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October 3-4, 2018

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Ascent unites the East Coast tech community for two days of talks, groundbreaking startups, round-table discussions, gala events, and experiences all designed to build lasting connections and to edify our guests.

BUILD A NETWORK

There is one thing, above all else, that will make or break your company’s success: networking. That’s why we’ve tailored this conference to help founders at all stages reach the next level. Ascent is a curated experience including intimate roundtable discussions on challenges immediately facing you to hand-picked networking opportunities for you to broaden your network.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

At Ascent, you’ll interact with an exclusive group of 1500 world-class founders, executives, growth hackers, and investors. All guests attend by invite only and are handpicked to match the strategic needs of startups in every tech vertical and every funding level. Learn how to achieve hyper-growth from well-known industry leaders on the main stage. Expand awareness with opportunities to exhibit alongside 200+ rising startups. Schedule guaranteed facetime with industry-specific investors and advisors at one of our intimate roundtables.

CONTRIBUTE TO A COMMUNITY

Ascent is more than a conference: it’s a community dedicated to helping each other build strong, impactful companies. We know the challenges you face because we’ve faced them as well (psst . . . we’re a startup ourselves!). Above all else, Ascent is about developing meaningful connections. Connections built on mutual benefit and sharing one common ambition: your company’s success!

Attending Companies

Now accepting startup exhibitor applications!

