Four Founders, Four Ways to a Million

Entrepreneurs share strategies on how to build sustainable, scalable technology companies.

Monday July 16, 2012, 6:00 PM
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
488 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Fee: Free for NYTECH members and sponsors. $20.00 for non-members.

The technology climate in New York City is getting more competitive and growing a successful business is now even more challenging. Please join the New York Technology Council and our panel of successful entrepreneurs for an in-depth discussion on their paths to a million in sales and beyond. Topics will include:

  • Staying true to your company's mission by doing the 'right thing'
  • Managing by numbers
  • Surviving tough fundraising rounds
  • Keeping investors that believe in you and your venture
  • Identifying, recruiting and retaining employees that will help grow your company
  • Personal and professional development

Jerry Spiegel of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz will introduce the event and share brief insights on the trends he and his colleagues are seeing in the start-up technology space.

Refreshments provided by Popchips.



Maya MikhailovMaya Mikhailov, Co-Founder,

Maya co-founded GPShopper, a leader in mobile marketing solutions for retailers and brands. GPShopper has deployed a wide variety of award winning mobile solutions for some of the top retailers and brands including Best Buy, bebe, Express, The North Face. Also, Maya serves as a professor at New York University (NYU) where she teaches classes in Mobile Marketing and Strategy. Maya has contributed articles to numerous industry publications on the topics of mobile marketing and technology. In recognition of her leadership in the space, she was named as a “Women to Watch 2010” in Mobile Marketer and in 2011, the Direct Marketer’s Association (DMA) labeled Maya as their “Guru of Mobile”. Additionally, she was recently featured on Women 2.0 as a “Founder to Watch” and has been highlighted on Fox News for her mobile expertise.

Jennifer WalzerJennifer Walzer, Founder, BUMI

Jennifer Walzer, CEO and Founder of BUMI (, has an extensive background in technology and business strategy consulting. Prior to founding BUMI, Jennifer spent her career helping organizations of all sizes (from start ups to Fortune 1000 companies) with their back office systems and online web presence. Jennifer also successfully launched and sold a software development company focused on developing interactive voice response systems for multi-employer benefit funds.

In 2010, Jennifer was selected as a winner in the “Best Entrepreneur” category and BUMI a finalist in the “Best Overall Company of the Year” category in the 7th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. In 2011, BUMI won an Asigra Award for “Best Competitive Takeout” and was named one of New York Enterprise Report’s 2011 Great Entrepreneurial Places to Work. Additionally, BUMI won in the “Customer Service” category of New York Enterprise Report's 2011 Small Business Awards.

Thomas EptingThomas Epting, Co-Founder,

UncommonGoods' co-founder Thomas Epting has made a career of his passions for creativity and innovation. His grandmother gave him his first camera when he was a young boy, and as a young man he refined his creative eye working for legendary photographer Irving Penn. Thomas created campaign imagery for clients like Clinique, Cole Haan, and Ralph Lauren, but some of his favorite images remain the fine art prints he created from Penn's negatives for books and exhibitions. Although he continued to photograph in his second career, he also extended his creativity in the many roles he took on in the fast-growing start-up UncommonGoods. In Thomas' first decade with UncommonGoods, he was responsible for providing Creative Direction for the web and catalog businesses, moving the company through three locations to accommodate its dramatic growth, and leading the Technology and Operations teams as the Chief Operating Officer. In 2011, he assumed the newly created role as the Chief Strategy Officer for UncommonGoods, focusing on creating and innovating for the company's future, while continuing to lead the Creative and Technology teams. That same year, Thomas took on perhaps his most exciting and challenging responsibility to date: fathering a remarkable and uncommonly good son.

Manish ChowdharyManish Chowdhary, Founder, GoECart

Manish is a recognized expert in his field and a sought after public speaker on topics ranging from ecommerce and online marketing to business leadership and entrepreneurship. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Bridgeport, CT. He also holds multiple business process patents in collaborative commerce. Under Manish’s leadership, GoECart has received numerous awards, including multiple prestigious CODiE awards from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), which recognizes excellence in business software.


Mary HowardMary Howard, Entrepreneur & Trainer

Mary Howard is a serial entrepreneur and personal trainer for entrepreneurs retained by the states of New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts and the Federal Department of Energy to work with high potential ventures. Her specialty is early stage tech organizations. At Kodak, Mary was a leader at Atex and Eikonix software publishing companies; and founded venture backed Athena Design Systems, a CAD/CAM software company, where she raised venture capital and secured patents in CAD and imaging. Mary subsequently co founded AlleyEvents, a web publishing and event promotion business in New York City. Previously, Mary founded a glass design business and an automobile import and modification firm along with multiple food services businesses. She is President of SunCirc, a bio degradable food packaging company.

Mary founded non-profits NY Designs, New York City's design business center to train entrepreneurs and incubate product design ventures and Parsons Design Lab, a corporate sponsored, technology based, prototype development and research lab. Mary sits on the board of MIT Enterprise Forum New York Chapter, iClean Incubator and is Instructor for the Senior Thesis in Product Design at Parsons, The New School for Design.

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