For Creators By Creators NYC 2019 | From Crowdfunding to Global Launching


Civic Hall

118 W 22nd St 12th Floor, New York, NY 10011

New York, NY, US, 10011

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For Creators By Creators (FCBC) is an event for creators, entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and innovators. Over 100 of the most successful crowdfunded companies and experts from NYC, surrounding areas, and other regions will meet, exhibit, share resources, and engage with the community– international creators, retailers, manufacturing, legal and investment firms–to learn what they can do after crowdfunding to scale fast.

Not Just a Networking Event

There is no shortage of entrepreneurial events in NYC. Here’s how FCBC is different:

  1. Over 100 of the most successful crowdfunded companies and experts from New York City, surrounding areas, and other regions will meet, exhibit, seek funding and resources, and engage with the FCBC community.

  2. 5 creators will have an opportunity to do a full pitch to the crowd and seek advice, critiques, or funding.

  3. Space will be provided to showcase creators’ products.

  4. Find distribution channels that can help you build an international presence in 3 months.

Our mission and events are designed to help creators because, just like you, we are creators ourselves, too.

The first stop on our FCBC National Tour was Boston. We then promoted creators in St. Louis and during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This event will draw a curated group of creators and innovators, business leaders and investors from around the world.

We help raise the next generation of innovators to keep US entrepreneurship competitive globally. WTP is proud to support KIPP schools and host FCBC Junior events to inspire creator spirit in the American youth.

What is FCBC?

We The People’s mission is to help local creators who were successful in crowdfunding launch globally through the FCBC community. To date, we have brought more than 200 brands and more than a thousand products to the public via our brick-and-mortar stores in multiple countries and online.

Past FCBC exhibitors Akeem Shannon, Flipstik CEO, and Hanson Grant, Think Board CEO, sold 1,000 units in one month and broadened their reach to Asia, respectively.

Founded for creators by creators Ryan Sim, Joel Liew, Nison Chan, and CEO Jay Kang, the company provides education, e-commerce, and brick-and-mortar retail space for entrepreneurs. WTP is quickly becoming the hub of innovation in Asia. With its goal to bring together the global creator community, WTP is expanding internationally to Spain, India, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and more.

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Panel Topics

Panel 1

  • Ensuring Success After Crowdfunding

  • Common Failures of Successful Crowdfunders

  • Lessons Learned from Building a Product from Scratch

  • Transitioning from Crowdfunding to Startup Growth

  • Crowdsourcing and Giving Back to the Community

Panel 2

  • Kickstarter – Running Advanced Campaigns

  • Global Expansion and Funding within Your Reach

  • From Crowdfunding to Global Launching

  • Registering and Protecting Your Intellectual Property

  • Nuts and Bolts: Choosing and Working with a Manufacturer

  • Connecting Startups and Investors via Equity Crowdfunding

  • Funding Your Growth: Institutional and Beyond


  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. Registration + Networking / Product & Partner Showcase + Funding / Experience Zone

  • 4:00-5:30 p.m. Featured Speakers / Moderated Panel Discussion with Crowdfunding Creators

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner + Networking

  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. Featured Speakers / Moderated Panel Discussion with Industry Experts

  • 8:00-9:00 p.m. Audience Pitch Sessions + Funding

  • After 9:00 p.m. Off-site afterparty


Salvador Briggman – Founder, CrowdCrux

Salvador Briggman founded the popular blog, CrowdCrux, which has been cited by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, and more. He helps entrepreneurs raise money on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. He has written the highly popular book, the Kickstarter Launch Formula. Last year, he helped over 700,000 individuals raise money from the crowd through his blog, podcast, YouTube channel, forum, online courses, and books.

Wendy Diamond – CEO & Founder, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization and LDP Ventures

Wendy Diamond is CEO and Founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)/#ChooseWOMEN, a non-governmental philanthropic volunteer organization with chapters in 144 countries and 112 Universities/Colleges on a global mission to empower women in business to alleviate poverty.  

She is an Investor/Advisor in social impact disruptive technologies and women led businesses in Health Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, Fintech and Virtual Reality, including  Producers Market,  IPWE, Blocktower Investments, Infinigon Group, Redeem Global, Farma Trust, Altair Breathometer, Simply Vital and Snakt.

