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Vator Splash NYC

Vator, Inc.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 from 5:00 PM to 11:55 PM (EST)

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Vator is bringing its popular Splash event to New York City.

The Splash event, hosted by Vator, is a celebration of entrepreneurship. The evening gathering brings together high-profile, successful tech entrepreneurs sharing their lessons and advice alongside promising startups showcasing their innovative ideas. 

Hear their lessons and advice on how to be a successful entrepreneur.  

The event, brought to you by RRE Ventures, includes keynotes from Avner Ronen, founder and CEO of Boxee, Henry Blodget, Founder and CEO of Business Insider, and Mike Hudack co-founder and CEO of Blip.tv as well as as VC/Judges RRE Ventures VC Adam Ludwin, Greycroft VC Drew Lipsher, Matt Meeker of Polaris, Venrock VC David Pakman, David Tisch, director of TechStars NY, Owen Davis of NYC Seed, Brian Hirsch managing partner of GSAVP, and FirstMark VC Amish Jani, Ron Bloom of Mevio, and many more. The event includes wine, beer and drinks, and ends with an afterparty. 

The event will be held at Webster Hall on the evening of December 15. Save the date!

Meet up-and-coming entrepreneurs with innovative ideas that could change the world.

Be one of those entrepreneurs onstage by competing. Enter the Vator Splash NYC competition here.

Finalists of the competition will be the Splash NY top 10. They will be selected by their peers through an online competition, and vetted by VC judges. The top 10 will get a chance to present onstage with a three-minute presentation and live feedback from VC judges. 

At the Splash event, one company will be voted by the audience to present one more time on the segment Splash Box - Vator's American Idol for startups, with venture capitalists as panelists.


Sponsorship packages are still available!  For inquiries please email us vatorsplash@perksconsulting.com with your interest.


5:00 to 6:00 - Drinks, socializing and time to see demo pits

6:00 to 6:30 - Mike Hudack (Blip.tv)

6:30 to 7:00 - First five startups (Startups give 3-minute pitches. VC/judges include Amish Jani of FirstMark, Deborah Jackson of DBJ Capital, David Pakman of Venrock, and Ron Bloom of Mevio)

7:00 to 7:30 - Networking break and drinks 

7:30 to 8:00 - Henry Blodget (Business Insider)

8:00 to 8:30 - Next five startup pitches (Startups give 3-minutes pitches. VC/judges have two minutes to discuss each startup. VC/judges include Matt Meeker of Polaris Ventures, Brian Hirsch of GSAVP, Traver Hutchins of Remedy Health) 

8:30 to 9:00 - Avner Ronen (Boxee)

9:00 to 9:05 - Winner announced

9:05 to 9:30 - Splash Box - (David Tisch TechStars NY, Adam Ludwin of RRE Ventures, Owen Davis of NYC Seed, Drew Lipsher of Greycroft)

9:30 to 10:00 - More socializing and time to see demo pits 

About the speakers

Avner Ronen is the founder and CEO of Boxee.  Named one of Rolling Stone's "Agents of Change" for 2009, prior to Boxee Avner was the Head of Corporate Development and M&A for Comverse, Inc., a leading provider of software and service to Telecom service providers. He was responsible for acquisitions valued at $450M, which were key to the company's evolution from a voicemail company to a billing and VAS provider.

Avner joined Comverse in 2002 when they acquired Odigo, a company he co-founded in 1998. Odigo was one of the early Instant Messaging services on the web serving over 8 million users worldwide, and earned Avner the 2002 honor of being a member of Crain's “40 under 40.”

Prior to Odigo, he served for four and a half years in the Israeli Defense Force in the special computer unit, MAMRAM

Mike Hudack is a co-founder of blip.tv and serves as the company's president and CEO. He is responsible for blip.tv's overall business strategy, focusing in particular on community relations along with syndication, distribution and advertising partnerships.

Prior to blip.tv, Mike worked as a developer and administrator for the National Hockey League, where he managed the team responsible for one of the biggest IT projects in the history of the League — consolidating and re-developing the NHL's internal applications, which serve hundreds of employees using dozens of technologies. Mike also developed the content management system for NHL.com and redesigned the software used to bring scores and statistics from dozens of simultaneous hockey games to fans in real-time.