22nd Century Group (XXII)
3D Signatures (CVE:DXD)
Acasti Pharma (ACST.V)
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals (ACRX)
Acerus Pharmaceuticals (ASP.TO)
Ackroo (AKR.V)
Acme United (ACU)
Air Industries Group (AIRI)
Americann (ACAN)
Apivio Systems (APV.V)
Applied DNA Sciences (APDN)
Arch Therapeutics (ARTH)
Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP)
Ashford Hospitality Trust (AHT)
Ashford (AINC)
Aspen Group (ASPU)
Atossa Genetics (ATOS)
Avalon Advanced Materials (AVL.TO)
Avante Logixx (XX.V)
Avivagen (VIV.V)
Axios Mobile Assets (AXA.V)
Bee Vectoring Technologies International (BEE.V)
Biocept (BIOC)
BioHiTech Global (BHTG)
BIO-key International (BKYI)
BioSig Technologies (BSGM)
BioSyent (RX.V)
BioTime (BTX)
Biotricity (BTCY)
BrightPath Early Learning (BPE.V)
Caladrius Biosciences (CLBS)
Cancer Genetics (CGIX)
Canuc Resources (CDA.V)
Capstone Turbine (CPST)
Cellectar Biosciences (CLRB)
Cematrix (CVX.V)
Cemtrex (CETX)
Chanticleer Holdings (HOTR)
Charles & Colvard (CTHR)
Charles River Associates (CRAI)
ChromaDex (CDXC)
Citius Pharmaceuticals (CTXR)
Comstock Mining (LODE)
ContraFect Corporation (CFRX)
ContraVir Pharmaceuticals (CTRV)
CorMedix (CRMD)
Creative Realities (CREX)
CV Sciences (CVSI)
Darelle Online Solutions (DAR.V)
DataWind (DW.TO)
D-Box Technologies (DBO.TO)
DealNet Capital (DLS.V)
Deveron Uas (DVR.CN)
Distinct Infrastructure Group (DUG.V)
Dolphin Entertainment (DPDM)
Earth Alive Clean Technologies (EAC.CN)
Eastside Distilling (ESDI)
Egalet Corporation (EGLT)
Eguana Technologies (EGT.V)
Electrameccanica Vehicles (ECCTF)
Emerald Health Therapeutics (EMH.V)
Empire Industries (EIL.V)
Endexx Corporation (EDXC)
ENDRA Life Sciences (NDRA)
Energy Focus (EFOI)
Eurocontrol Technics Group (EUO.V)
Evolution Petroleum (EPM)
Evolving Systems (EVOL)
eXp World Holdings (EXPI)
F & M Bank (FMBM)
Fennec Pharmaceuticals (FRX.TO)
Feronia (FRN.V)
Fibrocell Science (FCSC)
Finjan Holdings (FNJN)
First Choice Healthcare Solutions (FCHS)
Flux Power Holdings (FLUX)
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions (FLY.V)
Foothills Exploration (FTXP)
FORM Holdings (FH)
Function(X) (FNCX)
Galectin Therapeutics (GALT)
Gatekeeper Systems (GSI.V)
Genie Energy (GNE)
Genius Brands International (GNUS)
Global Self Storage (SELF)
GlyEco (GLYE)
Grande West Transportation Group (BUS.V)
Hamilton Thorne (HTL.V)
Healthier Choices Management Corp (HCMC)
Heat Biologics (HTBX)
Hempco Food and Fiber (HEMP.V)
Her Imports (HHER)
Hooper Holmes (HPHW)
H-Source Holdings (HSI.V)
Humavox (Private)
Huttig Building Products (HBP)
iAnthus Capital Holdings (CNSX:IAN)
ICTV Brands (ICTV)
IDW Media Holdings (IDWM)
IEC Electronics (IEC)
Imaflex (IFX.V)
Innovative Food Holdings (IVFH)
Inpixon (Sysorex Global) (INPX)
IntelliPharmaCeutics International (IPCI)
International Barrier Technology (IBH.V)
Interpace Diagnostics Group (IDXG)
Inuvo (INUV)
IOU Financial (CVE: IOU)
Iplayco (IPC.V)
Ironclad Encryption (IRNC)
Ironclad Performance Wear (ICPW)
Issuer Direct (ISDR)
JetPay Corporation (JTPY)
Kane Biotech (KNE.V)
KEMET Corporation (KEM)
Kingstone Companies (KINS)
Kraken Robotics (PNG.V)
Lantronix (LTRX)
LED Medical Diagnostics (LMD.V)
Legacy Education Alliance (LEAI)
LexaGene Holdings (LXG.V)
Lifeloc Technologies (LCTC)
Lilis Energy (LLEX)
Limbach Holdings (LMBH)
Lingo Media (LM.V)
LM Funding America (LMFA)
Long Island Iced Tea (LTEA)
Mabvax Therapeutics (MBVX)
MagneGas (MNGA)
Manitex International (MNTX)
Marinus Pharmaceuticals (MRNS)
Marrone Bio Innovations (MBII)
MassRoots (MSRT)
MaxPoint Interactive (MXPT)
Medallion Financial (MFIN)
Medicine Man Technologies (MDCL)
Medicure (MPH.V)
Memex (OEE.V)
MGC Diagnostics (MGCD)
Microbix Biosystems (MBX.TO)
Microbot Medical (MBOT)
Midstates Petroleum Company (MPO)
Mikros Systems (MKRS)
Milestone Scientific (MLSS)
Mobivity Holdings (MFON)
Mogo Finance Technology (MOGO.TO)
MoneyOnMobile (MOMT)
Moseda Technologies (MSD.V)
Mount Tam Biotechnologies (MNTM)
MRI Interventions (MRIC)
MYnd Analytics (MYND)
NanoTech Security (NTS.V)
Napco Security Technologies (NSSC)
Neonode (NEON)
Nexeon MedSystems (Private)
Nobilis Health (HLTH)
Noble Roman’s (NROM)
Nuvo Pharmaceuticals (NRI.TO)
Oncolix (ONCX)
OneSoft Solutions (OSS.V)
Optex Systems Holdings (OPXS)
Ortho RTI (Private)
OurPet’s Co (OPCO)
Palatin Technologies (PTN)
Parkit Enterprise (PKT.V)
PCM Inc (PCMI)
Perion Network (PERI)
Perma-Fix Environmental Services (PESI)
PhaseRx (PZRX)
Pieris Pharmaceuticals (PIRS)
Pioneer Power Solutions (PPSI)
Pioneering Technology (PTE.V)
Power REIT (PW)
Profire Energy (PFIE)
ProMIS Neurosciences (PMN.TO)
Provision Holding (PVHO)
PyroGenesis Canada (PYR.V)
Quest Resource Holding (QRHC)
Quest Solution (QUES)
QYOU Media (QYOU)
Rand Capital Corporation (RAND)
Regency Affiliates (RAFI)
Renoworks Software (RW.V)
Resonant (RESN)
ROI Land Investments (ROII)
Roka Bioscience (ROKA)
RSI International Systems (RSY.V)
S&W Seed Company (SANW)
Safeguard Scientifics (SFE)
Second Sight Medical Products (EYES)
SenesTech (SNES)
Sevcon (SEV)
SharpSpring (SHSP)
ShiftPixy (PIXY)
Sigma Labs (SGLB)
SilverSun Technologies (SSNT)
Siyata Mobile (SIM.V)
Smart Employee Benefits (SEB.V)
SMTC (SMTX)
Snipp Interactive (SPN.V)
Social Reality (SRAX)
Solis Tek (SLTK)
Sonic Foundry (SOFO)
Sonoma Pharmaceuticals (SNOA)
Spectra7 Microsystems (SEV.TO)
SuperCom (SPCB)
Symbility Solutions (SY.V)
Tecogen (TGEN)
Tel-Instrument Electronics (TIK)
Terastream Broadband (Private)
Terra Tech Corp (TRTC)
The Hydropothecary Corporation (THCX.V)
The J.G. Wentworth Company (JGWE)
Theralase Technologies (TLT.V)
Thermal Energy International (TMG.V)
Tikcro Technologies (TIKRF)
Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding (TNXP)
Torchlight Energy Resources (TRCH)
Towerstream (TWER)
TrackX Holdings (TKX.V)
TrovaGene (TROV)
U.S. Geothermal (HTM)
Urbanimmersive (UI.V)
US VR Global (Private)
Validian (VLDI)
VBI Vaccines (VBIV)
Versus Systems (VS.CN)
VistaGen Therapeutics (VTGN)
Vitality Biopharma (VBIO)
VivoPower International (VVPR)
VolitionRx (VNRX)
Westell Technologies (WSTL)
Xebec Adsorption (XBC.V)
XPEL Technologies (XPLT)
Youngevity International (YGYI)
Zomedica Pharmaceuticals (ZOM.V)

