PANNING FOR GOLD IN BUSINESS PLANS
Mike Roer - Moderator
Mike Roer is currently president of the Entrepreneurship Foundation. He is the former Executive Director of the Connecticut Venture Group, a post he held for many years including organizing and orchestrating the annual Crossroads event featuring promising technologies and early stage businesses. Mike has worked with Angel groups for several years and understands their business models, screening criteria and expectations.
Liddy Karter – Angel Panelist
Liddy offers clients expertise in the financial services, banking, software and
manufacturing sectors. As President of Resource Recovery Systems, Inc. Liddy grew sales from $600,000 to $20 million with 13 factories in eight states.
As CFO at Netkey, a leading enterprise software firm,she raised $15 Million in
institutional venture capital and was responsible for spearheading sales for the
new enterprise technology platform to banking and retail clients. Liddy was Vice
President at Morgan Stanley, focusing on financial services for the Banking
Industry. Liddy received her MBA from Yale University and a BA in both History and Engineering from Columbia University.
Miles Spencer – Angel Panelist
For over twenty years, Miles has distinguished himself as a creator of ideas, a builder of businesses, and a leader of organizations. The Angel Group he founded, Vaux les Ventures, has interests in over a dozen companies where he helped form the original team, provided the original capital, or both. Capital events following his efforts have realized over a billion dollars of value for shareholders, including notable successes in digital media like Register.com, Operative, Mojiva, Retail Sense, Cellufun and TrustCloud.
John Warburg – Angel Panelist
John Warburg is a partner in Warbros Venture Partners (Southport, CT), a private equity firm he co-founded in 1996 to make investments in companies whose size or financing requirements were too small to attract traditional venture capital. Prior to Warbros, John worked in various marketing capacities in the consumer packaged goods industry – first at Best Foods/CPC, where he managed major food brands, such as Skippy Peanut Butter, and later as a marketing consultant to large and small companies in a variety of industries. In between, he worked at Callard & Bowser (a small candy company later acquired by Kraft Foods), where he helped to build Altoids Peppermints from a relatively unknown brand into the #1 selling mint product in the U.S. with sales today of over $100M. Prior to these experiences, John worked in equity research at Lehman Brothers. John received his BA from Brown University and his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
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