Artie Minson currently serves as LeafLink’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of LeafLink’s Board of Directors. Founded in 2016, LeafLink is the cannabis industry’s B2B marketplace for licensed brands, retailers and distributors. Over 50% of wholesale cannabis transactions in the U.S. occur on the LeafLink platform.
Prior to joining LeafLink, Artie founded 715 Capital Partners, which provides early-stage capital and advice on strategy and operations to technology-enabled subscription businesses. Early stage investments by 715 Capital Partners where Artie also serves as a Strategic Advisor include Trullion (AI Based SAAS Accounting), Daisy (Digital Property Management), TwoBirds (Childcare), Car Edge (Consumer Auto) and Bookaway (Transportation Travel Platform).
Other notable past roles include serving as co-CEO, President, COO, and CFO of WeWork, CFO of Time Warner Cable, and COO and CFO of AOL.
Artie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgetown University where he was also awarded an honorary degree in 2017.
Saad is the co-founder/CEO of Hone, one of the largest online telehealth clinics for men. Their mission is to create a world where age has no limits and use science to help men live longer and better. Hone treats complex medical conditions such as hormones (testosterone), longevity, disease prevention, and energy management using telehealth, continuous at-home testing, and in-depth physician consults on an ongoing basis.
Saad is a mission-driven entrepreneur and was the CEO/founder of Citelighter (exited), a venture-backed edtech company. Prior to Citelighter, he ran sales and marketing functions at Health Central, one the largest healthcare publishers and before that, oversaw market research and business development of a $4B pharma brand at Eli Lilly.
Stacy Spikes is an award-winning entrepreneur and inventor who USA Today named one of the 21 most influential Black leaders in technology. He holds several technology patents and is the co-founder and CEO of the nation’s first theatrical subscription service, MoviePass. In addition, Spikes is the founder of Urbanworld, the largest international festival dedicated to nurturing Women and BIPOC filmmakers. His memoir, Black Founder, released January 2023.
Eric is currently the co-founder and co-Managing Partner of Bedford Bridge, a health-care focused private equity fund. Previously, Eric founded and was the CEO of TripleLift for 11 years. He led the company from inception, raising only $16M in outside capital before selling a majority of the business to Vista Equity Partners for over $1.4B, one of the best outcomes in terms of capital raised to cash realized in the history of New York tech. TripleLift was consistently a highly profitable “rule of” 70+ company, growing to well over $200M in revenue, operating across a dozen countries, while also executing 9-digit cross-border M&A.
Eric has been recognized as a highly successful entrepreneur, including as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year, along with several 40 under 40 awards. TripleLift was recognized by Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Fast 500 as being among the fastest growing companies in America for six consecutive years, while also regularly winning “Best Places to Work” awards from numerous publications.
Eric received his bachelors and masters degrees from MIT in computer science and electrical engineering and his J.D. from NYU School of Law.
Anshu Prasad is the CEO and Co-Founder of Leaf Logistics, a freight coordination platform that enables forward planning and helps shippers and transportation providers move freight more efficiently. Prior to Leaf, he built and led Kearney’s global Analytics Practice, helping clients utilize technology and data for business transformation. He also helped start and grow technology and analytics businesses, building teams in the US, Europe & Asia.
Jeremy Klaperman joined Rho as Chief Financial Officer in 2022. He has over 20 years of experience at leading global financial institutions in a variety of investment and advisory roles, and has been based in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Rho, he was one of the U.S. Equities Portfolio Managers at Citadel and, before that, he was the International Equity Portfolio Manager at D.E. Shaw. Jeremy spent the first five years of his career at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division. Jeremy received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Cum Laude, from Yale University.
A former quant, Sarah founded Seek AI in 2021. Sarah most recently led the consumer data team at Citadel’s Ashler Capital. Prior to joining Citadel, Sarah led enterprise data product development at two startups, Edison and Predata, which both exited. Sarah started her career as a quant at ITG developing algorithmic trading strategies. Sarah has a Master in Finance degree from Princeton and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Astrophysics and Business Economics from UCLA.
Dr. Fahimeh Sasan is Chief Innovation Officer at Kindbody where she builds and leads programs that help employers deliver equitable and inclusive family-building benefits programs to their global workforces. Kindbody is a leading technology driven national fertility clinic network and family-building benefits provider for employers. Dr. Sasan is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, which was named to Newsweek’s list of “America’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2022”. She is committed to transforming the delivery of reproductive health from a reactive approach to infertility to a standard proactive and preventative healthcare. A recognized expert on fertility and family-building topics, Dr. Sasan is widely-quoted in national news media including NBC, CBS, and TODAY.
Eric has more than 40 years of experience in patient engagement and education. In 1995 he launched Health Monitor Network, a leading multimedia consumer / patient-education media company which created the largest point-of-care network in the U.S. of 200,000 medical offices representing over 300,000 physicians. The company provided custom condition guides in the waiting room to enhance the dialog between patients and their providers which helped increase the diagnosis of conditions and adherence to prescribed treatment plan. In 2005 the company launched interactive digital screens in exam rooms to support providers in condition education and provide patient infotainment. All programs were supported by pharmaceutical company funding.
In 2019 Health Monitor Network received a significant investment from a Private Equity firm allowing Eric to move from CEO to the Chair of the Board of Directors. He launched his new company RPM Healthcare that same year. The new company helps health systems manage their patients at home by providing digital devices to measure patient physiological parameters and have readings monitored by a care team. This allows for timely interventions and personalized care coaching to improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction. RPM Healthcare services generate significant reimbursements for providers from which they receive their fees.
