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Startup Day in the Life

Wall Street to Silicon Alley

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Startup Day in the Life

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Startup Day in the Life

Wednesday, May 18th @ 7:30pm | Grind

Sometimes startup job titles can be really vague. What does it really mean to work in Business Development, Operations, Marketing, or Product? If you dont work in tech or at a startup a lot of these terms can be confusing and unclear.

To help you understand what these roles really are, we’d like to invite you to our “day in the life” panel.  This is your opportunity to hear from individuals who work in these roles at startups and understand what it really means when you hear these buzz words.

Unlike our quarterly roundtables, we’ll be focusing on roles at startups instead of career paths.

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



Panel Participants:

Pooja Agarwal - VP, Operations @ Birchbox

Pooja is responsible for logistics, supply chain, subscription operations, procurement and web production for Birchbox, a leading beauty & grooming retailer offering a monthly subscription of personalized samples. Prior to Birchbox, Pooja spent 6 years at working on business strategy and creative operations.

Terri Rockovich - VP, Acquisition @ Casper

Terri leads a marketing team of performance marketers at Casper, a sleep startup that launched with an outrageously comfortable mattress sold directly to consumers - eliminating commission-driven, inflated prices. Her team is responsible for driving new customer growth and profitable sales through development, implementation, management, and optimization of online and offline media tactics.  Prior to Casper, Terri was a Marketing Manager at ModCloth and an Account Manager at IMPAQT.

Karim Bhalwani - Director, Business Development @ Commonbond

Karim manages Business Development at Commonbond, an online lending platform that connects borrowers and investors to make education finance better. Prior to Commondbond, Karim was at Yodlee Interactive, the world’s first financial cloud for money management and helped take the company public. Earlier in his career, he also served in management consulting roles at Capgemini, Mercer, Disney and Warner Bros.

Ketan Bhalla - Product @ EquityZen

Ketan leads product at EquityZen, a fintech startup the connects shareholders of private companies with investors seeking alternative investments. Prior to this, Ketan was the COO of Sliced Investing, an early stage fintech company focused on the hedge fund industry. Ketan began his career at J.P. Morgan where he was most recently a VP in the Alternative Investments Group before leaving for the startup world.

Moderator: Sameer Syed - Strategic Partnerships @ Google

Sameer works in strategic partnerships at Google, where he is responsible for managing relationships with large 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 at J.P. Morgan. Sameer is the organizer and founder of Wall Street to Silicon Alley.



Special thanks to our co-host and sponsor:


Startupbootcamp FinTech is the leading accelerator focused on financial innovation. We provide funding, mentorship, office space in the heart of Manhattan and access to a global network of corporate partners, mentors, investors and VCs, for up to 10 selected FinTech startups across the globe.

Have questions about Startup Day in the Life? Contact Wall Street to Silicon Alley

When & Where

140 West St/Vesey
New York, NY 10007

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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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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