NYC – Meet our Panelist

Posted on September 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

NYC – Detailed Program

Ryan Feit – CEO & CoFounder, SeedInvest

Ryan Feit_Headshot

Ryan co-founded SeedInvest because he saw the need for a better way to connect entrepreneurs and investors. On the entrepreneurial side, Ryan previously founded multiple startups. On the investor side, Ryan worked at Carlson Capital, Wellspring Capital Management
and Lehman Brothers in New York City where he invested in, financed and managed dozens of private and public businesses. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act, Ryan supported The Startup Exemption, the nonprofit responsible for bringing the concept of Equity Crowdfunding to Washington, DC. Ryan co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association and currently serves as an Executive Board Member and the Co-Chair of the Education and Training Committee. Ryan also serves as a Board Member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates group and as a Co-Chair of the Crowdfund Portals Committee. Whenever given the chance, Ryan enjoys traveling and has been to 77 countries. Ryan received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Merril is an inventor and serial entrepreneur.  He is currently developing and commercializing impact sensors for sports concussion management as the founding CEO of Brain Sentry, Inc.  He served as founding CEO for two previous VC-backed fast growth wellness and medical product companies.  At HT Medical Systems Mr. Merril invented and successfully commercialized computer-based simulators for surgical training.

Doug Ellenoff, Esq. – Crowdfunding/Transactions & Corporate Financings 

Douglas Ellenoff

Douglas S. Ellenoff, Esq. is a member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole, LLP, a 60 lawyer New York-based firm, Douglas S. Ellenoff, a member of the Firm since its founding in 1992, is a corporate and securities attorney with a specialty in business transactions and corporate financings.  Mr. Ellenoff and the rest of the corporate department distinguish themselves from many other transactional lawyers on the basis of their  ability to be part of the establishment of new securities programs, like PIPEs, SPACs, Registered Directs, Reverse Mergers and CrowdFunding, where the Firms professionals have played leadership roles within each of those industries, assisting in the creation, formation and strategies relating to those financings, as well as working closely with the regulatory agencies; including the SEC and FINRA; and the listing exchanges – AMEX and NASDAQ. The Firm is actively engaged with clients (funding portals, broker-dealers, technology solution providers, software
developers, investors and entrepreneurs). In cooperation with the industry trade association, the Firm is discussing what level of regulatory review and monitoring is appropriate by the SEC and FINRA in balancing the interests of the program with investor protection. The firm has  several attorneys that have become key players in the program, including Douglas S. Ellenoff, Barry I. Grossman, Joan Adler, David Selengut, Sarah Williams, Matthew Bernstein and George Georgiades. In particular, Joan Adler, a member of our Broker Dealer Regulatory Group, has shepherded many firms through the broker dealer membership process. She has participated on panels with the FINRA Membership Department to develop the New Membership Application Program and will be proactively working with regulators to establish guidelines for funding portals.

Kim Wales – Investor/Crowdfunding Expert/Partner, Wales Capital


Robert L. Greene (Bob) is an accomplished business executive, investment professional, public servant, and philanthropist with deep expertise and broad experience at transforming opportunities into successes! Bob is a Principal with Syncom Venture Partners; a leading venture capital firm focused on multistage equity investments in high growth segments of the Media & Communications industry. Bob leads Syncom’s Investor Relations and Business Development efforts. He is responsible for maintaining and expanding the firm’s relationships with its 32 limited partners, and targeting institutional investors for future investment with the firm. He also supports the growth of the firm’s portfolio companies by planning and executing strategies to generate top line revenues and strategic relationships.  Bob holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. He served as President of the Student Government (1990-’91) and was a recipient of numerous awards including the university’s Distinguished Service Award. Upon graduating from VCU, Bob was appointed to the highly coveted Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program, serving in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. Bob holds lifetime memberships in The Marathon Club for Entrepreneurship, National Eagle Scout Association, National INROADS Alumni Association, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


Thursday, September 26, 2013


1290 Ave of the Americas, 6th Floor/Microsoft Corporation


8:30 am to 1:30 pm


8:00a – Registration

8:30a – Light breakfast and meet and greet

9:00a – Welcome and Introduction

9:30a – Moderated Panel of Subject Matter Experts including Darryl Bryant, WeFunder,  serial entrepreneur, Doug Ellenoff, business transaction, and securities lawyer, and Martin Hunt, Investor & Managing Director, HWI Partners, LLC. These distinguished panelists will cover various aspects of pitching your business for possible funding, and their experiences, biases, and bad memories.

10:15a – Q & A

10:25a – Break

10:30a – Interactive Workshop – Ryan Feit, CEO & Co-Founder, SeedInvest

How to Prepare for Crowdfunding: Secrets of the Capital Raise

SeedInvest is an equity-based, crowdfunding platform that connects accredited investors to high-quality start-ups and small businesses seeking funding.  SeedInvest’s mission is to help both entrepreneurs and investors leverage the disruptive power of the Internet to make early-stage investing and fundraising easier. To fulfill its mission, SeedInvest created an innovative, web-based platform which greatly reduces the traditional barriers for investing in private companies. SeedInvest’s platform has many innovative tools that help investors improve deal flow, diligence opportunities, and execute investments. This workshop will focus on entrepreneurs getting ready to present your company to a Crowdfunding portal. This workshop teaches a proven method for creating a winning investor presentation—a formal 10-minute narrative supported by slides and given to angels or VC’s in private meetings or at venture fairs. The objective of the workshop is to provide you the summary of the investment merits of your company so compelling that investors want to know more. The goal is to be invited back for a “second meeting.” The ultimate goal is to get funded.

11:45p – Networking Break

12:15p – Lunch with Fireside Chat – While enjoying lunch and soaking up all the information from the morning enjoy a fireside chat with Robert (Bob) Greene, Investor, Venture Capitalist, and Partner, Syncom Venture Partners. Bob will share his personal views and winning secrets on effective pitching and how he has used his experiences in both being an entrepreneur and investor to his advantage.

1:30p – Closing Remarks