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NYC Social Infrastructure & Tech Ecosystem: Are We At An Inflection Point?

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Please join, The Internet Society of NY, Digital.NYC and Gust for a panel discussion moderated by Bruce Bachenheimer, Professor & Director, Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University, NYC


David Rose, VC & Serial Entrepreneur, New York Angels,

Jessica Singleton, Digital Director, City of New York

Chaz Mee, Brand Innovation Strategist & Entrepreneur

(scroll down for full bios)

The financial crisis of 2008 was an inflection point where Mayor Bloomberg was widely credited for reinventing the traditional Wall Street Economy through technology entrepreneurship. Yet some criticized his success as having been more of a wealth creation model for a narrow section of the City. Are we now at a second inflection point? At the recent press conference in Dumbo to announce Digital.NYC, the City's new hub for tech and startups, Mayor Bill De Blasio talked about his new technology initiatives. So this brings up the question: Will things get worse or will they get better? What will happen to the gains made by the Bloomberg Administration? Or will there not even be a new inflection point, and things will remain the same? What does it take to make a successful tech ecosystem?

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Monday Oct 27, 2014 from 6.15 PM to 8.15 PM


NYIT Auditorium, 16 W 61st Street near Broadway, 11th Floor Auditorium


6:15 to 6:45: Pizza & Soda thanks to FundingPost, NuRoast Coffee, Hint Essence Water and more....

6:45 to 8:15: Announcements, Panel and Group Discussion

8:15 to 8:30: Q&A

8:30 to 10:30 Special Disruptive Happy Hour at the Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar around the corner.

1. Bruce Bachenheimer: is a Clinical Professor of Management and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University.

He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, primarily in the areas of entrepreneurship, management and strategy. He is also the organizer of the annual Pace Pitch Contest and Business Plan Competition.He is a member of the Board & past Chair of the New York City Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum and has served on the organization’s Global Board. He serves on the Board of Directors & Advisors of LeadAmerica and has served as a consultant to the New York City Department of Small Business Services, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and a variety of new ventures. He has been widely quoted in a variety of domestic and international publications, interviewed on radio and television, and spoke on entrepreneurship for numerous organizations, including the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, Kairos Society, and the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and Foreign Press Center.

2. David Rose, VC & Serial Entrepreneur, New York Angels,

David S. Rose is a serial entrepreneur, Inc. 500 CEO and active early stage investor who has founded or funded over 90 high tech companies. He has been described by Forbes as “New York’s Archangel" and by Crain's New York Business as "The father of angel investing in New York." David is the founder and CEO of Gust, the international collaboration platform for startup financing used by over 45,000 investors and 250,000 entrepreneurs. He is also Managing Partner of Rose Tech Ventures; Founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels; and Founding Track Chair for Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economics at Singularity University. His new book, Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups, will be published by Wiley in May, 2014.

3. Jessica Singleton, Digital Director at Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Jessica oversees the City’s digital engagement strategy. Prior to her role in City Hall, Jessica was the Digital Director for Bill de Blasio's campaign for mayor of New York City, where she managed email, social media, video, design, and an online fundraising program that raised more than four million dollars for the campaign. Before moving to New York City, Jessica helped reelect President Obama, advocated for LGBT equality at the Human Rights Campaign, and studied the intersection of changing demography, technology and politics at the think tank NDN/NPI. A founder of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, Jessica helped lead the organization’s communications division from 2004 - 2008.

4. Chaz Mee, Brand Innovation Strategist & Entrepreneur

Chaz Mee, is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with over 15 years of marketing, brand transformation and technology experience as an innovation focused Creative Director and Brand Innovation Strategist. Chaz has won numerous awards including Cannes Gold Lions, Effie, Clio, Webbys, FWA, Dope Website awards and Creativity Top 5. He Co-Founded Brouha, a first of its kind RFID based mobile marketing platform; A Shop Called Brooklyn; and is currently principal and founder at The Ruckus Company, a creative strategy consultancy and technology innovations incubator. He is currently building a new service called “placelist” using Meteorjs.

Chaz has specialized in digital, social and mobile marketing and branding as well as worked in the startup space as an entrepreneur, co-founder, startup advisor and product and growth marketing strategist.

Digital.NYC is the official online hub of the New York City digital and technology ecosystem, bringing together every company, investor, event, job, class, blog, video, workspace, accelerator, incubator, resource and organization in the five boroughs. It is the result of a unique public/private partnership between the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, IBM, Gust, and over a dozen leading NYC-based technology and media companies.
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