Introducing Our Expanded Office Hours Program

You asked, and we listened.

Due to popular demand, IncubateNYC has expanded Incubate Office Hours to provide you access to a large and experienced group of Entrepreneur Advisors (EA’s)! Our EA’s are dedicated entrepreneurs and industry professionals who are available to provide guidance and insight as you build your business.

Meet Our EAs! (Click a Name to Read Bio)

Will Bressman – RIA In A Box, CEO
Ah-Hyun Cho – Time Warner Investments, Associate
Jason Crain – Shazam Entertainment, Sr. Account Manager
Sean Eldridge – Weight Watchers, Director Strategy & Bus. Development
Devaughn Fowlkes – Harlem Children’s Zone, Lead Coordinator
Clive Henry – Ooyala, Director of Sales
Jurgen Leijdekker – Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, Senior Operating Exec
Danielle Robinson – Saatchi & Saatchi, VP Management Director
Kathleen Utecht – Comcast Ventures, Investment Professional
Jordan Waxman – Former Venture Capitalist
Shivon Zilis – Bloomberg Ventures, Senior Strategist

If you are an entrepreneur and would like to schedule Office Hours with an IncubateNYC EA, please email: info@incubatenyc.org the following:

1. Who you are and your business
2. Your business question
3. Which EA you would like to meet
4. The date and time you want to meet with that EA

IncubateNYC will respond to you within 24 hours with confirmation or an alternative day and time.

If you are an industry professional or entrepreneur with demonstrated experience/“expertise” and would like to join the IncubateNYC movement by becoming an EA, please email marcus@incubatenyc.org with a brief bio.

Meet IncubateNYC’s NEW Entrepreneur Advisors (EAs):

William Bressman
RIA In A Box LLC, CEO

Primary Industry: Services
Expertise: Operations

Office Hours Availability:
July 23rd 5-6 PM
Aug. 7th 5-6 PM | Aug. 21st 5-6 PM

Professional Background:
William served as an integral member of the founding team of digital media startup, LX.TV, acquired by NBC Universal in 2008. William also serves as a Founding Partner of Rushmore Partners search fund; acquired RIA in a Box in December 2011.William earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

RIA in a Box is the leading registration and compliance service to independent RIAs throughout America. RIA In A Box helps entrepreneurs get their RIA up and running and then remain compliant to ensure smooth operations.

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Ah-Hyun Cho
Time Warner Investments, Associate

Primary Industry: Media & Entertainment
Expertise: Business Technology

Office Hours Availability:
July 18th 9:30-10:30 AM
August 14th 9:30-10:30 AM

Professional Background:
Ah-Hyun is an associate at Time Warner Investments, the strategic venture capital arm that invests in digital media / internet /technology startups and works with colleagues across the four business units to identify strategic investments. Ah-Hyun actively sources and evaluates investments and works with portfolio companies, as needed.Prior to TW Investments,Ah-Hyun was in investment banking, where she worked on several M&A and financing transactions for telecom and media companies.

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Jason Crain
Shazam Entertainment, Sr. Account Manager

Primary Industry: Communications & Networks
Expertise: Marketing/Branding

Office Hours Availability:
July 31st 5-6 PM
Aug. 14th 5-6 PM | Aug. 28th 5-6 PM

Professional Background:
Jason’s breadth of experience spans the following areas: branding, sales, marketing, advertising and technology. Jason’s expertise is in online and digital advertising. Additionally, Jason is skilled in video, search, display and mobile.

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Sean Eldridge
Weight Watchers, Director Strategy & Bus. Development

Primary Industry: Healthcare
Expertise: Strategy

Office Hours Availability:
July 18th 5-7 PM
August 22nd 5-7 PM

Professional Background:
Sean has 10+ years of health and wellness experience spanning Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, a venture-backed startup and Weight Watchers. Sean’s expertise is in the following areas:business development, marketing, strategy and operational excellence (i.e., lean six sigma). Sean earned his MBA from Harvard.

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Devaughn Fowlkes
Harlem Children’s Zone, Lead Coordinator

Primary Industry: Services
Expertise: Strategy
Office Hours Availability (July & August):
July 21st 12-2 PM
August 4th 12-2 PM

Professional Background:
Devaughn has a variegated advisory background focused on the following: strategy, organizational management, business development, sales, customer relationship management,individual consultation,client servicing, financial management, community building and youth development.

