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Time for our spring entrepreneur cocktail party. This time, we will be featuring a diverse group of panelists to discuss ways to successfully attract smart money. Because Liquidnet is sponsoring the event, we are able to give out a one-time special price for $4.99. Limited spots. Definitely sign up early if you'd like to attend.
What does Liquidnet do?
Liquidnet is the global institutional trading network that connects equity investors with the liquidity they need - in size, at any time, from anywhere. We go beyond what the retail market can provide by defending and securing the integrity and the anonymity of the block trade. We do this while continuously looking for ways to bring in new sources of safe, actionable liquidity from asset management firms, exchanges, brokers and corporations. Since we launched in 2001, our ability to anticipate and meet institutional demand has allowed us to extend trading to 39 equity markets across five continents for asset management firms who collectively manage US$12.4 trillion. For more information on the Liquidnet community, its liquidity, block executions, and additional investment capabilities, visit www.liquidnet.com.
Michael Silverstein () – Private Shares @ Liquidnet
Michael Silverstein co-founded Liquidnet’s Private Shares Group in October 2011. Bringing a background of finance, venture capital, and direct operating experience in the social media sector, Michael has a comprehensive understanding of the private shares marketplace. Michael runs institutional sales for the group and works in Los Angeles. He completed his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management where he was elected a Venture Fellow and he earned a B.A. from Duke University.
Geoff Schneider (bio) - Managing Partner and Founder @ Cava Capital
Geoff founded Cava Capital based on the idea that entrepreneurial experience is essential to being a great investor in start-ups. Geoff has more than 20 years of operational and leadership experience with a range of companies in consumer marketing and media, technology products and services, information services and Internet marketing. Mr. Schneider has helped build over twenty venture-funded businesses into viable high growth enterprises, been instrumental in the raising of millions of dollars of venture capital, worked with many companies as advisor and investor and sat on several boards of directors at various stages of company growth. Geoff has participated in several Angel investments and has been a strategic investor in two venture capital funds. Geoff led the investments of Cava portfolio companies etouches, Inc. and Zadspace, Inc.
Prior to forming Cava, Geoff was part of the team at Iconoculture, Inc., one of the leading consumer trend research and advisory services firms. Iconoculture was sold to Corporate Executive Board (EXBD) in 2010. Prior to his work at Iconoculture, Geoff completed the second of two stints (1993-1996 and 2001-2003) at Gartner Group where he ran worldwide demand management for the fast growing consulting division. From 1998-2001, Geoff participated in the early formation and growth of Scient Inc., the leading Internet Services Consultant. As head of the East Coast business development organization, he helped with strategic guidance for over 20 start-up businesses and large multinational spin-offs. Additionally, Geoff served as liaison to the Venture Capital community, providing capital and deal flow for Scient’s growing start-up client base.
At PointCast, Inc, the leading push technology and digital media company, Geoff helped develop and grow the Pointcast Business Network, one of the first premium pay for content services on the Internet. Pointcast was acquired in 1998. Lastly, as part of the Senior Executive team at Centrport, Inc., a leading Marketing Analytics Software company, Geoff built the Sales, Client Services and Marketing departments and helped raise Series A capital. In addition to these operating roles, Geoff has spent many years as an advisor to several high-net-worth family offices on asset class due diligence. Mr. Schneider maintains direct relationships with major investment banks, hedge funds, venture and private equity organizations and has developed a unique network of capital markets experts and business advisors that are available to all portfolio companies. Geoff received a B.S. in Business and Economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. He is married with two children and enjoys competitive golf and fine wine.
Lori Hoberman (bio) - Partner @ Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Lori S. Hoberman is the chair of the Emerging Companies / Venture Capital practice. Her practice emphasizes venture capital, private equity, and general corporate counseling for emerging as well as later stage and publicly traded companies. She focuses on a range of industries, including telecommunications, software, biotechnology and life sciences, social networking, consumer products, Internet search and advertising, gaming and other media.
Ms. Hoberman has significant experience in the structuring of, and tax planning for, domestic and offshore private equity funds.
Mark Peter Davis (bio) – Venture Partner @ High Peaks Venture Partners & CEO @ Kohort
Mark is a Venture Partner at High Peaks and the CEO & Co-Founder of Kohort. Prior to co-founding Kohort, he was a venture capitalist at DFJ Gotham Ventures. He also founded Zotspot, an internet search destination, and advised Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms on the attractiveness of acquisition targets while at both KPMG and Bain & Company earlier in his career.
Mark focuses his investing activities on internet technologies. While at DFJ Gotham Ventures, he led or co-led investments in ADstruc, Medialets, Panvidea, SailThru, Seamless Receipts, STELLAService, Yipit, and was also actively involved with Altruik, Drop.io, SinglePlatform, Solvate, Totsy, Worktopia, and ViVOtech. He is also an angel investor in Warby Parker.
Mark is an active member of NYC’s venture community and was listed by BusinessInsider as one of the 100 Most Influential Digital NYers. He earned his BA at Duke and MBA at Columbia. While at Columbia, he was the President of the Private Equity & Venture Capital Club and an InSITE Fellow.
Mark actively blogs at mpd.me about fundraising, startup management and other topics relating to the startup ecosystem. Many of his posts have been syndicated or cited on The Wall Street Journal, Inc, Business Insider, PE Hub, AlwaysOn, AMEX OpenForum, Mashable and ReadWriteWeb.
Cheryl Knopp () - Co-Head of Corporate Strategy @ Liquidnet
Cheryl Knopp is the Co-Head of Corporate Strategy of Liquidnet in the US. From December 2006 through September 2011, she was Liquidnet’s Assistant General Counsel and she currently leads Liquidnet’s Private Shares Group. Prior to joining Liquidnet, she was part of the legal team at Bloomberg where she advised on trading, market data, intellectual property, media licensing and regulation. She started her career as a Corporate Associate at Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan. She also brings significant experience in M&A, securities and general corporate and transactional matters. In September 2008, Cheryl was named as one of iiNews Compliance Reporter 20 Rising Stars of Compliance. She completed her JD (Magna Cum Laude) at Brooklyn Law School, was a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and earned a B.S. from Cornell University.
It was a great event , great panel ,took home good advice
Bad lighting and bad audio made it impossible to see who was speaking and hear what was being said.
audio was not clear.
Great food, great panel and met some interesting attendees
The roundtable was very informative with good factual information about the topic.
make sure everybody in the room can hear all that is being said from the platform
Very well organized. Good Panel and interesting discussions.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.