ABOUT: Steph is an entrepreneur and community builder with management experience in the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States. She co-founded and runs Solstice, an enterprise dedicated to radically expanding the number of American households that can take advantage of clean energy using community-shared solar farms.
GIVE: List of funders, can offer connections to investors.
GET: Advice on how to raise a Series A next year, in addition to sales advice.
FUN FACT: I know all the lyrics to every Elvis Presley song because my father was a Chinese Elvis impersonator.
NEWS: Despite the difficulties of this COVID-era, we continue to sign additional contracts with the largest wind and solar developer in the world and are expanding to a new state (IL) to work on our first urban project in the Chicago area which will also allow us to serve a more diverse customer base.
ABOUT: Alissa Baier-Lentz is the co-founder & COO of Kintra Fibers, a material science company that makes high-performing bio-synthetic textiles that biodegrade like a natural fiber. Kintra exists to solve the microfiber pollution in the ocean and the use of fossilized carbon in fashion that traditional synthetic fabrics perpetuate. Prior to Kintra, Alissa launched and scaled HERO Backpacks. Each HERO backpack gives one day of school to a girl who will be the first in her family to graduate. After all, you can’t spell HERO without HER!
GIVE: For anyone seeking to curate a sustainable wardrobe, or to learn more about the solutions that exist for the fashion industry to become circular, I am happy to be your guide.
GET: To be connected to fashion brands with an interest in innovation / sustainability, and investors with an interest in the bio-based product economy / sustainability.
FUN FACT: I have one letter from the declaration of human rights tattooed on my arm. If I were to stand united with the other 6,772 humans in this living art project, we would spell out the declaration.
NEWS: Exciting news coming soon!
Founding Partner of Farm from a Box
ABOUT: Brandi DeCarli is the Founding Partner of Farm from a Box, an off-grid toolkit that revolutionizes local food production and enables communities around the world to grow their own nutritious food with clean technology. She is currently a SheEO Venture fellow, a board member of Jordanian agritech accelerator HASSAD, and a Rising Talent with the Women's Forum. She is a frequent global speaker on technology's role in climate resilience and women's leadership, including her TEDx talk, "How technology and togetherness can transform our world." A firm believer in the power of collaboration, Brandi is passionate about rejecting old rules and driving positive change in the world through innovation, compassion, and connection. GIVE: I love exploring strategic partnerships and potential collaborations, and have earned the nickname of “Constellationist” as a result. I am happy to brainstorm ideas and help! GET: We are a growing company, and I welcome intros to potential funders, partners and/or interested buyers. FUN FACT: I used to work on a Big 5 game reserve in South Africa, and am an excellent spotter and overall adventuress. (animal calls? Not so much.) NEWS TO SHARE:
It is an exciting time to be working on building food independence! We just released our 4.0 model for the US market and have some pretty incredible new deployments coming up, ranging from a few family farms and farm-to-table programs to a multi-unit project in the Pine Ridge community of South Dakota. We’re working to get some solid sales traction in before opening our next funding round.
CEO & Co-Founder of Priori
ABOUT: Basha Rubin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Priori, the legal marketplace changing the way in-house teams find, hire and manage outside counsel. Priori has been named a 2018 and 2019 Intelligent Business by the Financial Times for their work managing legal costs. Basha writes and speaks extensively on how technology is changing and will change the marketplace for legal services. She holds a JD and BA from Yale University and is a member of the New York Bar.
GIVE: Real-talk advice / experiences from the trenches for newer entrepreneurs.
GET: Always looking to connect with in-house counsel who are interested in innovative approaches to working with outside counsel and want to learn more about Priori's model.
FUN FACT: I almost always have a fantasy novel I'm reading on my phone. Nothing like a little escapism in your pocket in this moment!
NEWS TO SHARE: Two recent articles about us feature how we use data to drive smarter, more efficient outside counsel hiring choices and price certainty. You can also read our case study with Hearst that was shortlisted for the Financial Times Intelligent Business Awards in 2019.
