About Us-

The FundingPost.com mission is simple:
To introduce Entrepreneurs to interested VCs and Angel Investors.

For Thirteen Years FundingPost has worked to bring entrepreneurs together with leading investors worldwide. We believe that it is important to reach investors in every medium possible - both online and off line.

Through our successful Venture Capital Events in 23 cities, Venture Guide Publications and magazine, and our online Venture Exchange, FundingPost has had the opportunity to work with thousands of Angel and Venture Capital investors representing over SQLMOD_CAPITALEVALUE_TOTAL.

We've seen Millions of Dollars raised as a direct result of our Online Exchange, our Magazine, and our National Conferences and Events.

We work with more Real Accredited Angel Investors, Family Offices, VC Firms, Corporate Investors and Entrepreneurs than anyone else. We have a dedicated, professional team that works hard to make introductions from Investors to entrepreneurs every single day!

Our Team-

Aaron Sahagun
Regional Manager of Nevada and San Diego
Prior to FundingPost, Aaron founded Alumwire, Inc., where he managed corporate networking events during the early days of the Company in Berkeley, CA. He drove the Company's strategic direction, business development, technical activity, and marketing activities as its CEO. Aaron has been named by BusinessWeek as one of "The Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs." He has been also featured on NBC, CBS and CNET. The initial sales of $100K+ from Alumwire's Fortune 500 beta clients led to a $1.4 million financing round. Aaron successfully exited Alumwire in 2011.

Aaron earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to attending the University of California, Berkeley, Aaron attended a private, technical high school in Los Angeles where he majored in computer science and developed games in Visual C++, C++, Visual Basic and Javascript. He programmed e-commerce web sites for several companies and organizations in the Southern California area during his teenage years.

Casey Minshew
Regional Manager of Houston
Casey Minshew is a serial Entrepreneur, but he has deep roots in the Commercial Real Estate Banking & Small Business world. Since 2000 he worked with and helped launched one of top 10 Mortgage Banking organizations in Texas serving over 4000 Loan Officers nationwide. While processing Billions of dollars in loans. In 2009, after the market crash, Casey entered into the technology industry as the COO of a Video Technology company, helping launch better online communications in over 50 countries. This gives Casey a unique perspective from both sides as a person seeking funding and what Venture Capital Firms and Investors are looking for. This makes him the best qualified candidate to assist both parties in achieving their goals..

Today Casey is advising small to medium sized companies in outsourcing their HR to better prepare for challenges Healthcare reform will bring. He is also very proud and honored Host and Manager for the Houston FundingPost Events.

David Drake
David Drake is a leading equity expert based in New York. He is the founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a private equity advisory firm, and of The Soho Loft, an event-driven global financial media company. Born in Sweden and fluent in six languages, David is a strong advocate of innovative investing in early-stage equity and the US JOBS Act, for which he lobbied both Congress and the EU Commission. Because of his leading work in this space, he was a US Commerce Department delegate to the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome, and was invited in May 2013 to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C.

His investment, The Soho Loft, produces and sponsors 150+ global events a year. One such was produced in April 2013 for the institutional media leader Thomson Reuters, with speakers from NASDAQ, NYSE, KKR and Carlyle Group. He continues to advance innovative investing through his work as an international speaker and regular writer for major publications like Forbes and Thomson Reuters. He has coauthored the book "Planet Entrepreneur: The World Entrepreneurship Forum's Guide to Business Success Around the World" and is the author of "Crowd Fund Economics." His focus today is to take on board advisory positions at companies, angel networks and venture funds, and to guide them on such topics as international regulations, corporate strategy and fund structures, with emphasis on the growing trend of online investment automation for retail and angel investors.

Privately, David has hosted the Harvard Business Club of NY at his home, produced Carnegie Hall concerts and raised funds for the charities, Trail Blazers and Best Buddies Carnegie Hall for many years. Today he is a board director of the UBS Charity of the Year, London-based Archive International, and is co-chair of the Tree Kangaroo Foundation in New York. David has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University, where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.

Harris Schwartz
Harris Schwartz has been the Chief Financial Officer of FundingPost (Second Venture Corporation) since its inception in 2000. Harris was previously employed by the New York City Finance Department from 1971 to 2002 as a Special Auditor.

Additionally, Harris is the CFO of Human Demand, Inc. (www.humandemand.com), since its inception in February 2012. Harris is also a limited partner in the ARC Angel Fund (www.arcangelfund.com) in NYC.

Harris has been the Principal of HJ Tax Service, LLC, with offices in New York and New Jersey since 1975. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Accredited Tax Preparer, Registered Tax Return Preparer with the IRS, a Licensed Insurance Agent in NY, NJ and CT, and has his FINRA Series 6 and 63 Licenses.

