Startup Demo Night Series #21 (Travel)

  • February 26, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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This is part of the "software eating the world" mini series. With this series, we will break down different technology sectors in bits and pieces and dive into the digital future of what each of traditional industries could possibly become. To learn more about the idea of "software is eating the world," click here. Pizza and drinks will be served.

If you're a startup in any of the following categories, you can apply to pitch at an NYEBN event this year. Following this link to apply -

• Travel

• Fashion

• Health

• Financial Services

• Entertainment

• Retail

• Payment

• Real Estate


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Registration

6:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Intro + Pitch + Feedback

8:15 PM - 9:00 PM - Networking (Pizza + Drinks + Founders)


• Dan Ruch - Founder & President @ Rocketrip, Inc. 

• Charlie Osmond - Founder & CEO @ Triptease

• Gillian Morris - Founder & CEO @ Hitlist (by TripCommon)

• Avi Millman - Co-Founder & CEO  @ Stray Boots 

• Anna Kojzar - Founder & CEO @ THE POSHPACKER 

• Taras Kravtchouk - Founder & CEO @ TriplAgent 

Ryan Frankel - Co-Founder & CEO @ VerbalizeIt

• Michael Coletta - Founder & CEO @ Fantrotter

* Apply at to demo at future events.


• Lori Hoberman (Crunchbase)- Partner at at Chadbourne & Parke (Moderator) 

• Eliot Durbin (Crunchbase)- General Partner at BOLDstart Ventures

• Shai Goldman (Crunchbase) - Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank

• Alessandro Piol (AngelList) - Partner and Co-Founder at AlphaPrime Ventures

• Daniel Burstein (Crunchbase) - Managing Partner & Founder at Millennium Technology Value Partners

Lori S. Hoberman is the chair of the Emerging Companies / Venture Capital practice. Her practice emphasizes venture capital, private equity, and general corporate counseling for emerging as well as later stage and publicly traded companies in a broad range of industries, including mobile, software, biotechnology and life sciences, social networking, consumer products, cleantech, Internet search and advertising, gaming and other media. 

Ms. Hoberman also has significant experience in the structuring of, and tax planning for, domestic and offshore private equity funds. Prominent business and legal media outlets frequently interview Ms. Hoberman on issues relating to emerging companies and venture capital. 

Eliot Durbin is a General Partner at BOLDstart Ventures, a New York City based venture capital firm focused on seed stage startups. 

His early stage investments investments include; GoInstant (acq., Rapportive (acquired by LinkedIn), SpinBack (acquired by Buddy Media), (acquired by Akamai), (acquired by LivePerson), Enterproid, IndieGoGo, LocalResponse, Klout, ThinkNear (acquired by TelNav), YieldMo, Anchor Intelligence (sold to Comscore), YourKarma, PlainVanilla, ShowMe, Yipit, Playhaven, and has also invested in Numberfire, RockBot, Ekso Bionics, TechStars (NYC), & Amplify.LA.

Prior to BOLDstart, Eliot cofounded Penny Black in 2008; a private investment firm managing venture / PE investments for multiple family offices across multiple countries. He oversaw more than 300 transactions in 6 years (inc. leading investment rounds in both Sundia Corp and BareFruit) and has conducted business in South America, Middle East, China, and Europe.

Eliot previously founded, an online software retailer that was acquired 2002. He subsequently worked at the Permal Group, a multi-billion dollar global fund of hedge funds (acquired by Legg Mason, 2006). Eliot is a graduate of Georgetown University with post-graduate study at Columbia University. He enjoys surfing and lives downtown, NYC. Website: / Follow him on twitter @etdurbin

Shai Goldman is the Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank, banking the world's most innovative companies and exclusive wineries, SVB's diverse financial services, knowledge, global network, and world class service increase clients' probability of success.

He serves as Mentor / Volunteer at iMentor, builds mentoring relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions.

Prior to Silicon Valley Bank, he worked at 500 Startups as Venture Partner. He helped raise the $44M Fund II (I sourced the largest LP), launched/managed the NYC coworking office, led four investments (WisePricer / Sunrise / Clothes Horse / 15Five ), worked on 20+ other investments, helped with portfolio management, assisted in finding/screening startups for the accelerator, organized community events and also covered several geographies (NYC/Boston/Israel).

