Final round Judges
Kartik Hosanagar is a professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he also serves as the Director of Wharton¹s Venture Initiation program. Kartik´s research focuses on various aspects of aspects of Internet commerce, including digital media and Internet marketing. Kartik has received several teaching awards including the MBA and Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching awards at the Wharton School. Kartik is a cofounder of Yodle Inc, a venture-backed firm recently listed among the top 50 fastest growing private firms in the US, and is actively involved with several other startups as either an investor or board member.
He graduated as a valedictorian from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS, Pilani), India with a Bachelors degree in Electronics and a Masters in Information Systems, and has an MPhil in Management Science and a PhD in Management Science and Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jack Abraham is currently serving eBay's Director of Local. Previously, Jack was the Founder and CEO of Milo.com which brought realtime inventory and pricing from over 156k stores and 56 of the top 100 retailers in the US onto the web. Milo was acquired by eBay in 2010. While at eBay Jack created eBay's 1 hour delivery option (eBay Now) and eBay's new feed based homepage which enables users to follow searches and sellers to get a personalized feed of items as they're listed on the site. At a young age, he began building some of the first data extraction and processing mechanisms that would quickly help comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR) grow from 3 to 40 employees. His interest in data later led him to write software that crawled and analyzed arbitrage opportunities on eBay and traded products in real-time. He was the first investor in Invite Media and a seed investor in Pinterest. He also serves as an advisor to Felicis Ventures. Jack is in the process of graduating magna cum laude as a Joseph Wharton Scholar from the Wharton School with a customized degree in Technological Entrepreneurship. He has been named in Business Week’s Top 25 Under 25, Inc’s 30 Under 30, Forbes 30 Under 30 and Fast Company’s Top 100 most creative people in business.
Daniel Brusilovsky is the founder and CEO of Teens in Tech Labs, an organization that helps young entrepreneurs through it's Teens in Tech Conference, Teens in Tech Incubator and more. Previously, he was a Summer Associate at Highland Capital Partners, a 25-year old $3B+ venture capital firm focused on early-stage enterprise and consumer technology companies. He's also spent time at JESS3, TechCrunch, and Qik (as part of the founding team). You can follow him on Twitter - @danielbru.
As a Partner at Venrock in New York, David focuses on early stage venture investing in internet and digital media companies. His active investments include Media6Degrees, Smartling, Klout, Dollar Shave Club and Singly. Previously, Pakman was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. Prior to joining eMusic, Pakman was Co-Founder and President of Business Development and Public Policy at Myplay, Inc., the company he co-founded in 1999 in Redwood City, CA that introduced the “digital music locker” and pioneered the locker category. Before Myplay, he was Vice President at N2K Entertainment, which created the first digital music download service. He also was the co-creator of Apple Computer’s Music Group.
Pakman is a graduate of and a former member of the Board of Overseers at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science with a degree in Computer Science Engineering and is an avid musician and songwriter.
Josh is a Partner at First Round Capital and has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization. In 1992, while he was a student at Wharton, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – and took it public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. Josh founded Half.com in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000. In late 2003 Josh helped to found TurnTide, an anti-spam company that created the world's first anti-spam router, which was acquired by Symantec just six months later.
Josh founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. And since that time the firm has invested in over 200 emerging technology startups – becoming one of the most active venture capital firms in the country. Josh has been named as one of the top ten ‘angel investors’ in the United States by Newsweek magazine, and was ranked sixth on Forbes 2012 “Midas List” of the top 100 tech investors. Josh is an inventor on thirteen U.S. Patents for his work in Internet technology. In June 2000, he was awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the Greater Philadelphia region. Josh earned a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
John lives in Brooklyn, NY and writes about technology, security, gadget, gear, wristwatches, and the Internet. After spending four years as an IT programmer, he switched gears and became a full-time journalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Laptop, PCUpgrade, Surge, Gizmodo, Men’s Health, InSync, Linux Journal, Popular Science, InSync, and he's written a book called Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age.
He is currently Gadgets Editor of TechCrunch and supervises the BWL family of blogs,SlushPile.net, WristWatchReview.com, and MacMiniGear.com.
Dr. Taylor received his A.B. degree in Electrical Computer and Systems Engineering from Harvard College in 1988 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1990 and 1994 respectively. Dr. Taylor was the Jamaica Scholar in 1984, a member of the Harvard chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and held a Harvard College Scholarship from 1986-1988. From 1994 to 1997 Dr. Taylor was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty of the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania in September 1997. He received an NSF CAREER award in 1998 and the Lindback Minority Junior Faculty Award in 2001. In 2012 he received a best paper award at the IEEE Workshop on the Applications of Computer Vision.
