New York 2012

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At CapitalOnStage top-tier investors present themselves to Europe’s finest startups. As a Startup, you gain better insights into the way investors look at your market and which investors might be interested (and suitable!) for their company.

Capital On Stage New York took place in the New York Times building at law firm Goodwin Procter on Friday November 9, 2012.

3 minute Video Summary of Capital On Stage New York 2012:

Capital On Stage New York 2012 Video Compilation


A wide variety of investors attend CapitalOnStage, ranging from to seed investors and well-known Venture Capitalists. All Startups that attend the conference have been hand-picked and can only join if they work on scalable web/tech businesses and are a (co)founder or CEO.

David Teten
ff Venture Capital

David Aronoff
Flybridge Capital Partners

Charlie O’Donnell
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Andrew Cleland
Comcast Ventures

Jason Port
Early Stage Investor

Brad Svrluga
High Peaks Venture Partners

Lauren Maillian Bias
Gen Y Capital Partners

Gary Kurtzman
Safeguard Scientifics

Harry DeMott
Raptor Ventures

Raju Rishi
Sigma Prime Ventures

Lucas Nelson
DFJ Gotham

Jo Ann Corkran
Golden Seeds

Steve Berg
RTP Ventures

Thomas Wisniewski
New York Angels

Jahan Ali
The New York City Investment Fund

Patrick Eggen
Qualcomm Ventures

Evan Nisselson
LDV Capital

Ellie Wheeler
Greycroft Partners

Charlie Kemper
Revel Partners

Yanev Suissa

Program & open office hours

  • November 9, 2012
    • 9:00 am – 12:00 pmOpen Office HoursBook private 15-minutes slots with the investors of your choice
    • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pmDoors openLate Lunch
    • 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Opening words by Arjen Strijker
    • 2:15 pm – 2:45 pmKeynote 1: A Very Real Mock NegotiationWatch how a Serial Entrepreneur (Dane Atkinson) negotiates with a VC (Brad Svrluga – High Peaks Ventures)
    • 2:45 pm – 3:15 pmCapital On Stage Round 1Five Investor Presentations
    • 3:15 pm – 3:25 pmStartups in the Spotlight
    • 3:25 pm – 3:55 pmCapital On Stage Round 2Five Investor presentations
    • 3:55 pm – 4:30 pmCoffee break
    • 4:30 pm – 5:00 pmKeynote 2: by Shafqat Islam
    • How to Raise Venture Capital without a Pitch Deck and how he raised nearly USD 5M for his company NewsCred

    • 5:00 pm – 5:30 pmCapital On Stage Round 3Five Investor presentations
    • 5:30 pm – 5:40 pmStartups in the spotlight
    • 5:40 pm – 6:10 pmCapital On Stage Round 4Five Investor presentations
    • 6:10 pm – 6:30 pmCapital On Stage WinnersWinning 4 VC’s announcement & Final VC Panel Session
    • 6:30 pm – 6:45 pmFinal words
    • 6:45 pm – 8:30 pmFood & drinks


Matt Witheiler (Flybridge Capital), Urs Haeusler (, Arjen Strijker (Capital On Stage)


  • David Teten - ff Venture Capital

    David Teten – ff Venture Capital 

    David Teten ( is a serial entrepreneur, Partner with ff Venture Capital, and Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York. ff VC has made over 180 investments in over 70 companies since 1999. HBS Alumni Angels of NY is the second-largest angel network in New York. David led the first-ever study of best practices of venture capital and private equity funds in originating new deal...
  • David Aronoff - Flybridge Capital Partners

    David Aronoff – Flybridge Capital Partners 

    David is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and experience include the semiconductor, internet & mobile infrastructure, data center, video and digital media sectors. David currently manages the firm's New York City office and sits on the boards Flybridge portfolio companies Calxeda, Crashlytics, Immedia Semiconductor, and Sand9.  He is also a board observ...
  • KEYNOTE: Charlie O'Donnell - Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

    KEYNOTE: Charlie O’Donnell – Brooklyn Bridge Ventures 

    Charlie has been an active member of the NYC venture capital and startup community for ten years in roles ranging from institutional fund investor to venture capitalist to entrepreneur--with a little product management in between.  He has venture experience at two of the top venture capital firms in the country, Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital, and sourced First Round's Investment in GroupMe, which sold to Skype in 2011. The investments he sourced at First Round Capital also include Refinery29, ...
  • Andrew Cleland - Comcast Ventures

    Andrew Cleland – Comcast Ventures 

    Andrew sources, evaluates, and executes consumer Internet deals for Comcast Ventures, particularly in the areas of digital media, ad technology, games and education. Before Comcast Ventures Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Andrew was managing director of Time Warner Investments. Before that, he was the COO of TrustTheDJ, a London-based music start-up. Andrew started his career in Booz Allen & Hamilton’s media practice. Education Andrew holds a master’s degree in Economics with highest distinction from Edinburgh University and received his M.B.A. ...
  • Jason Port - Early Stage Investor