Industry Experts

Clarissa Redwine – Design & Technology Outreach Lead, Kickstarter

Clarissa travels the country in search of innovators, creators, and makers who can leverage the powerful community and storytelling tool of Kickstarter to bring creative projects to life. Before joining Kickstarter, Clarissa co-founded a nonprofit with the core mission of fostering the North Texas startup community and worked with 10 promising robotics startups as the Program Manager of the Qualcomm Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

Matt Higgins – Co-Founder & CEO of RSE Ventures, Guest Shark on Shark Tank, Vice Chairman of the Miami Dolphins

Matt Higgins is an entrepreneur, investor, and operator. In 2012, alongside co-founder Stephen Ross, he launched RSE Ventures, a private investment firm that focuses on companies across sports and entertainment, food and lifestyle, media and marketing, and technology.

At RSE, Higgins has co-founded several successful enterprises, including the International Champions Cup — a global pre-season soccer tournament that attracts millions of viewers. Under Higgins’ leadership, RSE has successfully incubated businesses such as restaurant technology platform Resy, and in 2018, RSE acquired cybersecurity company SkOUT Secure Intelligence. Higgins was the first customer of Gary Vaynerchuk’s digital agency VaynerMedia, and he led the first-round investment in the Drone Racing League, which has since become a leading sports and media company.

In recent years, Higgins identified scalable restaurant concepts as a natural extension of RSE’s portfolio, starting with David Chang’s Momofuku. RSE’s family of restaurants has grown to include Milk Bar, Fuku, Bluestone Lane and &pizza. Alongside Ross, Higgins helps each concept tap into RSE’s connections in real estate, business development, and marketing.

Higgins is a board member for Autism Speaks, VaynerMedia, Momofuku, Milk Bar, Bluestone Lane, Resy and &pizza.

Tai Nicolopoulos – Marketing Principal, SeedInvest

Tai has spent the last twelve years leading marketing efforts for startups. Her first-hand knowledge of both the challenges and opportunities facing founders of early-stage companies connects her to the mission of crowdfunding. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Tai served as Head of Marketing for Knotel, supporting New York and San Francisco-based entrepreneurs with flexible headquarters. Tai received a BA and MA in Psychology from Stanford University. In her free time she maintains her connection to the start up community, serving as an Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable Accelerator mentor. Tai also serves on the advisory board of Board Match, which connects professionals with non-profit board positions, and on the fiduciary board of Harvest Home Farmers Markets, which provides access to farm fresh local produce to communities in food deserts and educates our consumers to achieve healthier lifestyles.

Melvin Poh – Co-Founder of Asian Entrepreneur, Portfolio Manager of Cavendish Ventures

Melvin is notably a Co-Founder of The Asian Entrepreneur, the notable international business media publication and publishing house that aims to facilitate knowledge exchange and great insights on Asian entrepreneurship through educational coverage of entrepreneurial developments in the region. To date, The Asian Entrepreneur reaches 20 countries with its readership base and has an aggregate network of 600 writers from authoritative backgrounds. His organisation has also actively worked with various governments around the Southeast Asian region on facilitating the growth of the startup ecosystem through education, community building and various initiatives. Melvin’s involvement with The Asian Entrepreneur over the past 7 years has given him great insights into startup development in Asia as well as the unique challenges of startup financing for global businesses planning to tap into Asia. Melvin Poh is also a portfolio manager at the Asian focused subsidiary of Cavendish Ventures, an impact investment company that seeks out venture capital opportunity in Asia. Previously, he served as a partner at Gray Square Capital in the United Kingdom and was also a portfolio advisor at The Artemis Fund. He plans to provide the Asian perspective at the upcoming FCBC event.

Shrina Kurani is the Chief of Staff at Republic. She’s a mechanical engineer by training and loves building the entrepreneurial tech community the same way she builds machines: with a robust foundation and strong purpose. Shrina started her engineering career at NASA and the Southern California Gas Company, and she has four years of international experience supporting government projects and startups, from London to the Himalayas. Shrina is a fierce believer in the power of innovation to solve the world’s most pressing problems, and enthusiastic about seeking out and supporting ideas to make them successful.

