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Bloomberg to Host Next Big Thing Summit in New York City

September 5, 2013

New York — Following the success of the inaugural Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit in Half Moon Bay, California, Bloomberg announced today that it will bring its Summit to New York City on September 16, 2013, hosting it at Apella at the Alexandria Center.

The Summit will bring together CEOs, venture capital and private equity fund managers, entrepreneurs, investment bankers and analysts for a series of high level conversations examining investment opportunities across the tech spectrum and strategies for funding innovation.

Top industry executives will discuss how New York City’s Silicon Alley is laying the foundation for big business growth and debate what company in the city will be the next tech target. Speakers will also explore how technology is transforming sectors including energy, sports, education, music and art. They will discuss how advertising and media are transforming cityscapes, how technology is engaging audiences and how to compete for mindshare in a content-fueled world. There will also be interviews on planning for 2100, including discussing lunar colonies and the Cornell New York City tech project.

Additionally, the Summit will host a “Pitch Roulette,” during which five company founders will present their ideas to a panel of investors and mentors, who will offer their assessments of the business models and revenue potential. The mentors will include: Gil Beyda, Managing Partner, Genacast Ventures;
Caroline Ghosn, Founder and CEO, Levo League; Leslie Pfrang, Principal, Class V Group; James D. Robinson, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, RRE Ventures; Paul Tumpowsky, Chairman and Founder, InSITE Fellowship.

“After the great success of our Next Big Thing Summit in San Francisco, we’re excited to bring it to New York where the tech space continues to grow strong roots,” said Robert Bierman, head of Bloomberg LINK. “Our wide array of speakers will provide our audience an inside look into the future of tech growth, investments and innovation in the city.”

The Summit will feature one-on-one discussions with:

-Carol Browner, Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; Former Director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, who will discuss how technology is affecting climate change;

-Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost, Cornell NYC Tech Campus, who will discuss the Cornell NYC Tech Project; and

-Yves Rossy, Inventor, Jetman, who will discuss adventures in aviation.

Additional key speakers include:

-William Eccleshare, Chief Executive Officer, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.

-Caroline Ghosn, Founder and CEO, Levo League

-Scott Griffith, Former CEO and Chairman, Zipcar

-Ben Lerer, Co-Founder and CEO, Thrillist Media Group; Managing Director, Lerer Ventures

-John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design

-Kevin P. Ryan, Chairman and Founder, Gilt; Chairman and Founder, 10Gen/MongoDB; Chairman and Founder, Business Insider

-Barry E. Silbert, Founder & CEO, SecondMarket

-Kathryn S. Wylde, CEO and President, Partnership For New York City

American Elements, RetailMeNot, Inc. and United Airlines are sponsoring the Summit.

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