Speakers

Many more to be announced in the coming weeks…

Luis von Ahn

Duolingo

Co-Founder & CEO

Samantha Scharff

Giphy Studios

CEO

Dennis Crowley

Foursquare

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

Joanne Wilson

Gotham Gal

Angel Investor, Blogger, Podcaster

Kenneth Lin

Credit Karma

Founder & CEO

Isaac Oates

Justworks

Founder & CEO

Joanne Chen

Foundation Capital

Partner

Howard Lerman

Yext

Founder & CEO

Elizabeth Galbut

SoGal Ventures

Managing Partner

Nick Rockwell

The New York Times

CTO

Abby Kearns

Cloud Foundry

Executive Director

Matt Harris

Bain Capital Ventures

Managing Director

Kevin P. Ryan

MongoDB

Chairman and Founder

Danielle Strachman

1517 Fund

Founder & General Partner

Paul Liberman

DraftKings

Co-Founder & COO

Ben Narasin

NEA

Venture Partner

Nicole Malliotakis

New York State Assembly

Assemblywoman

Andy Johns

Wealthfront

President

Dan Teran

Managed by Q

Co-Founder & CEO

Jean Brownhill

Sweeten

Founder & CEO

Erik Nordlander

GV

Partner

Julie Lein

Urban Innovation Fund

Managing Partner

Aaron Jacobson

NEA

Partner

Kevin Delaney

Quartz

Editor in Chief & Co-President

Ryan Carson

Treehouse

Founder & CEO

Graham Brown

Lerer Hippeau

Partner

Julie Knight

MOVE Guides

CMO

Vin Clancy

vinclancy.com

Founder

Charlie O'Donnell

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Founder & Partner

Reggie Bradford

Oracle, Startup Ecosystem & Accelerator

Senior Vice President

Greg Marsh

KeyMe

Founder & CEO

Justin Wu

CoinCircle

Head of Growth

Marissa Evans Alden

Sawyer

Co-Founder & CEO

Josh Fetcher

BAMF Media

Co-Founder & CEO

Nitin Gaur

IBM

Director of Blockchain Labs

Rajia Abdelaziz

invisaWear

Founder & CEO

Kara Dake

CleverTap

VP of Growth & Partnerships

Adam Singer

Google

Analytics Advocate

Luis von Ahn

Co-Founder & CEO, Duolingo

Luis von Ahn is an entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who is considered one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is known for co-inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow and selling two companies to Google in his 20s. Luis is currently the Co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, a language-learning platform created to bring free language education to the world. With over 200 million users, it is the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app worldwide. Luis has been named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular Science Magazine, one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover, one of the Top Young Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review, and one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine.

Samantha Scharff

CEO, Giphy Studios

Samantha Scharff is the CEO of Giphy Studios, the premiere source for original, high-quality GIF creation. Giphy’s content studio works with the largest partners in TV, film, music, sports, and brands. Samantha is an Emmy Award-winning producer who has spent years making content for both television and digital media. Prior to Giphy Studios, she was Head of Digital Content and Strategy for FOX ADHD and Head of Development for Maker Studios. Samantha was a Producer for Saturday Night Live for 11 years, and produced for Comedy Central, Fox, The Colbert Report, and Tom Hanks' Electric City.

Dennis Crowley

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Foursquare

Dennis is the co-founder of Foursquare, overseeing the strategic vision and product roadmap that has grown the Foursquare community to more than 50 million people around the world. Dennis has been a pioneer in imagining ways to help people discover the world around them using data and social encouragement. He previously founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services, which was acquired by Google in 2005. He holds degrees from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program and the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is also a winner of the "Fast Money" bonus round on the TV game show Family Feud, and the Founder and Chairman of Kingston Stockade FC, a semi-professional soccer team in the Hudson Valley.

Joanne Wilson

Angel Investor, Blogger, Podcaster, Gotham Gal

Joanne Wilson has had many careers. She started out in retail, eventually moving to the wholesale arena. She then transitioned to the media side of the technology world, before once again reinventing herself as an investor. She is currently an active angel investor with a portfolio of over 90 companies such as Food52, Sweeten, Vengo, Nestio, Shippabo, Flip, Clutter, and Union Station. She has been involved in numerous real estate transactions from beginning to end and continues to make investments in that world. She is also an investor in a few restaurants in the New York area. In addition to these endeavors, Joanne has been involved in various education projects and has served as chairperson at Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit committed to increasing access to the culinary industry for woman and minority entrepreneurs. She currently sits on the board of The Highline and is the co-chair of Path Forward. Joanne has maintained her very popular blog, www.gothamgal.com for over 13 years and has recently take her talents to the airwaves on her podcast, "Positively Gotham Gal". She loves to bake, cook, throw a good party, travel, read, collect art, do the crossword and stay on top of what's happening around the globe and in NYC. Her most successful venture is being married to her best friend, Fred and raising their three kids- Jessica, Emily and Josh

Kenneth Lin

Founder & CEO, Credit Karma

Kenneth started Credit Karma in 2007 to offer free credit scores and bring transparency and simplicity to the credit industry – an industry that was built around and has long prioritized banks and not consumers. Kenneth Lin has guided the company from a small team of three to several hundred employees who are disrupting consumer finance, serving over 45 million people. Kenneth spent his early career working with mission-driven businesses like Upromise and Eloan, and he was inspired to build Credit Karma – a platform where consumers can manage their full financial lives with more certainty, supported by a unique business model that creates genuine, organic value by reducing marketing inefficiency for banks and empowering consumers with information. Like LinkedIn has done for professional identity and Facebook for social lives, Kenneth’s vision is that one day Credit Karma can create a simple way for Americans to manage their financial identities. Kenneth also founded Multilytics Marketing in 2006 and has a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Boston University.

Isaac Oates

Founder & CEO, Justworks

Isaac Oates is the CEO and founder of Justworks, a simple all-in-one platform that automates HR, payments, and benefits. He built Justworks to help entrepreneurs build their business and create a great place to work. The importance of an unshakeable team became clear through Isaac’s twelve years as an intelligence officer in the National Guard and Army Reserve. He reaffirmed this belief while working as a software engineer at Amazon, followed by his first startup Adtuitive, which was acquired by Etsy. At both Adtuitive and Etsy, where Isaac led the HR and payments team, he recognized the system was broken. Frustrated by paperwork, exorbitant costs, and endless hours spent on administration, he saw the need for an easy, fast, one-stop platform. The idea behind Justworks was born in 2012. Isaac holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Lindsey, their son James, and their dog Milo.

