According to BloombergTV's Money Moves, VentureCrushNY (#VCrushNY) was an invite-only event featuring 500 influential entrepreneurs, investors and innovators in tech venture that demonstrated how vibrant NY has become as a center for these kinds of businesses. The event, hosted by the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler, was led by Ed Zimmerman, chair of Lowenstein Sandler's Tech Group, and founder of some of the innovative venture industry programs -- such as First Growth Venture Network, AngelVineVC and GrapeArborVC -- that have helped to build the burgeoning New York tech eco-system. The two panels featured insights from the following leading investors and founders: Eric Hippeau (Lerer Ventures), Deven Parekh (Insight Venture Partners), Katia Beauchamp (BirchBox), Josh Kopelman (First Round Capital), Howard Lerman (Yext), Brian O'Kelley (AppNexus) and Theresia Gouw Ranzetta (Accel Partners). |
Broadcast worldwide by Bloomberg TV's "Money Moves," host Deirdre Bolton's coverage of the event included interviews with Fred Destin (Atlas Venture), Deborah Farrington (StarVest Partners), Alex Zhardanovsky (PetFlow.com), Billy McFarland (Spling.com), Micah Rosenbloom (Founder Collective), Bob Rice (Tangent Capital), Lauren Remington Platt (Vensette) and Veeral Rathod (J. Hilburn), along with a number of the panelists.
Highlights included Howard Lerman's "Your parents know what's good for you but they don't know what's great for you" comment (referencing the trend to drop out of college and start a company) and Josh Kopelman's remarks about hitting the road to IPO for the company he started in college: "When I landed in SFO for the IPO road show and realized I was too young to get a rental car, it occurred to me that investors were trusting me with tens of millions of dollars, but Hertz wouldn't trust me with a Pontiac."
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