Thatcher Bell, Associate, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures
Liz Hamburg, co-host of Launchpad (on WOR Radio 710) and President of Upstart Ventures LLC
M. Bernard Siegel, Certified Professional Business and Career Coach, www.berniesuccesscoach.com
Lori S. Smith, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
Thatcher's background includes venture investing, operating, and consulting roles with software, Internet, and financial services companies. Thatcher began his venture capital career as a Senior Analyst at North Hill Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Capital One Financial, where he invested in financial technology, enterprise software, and technology-enabled services companies. Subsequently, he was a Summer Associate with Silicon Alley Venture Partners in New York, an early-stage, internet- and technology- focused venture capital firm. Before joining North Hill, Thatcher was Manager of Business Development at OpenPages, an enterprise software vendor, where he oversaw an acquisition and developed channel partnerships in the U.S. and Europe.
Previously, Thatcher was the third employee at SharkTank, an online marketplace connecting lawyers and potential clients. He began his career as a consultant at Ernst & Young (now Cap Gemini Ernst & Young), working on competitive strategy and process improvement projects in the financial services, telecommunications, and healthcare industries.
Thatcher has a BS cum laude in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
"Serial entrepreneur" Liz Hamburg has extensive experience launching new products and companies in areas of communications, technology, entertainment and media. She is the founder and President of Upstart Ventures, helping launch new businesses. Upstart Ventures has been a leader in identifying trends in media, technology and communication and has successfully incubated several companies in-house. Through Upstart, she has been involved in the startup of 15 new businesses. She is currently launching ApplyWise, a new online college admissions counseling company.
Liz was Chairman and Founder of Hypnotic, a broadband content and branded entertainment company which was sold to a publicly traded company.
Liz is the co-host on WOR radio (WOR 710AM) of New York Uncovered and Launchpad, a weekly radio segment focusing on entrepreneurs and small business.
Liz was one of the founding managers and Director of the Board of Vimpel Communications (NYSE:VIP), the leading cellular company in Russia. Liz
She has launched new products for Reuters Tokyo and Fujisankei Communications, one of Japan's largest media conglomerates, where she worked on the first international television home shopping show and played a leading role in the introduction of Fuji's Nintendo game software into the U.S.
Liz received an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She is a Director of the Board of Safe Space, a New York based non-profit; the President of the Advisory Board of the Brown University Entrepreneurs Program and a member of the Advisory Panel of the Columbia Business School's Eugene Lang Entrepreneur Initiative Fund. She is a frequent lecturer on topics concerning entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses.
Bernie Siegel is a Certified Professional Coach and President of the International Coach Federation-NYC. He is a graduate of one of the top empowerment coaching programs in the country, and, as a former Executive, has over two decades of real world experience helping to shape success in several well known, fast growing, public and private companies. As the CFO of TD Waterhouse, CFO and COO of Fleet Brokerage Services and CFO of Wit Capital Group, which he brought public, he had a leadership role in establishing them as industry leaders
Bernie works primarily with executives and entrepreneurs in fast growing businesses as a professional business coach/consultant and a financial advisor. He has been an observer of winning behavior and gladly shares his insights with his clients so they can achieve their personally relevant goals.
Bernie has been a frequent speaker and panel member at various industry events, sharing his knowledge of what makes businesses and professionals successful. He was featured as a rising star of Silicon Alley in Red Hearing magazine. Bernie is on the Board of the Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.
Lori Smith, a partner in Goodwin Procter LLP's Business Law Department and a member of its Technology Companies Group, specializes in representing foreign and domestic companies in various industries with regard to mergers and acquisitions, financings and general corporate matters, with an emphasis on emerging technologies. Ms. Smith has extensive experience acting as outside counsel for companies at all stages of development, from start-ups to public companies. Work for Clients.
Ms. Smith has over 20 years experience representing entrepreneurs, venture capital and private equity investors and public and private companies in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of equity and debt financings and private equity transactions, private placements, acquisitions, mergers, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and licensing, manufacturing and distribution arrangements (including distribution via the Internet and wireless means). In addition to advising clients on transactional and contract matters, she regularly provides advice and assistance to companies and their investors with respect to general corporate governance and ongoing compliance matters as well as the various issues that need to be addressed in anticipation of and planning for a public offering, sale or merger.
Ms. Smith is outside general counsel to New York Angels, one of the leading angel investment groups in the Northeast and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum.
Ms. Smith was a Senior Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems at Duke University School of Law. Before joining Goodwin Procter, Ms. Smith served as a partner in the corporate and technology practice groups in the New York office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP. Previously, she was senior counsel at Proskauer Rose LLP, also in New York. Ms. Smith is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars.
Ms. Smith received a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law (with high honors) and a BA from the University of Rochester (magna cum laude).