Kate Carney – Partner, Gray Legal

Kate is a business-savvy attorney who takes a value-driven approach to problem solving that is forward-looking, risk-conscious but solutions-oriented. Kate has broad corporate experience, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate formation/founder equity structures, financing arrangements, securities law and disclosure issues, and strategic engagements. She is an expert in corporate governance best practices and has counseled CEOs, Founders, corporate directors, and investors with respect to a range of board matters, crisis response and reputational risk, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to Gray, Kate was Of Counsel in the Corporate Department at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. She previously served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Relational Investors LLC, a $6 billion asset manager, where she worked closely with the CEO on fund strategy and execution, business development initiatives, and client relationships. She began her career as a Corporate Associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. 

Arthur Limpens – Co-Founder, allocacoc

Arthur Limpens created allocacoc right after graduating from the Delft University of Technology. Currently, he focuses on ensuring that design remains at allocacoc’s core. He was instrumental in setting up the DesignNest program and loves to share his experience in design as well as entrepreneurship with other designers worldwide.

Suzy Im – VP of TribalVision Worldwide, Head of TribalVision Academy & BioTribalVision, Adjunct Professor of Marketing Communications at Emerson College

A widely-known name in business development and global marketing (Fortune Magazine Interview), Suzy has acted as a virtual CMO for over 20 years, advising C-level technology and healthcare industry leaders and executives at Fortune 500 and high-growth companies on US and global market growth. Through her roles as a consultant, hands-on practitioner, and professor, she seeks to advance the next generation of leaders and crowdfunded entrepreneurs as well as lead established companies through strategic transformations. Suzy is frequently invited as a keynote speaker and presenter at global events like the Annual Digital Marketing Forum, Annual B2B Marketing Forum, MK Media’s Worldwide Leadership Conferences and leading global technology companies like Oracle, Samsung, and LG. Suzy is also a published author of two books on marketing and leadership communication, and her work has been recognized in many business publications.

Yelena Mandenberg – Ideas Editor, Grit Daily

Yelena Mandenberg is a Brooklyn-based journalist and editor, currently representing as the Ideas Editor. Yelena also works closely with local South Brooklyn businesses through her company, Unicorn Marketing, helping small companies and startups compete with national enterprises. Working as a marketer and journalist for a variety of companies over the last 12 years, Yelena has been published all over the internet covering news, politics, tech, and brand news.

Crowdfunding Creators

John Fiorentino – Creator & Co-Founder, Gravity Blanket and Moon Pod

John Fiorentino is the creator and co-founder of Gravity Blanket and Moon Pod. His campaigns on Kickstarter have raised over $6MM dollars collectively, and both products have gone on to become sustainable businesses. 

Zach Brown – Founder, Moki Doorstep

Zach Brown is the founder of Moki Doorstep. He made the largest deal in Shark Tank History and successfully funded his company Moki Doorstep on Kickstarter in the first 7 hours (over 5000% funded by the end of the campaign). Zach is a Firefighter Paramedic with a passion for the outdoors. 

The Moki Doorstep provides easy access to your vehicle’s roof. Simply hook the Door Step over the u-shaped door latch in each of your vehicle’s doors. Load and strap down car top cargo bags and boxes; canoes, kayaks, and SUPs; skis and snowboards; and bikes. Even use it to help wash your vehicle’s roof. The Step provides a comfortable platform for both feet and allows for a balanced standing position. The patented Step eliminates dirty shoes on vehicle seats and the need for step stools or ladders. If you are short or your vehicle is tall; the Moki Door Step makes getting your gear on or off your roof a breeze! The Moki Doorstep can now be found in major retailers such as dicks sporting goods, REI, Pep boys, academy sports and NAPA.

Alice Min Soo Chun – Founder, Inventor, & CEO, Solight Design

Alice has been a Professor in Architecture and Materials Technology at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, and Lecturer at Yale, MIT, and Harvard.  Former Director of the Materials Resource Lab at the New School. She is the Patent holder for Solar Light Assembly and Inflatable Solar Light. When the Haiti earthquake happened, she turned her studio at Columbia University into an innovation studio to develop solutions to help Haiti, resulting in SolarPuff ™. She has built award-winning community outreach projects; been published in the New York Times, Architectural Record, Dwell, and the Journal of Architectural Education. Her book, GROUND RULES in Humanitarian Design, Wiley Press 2015, is an anthology for design principles and strategies for long term sustainability. 

