Sam Gaer

Sam Gaer is the founder, CEO, and CIO of Katana Financial LLC, a quantitative investment manager with a focus on cryptocurrency and volatility strategies. He is also the owner of Locust Walk Trading LLC, a financial markets software development firm which he founded in 2013.  Mr. Gaer has held numerous executive leadership positions in the financial industry. From 2010 to 2012, he served as CIO and executive vice president of the Financial Regulatory Authority Inc. (“FINRA”) where he was responsible for all aspects of technology and information services of the nation’s largest financial markets regulator.  From 2008 to 2010, he founded Tragara Alpha Partners LLC, a high frequency energy arbitrage proprietary trading firm. From 2003 to 2008, he was employed by the New York Mercantile Exchange (“NYMEX”), where he held the titles of CIO, CEO of NYMEX Europe, and concluded his service as the firm’s Executive Vice President (“EVP/COO”).  During his tenure at NYMEX, he was instrumental in its transformation to electronic trading, as well as its historic IPO and the eventual $13 billion sale to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 2008. Prior to NYMEX, Mr. Gaer was the founder and CEO of TradinGear.com Inc., a software development firm whose assets were acquired by NYMEX in 2003.  Mr. Gaer started his career on the trading floor of the Commodities Exchange Inc. (“COMEX”) at the age of 15.  In 1988, at the age of 21, he became COMEX’s youngest members and presently continues to be a seat holder.  He has been a member of the CFTC Technology Advisory Committee and has served as the Global Vice Chair of the FIX Protocol Derivatives Committee. Mr. Gaer holds two technology patents and has been the recipient of numerous industry awards including twice being named to CIO Magazine’s “CIO 100” list.

Dina Ellis Rochkind

Dina Ellis Rochkind is Counsel in the Paul Hastings Government Affairs practice and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on representing clients before Members of Congress on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch. Ms. Rochkind represents clients in matters involving regulatory initiatives, policymaking and legislation, and enforcement actions. Ms. Rochkind’s legislative experience allows her to advise her clients on the latest client initiatives, from starting a business to crowdsourcing; bitcoin ($bitcoin); and blockchain technologies. She is frequently called on to deliver presentations on complex issues of public policy to professional, trade, startups, hedge funds, private equity and political groups nationwide. Ms. Rochkind also gives strategic advice and assists with due diligence in terms of legislative/regulatory risk. She also serves on boards, including advisory boards for startups. Ms. Rochkind has over 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill, lobbying, and working for the Executive Branch. Prior to joining Paul Hastings, she served as Washington Director in the office of Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO). Other Capitol Hill experience includes serving as senior staff for various Congressional Committees and for Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA). Ms. Rochkind also served in the George W. Bush Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Treasury Department. She has been involved in drafting major pieces of legislation over the last two decades, including: the 2005 bankruptcy reform legislation, the FACT Act, E-Sign, Check 21, Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and, most recently, the comprehensive and bipartisan JOBS Act, for which she was the lead staffer in the Senate.
 

Ms. Rochkind has worked across party lines on both sides of the aisle to achieve key legislative successes and has a reputation for “getting things done” in Washington. She is also experienced in crisis management. During the auto industry crisis, Ms. Rochkind led the lobby to rescue Chrysler and handled the consequences and fallout from its bankruptcy. She has led legislative advocacy on behalf of major corporate entities and advised congressional leaders on issues such as banking, bankruptcy, insurance, other financial services, and economic development.

 

Prior to leading Rep. Coffman’s office, Ms. Rochkind served as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for a leading mortgage lending company.

 

Ms. Rochkind is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.

Stephen Forte

Stephen Forte is a Managing Partner of Fresco Capital, a Silicon Valley and Asia based VC Fund. Prior to Fresco, Stephen was Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor of developer and team productivity tools and acquired by Progress Software in 2014. At Telerik Stephen oversaw international expansion, partnerships, and corporate development. Previously, he founded and operated the Mach5 accelerator in Silicon Valley, AcceleratorHK, Hong Kong’s first startup accelerator, and the Laudato Si’ Challenge Accelerator, the Vatican’s first accelerator.

