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About this event
Join us for a virtual night of networking & learning from an all-star panel.
6:30 - 6:45 pm EDT: Introduction & Networking
6:45 - 7:50 pm EDT: Panel Discussion & Startup Pitches
7:50 - 8:00 pm EDT: Networking
1. Jared Yellin - CEO & Co-Founder of 10X Incubator
Non-techy tech Co-Founder of dozens of companies, Jared brings an extremely unique perspective to launching tech companies that cash flow & scale rapidly. With his ability to build a team, create a culture of excellence, & lead a movement of fellow tech co-founders, he has become most known for his commitment to successfully launch 10,000 tech companies in 10 years.
2. Mark D. Crawford - Managing Director at STANLEY Ventures
Mark has invested capital in all stages of the corporate lifecycle - from seed to mature. He has been involved in seed, growth, buyout, distressed, & recap situations at the Associate, Vice President, & Director levels.
Mark is a Managing Director at STANLEY Ventures & is based in Sunnyvale, California. He is responsible for bring technology & innovation to Stanley Black & Decker & leading the corporate venture capital practice in the Silicon Valley region. Prior to his tenure at STANLEY Ventures, Mark worked at Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel Corporation.
Previously, Mark led a venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology companies based in the Midwest. In addition, he worked at an investment fund focused on the manufacturing, B2C, government contracting, & logistics sectors.
Mark currently serves on the Boards of Fort Robotics, FreeWire, Hivot, & Prieto Battery.
3. Mary Curtis - Partner at Mighty Capital
4. Chase Ross Emanuel - Venture Community at Alto & Scout at Lightspeed Venture Partners
Chase leads venture community at Alto by day, scouts for Lightspeed Venture Partners by night, & was a travel tech founder in a past life. He's previously held partnerships & business development roles at Carta, Galvanize, & the NYC Mayor's Office. Today he invests in pre-seed & seed stage founders primarily building venture scalable subscription, consumer fintech, & future of work companies.
5. Nisha Desai - Managing Partner at Andav Capital
Nisha Desai is Managing Partner of Andav Capital, a New York-based investment & advisory firm for early stage tech-enabled companies.
Prior to her role leading Andav Capital, Ms. Desai was a Director at Deutsche Bank, where she managed a firm-wide restructuring program pursuant to a $19.7M Consent Order, advised senior management & Board members on multi-billion-dollar investments & complex cross-border deal structures, & represented the firm in industry & regulatory discussions. Previously, Ms. Desai served as a Vice President at J.P. Morgan, where she led a global remediation program pursuant to $225M Consent Orders, advised on restructuring the investment bank under Dodd-Frank, & was seconded to the CIO-losses London Whale Crisis Management Taskforce, where she also supported CEO Jamie Dimon during his Congressional testimony. Earlier in her career, she worked on financial litigation & white-collar criminal actions at the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; in consultative sales & business development at Google; & as a pre-revenue Founding Team Member (Employee #4) at Sweetgreen, a startup now valued at $1.6B. Previously, Ms. Desai served as U.S. Congressional staff for civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis & judicial staff for a Public Defender's Office & Superior Court in Georgia.
Ms. Desai holds an M.B.A. with Distinction in Finance, Operations, & Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania & a B.S. with Honors in International Politics from Georgetown University. She has served on the boards of various companies & nonprofits & currently serves as a non-residential Fellow with the Atlantic Council, a global think tank. She is an active member of the CFA Society of New York & an advisor, judge, & mentor with Techstars, SAP, SAP.io, Microsoft, Google for Startups, Maryland FounderTrac, NY Fashion Tech Lab, & various startups & investment firms.