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Clive Henry
Ooyala, Director of Sales

Primary Industry: Media & Entertainment
Expertise: Strategy

Office Hours Availability:
July 17th 3-4 PM | July 25th3-4 PM
Aug. 7th 3-4 PM | Aug. 22nd 3-4 PM

Professional Background:
Ooyala is a Google spin-off company that has raised approximately $80million in private market financing. Over the last 15 years Clive has held executive roles in sales, marketing and business development within entrepreneurial, and intrapreneurial environments. Clive has also participated in 2 public market offerings and assisted companies in raising over $250 million dollars in private market financing. Additionally, Clive also operated in the Canadian and US technology markets.

In 2007 Clive founded a media technology company, named TME. TME utilized video content management, ad network and video production technologies to produce and distribute videocontent.The content was monetized through the use of promotional advertising, content licensing and syndication sales, and banner ad and in-player video ads display.

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Jurgen Leijdekker
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, Senior Operating Exec.

Primary Industry: Multiple
Expertise: General Management

Office Hours Availability:
July 20th 5-6PM | July 30th 5-6PM
Aug. 3rd 5-6PM | Aug. 20th 5-6 PM

Professional Background:
Jurgen’s career began as an economist for IMF, followed by strategy consulting for McKinsey. Jurgen has also co-founded a B2B online credit management company. Since then, Jurgen has had various general management roles at private equity-owned companies, including a fashion retailer, jewelry manufacturer and ink manufacturer.Currently, Jurgen works at a PE firm, assigned to clinical lab company, online payments companies and enterprise software companies.

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Danielle Robinson
Saatchi & Saatchi, VP Management Director

Primary Industry: Consumer & Business Products
Expertise: Marketing/Branding

Office Hours Availability:
July 28th & 29th 3-5 PM
Aug. 11th & 12th 3-5 PM

Professional Background:
As a strategic advertising and marketing executive, Danielle has nearly twelve years of brand leadership experience on the agency side of the business. Danielle’s breadth of experience includes financial services, consumer packaged goods, beauty and retail categories.Danielle is also skilled in developingand managing multi-channel marketing campaigns, from brand launches to business building initiatives for existing brands.

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Kathleen Utecht
Comcast Ventures, Investment Professional

Primary Industry: Venture Capital
Expertise: Multiple

Office Hours Availability:
July 18th 5-7 PM
Aug. 8th 5-7 PM

Professional Background:
Kathleen sources and identifies new investment opportunities, conducts diligence on potential investments and works closely with Comcast Ventures’ portfolio companies. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Kathleen worked in venture capital for Core Innovation Capital and WVP Ventures. Prior to her venture roles, Kathleen invested in and led Green Rock Entertainment, the start-up toy/game manufacturing company whose main product was Cahootie.She won Ernst & Young’s Winning Women award for its success. Before her operational adventure,Kathleen was an investment banker in the financial services group of Raymond James and a graduate of General Electric Capital’s Financial Management Program.

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Jordan Elpern-Waxman

Primary Industry: Consumer/ Business Internet
Expertise: Venture Financing

Office Hours Availability:
July 23rd 4:30-6:30 PM | July 30th 5-7PM
Aug. 6th 5-7pm | Aug. 13th 5-7PM

Professional Background:
Jordan has been in the tech world for many years, most recently as a VC with Genacast Ventures, an early-stage fund investing in technology companies in the Northeast US, including Invite Media, Double Verify, and Enterproid. Jordan worked as a Java developer, patent engineer and marketer for various Israeli start-ups during the dot-com era. After going back to school Jordan did technical business development at family remittance start-up UniTeller, covering everything channel related from pre-sale to integration to operations, leading to an acquisition by one of their banking partners. More recently, Jordan was Director, Corporate Development at Headstrong, where he looked at start-up acquisitions in the IT consulting and BPO space; and advised seed-stage digital media and ecommerce startups on navigating the financing landscape.Jordan studied Computer Science and International Relations at Brown University and earned his MBA from the Wharton School.

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Shivon Zilis
Bloomberg Ventures, Senior Strategist

Primary Industry: Information Technology
Expertise: Strategy

Office Hours Availability:
July 20th 2-4 PM
August 20th 2-4 PM

Professional Background:
Currently, Shivon is a member of the Ventures investment team for Bloomberg Ventures. Previously, Shivon incubated startups within Bloomberg Ventures (Strategy/Business Development/Marketing for Bmart – a data-as-a-service business and Bloomberg Institute – a financial services recruiting platform). In addition, Shivon created and implemented new SaaS core banking and mobile finance products for IBM and created Smarter Planet and Emerging Markets banking strategies.

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