David Arcara is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Laconia Capital Group. He serves as a Board Member at Ocrolus. He served as a Member at New York Angels. He is the co-managing member of the General Partner and the Management Company. Arcara has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. Arcara has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as part of the founding team, nearly $100 million dollars of angel and venture funding. In 2010, Arcara founded Rubber Soul Ventures to contribute his personal capital and operational expertise to emerging digital technology companies and entrepreneurs. Rubber Soul Ventures currently has a portfolio of over a dozen early stage ventures based primarily in the Northeast corridor including LeagueApps, LocalVox, Page Science and Wymsee. Arcara was also the co-founder of TalkSix, a consumer facing interactive streaming video start-up with a significant B-to-B component. Arcara has also served as General Manager of Imaginova Corporation's digital publishing division, including the flagship property Space.com, founded by CNN's Lou Dobbs and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Earlier in Arcara's career, he co-founded Alliance Custom Communications, to create custom content for marketers seeking to enhance their brands' customer engagement. Arcara was ultimately approached by Random House Publishing to re-launch and lead the business as Random House Custom Media. Arcara was also a co-founder of UGO Networks, which ultimately consisted of over 500 independent affiliate web publishers reaching over 15 million users a month and became one of the nation's largest 18 to 34 male-targeted online entertainment content networks. The UGO founding team was among those pioneering the concept of an online ad-supported publishing network. Arcara served as UGO's Executive Vice President and led multiple operating functions including affiliate network development, sales, and marketing. UGO was purchased by Hearst Corporation in 2006 for approximately $100 million. In 1992, Arcara formed DJA Media, Inc., which focused on turning around underperforming radio stations by improving product and sales. In 1996, DJA Media formed Radio Enterprise, Inc., a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications, through which Clear Channel provided financing to allow Radio Enterprise to expand to a total of four stations under Arcara's leadership. Radio Enterprise was sold to Clear Channel in 1998 after more than doubling its asset value at the peak of government-deregulated consolidation. Arcara is a member of New York Angels, one of the country's leading angel investor organizations, as well as Harvard Business School Angels. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, and holds his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Experienced executive leading technology and business strategy teams.
- Expertise in guiding new ventures from idea to funding in both large corporate and startup settings
- Deep diligence experience on over seventy M&A actions
- Angel and early stage investor. Corporate venture investor
- Mentor to accelerators and many start up companies
- Executive coach with extensive experience building and leading creative, execution oriented teams
Experience: Technology Partnerships, Corporate Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Development, Partner Ecosystems, Evangelism, Incubation, Software Development : systems and research; Venture & Seed Investing : advising, mentoring and coaching start up companies, Network, Software & Server architectures; Team Development : creation, restructuring and talent acquisition; Negotiating & Governance of partnerships; Go To Market strategies for innovative technologies; Strategic investing and portfolio management as well as innovation and creativity management.
David Mes is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Partner at Off The Grid Ventures. He also serves as a Venture Partner at US Invest LLC. He was a Co-Founder of Arc Venture Partners and served as a Managing Partner.
Jeremie Berrebi is the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Magical Capital. He also served as Advisor at L1 Technology. Berrebi was the Co-Founder and served as the Chief Executive Officer at Kima Ventures. He was Editor for ZDNet France in 1996, Jeremie co-founded one of the first french internet success story in 1997 sold to TNS Group (UK) in 2004. In 2006, he co-founded and was the driving force behind another company, Zlio.com. Zlio enabled users to create their own shops and sell goods from other e-commerce services. In 2010, he co-founded Kima Ventures with Xavier Niel, even though he was already a shareholder in more than 20 startups all around the world before Kima was created. Jeremie is based in Bnei Brak, Israel.
For my personal angel investing: category creators with defensible business models.
For my DTCP investing: Enterprise SaaS and recurring revenue businesses who are past $10m ARR and interested in doing more business in Europe.
Not Interested In
Whatever category the venture echo chamber has declared "hot" right now.
Eric Ver Ploeg serves as a Managing Director at DTCP. He serves as a Board Member/Observer at Anomali, CipherCloud, Innovid, Inuitive, Pinger, Ranovus, and ShareThis. Prior to DTCP, Eric was a Managing Director at VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he headed the mobile practice, leading rounds of funding at Spatial Wireless, OZ Communications, and many others. Eric has personally invested in numerous startups and has also run a quant hedge fund. Before beginning his investing career, Eric co-founded two venture-backed startups, where he raised five rounds of venture capital. Eric earned a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, as well as an MBA and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Angel Investor, Board Member, Public Speaker, Startup Advisor
Mr. Adam Slovik serves as Board Member at ClientSuccess. He serves as Managing Partner at Select Venture Partners. He serves as Board Member at Nivati. He also served as a Mentor at BoomStartup. He is an active investor with over 20 years experience as an entrepreneur, focusing on high-tech. In 1993, Slovik co-founded TenFold Corporation, helping TenFold to a successful IPO and a $1B+ market cap. Prior to TenFold, Slovik was a founding member of Oracle's Applications Division, serving in various technical, architectural and product management roles. Slovik frequently lectures on entrepreneurship, angel investing, and management strategies and tactics for growing companies.
Boris Silver is a Co-Founder and serves as President, Venture at FundersClub. Prior to starting FundersClub, he was founder and CEO of Sport Interactiva, a leading fantasy sports gaming company on Facebook (sold to Citizen Sports and acquired by Yahoo!). He was named an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship by Wharton, serves on the Board of Advisors to a venture backed technology company, and is an advisor to First Round Capital's Dorm Room Fund. Previously, he worked at Bunge, a global agribusiness, in their Commodity Trading and Risk Management program. He has been named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in Tech and to Silicon Valley's 40 under 40. Boris graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is also an alumnus of Y Combinator.
Kyle York is an Angel Investor. He serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Dynamic Network Services. He also serves as Advisor at Bliss. He serves as the Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for Internet Infrastructure Company, Dynamic Network Services, where he leads the overall sales, business development, customer service and marketing efforts for the company. He is responsible for the corporate strategy and positioning behind Dyn's rapid and aggressive expansion into the enterprise marketplace and eCommerce revenue growth. He is a co-founder of startup 1brand, sits on the Board of Directors for Growth Engine Company, Incutio, is Board Chair and President of tech incubator, abi Innovation Hub, and is a Board Advisor for web performance monitoring company, Catchpoint. He has been a speaker at Bentley University, St. Anselm's College, Southern New Hampshire University, Interop, Next Web Conference, eCommerce Expo and CloudCamp and is a a contributor for sales leadership blogs Selling Power and SalesSchool. He holds a BS in Marketing from Bentley University. He is a Board Member of Datanyze.