Joanne Chen

Partner, Foundation Capital

Joanne works with passionate entrepreneurs who use data assets to disrupt business functions and verticals. She is particularly interested in applications that leverage AI to automate existing workflows or create new services. Joanne works closely with the teams at Mya Systems, TubiTV, Custora, Localytics, Findera, and Quilt Data. Joanne’s passion for technology developed early, when her mathematician dad and computer scientist mom taught her how to program. By the time she was nine years old, she had turned her skills into a business and made her first webpage for a client.   Joanne began her career as an engineer at Cisco Systems and later co-founded a mobile gaming company. She also spent many years working on Wall Street at Jefferies & Company, helping tech companies go through the IPO and M&A processes, and at Probitas Partners, advising venture firms on their own fundraising process. She was an angel investor for two years at Hyde Park Angels prior to joining Foundation in 2014. Joanne has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Howard Lerman

Founder & CEO, Yext

Howard Lerman founded Yext in 2006 with a single goal: to build an impactful, great company with super talented people. Along the way, Yext has re-invented three industries: pay-per-call advertising, business listings synchronization, and today, digital knowledge management. With hundreds of amazingly talented employees serving many of the world’s leading businesses, Yext is on its way to realizing Howard’s original vision. Yext is Howard’s fourth software company. Howard is also Co-Founder and Chairman of Confide, a leading off-the-record messaging service. Howard is a proud graduate of TJHSST and barely graduated from Duke University.

Elizabeth Galbut

Managing Partner, SoGal Ventures

Elizabeth Galbut is a venture capitalist, designer, professor, and global speaker. She is Managing Partner of SoGal Ventures which invests in diverse founding teams in the US and Asia. With over 50 investments to date, she is actively seeking to back exceptional startups revolutionizing how the next generation lives, works, and stays healthy. She recently was honored as Forbes 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital, NYC’s 33 Under 33 top innovators, and TechWeek100 Innovative Investor. Elizabeth’s favorite investment area is the intersection of smart design and machine learning/AI fueling major health tech innovation. Her portfolio of digital health startups include lab platform Everlywell, sexual wellness brand Unbound, digital pathology analytics pioneer Proscia, medication adherence tech eMocha, smart water bottle Hidrate, AI-powered drug discovery Insilico Medicine, smart socks Siren Care, data-driven skincare technology HelloAva, asthma management tool Tueo Health, and physician authorization system Glidian.

Nick Rockwell

CTO, The New York Times

Nick is the Chief Technology Officer at The New York Times. Previously he was Chief Technology Officer of Conde Nast, and Digital CTO at MTV Networks. Throughout his career Nick has worked at the intersection of media and the Internet, building digital products at scale.

Abby Kearns

Executive Director, Cloud Foundry

With nearly twenty years in the tech world, Abby Kearns is a true veteran of the industry. Her lengthy career has spanned product marketing, product management and consulting across Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. As Executive Director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby helms the ecosystem of developers, users and applications running on Cloud Foundry, and works closely with the Board to drive the Foundation’s vision and grow the open source project. Prior to Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby focused on Pivotal Cloud Foundry as part of the Product Management team at Pivotal. She spent eight years at Verizon where she led Product Management and Product Marketing teams dedicated to the early days of cloud services. In her free time, Abby enjoys indulging in food and wine, and spending time with her husband and son.

Matt Harris

Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

Matt is based in New York City and focuses on investments in financial technology and services. He sees a huge amount of revenue, profit and market cap shifting from regulated financial institutions to entrepreneur-led insurgents, across payments, lending, capital markets, real estate and insurance. More ramblings on these topics can be found at www.finsurgency.com. Matt started his investing career at Bain Capital private equity in 1995, having worked previously at Bain & Company, and attended Williams College, where he majored in political economy (with a minor in rugby). In 2000, Matt founded Village Ventures, which he ran for 12 years and where he focused on early-stage fintech investing. In 2012 he rejoined Bain Capital Ventures.

Kevin P. Ryan

Chairman and Founder, MongoDB

Chairman and Founder, MongoDB, Zola, Workframe and Nomad Health

Kevin P. Ryan is one of the leading Internet entrepreneurs in New York, having founded and is Chairman of several businesses, including MongoDB, Zola, Workframe and Nomad Health. Previously he founded and was Chairman of Business Insider and GILT.  Combined, these companies have raised more than $500 million in venture capital funding and currently employ almost 2,000 people.  Previously, Kevin helped build DoubleClick from 1996 to 2005, first as President and later as CEO.  He led DoubleClick's growth from a 20-person startup to a publicly traded global leader with over 1,500 employees.  In 2013, Kevin was named one of “The 100 Most Influential New Yorkers of the Past 25 Years” by the Observer. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Kevin serves on the board of Yale Corporation, is Vice Chairman of The Partnership for New York City, Chairman of the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council, is a member of the CFR Committee on Foreign Affairs, is a Director for The Trust for Governors Island and is on the Board of TECH:NYC.  He previously served on the boards of Human Rights Watch, INSEAD, the Direct Marketing Association, The Ad Council, HotJobs and the advisory board of Doctors Without Borders.  He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.

Danielle Strachman

Founder & General Partner, 1517 Fund

In 2010, during the founding of the Thiel Fellowship, Danielle joined to lead the design and operations. She is the visionary behind the Thiel Summit series that has been attended by some 2000 young entrepreneurs. Previous to her work with Peter Thiel, Danielle founded and directed Innovations Academy in San Diego, a K-8 charter school serving 350 students, with a focus on student- led project based learning and other alternative programs.