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Jacob Durham – Co-Founder, NOMATIC

Jacob Durham is the owner and co-founder of NOMATIC a crowdfunding-based company that creates the most functional gear ever to inspire confidence for life on the move. He founded the brand 4 years ago with his cousin Jon and successfully launched 7 crowdfunding campaigns raising over $8MM total. The company was started in 2014 and has become one of the largest product-based crowdfunding companies. Jacob’s passion lies in developing incredible products, building a brand, and cultivating a team that people are excited to be a part of. Prior to starting NOMATIC Jacob had 8 years’ experience sourcing product overseas. He also spent one year in public accounting after earning his Master’s in Accountancy from BYU and licensing as a CPA.

Kay Makishi – Founder, MAKISHI APPAREL

Kay Makishi is founder of MAKISHI APPAREL – modern women’s apparel for modern women’s lifestyles, done ethically. Makishi Apparel’s mission is to help women look and feel unstoppable as they Pursue True Happiness. Kay defines True Happiness as a lifelong journey of serving others through your gift to our world. Makishi in Japanese means Pursue True Happiness and has a 400-year family heritage in Okinawa, Japan. Kay studied economics and has a BS from Penn State University and an MSc from the University of Oxford.

Hanson Grant – Founder / CEO, Think Board

As a serial entrepreneur, Hanson most recently built his company, Think Board, which started out on his dorm room wall as a “stick-on whiteboard” to write down business ideas easily. His successes have allowed him to be recognized by EO as one of the Top 25 Student Entrepreneurs in the US (2016) and by BETA Boston as one of Boston’s Top 25 Innovators Under 25 (2015). A recent graduate of Babson College, Hanson is also an avid traveler.

Think Board has been named the Top Collegiate Consumer Brand in the US (2016), the winner of Babson’s B.E.T.A Challenge (2015), and a finalist in MassChallenge (2015). With just 2 full-time people, Think Board has continuously seen over 100% annual growth since inception. Think Board creates dry erase films that turn any surface into a whiteboard.

Cheryl Gentry – Founder and CEO of Glow Global Events and Onsite Planner

Cheryl Gentry is a WE NYC Mentor, named 2017 Top Influential Women by Smart Meetings and 2017 Brava Award Winner Top Female CEO by SmartCEO Magazine. As a leader in the $40-billion event industry, Cheryl is a strategic entrepreneur constantly seeking out innovative opportunities. Currently setting her sights on the diversity-challenged world of tech, she’s developing an event tech platform, called Onsite Planner, which is set to revolutionize the event planning industry. Her initial beta was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Anibal Marin – Founder, Inventor & CEO, Auxiliare International

The award-winning designer, product developer, and CEO Anibal Marin is innovating the shirt industry with his solution-based crowdfunded accessories company Auxiliare International which manufactures Auxilry as seen on Project Runway Fashion Startup. What’s Auxilry? Auxilry are patented interchangeable shirt buttons that allow you to personally customize your shirts in seconds with no sewing needed. Auxiliare International is the first company in the world to create an integrated button system that combines no-sewing capabilities with button interchangeability. Anibal’s has materialized from concept to a pure adoration of luxuriant details that regenerates true individuals clothes leaving a lasting impression while solving common button problems. Auxiliare International LLC creates high-quality products that are timeless by staying true to the free-thinking world of design and lifestyle.

Marci Klein – Co-Founder, 3dux Design

Partners and Sponsors


WE Fund Crowd

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Featured Partners and Participants

Michael Anderson – CEO / Founder, MPAC

Michael “President” Anderson is CEO & Founder of MPAC Holdings LLC.  He created MPAC, a FinTech Market-Network in order to democratize access to business development for the world’s most exceptional Movements, Ventures, and People, including social impact ventures/non-profits and diverse entrepreneurs. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking & Asset Management with firms including Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch. He is a distinguished Harvard College Alum, and has been awarded Harvard Hero of the Year for leadership development as an Hip-Hop Artist, Author, Filmmaker, and Activist. In 2018, he released Millions In My 20s Album, Tour, and global empowerment movement. He is a Founder of Global Black Student Orientation and Jerseygrown Foundation, as well as a Board Member of National Alliance On Mental Illness NYC, Newark Yoga Movement, Harvard Alumni FEAST, and has served NAACP, Atlanta Yoga Movement, AIME and other Corporations, Governments, Universities, and Sports Teams focused on expanding their respective innovation pipeline. He remains passionate about creating inclusive and diverse community generational wealth through Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Real Estate Investing & Advising.