Co-Founder & CFO of Caira Surgical
ABOUT: Irina launched CAIRA surgical with her fellow classmate after graduating from Columbia Business School. CAIRA is a revolutionary surgical assistant for joint replacement. Prior to CAIRA Surgical, she worked in leverage finance focused on medical device and provider sectors.
GIVE: Irina has an extensive background in healthcare banking. She is always willing to help healthcare startups build a go to market strategy.
GET: Introductions to potential advisors and investors focused on the orthopedic market.
FUN FACT: In her free time, Irina is working on getting her private pilot’s license.
Founder & CEO of
ABOUT: A former Event Planner turned Accidental Entrepreneur. Suzanne is the Founder & CEO of Private Packs. Private Packs has reimagined the therapy pack and sculpted it for the intimate areas to deliver discrete comfort. Private Packs was born out of a traumatic Brazilian waxing incident. GIVE: Anyone that needs help learning from the inventor’s perspective of filing a patent (i.e.: don’t file a design patent on your MVP design – rookie mistake), building a successful crowdfunding campaign, and overseas manufacturing. GET: I’m looking for advisory board members and a marketer with CPG experience to join our team. FUN FACT: I am a former Marksman for the Royal Canadian Air Force. NEWS: Launched in 2019, Private Packs will transform the healing process for women in their most sensitive areas, specifically after childbirth, bikini waxes, intercourse, and surgery. There is huge potential for us to make a real difference in the lives of vulva owners around the world.
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Livepin Inc.
ABOUT: Yang Cheung is a co-founder of Livepin, a cloud-based SaaS live broadcasting platform that helps businesses reach and grow their audience by providing intelligent distribution solutions through global delivery and real-time analysis of video content. Prior to co-founding Livepin, Yang spent 13 years in software development and product management in the financial services industry.
GIVE: Help other founders with product related questions. Bring more members to The Fourth Floor community.
GET: Introduction to potential partners, clients, advisors, and investors.
FUN FACT: Yang lives in Brooklyn with her parents, in-laws, husband, son, daughter, dog and frog.
NEWS: We have released real time transcription and translation feature in closed beta. Please let me know if you would like to see a demo!
Partner, Jayaram Law
Lawyers for Innovators®
ABOUT: I started in BigLaw and after a handful of years, I ran for the hills eschewing law altogether and spending the next five years in a start-up, a non-profit and home with my kids. When I founded the New York City practice of Jayaram Law, I discovered that I actually love private practice, I just needed to find a forum that matched my passions. I am also an angel investor and over the last three years I have built a legal practice that bridges the gap between traditional law and innovative growth. In addition to advising early stage companies, I work with larger entities in managing their domestic and international trademark portfolios,
cross-border trademark strategies, and the intellectual property direction for companies such as Rebecca Minkoff’s Female Founder Collective, The Shatter Fund and Ankura Consulting Group.
GIVE: 30 minute general mentor calls with Founders. AMA! (Ask me anything!)
GET: I am looking to hire a junior corporate associate and an administrative assistant in my New York office; I would love any referrals.
FUN FACT: I grew up on an intentional spiritual community (think: commune without the indoctrination) in West Virginia.
NEWS: I know of a number of fantastic founders looking for co-founders, if anyone is looking to become a co-founder to a very early stage business, please let me know.
CEO & Founder of Radical Health.
ABOUT: Ivelyse is the founder of Radical Health, the first Latina owned Public Benefit Corp in NY. Radical Health improves health equity through meaningful conversations and technology. The latest app Radical Relay is a “know your rights” for health AI based chatbot that helps pregnant people ask the right questions before, during and after pregnancy to address maternal health inequities.
GIVE: I love thinking strategically about alternate ways to generate revenue or how to maximize social impact.
GET: I’d love to meet others who have bootstrapped companies and scaled.
FUN FACT: In her spare time, Ivelyse loves to thrift. She had a side hustle selling used clothes to support Radical Health in its early stages.