Paul Liberman

Co-Founder & COO, DraftKings

Paul Liberman is Chief Operations Officer of DraftKings, the innovative sports-tech media entertainment platform that is changing the way consumers around the world engage with and consume sports. Liberman co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and oversees all of the company’s product development while leading efforts in maintaining the company’s current product set. Liberman has acted as both CTO and CMO before moving into his current position as COO. Paul’s data-driven mindset has been instrumental in catapulting DraftKings from a small Boston start-up to a global sports-tech entertainment enterprise. Liberman’s ability to work with large, complex data sets highlight his superior analytic skills but it’s his keen eye on how to apply this data towards product development that really shines. Under his leadership, Paul’s team of over 150 people have developed award-winning, stand-alone apps and products including DraftKings’ DK Live and Leagues while scaling the DraftKings platform with a backend system that is capable of rolling out new types of games and variants of each sport based on demand as well as launching in new states and countries in a short time period once regulatory approved. Liberman’s work has been recognized by the media and his peers, both nationally and locally in the Boston region. Among his recent accolades, he was named to Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of the most influential people in Boston. Under his leadership, DraftKings has been named to CNBC’s “Disruptor 50,” is a three-time winner of Bostinno’s “50 On Fire” award (2013, 2014 and 2015), has won “Best Daily Fantasy Sports Mobile App” and “Best Mobile App-Service or Tool (DK Live)” by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and “Best Mobile Website & App” by the American Business Association, among more. Liberman attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he received his degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He resides with his wife and twin sons in the Boston area.

Ben Narasin

Venture Partner, NEA

Ben Narasin is Venture Partner at NEA. A prolific entrepreneur and highly regarded early-stage investor with three decades of company-building expertise, Narasin has focused on emerging technologies and new markets throughout his investment career. With a portfolio comprising key early successes in some of today’s fastest growing sectors, such as fintech, digital marketplaces, mobile and connected devices. His overarching focus in seeking new investments is, in his words, “to find founders who make me say wow.” Narasin is a 25-year entrepreneur and 10-year early-stage investor. His knack for spotting emerging trends led him to make seed investments in companies like Dropcam, Lending Club, TellApart, Kabbage and Zenefits. Before NEA, Narasin most recently served as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures, and was previously with TriplePoint Capital, where he oversaw the firm’s seed funding investment activities. Like many of NEA’s partners, Narasin’s path to investing is rooted in entrepreneurship. He founded several consumer companies before launching his investing career, including Fashionmall.com, one of the first e-commerce companies, which he founded in 1993 and led to a successful IPO in 1999. Narasin frequently writes and speaks about technology and investing, as well as food and wine, a lifelong passion. He holds a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.

Nicole Malliotakis

Assemblywoman, New York State Assembly

New York State Assemblywoman

Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. She currently serves as Deputy Minority Whip and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees. The Assemblywoman become a household name as the 2017 Republican nominee for Mayor of the City of New York against incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio, holding the mayor accountable for the city’s high property taxes, bloated budget, and status as a sanctuary city. She has appeared on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends and Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox Business Network’s Making Money with Charles Payne and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. Assemblywoman Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. She is currently the only Republican woman and only Hispanic Republican elected official in New York City, and represents a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Prior to being elected, Assemblywoman Malliotakis served as liaisons for the late State Senator John Marchi and Governor George Pataki. Subsequent to Governor Pataki’s departure from office, she worked as a public affairs manager for Con Edison focusing on the state’s energy, economic, and environmental policies. During her first term in the Assembly, Assemblywoman Malliotakis was named one of 2012’s “40 Under 40 Latino Rising Stars” by the Hispanic Coalition of New York, as well as a member of Greek America’s “Forty Under 40” Class of 2012 for which she was recognized at their annual National Innovation Convention. In 2013, she was named one of the American Conservative Union’s “Top 10 Under 40” and addressed the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), for which MSNBC identified her as a “young conservative to watch.” In 2014, she was selected by the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation to participate in a visit to Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties between the two nations. Most recently, Assemblywoman Malliotakis was among the 26 legislators nationwide to be selected for the 2016 Class of Emerging Leaders by GOPAC, the Republican Party’s premier political action committee dedicated to electing a new generation of Republican leaders to lead in their legislatures and/or run for higher office. The list was comprised of promising legislators selected for their potential and ability to impact their state and the Republican Party at the leadership level. Recovery from Hurricane Sandy has become a hallmark of her tenure as an elected official, as her district, which encompasses the eastern shore of Staten Island, was among the hardest hit by the October 2012 storm. In addition, Nicole has successfully fought to restore and expand transit service in her district, improve programs for senior citizens, and reform education in our state. She has worked to improve New York's economic climate and reduce the tax burden on small businesses and residents. She is also a passionate advocate for animal rights and the strengthening of animal cruelty laws.

Andy Johns

President, Wealthfront

Andrew Johns has spent his career helping consumer internet technology companies grow and deliver great consumer internet products. He's been a product, marketing, and executive leader during his career at Facebook, Twitter, Quora, and Wealthfront. He was also fortunate to have a stint as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Greylock Partners. Outside of Andrew's full-time job, he advises a few Venture Capital firms such as Cowboy Ventures and Homebrew, as well as a variety of startups including Blue Bottle Coffee, Opendoor, Poshmark, Flipboard, Curbside, Accompany, and Fitmob (now ClassPass).

