Local Technology, Global Startups

Jalak Jobanputra (NYC Investment Fund), Anjula Acharia Bath (Desi Hits Inc), Sean Finnegan (Starcom MediaVest Group)
Strategy & Business Models
Location: New York East
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As emerging markets continue to grow in terms of technology usage and consumer spending power, and established markets turn to new interfaces for technology, more markets (as well as more competition) exist for a US based startup. This session will pull from stories from startups who have successfully expanded into either emerging or developed markets outside of the US, answering questions such as (but not limited to):
- which countries are interesting for particular segments of the market (ie, Japan/location based services, India/SMS/mobile marketing models, etc)
a guideline for timing for entering different markets
- what partners to look for
how to run a global business when you are a startup
— pitfalls during international and localization

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Jalak Jobanputra

NYC Investment Fund

Jalak has over 15 years experience in venture capital, technology and digital media and has been a supporter of entrepreneurship globally. Currently Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF) where she oversees technology and digital media venture investments, Jalak spearheaded the formation of NYCSeed in 2008, a seed fund dedicated to funding early stage tech entrepreneurs in NYC, and sits on its Investment Committee. She is a current investor in outside.in, Imagespan, Thumbplay, TXVia, Partsearch and Marketing Technology Solutions.
Prior to NYCIF, she was a Principal at New Venture Partners, a $300 million early stage venture fund. At NVP, she founded and served as interim CEO of Real Time Content (spun out of British Telecom) and was a Director of Procelerate Technologies, a SaaS workflow management tool for the aerospace industry. She also incubated a range of other technologies, including speech recognition/NPL, 3D displays, 4G wireless broadband, and music recommendation software. From 1999-2003, Jalak was at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, where she oversaw enterprise software/infrastructure, internet, and digital media investments, including Demantra (sold to Oracle), Extricity (sold to Peregrine), Viacore (sold to IBM), Yodlee and Zinio. She was on the launch team of online financial research startup Horsesmouth in the early days of Silicon Alley in 1996, and began her career in media, telecom and tech investment banking at Lehman and Broadview in NYC and London.

Jalak has invested, and traveled extensively, in India, Europe, Africa, East Asia and Latin America. She is also active in supporting education reform and social entrepreneurship and serves on boards of Achievement First Bushwick Charter School (Brooklyn) and Echoing Green, and has consulted for the Big Picture and Fenway charter schools in New England as well as Jobs for the Future. She is a member of the NYC Leadership Council for YearUp, a professional training program for urban young adults. Jalak spent four months setting up microfinance programs and training women entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 1999. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications from the Annenberg School and a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School. She is a member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Advisory Board of Astia NYC, the Wharton Private Equity Network, Kellogg Entrepreneurs, is a frequent speaker and judge at entrepreneur and venture conferences, and is on the advisory board of several startups worldwide.

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Anjula Acharia Bath

Desi Hits Inc

Anjula Acharia Bath is the face of Desi Hits! an innovative multi-platform media company that is undoubtedly creating a cultural shift in the digital field and pop culture worldwide.

Steering the company to global influence, Anjula creates and executes deals with US Major labels such as Universal, Warner and Sony, and South Asian/Bollywood film studios. Anjula’s pioneering efforts have led the company to some of the biggest names in music, Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, Britney Spears and Sonu Niiggam and AR Rahman have all been featured on their web property DesiHits.com. Most recently, Anjula partnered with Universal Music Group to create the first music label to nurture and develop global pop icons from South Asia and the large Diaspora, this made news headlines from New York to Mumbai.

Anjula has received global press, radio and television recognition for her achievements. She’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NY Times, VOGUE, BusinessWeek, Rolling Stone, WWD, on BBC and NPR, and Fox. She speaks regularly at media conferences and was a guest speaker at NYU’s Clive Davis School of Music and was also one of the keynote speakers for the 2010 Digital Music Forum in NYC. In addition, Anjula served as a judge for the “Music Video Award” at The Ibiza International Film Festival as well as for the ‘UK Asian Music Awards’ and holds many media industry awards. Anjula was awarded 2010 ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Canada’s Anokhi Magazine and named as one of the ‘2010 Game Changers’ by The NY Enterprise Report and most recently made it on to Vanity Fair’s “Next Establishment 2010” list.

Prior to Desi Hits! Anjula was leading strategy and delivery for emerging technologies practice at the Forsyth Group – Venture Search, California. She co-founded the Media and Entertainment search firm Merchant McKenzie where she placed C-level executives for companies such as Walt Disney Internet Group and Universal Pictures International. As a Director at TMP Worldwide, London, Anjula worked strategically with the CEO and Board to develop and guide direction for their online property Monster.com. Committed to the arts and media, she holds a B.A. with Honors in Theatre Arts and Communications from Middlesex University and is a published writer. Anjula just completed her first fiction novel that is a fun, provocative journey of two women and explores the second generation South Asian experience.

Sean Finnegan

Starcom MediaVest Group

A pioneer in digital media and a member of the Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) global executive team, Sean Finnegan focuses on driving the worldwide agency network’s digital strategy and practice. In addition, he is responsible for forging the digital communications product, proprietary tools and technology applications, inclusive of social, search and mobile media for SMG. Further, he fosters leadership within those arenas by aligning global and regional goals, and by leveraging relationships with media partners around the world to the advantage of the entire network.

Finnegan is committed to mentorship and as such, in the past year, has Keynoted several global conferences such as Sydney’s Ad:Tech, Cairo’s Nielsen 360, India’s GoaFest, The Cannes Advertising Festival, The Wall Street Journal “Digital Download” and the AAF National Conference. Finnegan was named an AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement inductee, an Advertising Age Media Maven, a Media All-Star for Mediaweek Magazine, a MediaPost All Star, one of min magazine´s 21 Most Intriguing People, an Honorable Kentucky Colonel, an inter national ist Magazine Agency Innovator and OnMedia’s Madison Avenue “IT” List.

Sean is involved in many online advertising industry groups and associations, such as Google´s Agency Advisory Council, the Facebook Customer Council, the 4As Digital CEO Board as well as a Board member of the popular South Asian Entertainment company, Desi Hits! To give back to society, Sean serves on the Fund Raising Committee of Chicago’s Off The Street Club and is a proud co-founder and board member of the TD Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping innocent families and children caught in wartime with their most basic living needs, including transportation and medical care.

Sean and his wife Melody and their six children (all home-schooled with one on the way!) reside downtown Chicago where they are active in local community sports, charities and their extended family.

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