Selecting this 12 months’s Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield winners can be a tricky job. There’s an exceptionally sturdy and distinctive group of younger firms competing in Startup Battlefield subsequent week with 20 firms showcasing their progressive options to fixing essential and important points.

Fortunately, we’ve got an skilled group of entrepreneurs and buyers to assist decide the Startup Battlefield competitors. We fastidiously curated a bunch of Remaining Spherical judges that can deliver their expertise and experience to picking the following winner of the Disrupt Cup (and an enormous $50,000 verify)!

Please meet your esteemed closing spherical judges for the Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield competitors.

John Borthwick is the CEO and co-founder of betaworks. Betaworks is an web studio that builds and invests in firms throughout the social, data-driven media web.

Corporations that betaworks has constructed embody Giphy, Dots, bitly and Chartbeat, betaworks acquired and re-launched Digg and Instapaper. Betaworks investments embody: kickstarter, tumblr (acquired by Yahoo), Summize (acquired by Twitter as their search engine), IFTTT, OMG Pop (acquired by Zynga), Tweetdeck (acquired by Twitter), together with 100+ others.

Previous to betaworks John was Senior Vice President of Alliances and Expertise Technique for Time Warner Inc. John’s firm, WP-Studio, based in 1994, was one of many first content material studios in New York’s Silicon Alley, it was acquired by AOLTW. John holds an MBA from Wharton (1994) and an undergraduate diploma BA in Economics from Wesleyan College (1987). He sits on the board of WNYC, Knowledge and Society, and Rhizome on the New Museum.

Charles Hudson

Charles Hudson is the Managing Associate with Precursor Ventures, an early-stage enterprise capital agency targeted on investments on investing in sturdy groups within the enterprise to enterprise and enterprise to client software program markets. Previous to founding Precursor, Charles was a Associate with SoftTech VC, one of the vital energetic seed stage buyers in Web and cellular startups. Hudson holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Stanford College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate Faculty of Enterprise.


Alfred Lin is a associate at Sequoia Capital and works with inspiring founders targeted on disrupting the cellular, market, commerce, client providers, and online-to-offline sectors. He presently represents Sequoia on the boards of Airbnb, DoorDash, Houzz, Humble Bundle, Kiwi, Stella & Dot and Zipline, and was beforehand on the Board of Achievers (HAWK). Previous to becoming a member of Sequoia in 2010, Alfred was lucky sufficient to be related to a wide range of profitable upstarts and served as COO/CFO of, VP of Finance and Enterprise Improvement of Tellme Networks, and VP of Finance of LinkExchange. Alfred additionally co-founded Enterprise Frogs, LLC and invested in firms corresponding to Ask Jeeves, MongoMusic, MyAble, OpenTable, Tellme and Alfred has a B.A. in Utilized Arithmetic from Harvard and an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford.


Susan Lyne is the founder and President of BBG Ventures, an early-stage funding fund for women-led tech start-ups. The AOL-seeded fund is targeted on next-gen client web merchandise, backing good entrepreneurs who replicate and perceive the shoppers driving the fastest-growing areas of the web.

Earlier than launching BBG Ventures, Susan was CEO of AOL’s Model Group, the place she oversaw AOL’s distinctive content material manufacturers together with, TechCrunch, Engadget, Makers, StyleList, Moviefone and MapQuest. From 2008 to 2012, Susan was CEO after which Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the progressive e-commerce firm that pioneered flash gross sales in america. Previous to that she spent three many years within the media business.

From 2004 to 2008 she served as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Dwelling Omnimedia (MSO). From 1996 to 2004, she held numerous positions on the Walt Disney Firm and ABC, together with EVP of Films and Miniseries and later President of ABC Leisure.


Matthew Panzarino has been a retail jockey, skilled photographer, unbiased blogger, Managing Editor at The Subsequent Internet and now Editor-In-Chief at TechCrunch. He has made a reputation for himself within the tech media world as a author relentlessly protecting Apple and Twitter, along with a broad vary of startups.


Alan Patricof is the Founder and Managing Director of Greycroft Companions. A longtime innovator and advocate for enterprise capital, Alan entered the business in its formative days with the creation of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., a predecessor to Apax Companions – right this moment, one of many world’s main personal fairness companies with $41 billion beneath administration. He stepped again from the day by day administration and operational points of Apax Companions, LP in 2004 to focus on a bunch of small enterprise offers on its behalf. In 2006, he based Greycroft Companions, a enterprise capital agency, which funds main early and expansion-stage Web and cellular firms. With places of work in New York and Los Angeles, Greycroft is presently investing from its fourth core Fund and its first Development Fund. Greycroft, LLC has a complete of $800MM beneath administration.

With a 40-plus 12 months profession in enterprise capital, Alan has been instrumental in rising the enterprise capital subject from a base of excessive net-worth people to its place right this moment with broad institutional backing, in addition to taking part in a key function within the important legislative initiatives which have guided its evolution. He has helped construct and foster the expansion of quite a few main international firms, together with, amongst others, America On-line, Workplace Depot, Cadence Techniques, Mobile Communications, Inc., Apple Laptop, FORE Techniques, NTL, IntraLinks, and Audible. He was additionally a founder and chairman of the board of New York journal, which later acquired the Village Voice and New West journal.

Alan is energetic within the New York and Washington communities. He’s a board member of the Finance Committee of Northside Youngsters for Youngster Improvement in Harlem and the Board of Overseers of Columbia Faculty of Enterprise. As well as, he’s an advisor to Disney’s Startup Accelerator Program in addition to the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board at Columbia College. He’s additionally a member of the Tribeca Movie Competition Disruptor Basis and the Council on International Relations. In October 2013, he was appointed to the board of the President’s World Improvement Council by President Barack Obama. From 2007 to 2012, he served two phrases on the board of Millennium Problem Company, having been appointed by Presidents Bush and Obama respectively. And in 1992, he was appointed by President Clinton as Chairman of the White Home Fee on Small Enterprise. As well as, Alan is a former board member of TechnoServe, Trickle Up Program, World Advisory Board of Endeavor, Utilized Sciences NYC Advisory Board, and the Initiative for World Improvement (IGD) Management Council.

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