Dan Teran

Co-Founder & CEO, Managed by Q

Dan Teran is the CEO and co-founder of Managed by Q, the platform for office management. Founded in 2014, Q is building an operating system for offices and currently manages office operations for thousands of companies in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston. Q is committed to making the world work better by using technology to create good jobs and support small businesses, and has been recognized by the White House, Department of Labor, MIT, and others as a leading voice in the national conversation around the future of work. Prior to co-founding Q, Dan was a Partner at prehype, a venture development firm, co creating startups with the world’s finest corporations and entrepreneurs. Before working in tech, Dan worked in community organizing and progressive politics in Baltimore where he studied at the Johns Hopkins University.

Jean Brownhill

Founder & CEO, Sweeten

Jean, a trained architect, spent a decade in construction before her own challenging renovation led to the inception of Sweeten (named for "home, sweet home") in 2011. The concept—a free service matching homeowners to vetted general contractors for major renovations, with support throughout the process —earned her a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. The award-winning technology platform has since been called a "Renovation Game-Changer," with Jean named "The Contractor Whisperer" by New York magazine as well as one of Inc. magazine's "Most Innovative Women." Just as Sweeten sets new standards for contractors, Jean is taking on traditional barriers for diversity and women in tech. She's a female founder in a male-dominated industry. She's the co-founder of the African American Student Union (AASU) at Harvard's GSD. She's a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. And she's one of very few black female founders to raise $1M+ in venture capital, as featured in the April 2018 issue of Vanity Fair. By bringing trust, transparency and technology to the $340B residential renovation industry, Sweeten helps people to renovate fearlessly. The company now also handles commercial space renovations and has nearly $900M of construction projects in the pipeline, with plans to expand to eight cities by 2020.

Erik Nordlander

Partner, GV

Erik is a partner and engineer at GV. He is part of the enterprise investing team and manages GV’s operations in New York City. Erik has over a decade of technical experience with expertise in building top-notch engineering teams and scaling massive systems. He has interests in developer tools, cloud infrastructure, and machine learning. Prior to joining GV in 2010, Erik led the development of Google’s next generation display ad serving system. He helped with the acquisition and technical integration of DoubleClick (DCLK) and led a team that built statistical and machine learning models for Google’s ad businesses. Erik was also a developer on Google’s core infrastructure, creating a distributed file system that Google.com and Gmail rely on today. Erik studied computer science and engineering at MIT. He completed his graduate research at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory where he focused on unique data extraction and disk forensics.

Julie Lein

Managing Partner, Urban Innovation Fund

Julie is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies. Previously, she co-founded Tumml, a startup hub for urban tech. The organization has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship, and hosts thought leadership events around urban innovation. In 2016, Living Cities named her as one of its "25 Disruptive Leaders." Julie's work energizing urban-focused entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including CNN and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She serves on the nonprofit Boards of Tumml and Empower Work. Julie earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and BA from Stanford.

Aaron Jacobson

Partner, NEA

Aaron Jacobson is a Partner at NEA focused on investing in entrepreneurs seeking to build, scale and secure the next-generation of SaaS applications, big data platforms, and cloud infrastructure. He serves on the board of Tigera and illusive networks, and is an observer at NGINX, Streamsets, Move Guides, Mimosa Networks, Juvo, and Built Robotics. He has also worked closely with many other NEA portfolio companies including Box (NYSE:Box), Databricks, MapR, UnifyID, Bloom Energy, and Coursera. In 2016 he was named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” in Venture Capital and the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s "40 Under 40”. Prior to joining NEA, Aaron spent two years at Qatalyst Partners in San Francisco. At Qatalyst, Aaron worked as an Analyst engaged in various M&A transactions, which included the sale of PopCap Games to Electronic Arts, the sale of Riot Games to Tencent, the strategic investment in Go Daddy from KKR / Silver Lake / TCV, the sale of Palm to HP, and Conexant's sale to Golden Gate Capital, among others. Aaron graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Electrical Engineering, and carried a minor in Math.

Kevin Delaney

Editor in Chief & Co-President, Quartz

Kevin J. Delaney (@kevinjdelaney) is editor in chief and co-president of Quartz. Previously, he was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, which included postings in Paris and San Francisco. He was named managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal. He is a graduate of Yale University, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was the Hearst digital media professional-in-residence at Columbia University for 2014-15.

Ryan Carson

Founder & CEO, Treehouse

Ryan Carson is the CEO & Founder of Treehouse, an online technology school with more than 80,000 enrolled students and 850,000 students taught in the past 8 years of operation. Treehouse takes people from zero experience to job-ready in as little as six months. He also founded Carsonified and DropSend. He is driven not only to succeed, but to help everyone around him succeed as well. With his tremendously effective work/life balance, Ryan steers the company ship while making family time and his health a high priority. He is a leader and a champion of self-directed learning, inspiring others to take the helm of their own education. He is also an advocate and pioneer for equity, diversity and inclusion within the tech industry. Ryan was born in 1977 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with a degree in Computer Science. He then moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a bit of adventure and fun and ended up meeting Gillian, getting married and having two wonderful boys. He and his family now live in Portland, Oregon.

Graham Brown

Partner, Lerer Hippeau

Graham is a Partner at Lerer Hippeau. He came from SoftBank Capital, where he focused on early stage investments in mobile and web companies, with a particular interest in marketplaces. He previously worked as an associate at Polaris Partners and helped lead digital strategy at preventive health company Life Line Screening. He studied philosophy at Colby College and later earned his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Julie Knight

CMO, MOVE Guides

Julie Knight-Ludvigson, the Chief Marketing Officer at MOVE Guides, brings over a decade of experience building world-class marketing organizations and helping companies to accelerate their go-to-market strategies. Prior to joining MOVE Guides, she was the CMO at Reflektive, a provider of real-time performance management solutions sold to HR leaders for use across their workforces. She's held positions leading Global Enterprise Marketing at Zendesk and WW Program Marketing at SAP, where she saw all manner of integrated marketing activities for the company. Julie joined SAP through the SuccessFactors acquisition, where she led Global Marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and has participated in Columbia University’s executive education program.