 

Stephen was the co-founder of several startups, including Chassis Finder (acquired in 2012), Triton Works (acquired in 2010) and Corzen (acquired in 2007). Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the first CTO of venture backed Zagat Survey in New York City (acquired in 2011) and also was co-founder of the New York-based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group.

 

Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York, did post grad work at London School of Economics and has written several books on application and database development. An avid mountain climber, he leads an annual charity fundraising trek in the Mt. Everest region.

 

Stephen has been an avid crypto supporter for over 10 years and was lucky enough to buy some Bitcoin back in 2012, but dumb enough to sell most of it in 2019. After investing in several blockchain companies, Stephen took the lead of an open source “Fresco ICO Playbook for Portfolio Companies” back in 2017. https://stephenforte.github.io/FrescoICOPlaybook/Fresco

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Paul C. Daniel II

Paul C. Daniel II is a former Division 1 student-athlete at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the sport of football. While attending University, Paul majored in Kinesiology with a minor in Business.

 

After playing two seasons at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Paul took a leave of absence to pursue a career in international trade and product launch.

 

After much success within the trade of different commodities originating from South-East Asia to Europe, Paul has built an extensive Rolodex of global relationships.

 

Paul serves as the Co-Founder/CEO of Plugd, LLC, creating the world’s largest PDOOH Green EV Network; Founder/CEO of P.C. Daniel, Holdings; Vice President of P.C. Daniel, Inc., a

35-year-old medical distribution company supplying disruptive healthcare technologies around the globe; and Co-Founder/ President of Regenerative Medicine Centers of America (RMCA), utilizing board-certified physicians administering cutting edge regenerative therapeutics.

 

Today, Paul has a strong passion for progressive futuristic technologies, revolutionary healthcare therapeutics, and business structuring.

Amit Rathore

In 2008, Amit designed and ran a large scale AI called Runa, which was an “Amazon-AI -as-a-Service” for all online  retailers  of  all  sizes.  By  the  time  Runa was acquired by Staples in 2013, it was powering eBay, Groupon, Staples, and many others around the world. Amit was appointed VP Global e-Commerce and was tasked with applying AI across $20B+ of annual sales.

In fall of 2014, Amit left to start Quintype, another large scale AI that powers the likes of Fortune and Bloomberg. Today it powers billions of monthly page views and social interactions across the Internet, and is projected to cross 500M shoppers in 2021, on the way to 2B monthly visitors by 2024.

In early 2019, Amit started AwakeVC, or Awakened Value Co-creation, a tech-enabled PE firm based on the design of a new unique AI innovation called Opentangle, which creates the largest arbitrage opportunity on the Internet, in every industry that leverages commissions-driven sales. Awake harnesses this energy by manifesting an ecosystem of interconnected platforms for the future of work, life, and play, enabling modern consumption – a $100T market globally.

All of “Big Tech” has been built on top of the fact that no one can track attribution across internet platforms. A handful of such companies are now worth multiple trillions of dollars. When you suddenly change the very underlying assumptions, it produces an incredible opportunity to create (and lose) wealth.

Shoptype applies this new approach to seeing attribution of creators and influencers across all platforms of the internet, thereby turning the whole online multiverse into a single interconnected free market, controlled programmatically by anyone who launches a network powered by Shoptype.

Opentangle is akin to a global secure neural network, representing quantum untangling of data and intelligence, giving rise to the possibility of knowledge, and to universal consciousness.

 

Awake and Opentangle represent a new paradigm of business models.

 

Amit is a LISPer and wrote Clojure in Action in 2011. During this time in 2012, Amit sold his first AI/ML business to a very famous American management consulting firm.

In his non-existent spare time, Amit is writing Beyond All Clouds, or How the Actual Internet was Rediscovered, and the iRealization books describing his process of meditation and awakening.

