Jacob is currently the Founder & CEO of Venture Forth Productions, a specialty film finance and production company. Previously, Jacob was Founder and CEO of YellowJacket, which was acquired by IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE:ICE) in January 2008.
Jacob has nearly two decades of experience in the development and support of enterprise-class trading platforms for large financial services firms and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to establishing YellowJacket in 2003, Jacob founded and served as the CEO of TechTrader, a provider of business-to-business enterprise software for public and private trading exchanges catering to the direct materials markets.
A frequent speaker and widely acknowledged industry expert, Jacob has been featured in numerous industry and business publications and conferences. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Andrew started eponym at the Brooklyn Flea with a card table and one brand of glasses. Now, as one of the fastest growing startups in NYC, he has built a company and team that is working to change the eyewear market by helping brands (alice + olivia, Billy Reid, Steven Alan, Jason Wu, and more) create and distribute eyewear directly to consumers. He has a deep love for (and encyclopedic knowledge of) fashion and unique outer-borough restaurants.
Nader Hamda brings over 18 years of experience as CEO of two previous tech start-up companies. In 1992, Hamda turned his MBA from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business into a thriving e-business called TechnoInteractive. Ten years later, he was ready for a completely new adventure. Turning his attention to babies as CEO and co-founder of Cloud b, the company became one of the world’s leading manufacturers of products and accessories to help parents and children sleep.
In 2012 as a new decade of knowledge and experience branched into electronics for the smartphone generation, Hamda founded Evollve Inc., a company built around finding creative ways to engage young minds. Introducing the popular smart toy robot Ozobot, Hamda has blended physical and digital technologies to entertain, educate and socially interact while focusing on instilling valuable life skills. To date, thousands of schools around the world have adopted Ozobot into their curriculum and students are now learning sequential thinking and logical reasoning all while creating and programming their own coding concepts.
Joe started his automotive career at 15 years old and never looked back. He grew and developed a successful independent dealership that eclipsed annual retail sales of 500+ and month over month inventory turn exceeding 100%. His challenges associated with sourcing enough inventory drove him to reconsider his own business and join a large-scale franchise dealership operation. In this setting, he learned first-hand how the new car dealerships struggle at evaluating trades and liquidating wholesale inventory. Being able to walk in both the new and used car dealer’s shoes provided Joe the unique perspective to create a solution that would bring both buyers and sellers together with a legitimate auction that removed all the time commitments, logistical challenges, high costs per transaction, and risk. From its first iteration, ACV Auctions has been founded on the fundamental believe that a business will only survive if it truly adds substantial value to all of its users. ACV has achieved the prestigious triple-crown by being a true Win-Win-Win. The buyers, sellers, and even the retail customer all benefit greatly when dealers transact on ACV.
George Chamoun became CEO of ACV Auctions on September 16, 2016. As an early angel investor in ACV, George was drawn by the company’s long term potential. George brings a successful track record of accomplishment as an entrepreneur and senior executive. He co-founded Synacor (Nasdaq: SYNC) right out of college in 1998, and spent the next two decades building it into a trusted technology and revenue partner for some of the largest video and communication providers in the world. George was President of Sales and Marketing, growing the business for many years which enabled the company to go public in 2012.
George has been recognized for his accomplishments:
– In 2009 when Multichannel News named him one of the publication’s “40-under-40” most influential innovators in the industry
– In 1999 recipient of the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in NY
George has a passion for Entrepreneurship and serves as Chairman of Launch NY, a non-for-profit organization supporting the startup ecosystem for Upstate New York. George is a proud husband and father of two great kids.
Michael DeSimone is the President and CEO of ShopKeep, the cloud-based technology solution that transforms an iPad into a connected cash register and is used by more than 23,000 small businesses. ShopKeep was developed and designed for small business owners, by small business owners to give independent retailers and restaurants access to sophisticated operations management technology without the high level of costs and complexity traditionally associated with point of sale systems. ShopKeep enables business owners to tap into powerful insights that can enhance their operations and improve their bottom line.
Michael is a global chief executive, with more than 25 years of experience working within the financial services and technology industry. Prior to joining ShopKeep, Michael was President and CEO of Borderfree, where he was responsible for the overall strategic direction including the company’s transformation from an online currency conversion service to a provider of global ecommerce solutions. He led the company through their successful IPO in 2014 and its sale to Pitney Bowes in 2015.
As President and CEO at ShopKeep, Michael leads strategy to sustainably grow and scale the business, which has processed more than $6 billion in transactions in 2015. ShopKeep has over 275 employees and has raised over $72 million in funding.
