Startups and VCs to Gather for Xconomy’s New York Venture Emergence Forum

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Silicon Valley may get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to tech and biotech startups, but as has been clear since well before we launched Xconomy New York in April, the Big Apple has plenty to brag about, too. Take, for example, Gilt Groupe, the fashion e-commerce site that has raised more than $218 million in VC funding. Or bitly, which shortens, tracks, and analyzes Web links and is backed by a Who’s Who of venture and angel investors from RRE Ventures to Ron Conway and Mitch Kapor. The New York area is also home to dozens of other cutting-edge startups, big and small, including Armgo Pharma, BarkBox, and Simulmedia.

Entrepreneurs from all those companies and more—along with their VCs—will be sharing their secrets to creating innovative new companies at Xconomy’s February 1 half-day conference, New York’s Venture Emergence.

At this afternoon event, entrepreneurs will share the stage with VCs to pass along stories about how they built their startups. There will also be keynote chats with Barry Silbert, CEO of Second Market, and two of the country’s most influential and astute investors—Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson and Todd Dagres of Spark Capital. Moderating the chat between Wilson and Dagres will be former Doubleclick CEO David Rosenblatt, who now heads online luxury marketplace company 1stdibs, and no doubt knows how to bring out the best in VCs. Finally, we will showcase some “burst” presentations from some of the city’s most promising new ventures.

Check out the exciting lineup of speakers we have planned:

Keynote chats featuring:
Fred Wilson, founder and managing partner of Union Square Ventures
Todd Dagres, founder and general partner of Spark Capital
Barry Silbert, founder and CEO of Second Market
David Rosenblatt, CEO of 1stdibs

Featured speakers and storytellers:
Nick Beim, general partner of Matrix Partners
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, founder and chief merchandising officer of Gilt Groupe
Alexis Maybank, founder and chief marketing officer of Gilt Groupe
Rich Levandov, managing director of Avalon Ventures
Dave Morgan, founder and CEO of Simulmedia
Dennis Purcell, senior managing partner of Aisling Capital
Sapan Shah, CEO of Armgo Pharma
Peter Stern, CEO of bitly
Eric Wiesen, general partner of RRE Ventures

Bonus presentations by:
Carly Strife, co-founder and CEO of BarkBox
Chris Wiggins, co-founder of HackNY

Xconomy Forum: New York’s Venture Emergence will take place at the Apella Event Space at Alexandria Center for Life Science from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. There will be a networking reception, too.

You can find more information—plus special discounted ticket prices for super early birds, students, and startups—by clicking here. Please join Xconomy for this exciting review of the New York venture scene.

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