Diana Franco – Director, WE NYC

Diana Franco is the Director of WE NYC – Women Entrepreneurs of New York City – housed under the NYC Department of Small Business Services, WE NYC is the official initiative of the City of New York to support and empower women entrepreneurs. Diana has been founding team-member of three tech start-ups with successful exits, the founder of an agency focused on helping foreign entrepreneurs to launch their products and services in the U.S., and co-founder of a foundation aiming to empower women professionally and economically. She has faced and overcome every challenge an entrepreneur could face, working for WE NYC is a natural extension of her work and passion. 

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Precious Williams – Founder / CEO, Perfect Pitches

Precious L. Williams, also known as the #KillerPitchMaster, is a world class master communicator who works with successful entrepreneurs and helps them take their professional speaking skills to the next level. With over 24 years of experience conceptualizing unique branding, speaking, and marketing techniques, Williams trains individuals and companies how to remain authentic while presenting concepts and visions to distinctive audiences. As a 13-time national business elevator pitch champion, Williams has been on top television shows and publications for her pitching and branding skills. She was featured on Season 8 of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, as well as several others. 

Brian Fried – Serial Investor

Brian Fried is a serial inventor with many of his inventions reaching mass retail, As Seen On TV, home shopping channels, catalogs and online retailers through licensing and manufacturing. He is the author of “Inventing Secrets Revealed” and “You & Your Big Ideas”, has been featured in the media including; New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Newsday, Inventors Digest, CBS News, Food Network and WPIX11. Brian hosts Got Invention Radio, interviewing high profile guests including, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and Lori Greiner from ABC’s Shark Tank and over 150 interviews. He founded and continues as President of inventor clubs on Long Island representing Nassau and Suffolk counties. Brian mentors and represents individual inventors to celebrities at all stages of the invention process, providing feedback, product development, licensing representation and turnkey solutions to make ideas a reality. He is considered an authority and advocate for inventors within the invention community. Brian has been requested as a guest speaker on innovation and invention at major trade shows, government agencies, schools and libraries throughout the country. He recently received the Innovator of the Year Award on Long Island and Proclamation from the County Executive. Fried was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the United Inventors Association of America.

Florencia Giordano – Program Manager, WE NYC

Florencia Giordano is the program manger of WE NYC an initiative of the NYC Department of Small Business Services that is dedicated to helping women start and grow their businesses. She is a Master’s degree graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Felicia Lin – Social Media Strategist Consultant

Felicia Lin is a social media strategist and author, who writes and speaks frequently about social media through her website and the events she organizes and hosts. Her website, offers social media advice online. She frequently consults on the topics of social media and crowdfunding strategy. She raised over $15,000 through crowdfunding for her current book project, the memoir of Su Beng, a Taiwanese revolutionary, activist and historian.

Nita Sanger – CEO, Idea Innovate Consulting

Nita Sanger is the Chief Executive Officer of Idea Innovate Consulting, a boutique strategy consulting firm focused on accelerating growth of Professional, Financial and Legal Services businesses. Nita brings over 25+ years of experience in strategy consulting and execution focused on innovating, transforming and growing various global businesses for large and mid-sized firms, and start-ups in the services industry. She brings domain expertise in the application of various technologies to transform the business, i.e. Artificial Intelligence / Cognitive, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Crowd sourcing, Crowd funding, Analytics, etc. In her previous roles, Nita has worked as the Chief Strategy Officer for a blockchain start-up focused on the legal industry, as the Head of Global Innovation for the Legal & Regulatory business of an information services provider, as a Director of Global Strategy and Innovation at a Big Four focused on financial and professional services, and as a Partner at a boutique consulting firm focused on strategic consulting to the financial services industry. Nita is passionate about empowering women to succeed in the culturally evolving, tech-enabled market place and in 2019 launched the Global Rise of Women in LegalTech (“GROWL”) initiative to support women in the industry. Nita received her MBA from Columbia Business School and had lived and worked in multiple countries.

Jason Frankel – Sales Consultant at TriNet

Jason is a sales advisor to early and growth stage tech companies. Drawing on his experience from Cleanshelf, BetterWorks, Voray, and TriNet, Jason helps early stage companies develop specific & measurable plans to execute on their sales goals. Currently at TriNet, Jason also works with CEOs, CFOs, and founders of early and mid-stage businesses to implement a compliance, admin, and HR infrastructure for scale. The result is not only an improved benefits program and experience for employees, but cost & time savings for the leadership team to focus on strategy and business development.

