Our Events

  • February 2023 Founder Spotlight

    NY Tech Talks showcase incredibly talented founders and leaders in the NY tech community and beyond. Whether we look to fill an auditorium or a fireside setting, we love sitting down with each founder and engaging in a candid and intimate conversation.
    We ask founders everything from what inspired them, the ups and downs of their journey as well as questions that enable attendees to know them on a personal level.

    The Founder Spotlight, is a series within NY Tech Talks, focused on women founders. We know that women founders receive just 2% of early stage funding; the women at our events have gone against the odds to create transformative tech and dynamic
    companies, including ones that support aging parents, use robotics in farming and reimagine the way we educate and prepare students for the future. We celebrate their success and look to them to inspire future women founders.

    Cheryl Potts, Founder, Cleerkut Royalty

    For over 18 years through her firm Crystal Clear Music, Ms. Potts has been a Copyright & Royalty Administrator for independent record labels and music publishers. She provides music licensing, copyright registration, royalty accounting, royalty collections and more. She was requested by the U.S. Copyright Office for her thoughts on behalf of independent music creators during the music license study. Her comments were included in the final study that was sent to U.S. Congress. The music license study became the foundation of the Music Modernization Act signed into law in 2018. She has been awarded several gold & platinum albums for administration work on behalf of record labels that reached RIAA status. In addition, Ms. Potts is the founder of Cleerkut, a software development firm and creator of Cleerkut Royalty – a platform for self-released artists, songwriters, producers, record labels and music publishers to administer their own publishing and sound recordings. Cleerkut also developed LicenseYourSong.com a platform for indie music creators to issue their own mechanical licenses for the songs they create. Ms. Potts began her music career as an independent music publisher but later moved into administration for both publishers and record labels. While many in the industry knew Ms. Potts as an Copyright & Royalty Administrator, many did not know for over 20 years Ms. Potts also worked as a software engineer building enterprise software for other companies. Later when Ms. Potts had a need to automate many of her administration tasks, she started thinking of building a solution herself. It wasn't until a self-released artist mentioned that she too was unable to find a viable solution that she could use to administer her 'own' publishing and recording label and asked to please think of her when building a solution... and with that Cleerkut Royalty was born.

    RSVP for the February Founder Spotlight on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpd-ytqjsrGdZgIM6LTegbWGY9sP-yc7oA

  • VC Update 2023: Strategies for VC Financing in the Current Economic Climate


    As we enter into a new year amidst a challenging environment for VC deals, we see that financings are still getting done, but that founders are often being confronted with new hurdles and difficult decisions. On Thursday, February 23rd, NY Tech Alliance will be presenting our 2023 update on the VC financing market for early-stage companies. This webinar will feature an accomplished panel, consisting of prominent VCs along with a corporate lawyer and a capital markets accountant who advise on VC transactions. Topics to be addressed include the following:

    • Knowing how to identify the VCs who are currently most active in negotiating and closing financing rounds
    • Recognizing the metrics that VCs are focusing on in their investment decisions
    • Understanding the trade-offs between reduced valuations and more investor-friendly, structured deal terms
    • Expectations for the VC market over the coming year

    Whether you are currently pitching to VCs or are looking to do so in the future, this session will be a valuable opportunity to hear from this seasoned panel about the latest trends in a rapidly-evolving VC marketplace.

    Bring your questions for the panelists, or send them in advance during the registration process – time has been set aside to address audience questions and concerns.



    11:30 - 12:00 - Virtual Networking
    12:00 - 1:00 - Panel Discussion and Q&A
    1:00 - 1:30 - Virtual Networking



    Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC

    As Managing Partner of the 10-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. His experience spans multiple industries including software, digital media, e-commerce, healthcare, fintech and blockchain and cryptocurrency. He has represented companies ranging from startups to multinationals, as well as funds, family offices and individual investors. Clients choose Paul to negotiate complex business matters and provide sophisticated, strategic legal advice for establishing, financing, operating and exiting highly successful, and often rapidly-growing, companies.


