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New York Meets Tech City

On December 4th, VentureOutNY and the TCIO (Tech City Investment Organisation) are hosting New York Meets Tech City, a conference and networking event to help foster collaboration between two of the world's fastest growing tech communities. The event will feature two expert panels with prominent entrepreneurs, venture investors, and leaders in government from New York and London discussing the differences between their technology communities, the respective strengths and weaknesses of each, and what each can learn from the other's challenges and successes.

If you are in New York and would like to attend a live broadcast of the event, you can find the details here:

Please Note: You will need to purchase a ticket for either the London or New York event. See for details.


Silicon Alley Vs. Tech City: Perspectives from Founders & Venture

Nic Brisbourne Partner, DFJ Esprit

Nic has been in Venture Capital since 2000. In that time he has worked in London, Europe and Silicon Valley. His main areas of focus have been software and media. Nic’s investment experience includes Zeus Technology (acquired by Riverbed for $140m), and (acquired by AOL for $125m). He currently sits on the boards of Conversocial, Lyst, StrikeAd and Tribold. Prior to joining DFJ Esprit Nic was with Reuters Venture Capital, a software and services start-up called Operis; and Cap Gemini. Nic also authors a popular blog commenting on the European technology and venture capital markets. Please see

Thatcher Bell Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Ventures

Thatcher is a Managing Director at DFJ Gotham Ventures. He works closely with DFJ Gotham portfolio companies Sailthru, AdStruc, Fynanz, Altruik, EXPO, Lumeta, Verterra and Widetronix Thatcher also led DFJ Gotham’s successful investment in SinglePlatform, which was acquired by Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT). In addition, Thatcher serves on the Board of Directors of the NY Tech MeetUp and is Co-Chair of the New York chapter of Wharton Private Equity Partners. Thatcher’s background includes venture investing, operating and consulting roles with software, Internet, and financial services companies. Thatcher has a B.S. cum laude in Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Thatcher also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York City.

Joshua March Co-founder, Conversocial

Joshua March is co-founder and CEO of Conversocial, a provider of integrated Social CRM and marketing software for Facebook and Twitter. From[masked] Josh was the Chairman of the Facebook Developer Garage London, an official Facebook event running monthly for developers, entrepreneurs and marketers working on the Facebook platform. He resides in London.

Josh can provide unique insight as the founder of a startup headquartered in London that has successfully expanded to NYC.

Neil Capel Founder, Saithru

Neil Capel is the CEO and Founder of Sailthru, a behavioral communications company that provides technology to personalize consumer content, in email, mobile and across the web. Years of experience in working on large-scale, high-demand web systems led Neil to develop Sailthru’s unique capabilities. Prior to founding Sailthru, Neil was the Chief Technology Officer for MusicNation (an AlleyCorp company), ASmallWorld, and MoneyMedia (acquired by the Financial Times). In 2011, Neil was also named to the The Silicon Alley 100 as one of New York City’s most influential technology leaders.

Josh can provide unique insight as the founder of a startup headquartered in New York that has successfully expanded to London.


The Role of Government in Supporting a Tech Ecosystem

Micah Kotch Director, Incubator Services, Polytechnic Institute of NYU

A startup junkie and New York City native, Micah Kotch works is the Director of Incubator Initiatives at NYU-Poly and runs the NYSERDA funded New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE). In 2004 he Micah was recruited to serve as green initiatives coordinator for Pratt Institute, helping grow the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and establishing the Center for Sustainable Design Studies and Research (funded by a Federal DOE grant). He currently serves on the Board of the NY Chapter of the US Association of Energy Economists, the Green Finance Board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and the NYU Sustainability Task Force.

The many startup incubators Micah oversees have received direct subsidies from the City of New York and serve as a model for successful government investment in a local technology community.

Euan Robertson MD of the Center for Economic Transformation, NYC Economic Development Corporation

Euan Robertson is an Executive Vice President at NYCEDC who, alongside colleague Ann Li, leads the Center for Economic Transformation (CET). CET at NYCEDC aims to develop the City’s major business sectors by implementing policy and programmatic initiatives that address current issues faced by each industry, create good jobs, and promote entrepreneurship and economic diversification across the five boroughs. Prior to his current role, Euan led the NYCEDC Strategic Planning Department. Euan also continues to play a lead role in developing Applied Sciences NYC, an effort to grow applied sciences in the city by creating a new world-class technology campus. Before to joining NYCEDC, Euan worked on healthcare strategy for the national government of the United Kingdom. He also spent nearly a decade in the private sector in both consulting and in-house strategy roles, working with large listed companies, venture capital firms, and international NGOs. Euan holds an M.A. with Honors from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and an M.B.A. with Distinction from the London Business School.

Ben Southworth (pending) Tech City Investment Organisation, Deputy CEO

Benjamin Southworth is Deputy CEO of Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO). He focuses on helping develop existing and new events for the Tech City cluster and ensuring that the community’s views are communicated to policymakers in government and City Hall. Before joining TCIO, Ben was involved in a number of tech start-ups and a was a founder of Digital Sizzle and Silicon Drinkabout events in East London.

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