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With founder/CEOs Emma Bates (Diem), Jeff Fernandez (Dandi), Cameron McCarthy (WeStock), Charlie O'Donnell (BK Bridge VC).
Fri, Mar 24, 2023 @ 12:00 PM   FREE   Republic, 149 5th Ave

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Emma Bates, Co-Founder & CEO at Diem

Emma Bates is the CEO & co-founder of Diem, & a founding member of the Collective Media movement. Diem is a social search engine inspired by the way women have shared stories for centuries. The Collective Media movement describes digital, social spaces that unlock deeper connection, greater utility, & freer play.

A lifelong advocate for gender equity & equality, Emma is on a mission to showcase how inclusive internet platforms that recognize real world behavior, like Diem, can help close the gender information gap, & usher in a "new internet" that fosters real connection through new, innovative technology. Emma is a Forbes 30U30 nominee & Diem is a Techstars NYC portfolio company backed by leading investors like Flybridge, Acrew & Stellation. By trade, Emma is a marketer & community builder & has held marketing roles at some of the fastest-growing consumer brands in NYC & the UK. Most recently, prior to founding Diem, Emma led Partnerships at the DTC travel brand, Away. Emma grew up in the UK before moving to NYC in 2016.

Jeff Fernandez, Co-Founder & CEO at Dandi

Jeff Fernandez is dedicated to building businesses that help people.

He is CEO & Cofounder of Dandi, the analytics platform for advancing DEI ( Started in stealth mode in 2018 & launched to the public in 2022, Dandi's customers today include Oscar Health, Braze, Care/Of, Teachable, Catalyst, & Blue Shield of California.

As an advisor, Jeff works with socially-conscious companies including Sealed. He is a seed investor in Hone & a limited partner at Combine, a design-led venture capital firm.

Prior to Dandi, Jeff led Grovo, the enterprise learning company that he co-founded in 2010. Built with a mission to remake employee training, Grovo was used in 190 countries around the world & named by Fortune the second-best workplace in the US. Grovo was acquired in 2018 by Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD).

Originally from Dumont, NJ, Jeff graduated with highest honors from Harvard, where he wrote his thesis on maximizing human performance. Jeff has spoken at events including TEDx, SXSW, Internet Week, & ASU+GSV, & has contributed to, Fast Company, Forbes, & more.

Jeff lives in New Jersey with his wife Cori & their two kids Remi & Rafael.

Cameron McCarthy, Co-Founder & CEO at WeStock

Cameron McCarthy is currently the CEO & Co-founder of WeStock. A Techstars-backed company that helps brands unlock omnichannel success through first-party data. The company has continued to grow since launching in 2019 & now has over 700 brands & 150,000 shoppers using the platform. WeStock recently raised a $2.2M seed round led by Laconia Capital.

Cameron was previously the sales director for Delighted By Hummus, where he grew the brand to over 7,000 retail locations including Target, Costco, & Aldi. Cameron has worked both on the distribution & brand side prior to starting WeStock, accounting for over $50M in retail sales.

Cameron has a deep passion for emerging brands & what the future of retail will look like which he discusses weekly on The Honest Retail Podcast.


Charlie O'Donnell, Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Presented by:

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures & Republic

A special thank you to Republic for partnering with Brooklyn Bridge Ventures for this event!

Republic is a global private fintech firm democratizing startup investing; Republic's Founder Community, headed up by Zehra Naqvi is a new in-person NYC event series focused on bringing together exceptional founders & investors.
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