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Media Summit New York, March 4 - 5, 2014
McGraw-Hill Building, 49th Street and 6th Ave., New York City
Tuesday, March 4th
The Strategic Track II
Financing Strategies
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Session B:
Room 207
New York - The Silicon Alley Investment, Growth & Media Accelerator - Strategies in Investment, Finance and Partnerships
Andrew Montgomery, Partner, MESA+
Art Chang, Founder and CEO, Tipping Point Partners, LLC
Dan Galpern, Partner, TZP Group
Brian Rich, Managing Partner, Catalyst Investors
David Teten, Partner, ff Venture Capital
Jeff Liu, Principal and Senior Managing Director, Group Head U.S. Technology M&A and Capital & Debt Advisory, EY
Nicholas Carlson, Deputy Editor, Business Insider, Moderator

Andrew Montgomery, Partner, MESA+: where he has worked on financing and M&A transactions for
clients including Blue Man Group, Interpublic Group,, MetroLeap Media, Fantasy Sports Ventures. Before joining MESA, Andrew was an Analyst in the Media & Communications Group at Merrill Lynch, where he covered a wide variety of sectors. Andrew is also the Co-Founder of the New York Code & Design Academy and currently serves on the board of directors of Nonprofit Management Systems. Andrew graduated with a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Jeffrey Liu, Principal, Senior Managing Director and Group Head, Technology M&A and Capital & Debt Advisory: Jeff has over 20 years of lead advisory corporate finance and M&A experience in Technology. And he has over 15 years of corporate finance and M&A experience as a Managing Director in Software and Internet banking, and as group head at Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, and Alex. Brown & Sons. Jeff has over $10 billion in completed financing work in technology investment banking, including: Neustar secondary, $646M; Neustar IPO, $695M; NICE secondary, $213M; Symantec convertible, $2B; Agile Software secondary $392M; Agile Software IPO, $63M; Ariba IPO, $115M; Altiris IPO, $50M; Broadbase Software secondary, $327M; Broadbase Software IPO, $64M; He also has over $5 billion in completed M&A work in technology investment banking, including; Acquisition of RSA by EMC; Acquisition of Altiris by Symantec; Acquisition of Oakley Networks by Raytheon; Acquisition of GKN by Oracle. Previously, Jeff was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company where he drove technology innovation strategy (driving products from R&D), strategic targeting (product portfolio optimization) and merger integration. Jeff holds an MBA and a JD from Stanford University, and a BA from Harvard University.

Art Chang, founder and CEO, Tipping Point: It's hard to believe that I've spent 25 years with emerging growth companies, especially the past 10 years in the New York City venture capital community. I founded Tipping Point Partners in 2005 to bring my experience as an entrepreneur and investor to helping other entrepreneurs find and realize their next big idea. We especially like companies that have figured out that data captures and empowers the connection between people and the stuff they are passionate about. Tipping Point Partners works for startup companies and new divisions of established companies, generally as hands-on management and board members and occasionally as investor. In 2008, I helped start, where I serve in the lead finance and operations role, in addition to my responsibilities at the Tipping Point companies. I worked on about $1.5 billion in private investment and M&A transactions, including enterprise software, grid computing, interactive television, power generation, biotech, real estate private equity, and legal services. I admit to being addict to the speed/punishment of the startup life, I was a founder or manager in eight start-ups, including e-commerce, television, online music and real estate and spent six years in government. I started my career in architecture, ending with the architect I.M. Pei. One of my favorite jobs was waiting tables in college. I volunteer as an advisor to the Catherine B. Reynolds Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship at New York University, served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation and spent 8 years on the Board of Safe Horizon. I also interview undergraduate applicants to Yale University. I received my MBA from New York University and my BA from Yale in women’s studies with an art history concentration. I'm a licensed securities broker, securities principal and financial operations principal. I live in Brooklyn with my wife, Allison Thrush, a private equity professional, and my two fun-loving boys. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dan Galpern, Partner, TZP Group: Dan Galpern joined TZP Group in July 2008. Dan began his caree
r in 1996 as a Mergers and Acquisitions Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In 2000, he joined TD Capital Communications Partners as an Associate and was promoted to Vice President in 2002. At TD Capital, Dan originated, executed and monitored private equity investments in the media, communications and business services industries. In 2003, he joined as Executive Vice President and then became COO of CurtCo Media Labs, LLC, a media-focused private equity fund and holding company for the Robb Report Family of Publications, which under Dan’s leadership grew from four publishing brands to an international integrated media platform with fifteen media brands. Dan serves on the Board of Directors of Media Storm, LLC. Dan also serves as a member of TZP’s investment committee. Dan received his B.S. in Political Science from Washington University in 1993 and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1996. He is a director of Children’s Rights, Inc. and a member of the Executive Committee of the Gotham Chapter of the YPO.

