Monday, October 20th

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM - The Workshop

Track IV: The Admiralty Room

The New Wave in Investing: Angels-Incubators-Accelerators-Labs-CrowdFunding

Janet Tsai Dargan, Founder & CEO, Pentafoglio Media, LLC

Ron Miller, CEO, StartEngine Crowdfunding, Inc.

Brad Wyman, Chief Creative Officer, FundAnything

Doug Barry, Co-Founder & Advisor, Selby Ventures and Managing Director, Artist Capital

Stephen Y. Ma, Partner, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP

Bryan M. Sullivan, Partner, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP

Art Chang, Founder and CEO, Tipping Point Partners, LLC

Ash Kumra, Co-Founder,, Startup America California Leader, Moderator

companies. In addition, Janet serves as a Senior Advisor to Siemer & Associates, a global boutique digital media, Internet and software investment bank and venture capital firm. Janet was previously Executive Vice President at Sony Pictures Television, where she led global business development activities for its three core business lines - television production, networks and features/TV content distribution. Key strategic partnerships and acquisitions executed and business start-ups launched included: o 20+ local TV production companies in major TV markets worldwide, including U.K., Benelux, Spain, Italy, Russia, Middle East, Colombia, Brazil and U.S., ranging in size from $10 million to $300+ million; o New linear and digital channels in UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Russia, Central Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, India, Latin America, U.S. and Canada, encompassing general entertainment as well as thematic channels including sports, music, documentary, film and youth/kids; o New digital distribution services and platforms worldwide; o Regional advertising sales companies and platforms. Prior to joining Sony, Janet was in charge of financial and strategic planning and M&A at technology software firm Candle Corporation, and led the sale of the company to IBM. She also served as Vice President at both Universal Studios, where she was head of strategic planning at the Theme Parks & Resorts division, and at Paramount Pictures, where she was head of financial planning, strategic planning, and business development in the home entertainment division and across theatrical exhibition, music publishing and consumer products businesses. In addition to her extensive media and entertainment experience and digital / technology background, Janet was part of the private equity firm Warburg Pincus, where she completed strategic investments in U.S., Europe and Asia across software, health care, financial services and infrastructure development sectors. She closed Warburg's first ever deal in Asia and spearheaded the firm's strategic entry into the region. Janet received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors Degree with honors from Brown University. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.


Doug Barry, Co-Founder & Advisor, Selby Ventures: Doug has been a media and technology entrepreneur, investor, and operating exec for 25 years. He has worked closely with numerous pioneering digital media/tech startups including Clairvoyante (acquired by Samsung), Glu Mobile (IPO), Liberate (IPO), Pandora (IPO), and TIVO (IPO). He was also a senior exec at Turner New Media (SVP/GM) and Electronic Arts. Through Selby Ventures ($150M VC fund), Doug was a founding venture investor in Pandora Radio where he assisted the company from inception through IPO. Pandora is now the largest Internet radio service with over 100 million listeners, $750M of annual revenue and a market cap of over $6 billion. In addition to Pandora, Doug seed financed Bigfix (security software company acquired for $400 million), Coremetrics (marketing analytics company acquired for $250 million), and Panopticon (recommendation platform acquired for $100 million). Doug's portfolio companies have raised more than $250 million of angel/venture capital and created over $8 billion of market value. Doug is now advising early stage digital media companies on strategy, fund raising and scaling through Artist Capital Finance. Some of his portfolio companies including Realtime Immersion (interactive video), Rightsflow (music rights platform acquired by Google), and Pledgemusic (leading music crowd funding/marketing platform). Doug received his B.S. from UC Berkeley and MBA from Harvard University.


Ash Kumra, Co-Founder,, Startup America California Leader: Ash Kumra is an award winning entrepreneur, author and public speaker recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. Ash is currently co-founder of; an online community empowering users to achieve dreams in all areas of life using Dreamboards, visualization, community, helpful products & content. was founded by successful entrepreneurs and has been featured in top publications like, Microsoft Biz Spark, American Express Open, and OC Metro. Ash is also the co-leader for the Startup California Team for White House/Steve Case founded "Startup America" and chairman for southern california based Tech Coast Venture Network. Ash is also the creator and author of the book series "Confessions from an Entrepreneur" (an inside look on how to succeed as an entrepreneur).


