Judging Panel

Brendan J. Hart, Co-founder and CEO, Prosper

Brendan J. Hart is co-founder and CEO of Prosper, an integrated platform for New York City’s veteran business community. In addition to Prosper, Brendan is an adjunct for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. Brendan spent the 2013-2014 academic year as a non-resident fellow at the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network. In this role, he and his team researched emerging financial technologies; digital and crypto currencies, and mobile payments; financing models behind global public-private partnerships; and the impact of radical urbanization on global capital markets. Brendan started his career as a small unit leader in the United States Marine Corps’ premier anti- terrorism unit, FAST Company. Brendan graduated from Dartmouth College and lives in Brooklyn, NY

 


Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab

Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. Hendrix connects companies seeking to advance digital media technologies with New York City’s universities to drive collaborative R&D and innovation. The Lab's interests range across disciplines from design to engineering, and its programs include seed projects with member companies as well as The Combine, which encourages digital media startup formation on the City’s campuses. Previously Hendrix was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist, where he directed prototyping and commercialization of new digital media business concepts. He is a regular writer and speaker on media & innovation. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @justinhendrix.

 


Maria Mähl, Senior Program Manager, Clinton Global Initiative

Maria Mähl is an impact strategist focused on turning ideas into action. As a Senior Manager with the Clinton Global Initiative she curates CGI’s Annual Meeting covering health, climate change, energy, education, infrastructure, tech, social enterprises, and economic development issues, with a special focus on sustainable finance and impact investing.  Prior to joining the Clinton Global Initiative, Maria advised global leaders in the private, public and civil society sectors on strategy and implementation, business development and operational excellence. She’s worked across industry sectors in European, Asian, African, American and Latin American markets  and led teams and built companies in entrepreneurial environments as well as MNC’s and NGO’s. Maria attended Humboldt University, the Berlin Institute of Technology and Uppsala University and holds a Bachelor of Political Science and a Masters in Business and Economics. She’s from Sweden and lives in New York City. 

 


Larry Perlstein, EVP, Social Life Management Inc.

Mr. Perlstein is a senior executive with more than 30 years of diverse, poignant, and pioneering experience in technology industry research, product / service marketing and sales, and project and personnel management working at respected companies such as Gartner, Inc., IBM, GE, and PepsiCo. Since 2011, Perlstein has been an adviser and strategist to a wide range of startups, small businesses, and non-profits, and recently joined The EF Angels Group.  

In 2013, Perlstein became CEO of Social Life Management, Inc., an early stage startup developing a SaaS-based online reputation management platform for consumers and businesses. The website launched in July 2015. Previously, Perlstein spent 15 years at Gartner Inc., the largest information technology research and advisory firm, both as Gartner's first ombudsman, and managing the company's largest global research team focused on application development and internet technology.  

Living and working in Silicon Valley for IBM (and then Gartner) during the late ‘90s dotcom boom, Perlstein managed programs and products focused on new technology adoption. Perlstein earned a master of business administration in information systems and bachelor of business administration in marketing from Pace University, New York.  Perlstein is based in the New York metro area with his wife, Jacquie Marumoto who works for Oracle Corporation, and his 8 year old daughter Avery, an aspiring technologist.