Call for Questions: Starting Up in Silicon Alley

September 16, 2008   

This Thursday (at 11:05am), I'm moderating a panel called "Starting Up in Silicon Alley" at the Web 2.0 Expo (with a follow up session in the Web2Open). The coolest part about my panel: my panelists are NYC tech rock stars. I'm very pleased to be joined by Kevin Ryan, Karin Klein, and David S. Rose (bios after the jump).

So, with these three great people on my panel, I wanted to take questions from folks other than me.

What would you like to ask Kevin, Karin, and David? What about their experiences as long-time entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Alley are you interested in?

Use the comments section of my blog to suggest something.


Kevin Ryan, CEO & Co-Founder of AlleyCorp Kevin P. Ryan, one of Silicon Alley’s most well known Internet entrepreneurs, has started six New York-based businesses – Alley Insider, Gilt Groupe, Music Nation, Panther Express, ShopWiki and 10gen – in the past three years. He presently serves as chairman and CEO of AlleyCorp, which oversees each of the six companies. Prior to AlleyCorp, Kevin was first president then later became CEO of DoubleClick. There, he was instrumental in building the company from a 20-person startup to a global leader with over 1500 employees.

David Rose, Principal of Rose Tech Ventures & Chairman of the New York Angels David S. Rose is an entrepreneurial executive and investor with extensive experience in high technology and communications, angel investments, finance and government. He was named by Inc. magazine to the 1998 Inc 500 list as CEO of one of the fastest growing private companies in America. Red Herring magazine has described him as “a patriarch of New York’s Silicon Alley” and Crain’s New York Business named him one of the City’s 25 most influential technology executives.

Karin Klein, Vice President of SoftBank Capital Ms. Klein joined SoftBank Capital in 2000 and specializes in business development and evaluating and identifying new investment opportunities. She has over 10 years of private equity and operating experience. Prior to joining SoftBank Capital, Ms. Klein analyzed investment opportunities for the private equity firm Chartwell Investments and helped build some of its existing holdings. She also previously worked for the MC Group and Knowledge Universe.

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