    Jason Port – Early Stage Investor 

    Jason is a visionary entrepreneur and angel investor and will be participating as one of the investors on stage. Jason has been investing, advising and working with high-growth startups for more than 15 years. Jason was an early employee at as it grew rapidly and was acquired by CBS. He was the initial investor in and is actively involved as a board member. Jason has also been an early investor and/or advisor with VirginChar...
  • Brad Svrluga - High Peaks Venture Partners

    Brad Svrluga – High Peaks Venture Partners 

    Brad is co-founder and General Partner at High Peaks. He has been a venture investor since the bubble days of the late 1990s, starting his investing career with The Berkshires Capital Investors, the original fund in the Village Ventures Network. Prior to BCI, he was a strategy consultant with Monitor Group, leading projects out of the firm’s Cambridge, South Africa, and Brazil offices. Brad focuses his investing activities on web services and digital media. At High Peaks, he has led the firm’s successfully exited investments in Pump Audio (sold to Getty Images), Thread...
  • Lauren Maillian Bias - Gen Y Capital Partners

    Lauren Maillian Bias – Gen Y Capital Partners 

    Lauren Maillian Bias is a serial entrepreneur; she is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding, a strategic marketing and branding company, and is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies. At age 19, Lauren founded Sugarleaf Vineyards, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. Lauren is a marketer at heart and a large supporter of entrepreneurship. She has judged both the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) business plan competition and Sta...
  • Gary Kurtzman - Safeguard Scientifics

    Gary Kurtzman – Safeguard Scientifics 

    Gary is a Managing Director of Life sciences at Safeguard. He identifies, deploys capital in and supports emerging life sciences companies. Gary has more than 25 years of experience in operations and investments, leveraging his medical expertise to enable businesses to enhance their products and grow their services, as well as to discover new partnering potential in developing entrepreneurial companies. Gary targets companies with solutions that address the high cost of medical care, and safer and more effective treatments. Gary is a board member of Safeguard partner c...
  • Harry DeMott - Raptor Ventures

    Harry DeMott – Raptor Ventures 

    Harry is Managing Director at Raptor Ventures. He's a long time analyst and investor in media and new media and has invested across the capital structure, from cradle to grave (early stage VC to distressed debt). As a media guy - Harry believes the opportunities lie in new media disruptors and their intersection with traditional media companies - so his focus to a large degree is in this area. Before joining Raptor in February 2011, Harry was at Knighthead Capital Management. In 2005, Harry moved to King Street Capital Management – a large distressed debt firm where he continued to cover me...
  • Raju Rishi - Sigma Prime Ventures

    Raju Rishi – Sigma Prime Ventures 

    Raju has 20+ years experience as a technology entrepreneur and executive to help early stage companies become leading businesses.  Raju joined Sigma in 2012 as a Venture Partner, and brings expertise across a wide-range of disciplines including mobility, SaaS, consumer & enterprise software, and telecom.  Over the course of his career, Raju has founded two companies, held executive leadership positions at both early stage companies and Fortune 50 companies, and served as a strategic advisor to numerous startups. Prior to joining Sigma, Raju co-founded and held the positions of COO and C...
  • Lucas Nelson - DFJ Gotham

    Lucas Nelson – DFJ Gotham 

    Lucas is an Associate at DFJ Gotham. He's a veteran of 2 startups over 8 years -- both acquired, one by DoubleClick for 20M and another by Symantec for 40M. Lucas has a deep background in computer security –with a published book on the subject- as well as, privacy, SaaS, and cloud computing. He likes to focus on early stage companies that can leverage the commodity application stack and cloud services to create significant companies in a highly capital efficient manner. Before DJF Gotham, Lucas was a ...
  • Jo Ann Corkran - Golden Seeds

    Jo Ann Corkran – Golden Seeds 

    Jo Ann Corkran, is the lead partner of Golden Seeds Fund 2. Golden Seeds Fund 2 LP is a vintage 2011 fund with $26.5million in committed capital. It's an investment firm dedicated to delivering above market returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and the people who invest in them. Prior to joining Golden Seeds, Jo Ann spent the majority of her 20 plus year Wall Street career at Credit Suisse, and also worked at Morgan Stanley Asset Management and First Boston. She started her career as a Consulting Actuary in th...
  • Steve Berg - RTP Ventures

    Steve Berg – RTP Ventures 

    Steve Berg is a financial and strategy analyst for RTP Ventures. Steve is focused on driving a methodical approach to the RTP investment decision making process. His investment background is in datacenter technologies with experience in both public acquisitions and private strategic investments. Steve has spent the majority of his nearly 20 year career in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street. Most recently he was Principal and lead consultant of Steven Berg LLC, a consultancy he founded, focused on corporate finance activities of small and medium sized technology companies. Prior to this Steve...
  • Thomas Wisniewski - New York Angels

