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With founders Brett Perlmutter (Bulletpitch), Lior Cole (ARI), Mike Wolkon (Night Inn Experience), Isabella Epstein (Kndrd), Rachel Braun (Braun & Brains), Laurent Span (SPANVentures).
Thu, May 16, 2024 @ 05:30 PM   FREE   Venue, To Be Announced
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"Breaking Barriers of VC" presents, "The State of Consumer Media" with a dynamic lineup of panelists. Come network, learn, & engage with our consumer media background panel hosted at Cooley LLP's Hudson Yards office.


Moderator: Laurent Span
Laurent is the founder of SPANVentures., a venture syndicate & host of the "Breaking Barriers of VC" (BBVC) community. SPANVentures. is focused on providing access to capital for underrepresented & disruptive entrepreneurs. Laurent is a former management liability broker on Wall St, a two-time founder, & a former D-1 Collegiate athlete. (
Brett Perlmutter
Brett is the founder of Bulletpitch, which is redefining venture through media. Bulletpitch provides deal flow for investors & visibility for founders. Bulletpitch hosts some of the largest events in the ecosystem & Brett is also the GP of Bulletpitch Plus, where he invests in pre-seed & seed companies.
Lior Cole
Lior is building the future of fashion shopping with ARI: an AI-powered personal stylist. Lior is represented by IMG Models & has modeled in runway shows & magazines for Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Zara, Loewe, & many others. She studied computer science at Cornell University, & has been a featured speaker for TedxCornell, SXSW, New York Fashion Week, & many others.
Mike Wolkon
Mike is the founder & CEO of "Night Inn Experience", a software platform that enables high-end hospitality professionals (Sommeliers, chefs, etc.) to monetize their talents & free time via events, services, & content. Before Night Inn, Mike ran the corporate development & strategy team of Xandr, an ad-tech marketplace. Mike studied Labor Relations & Economics at Cornell University & is a firm believer in the power of the individual freelancer revolution in shaping our society from the economy to the media landscape.
Isabella Epstein
Isabella is the founder of Kndrd. Emerged from personal struggles with loneliness & is a plan-first product that enables people to find things to do & people to do things with anytime, anywhere. Think: a hub for social life with utility for organizing IRL at its core. Our vision is to create a world where everyone feels they belong by curating the cultivation of new friends & helping sustain existing ones.
Rachel Braun
Rachel is the founder of Braun & Brains, a tech & business publication & agency producing podcasts & content for clients like Morning Brew, Initialized Capital, & Codie Sanchez. She is also a Google Youth Advisor via Canvas 8, helping the big tech company navigate Gen Z's use of AI. In her free time, she co-hosts events through a series called REAL, bringing together the New York investing, founder, & operator community. (
Sponsored by Cooley LLP & Grasshopper Bank: please enjoy the alcoholic/non-alcoholic refreshments & light bites.
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