John Rowland

John Rowland is the president and co-founder of S²A Modular. A visionary with a passion for designing homes, hotels, and multi-family buildings to a new standard of sustainability– John’s career had focused on land entitlement, land development and development feasibility analysis. In most recent years, he has shifted to a primary focus of engineering the most advanced self-sufficient homes in the world – paving the way to his success in building the second  off-grid  Tesla Powerwall-powered   smart   home in the United States. Since 1997, John has kept his pulse on home buying and home building trends. During this time, he has designed and engineered projects, secured prime buildable land and developed custom residential projects throughout southern California. He has spent years perfecting the entitlement process now enhanced with the modular state approval process which streamlines S²A Modular’s processing abilities. This process can take 12 months of processing time and cut in half.

 

As president and cofounder, John takes and cultivates vendor and supplier relations to ensure S²A maintains the best pricing and product selection, as well as vetting and handling contract negotiations with sub-contractors. Because of the strong relationships created during this process it has allowed John to secure exclusive contracts with suppliers such as FreeVolt Solar from Poland, one of S²A’s key sustainability partners. John is never happy with off-the-shelf components, and in many cases, he challenges the top engineers in the world to build to his desired spec positioning S²A as industry leaders in sustainability and organic building materials.

 

With a steadfast focus on engineering and building the most energy-efficient, renewable-energy smart homes, hotels, and multi-family buildings both domestically and internationally, John works to change the way homes are built inside and out utilizing low voltage components and organic building materials while achieving not only a Net Zero energy rating John’s newest line of sustainable engineered homes are actually “Net Positive” a term like “GREENLUX” coined by the S²A Team. John is also focused on ensuring S²A Modular meets critical Environmental  Social Governance (ESG) standards as a company.

 

Born and raised in Orange, California, John embraced the art of home building at a young age, learning from his father who built spec homes in Southern California. Shaping his career as a real estate developer, John attributes his expertise, successes and work ethic to his father Marvin Rowland.

 

In 2002, John moved from Orange County to Murrieta to entitle and develop land in the Inland Empire while training his two daughters, Lauren and Ashley, to carry on his legacy. John is a licensed real estate Broker in the state of California, a Licensed GC in the state of California and the premier engineer for energy-efficient homes in the state.

Rishabh S. Mehta

A serial Techno-preneur with over 20+ years of global experience working with developed and developing ecosystems spanning sectors like AdTech, Media, IoT, Furniture & Retail, Automotive, Med Tech & Life sciences- Stem cells, Crypto-Block chain tech, Metaverse Web2.5-3.0, Clean tech – Renewable : EV Charging Infra, Energy, Water, etc. Specialization in IP & Technology Management, Commercialization, International Trade and Business Development, New Market Entry, Scaling up business, Fund Syndication etc. Have been instrumental in turning promising scientific ideas into useful products and companies. Passionate about creating a paradigm shift in how businesses work to solve pressing global challenges with limited resources and implementing high impact solutions to address humanity’s grand challenges. I am also actively involved with top Global Foundations in the field of disability, rehabilitation and providing education to underprivileged children in India.

 

Current Role: Founder & CEO – LOCAD Pte Ltd. | Co-Founder & Head of City Charging Infra & International Expansion – Sunfuel Electric Pvt. Ltd. | Chairman & Managing Director – Sector 6 Technologies LLP Board Member: Clensta International Private Ltd. | Plugd LLC USA | Illuminar Media Pvt. Ltd – LBB (Little Black Book)

 

Portfolio Companies: 20+ global startup portfolio companies. Successful exits from 10+ ventures.