Eric holds a BA and MA from Columbia University and lives in St. Petersburg, FL and Stamford, CT.
Jacqueline Goodman is an Associate based in SJF Ventures’ New York office. Jacqueline joined SJF in 2019, and she has worked on SJF’s investments in Terabase, Ambient Fuels, PosiGen, and Cooks Venture. Prior to joining the team at SJF, Jacqueline was an investment banker in Barclays’ Power, Utilities and Infrastructure Group. While at Barclays, Jacqueline was focused primarily on the renewable energy sector. Jacqueline graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Government and a secondary in Spanish Language. Jacqueline also has an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Anthony co-founded Bedrock Ocean Exploration, a Public Benefit Corporation, in 2019 with the mission to rethink the way the world collects and uses seafloor data to lay the foundation to fully map, image, and classify the secrets of the sea. As CEO, he makes sure that the company is executing its mission while building and supporting the team and all sales efforts. The company presents sonar datasets collected using its own AUVs and publicly available data, uploaded with associated metadata into its cloud native Mosaic software system, processed using their combination of open source and proprietary tools available and documented within Mosaic. Bedrock Ocean Exploration’s tools allow for private collaboration within organizations, as well as contributions of data to a free, open map of the world’s oceans. Prior to Bedrock Ocean Exploration, Anthony began his career with a stint as a naval architect working on commercial ferries, vessels, and pleasure crafts. He then went on to be the first engineer at Bre & Co (Makerbot Innovation Lab, led by Bre Pettis) and Grow Labs in NYC, before founding and serving as CEO of Nautilus Labs.
SaLisa L. Berrien, Founder and CEO of COI Energy, has over twenty-five years of experience in the electric power and smart grid space. From working at electric utilities to smart grid, cleantech, and big data analytics companies, SaLisa has had a diverse career in energy.
Since 1996, SaLisa provided over 50 scholarships to high school and college students. In 2004, she established the Karl H. Lewis Engineering Impact Alumni Endowment at the University of Pittsburgh for minority students enrolled in Engineering.
SaLisa holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an Executive MBA from Saint Joseph’s University. She’s been a guest speaker at various conferences and events including SXSW, Florida’s Women in Energy Leadership Forum, American Society for Engineering Education, and Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable Futures Summit to name a few. In 2019, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees at the University of Pittsburgh.
One of SaLisa’s core values is philanthropy. Her mission in life is to positively impact the space she occupies by leaving it better than she found it.
Ed gained national recognition in early 2000s as an e-Commerce CEO when he co-founded eFashion Solutions in 2000. eFashion was one of the first to provide e-commerce and Flash sales capabilities as a service to branded fashion designers & manufacturers. It provided technical & logistical infrastructure coupled with workflow process and merchandising intelligence systems to scale e-commerce operations of third party web stores.
In 2013, Ed and his wife opened The Chateau on the Lake restaurant in Bolton Landing NY which has been named in several prestigious top 100 restaurants lists. Ed has gone on to add two more restaurants to his expanding hospitality group, The Chateau Restaurants. Ed and his family also starred on a top-rated Food Network TV show, Summer Rush, which chronicled their day-to-day business as restauranteurs.
Sameer has over 15 years of experience in industrial and climate technology. He joined EIP in 2015 and has since led the firm’s investments efforts across cybersecurity and distributed energy. His investments at EIP include Arcadia, Attivo, Dragos, Enchanted Rock, Finite State, Mill, Mosaic, Opus One, Particle, Powin, RapidSOS, Scythe, Swimlane, Trifacta, and Urbint.
Prior to EIP, Sameer spent five years at Evercore in the firm’s Power and Renewable Energy Group where he advised clients on over $15bn of M&A transactions. Prior to Evercore, Sameer spent three years at GE Capital’s energy venture capital group focusing on industrial and clean tech investing.
Sameer has a dual degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Florida and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Brent Alderfer is an energy entrepreneur who cofounded Community Energy, Inc., and led the company as CEO from start-up. Under his leadership the company led the introduction of first wind and then solar generation at scale in new markets across the U.S. Brent is well known for his vision in moving the electric grid toward carbon-free generation and was an early champion of clean energy and climate response as an engine for economic growth and job creation. He has led on regional modeling and market design of decarbonized utility grids and is active in energy policy nationally. Brent previously served as a Colorado Public Utility Commissioner and holds an electrical engineering degree from Northeastern University and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Luke Mairo is a financial professional with experience across banking, management, and entrepreneurship. He is the Co-Founder and COO of Voltpost, a hardware-as-a-service company that transforms lampposts into modular electric vehicle charging stations. He leads finance, operations, and business development for the company. He was previously a coverage banker at Barclays’ Corporate Bank focusing on energy and technology companies. Luke co-chaired the Barclays Environment Network of the Americas, managing the US environmental activist activities at the bank. He was nominated for the Barclays Citizenship and Diversity award for his leadership at the Network. Luke is also a Techstars Lead Mentor, having participated in the Barclays Techstars Fintech Accelerator powered by Rise where he mentored a rising fintech company on business strategy, partnerships, and fundraising. In addition to his work at Voltpost, Luke has a Masters in Sustainability Management from Columbia University’s Climate School. He was the President of the Environmental Entrepreneurs at Columbia, a student organization focused on educating, mentoring, and incubating climate tech entrepreneurs and startups at Columbia’s Climate School programs. He is also an Impact Society Member at NEXUS. Luke firmly believes that the climate crisis at hand must be solved through innovation, and a concentrated, supportive, and collaborative effort across networks.
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