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With Keith Smith (Co-Founder/CEO, Payability), Benoit Vatere (Founder/CEO, Mammoth Media), Sara Shikhman (CEO, Lengea), Angela Galardi Ceresnie (CEO, Climb Credit).
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 06:30 PM   $25   Alley Chelsea, 119 W 24th St, 2nd Fl

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Being a founder can be daunting, even when you have co-founders for support. Assembling a Board of Directors is key to supplementing the expertise & talent of your founding team!
Your board can be just as much a factor in your startup's long-term success as your co-founders & early employees. A well-considered board can boost your credibility & more importantly, offer you the information you wouldn't have otherwise. From fundraising & problem solving to networking & hiring, building & managing your board is an important aspect of your startup journey.
Join us on January 15th for a panel discussion about the role of the board at a startup.
We'll discuss:

Legal & logistical elements of a board
How to build an effective board
How to maximize the value of board meetings
How founders can best leverage their board to help with growth
How the board evolves as the company grows

About the speakers

Keith Smith is the Co-founder & CEO of Payability, a fintech company that provides financing & payment solutions to eCommerce sellers. Payability funds thousands of eCommerce businesses every day. Its patented technology utilizes machine learning algorithms to underwrite customers based on sales quality & historical eCommerce performance - rather than simply looking at personal credit scores. Previously, Keith founded & ran multiple startups, including; CyberMortgage, Zango, & BigDoor. Keith lends his time to early-stage startups via Techstars & serves as an adviser, investor, & board member for multiple tech startups. Payability was recently listed #97 on the 5000 & oncom's list of the 10 hottest companies in New York City.
Benoit Vatere is the founder & CEO of Mammoth Media, the mobile entertainment studio bringing original short-form content in interactive formats to Generation Z, & is the company behind the top-performing apps Yarn, Wishbone & Booknotes. In his role, Benoit brings years of experience in the intersection of technology, entertainment & monetization & oversees the strategic vision & execution of the company. Prior to Mammoth Media (formerly known as Science Mobile), Benoit served as CEO & General Manager of Playhaven, a mobile gaming monetization platform that employed deep user segmentation. He was also VP of Distribution Network at LookSmart, where he managed distribution of online media & an executive team that conceptualized all new product initiatives & validated marketing needs. Additionally, he co-founded technology companies magnify360 &
Sara Shikhman is CEO at Lengea, where practical legal & business solutions are offered with a keen understanding of the unique challenges & opportunities a growing business faces. Lengea's expertise stems from personal, real-world experience & the team has worked as entrepreneurs & in-house counsel for over 12 years. Sara is a legal & business expert specializing in healthcare, beauty, tech, & e-commerce. She loves to help companies creatively solve their legal & business issues.
Angela Galardi Ceresnie is the CEO of Climb Credit, an education finance company that evaluates the return on investment of education programs & helps consumers find, evaluate, & finance these programs to increase their earning potential. She joined Climb as the Chief Operating Officer in 2016 & quickly helped shape the operations, culture, & future of the Climb, earning her the role of CEO in 2018. Prior to Climb, Angela co-founded & was COO/CFO of Orchard Platform-a provider of software & data products offered to institutional investors to purchase loans from marketplace lenders [acquired by Kabbage]. Before her time at Orchard, she spent 9 years running credit risk analytics teams at American Express & Citibank where she made billions of dollars' worth of data-driven credit decisions.

6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking6:50 - 7:50: Panel7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking

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