Vin Clancy

Founder, vinclancy.com

Growth hacking's "enfant terrible", Vin Clancy is one of the most infamous marketers in the world, known for his cutting-edge growth hacks and genius business ideas. His growth hacking book raised over $100,000 in pre-orders, which he supported with a 100-date speaking tour in ten countries around the world. He has spoken in nearly 40 different cities in ten different countries. He has been featured in publications like Fortune (which featured him recently), The Daily Telegraph, The New Statesman, Wired, Vice, Inc., and many more, and coaches founders to growth hack their own businesses. His talks at conferences and events around the world focus on marketing, sales, social media, and writing. His "growth hacking in real time" talk was voted best talk at SXSW V2V in Las Vegas. He founded the online magazines Planetivy.com & screenrobot.com, which received nearly 20 million pageviews with zero marketing spend, while content he has overseen for other clients has received over 150 million page views so far. His current online magazine is a Facebook group, Traffic and Copy, which has 21,000 members, high daily engagement and contributions from thousands of entrepreneurs. Right now Vincent teaches company founders and marketing managers how to grow their companies through a combination of rapid social media growth, and guerrilla community management tactics, in his private coaching groups, and through consulting with Marketing executives.

Charlie O'Donnell

Founder & Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Charlie O'Donnell 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, The Wing, Orchard Platform, Tinybop, Hungryroot, Clubhouse, Ringly, and goTenna among others. Working in venture capital since 2001, he apprenticed his way through the asset class with analyst roles on the original Union Square Ventures team as well as at the General Motors pension fund--a long time limited partner in many top tier funds. At First Round Capital, he sourced the firm's investments in Singleplatform (sold to Constant Contact) and GroupMe (sold to Skype). Charlie discovered GroupMe at the Techcrunch hackathon where the service had been built. He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), chloe + isabel, and Refinery29. Charlie bikes to work, has done ten triathlons, four marathons, and runs the kayaking program in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The longest he has consecutively been outside of the five boroughs of New York City is three weeks. Twitter/Instagram: @ceonyc

Reggie Bradford

Senior Vice President, Oracle, Startup Ecosystem & Accelerator

Reggie Bradford brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as Senior Vice President, Startup Ecosystem & Accelerator at Oracle. In his current role, he is focused on driving Oracle’s global startup initiatives and leading the expansion of its Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator program, as well as championing Oracle’s vision to become the global leader in Cloud Computing. He also serves as a thought leader speaking and writing about Entrepreneurism, Cloud, Internet of Things, Globalization, Data Visualization, Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies. Prior to joining Oracle, Bradford was the founder and CEO of Vitrue, the global leader in cloud-based social marketing and management. Vitrue was acquired by Oracle in May 2012 and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle. Prior to Vitrue, Bradford held executive management positions at TANDBERG Television, N2 Broadband, and WebMD. Over the course of his career, Bradford has received a number of industry accolades recognizing his success as an entrepreneur and Internet visionary, including Business Insider’s 2014 Most Influential People in Cloud Computing; Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Award in 2013; Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012. Bradford currently serves on the board of directors of Integrate, a cloud-based marketing and media services provider; Mana Health, a healthcare technology startup which helps physicians glean trends from patient medical record data; and Persado, a marketing technology startup which provides marketers with an automated copywriting software that generates persuasive language to their target audience. Bradford received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Emory University. He serves on numerous advisory boards including Felix Capital of London. Bradford resides in London with his wife Holly and their children.

Greg Marsh

Founder & CEO, KeyMe

Greg is the Founder & CEO of KeyMe, a New York based start-up disrupting the locksmith services industry with robotics and artificial intelligence (www.key.me). Before KeyMe, Greg was the Director of Finance for Aperia Technologies – a hardware technology company revolutionizing the commercial trucking industry (www.aperiatech.com). Before start-ups, Greg worked in finance. He attended Columbia Business School and is a CFA charterholder.

Justin Wu

Head of Growth, CoinCircle

Justin Wu is an Information Architect and Growth Marketer for Blockchain companies. He has collaborated with Wall Street Journal, CES, NASDAQ and been sponsored by Samsung, Intel, and New Balance. In the past, he has founded several companies such as Sidevision (Invested by Warner Bros), and Vytmn.com, a marketing tech company where he lead growth to $1M revenue in its first year.

Marissa Evans Alden

Co-Founder & CEO, Sawyer

Marissa Evans Alden is a seasoned technology entrepreneur and founder with more than a decade in the space. She currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Sawyer, which connects children, parents, and providers of the best enriching childhood experiences through a suite of industry-leading technology solutions with a goal to ensure every child has the opportunity to discover their own love of learning.
Prior to starting Sawyer, Marissa founded the consumer fashion application Go Try It On. After being acquired in 2014, Marissa lead the Growth Team at Rent the Runway until starting Sawyer. She holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband Ben and their newborn daughter Blake.

Josh Fetcher

Co-Founder & CEO, BAMF Media

Josh is the co-founder and CEO of BAMF Media. He's the former growth evangelist for Autopilot (top 10 fastest growing SaaS company) and head of growth for GrowthX, a 50-mil VC firm. He has over 200 million views on his writing. Most notably, he originated the short-form storytelling on LinkedIn as recognized by BuzzFeed, Reuters, and Forbes. He also runs one of the largest founder communities online with over 18,000 members and launched a #1 book on Product Hunt.