Mike has spoken at SXSW, Streaming Media West, Beyond Broadcast, the Open Media Developers Summit, TelcoTV and dozens of other conferences and has served as a guest lecturer at NYU and elsewhere as an expert on video, blogging and citizen journalism. He has created and maintained more than a half dozen independent media projects, including warstories:CC, warblogs:CC and the Index of Evil. His independent projects have been covered by the Washington Post, USA Today, the PBS Newshour, NPR and Forbes, among others.


Henry Blodget is an American former equity research analyst, currently banned from the securities industry, who was senior Internet analyst for CIBC Oppenheimer during the dot-com bubble and the head of the global Internet research team at Merrill Lynch. Blodget is now the editor and CEO of The Business Insider, a business news and analysis site, and a host of Yahoo TechTicker, a finance show on Yahoo.

Blodget received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and began his career as a freelancejournalist and was a proofreader for Harper's Magazine. In 1994, Blodget joined the corporate finance training program at Prudential Securities, and, two years later, moved to Oppenheimer & Co. in equity research. In October 1998,[1] he predicted that Amazon.com's stock price would hit $400 (which it did a month later, gaining 128%). This call received significant media attention, and, two months later, he accepted a position at Merrill Lynch.[2][1] Blodget's influence continued to increase, and, in 2000, he was voted the No. 1 Internet/eCommerce analyst on Wall Street by Institutional Investor, Greenwich Associates, and TheStreet.com.

About the VC/judges

David Tisch  As Director of TechStars in New York City, David will co-lead the New York City TechStars program alongside TechStars’ Founder and CEO David Cohen. David Tisch is the Managing Member of Box Group, LLC, a New York City based seed-stage venture capital firm that focuses investments on disruptive technologies and exceptional entrepreneurial teams.

Prior to joining TechStars, David served as Executive Vice President of Interactive Strategies at kgb, a diversified global information services company. While at kgb, David focused on consumer facing initiatives, the companies rebranding efforts and served as special advisor to the CEO on new business opportunities. In addition, David founded and lead Knowmore.com, a social aggregation startup and wholly-owned subsidiary of kgb.

As an investor, advisor or mentor, David has worked with a variety of startups including Boxee, Flavors.me, CollegeOnly, Goodsie, GroupMe, Profitably, SuperKix, SneakerFiles, StatSheet and TroopSwap.

David has a B.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

David blogs about his experiences at davidtisch.com. You can find David on Twitter @davetisch.


Adam Ludwin is an Associate at RRE Ventures.  Mr. Ludwin focuses on early and expansion stage investments across RRE’s multiple technology verticals, with a focus on consumer & digital media, financial technology and mobile opportunities.

Prior to joining RRE, Mr. Ludwin worked at the design and innovation firm IDEO as a member of the business design team.  At IDEO he led a team of engineers as an entrepreneur-in-residence to incubate a collaboration software start-up. Mr. Ludwin began his career at The Boston Consulting Group in New York, where he served clients in the technology, consumer, and financial services industries, and worked closely with the firm’s Strategy Institute.

In addition, Mr. Ludwin is a two-time entrepreneur, having built and sold a social shopping platform and later a discussion system for securities trading desks.

Mr. Ludwin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar, and a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with Highest Honors.

Ron Bloom is the visionary CEO and business leader behind MEVIO. Mr. Bloom is ultimately responsible for MEVIO's strategy, positioning, business units, team building, operations, financing and hyper-growth, and has, along with Co-Founder Adam Curry, guided the company since its inception as PodShow, in 2004.

Bloom was the chief strategist in securing PodShow’s marquee partnerships with partners such as British Telecom, Apple® and Sirius Satellite Radio and the company’s elite private investors, including venture firms Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital and Sherpalo Ventures, DAG and Crosslink Ventures. He has gone on to guide the Company through its evolution into MEVIO, and spearheaded its growth to one of the fastest growing sites in 2007 (Compete.com rankings), becoming a Top 20 Internet Site in both Music and New Media in 2008 (comScore rankings in Music and Multimedia). He is often referenced as the visionary author of the media industry's rule and Fart’s Law of consumer technology adoption.