Ian McFarland

Ian currently sits as CTO of Fruit Street, a digital health company with the goal having a social impact in public health technology. Prior to that, McFarland served as CTO of Pear Therapeutics, where he helped build digital therapeutics for a number of substance-use disorders, as well as the first piece of software ever cleared by the FDA to treat disease. Ian is an entrepreneur and technologist. He’s the Founder and Chairman of Neo, a leading global product innovation company. He has a long track record of identifying trends early: he started working on worldwide distributed Hypertext systems in 1989 with Ted Nelson at Autodesk, about the same time Tim Berners-Lee started working on the World Wide Web. At Wired Magazine in 1994 he was on the launch team of HotWired, the first significant commercial Web application. There he worked with Brian Behlendorf on patches to NCSA HTTP, what would eventually become Apache, the basis of the Apache Software Foundation. In 1995 he met James Gosling at a demo of the new programming language Java, and subsequently built the first client server application ever written in Java, a technology demo for Sun’s announcement of the language at SunWorld. In 2004 he joined Friendster as employee number 3 and Chief Architect, the company that created the phenomenon we know today as Social Networking.
 

In 2005 he joined Pivotal Labs, and as VP of Technology helped to build one of the most trusted brands in agile development consulting, and the first major consultancy to embrace Ruby on Rails. In 2009 he was part of the summit of design and technology leaders like Alan Cooper and Ward Cunningham that developed the integration of agile principals into design that would come to be known as Lean UX. In 2011, he left Pivotal Labs to join Digital Garage, a publicly traded Japanese company founded by Joi Ito, Director of the Media Lab at MIT, as Group CTO, and with the help of Eric Ries, author of the Lean Startup movement, to start building the consultancy he launched in 2012, Neo Innovation, Inc., of which he is Founder and Chairman. He’s helped to advise the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and 18F, and has been a mentor and speaker at various accelerator programs, including 500 Startups, Tech Stars; Haxlr8r and Highway1 (Hardware accelerators, in Shenzhen, China, and San Francisco, respectively); and IndieBio (Synthetic Biology accelerator in San Francisco). He is an author and frequent speaker on Entrepreneurship, Lean, Agile, UX and Cloud.

Phil Fogel

Phil Fogel is a blockchain and fintech entrepreneur, investor and operator. He is currently the Chief Blockchain Strategist at Flow Carbon, a New York-based startup using native web3 technology to make the voluntary carbon markets more transparent, efficient, and accessible. Phil has been working at the intersection of blockchain and impact for years. He jumped into the proof of stake space early as a founding member of the Bitcoin Green team (now Bitgreen), an impact-focused blockchain; founded Battlestar Capital to build out the staking ecosystem; and founded Corner3 Ventures to write seed and pre-seed checks into a number of pioneering off-and on-chain companies (including Parade, Oooh!, Purple Creator, Resonate, Toucan, Mutate, and Anima NFT). He received an MBA from Cornell University, a BBA from George Washington University, and attended Stuyvesant High School in NYC.

Dean DeLisle

Dean DeLisle is the Chief Revenue Officer for S²A Modular. In this role, Dean leads the execution the company’s corporate strategic plan, including the growth of different business verticals, customer segments, joint venture partnerships and communicating the company’s Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards to investors, partners and customers. As part of the CXO team, Dean works closely with all divisions to develop strategic plans designed to boost revenue streams. Throughout his career, Dean has served in an advisory role for five Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) including HALO Branded Solutions Inc. and General Growth Properties Inc., more than 14 Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Deals, and more than 50 private placement memorandums.

 

Dean also oversees Investor Relations (IR) and Investor Acquisition Marketing (IAM) programs to support factory expansion opportunities, as well as developers joining S2A Modular’s Factory Discount Program. Dean is also still the founder, majority shareholder, and an active board member of Forward Progress, a 20-year digital marketing company focusing on Investor Acquisition Marketing.

 

After three years with Merrill Lynch, starting in 1982, Dean opened his own technology firm which developed different ERP systems for several different corporate functions including shop floor control, inventory management, order processing, purchasing, and accounting systems.