Bill Kwok – Co-Founder of Einnovations

Bill spent over 12 years in wealth management and marketing. His experience as a Private Banker in sports and entertainment lead him to New York, where he co-produced Mondo.NYC – a music discovery and blockchain festival. This gave rise to his co-founded company, Ei, a music agency dedicated to educating and training musicians in emerging technologies, such as blockchain. His goal is to be at the forefront of evolving the music industry to a place where the musician is given back the creative control, distribution and reward for their passion and talents.

Tom Capone – Chairman / CEO of NYDLA

Tom Capone is the Chairman and CEO of the New York Distance Learning Association ( The NYDLA services 46% of the $1.3T education market for technology-based learning systems (TBLS). No matter what labels we use, the NYDLA aims to be the premier remote work, distance/digital learning and collaboration association in the United States and beyond. Whether it is via satellite, video conferencing, online, offline or other means of distribution, the NYDLA will provide the latest information about technology development, collaboration, design and application in our anytime, anywhere global collaboration world. 

Kahshanna Evans – Director of Public Relations, Kissing Lions PR

Fueled by years in fashion, film+television, and the entertainment industry followed by immersive wellness studies, Kahshanna Evans launched Kissing Lions Public Relations, a boutique PR, media, and content production hub headquartered in NYC that works with niche influencers, nascent lifestyles products and services, and emerging brands.  Engaging early on as on-camera talent with top brands in fashion and entertainment to include HBO, BET, ABC, NBC, VH-1, Elle Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and Essence Magazine sparked her interests in content production.  Kahshanna has been a contributor for the Huffington Post blog and was a senior writer for Industry Rules Magazine for a short stint. As seen in the New York Times, Mashable, and The Network Journal.

Garrett Lang – Founder / President of PlateRate

Garrett began his career as a developer in the 90’s. He has a computer science degree from Cornell University, and still spends some of his spare time keeping his technical skills sharp. He has spent about 11 years in Financial services Companies advancing his career as a Product Manager, including General Electric, Citigroup, and Oppenheimer Funds. He has spent 6 years in ad tech / marketing tech, where he worked for a number of startups, including one acquired by Nielsen where Garrett helped create The Nielsen Marketing Cloud. Garrett also spent some time in other industries working with for the PwC and Google Cloud Alliance leading a product/engineering organization of over 50. Garrett is the founder and president of PlateRate – A company that is in the process of launching a product which will allow you to earn up to a 60% credit in free food to try the best menu items at our partner restaurants. Please go to to find out why you will want to use PlateRate!

George Carney – Founder, Poor Man’s Kitchen

Poor Man’s Kitchen spawned from George’s love of craft cocktails and the creative process that goes into developing them. A bartender by trade, he often found myself purchasing similar products to create and develop artisanal cocktails at work. After growing tired of getting a small return on my investment in terms of both quantity and quality, George began creating my own syrups in my Brooklyn apartment. A following soon developed and a bottle of the pumpkin spice syrup made its way onto the Bravo t.v. show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. The simple syrup received such high praise that I was encouraged to pursue the venture further.

In order to create something truly unique, George decided to personalize my product by incorporating elements from my family’s traditions and history. The name ‘Poor Man’ stems from a translation of my mother’s maiden name, Poveromo, and all of the photos on the label are of my family, mainly my grandparents, growing up in the Bronx. The project pays homage to George’s past while looking towards the future.

Stacey Blume – Founder, Noble Titan

Stacey Blume is an experienced fashion entrepreneur and inventor with a proven track record of developing innovative designs from inception to mass market adoption through licensing. The demand for Blume’s trendsetting fashion was fueled by media buzz and a consistent celebrity fan base that led to global distribution across multiple product lines. Stacey has moved on to create ElastaFuse Technology (EFT). EFT is an ingredient brand (think Gortex or Velcro) that has 9 granted patents. The patents are being licensed for use in multiple categories including activewear, underwear, and accessories with sweatband elastic. The innovative trim of EFT combines the soft and absorbing properties of a sweatband with the functionality of elastic to create a revolutionary band that captures sweat, prevents chafing, and maximizes comfort. Noble Titan is a DTC brand patent powered by EFT. Noble Titan has been wear tested by fitness professionals who are going to be a part of a brand ambassador program.