Brian Hirsch is a Managing Partner of Greenhill SAVP and a Co-Chairman of the Fund’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining SAVP in 2004, Mr. Hirsch was a Principal at Sterling Venture Partners and led the firm’s investments in technology-related companies. Mr. Hirsch is currently a board member of Flat World Knowledge, FTRANS, HomeSphere, MyNines, Pontiflex, RealDirect, Spanfeller Media Group, Three Stage Media, and TRAFFIQ. Brian previously sat on the board of YellowJacket (acquired by the Intercontinental Exchange, NYSE:ICE) and KnowledgeStorm (acquired by TechTarget, NASDAQ:TTGT).

Prior to joining Sterling Venture Partners, Mr. Hirsch was a vice president at ABN AMRO Private Equity (“AAPE”), the U.S. venture capital group of ABN AMRO N.V., one of the world’s largest banks. Before joining AAPE, Mr. Hirsch worked as a senior consultant at KPMG in the Information, Communications & Entertainment (ICE) practice, where his clients included General Electric, CBS/Westinghouse and the Tribune Company.

Owen Davis is currently Managing Director of NYC Seed, a seed stage venture capital fund in New York City. Owen has worked in all aspects of the online world, including work with early versions of AOL and MSN. He created one of the first 200 web sites on-line and founded Thinking Media in the summer of 1995, an online marketing firm which pioneered client-side tracking of pages and advertisements, which has become the standard method for online measurement. He co-founded Sonata in 1999, a wireless company that provided location-based services and marketing to cell phones. Owen also co-founded, Petal Computing, a firm that developed software which allowed large numbers of commodity PCs to act like a single unit, useful in industries ranging from image rendering to pharmaceuticals. 

Owen is the author of various patents in Internet methods and technologies. He is also the author of the book Instant Java Applets, available from Ziff-Davis Press. He is an original member of the World Wide Web Artists Consortium, and served on that group's original board. He was also an original member of the Board setting online advertising and media specifications and has served as Managing Director of the Wireless Advertising Association. Owen was named various times as one of the 100 Top Internet Executives in New York by The Silicon Alley Reporter and most recently was named one of the 100 most influential people in Silicon Alley for 2008. He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Andrew “Drew” Lipsher is a Partner with Greycroft LLC. Drew brings over fourteen years of media and entertainment experience to Greycroft. His experience has covered all aspects of the media business, including investment (private equity and venture), M&A, strategic planning, new business development, technology, operating and board level activities, restructurings, and divestitures.

Drew currently serves or observes on the boards of Greycroft’s investments in Imagespan, Health Plan One, Vitals.com, Worldwide Biggies and Babble. In addition, Drew was involved with Pump Audio (sold to Getty). Drew has previously led investments in Musicbank, Rich Animation, Nest Entertainment, Palomar Pictures, ARTISTdirect (NASDAQ: ARTD), Listen.com (NASDAQ: RNWK), Youtopia.com (sold to 800-America), Planetout.com (NASDAQ: LGBT), Channel V (NYSE: NWS), and Accolade (sold to Atari).

Prior to joining Greycroft, Drew was the Head of M&A, Corporate Development, and Administration for Interscope, Geffen, A&M Records (“IGA”), a division of the Universal Music Group.

David Pakman is a Partner at Venrock and focuses on early stage venture investing in internet and digital media companies. Previously, Pakman was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. Prior to joining eMusic, Pakman was Co-Founder and President of Business Development and Public Policy at Myplay, Inc., the company he co-founded in 1999 in Redwood City, CA that introduced the “digital music locker” and pioneered the locker category.  In 2001, Myplay was sold to Bertelsmann’s ecommerce Group. Before Myplay, he was Vice President at N2K Entertainment, which created the first digital music download service.  He also was the co-creator of Apple Computer’s Music Group.

Pakman is a graduate of and a member of the Board of Overseers at University ofPennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and is an avid musician and songwriter. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the First Growth Venture Network whose mission is to identify high potential entrepreneurs and to surround them with the network they will need to support their growth and holds a board seat with the New York Venture Capital Association.

Traver Hutchins is a Private-Equity & seed money backed entrepreneur with a track record of building long-standing start up’s. He is currently looking to bring strategic capital & executive guidance to a select start up or early stage company.