Harris earned his BS from Long Island University in 1969 and his MBA from Long Island University in 1974.

Heather Coull
Marketing Manager
Heather Coull joined FundingPost as a Marketing Manager in August of 2009 after working in Marketing, Social Media, and brand development for Bay State College in Boston. Due to her fathers teaching her the passions of entrepreneurialism, Heather started early. As a skilled and professional artist she started Creatively Coull in 2001, and began selling acrylic paintings at a very young age. Creatively Coull also includes the organization of profitable social and charity events, as well as song writing and music production. Heather is also the CEO of Eddie Coull's accessory line for dogs which was launched this past year with great success, and a percentage of all proceeds from this line goes to local dog shelters.

Heather Coull graduated from the New England Institute of Art with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Graphic Design and Advertising in 2006, with previous courses from The Wentworth Institute of Technology in Industrial Design.

Joe Rubin
Joe Rubin is a Director and Co-Founder of FundingPost.com. FundingPost has been introducing entrepreneurs to investors nationwide for over 13 years through its Online Venture Exchange, Dealflow Magazine and organizes Venture Capital and Angel Investor Conferences in 23 cities nationwide. Joe has also invested in 11 seed deals over the past 7 years, including Sticky, Inc. (acquired by Splashtop, Inc.), Senscient, appMobi, Giftworks (acquired by Frontstream Payments), CIMA Systems, was an investor and on the advisory board of Offermobi (acquired by Moko.mobi) and Gozaik (acquired by Monster) and a current advisor and investor in Augmate. Joe spends most of his time working with investors and helping early-stage entrepreneurs, and speaks at events such as the NYC Economic Development Corporation's Jumpstart and Fasttrac Programs, Early-Stage-East, and Connecticut's CTech. He is a speaker at and sponsor of the UCLA Private Equity Club and Disruptive Technologists in NYC, and a Mentor to Angel Groups such as 37 Angels, TopStone Angels and Accel Foods. Joe is also a Founding Partner of ARC Angel Fund, a seed tech fund based in NYC, which has invested in, among others: Upnext (Acquired by Amazon), Medivo, Sidecar, Careerminds, iJukebox and Human Demand. He is a prior board member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and a founder of FP Angels, a national Angel Investor Group.

Prior to FundingPost, Joe was instrumental in helping to raise $2.5 Million in angel and venture capital for his dot.com start-up producing a family-friendly network and over 100 flash-based video games which were playable online and sold as a compilation in stores like Comp USA. Joe was also the Webmaster at Knight Securities (NASD: NITE), where he helped to design its online trading platform and website. Prior to working Online, Joe worked in television and graphic design for companies such as NBC and MTV, in addition to doing freelance commercial production. Joe began working in television production, graphic design and 3D animation professionally when he was 15, and graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor's in Communications. He now lives in Connecticut with his wife and 2 children.

Kenneth Huynh
Entrepreneur In Residence
Ken specializes in Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service, and Enterprise technologies. He spent more than 10 years immersed in market research and execution of emerging technologies including several years at the private technology think tank, The Research Board, the Gartner Research subdivision. Ken has managed and led initiatives across the full-lifecycle of product development, market research, and business development. Currently Ken is the founder and CEO of the Saucey Sauce Company, a Brooklyn based food startup with an ever growing national distribution including retail chains such as Dean & Deluca, Morton Williams, HEB, and Natural Food Markets. Ken is also a Practice Lead for Virtustream, a Cloud Computing specialist to enterprise customers. Ken has invested in a number of startups including the NY Distilling Company, Kopi Trading Company, and servces as a member of the Local Food Lab, a food startup incubator, and Food Angels.
Matt Michalak
Regional Manager of Sacramento
O2 Naked Air Founder Matt Michalak is driven to say the least. As a young man he found himself enamored with the idea of entrepreneurialism and quickly realized his ability to work with and lead others. Matt thrived in corporate sales early on and was able to earn a nice living. However, Matt's itch for creating his own destiny led him to seek out proven entrepreneurs and business people who would teach, test and equip him. In addition to building his own serviced based business from conception, planning, funding and sale Matt has also acted as an executive assistant to a seven figure interpretation and translation company and later became a personal confidant to its President and VP. Matt has since been involved in consulting with other start-ups on companywide strategy and operations. O2 Naked Air is the second company Matt has launched himself. Matt has led strategy, sales coaching, marketing and business streamlining efforts for his own and other companies. His broad business experience gives him the knowledge for the diverse challenges of running a company.

Matt is the acting CEO of O2 Naked Air. He takes a very personal approach to working with each executive on all areas of the business. Matt works directly with his team in finance, operations and marketing and is involved in all directional decisions. Matt takes very seriously his role in looking for new and innovative ways to improve business efficiency and function and is passionate in his oversight and team's collaborative movement.