 

Dean’s experience manufacturing ERP systems included working with extremely large Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) as a general contractor. He delivered cutting-edge ERP and contract lifecycle management systems for General Growth Properties and provided advisory services to Heitman and many others.

 

In 1994, Dean founded tech company Delcom Systems, provider of advanced telecommunication services. Delcom helped companies expand CRM operations to call center solutions for companies like such as Sears, Discover, Blue Cross, State Farm, Citi Corp and others. Dean is also an experienced licensed real estate broker and has provided marketing, sales support and training to real estate firms Keller Williams, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, OwnACondo.com, BankREOs.com and RealEstateAuctions.com.

 

Dean is a highly sought-after speaker who brings his expertise, enthusiasm and energetically drive to his popular B2B influencer-themed podcast, The Influence Factory. Dean’s recent book FIRST, The Street Guide to Digital Business Influence, contains a proven step-by-step formula for business professionals to fuel thought leadership and recognition in their industries.

Uma Sekar

Uma has a range of experience from working with women, children, and youth in urban slums and villages in India to developing evaluative tools for portfolio companies to measure social impact. She launched an advisory business and designed and implemented measurement frameworks, systems, and tools with Capria, which continues to contribute to the impact investing industry’s evolution. Her principal expertise is to strategically connect impact measurement to an organization’s vision. Uma’s experience in developing impact investment advisory products has influenced the strategies of emerging fund managers, non-profits, social enterprises, and venture capital funds. Uma recently founded Parenting Partners, a technology-based system to simplify and operationalize evolving parenting needs.

Claus Skaaning

PhD in computer science, Claus has worked as a researcher and technical lead for Hewlett-Packard, before founding his first company, Dezide, a software company with focus on Artificial Intelligence for diagnostics and troubleshooting. After heading Dezide as CEO for 12 years, Claus has both started and taken part in several successful ventures, with the latest being DigiShares, a FinTech tokenization software company with subsidiaries in both Europe and the US, specializing in the issuance and ongoing management of tokenized securities.

 

Whilst having a career as a serial entrepreneur, Claus has also devoted much time to help and guide student startups, developing and managing incubators, while being employed in the Aalborg University Innovation incubator, an incubator that helps around 80-100 startup companies every year. Claus is an experienced public speaker, writer, and published author, and has contributed chapters, knowledge, and insights to several books and publications on blockchain technology and the tokenization of assets. Claus has also taught several masterclasses on the tokenization of real assets, real estate, use cases for tokenization software and the tokenization ecosystem.

Nish Patel

Nish is a managing partner at Inertia Ventures, an early-stage NYC-based venture fund focused on PropTech and FinTech. In 2016, Nish helped launch one of the first quantitative hedge funds focused on applying machine learning high-frequency trading algorithms to crypto-assets. Nish has been involved in the origination, underwriting, structuring, placement, and investment of over $2 billion in corporate finance and real estate transactions for private and publicly-listed companies, and continues to be at the forefront of real estate and financial services as a mentor for Barclay’s innovation accelerator.

James Wu

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Vito Glazers

Vito Glazers is an American media entrepreneur, producer, author, actor and international television personality most known for his appearances on WE TV, Bravo, and Netflix reality shows. Alongside his onscreen endeavors, Vito Glazers is highly regarded as an expert on News, Television and Film Production and specializes in Reputation Management, Public Relations, Influencer and Celebrity Marketing.

Arunabha (Arnab) Dastidar

Arnab has over a decade of experience in real-estate technology and asset management. He has worked in project planning, development, and spearheading technology/process transformations for several real-estate and infrastructure giants across five different countries. He is a big supporter of DAOs and blockchain technology solving complex world problems and creating better infrastructure access and affordability.

Adam Kramer

Adam is an inventor, designer, businessman and technology advisor. He has lead successful teams alongside billionaires, founded multiple companies, fundraised millions of dollars, and designed complex technical platforms for his employers and his own ventures. His technical, design, and social skills enable him to work well with a broad range of dynamic team configurations.