Disruptive Technologists® Advisory Board:
David J. Sorin
Dave Sorin is an office managing partner of McCarter & English and Co-Chair of the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice. He focuses primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. He has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s top 100 business people, categorizing him within an “elite group” of executives who “are the voices of their industries.” He was later identified by another industry publication as one of the region’s “top deal makers” Chambers USA, an international guide to lawyers and law firms, called Dave the State’s top corporate lawyer. Most recently, SmartCEO Magazine named McCarter the large law firm of the year in the tech and tech-enabled industry sector and named Dave the leading lawyer in the industry. In addition, Dave Sorin received the Star Influencer Award at SmartCEO’s Centers of Influence Event.
Lori is a well-known “go-to” advisor in the New York City venture community. As a lawyer and mentor, she advises entrepreneurs and their investors on how to build successful businesses and strategically guide them through the emerging, later stages and exits of their companies. She works with clients in a range of industries, including mobile, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, enterprise solutions and ad tech. She also counsels angel and institutional investors in their investments and in the formation of investment funds. She is a co-founder of IMG Labs, a new innovation incubator set to launch in Union Square in early 2015.
Murat is an engineer, author and technology entrepreneur. A tireless force on the NYC tech startup scene, Murat founded the Entrepreneurs Roundtable in 2007. The organization, which holds monthly “short pitch” format meetings connecting investors with promising startups, has created active and engaged communities New York City, Philadelphia, Turkey and Japan, with India and China coming soon.
Joe Rubin is a Director and Co-Founder of FundingPost.com which has been introducing entrepreneurs to investors nationwide for over 10 years through its Online Venture Exchange, Dealflow Magazine and Angel Investor Conferences in 20 cities nationwide. Joe is responsible for the FundingPost.com’s operations, and runs the largest online annual business plan competition,
Pitching Across America. He is also a Founding Member of ARC Angel Fund, a seed technology fund based in NYC.
Bernie Leone is an accounting and consulting partner in WithumSmith+Brown’s New York City and Morristown offices. He is a CPA licensed in NY and NJ and serves as Chair of the Business Exit and Succession Planning Committee of the NYCPA Society. After spending over 35 years in leadership positions with the then Entrepreneurial Services group of Ernst & Young, Bernie joined Tatum to run their NY and Philly offices and then ventured out to start his own firm consulting with owners before joining Withum. His passion is dealing with entrepreneurs and their issues, whether their Company is a startup or has been around for decades. You can usually find Bernie at an accelerator counseling with startup entrepreneurs or in serious conversation with long time business owners on the next important phase of their life.
Alan Brody has helped start dozens of enterprises, groups and events. He is famous for helping companies like Partsearch technologies raise up to $50 million by discovering them when they were a 2 person start-up.
He is the founder of iBreakfast, the Digital Industry’s premier executive and entrepreneurial networking group. Today, the iBreakfast and his Start-Up World events for digital media executives and entrepreneurs continue to develop business and early stage funding opportunities worth millions. TECHmarketing, the parent company, recently launched the TV Show, “Rag2Riches: The Entrepreneur Next Door” to catapult this industry into the next wave of opportunity.
Bruce Bachenheimer is a Clinical Professor of Management and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University. He is also a member of the Board and past Chair of the New York City Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum and has served on the organization’s Global Board. He serves on the Board of Directors & Advisors of LeadAmerica and has served as a consultant to governmental organizations and a variety of new ventures. He has been widely quoted in a variety of domestic and international publications and interviewed on radio and television.
Mr. Bachenheimer began his career in investment banking and has worked for global corporations and new ventures. He has conducted business in in over two dozen countries and was the founder of Annapolis Maritime Corp. and the Co-Founder of StockCentral Australia. He holds a BBA, Summa Cum Laude, from Pace University. He received the McKinsey & Company Leadership Scholarship to pursue an MBA degree, which he earned from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Harry J. Greeley, a Top 100 Producer at Cushman & Wakefield has developed client relationships with a broad spectrum of firms including domestic and international both small and large and provides consulting services to many institutional investors, enabling them to identify suitable commercial real estate investment and purchase opportunities. His high level of personal involvement includes assessing the client’s needs, pinpointing appropriate locations, negotiating leasing arrangements, interacting with attorneys, building owners, leasing agents, and project managers.