Traver sits as Chair on the Board of Directors of Remedy Health Media- a leading cross platform company in consumer health. Board members include the Private Equity partners of Veronis Suhler Stevenson www.vss.com 

As the co-founder of RHM and CEO until this past summer, Traver led the company to become a renowned "Leader in Consumer Health Educational Marketing". To accelerate its growth, he successfully engaged the leading Private Equity firm in the Communications space-VSS.

Having launched the company in the mid 90's, he led the successful transformation from being publishing-centric to its position today as a "cross channel communications company". Core to that was a build & buy strategy in the digital space while changing the corporate culture to support the (r)evolution. Accelerators of the strategy include the build of a digital lead gen platform www.remedylife.com and a health portal acquisition www.healthcommunities.com .

At the same time in the late 90's, Traver founded & chaired www.cornerdrugstore.com. This was an early "bricks & clicks" company which focused on bringing new customers via the internet to the challenged independent pharmacy arena. The startup rose $1.8M in angel funding. It was later sold to the JM Smith Corporation.

Traver has a BA in History & a Minor in Economics from the University of MN. He resides in Greenwich CT.

Deborah B Jackson President, DBJ Capital LLC. 21 years Investment Banker having started at Goldman Sachs in 1980 after Columbia Business School. Left Goldman voluntarily to found boutique firm and served as first President. Launched new lines of business at Lazard Freres and also Shattuck Hammond Partners. At SHP started health care technology practice focusing on software and Internet in 1998. Member of New York New Media in late 1990's.  Investments include LCconnect, Giaim Media, and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. One of the women profiled in the book, Beyond 85 Broads.  Member of Golden Seeds, Angel Investing Group.

Non-Profit Boards include Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission for 15 years and Executive Committee for 8 years.  Director, Heart and Soul Charitable Fund for 5 years and Honoree in 2005.  Founding Director for Project Sunshine, First Gala Chair, mentor to founder. President of the Congregation All Souls Church 1999, Trustee 1997-99 and now Deacon.  National Board of Legal Momentum 5 years.

Amish Jani is a Founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital and focuses on seed and early stage investments in software, cloud computing, digital media, and Internet sectors.  Prior to founding FirstMark Capital, Amish served as a Partner with Pequot Ventures.  Amish sits on the boards of AppFirst, Aveksa, CollegeOnly, Conductor, IMImobile, Knewton, and Lumosity.  Amish holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  Follow Amish on Twitter at @amishjani.
Amish is an enthusiastic supporter of the New York City entrepreneurial community.  He was recently named to the Silicon Alley Insider 2010 100 List, and regularly speaks at high-profile entrepreneurial events including SAI Startup 2010, TechCrunch Disrupt and TieCon 2010.  He is actively involved with the Mayor’s office, including initiatives such as Media.NYC.2020 and NY Venture Fellows, as well as the well-regarded incubator program TechStars in NYC.  Amish has been featured in articles in Business Week, Internet Retailer, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes.com.

About the emcee
Ezra Roizen is a digital media investment banker with Ackrell Capital, a boutique investment bank. He is also an advisor and commenter on emerging ventures. He focuses on digital media, e-commerce and mobile companies. Prior to banking, Ezra co-founded and was CEO of Montclare Technologies Inc. He also co-founded and was director of business development for Convoy, which is now part of Sybase. Ezra is the Chair of the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business Alumni Council.

About the host/judge

Bambi Francisco is founder and CEO of Vator.tv, one of the largest business networks dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs, and VatorNews, a business news site covering entrepreneurship and innovation. Prior to Vator, Bambi was an award-winning journalist at Dow Jones MarketWatch where she was the lead columnist/correspondent focusing on Internet trends and investments, appearing online and on TV. She was a morning business anchor for KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco and made frequent appearances as an expert on technology on CNBC, Fox Business News, and CBS.

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When & Where

Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 from 5:00 PM to 11:55 PM (EST)

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Vator (short for innovator) is an awesome business network dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs and investors. Vator consists of Vator.co, the online network with 150,000-plus members; VatorX - a platform to help filter for great startups; Vator Investment Club - made up of Vator investor members who invest in Vator-curated startups; Vator Media, which includes VatorNews, a provider of analysis, commentary, and news about innovation and venture capital, and Vator Events, which organizers the Splash startup series and Post Seed conference.  




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