Stephen Stanczak is the Principal at Ondyr Marketing, a digital marketing firm based in NYC. Stephen’s focus is on SEO, PPC, and Google Analytics, with a specialization on schema markup. Stephen has deep marketing experience including work on several digital marketing campaigns for companies such as Microsoft, General Electric and various SMBs. Stephen holds marketing degrees from Temple and Cornell University. He has spoken and mentored at Techstars, Baruch College, Techhub NYC, SEMrush Live, New York Marketing Association, and Grand Central Tech.
Elizabeth Tobey has run marketing, communications, support, and community teams for tech companies and startups in both New York City and San Francisco. Starting in the video game industry, she was at the forefront of the community and social media explosion and helped shape early strategies that redefined how companies marketed to and engaged their customers. She expanded the Tumblr Support team to incorporate community engagement and outreach, embedding the department with both product and marketing teams for a holistic go-to-market strategy. At Medium, she was the first marketing hire and defined what engaged readers and writers looked like on the platform and built out content and engagement strategies that balanced storytelling with data science. She is now leading marketing at a startup building research collaboration software for academia and the corporate market. She has successfully brought the company through its Series A funding, redefined its target audience and core messaging, and is currently working on expanding into biopharma and fintech for 2020.
Avi is the former Head of Product at Neeva where he joined the founders, former Google execs Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan, as the first product hire. Before that, he was at Google where he led a product team building a new video ads business focused on shopping & commercial actions for YouTube which was the fastest ever to grow from $0 to $1 billion.
Avi loves leading teams through the chaos & ambiguity of zero to one problems. He excels at product strategy, analytics & leadership.
Tianyi (Tony) is Director of Corporate Venture Captial at PTT Global Chemical, a $15 billion Thai petrochemical company. Tony is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing deals for investment and partnership in emerging technologies in North America. He also participates in managing portfolio companies and initiation of new corporate strategies.
Prior to joining PTTGC, Tony was Lead Analyst at Lux Research, where he advised Global-1000 corporations, VCs, and government agencies on strategies in a range of deeptech innovations. Tony holds Ph.D. in Physics from Boston College and B.S. in Physics from Peking University in Beijing.
Michelle is an early-stage startup investor, connector, and communicator. She is passionate about working with founders worldwide to build great ventures. Before joining Lair East Labs, she spent eight years working at public accounting firms in both China and the U.S., including KPMG and PWC. Her experience covers industries such as manufacturing, construction, chemical, consumer goods, real estate, and financial services, with expertise in business strategy, operations management, and corporate finance.
Seamon Chan is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Palm Drive Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage tech companies. Seamon graduated from Stanford University and is completing the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School. He was one of the founders of the Stanford Chinese Entrepreneurs Organization (Stanford CEO) and NYC Chinese Entrepreneurs Organization (NYCCEO). Seamon is also a young leader of Committee 100 and a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle and the Economic Club of New York.