Break Through The Crowd

Break Through The Crowd

More about Break Through the Crowd

Break Through the Crowd is a reality competition that blends the best of business reality formats with the crowdsourcing ethos that is the hallmark of the way the millennial generation does business. Our panel of expert investors will find the most compelling desi entrepreneurs in America, and will invest in the best entrepreneur’s ideas. The catch? To get the investment, the entrepreneur will need to complete a crowd source campaign challenge!

Meet The Judges

Nick Adams

Nick Adams is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Differential Ventures. Previously, Nick was a Venture Partner at Supernode.vc, f.k.a. Flatiron Investors, in New York City where he evaluated seed-stage SaaS companies and led the due diligence for multiple investments. Before moving into Venture Capital, Nick held senior sales, marketing and product management roles for software companies that have realized over $1.3 billion in exit value. He actively mentors startups out of Cornell Tech, NYU, Northeastern University and the German Tech Accelerator. Nick has a MSc in Global Finance from NYU and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a MBA in Corporate Finance from Northeastern University and a BA in History from Brandeis University.

Alan Brody

A noted startup guru, Alan Brody is the CEO of Convean, the business strategy and event company. He is the founder of Blockchain Breakthroughs and the author of Are You Fundable? He is the founder of Angel Week and the Startupalooza pitching forum along with the Capital Raising Workshop in 8 Cities. He founded the iBreakfast, New York and L.A.’s longest running Digital Media Executive Networking Group. He created the Marcom Awards, the first awards program for online advertising & marketing (now ADWEEK’s Icon Awards). He has been a columnist for divisions of Advertising Age and ADWEEK and has authored a book on marketing and cigarette branding.

Sandy Wollman

Sandy is the Co-founder and Managing Director for the Westchester Angels and leads the New York Area Angel Group Leaders Initiative, which brings the Directors of the largest Angel Groups in the tri-state area together to share deal flow. Previously, Sandy created and self-funded The Small Business Advisory Alliance, a non-profit organization. Starting his professional career at 3M Corporation as a product development engineer, he was awarded a US Patent for a hook and loop fastener (Velcro) with superior tensile strength. He gained business experience as a partner in Carna Mills, a large textile converting company, for over 20 years. His clients included Ralph Lauren, Guess and Co, and Capital Mercury Shirt Company.

Ramit Arora

Ramit Arora, President and Co-founder of Biz2Credit, is one of America’s top experts in small business lending. Since its inception in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged $2 billion in funding and now has over 200,000 registered small and mid-sized company clients. He has 10+ years of experience in financial services with Citibank and Xerox, and has considerable experience in risk management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Accounting. In 2011, he and his brother Rohit were named New York City’s “Top Entrepreneurs” by Crain’s New York Business, which also named Biz2Credit among NYC’s “Fast 50” of 2014. He meets regularly with top executives from the Federal Reserve and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide guidance on trends.

Mentor

Mark Gold

Mark Gold is an award-winning marketer, a Forbes Contributor, Managing Director at 2020 Startups, and a marketing consultant with an impressive client list of TV personalities and executives. Mark co-organized Marketing Week NYC 2015, was named “Super Connector” by Social Magazine and was recently awarded the 2018 Managing Director of The Year award by 2020 Startups.

Today, Mark works across the technology landscape with founders, technologists, investors and journalists to rapidly develop traction for companies, news-worthy events for organizations, and deal-flow for investors. Mark is considered a marketing thought-leader who’s been featured as a keynote speaker at countless conferences including Microsoft, IBM, Cambridge Innovation Center, Yankee Stadium, New York Bar Association, Long Island University and Merrill Lynch.

Subject Matter Experts

Justin Wu

Justin is a marketer & blockchain community leader and influencer. He co-founded BlockchainNW, Seattle’s first blockchain conference, and CoinState, a blockchain growth advisory. He is regularly invited to keynote blockchain conferences to speak on his experience in building community, content and brands for blockchain companies. Previously, Justin founded several companies such as Sidevision (invested in by Warner Bros), and Vytmn.com, a marketing tech company. He has been featured in the Wall St Journal, Forbes, and Inc.

Ryan Foland

As an International keynote speaker and Managing Partner of InfluenceTree, Ryan Foland helps executives harness the power of vulnerability and authenticity to build a better, more relatable, more profitable personal brand. Recognized by Inc. Magazine as a Top Marketer and named a Top Personal Branding Expert by Entrepreneur Magazine, Ryan shows corporations and how to turn their employees into influencers. He is the inventor of the 3-1-3® Method, a process whereby your brand or business idea begins as three sentences, condenses into one sentence and then boils down to three words. His book Ditch The Act: Leverage the Surprising Power of the Real You for Greater Success, will be published in October 2019 by McGraw-Hill.

Leonard Kim

Leonard Kim is the coauthor of the upcoming book Ditch The Act: Leverage the Surprising Power of the Real You for Greater Success and is the managing partner of Influence Tree. He is recognized as a top personal branding and marketing expert and has been sought out as a subject matter expert for around 200 published resources in 2017 alone, including CMO, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, AdWeek, and Fox News. He holds workshops teaching executives and business owners how to build their thought leadership and escalate the success of their companies, along with hosting digital courses that teach entrepreneurs how to build their personal brands, get onto the TEDx stage and more. Leonard resides in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife and puppy Roo.