    Thomas Wisniewski – New York Angels 

    Tom is an active early stage technology investor and co-manager RosePaul Investments, a family office.  He serves as an advisor to start-ups and growth-stage companies, as well as to venture capital and private equity funds.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for New York Angels, an early stage investment group, and a board member and advisor to a number of early stage technology companies. Prior to focusing on technology investing full-time, Tom was a Partner at the management consulting firm Baldwin Bell Green (BBG) where he focused on Financial Services, Technology and Private Equ...
  • Jahan Ali - The New York City Investment Fund

    Jahan Ali – The New York City Investment Fund 

    Jahan is Senior Vice President at the Partnership for New York City Fund and manages the Fund’s investments in the health care sector, including the BioAccelerate NYC Prize competition (, and the NY digital health accelerator (NYDHA). . Prior to joining Partnership Fund, Jahan ran her own technology commercialization consulting business, where she worked with entrepreneurs and not for profit organizations, including the International...
  • Andy Hunt - HighLand Capital Partners

    Andy Hunt – HighLand Capital Partners 

    Andy Hunt is a Principal at Highland. He focuses primarily on the internet and digital media sectors in New York and Boston. Andy currently is actively involved with Highland's investments in Bullhorn, Dailybreak,Gemvara, NameMedia, OpenSky, Pixable an...
  • Patrick Eggen - Qualcomm Ventures

    Patrick Eggen – Qualcomm Ventures 

    Patrick is a Director at Qualcomm Ventures and based in San Francisco.  He also oversees QCV’s Seed program, focused on very early stage opportunities.   Additionally, he serves as the group lead for investment opportunities in the mobile software and services sector.   Prior to joining Qualcomm, he worked for Salomon Smith Barney’s Investment Banking unit in their Chicago, London and Hong Kong offices. He was a member of their Global Telecommunications team, involved in both M&A advisory roles and capital-raising transactions.  Patrick has an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate Sc...
  • Evan Nisselson - LDV Capital

    Evan Nisselson – LDV Capital 

    Evan Nisselson invests in early stage companies via LDV Capital. He is a serial entrepreneur and digital media expert for over 17 years from Silicon Valley, to NYC and Europe. Investing in people around the world who leverage technology to entertain, increase efficiency, and solve problems. Focus: Digital imaging/video from 'Capture to Smile," B-B SaaS and Mobile Platforms. Especially technology focused projects across the whole imaging/video spectrum from wearable cameras, facial recognition, automagic editing software, visual search, imaging enabled commerce, machine vision, robotic imagi...
  • Ellie Wheeler - Greycroft Partners

    Ellie Wheeler – Greycroft Partners 

    Ellie Wheeler is a Senior Associate with Greycroft Partners and is a member of the New York office. Her responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and working with existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Greycroft, Wheeler worked in a similar role during business school evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital with investor Chris Sacca. Before working with Lowercase, Wheeler worked at Cisco in Corporate Development doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the communications, collaboration, and video verticals. Wheeler...
  • Charlie Kemper - Revel Partners

    Charlie Kemper – Revel Partners 

    Charlie is a Founding Partner at Revel Partners, an early-expansion stage venture firm, and a Co-Founder & General Partner at ER Accelerator, a leading NYC-born seed-stage investment program. Previously, Charlie was a Principal with Steelpoint Capital Partners, a media & technology growth equity firm he joined in 2005. While at Steelpoint, he led or participated in numerous successful investments in the media & communications fields including AdSpace Networks, Atempo, Boingo Wirless (IPO), Jitterbug, PacStar Communications, PrivaSys, Promptu, SeaMobile, Topica, WMI Media Solutio...
  • Goodwin Procter

    Goodwin Procter 

    Goodwin Procter LLP is a national law firm with a growing international presence. Goodwin Procter is dedicated to helping clients manage risk, maximize opportunities and move their business forward. Our attorneys are nimble, creative and pragmatic, working tenaciously to protect and promote our clients' interests in the United States and around the world. Book a slot during the Open Office Hours to ask questions and get legal advice. Company website
  • Silicon Valley Bank

    Silicon Valley Bank 

    Banking the world's most innovative companies and exclusive wineries, our diverse financial services, knowledge, global network, and world class service increase our clients' probability of success. Book a slot during the Open Office Hours to talk about finances. Company Website
  • KPMG


      KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm, operates from 87 offices with more than 23,000 employees and partners throughout the U.S. Their purpose is to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of clients, people, and the capital markets. Company Website
  • Yanev Suissa - NEA

    Yanev Suissa – NEA 

    Yanev joined NEA officially in 2010, having worked with the firm since 2009. He currently works with the boards of Solidfire, Bridge International Academies, Bandgap Engineering, and Boulder Wind Power for NEA.  In the tech space, Yanev focuses on earlier stage investments, including enterprise and cloud solutions, digital media, and consumer technologies. In the energy space, Yanev focuses on both supply and demand side solutions across all renewable technologies while simultaneously providing regular advice to energy companies within NEA’s portfolio. Prior to joining NEA, Yanev was a Seni...