TiE NY StartUp Open Mic Night ~ Financial Disruption!
Nov 13, 2018
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM (America/New_York)
Rise, 43 W 23rd Street
New York,United States View map →

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We invite you to TiE New York's monthly Startup Open Mic Night event for an exciting night of networking and pitching!   This event is not your typical meet and greet.

This month we focus on financing as we enjoy Rise NY’s home. Our first featured speaker for November is Pulak Sinha, Founder & CEO of On Pepper, a digital infrastructure platform for alternative asset managers that was masterminded in response to disruption in the financial services industry.  Pulak will speak to us about "Fintech and the brave new world".

Next up, Pankaj Jain, an active angel, Founder of BlockHack and on the investment of Wadi Accelerator will discuss what he is seeing in fintech trends including blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

To pitch you don’t have to be a TiE member, you just need to be a startup and/or investor with the passion to give your elevator pitch for 90 seconds in front of a group of angel investors, venture capitalists, startup-focused service based providers, mentors, and a large community of other successful entrepreneurs.

Each attendee must register in order to be included on the building's security list.  

If you plan to speak, please register as a "Presenter".   If your company is speaking but you are not the key speaker, register as a non-member or member (whichever applies).  

Speakers should arrive by 6:30 pm and check in with our speaker coordinator.  Should we need to limit the number of speakers due to high demand our members will be given priority to speak. But don't fear, its easy to join TiE!  Become a member by signing up on our website at

RSVP for this free event, here!

Pulak Sinha, Founder & CEO of On Pepper

Pulak Sinha is Founder & CEO of On Pepper.  Pepper is designing the next generation of smart digital infrastructure for Asset Managers incorporating the latest in Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Open Architecture and User Interface Technologies.

Before leaving to start building the digital platform that would become Pepper, Pulak Sinha was a founding member of GSO Capital Partners — currently one of the largest credit hedge funds. Pulak’s responsibilities at GSO included building and directing trading operations, portfolio structuring, valuations and treasury management; as well as designing new models, operations and systems for managing new products.

Pulak has also gained valuable expertise in the field of regulatory risk and credit risk management for large banks, having worked at Citigroup (where he led the CCAR technology design effort for Citi’s CCAR implementation), Bank of America and Credit Suisse. Prior to moving to the US, Pulak worked at a startup (Globsyn Technologies) in India, where he helped grow their six man team into over 300 strong providing software and training services. In 1999 he moved to the New York to successfully start their US operations.

He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and an undergraduate in engineering from IIT in India.

More On Pepper

We built the Pepper digital infrastructure for alternative asset managers in response to two major disruptive forces in the finance industry.  The first addresses fundamental changes occurring within the asset management industry - fund structures becoming more complex, investors getting more demanding, and the regulatory environment becoming more onerous. 

The second disruptive force is digital technology. The potential efficiency and convenience from digital technology is fundamentally changing existing functions within the asset management industry, while providing new previously unavailable capabilities.

About Pankaj Jain

Pankaj Jain is an active angel investor and advisor to venture capital funds, startups, governments and foundations on topics ranging from building technology startup ecosystems, to early-stage deal structuring, as well as, blockchain and cryptocurrencies.   He has 25 years of international investment and startup experience.

For over four years, as a Partner, Pankaj Jain spearheaded investments  and operations for 500 Startups, a California-based seed fund and accelerator program.  At 500 Startups Pankaj lead investments in over 60 early stage startups in the US, India, South Asia.  Under his leadership, the organization built a solid reputation as one of the top venture capital firms in the region.  Pankaj worked tirelessly to influence and transform a nascent startup ecosystem, working with government bodies and organizations to restructure policies, laws and to improve efficiency.

After getting his BS from the NYU Stern School of Business,  Pankaj spent over 12 years in the Financial industry at JP  Morgan, Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM) and GlobeOp Financial Services.

About Rise New York

Welcome to the #HomeofFinTech. Rise, created by Barclays, is a global community of the world's top innovators working together to create the future of financial services.

Rise operates FinTech hubs around the world, where cutting-edge startups and scaleups can connect, create and scale their businesses, backed by our Barclays' global network of industry experts, mentors, investors and partners. Get unparalleled access to mentorship, insights, guidance and world class facilities to accelerate your business right in the heart of the Flatiron District at Rise New York.

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    43 W 23rd Street,
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Sonia Parechanian

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