Entrepreneurs

Adrienne Meisels

Senior global digital media business executive with a technology background and proven record of success, thought leadership, management and collaboration in the following:
Operations/P&L • Strategic Planning • New Business Incubation • Business Affairs/Development • Relationship Management • Media & Technology Product Innovation

Experienced in the creation and development of consumer Internet and mobile digital media products and services for additional revenue streams, including subscription, advertising and micro-payments.

Specialties: Global digital media operations, product & business innovation, strategic planning & analysis, and business affairs/business development.

David De Palo & Jennie Carr

Jeannie: Happiest at the beach, but perfectly content residing in lovely Ridgefield, CT with the active kids, the crazy dogs, and the love of her life. Always searching for and finding the beauty and the funny in every situation. Fueled by lattes and peanut butter, Jennie spends her days painting, illustrating, taking photographs, designing tee shirts, doing yoga, shooting hoops and daydreaming.

David: A classically trained classical guitarist and composer with a Master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, De Palo worked in Hollywood as a composer and orchestrator on over 20 feature films. His love of drumming was encouraged by master drummer Malik Sow of Senegal. After the passing of his ex-wife, he moved with his two daughters and two dogs to Ridgefield, where he met Jennie. There, he set out to invent a device that would enable him to create polyrhythms easily without “thinking” about his feet.

Kish Vasnani & Vanessa Jeswani

Kish Vasnani was born in India and spent the majority of his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to launching Nomad Lane, Kish was an award-winning salesman, managing multi-million dollar contracts, which led to the acquisition of his software startup by Thomson Reuters.

Vanessa Jeswani was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to the US for university. Prior to launching Nomad Lane, she spent 10 years developing and executing comprehensive marketing programs for multi-million dollar companies including Estee Lauder, American Express, British Airways and GE.

Kyle Tysvaer

Kyle has been running Insightful Eye Photography for over 10 years as both owner and photographer. During that time, he became CEO & Owner of Steal My Wedding Day.

He holds an Associate’s degree in Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies from Johnson & Wales University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management from Rhode Island College.

Om Kundu

Cited among “executives who know that customers are the business, and who have a wizard-like ability to transform even the toughest customers’ loyalty into profit”, for well over a decade Om Kundu has melded art and science to deliver breakouts for some of the most well-recognized institutions (Citigroup, SunTrust, PNC, Deloitte and as a sounding-board to many others) both within and across categories.

Whether in optimizing the value-exchanges between customers, employees, partners, and investors for P&Ls over $40 billion, or in “dreaming up” and then tangibly making products + solutions + touchpoints come-to-life from scratch, spanning diverse roles as a strategist/operator/trusted advisor Om has driven innovation for new-to-market ventures as much as global organizations across Channels (Digital, Direct, Retail), Segments (B2C + B2B), and Geographies in ways that have translated disruptive market-forces into sources of lasting competitive advantage.

Prakash Hosalli & Lakshmi Anantharamu

Lakshmi is the founder of Akila Labs, a NYC based startup applying Artificial Intelligence /
Machine Learning to create innovative solutions to solve vexing problems in Healthcare. She’s spearheading the build out of an AI driven and Blockchain secured Digital Health Coach for Diabetes prevention. Lakshmi earned her PhD and MS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Denver and has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.

Prakash is an Entrepreneurial leader focused on bringing cutting edge technologies including Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data to solve vexing problems in Healthcare. He’s a graduate of National Defence Academy, Pune India and Indian Military Academy with 8 years of combat experience in the Indian Army as a Paratrooper / Infantry officer. He has more than 18 years of Technology and Business experience running large multi-national teams, handling Sales, P&L and Business relationship with marquee clients across US.

Sachin Narode

Sachin Narode is a serial entrepreneur, international speaker and venture strategist, as well as an active investor, advisor and mentor to start-ups. Sachin has founded several companies and is currently building blockchain solutions for the travel industry. As part of his entrepreneurial mission and desire to assist entities make their start-up goals a reality, Sachin has co-founded Survive and Thrive Today, a summit for mission-driven entrepreneurs and investors, and the Survive and Thrive Venture Fund. Sachin also serves on the advisory boards on philanthropic organizations.

Vikram Chopra

Pathfinder & hustler, Vikram brings over a decade of experience in the startup space. He specializes in taking concepts to market, having launched several successful products and driven strong user acquisition for multiple tech startups in the consumer, retail, mobile, food-tech and fin-tech space. Co-founder & CEO of Gift Jeenie, Vikram is also an Instructor & Mentor with 2020 Startups and a guest lecturer at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship in New York. Prior to Gift Jeenie, Vikram cofounded and successfully exited RoundAssist, a start-up in the cloud computing and professional IT services space. Vikram has also spearheaded marketing/sales launches for Mobile Miser, freedomone mobile, Munch Ninja/Infuse Mobile, Impulsivity & Alphinat. A black belt in Judo, Vikram is also a regular startup speaker, contributor and youth mentor.

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