Brad Wyman, Chief Creative Officer, FundAnything; is one of the most prolific and successful producers of independentfilms in Hollywood. With over 30 features to his credit, Wyman has worked with an impressive roster of A-list talent, from Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron to Matthew McConaughey and Cristina Ricci. His impressive 25 year career boasts the indie blockbuster, MONSTER, the Patty Jenkins film that earned Charlize Theron an Academy Award for Best Actress. A six time alum of The Sundance Film Festival, Wyman's other career highlights include FREEWAY starring Reese Whitherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland; Executive Produced by Oliver Stone, TREES LOUNGE, starring, written and directed by Steve Buscemi, THE CHASE starring Charlie Sheen, the cult classic THE DARK BACKWARD starring Bill Paxton, Judd Nelson and Wayne Newton and LOVE AND SEX starring Famke Janssen and Jon Favreau. Brad also produced BLITZ, a London police thriller starring JASON STATHAM, and HARD LUCK for Sony Pictures, directed by Mario Van Peebles and starring Wesley Snipes. In 2010, Brad Wyman launched WyTV, an online streaming channel for which he produces original programming including music, comedy, health and other variety entertainment. In early 2011, WyTV made international news by streaming four episodes of Sheen's Korner, starring Charlie Sheen. The show had more than 8 million views during the week that it aired. WyTV also produced Fleischer's Universe, a variety show hosted by actor comedian Charles Fleischer and in 2011, WyTV launched Blythe Raw Live, a raw foods show hosted by Blythe Metz. Despite a relatively unknown host, Wyman was able to build the Blythe Raw Live brand online to over 8 million views. Brad is currently the vertical lead for film, TV and web content at Indiegogo is the world's crowdfunding platform. This is the perfect convergence of all Wyman's talents. Indiegogo has democratized Crowdfunding, enabling anyone to finance any idea, project, company or creative concept on their site. Brad stated, with regard to the film vertical, “I feel like an Indie Studio head with 100's of features on our site and helping all these movies get financed, making filmmakers dreams come true.”


Stephen Ma’s business litigation and trial practice includes securities litigation, entertainment matters, class actions, real estate disputes, professional malpractice, healthcare, and employment claims. Mr. Ma has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for Southern California.  His recent publications include articles in Forbes and The U.S.-Korea Law Journal.  He currently serves on the Entertainment Law Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”), and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Korean-American Bar Association. Mr. Ma received his Bachelor of Arts in 1992 from Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctorate in 1995 from Northwestern University School of Law.  Mr. Ma is licensed to practice law in California and Illinois.


Bryan M. Sullivan advises and represents his clients as a legal strategist in all their business affairs.  He assists his clients in achieving their business goals while ensuring that they receive the utmost level of protection along the way.  His experience also includes being a veteran facilitator, fundraiser and volunteer in many nationwide political campaigns, as well as co-founder, Director and CFO of Basta, Inc., a non-profit tenants’ rights group.  Representations include an entertainment management company in a dispute over commissions owed from the Spiderman movie franchise.  He has also written two crowdfunding articles with his Partner Stephen Ma for Forbes: “The Ten Commandments of Crowdfunding,” and “Crowdfunding: Potential Legal Disaster Waiting To Happen.”


Art Chang, founder and CEO, Tipping Point: It's hard to believe that I've spent 25 years with emerging growth companies, especially the past 10 years in the New York City venture capital community. I founded Tipping Point Partners in 2005 to bring my experience as an entrepreneur and investor to helping other entrepreneurs find and realize their next big idea. We especially like companies that have figured out that data captures and empowers the connection between people and the stuff they are passionate about. Tipping Point Partners works for startup companies and new divisions of established companies, generally as hands-on management and board members and occasionally as investor. In 2008, I helped start, where I serve in the lead finance and operations role, in addition to my responsibilities at the Tipping Point companies. I worked on about $1.5 billion in private investment and M&A transactions, including enterprise software, grid computing, interactive television, power generation, biotech, real estate private equity, and legal services. I admit to being addict to the speed/punishment of the startup life, I was a founder or manager in eight start-ups, including e-commerce, television, online music and real estate and spent six years in government. I started my career in architecture, ending with the architect I.M. Pei. One of my favorite jobs was waiting tables in college. I volunteer as an advisor to the Catherine B. Reynolds Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship at New York University, served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation and spent 8 years on the Board of Safe Horizon. I also interview undergraduate applicants to Yale University. I received my MBA from New York University and my BA from Yale in women's studies with an art history concentration. I'm a licensed securities broker, securities principal and financial operations principal. I live in Brooklyn with my wife, Allison Thrush, a private equity professional, and my two fun-loving boys. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

Janet Tsai Dragan, Founder & CEO, Pentafoglio Media, LLC: Janet Tsai Dargan has over 25 years of experience in business development, mergers and acquisitions, new venture investments and strategic planning/marketing across media and entertainment, technology, financial services, venture capital and private equity sectors. She has extensive expertise and a strong track record in identifying and exploiting strategic business opportunities worldwide, and has executed and managed investments, divestitures, commercial and strategic partnerships throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, India, Australia, Latin America and U.S. and Canada. Janet is Founder & CEO of Pentafoglio Media, LLC, a global media and entertainment firm with specialized focus in five key areas - Film & TV production, branded entertainment, digital media, sports, and family entertainment. The company also provides strategic advisory and business development services to media and entertainment and digital / technology