Robert (Bob) Gailus is an experienced venture investor and advisor. He was a founding member in 1983 of Schroder Ventures / U.S., the venture affiliate of Schroders, the London merchant bank. During the 1983-1993 time period, Mr. Gailus was one of four partners, initially in Silicon Valley and then New York City that managed $92 million and made 53 venture investments. Eight of the 22 IT investments and 10 of the 13 bio/healthcare companies became publicly traded companies (including Opcom/VMX (original voicemail patents) which merged in Octel and was acquired by Lucent for $1.3Bin stock; and Stratacom which commercialized fast-packet switching and was acquired by CICSO for $3B in stock). In 1994 Bob founded Software Technology Venture Partners in New York City to invest in and advise IT companies in the Boston to NYC corridor, and in 2000 Bob joined with Bob Levenson, a successful entrepreneur and Fortune 500 operating executive (ADP, Medco and First Data Corp.), and formed LENOX Capital Group, L.L.C., to invest in early-stage IT technology and service companies. Since 1994, he has invested in 14 early-stage ventures. Five of the companies (DynamicWeb, VIE Systems, Epicon, ServiceSoft and SolidWorks) have become public through acquisition, and a sixth has filed its registration for an IPO. Robert, a former member of the New York Angels, has been the Venture Advisor to OgdenCAP in New York City since 2007.
Lawrence Leibowitz is a financial markets professional, banker and exchange executive. Most recently, he was the chief operating officer of NYSE Euronext. He was appointed to that post on March 3, 2010 and left in December of 2013 after NYSE was acquired by ICE.
At NYSE, he was responsible for business and product development for the U.S. cash markets, as well as for NYSE Euronext’s global technology systems and development and its U.S.options business.
Leibowitz was a member of the NYSE Euronext management committee.
He was previously group executive vice president and head of U.S. markets and global technology for NYSE Euronext.
Before joining NYSE Euronext, Leibowitz was chief operating officer with UBS Americas Equities. He joined UBS Americas Equities as a managing director in 2004 when the firm acquiredSchwab Capital Markets. He was responsible for several areas including market structure, strategic planning, business analysis, regulatory control, and the broker services functions for theequities division. At Schwab, he was co-head of Schwab Capital Markets.
Before joining Schwab in October of 2001, Leibowitz co-founded Bunker Capital, a quantitative hedge fund in 2006. He also served as CEO of REDIBook ECN and as managing director and head of program and quantitative trading at Credit Suisse First Boston.
In addition to chairing the Nasdaq quality of market committee and serving on the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) market structure committee, Leibowitz has been a speaker at numerous industry forums related to market structure.
David S. Rose
David S. Rose is an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur, and early stage venture investor described by BusinessWeek as a “world-conquering entrepreneur”, by Crain’s New York Business as “the father of angel investing in New York”, and by Red Herring Magazine as “patriarch of Silicon Alley”. Named to the 2008 ‘Silicon Alley 100’ by Business Insider and listed by Crain’s as a ‘Top Dog in Tech’, he is one of the country’s leading angels, having helped fund over 75 ventures. He is a regular speaker at business schools around the country, was named 2009 Mentor of the Year by NYU Stern, and is Chairman of the Finance and Entrepreneurship track at Singularity University, funded by NASA and Google.
David is the founder and Chairman of New York Angels, the largest angel investment group on the East Coast; Chairman of Egret Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm; and runs New York’s SparkPlace business technology incubator. He is the founder and CEO of Angelsoft, which operates the international standard collaboration platform for startup financing, and serves on the boards of KoolSpan, (wireless network encryption and security), Panjiva (international business databases), and Pond5 (user-generated stock footage) in addition to Magnify.
Steven Rosenbaum is an author, entrepreneur and curator. In his groundbreaking book Curation Nation (McGraw Hill / 2011) he makes a compelling case that the future of the web is curated, not created. And if history is any judge, he’s been able to predict the future before. He is the CEO of Waywire.com, the leading video curation platform
Rosenbaum was named New York City’s first “Entrepreneur at Large” for Economic Development, working closely with the Bloomberg Administration to foster an environment that would welcome and foster the burgeoning the startup environment.
Rosenbaum created MTV’s groundbreaking user-generated series MTV UNfiltered, a pre-web television project that handed cameras to young storytellers. Rosenbaum’s work in media includes filmmaking work as an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. His film “7 Days In September” gathered more than 500 hours of video around 9/11 – creating a curated journey through the eyes of 28 filmmakers and citizen storytellers. Rosenbaum was honored with the Science Journalism Laureate from Purdue University in 2011.
He is a regular blogger on technology and the evolution of the internet for Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. Today, Rosenbaum says Curators are the new superhero’s of the Web – using their powers to fix the signal to noise problem, and making the world contextual and coherent again.
Ava Seave is a Principal of Quantum Media, a leading New York City-based consulting firm focused on marketing and strategic planning for media and entertainment companies. As a Quantum Media principal, she has led numerous consulting engagements and has provided senior-level management consulting services to many companies in a broad range of assignments. Before founding Quantum Media with four others in 1998, she was a general manager at three leading media companies: Scholastic Inc., The Village Voice, and TVSM. Ava started her career at Dell Publishing (a division of Doubleday) and as an editor at two horticulture magazines.