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Learn how to achieve Success in FinTech Companies!

Join us for a panel of investors & founders who will enlighten us as to the key points to achieve success in FinTech companies!

Ben Narasin is a Partner at Canvas, focused on early-stage venture investments in mobile, fintech, and marketplaces/eCommerce as well as exciting new categories. Ben was an active institutional seed investor for eight years before joining Canvas, during which he personally invested in 75 companies including Lending Club, Check, Kabbage, Realty Mogul, Dropcam, Zenefits, and many more world-class startups. Half of the companies he seeded went on to raise follow-on venture capital.  An entrepreneur since the age of twelve, Ben ran startups through high school and college before founding Boston Prepatory Company, a menswear company. He then founded Fashionmall.com in 1993, one of the first e-commerce companies on the Web and the first cost-per-click based business, which he took public in 1999 on the NASDAQ.  In the moments when Ben is not spending time with his entrepreneurs and family, he is also a professional freelance writer on food and wine for various print publications as well as writing online about technology and entrepreneurship. His work has appeared in The SF Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Venture Beat, Gentry Wealth, SV and many other consumer and trade publications. Read Ben’s writings at Venture & Venison.  Ben earned a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.

Thomas France is the cofounder of Ledger, the leading Blockchain security company. The team is behind the Ledger Nano hardware wallet used by tens of thousands people all accros the world. Prior to his Bitcoin involvement Thomas was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group  before founding Prixing, a mobile shopping app sold to $HCO in 2013. Thomas is also an angel investor notably in the Fintech and Insurancetech space


Laura Cain is an associate at Thomvest Ventures, a $250MM cross-stage fund based in Redwood Shores, CA. At Thomvest, Laura focuses on fintech investments, with a specific interest in online lending and insurance. Laura is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities, conducting financial & business due diligence, and supporting existing portfolio companies.  Prior to Thomvest, Laura worked at Deloitte Consulting as part of the Technology Strategy & Architecture division. There she focused on advising clients on cloud computing, enterprise architecture, IT cost optimization, and M&A. She served a broad range of clients across healthcare, information technology, finance, hospitality, and consumer product industries. Laura graduated from the UC Berkeley with a BS in Business.

Nadim Homsany, Co-Founder, EarnUp.  Nadim is son of immigrants who arrived in the US with virtually nothing. His upbringing instilled in him a passion for helping people build financial resilience and independence. Prior to EarnUp, Nadim worked at Serent Capital, a $600M private equity firm, focused on tech-enabled services. Prior to Serent, Nadim led investments with NCB Capital, a $12B asset manager. Before this, Nadim worked at McKinsey & Company consulting large banks. Nadim also practiced IP and technology law at Kirkland & Ellis. Nadim holds a JD degree from Harvard Law School and graduated highest honors from Rutgers University.


Moderator:  Pierre-R. Wolff is Managing Director of ExecConnect, a firm facilitating professional transactional connections.  His clients include firms in global financial services and corporate venture capital interested in executing corporate development transactions (specifically investments, M&A, and strategic partnerships), and early stage companies in need of business/corporate development and fundraising strategy assistance.  Over the past 3 years he has spent a significant amount of time in the Blockchain ecosystems consulting on various transactions.  Pierre currently serves on several advisory boards of blockchain, 3D printing, collaborative communications, real-time streaming and payment system companies.  He received his MBA from EDHEC in Nice, France, and conducted his undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pemo Theodore

Pemo is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is CoFounder/CEO Silicon Valley TV She is the Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley & organizes Bay Area FinTech meetup: Silicon Valley FinTech meetup & Blockchain Music meetup with almost 3k members. She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups 7 years. She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors & FinTech experts. She partners with videographers to cover San Francisco Bay area startup conferences & meetups with livestreaming, video & foto packages Silicon Valley TV She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 14 years. She has been in small business for 46 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research from VCs, angels & women founders) “Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation” She was TheNextWomen‘s most prolific contributor of 2011. Silicon Valley TV has been noted as a platform for supporting high growth women led companies in Huffington Post

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