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From Wall Street to Silicon Alley

Wall Street to Silicon Alley

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

From Wall Street to Silicon Alley

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From Wall Street to Silicon Alley 

Tuesday, February 28th @ 7pm | WeWork

A roundtable discussion with former investment bankers and finance professionals who made the leap into the world of startups

Investment bankers are becoming a driving force behind many of today's successful startups. If you're tired of building excel models, editing powerpoints and running "scenarios" then join reformed investment bankers as they discuss their journey from Wall Street to Silicon Alley and learn how you too can make the leap. #WStoSA


**Attendance is capped to create an intimate roundtable.  No walk-ins will be accommodated.


Roundtable Participants:

Charlie O'Donnell, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures -

Charlie is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn--where he was born and raised.  Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of Canary, Orchard Platform, Tinybop, Hungryroot, Clubhouse, Ringly, and goTenna among others. He previously had investment roles at Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital.  Charlie started his career at General Motors Asset Management's Private Equity Group, where he did investment analysis work on late stage VC investments, buyouts and secondary fund investments.  He holds a BS in Finance from Fordham University. @ceonyc


Gesche Haas, Dreamers // Doers -

Gesche is the founder of Trailblazer Ventures, a startup studio/lab, that incubates companies in-house with the mission of increasing the # of successful ventures launched by women. The lab’s first product, Dreamers // Doers, is a global high-impact community of entrepreneurial, trailblazing, women. Gesche Haas is an entrepreneur highly committed to creating social change, and re-defining realities. Prior to founding Dreamers // Doers, Gesche held senior positions at multiple venture-backed startups in roles covering growth, strategy, finance, business operations, business development, and more. She also spent five years as an investor at a healthcare-focused hedge fund (~$3bn AUM, SAC spin-off). Gesche holds a BBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. @geschehaas


Lee Moulton, Breather - 

Lee is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Breather, a start-up providing hourly office and relaxation space rentals in metropolitan cities. Prior to joining Breather, Lee spent 6 years at Goldman Sachs working in various capacities including as a Client Strategist for the Chairman & CEO of the firm. He also spent time as a member of the Institutional Sales team in the firm's Asset Management Division.  Lee holds a BA from Amherst College. @lee_moulton


Moderator: Sameer Syed, Google

Sameer works in Strategic Partnerships at Google, where he is responsible for building, managing, and growing partnerships with Google's strategic digital media partners. Previously, Sameer worked in business development roles at Tremor Video and at ad tech startup, Genesis Media.  He began his career as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at J.P. Morgan. Sameer is the organizer and founder of Wall Street to Silicon Alley.  He received a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. @mrsameersyed

Special thanks to our roundtable sponsor:

WeWork is the platform for creators.  We provide the workspace, community and services you need to make a life, not just a living.  To learn more about the WeWork locations in New York City or to book a tour, send an email to

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When & Where

33 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Wall Street to Silicon Alley

We are a community of current and ex-finance professionals bridging the gap between finance and tech.


Established in 2012, we have been holding various events that help bring together the finance and tech/startup communities in New York City.  


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