of Retail X Series, a retail startup boot camp program for pre-seed stage founders who are revolutionizing the future of retail.
Previously, Sapna co-founded Retail Eye Partners,an independent Wall Street equity research firm. Sapna also co-founded a menswear e-commerce retailer, Mind the Chap. Prior to Retail Eye Partners, Sapna held executive strategy roles at Linens 'n Things & at Ann Taylor, & spent time at Gap Previous to her career in retail, Sapna worked in investment banking at Punk, Ziegel & Knoell & in credit at Morgan Stanley.
Sapna received her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School as well as a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
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Aubrie Pagano is Co-Founder & CEO of Bow & Drape, a customization brand that celebrates showing your big personality. At B&D, she has driven the business to success, retailing online and in over 300 stores including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, & Saks & partnering with everyone from The New York Post, Dominos, & artist Donald Roberston. She was named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Retail, PayPal's 30 under 30 Makers + Shakers, LinkedIn's Next Wave of Professionals under 35, & introduced the world's first 3D printed accessories in market according to WWD. Aubrie also serves as an Investment Partner at XFactor Ventures, a venture capital fund that focuses on first-in capital for billion dollar businesses with at least one female founder. She holds a BA from Harvard & began her first business when she was six.
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Irene Ryabaya,Co-Founder ofMonarq,investor, adventurer, techie, introverted networker & accidental feminist. Monarq builds diverse networks, accelerates revolutionary ideas & funds women-led startups. Monarq is the first women focused incubator in NYC.After a decade in finance working on various commodity trading desks, Irene is dedicated to creating more women led startups via strategy consulting, direct investment & deep impact events. Irene is also an advisor to Quentin Road Ventures. She was a trader with Hess Energy Company & technology lead for the commodities trading desk at Goldman Sachs. Irene graduated from New York Universitywith a degree in computer science.
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