VC Perspective

Joanne Wilson (Gotham Gal), Mo Koyfman (Spark Capital)
Keynote
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Joanne Wilson and Mo Koyfman discuss the VC perspective and introduce the Startup Showcase.

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Joanne Wilson

Gotham Gal

Joanne has had several careers starting out as a buyer at Macys to running a company in the rag trade eventually leading to spearheading sales for a start-up magazine/e-zine/events company called Silicon Alley Reporter. On to the non-profit world where she chaired MOUSE (Making Opportunities in Upgrading Schools in Education) an organization focused on technology in inner-city schools. She has sat on a number of profit and non-profit boards and has been involved with a variety of real estate transactions from beginning to end.

Joanne has been blogging since 1994 under the name Gotham Gal. She is involved with the start-up community as an angel investor and adviser. She has been a champion of women in tech by starting and co-chairing the Women’s Entrepreneurial Festival with the ITP division of NYU. Many of the companies she is working with are owned or started by women. The tech companies are Food52, Catchafire, Dailyworth, Editd, Editions 01, Nest.io, Red Stamp, Curbed (Eater/Racked) as well as Ricks Picks, Gotham Gym, The Moon Group and Cacao Pietro. She also sits on the board of Hot Bread Kitchen and the Highline.

Her most successful venture is being married to her best friend, Fred and raising her three kids, Jessica, Emily and Josh.

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Mo Koyfman

Spark Capital

Mo Koyfman is a Principal at Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm focused on disruptive investments in the media and technology industries. Prior to joining Spark, Mr. Koyfman spent six years at IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) in a variety of strategic, transactional and operational roles. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Connected Ventures, parent of CollegeHumor.com, BustedTees.com and Vimeo.com, and previously held the roles of Vice President of Programming and Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Koyfman began his career as an investment banker at Bear Stearns where he focused on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. Mr. Koyfman joined Bear Stearns after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School with a concentration in Finance and a B.A. in English from The College of Arts & Sciences.

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  • IBT
  • Litle & CO
  • Plimus
  • Quest Software
  • Research In Motion
  • SoftLayer
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