Shai born in Israel, moved to the Bay Area when he was younger and moved to NYC in 2011. Activities: helping startups, volunteering, snowboarding, basketball and kiteboarding. Twitter addict. Spend a lot of time with the family, his Wife Kanya, his Daughter Sophie and his dogs Rocco and Reese. Website: / Follow him on twitter @shaig

Alessandro Piol is a partner and co-founder of AlphaPrime Ventures. Since 2006 he has also been a partner and co-founder of Vedanta. From 1995 to 2006, he was a general partner at Invesco Private Capital, where he was responsible for venture investments in information technology. 

Prior to joining Invesco, Alessandro spent 10 years with AT&T where he divided his time between operating and investment positions. In 1991, he co-founded AT&T Ventures, the venture capital arm of AT&T, where he led investments in several new media and communications companies. 

Prior to that, Alessandro was a co-founder and VP of Marketing at Pixel Machines, a graphics supercomputing business originating out of AT&T Bell Labs. Before his tenure at AT&T, Alessandro spent several years in the software industry developing system software and compilers. 

Alessandro received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1985. He received an MS and BS in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1982 and 1979, respectively. Alessandro is co-author of Tech and the City: The Making of New York's Startup Community. Follow him on twitter @ilmago

Dan Burstein co-founded Millennium Technology Value Partners with Sam Schwerin more than a decade ago. He has been actively involved in many of Millennium's most important investments and led the firm's investment in Twitter (NYSE: TWTR).

Before Millennium, Dan was Senior Advisor at The Blackstone Group, where he worked for 12 years in a variety of capacities. Over the course of his career, he has been a consultant to the CEOs and senior executives of major global corporations including Sony, Toyota, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems.

During the last fifteen years, Dan has served on more than a dozen public and private company boards. He has also been a forum fellow at the World Economic Forum in Davos and has been honored many times for his books and journalistic work, including awards from the Overseas Press Club and Sigma Delta Chi. He and his Millennium partner, Sam Schwerin, have co-authored several thought-leading articles and white papers on the Direct Secondary Market and the ever-growing, ever-evolving role of alternative liquidity solutions to address the needs of constituents in the venture capital ecosystem. AlwaysOn named Dan to its lists of the top 100 Power Players in New York’s venture capital community and the top 100 Power Players in Digital Media.

Dan has made personal venture capital investments since 1983, when he first worked as a consultant in Silicon Valley. He began making institutional venture capital investments in the second half of the 1990s. He articulated and led an investment thesis that focused on early stage companies that were building backbone infrastructure for the Internet and enhancing the security, reliability, and user experience of the web. The small funds he led experienced extraordinary returns available in that time period for this investment thesis.

The New York Times bestselling author of 14 books, Dan has written about technology trends, global economic issues, and popular culture. Among his path-breaking books are Yen! a 1988 global bestseller about the rise of Japanese financial power; Road Warriors, a 1995 book about the birth of digital media and the Internet;Big Dragon, a 1998 book about China's future; Secrets of the Code, a 2004 guidebook to the Da Vinci Code that was on the New York Times bestseller list for six months; Blog! a pioneering 2005 book about new developments in Web 2.0 businesses and social media; and Secrets of 24, about the political, moral, and technological issues in the TV series "24."

His 2011 book, THE TATTOOED GIRL: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time, was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His latest book isSecrets of Inferno: In the Footsteps of Dante and Dan Brown, which he blogs about at: 

Dan’s books have been published in more than 32 languages and several have been turned into documentary films. He is a frequent speaker at venture capital events and has made numerous TV appearances on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, the History Channel,Charlie Rose, and Oprah. He is currently at work on a new book about the impact of new digital technologies and social media on human thought, culture, and evolution.

Actively involved in several community initiatives in Connecticut where he lives, Dan was a founding Board member of the Weston Education Foundation and has served on the Advisory Board for the Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF) since its inception in 2004. He was honored with WYFF’s Founder’s Award in 2010 for his community service.


Chadbourne & Parke

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• Regular - $30 (till  Feb. 26)

• Last Minute - $40

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  • Randi

    Great companies and and presentations. Well organized with excellent panel of VC representatives. Excellent mix of different backgrounds in the audience.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Andrew W.

    The final eight demo startups are announced. Check out the official lineup at

    2 · February 11, 2014

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