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An Apple A Month…..Women Innovate Mobile's Meet The Innovators monthly conversation series started in January with a discussion on Social TV and continues on Tuesday, April 16 with a conversation on entrepreneurial communities venture funding and more with Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group and Co-Founder, TechStars and Alessandro Piol, Co-Founder of Vedanta Capital.
Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars. Brad currently serves on the board of directors of BigDoor, Cheezburger, Fitbit, FullContact, Gnip, MakerBot, MobileDay, Modular Robotics, Oblong, Orbotix, Rover.com, SafeInstance, SEOMoz, Standing Cloud, and Yesware for Foundry Group. Previously, Brad was an executive at AmeriData Technologies after it acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he founded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of Startup Weekend.
Alessandro is a co-founder of Vedanta Capital. He was formerly a General Partner with Invesco Private Capital ("IPC") where he was responsible for investments in information technology, a sector in which he has been active since the late 1970's. While at IPC Alessandro was involved in numerous transactions that led to successful IPO's or sales. Prior to joining IPC, Alessandro spent 10 years with AT&T Corp. where he divided his time between operating and investment positions. In 1991, he co-founded AT&T Ventures, the venture capital arm of AT&T where he led the fund's investments in several new media and communications companies. He was a co-founder and VP of Marketing of Pixel Machines, an AT&T-backed venture in the graphics computing business and was later director of Strategic Partnerships for AT&T Computer Systems. Before his tenure at AT&T, Alessandro spent several years in the software industry, developing system software and compilers. He was a founding director of the New York New Media Association, and is a director of several private technology companies. Alessandro received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1985. He received an MS and BS in Computer Science from Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he was elected to the Eta Kappa Nu honor society. Alessandro recently co-authored "Tech and The City: The Making of New York's Startup Community".
If you missed attending these "Meet The Innovators" conversations at the Apple Store (SoHo), here are the links to our recent podcasts:
- January 30: with Nancy Jo, VP of digital strategy and business development, Bravo Digital Media; Carlota Espinosa, founder of Styloot; and Kathleen Utecht, senior associate, Comcast Ventures. Hear why Bravo is leading the new frontier of consumer engagement in social TV, and learn how partnerships with startups like Styloot make it easier for viewers to shop their favorite shows.
- March 6: with Chris Fralic, partner at First Round Capital, and Rachel Silver, senior manager of social media at Birchbox. With the consumption of video skyrocketing, will video and social sharing create the next great wave of startup innovation? Listen in and get the insider’s take on these developments in video.
How else can you engage with Women Innovate Mobile's community of entrepreneurs, investors, startup advisors and mentors?
Join us on April 22 for Behind The Pitch. Does the startup community need another pitch event....we didn’t think so, however, we do see the need for a market-focused startup pitch event that provides insights and information on fund raising and financing of startup ventures. And it seesm a few others in the startup community think so too: Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Dreamit Ventures, Digital Undivided, TiE New York, Incubate NY!, Astia, New York Angels, Golden Seeds, Xconomy, AlleyWatch and others are partnering with us, Third Wave Fashion and New York Tech Women on April 22 at AppNexus for our first Behind The Pitch event. Registration and Additional Information.
Know of a startup that should pitch in front of VCs and Angels at Behind The Pitch? The application is on F6S and the deadline to apply for the opportunity to pitch is March 31.
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