David Olkovetsky – Founder, Artisan Revere

David Olkovetsky is the founder of Artisan Revere, a company that marries modern materials and old world craftsmanship. In March 2019, he announced a Kickstarter campaign to with the goal of manufacturing finest production knives in the world, right here, in the USA. Artisan Revere utilizes a steel that numerous metallurgists and knife makers believe is the best steel ever made for kitchen knives, Elmax 3rd Generation Powder Steel.

In a past life, he was a metals and mining investor for CQS (a $13Bn hedge fund) and Jefferies (an investment bank). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder, part-time Angel Investor, and an Accredited Investor. He was also a member of a two-person Institutional Investor Ranked Research Team from 2010-2013. His team won first place in 2013. David earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2009.

Colette Ellis – Principal Owner, InStep Consulting

Coach Colette Ellis is an advocate for your wellbeing. As founder of InStep Consulting, she traveled the globe facilitating interactive seminars on employee wellness, leadership development, and team building. Most recently, she founded Start Within Coaching to help women find their true sense of worth and learn the best practices for a healthy balanced life. Colette is a certified Stress Management coach and practitioner of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT-Tapping). She is contributing author to Transform Your Life With One Call: America’s Top Life Coaches Reveal What You Need to Know. Her book, Focus on Your Vision, helps readers clarify priorities and optimize their work-life equilibrium. As host of the Start Within Podcast, and co-host for Brooklyn Savvy TV, she facilitates substantive conversations about women’s health and wellbeing. Her tips and advice also have appeared in Thrive Global, Real Simple, and Daily Burn.

Shabrina Koeswologito – Owner, Slow Travel Story

Shabrina Koeswologito is a storyteller, community builder, traveler, and tech enthusiast. Shabrina started her career at Yahoo! Indonesia as a Sales Strategist in 2012. She also launched and led the Indonesian food community of Zomato, a global restaurant discovery platform backed by Sequoia Capital. Since then, she has worked in startups and multinational companies in the tech and tourism industry in New York and Indonesia.

Currently, Shabrina is the founder of Slow Travel Story blog focusing on Slow and Sustainable Travel. Additionally, Shabrina writes about women in tourism and hospitality leadership roles. National Geographic Editor at Large, the Director of Group Sales Marriott International, and Digital Head of the American Museum of Natural History are among the trailblazing women she has interviewed. She also self-published a Bali guidebook on Amazon which was ranked #1 in Asian budget guidebook category. Her work has been quoted or featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, and, among other publications.

Lotta Lundaas – CEO / Founder, Norse Interiors

Lotta Lundaas is a dynamic executive with multifaceted expertise in global leadership. She’s the founder and CEO of Norse Interiors, and has a proven track record in online business development and growth. Lotta was born in Sweden but loves living in Manhattan despite being a true nature junkie.

Norse Interiors is the premier online company offering Scandinavian-designed, artisanal components to customize IKEA furniture in the U.S. and Canada. Norse is changing the luxury furniture shopping experience by letting customers design bespoke pieces from sturdy, American-manufactured material to fit over existing IKEA systems for storage cabinets, credenzas, TV stands, dressers, and nightstands.

Lindsey Lopez – Founder / Owner, Compliance Organized LLC

Lindsey B Lopez is the owner and founder of Compliance Organized LLC. Lindsey has spent over 20 years in luxury retail – spending a majority of her time in General Management and store operations. It was in this setting that she experience the need to reserve wall space, and stay in OSHA compliance. She realized the unglamorous need to keep compliance posters accessible and organized in a small spaces. Though a departure from high-end fashion, Lindsey launched Compliance Organized LLC, and The Poster Hanger, a single patented device launching in Fall of 2019.

Jim Saar – CEO, Apparel Strategic Alliances

ASA’s CEO is an accomplished international professional, with almost forty years of experience in manufacturing and wholesale worldwide. Jim started in the industrial engineering field in 1978, quickly advancing to positions of Chief Engineer and Director of Engineering for $100 million+ annual sales companies. 

Jim and his team develop business plans, arrange for startup and on-going business, including purchase order finance/factoring. They set up BOSS systems (back office support), established distribution/warehouse logistics and develop overseas product manufacturing and sourcing for private label products.

With the invention of CoolVisions fibers, Jim has continued his unique apparel leadership, developing patented intellectual properties into viable retail-ready products. His ability to secure IP owned services, then implement programs for product development, design & branding, sales, manufacturing, distribution & fulfillment, is unparalleled in this industry.

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