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Nihal, Nnamdi & Jerry: Meet The Innovators
- What technology (software, apps) will everyone be developing, using and investing in, in 2014?
- Will this year be another strong year for VC and angel investment?
- What will the year hold for startups aspiring for traction and funding?
Just a few of the questions on my mind as Q1 of the 2014 investing year gets underway. I’m excited to have gathered three tech investors, Nihal Mehta, Founding Partner, Eniac Ventures & Founder & Executive Chairman, LocalResponse, Nnamdi Okike, Founder and CEO of 645 Angels and Jerry Neumann, a veteran venture investor, investing in internet startups for the past fifteen years, to join me on stage at the Apple Store in SoHo where I get to ask these seed stage investors for their views and insights on tech and the startup investing year ahead.
- Event: Meet The Innovators
- Location: Apple Retail Store (SoHo)
- Date: Thursday, January 23
- Time: 7:00 pm
- Hashtag: #MeetTheInnovators
Seating is on a first come basis.
Nihal Mehta, a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands, has founded five mobile startups and invested in over seventy since 1999. Nihal is a Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures, the first seed stage venture fund focusing exclusively on mobile technologies. Prior to Eniac, Nihal founded LocalResponse, Inc., which makes ads more relevant from social signals, a pivot from buzzd, the first mobile real-time city guide. Nihal grew LocalResponse to an eight-digit annual revenue run rate which placed the company to the Forbes 2013 list as #67 of America’s Most Promising Companies and #568 on the 2013 Inc. 5000′s Fastest Growing Companies. Prior to LocalResponse, Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal is an active angel investor and his portfolio includes Admob (sold to Google), Swiftkey, Tapad & Uber. Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.
Nnamdi Okike has extensive experience as a venture capital and angel investor in Internet and software companies. He has been involved with over twenty venture investments over his career, including companies such as Photobox and Privalia. His historical exits include Folhamatic (acquired for $300 million), Hitwise (acquired for $240 million), and Astaro (acquired by Sophos). Nnamdi was most recently a Principal at Insight Venture Partners, a leading New York-based venture fund. He is currently the founder and CEO of 645 Angels, an angel investment fund focusing on Internet companies. His angel portfolio includes companies such as Keaton Row, Trendalytics, and AbbeyPost. Nnamdi received his BA, JD, and MBA degrees from Harvard University.
Jerry is a veteran venture investor, investing in internet startups for the past fifteen years from his home base in New York City. He sits on the board of Magnetic, PlaceIQ, Simple, and Yieldbot. He is an advisor to BigML, Ginzametrics, PubGears and Sociocast. Previously, Jerry ran Omnicom Group’s internet division/corporate venture capital arm, Communicade. Communicade seed funded the best early interactive agencies, including Razorfish, Agency.com, Organic Interactive, Red Sky, and others. Jerry also co-founded Root Markets and helped pioneer the idea of applying the techniques and tools of financial markets to marketing services. Backed by First Round Capital, the Chicago Board of Trade, and other top-notch investors, but way ahead of its time, Root did not survive the collapse of the mortgage markets. Jerry started angel investing in 2008. In his spare time Jerry teaches a class on entrepreneurship at Columbia University, blogs at http://www.reactionwheel.net, mentors at TechStars NY, SeedStart, and Women Innovate Mobile, and writes some code at http://NeuVC.com/labs.