Key Learnings of the NetForum on Algorithm Regulation featuring Esther Dyson

I am pleased to share the Key Learnings of the NetForum on Algorithm Regulation featuring Esther Dyson held on February 28, 2017. This is a broad subject, and an explosive one too — I am telling you right now that this will become a very hot potato for the tech industry. No, it probably already is but one largely hidden from view and handled discreetly in the halls of government in the US, China, Russia, India and the EU. Fundamentally, the issue I dared raise is as follows: It is a given that our lives are migrating to digital environments owned and controlled by private entities —…

Equity, Debt & Everything in Between

I am pleased to bring you the January 2017 NetForum Key Learnings.  The NetForum meeting was hosted by John Hempill, Esq., partner at Sheppard Mullin & Richter on January 31, 2017. With the tech market booming, capital has poured in and there is a plethora of doors to knock on for tech companies seeking capital.  This is true at the low-end, the mid-market and the pre-IPO stages.  In fact, it is my observation, as someone who has raised capital for my own startups and for many tech clients over the last 20+ years, that there is a dizzying array of…

NetForum Silicon Valley: Key Learnings from Blockchain Event @Accenture

July 17, 2016 Dear Friends, I am pleased to share with you the key learnings that emerged from another very interesting and energetic discussion at our the latest NetForum — our second on the topic of the Blockchain.  As usual, we mixed leading edge startups and established corporations to attack a topic from all angles.  It took me a lot longer than usual to pen this report (was busy on my day job!) so thanks for your patience. Our participants hailed from Accenture (represented by our host, Abhishek Gutgutia), First Data, Fujitsu, RWE, Warner Brothers, Wipro, Salesforce.com, as well as…

INVITATION: NetForum@Silicon Valley@Accenture: The Blockchain Unchained!

Dear Friends and Colleagues, After 3 years in NYC and 6 months in London, The NetForum has finally landed in Silicon Valley!  We will be holding a NetForum breakfast event on May 25, 2016 hosted by Jitendra Kavathekar, MD of Open Innovation at Accenture in San Jose, featuring James Slazas, CFO of ConsenSys, a venture production studio building decentralized applications focused primarily on Ethereum, a leading Blockchain platform. The objective of this discussion is to get a better understanding of where Blockchain applications are in fact gaining traction.  This event is for anyone who has a viewpoint on the subject or experience to…

INVITATION: NetForum on The New Crowdfunding Rules @Sheppard Mullin

Dear Friends & Colleagues, Congress and the SEC have made it easier for small companies to raise money and for their investors to sell their illiquid stock ushering a new era of private company financing. Will it change the life of your company? This is the topic of the next NetForum, hosted by John Hempill, Esq. at Shepard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, on January 21, 2016, 8am – 10am, 30 Rockefeller Center. New Crowdfunding rules are opening more broadly the market for small company financing.  Will Crowdfunding now become mainstream?  Have you tried Crowdfunding for your company? Why/Why not? Private…

The Blockchain is Here

The Blockchain is here. This is the message that rang out clearly from the monthly NetForum meeting hosted by LeumiTech on October 27, 2015.  Our featured guest was  Ron Quaranta, Founder and Chairman of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and CEO of the Digital Currency Labs.  This NetForum was one of the most intriguing events in our nearly 3 years of activity.  Why?  The NetForum again gathered some of the leaders in the subject matter we were discussing who shared what is really happening on the front lines.  For me it was particularly interesting because I got that stirring in…

AdBlocking — Is it Destroying the Open Web?

PARKVIEW Technology Merchant Bank organizes the NetForum to provide a Peer to Peer learning network to CxOs of Digital Businesses and Corporate Development & Strategy executives in larger, established companies. ____________________________________________________ The NetForum NYC held its September monthly meeting (on 9/25/15) to discuss the burning issue of AdBlocking.  Our host was Richard Eisert, partner at Davis & Gilbert, LLP (www.dglaw.com), with featured guest Sean Blanchfield, CEO of PageFair, Ltd. (www.pagefair.com).   At our meeting, I tried to focus the discussion on What is AdBlocking and Why should I care about it?   What is AdBlocking?  I suggested to the group three…

What Every Digital CEO Must be Thinking About Now

The last days of August, with an upcoming long week-end, are a perfect time to recharge while getting some sound advice about the key issues Digital Leaders should be thinking about now from other CEOs and Digital Leaders. We did not come up with these great insights.  They came from people like you — CEOs, CROs, VPs of Corp Development and Strategy, VCs and Corporate VCs, as well as some of the best technology, legal and marketing experts around — in peer-to-peer (off the record) breakfasts meetings.  Parkview has been holding these NetForum breakfasts for nearly 3 years in NYC, London…

NetForum NY on CyberSecurity — Key Learnings and Summary

PARKVIEW Technology Merchant Bank organizes the NetForum to provide a Peer to Peer learning network to CxOs of Digital Businesses and Corporate Development & Strategy executives in larger, established companies. ____________________________________________________   The NetForum NY monthly breakfast was hosted at Bank of America on June 25, 2015 — many thanks to Bina Kalola, Managing Director, Global Banking & Markets Financial Technology Investments at BAML.  The topic was CyberSecurity, and our guests were Mark Clancy, CEO of Soltra, and George Orlov, CTO of DMGInfo. This discussion was not a technical “How To.”  I was more interested in obtaining a framework for understanding…

INVITATION: CyberSecurity with Soltra’s CEO, DMGI’s CTO and BofA Head FinTech Investments

  Parkview provides M&A Advisory Services and Pre-Transaction Reviews, a one-of-a-kind service that helps startups understand what they need to do to prepare for a successful exit.    The next NetForum is hosted by Bina Kalola, global head of FinTech investments for Bank of America, and a long time NetForum member.  Our featured discussion guests areMark Clancy, CEO of Soltra, and George Orlov, CTO of DGMInfo.  See below for the full details. Why did we choose this subject for this month’s breakfast? The NetForum is not a technical group so we will not be discussing the technical aspects of CyberSecurity. We are going to…