Nitin Gaur

Director of Blockchain Labs, IBM

Nitin Gaur, currently serves as Director of IBM Blockchain Labs - serving to device industry standards, use cases and working towards making blockchain for enterprise a reality. Prior to this role he was working in capacity of CTO, IBM Mobile Payments and Enterprise Mobile Solutions. Nitin  lead the Application Infrastructure Portfolio of IBM Middleware before taking on MobileFirst Solution portfolio. In his 17 years with IBM he has achieved various industry-recognized certifications. As a technical leader Nitin has been involved in many enterprise project implementations and technical paper presentations  at internal and external conferences . The range of the topics presented by him span from software architectures to improvement of management processes. Nitin, has been focused on staying close to customer  and providing IBM clients with Solution to realize Digital Strategy with IBM Bluemix and  IBM MobileFirst Portfolio. 
Nitin holds MS in Management Information systems and MBA in Finance from University of Maryland. Nitin is also appointed as an IBM Distinguished Engineer.

Rajia Abdelaziz

Founder & CEO, invisaWear

Rajia Abdelaziz holds a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Rajia is currently the co-founder and CEO of invisaWear Technologies. invisaWear creates smart jewelry and accessories that allow users to instantly alert friends, family, and police during an emergency. In college, she interned at Amazon Robotics where she was first introduced to programming wearable devices. After graduating, Rajia declined multiple prestigious job opportunities to start invisaWear. Since starting the company a year and half ago, invisaWear has been featured in many newspapers, news stations and magazines, they were named one of the top ten startups to watch in the Boston area, were accepted into MassChallenge (one of the top accelerators in the world), they finalized product development, and they just recently began accepting pre-orders on Indiegogo. Since launching on Indiegogo two weeks ago, the company has already raised over $30k. In the rare occasions when Rajia’s not working, she's usually watching movies or swimming.

Kara Dake

VP of Growth & Partnerships, CleverTap

Kara Dake, VP of Growth & Partnerships at CleverTap, is a specialist in mobile user engagement and retention with extensive professional experience encompassing growth marketing, strategic partnerships, business development and finance. An active supporter of the technology ecosystem and advocate for women in mobile and digital, she is a member of the Global Panels & Partnerships Committee of Women in Wireless, an organization dedicated to connecting and empowering female leaders throughout the industry. Kara began her career as a financial analyst on Wall Street and holds an MBA from NYU.

Adam Singer

Analytics Advocate, Google

Adam Singer is Analytics Advocate at Google, a marketing and tech industry speaker, startup adviser and blogger. He previously was digital director for a 300+ person global consulting team and over the course of his career has provided online marketing strategy for B2B & B2C brands in a variety of industries including marketing technology, healthcare, manufacturing, advertising/subscription-based web startups, and much in between. Singer and his campaigns have been cited by top media outlets such as TechCrunch, AdWeek, NY Times and more for creative use of digital marketing and PR.

Agenda

Wednesday, October 3rd

8:30 am

Main Stage

9:00 am

Exhibition Hall

10:30 am

Startup Pitches

12:00 pm

Roundtables

6:00 pm

Networking Pub Crawls

6:30 pm

VIP Gala

Thursday, October 4th

8:30 am

Main Stage

9:00 am

Exhibition Hall

10:30 am

Startup Pitches

12:00 pm

Roundtables

6:00 pm

Networking Pub Crawls

6:30 pm

VIP Gala

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Venue

Ascent 2018 will be held at Pier 36, 299 South Street, Manhattan

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    • Topics vary depending on moderator
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  • Access to all stage content
  • Access to intimate roundtable discussions
    • Small groups. Maximum 10 seats
    • Hosted by a wide array of industry experts, investors, advisors, and growth hackers
    • Topics vary depending on moderator
  • Access to Interactive Workshops
  • Access to Meet the VC breakout sessions
    • Small group Q&A with veteran VCs
  • Access to Exhibition Hall
  • Access to After Party and 10+ late night networking events
  • Access to full attendee list & ability to contact attendees via Eventbrite Mobile App
  • Access to discounted hotel rooms in NYC
  • Pass provides access to Ascent for both days

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  • Access to all stage content
  • Access to intimate roundtable discussions
    • Small groups. Maximum 10 seats
    • Hosted by a wide array of industry experts, investors, advisors, and growth hackers
    • Topics vary depending on moderator
  • Access to Interactive Workshops
  • Access to Meet the VC breakout sessions
    • Small group Q&A with veteran VCs
  • Access to Exhibition Hall
  • Access to After Party and 10+ late night networking events
  • Access to full attendee list & ability to contact attendees via Eventbrite Mobile App
  • Access to discounted hotel rooms in NYC
  • Pass provides access to Ascent for both days

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$3500

 

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  • Desk-style seating at VIP area at Main Stage (front three rows)
  • Access to VIP Speaker Lounge
    • Located behind Main Stage
    • Refreshments & meals provided
  • Access to two exclusive VIP Gala events (one each night)
    • Speaker Dinner
    • Startup Dinner
  • Access to intimate roundtable discussions
    • Small groups. Maximum 10 seats
    • Hosted by a wide array of industry experts, investors, advisors, and growth hackers
    • Topics vary depending on moderator
  • Access to Interactive Workshops
  • Access to Meet the VC breakout sessions
    • Small group Q&A with veteran VCs
  • Access to Exhibition Hall
  • Access to After Party and 10+ late night networking events
  • Access to full attendee list & ability to contact attendees via Eventbrite Mobile App
  • Access to discounted hotel rooms in NYC
  • Pass provides access to Ascent for both days

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