Brian Rich, Managing Partner, Catalyst Investors: a growth private equity firm focused on tech-
enabled sectors including software-as-a-service, digital media, internet infrastructure, wireless communications and business and consumer services. Brian is responsible for the management and investment policy of the firm, leadership of the Executive Committee and oversees the management of each portfolio company. Prior to co-founding Catalyst, Brian founded TD Capital (USA) Inc. where he managed more than $600 million in assets. Before founding TD Capital, he was a Managing Director in the bank's Media, Telecom & Technology Group. Brian earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

David Teten, Partner, ff Venture Capital: David is a Partner with ffVC and Founder and Chairman o
f Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, the second largest angel network in New York. He formerly served on the board of Ionic Security and now serves on the board of Whisk. He led the first-ever study of best practices of venture capital and private equity funds in originating new deals and the first-ever study of how VCs add value to portfolio companies. He has published in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, the Journal of Private Equity, and many other publications, and is the lead author of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online. David is a frequent keynote speaker to audiences such as technology entrepreneurs (MIT CIO Symposium; NY Software Industry Association; Software Information Industry Association); institutional investors (Kauffman Fellows; Franklin Templeton; Association for Corporate Growth); and senior executives (Vistage; CEO Trust). He has received the highest ratings of any speaker at three different conferences. He is a Mentor with Dreamit Ventures, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Founder Institute (New York and Singapore), Lean Startup Machine, and the Startup Leadership Program. He was formerly Founder and Chairman of Navon Partners, a data and analytics company focused on analyzing private companies; Acting CEO of Vertical Key (, a web-based software service for managing large-scale events; Managing Director with Evalueserve, a 2,500-person global research and analytics company; and Founder and CEO of Circle of Experts, an investment research firm acquired by Evalueserve. David was formerly Founder and CEO of GoldNames, an Israel-based investment bank focusing on the internet domain name asset class. He worked with Bear Stearns' Investment Banking division in their technology/defense mergers and acquisitions team, and was a strategy consultant with Mars & Co. David holds a Harvard MBA and a Yale BA, both with honors. While still in college, he built a technology consulting firm with 35 clients. David writes regularly on his blog and contributes periodically to Forbes, TechCrunch, pandodaily, and elsewhere. David grew up in Marin County, Northern California, and learned to program on an Atari 800. He trains in parkour, a sport in which crossing the chasm is more than a metaphor.

Nicholas Carlson, Deputy Editor, Business Insider: Nicholas Carlson is Business Insider's chief
correspondent. His ground-breaking investigative reporting has re-written the histories of Facebook, Twitter, and Groupon. He is the author of "The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography" and "THE COST OF WINNING: Tim Armstrong, Patch, And The Struggle To Save AOL." named "THE COST OF WINNING" the best long form business story of 2013. Carlson is a contributor to Bloomberg Television's biography series "Game Changers," and a frequent guest on CNBC. Previously, he reported for Gawker Media's Silicon Valley gossip blog, Valleywag. He got his start on the beat at Before that, there was a stint at Merrill Lynch. He went to Davidson.