TiE NY StartUp Open Mic Night ~ Cybersecurity

Mar 13, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM (America/New_York)

  • McCarter & English

  • 825 8th Avenue Manhattan

  • New York


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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 something we all need - cybersecurity.  Ed Zabar, CEO of Verif-y will be pulling us up-to-speed on how his company addresses cybersecurity and what issues we should be thinking about as startup founders.  Verif-y provides a blockchain-based identity that is well-aligned with mitigating your risk from participating in the digital economy.

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 ny.tie.org.

Please register for this event by the afternoon of the day prior (March 12) as our host, McCarter & English's building has strict security.  And note that the event is on a WEDNESDAY (we'll go back to our typical TiE Tuesday's next month!) 

Ed Zabar, CEO of Verif-y

Ed Zabar has over 25 years of professional experience, most recently founding and managing Verif-y. Prior to founding Verif-y, Ed served as a turnaround CEO of a UK technology company with $40M in revenues, where he returned the company to profitability and prepared it for a sale. Prior to this role Ed was a senior investment banker with several leading boutique firms in New York and Philadelphia. In these roles, he focused mainly on mergers and acquisitions and funding of early and expansion stage Technology, Media and Telecom companies. In addition to his role as managing director at Oberon Securities in New York, Ed also fulfilled the roles of COO and CTO and was a big part of the management team's success in propelling the investment bank to a strong market position. Prior to his work as an investment banker, Ed was a Vice President at a New York based venture capital firm as well as a US/Hong Kong family office where he executed multiple transactions with technology companies in various stages of development. 

Prior to these roles, Ed served as an Executive Vice President of sales and marketing at ViewTrade Securities where he was instrumental in increasing the company's global client base and its revenues from $500,000 to over $15M; and a financial and technology consultant at Goldman Sachs and PwC where he advised many fortune 500 financial services and manufacturing firms. Ed also co-founded and exited two technology startups in the late 90's early 2000's. 

Ed holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS in Finance and Information Technology from New York University.

About Verif-y

We provide individuals with the ability to own and control their identity, and provide employers, credential providers, and other organizations with better ways to serve their employees, students and members while improving their operational efficiencies.  Most of the pieces of information that are used to evaluate our financial, employment or credential authenticity are not within our control.  Verif‑y was created to change that – we want users to own their information and decide who can see it.

For Speakers

What is TiENY's Tech StartUp Open Mic night?

It is an opportunity to not only network with members of the TiE community that includes angel investors, venture capitalists, startup-focused service based providers, mentors, and a large community of other successful entrepreneurs, but it's also a real opportunity for you and your business to receive the right type of exposure to the right people, right now.

Who can get on the mic?

Pre-registered entrepreneurs and investors should arrive early to check in as it will be first come/first serve until our speaker list fills (with TiE and WeWork members given priority). Speakers will be given 90 seconds at the microphone to introduce themselves, pitch their business, talk about their current funding and needs or raise pertinent discussion points.

Who is this event for?

You don't have to be a TiE member to attend, although we hope you'll join!  This event is open to entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs those looking to build a network in our community.

What should you prepare?

Your 90 second pitch. We provide you the floor to get the exposure you want, and practice answering questions from a friendly audience.  We do not project PowerPoint presentations, so no need to bring one!

The fine print...

Should we need to limit the number of speakers due to high demand, our members and WeWork members will be given priority to speak. But don't fear, if you aren't already a member its easy to join TiE New York!  By speaking you are consenting to pictures and video.  Members are prioritized for social marketing as we seek to raise our member-startup company’s profiles and visibility. 


McCarter & English

825 8th Avenue Manhattan ,New York

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