NEWS: Ivelyse was recently appointed as a Commissioner to the NYC Commission on Gender Equity.
Founder and CEO of EggFund
ABOUT: EggFund helps the 1 in 8 Americans suffering from infertility afford their dream of having a baby by providing affordable loans. We provide funding for fertility treatment, adoption and surrogacy. Within months of launching, EggFund surpassed $1M in loans funded to men and women, across the US, to build their families. Our goal is to create thousands of families, and plan to introduce additional products in the next year. Prior to starting EggFund, Carmela had a successful 20 year career in the art world. Most recently, as co-President of a global art media group. After starting EggFund, she found out she was pregnant. She lives in NYC with her daughter, Elisabeth, and husband Geoff.
GIVE: I'd like to get more members and organizations involved.
GET: A strategic legal advisor who can help us as we build out the business by making introductions to potential partners and investors, and/or providing strategic compliance/financial advice.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "If it's easy, it's probably not worth doing."
NEWS: We are about to onboard new lenders to meet more of the customer demand for EggFund's affordable loans
CEO & Founder of Queen of Raw
ABOUT: Corporate attorney turned fashion tech and sustainability entrepreneur. Stephanie is the Co-Founder of Queen of Raw, a marketplace to buy and sell unused textiles, keeping it out of landfill and turning pollution into profit. Stephanie is a NASA/NIKE/IKEA/DELL Innovator, a Grand Prize WeWork Creator Awards Winner presented by Ashton Kutcher, a thredUP Circular Fashion Fund Recipient, and was nominated as a Founder to Watch by Women 2.0. She is a Member of Pledge 1% and Founding Member of Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, along with Aveda, Kering, and Stella McCartney.
BUSINESS WIN: Want a deep dive into sustainability, women in business, and the future of fashion, supply chain, and materials? Check out our podcast "Material Is Your Business."
GIVE: Expertise in sustainability and innovative marketplace technologies
GET: Strategic partnerships with fashion brands and retailers looking to improve their bottom line by 15%
FUN FACT/HIDDEN TALENT: The first piece of fabric I ever loved was my Fisher Price Security Bunny. I still keep her with me.
COO & CLO of Simplecast
...a podcasting technologies company
ABOUT: Jeanine was a talent-side entertainment and media attorney (she even first-chaired and won a 2-week jury trial for a talent agency!) before transitioning into tech leadership. Since then, she's co-led the auction process to sell a company to GoDaddy, launched an international joint venture with one of the world’s largest companies, and was part of a small team charged with turn-around efforts after the company was acquired by a PE firm. She loves fundraising (not many people can say that!) and enjoys angel investing in tech startups, mentoring high-potential women professionals, and serving on corporate boards.
INTERESTING BUSINESS: Jeanine was actually Simplecast's first outside investor 3 years ago. When Simplecast raised their Series A, the Founder invited her to join as COO full-time.
GIVE: Advice to women founders of young companies about fundraising and maybe even some intros.
GET: Meet more women tech executives and entrepreneurs.
FUN FACT/HIDDEN TALENT: In all of her "spare time", Jeanine keeps busy with her 2 rambunctious boys, 2 dogs, 5 chickens, a hive of bees, growing her own food and making craft beers on her little “urban farm” in Los Angeles.
CEO & Co-Founder of ClearOPS, Inc.
...a privacy technology company, that is speeding up enterprise sales
ABOUT: Prior to ClearOPS, Caroline spent the last 18 years as an attorney, both as outside and in house counsel, and the last 8 years as a privacy expert.
BUSINESS WIN: ClearOPS was just featured in a podcast called AI in the Wild. Give it a listen here.
GIVE: A seat on the ClearOps advisory board to a person who has experience in customer relationship management or privacy.
GET: Intros to potential customers or other networking opportunities.
FUN FACT/HIDDEN TALENT: Caroline learned how to fly Cessna airplanes in her early 20s and almost got her private pilot’s licens