If you are in the technology sector and interested in networking with new people — or catching up with some familiar faces — the annual capital conference of the New Jersey Technology Council on Friday, January 25, at the Westin Forrestal Village might be the place to be.
While there will be plenty of old technology hands around, the conference this year will have one new wrinkle: The unconference, a morning session aimed at giving attendees the maximum amount of choice for panel discussion subjects.
As the organizers describe it, the unconference will feature “thought leaders from the technology community hosting tables of eight to ten attendees. Attendees will self-select their seats and topics. Attendees are invited to move to different tables every 20 minutes. Attendees will be encouraged to bring their ideas for discussion and set the agenda. At the conclusion of the session, the facilitator will summarize the discussion at each of the tables and moderate Q&A.”
The “thought leaders” include plenty of people prominent in the greater Princeton business area. Among them:
John Martinson, Joe Allegra, and Chris Sugden, all partners at Edison Ventures; Flint Lane, CEO & founder of Billtrust; and Chris Kuenne chairman and CEO of Rosetta, which he founded in 1998.
Also attending will be Kenneth Traub, president of the Princeton Junction-based Ethos Management, a private investment and advisory firm. If Traub’s name rings a bell it’s because he was a co-founder of Voxware and later president and chief executive officer of American Bank Note Holographics Inc., which was acquired by JDS Uniphase in 2008 (U.S. 1, July 9, 2008).
Another former Princeton-area executive on the program is Rob Rebak, chairman and CEO of QualityHealth. Rebak was formerly president of SimStar, an interactive healthcare marketing agency that was acquired by Rosetta, which in turn was recently acquired by Publicis (U.S. 1, July 7, 2005).
The program begins with 8 a.m. welcoming remarks by Maxine Ballen, founder, president, and CEO of the NJTC, and by David Sorin, managing partner of the SorinRand law firm.
The breakfast panel of middle market CEOs will discuss successful capital raising strategies, including strategies for raising capital at different points in the business life cycle, and what worked and what they might have done differently.
The panel includes moderator Philip Politziner, chairman emeritus of EisnerAmper LLP; John Eley, CEO of Pivot Inc.; Ron Gaboury, CEO, Yorktel; Adnane Charchour, president & chief executive officer, Scivantage; and Christopher Kuenne of Rosetta and Kenneth Traub of Ethos Management.
The lunch program will feature Rob Rebak of QualityHealth and Jeffrey A. Baumel, co-head of the health and life sciences practice at SNR Denton.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and costs $200 for an NJTC member; $275 for a non-member; and $75 for a student. For details call 856-787-9700 or visit www.njtc.org.