Vator and Bullpen Capital Brings Popular SF Event, Venture Shift, to NYC Thursday November 17th

By Perks |

Angels and investors have poured a record amount of dollars into NYC based seed and early-stage investments this year, upending Boston to take the coveted #2 spot behind Silicon Valley as a leading startup and venture center.  With VC firms opening East Coast offices, the mood swings of recent valuations, the inevitable cash crunch of funding, and the rise of secondary markets and liquidity events, these issues are all on the minds of investors and entrepreneurs. Vator and Bullpen Capital are taking their popular Venture Shift event to NYC bringing a wide roster of East Coast VCs and Angels to debate on what all of this means for the overall entrepreneur and venture environment. Perks Consulting is producing this event as a follow up to last year’s Vator Splash startup competition event.

Drawing a sold-out crowd of 450 attendees, Venture Shift in San Francisco probed the changing dynamics of the venture industry and is now headed to NYC on the evening of November 17, Thursday, at Le Poisson Rouge, in downtown Manhattan. Keynote speakers include startup to VC crossover, Mark Suster of GRP Partners, and market gamechanger, Barry Silbert, Founder and CEO of SecondMarket. Billy Chasen, CEO and co-founder of and Michael Lazerow, CEO and founder of Buddy Media serve as Venture Shift Floating Point speakers, offering the startup point of view from two young and rapidly expanding companies.

To supplement the event Vator and Bullpen are also giving three lucky startups an opportunity to present their companies at a demo table at the event. Startups should submit their company’s Vator profile to the competition page before voting ends on November 10th:

The full Venture Shift NYC lineup is as follows:

Barry Silbert, Founder and CEO, SecondMarket
Billy Chasen, CEO and Co-Founder,
Michael Lazerow, CEO and Founder, Buddy Media
Howard Morgan, Managing Partner, First Round Capital
David Tisch, Director, TechStars
James Robinson, Partner, RRE Ventures
Tony Florence, Partner, NEA
Owen Davis, Partner, NYC Seed
David Cundey, Director, Credit Suisse Securities
Ward Breeze, Partner, Gunderson Dettmer
Gil Beyda, Founder & Managing Partner, Genacast Ventures
Roger Ehrenberg, Founder and Managing Partner, IA Ventures
Daniel B. Garrie, Partner, Pulse Advisory
Lewis Gersh, Managing Partner, Metamorphic Ventures
Rick Heitzmann, Founder and Managing Director, FirstMark Capital
Spencer Punter, Director, Capital Dynamics
Lee Hower, General Partner, NextView Ventures
David Tetens, Partner, ff Venture
Bobby Ocampo, Associate, Grotech Ventures
John Avirett, Principal, Greenspring
Ezra Roizen, Partner, Ackrell Capital
Micah Rosenbloom, Partner, Founder Collective
Bruce Taragin, Managing Director, Blumberg Capital
John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks
Ed Zimmerman, Lowenstein Sandler
Bambi Francisco, Founder, Vator
Paul Martino, Founder, Bullpen Capital
Duncan Davidson, Founder, Bullpen Capital
Rich Melmon, Founder, Bullpen Capital

More information on the event and tickets is available at  Friends of Perks receive a 15% discount on admission and demo tables (which includes 3 tickets and logo on monitors) using the code “perks15″.  For press inquiries and media pass requests, please contact or 510-217-8095.

About Vator:

Vator (short for innovator) is one of the largest business networks dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs.  Founded and run by veteran and award-winning journalist Bambi Francisco, Vator consists of, a leading business network with more than 80,000 members and high-tech companies, using the service to effectively get discovered by investors, partners, and the overall entrepreneur community. VatorNews is Vator’s news site focused on innovation with 400-plus contributors.

About Bullpen Capital:

Bullpen Capital is a second round investor that invests in companies previously seeded by the Super Angel funds. Bullpen’s founders include Paul Martino, founder and former CEO of Aggregate Knowledge, Duncan Davidson, founder of Covad and former venture partner at VantagePoint, and Richard Melmon, co-founder of Electronic Arts.


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