Matt has long had a vision to improve others' lives. He believes in personal health and the American dream. Matt sees canned oxygen as the answer to improving anyone one's life and body, no matter what their personal and physical condition or goals. His desire to help others, coupled with a strong belief in Capitalism, drives his mission to make O2 Naked Air available to every breathing human on earth.

Scott Kelly
Regional Manager of Phoenix
Scott Kelly is a 20 year veteran in marketing, sales, training and publicity. He has trained over 1,000 sales people, generated hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe. As founder and CEO of Black Dog Promotions, Scott has garnered national media coverage for hundreds regional and national brands and established large fan bases for many in the sports, entertainment and business community. When not making his clients famous, Scott spends his time in countless sporting events with his wife and two boys. He loves a good craft beer and playing with his "Black Dog" Shamus.

Spencer Lyon
Regional Manager of Miami
Spencer Lyon is the type of person to think outside of the parallelogram. Before graduating from Florida International University in Miami with a degree in finance, he had already worked with several different startups. From being the Director of Business Development for a biodegradable plastics company to assisting in the startup of a third party logistics company, he is no stranger to laying the foundation down to creating a business. Spencer has a strong understanding of sales, marketing and how to develop a strong brand. At his latest venture of working with a local business radio station he was responsible for, besides organizing his own program called "South Florida Business Spotlight", assisting individuals and businesses with getting their message out on the radio waves. Focusing on the needs of his clients, Spencer would develop full fledged marketing campaigns that would include interviews on his weekly program, advertisements, promotions and sponsorships. Spencer also organized, what he liked to call, live networking events due to the fact that he would be broadcasting live from these events. With his substantial passion for networking and bring people together, Spencer loves to be able to help others become successful.

Stephen Silver
Regional Manager of Orange County
Stephen is a founding partner at FP Angels, a nationwide virtual angel investment group. He is also the founder of SproutStart.com which specializes in website, software and mobile application development. Stephen is also a partner with MAVN Funding Advisors which specializes in providing a range of funding and business development services for both investors and emerging growth companies. Since 2009 Stephen has connected 14 different ventures with over $15M in venture funding.

Stephen currently sits on the board of directors for the Southern California Venture Network (SCVN.org), a professional networking group focused on helping emerging growth companies. After graduating college, Stephen was the Entrepreneur Director for the Southern California Keiretsu Forum, the nation's largest angel investment group. Stephen managed the dealflow for the group's 250 local Angel investors.

Stephen attended Babson College, the nation's #1 school for entrepreneurship and graduated with a B.S. in business administration, with concentrations in entrepreneurship and marketing, and was awarded a "30 under 30" in Southern CA in 2011.

Yuriy Porytko
Regional Manager of Philadelphia
Yuriy is the entrepreneur's resource champion - networking, partnerships, community building, alliances, funding, mentoring, and - especially today - learning to do more with less, maximizing yields from limited resources. Yuriy is a Senior Executive with strategy, business development and Fund Management expertise derived from 20+ years of US and international experience. He is currently a Founding General Partner of SmartInvest Ventures and a Managing General Partner of SmartStart, a transatlantic startup accelerator/incubator. Yuriy Co-Chairs Open Access Philadelphia, a think tank and movement of civic-minded, innovative, entrepreneurial leaders from government, academia and business in Philadelphia, which convenes monthly to share projects and passion. Yuriy continues to hold advisory roles in Philadelphia Start-up Weekend, Leto Investments LLC and LABACA Venture Capital, among others.

Yuriy was Founder and COO of Brooks Capital (a $500M Venture Fund) generating multiple high-value portfolio exits in Trade Sales to public and private companies. As a Principal in Sage Technology resources, Yuriy manages deal-flow and due diligence as well as participating as interim-CXO and Board Member in portfolio companies. Yuriy has worked with more than thirty technology startups under many funding structures and successful exits.

Other Activities:
Yuriy is an active participant and speaker in many Entrepreneurship and Start-up communities including PSL, Philadelphia Startup Leaders, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Delaware and Lehigh Valley Startup Weekends, Code for America Philly Brigade and Philly Health Codefest, among others. He has participated in both Company and Product launches at Suburban Connect, Network Visions, Metromedia International and Motorola Toperator, Solar Communications Camanco, PCRoomlink, BCG portfolio: Medcases, Alliance Consulting, Netcarrier, Eclipse Aviation, Santera Systems, Sage Technology Resources, Airdesk, DreamIt, GCV, Chariot ETE, University City Science Center QED technology transfer incubator programs. He is the Organizer of Code for Philly and Curator of Philadelphia StartupDigest.

Yuriy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in European History, University of Pensylvania, 1991. He is fluent in Ukrainian and proficient in Russian and has travelled extensively in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the former Soviet Union.

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