Khailee Ng is the Co-Founder and serves as a Chief Executive Officer at SAYS. He serves as Managing Partner at 500 Startups. Previously, he served as Director at iMoney Group. He is also the co-founder of GroupsMore (acquired by Groupon), SAYS.com, a Social News Network in Southeast Asia.
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.
SunTx Capital Partners makes private equity investments in middle market companies focused in the Sunbelt region including: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The firm will also selectively consider opportunities outside this region. Since the firm's inception in 2001, SunTx has invested over $600 million. The partners do not invest in start up or early stage companies and target companies with enterprise values ranging from $50 million to $150 million. However, companies of smaller size may be considered for platform add-on acquisitions. The industry focus for SunTx is manufacturing, distribution and services, with participation in the following transactions: consolidation opportunities, management buyouts, growth equity, generational transitions, acquisitions or recapitalizations.
Recently formed by a former executive of Palantir Technologies, Formation8 is looking to raise a $500M fund (according to SEC filings). Formation8 is spearheaded by Joe Lonsdale, a founder of Palantir Technologies, a private company focused on analyzing, integrating, and visualizing data. Prior to Palantir, Lonsdale was an early executive at Clarium Capital where he helped Peter Thiel grow the global macro fund to $5 Billion in assets under management. Lonsdale is also founder and Chairman at Addepar, a private wealth management technology company. He previously invested out of Anduin Ventures and recently worked with Lady Gaga to launch Backplane. The firm announced Dec. 2014 that it closed its second fund at about $500 million.
Zachary Aarons is a Co-Founder and serves as General Partner at MetaProp NYC. Zach Aarons has been working at the intersection of real estate and venture capital for the past decade. Zach is the most active early-stage PropTech investor in the United States, having funded over 60 startups in the space as an individual as well as 40 startups (and counting) through MetaProp NYC's venture capital funds. In addition to early-stage investing, Zach has worked on large scale mixed-use development projects in cities like Boston and Los Angeles with Millennium Partners. He has experience with real estate development, commercial asset management, property marketing, and commercial leasing. Prior to joining Millennium and founding MetaProp NYC, Zach was a Senior Associate at ENIAC Ventures, a seed-stage mobile technology fund and the founder of Travelgoat, an online and offline walking tour business. He began his career as an analyst at boutique investment bank Peter J. Solomon Company. Outside of work, Zach currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Tenement Museum. Zach is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He serves on the Technology Committee for the Real Estate Board of New York and the Technology and Real Estate Council for the Urban Land Institute. Previously, Zach was the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for The Lowline and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. from Brown University in Ancient Studies and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. Zach has been featured in dozens of international publications and media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Real Deal, Curbed, Commercial Observer, Propmodo, The Information, TechCrunch, Bisnow, Forbes, The Real Estate Weekly, Crain's, and Cheddar. He is a frequent speaker at global PropTech events including the Urban Land Institute, MIPIM, Realcomm, Argus Connect, SuperReturn International, and the Columbia/Goodwin Real Estate Capital Markets Conference.
Tyler re-joined Menlo Ventures as a Principal in 2014 and was promoted to Partner in 2017. He invests in both B2B and B2C markets. His interest is backing talented entrepreneurs who are building delightful and disruptive technology enabled services and products that are sticky to the end user or continuously replenished via a channel. He loves annuities, network effects, liquidity moats, systems of records, and high frequency transactional and replenishment businesses that keep customers around via convenience or habit – ideally forever. Tyler muses that his goal is to back a business that one day Warren Buffet would like to buy because of its enduring value. He knows he's running out of time.
Tyler looks for these types of opportunities across a wide variety of markets & verticals. He finds a lot of inspiration in complex industries, like Fintech, but he also gets excited by opportunities in vertical and horizontal SAAS, branded commerce, marketplaces, and data networks for a variety of industries.
Tyler’s investments (since returning to Menlo) include: Carta (fka e-Shares), PillPack (acquired by Amazon), Bread Finance, BlueVine, Qualia, Everlaw, HomeLight, Alloy.ai, Envoy, BitPay, Stance, Realtyshares, FiveStars, and tCell.io.
