Adam Rothenberg

Adam Rothenberg is a Partner of the BoxGroup, a New York City-based early stage venture capital fund. BoxGroup invests in talented entrepreneurs building disruptive technology companies and with visions to create the next generation of category defining businesses.

Adam was previously the Director of TechStars in New York City.

Jessica Lawrence

Jessica Lawrence is the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), the largest Meetup in the world and a non-profit organization helping to build a sustainable and diverse technology industry in New York. Prior to her work with NYTM, Jessica was the CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in Southern California, where she supported a community of 75 staff, 5,000 volunteers, and 15,000 girls. She is also the creator of the Work Revolution Summit, a conference focused on the future of work. Jessica’s writing has been featured on the Harvard Business Review blog, Forbes.com, The Huffington Post, The Next Web, and in a weekly column in The Press-Enterprise. She also speaks frequently on technology startups, the New York technology community, women in tech, organizational development and culture, the future of work, and non-profit management.

Bryan Hamilton

Bryan is a geek with a fine arts degree, born in Trinidad & Tobago and raised in Toronto. He has held roles as creative director, interactive producer, interaction designer and user experience director.

Besides his family, his great love is to connect technology and content to people’s lives in helpful and unexpected ways. He has contributed to the customer experience of brands like UNIQLO, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter and HBO.

Bryan is currently Vice President, User Experience at Razorfish and leads a group of about 50 UX professionals for the New York and Atlanta offices.

Elena Silenok

Founder of Clothia, a fashion destination and an iPad app. Clothia users can browse their friends’ closets, mix-n-match items to create outfits, get inspired by style icons, share their finds, and virtually try on clothes using augmented reality via their webcam.

Guest lecturer at Columbia University, NYU and General Assembly. Contributing writer to Business Insider. Root member of NY Hacker Union. Featured by BetaBeat as one of the “25 Women Driving New York’s Tech Scene.” Profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company, AdAge.

Charlie O’Donnell

Charlie O’Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures and loves it that way. The fund makes seed investments and the first venture firm located in Brooklyn–where he was born and raised. The longest he has been outside of the five boroughs of New York City is three weeks.

Charlie has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies. Nick Bilton identifies him as an influence on early Twitter investors in his book, Hatching Twitter. Dennis Crowley credits him as having helped kick off the first funding of Foursquare before other VCs had said yes. 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 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, Refinery29, Docracy, and Salescrunch.