Dr Taylor's research interests lie primarily in the fields of Computer Vision and Robotics and include: reconstruction of 3D models from images, vision-guided robot navigation and smart camera networks. Dr. Taylor has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions of Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. He has also served on numerous conference organizing committees and was a Program Chair of the 2006 edition of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. In 2012 he was awarded the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert J. Moore is the founder and CEO of RJMetrics, one of Philadelphia’s best-known technology startups. RJMetrics creates software that helps online businesses make smarter decisions using their data. In addition to his work there, he serves as an advisor to several east-coast technology companies, contributes to TechCrunch, gives guest lectures at Princeton University and The Wharton School, and has appeared in numerous publications as an expert on technology and social media. Prior to RJMetrics, Robert served on the Investment Team of Insight Venture Partners. He is a graduate of Princeton University's department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
Brian James Kirk is a a co-founder of Technically Philly, handling business development, marketing and product development for the broader Technical.ly network, currently in Philadelphia and Baltimore. He focuses on developing new partnerships, building brand identity and coordinating events and projects. He manages efforts like Philly Tech Week and Baltimore Innovation Week. Kirk is a graphic designer at heart, responsible for making sure that even the company’s spreadsheets are pretty. In his spare time, he’s actively seeking the best bar in South Philly, where he resides.
David Brussin is an entrepreneur and innovator whose career has been dedicated to helping marketers succeed in the digital world. In 1996, David co-founded InfoSec Labs, which helped large enterprises move safely into ecommerce and online marketing in the early days of the commercial Internet. Following the success of InfoSec Labs, he co-founded ePrivacy Group, developing technology that allowed marketers to use email to build strong customer relationships, and TurnTide, a technology that protected the value of the email channel by attacking spam in a new and effective way.
David founded Monetate with David Bookspan in 2008 to help online marketers fulfill the long-held promise of creating relevant customer ecommerce experiences based on actionable data. He served on the Board of Directors of Invite Media from 2007 until its acquisition by Google in 2010. He is a published author, holds several patents on his inventions, and is an avid adventurer and hobbyist.
Scott is a technical entrepreneur, startup advisor, and angel investor. He was Co-Founder and CTO of Invite Media, a venture backed advertising startup acquired by Google in 2010. Scott turned his attention to biotechnology and joined Schrodinger in 2012 to lead their new enterprise class product initiative.
Elliot is a physician/engineer/hacker turned serial entrepreneur and investor. He is Managing Director of DreamIt Health, a program that invests in and accelerates the development of pre-seed healthtech ideas/teams/companies. He is co-founder of Venturef0rth, a campus in Philadelphia for tech startups. Elliot also serves on the Penn faculty where he teaches a crash course in entrepreneurship for engineers and scientists. Elliot was previously the founder and CEO of HxTechnologies, a pioneer in health information exchange which he sold to MEDecision in May 2009. Following the acquisition, he served as General Manager at MEDecision with responsibility for building new lines of business around health information exchange (HIE), electronic health record (EHR), personal health record (PHR) and telehealth products and services.
An NIH Fellow in the Medical Scientist Training Program, Elliot received an MD and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine He holds MSE and BSEE degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.
James Smits is a Partner and Program Director of Tigerlabs where he gets to work with awesome people. Prior to Tigerlabs, James worked at Banyan Water as a Business Development Associate. Working directly with the CEO, his work focused on the expansion of the Capital Markets Division, outreach and diligence for potential mergers and acquisitions, and assisting with post merger integration of the firm’s first acquisition. Before Banyan, James was an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne School of Land and Environment, analyzing the efficacy of water trading markets in Australia, and Research Assistant in the Princeton University Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, supporting the research team for the acting Chairman.
Bert Navarrete is an experienced investor and co-founder of Tigerlabs. Prior to Tigerlabs, Bert was a co-founder at Connected Sports Ventures, a startup that builds interactive sports applications for Connected TVs and second screen devices. Previously, Bert was responsible for MandA and venture investments at Internet Capital Group (ICG). Bert has made investments in early stage companies across a variety of technology sectors and has had broad operational and investment management responsibilities.
Prior to ICG, Bert was an Investment Partner at Mitsui & Co., where he led Mitsui’s New York Technology Investment Group. While at Mitsui, Bert was responsible for managing and executing venture and private equity investments and oversaw the firm’s overall investment strategy. Previously, Bert was VP of Technology Strategy and Business Development at Merrill Lynch Technology and also managed a strategic venture fund consisting of investments in the internet, media, and mobile sectors.
Cory Levy is the Co-Founder and COO of One. One is a mobile application that uses your interests to bring you the things you love; from people and events to products and media. One raised over $1 Million from True Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Ron Conway, and others (making him one of the youngest to raise venture capital). Prior to One, Levy worked for NutShell Mail (acquired by Constant Contact). From there he went on to do externships while in high school at TechStars, Union Square Ventures, DFJ Mercury, and the Founders Fund. Additionally, Levy created the NextGen Conference, a conference bringing together young entrepreneurs with more experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Previous speakers include: Peter Thiel (Founder of PayPal), Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber’s manager), and Ashton Kutcher (attendee). NextGen Conference has been hosted at both Stanford and UCLA.
Levy studied Computer Science at the University of Illinois. Levy is taking a leave of absence to work full-time on One.