    Joy Marcus, Co-Founder and General Partner, The 98

    Joy is currently Co-Founder and General Partner of The 98, an early stage venture firm that invests in women-led, tech enabled businesses. She is also a Lecturer at Princeton University’s School of Engineering, where she teaches classes on entrepreneurship. Previously, Joy​ was Executive Vice President and ​General Manager Digital Video at Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE)​, a subsidiary of Condé Nast, the publishing giant whose properties include Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

    Joy is an active and experienced Board Director. She is currently a Board Director and Chairperson of the Compensation Committee at publicly listed Perion (NASD: PERI), an ad tech conglomerate, and Chairperson of the Board of private equity backed Qwire, a music technology company with clients that include Warner Brothers and the NFL. She was most recently appointed to the Board of private equity backed BBC Maestro, a UK based Masterclass competitor. She has served previously on a number of private boards including Anyclip (video technology), ExpoTV (digital marketing) and Dailyworth (financial advice for women).

    Joy’s​ work regularly receives public recognition. She was named to the Digital Power 50 by The Hollywood Reporter, Forty over Forty by Forbes, a Woman to Watch by Crain’s Magazine and a Woman of Power and Influence by the National Organization for Women (NOW).

    Joy is a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, received her law degree from New York University School of Law, and completed Columbia University’s Executive Program in Finance and Accounting. She is on the board of the non-profits New York Tech Alliance and MOUSE.


    Jonathan Bresler, Managing Partner, EJF Ventures

    Jonathan Bresler is the Managing Partner of EJF Ventures as well as a partner of EJF Capital, a financials focused investment manager in Arlington, VA. Jonathan presently serves on the boards of Verady, Inc. (dba. Ledgible) and Original Tech, Inc. (dba Prelim). He previously served on the board of Texan Bank, a Houston-based community bank and was a board observer for several other investments, including Silvergate Capital Corporation. Jonathan holds a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and is a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.”


    Alan Wink, Managing Director - Capital Markets, EisnerAmper

    Alan assists clients with capital budgeting, capital structuring and capital sourcing. Alan has 20 years of financial and consulting experience, having served as Director of the Interfunctional Management Consulting Program at Rutgers Graduate School of Management, a program he helped build into one of the largest business school-based management consulting practices in the country. He started his career in accounting, spending six years on the audit staff of a Big 4 accounting firm and a Fortune 500 Company. Alan left the accounting field to expand his horizons in the area of Corporate Finance. Alan spent several years as Director of Financial Analysis for AmBase Corporation (NYSE), where he led approximately $2 billion of corporate acquisition activity. He is also a past Vice President of Capricorn Management, a $100 million private equity fund specializing in restructuring and turnaround opportunities.

    In addition, Alan is a leader in the firm’s Technology Group, providing a variety of industry-specific services to technology and life sciences firms, including business and strategic planning, marketing and competitive analyses, financing assistance, and operational and financial benchmarking. He has worked with many early stage and emerging growth companies on developing the appropriate capital structure for their position in the business life cycle. He maintains an active contact base with angel investors, venture capital funds and private equity funds. Alan also understands the level of returns private investors are trying to realize and devises strategies that allow both entrepreneurs and their investors to achieve desired return thresholds.


    RSVP on Zoom here 

  • NY Tech Meetup


    Our next Meetup will focus on the latest innovations related to assistive tech. We’re super happy that Mariella Paulino, Founder of Project Hearing will be the evening’s guest host and moderator. In the coming weeks, we’ll announce the demo companies and presenters who are are working on transformative technologies in the areas of sight, voice, hearing and mobility.


    We’ll be hosted by Northwestern Mutual in their amazing 31st floor event space, featuring incredible demoers, networking and food & beverages.

    When: Monday, March 13, 5:30pm ET
    Where: Northwestern Mutual, 200 Liberty Street, 31st floor (across from the WTC) and via Zoom for remote attendees


    5:30 PM - In-person Networking (Doors Open)
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Demo Program (In-person & via Zoom)
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - In-person Networking 


    Co-Hosted by

    Doug Binette

    Acting Executive Director, NYTA 


    Co-Hosted by

    Mariella Paulino

    Founder, Project Hearing

    Mariella Paulino is an entrepreneur, accessibility consultant, and public speaker. In 2014 she was pulled over by a police officer and her inability to hear and follow commands was understood as noncompliance. The experience left her so shaken she went on to do her Master's at Georgetown University to explore how people with hearing disabilities interact with the world around them. In 2019 she launched Project Hearing with a mission to create a community for people with a hearing disability and share technology, best practices, and the nuances of deafness. Since then, she's spoken on accessibility inclusion at The United Nations, Harvard University, and organizations of all sizes to share her message of taking action to create an accessible and inclusive world for people with hearing disabilities.


    Demo Presenters

    To be Announced Soon!


    To RSVP for online attendance via zoom, click here

    To RSVP for in-person attendance, fill out the form below!