Previously, Tyler was an associate at Accel Partners in London, where he sourced investments in Aorato (sold to Microsoft), GoCardless, FlyWire, and Calastone. He spent a lot of time in France, Scandinavia, and Israel looking for investment opportunities.
Tyler’s first job out of college was at Menlo Ventures, where he was an analyst for 2.5 years, and sourced investments in EdgeCast Networks (sold to Verizon), DataXu, Dstillery, and ReadyForce.
Tyler has a B.A in International Relations from Stanford University. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess (improving, but still consistently beaten by his older brother), playing golf, skiing, travelling, and reading.
Honma Masahiko is the Co-Founder and serves as General Partner, Investments at Incubate Fund. He also serves as Partner at KK Fund. After graduating from Keio University, in the overseas investment arm of JAFCO, to carry out investments in Internet companies in Israel and Silicon Valley, JV establishment, the Japanese market business. From 2001, he worked in venture capital and corporate development department of Accenture. Works in the capital of Mitsubishi Corporation subsidiary, to experience an IPO from venture capital MonotaRO, of Benchari public than in 2003. funds in 2007, specializing in seed stage investment of the net business, core People Partners establishment. He was appointed representative partner. is performed establishment phase of Pokerabo and gumi, the development of business investment in the establishment phase, significantly grow. 2010, incubate bait Fund No. 1 Limited Partnership establishment. Representative appointed partner.
President + Co-Founder of Levelwing: Digital Marketing Firm
Co-founder & President, Levelwing. Partner, Third Prime Capital.
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Internet and digital marketing executive with extensive experience including general management, finance and business operations, strategy, product development, sales and marketing.
Currently, President and Co-Founder of Levelwing, a digital marketing firm offering creative, media, social and analytics services to help businesses market with greater clarity and profitability. Founded in 2002, Levelwing is headquartered in Charleston, SC and has been recognized four consecutive years on the prestigious Inc. 500|5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.
Currently, Partner at Third Prime, a venture firm focused on seed-stage investments with offices in New York, NY and Charleston, SC, that actively manages early-stage investments. Investments include Bench, GameCo, Jingle Punks Music, Latch, MindBodyGreen, NewtonX, Octane Lending, Petal, Phase Change Energy Solutions, SeedInvest, TemperPack, The New Primal and more.
Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year®. B.S. in Psychology from Western Kentucky University and Member of the Professional Advisory Committee to the School of Advertising and Public Relations.
Specialties: General management, corporate governence, leadership development, strategy, seed stage/early stage investing, brand marketing, direct-response marketing, email marketing, internet and digital advertising, media strategy, mobile marketing, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, social strategy, social media, web analytics, predictive modeling, business intelligence, business analytics and data mining
Lance Laking serves as Senior Investment Director at MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund. Lance also serves as a Boartd Member of viscore. He is also a mentor, advisor and facilitator of Entrepreneurship Programs for MaRS Venture Services. In addition to MaRS, Lance is a member of the Board at Expertfile, and an active Angel Investor. Lance was recently Executive Chairman at Granite Networks where he lead the sale of the company to Rogers Communications. He previously served as President and CEO of BTI Systems where he was responsible for securing more than US$55M in growth capital (BTI acquired by Juniper Networks in January 2016). Prior to joining BTI, Lance founded the Canadian subsidiary of HUBER+SUHNER, a Swiss-based wireless and optical component manufacturer.
Fifteen years of experience as an Internet entrepreneur who has built, operated and sold Internet media companies.
In 1998, Brett co-founded Intermix Media, which launched several online businesses including Myspace.com, Skilljam.com and Alena.com.
Brett sold Intermix to NewsCorp in 2005 for $680M. Brett was the President and Chairman of Adknowledge.com, a behavioral-based advertising technology company, which he helped grow from $40M in revenue to over $300M in revenue and $55M of EBITDA. He recently joined on as CEO of Sensa.
Brett is a highly respected internet executive, an active angel investor (e.g., Demand Media) and a pillar in the SoCal Tech Community.