With over 25 years of healthcare experience, Faisal’s focus as CEO of Truveris is to ensure that the company delivers on its passion – helping employers, payers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and consumers improve drug pricing transparency across the prescription drug ecosystem. Prior to joining Truveris, Faisal held a variety of executive leadership positions at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. Most recently, Faisal served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Payer and Life Sciences Business Unit, one of the fastest growing markets for Allscripts. In that role, he worked with some of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies, clinical research organizations (CRO) and health plans to bring to market innovative analytics and operational improvement solutions. In his 8 years at Allscripts, he was one of the executive leaders responsible for growing the company from 1,500 to over 7,000 employees and from $350 million to over $1.6 billion in annual revenue.
Before Allscripts, Faisal worked as Chief Product and Development Officer at Neoforma, Chief Product Officer at Biz360 and Chief Operating Officer at CresSoft. Faisal completed postgraduate studies at Harvard Business School and earned a BS in computer science and electrical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Faisal has co-authored five patents and has served as board member at various entrepreneurship and Industry development organizations.
Eric is CTO and co-founder of Hive. His technical expertise with enterprise collaborative platforms was first used at the White House, where he was responsible for the architecture of max.gov, the federal government’s platform, used by over 750,000 employees.
Following the resounding success of the project, he was chosen to work on platform architecture in Oracle’s federal consulting practice. While at Oracle, Eric focused on collaboration in government, education and healthcare across federal government and Fortune 500 projects.
Eric holds a BA in Informatics from the Indiana University where he specialized telecommunications infrastructure, data mining and network theory.
John leads Hive as CEO and co-founder. Starting his career as a strategy consultant to Fortune 500 companies, he saw the serious challenges teams faced in working together effectively. It was the catalyst for a career-long specialism in the tools teams use to achieve their goals productively.
After leading the national implementation of Sharepoint for the UK’s Department of Education, John left the consulting world to join Huddle, a small UK collaboration platform, as employee 12.
Starting on the frontline, John rose to lead Global Customer Success, building a large team of collaboration specialists across the USA and UK as as Huddle grew through Series D to become Europe’s largest collaboration platform.
Taking advantage of a huge adjacent opportunity in the team collaboration space, John taught himself to code to build a prototype of his vision for Hive.
John received his MA in Mathematics and Law from the University of Cambridge and is a keen pilot and cyclist.
Lewis Gersh is CEO and Chairman of PebblePost guiding corporate strategy and vision at at the company with over 19 years of board and executive management experience. Prior to PebblePost, Lewis founded Gersh Venture Partners (later Metamorphic Ventures), one of the first seed venture funds in the country, focused primarily on B2B marketing and eCommerce technologies, especially those bridging online data with traditional markets. Lewis built one of the largest portfolios of companies specializing in retargeting, eCommerce and database marketing.
Prior to Metamorphic, Lewis founded Worldly Information Network, a database direct marketing company leveraging user-driven segmentation. Worldly became the largest provider of free investment newsletters on the web, publishing over 40 daily/weekly topics and delivering upwards of 1 billion email newsletters through both its O&O and network sites.
Lewis has a BA from San Diego State University and a JD and Masters in Intellectual Property from UNH School of Law. Lewis has served on many corporate and non-profit boards, and is an accomplished endurance athlete having competed in many Ironman triathlons, ultra marathons and parenting.
Adam Hanina is CEO and co-founder of AiCure. He has been a strategist in healthcare software delivery for over fifteen years and holds over a dozen patents in his name. Prior to AiCure, he helped further develop Cerner Corporation’s European strategy and was a Visiting Fellow of eHealth at Imperial College in London, UK. Mr. Hanina has spoken extensively on the topic of healthcare innovation and has acted as a subject-matter expert on medication adherence technologies for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is currently a principal investigator for multiple NIH innovation grants. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Jack Kokko is the CEO and founder of AlphaSense, a software startup providing a groundbreaking research engine for financial services and corporate intelligence. As a former financial analyst, his mission is to solve the information overload problem and build AlphaSense into a ubiquitous platform used by knowledge professionals across Wall Street and beyond. AlphaSense is used by hundreds of investment management firms and corporations and has won numerous industry awards, including, “best analytics product” and “best mobile solution.”
Before AlphaSense, he was the founding CEO of Silecs, Inc., building the company into a global supplier of advanced materials, improving the performance of billions of semiconductor devices used in mass market electronics. Previously, Mr. Kokko was a senior analyst on Morgan Stanley’s technology team in Menlo Park, California, and telecom team in London, UK.
Mr. Kokko holds an MBA with a major in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Helsinki School of Economics.