NYTA Forum: Angel Investment Update - Startup Financing Trends and Strategies


About This Event: 

Thanks to an accelerating economic recovery and a stock market that is setting new highs on a regular basis, it is clearly an opportune time for the many startups that are looking to close a round of angel financing. Indeed, many companies are reporting that between favorable valuations and accelerated timelines for closing deals, the current prospects for angel financing are particularly strong. Please join us for a webinar featuring a panel of active angel investors and successful serial entrepreneurs. Together they will address the following topics:

• The current market for angel financing and the outlook for the coming months

• Strategies for identifying, connecting with and pitching to angels in a virtual environment

• Guidance for startups to maximize their chances of raising angel funding

With participants to include founders and principals of startup companies as well as investors, and with ample time for Q&A and virtual networking, this session will be an outstanding source of practical, real-world guidance and useful contacts.  


Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC

As Managing Partner of the 9-lawyer Paul Ellis Law Group, Paul counsels on issues including formation, early-stage financing (friends and family, angel and VC), joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment, equity plans, mergers and acquisitions, and, together with his colleagues, protection and licensing of intellectual property. Beyond the internet/mobile/IT industries, he has practiced in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, consumer products, and entertainment. He has represented companies ranging from startups to multinationals, as well as funds and individual and institutional investors. Paul is a board member of NY Tech Alliance and organizes its events on legal issues for startup through midsize tech companies. He holds a BA from Harvard and a JD from Georgetown.


Joy Marcus, Co-Founder, Brilliant Friends

Joy Marcus is an astute catalyst for trend-setting business ideas and investments and female founders. From venture capital and board leadership to nurturing entrepreneurs as a full-time Princeton faculty member and investor, Joy is committed to connecting the minds and deals that create positive change. She co-founded Brilliant Friends, a C-Suite women’s investing group focused on seed and Early-A investments in companies founded by women. A thread that runs through everything she does is proving that true diversity yields better economic outcomes.

Joy brings two decades of notable experience as a digital media trailblazer to her current board and investment roles. She’s on the boards of Perion, Anyclip, and Qwire and has previously served on and advised a number of startups, associations, and nonprofit boards. While a Venture Partner at Gotham Ventures, Joy led their investment in DailyWorth, a digital media company targeting professional women that exited to a prominent female-led media company. She joined JVP ’s emerging New York office to focus on media and tech deal flow. Prior to JVP, Joy steered Condé Nast’s newly formed Digital Video division to triple-digit year over year growth. She was on the management teams that took BarnesandNoble.com public and that led French video site Dailymotion in its sale to Orange for $200M. She started her career at MTV Networks, where she helped launch MTV in international markets.

At Princeton, Joy has gained a following for her Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship course, pragmatic style, and direct knowledge of both the media and venture ecosystems. As a first-generation college graduate with the belief that education should be a great equalizer, Joy advocates for more diverse representation in curriculum, internships, and department leadership.

Brad Schrader, President, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of New York

Brad Schrader has led multiple B2B startups and turnarounds. He currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Sun Chemical and previously led EasyLink (Nasdaq: EASY). From start as an engineer, he has helped grow diverse businesses from  fiber optics to airbags to specialty chemicals to eCommerce with BCG, Corning, TRW, Honeywell  among others. He is an active venture adviser.

Mark Schneider, Chairman, New York Angels

Mark H. Schneider has been an angel investor since 1999, and currently serves as a Board member of both NY Angels and Angel Investor Forum in Connecticut. His investments span a wide range of interests including health information systems, new media, infrastructure software, web-enabled business services, greentech and industrial products. Mark serves on the board of Innroad, Inc., a SAAS (Software as a Service) company for hotel management (www.innroad.com). For many years (since 1982) his day job was as founder and CEO, and then non-operating Chairman of a group of software companies which provided software, systems, and transaction services to the pharmaceutical fulfillment industry(*). After a series of acquisitions and mergers, that company announced two liquidity events in 2006 and 2007. One division was sold to a public company, the other division to a private equity firm. Mark’s earlier experience included Director of Planning for a publicly held computer consulting firm; and Manager of Strategic Planning for a division of PepsiCo, Inc. Mark holds a Master’s degree from the MIT/Sloan School of Management (1978) as well as a Master’s degree in Engineering from MIT (1977) and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University (1976).

  • May 20, 2021 at 11:30am – 1:30pm