[Past Event] The Changing Dynamics in the Venture Fund Market
The New York Times has declared that 2020 “was all about the SPAC.” As we move into 2021, between SPACs, rolling funds, and the recent SEC changes for direct listings and expanding equity crowdfunding the venture capital market is evolving. Join Worth for an intimate discussion on how VC is changing, the importance of investing in mission-driven companies and what to expect from venture funding in 2021.
Featuring: Kathleen Entwistle, Private Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, Jim McCann, Chairman, Worth and Chairman & Founder, 1-800-FLOWERS and Slava Rubin, Founder & Managing Partner, humbition and Founder & CEO, Indiegogo
Moderated by: Juliet Scott-Croxford, CEO, Worth
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A leader in private wealth management for successful families, women and business owners.
Kathy joined UBS in 2007 and subsequently formed Entwistle Partners, creating a team of professionals dedicated to providing multigenerational wealth advice to affluent families, C-suite executives and founders.
With her nearly 30-year career defined by many leadership roles, Kathy has been recognized with multiple awards and designations for her achievements—from Forbes as a Top 200 female financial advisor in the country to three consecutive Barron’s nominations to their “Top Women Financial Advisors” list. Kathy attributes her success to her dedicated team who help her deliver on strong personal relationships, thoughtful advice and a high level of service.
Officer in Corporate Trust Department, Manufacturers Hanover Trust
Vice President and Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Certified Financial Planner, (CFP®)
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®)
Forbes “Top Women Wealth Advisor,” 2018, 2019
Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisor,” New Jersey, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Forbes “Top 200 Women Advisors,” 2017, 2018
M.B.A., Fordham University
Kathy serves on the Board of Directors for: The Ridgewood Public Library Foundation, The Family Support Organization of Bergen County, St, Joseph’s School for the Blind, Christian Health Care Center Foundation, and Ridgewood A.M. Rotary.
She is an active member of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and Women United in Philanthropy.
In her free time, she enjoys golfing, spending time with family and relaxing at the beach.
Jim McCann is a successful entrepreneur, business leader, author, media personality and philanthropist whose passion is helping people deliver smiles. Jim’s belief in the universal need for social connections and interaction led to his founding of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., which he has grown into one of the world’s leading floral and gourmet gifting companies.
Jim’s willingness to embrace new technologies that enhance customer engagement, such as 800 phone numbers and e-commerce, often long before other retailers, has consistently kept 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. ahead of the curve and positioned it as a leading innovator in the marketplace. These innovations have played a vital role in strengthening customer engagement, something that has always been a key element of Jim’s business philosophy.
Jim’s strategy for growth has included an effective combination of birthing and acquiring new businesses and brands that resonate with customers for their gifting and celebratory occasions. The company’s gift offerings include iconic brands such as Harry & David®, Wolferman’s®, Cheryl’s® Cookies and The Popcorn Factory®, as well as Simply Chocolate®, Personalization Universe® and 1-800-Baskets.com®, among others.
Jim is also deeply involved in philanthropy and is especially devoted to helping individuals with developmental disabilities. This includes his continued work as Founder and Chairman of Smile Farms, a 501(c)3 organization established in 2015. Smile Farms provides meaningful jobs in agricultural settings to young adults and adults with developmental disabilities, allowing them to master new skills, experience teamwork, contribute to their community and, importantly, take home a paycheck. As a result, Jim was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Long Island Business News 2019 Corporate Citizenship Awards.
In 2018, Jim established Clarim Holdings, a private holding company that expands market opportunities for clients by providing capital along with an extensive network of high-tier support partners. Jim also serves as a director for The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Amyris and International Game Technology PLC, as well as a variety of private and not-for-profit boards.
Slava Rubin is Founder and Managing Partner of humbition, an early-stage operators venture fund based in NYC. Slava is also Founder of Vincent, an online platform to discover and diligence the vast world of alternative investments. Slava previously founded Indiegogo, a company dedicated to empowering people from all over the world to make their ideas a reality. As CEO for over 10 years from inception in 2006, Slava grew Indiegogo from an idea to over 500,000 campaigns and more than $1B distributed around the world. Prior to Indiegogo, Slava was a strategy consultant working on behalf of clients such as MasterCard, Goldman Sachs and FedEx for nearly a decade. He is also the founder of “Music Against Myeloma,” a charity that raises funds and awareness for cancer research in partnership with the International Myeloma Foundation. Slava is currently a member of the board for NYSE traded (WSO) Watsco Inc., and privately held Indiegogo.
Slava represented the crowdfunding industry at the White House during the signing of the JOBS Act and has helped bring equity crowdfunding to the American public. He also pioneered security tokens in the United States – having been a catalyst for selling fractionalized ownership of the St. Regis in Aspen using blockchain. He has made many TV appearances including regular guest commentator on CNBC Squawk Alley. He has also been often quoted in NYTimes and Wall Street Journal.
Slava has received numerous awards including Fortune 40 under 40, Observer 20 Heros under 40, and the Wharton Young Leadership award for 2015.
Juliet currently serves as CEO for media brand Worth, responsible for leading its transformation from a print magazine to a content platform that focuses on ‘Worth beyond Wealth’ and inspires and informs an affluent, influential and successful community of individuals to be their best selves.
Juliet began her career as a management consultant, learning to code at IBM Business Consulting Services, before focusing on business strategy and organizational change, working with clients to solve complex business problems across a variety of sectors through the use of technology.
Her experience in this area took her to a role at Boxwood (now KPMG) where she worked as a senior consultant in strategy and business change, with a focus on the media and technology sector. After working as a consultant with Guardian News & Media on its print to digital strategy, in 2012 she was confirmed in a permanent role to lead strategy and operations for the Guardian Media Group’s commercial division based in London.
Juliet joined the Guardian’s executive committee in 2015 and, as chief delivery officer; was responsible for the strategic implementation of the global three year turnaround plan and subsequent transformation and growth for the Guardian’s US operation, relocating to New York in 2016.
She lives in Westchester with her husband and son, is a keen runner, yogi, and skier.