WAMVentures Forum: Meet women & diverse investors and experts while focusing on the key business strategies of Pivoting & Scaling. You'll meet Sapna Shah, Principal at Red Giraffe Advisors and Brittany Gorevic, General Partner at Lattice Ventures who are successful women investors and Sarika Doshi, Co-founder & Advisor to Rank & Style which was acquired in May 2016 by Facebook Global VP, Blake Chandlee and a team of Austin-based entrepreneurs – Jamie Chandlee, Beth Newill & Dalton Young in May 2016.
Sapna Shah, Principal, Red Giraffe Advisors. Sapna is an angel investor, retail expert and three-time entrepreneur. Through Red Giraffe Advisors, Sapna makes angel and early-stage seed investments in retail, fashion and consumer start-ups and offers advisory services to early-stage companies. Sapna is a member of the Board of Directors of New York Angels.
Previously, Sapna co-founded Retail Eye Partners, an independent Wall Street equity research firm. Sapna also co-founded a menswear e-commerce retailer, Mind the Chap. Prior to Retail Eye Partners, Sapna held executive strategy roles at Linens 'n Things, Inc. and at Ann Taylor, and spent time at Gap, Inc. Previous to her career in retail, Sapna worked in investment banking at Punk, Ziegel & Knoell and in credit at Morgan Stanley. Sapna received her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School as well as a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
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Brittany Gorevic is a General Partner at Lattice Ventures, providing launch capital to entrepreneurs serving industries under served in innovation. Prior to launching Lattice, Gorevic served as General Manager at Union Square Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm with $1B+ under management. Some portfolio companies include Etsy, Twitter, SoundCloud, Tumblr, Lending Club, and Kickstarter. Her entrepreneurial endeavors include founding VetsinTech NYC, transitioning military veterans into technology jobs, and founded gtrot, a social travel recommendation engine sold to Groupon. She has a BA in Marketing and International Business from NYU.
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Sarika Doshi, Co-founder & Advisor, Rank & Style. Sarika founded Rank & Style where she acted as CEO and led content, strategy, e-commerce, public relations, business development and fundraising efforts. In three years the company grew to become a trusted, recognized brand working with well-known brands, including Amazon, American Express, Nordstrom, and Refinery29 and was sold in 2016. Rank & Style was named 'Best of the Web' by InStyle and earned the 'Founders of the Future' award from Hearst and Sarika was listed as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company. Prior to Rank & Style, she was a member of the management team at a venture-backed growth company where she was responsible for growing and managing a $20 million business segment in London and New York. Sarika studied at Columbia University and the University of Michigan Law School.
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PITCH SESSION: Apply to pitch for investor feedback at: contact "at" wamventures.com by October 15, 2016, 11:59pm EST. Submit 1-page executive summary including stage of business, problem, solution and market size of your industry/vertical. Preference for companies that have achieved MVP and demonstrate progress toward traction and/or unique technology or business solution. Use SUBJECT: Pitch at WAMVentures Forum 10/18/16. *Presenting team must have at least one woman or diverse founder/co-founder).
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