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September NY Enterprise Technology Meetup (ft Enterprise VC Panel)

  • Sep 11, 2012 · 6:45 PM

Join fellow technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors for the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup's (NYETM) September meetup on Tuesday 9/11/12 from 6:45pm-9:00pm!

The format of the event this month will feature an enterprise focused VC panel as well 2 enterprise tech demos. There will be networking before/after.

Panelists include:

  • David Aronoff, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
  • Matt Turck, Managing Director, Bloomberg Ventures
  • Jeanne M. Sullivan, General Partner, StarVest Partners
  • Raju Rishi, Venture Partner, Sigma Partners
  • Mark Birch, Angel Investor

Moderated by Steve Rosenbush, Deputy Editor of CIO Journal

Demos include:

Digital Reasoning - Digital Reasoning solves the problem of information overload by providing the tools people need to understand relationships between entities in vast amounts of unstructured and structured data.  Digital Reasoning builds data analytic solutions based on a distinctive mathematical approach to understanding natural language. The value of Digital Reasoning is not only the ability to leverage an organization's existing knowledge base, but also to reveal critical hidden information and relationships that may not have been apparent during manual or other automated analytic efforts.

Smartling - Smartling is a translation management platform, for both web and mobile content. Contextual translation tools let volunteer, crowdsourced, or paid professionals translators work live and in context on a web page, for best-quality results. Smartling's cloud-based platform modernizes and simplifies the aging localization process.


David Aronoff’s investment interests and experience include the semiconductor, internet & mobile infrastructure, data center, video and digital media sectors. David currently manages the firm's New York City office and sits on the boards Flybridge portfolio companies Calxeda, Crashlytics, Immedia Semiconductor, and Sand9.  He is also a board observer at JouleX, and was previously a director at Blackwave and CHiL Semiconductor (acquired by International Rectifier) and MOBIVOX (acquired by SabSe).

Prior to joining the firm in June 2005, David spent nearly a decade focusing on early-stage investing at Greylock Partners where he led several of the firm's successful investments in the communications and systems markets.

David holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Vermont, cum laude and with college honors, an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

David’s full bio can be found at

Matt Turck is one of the principals of Bloomberg Ventures, the incubation and innovation arm of Bloomberg L.P, which he joined upon inception. Since the end of 2008, Bloomberg Ventures has launched and grown three new startups: Bloomberg Link, Bloomberg Institute and Bloomberg Mart.

Prior to Bloomberg Ventures, Matt was the co-founder and President of TripleHop Technologies, an enterprise search software startup that was acquired by Oracle. Matt is deeply involved in the technology entrepreneurial community as a mentor, advisor and active angel investor. He holds an LL.M from Yale Law School and is a graduate of Sciences-Po Paris.

Matt blogs at

Jeanne M. Sullivan has been investing in and growing tech companies for many years.  She is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners.  StarVest is a New York-based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management and invests in technology-enabled business services companies. Jeanne has over 20 years of venture capital experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies.

As a General Partner of StarVest Partners and previously with Olivetti Ventures, Ms. Sullivan has served on the boards of many technology companies.  Ms. Sullivan has extensive experience creating “go to market” plans for early and expansion stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, a keen understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends.  Prior to her venture experience, Jeanne gained her operating experience with AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles.

Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of “how to get the wallets out of investors’ pocket” Her credentials also include: lousy golfer, baseball and sports addict, and oldest of eight kids where she learned the most about managing people and getting results.

Jeanne’s full bio can be found at


Raju Rishi leverages over 20 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur and executive to help early stage companies become leading businesses.  Raju joined Sigma in 2012 as a Venture Partner, and brings expertise across a wide-range of disciplines including mobility, SaaS, consumer & enterprise software, and telecom.  Over the course of his career, Raju has founded two companies, held executive leadership positions at both early stage companies and Fortune 50 companies, and served as a strategic advisor to numerous startups, two of which he helped to successfully exit.

Prior to joining Sigma, Raju co-founded and held the positions of COO and CMO at Rave Mobile Safety, the leading provider of SaaS-based safety solutions.  Rave is currently being used by hundreds of schools and state/local governments to help keep millions of individuals safe, secure, and connected. Previously, Raju helped to start SwiftReach Networks, a leading provider of enhanced telecommunications solutions for businesses & government.  Earlier in his career, Raju held numerous executive roles at AT&T and Lucent, where he was responsible for R&D, architecture, product management, and GM for the international emerging technologies division.  Raju has been (and continues to be) a strategic advisor to numerous early stage companies, including Condaptive (sold to Millennial Media) and Global Bay (sold to Verifone).

Raju is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science & Engineering.


Mark Birch (@marksbirch) is an early stage technology investor, entrepreneur and commodities trader based in NYC.  Through Birch Ventures, he works with a portfolio of early stage B2B technology start-ups such as Profitably, Trove, Onepager and others providing capital and guidance in the areas of marketing, sales, strategic planning and funding.  

Prior to tech startup investing, Mark founded a HCM tech startup focused on workforce analytics.  He has worked with a diverse group of technology companies including Oracle, E.piphany and Siebel across senior management, sales and product management roles. He got his start in technology by accident as a programmer without any programming experience and built one of the first web based CRM systems.

You can read more about his thoughts on startups, investing and technology through his blog Strong Opinions


Steve Rosenbush is deputy editor of CIO Journal, a digital edition of The Wall Street Journal that is geared toward chief information officers. CIO Journal focuses on the use of technology as a business tool. Steve is an editor and reporter with experience covering technology, finance and economics.  Prior to joining the Journal in early 2012, he spent a year contributing to publications such as Institutional Investor, The Daily and Motley Fool. Previously, he led reporting teams at, BusinessWeek, USA Today and Institutional Investor, where he was assistant managing editor for capital markets during the tumultuous period of 2008 and 2009. He has covered enterprise technology for AOL Daily Finance, and telecom for USA Today and BusinessWeek. Steve is the author of a book called Telecom Opportunities for Entrepreneurs.

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  • Eddie H.

    Matt Turck runs a monthly meetup as well that I highly recommend. At the meetup before last, he held an all VC panel that featured many well known names in the VC space.

    November 28, 2012

  • Mary Ann P.

    Well organized event. Good networking, intriquing product demos and well-moderated panel on Enterprise VC investment and opportunities. I look forward to viewing other session online.

    September 12, 2012

  • Steve R.

    Jon, thanks for the opportunity to moderate a great panel--I learned a lot.

    September 12, 2012

  • Avery

    Great guests. My only note for improvement is that I would have had the panelist ask less questions. That part got a bit long.

    September 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great format, the panel was incredible!

    September 12, 2012

  • Mark B.

    Pretty excellent tech demos by Smartling and Digital Reasoning. The panel was informative and entertaining.

    September 12, 2012

  • Jeongwoon

    AWESOME! THANKS FOR THE ADVICE AND allowing us to pitch our company

    September 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Learned a lot from the panelists.

    September 11, 2012

  • Roland

    Gosh I cant make it either - shame on me, important work to finish.

    September 11, 2012

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