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TEDx Wall Street 2012

Empowering the U.S. Taxpayer Through Choice

Empowering the U.S. Taxpayer Through Choice. Douglas Dachille, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

With more than 24 years of experience, Douglas A. Dachille is a nationally recognized expert in fixed income markets, investment management, asset management, structured finance and risk management. Immediately prior to co-founding FPCM, Dachille was President and Chief Operating Officer of Zurich Capital Markets Inc. an investment asset management and structured product subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services. Preceding his tenure at ZCM, Dachille was a Managing Director for J.P. Morgan where he was the Global Head of Proprietary Trading and a member of the Management Committee of the Investment Bank. While at J.P. Morgan, he was responsible for building the Global Relative Value Proprietary Trading business and was Chairman of the firm’s Capital Committee. Prior to his role in the Proprietary Positioning business, Dachille was responsible for building the Hybrid Derivatives business. Dachille’s Op Eds have been published in financial journals including The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s and he has been frequently quoted in various financial publications. Doug is also a regular radio and television guest, including appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg Television and Radio programs. Dachille earned his B.S. in a special joint program through Union University and Albany Medical College, and later was a Pew Scholar in Medicine, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

The Evolution of Success

The Evolution of Success. David S. Rose, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

David S. Rose is an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur and early stage investor who has founded or funded over 80 companies. He has been described by BusinessWeek as a “world conquering entrepreneur,” by Crain’s New York Business as “the father of angel investing in New York,” and by Red Herring magazine as “patriarch of Silicon Alley.” David is the founder and CEO of Gust, the international standard collaboration platform for startup financing used by over 35,000 investors and 180,000 startups in 92 countries. He is also Managing Director of Rose Tech Ventures; Founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels; Chairman of private equity firm Egret Capital Partners; and Associate Founder and Track Chair for Finance and Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, the Google/NASA -sponsored post-graduate program in exponential technologies. He is participates as a board of director for companies such as Comixology, KoolSpan, and Pond5; and serves as an active investor in companies including BioScale, Mashery, Space Adventures, and LearnVest. David has a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Yale University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a D. Eng. from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale University and a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Boards of Columbia Business School and Yale University.

Crowdsourced Capitalism

Crowdsourced Capitalism. Jeff Stewart, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Jeff Stewart is the Global CEO of Lenddo, the world’s first online community that empowers the emerging class to use their online social connections to build their creditworthiness and access local financial services. Lenddo’s overall vision is to create an economically empowered and thriving middle class in developing countries around the world. Jeff is a serial entrepreneur of six technology ventures, including He is an entrepreneur-in-Residence at DFJ Ventures. He holds a B.A. from Rensselaer Polytech.

Three Principles for a New Wall Street

Three Principles for a New Wall Street. Don Tapscott, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Don is one of the world’s leading authorities and advisers on innovation, media and the economic and social impact of technology. He has authored or co-authored 14 widely read books for over 30 years introducing ground-breaking concepts. In 1992 he wrote the best seller Paradigm Shift and, in 1995, The Digital Economy changed thinking around the world about the transformational nature of the Internet. He later defined the Net Generation and the “digital divide” in Growing Up Digital. His 2000 work, Digital Capital, introduced seminal ideas like “the business web” and was described by BusinessWeek as “pure enlightenment.” Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything was the best selling management book in the United States in 2007 and was translated into over 25 languages.

The Economist called his newest work Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World a “Schumpeter-ian story of creative destruction” and the Huffington Post said the book is “nothing less than a game plan to fix a broken world.” In 2011, Don was named ninth on the Thinkers50 Definitive List of the Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World, He is a member of World Economic Forum and an Adjunct Professor of Management for the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Witness Uganda

Witness Uganda. Matt Gould, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Matt Gould’s Witness Uganda (co-written with Griffin Matthews) is the recipient of ASCAP’s Dean Kay Award and Harold Adamson Award and has received a Disney/ASCAP workshop with Stephen Schwartz and a workshop at the Vineyard Arts Project. Matt is also working on a commission for Yale Rep with playwright Carson Kreitzer on a new musical called Lempicka. He wrote and directed Free Style for LA’s REPRISE Theatre Company (commissioned by Jason Alexander), wrote Twilight in Manchego (directed by Billy Porter) in the NYMF (Jonathan Larson Foundation Award), was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons to write music for Lucy Thurber’s Dillingham City, composed music for Dreyfus In Rehearsal (Off-Broadway) and translated, adapted and directed Romeo and Juliet in Pulaar (Mauritania, West Africa.) He was a composing fellow in New Dramatist’s Composer/Librettist studio and has composed and arranged music for Grammy Winner Desmond Child, Terrence McNally, Vanessa Williams, and more. His music has been performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Saban Theatre (LA), Symphony Space (NYC), Joe’s Pub, New World Stages, Huntington Theatre Company (Boston), Rattlestick (NYC), and Summit Series.

The Power of Wonder

The Power of Wonder. Jeff Hoffman, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Jeff Hoffman is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of Internet, e-commerce and entertainment. In 2010, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship from the National CEO Council and was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for Entrepreneurs by the International Association of College Entrepreneurs. Jeff is currently a founder and partner or ColorJar, a venture accelerator firm that helps small business owners launch and grow new business ventures. Hoffman is best known as a founder and CEO in the family of companies where he led the development and launch of Priceline’s consumer company, Priceline Yardsale and was an Executive in Walker Digital, Priceline’s parent company. After, Jeff was a founding partner, Chairman, and CEO of Black Sky Entertainment, an independent production company in the film and music industries. The firm produced independent films such as Cabin Fever and concerts and event with artists like Elton John, Fat Joe and more. Jeff has also served as Chairman of Adapted Sports, a non-profit that brings sports to disabled children; served as a regional board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation; and hosted the annual Transplant Foundation fundraiser with Robert Redford. He was previously named an Honorary Commander of the United States Airforce.

Media as the New Currency

Media as the New Currency. Sergio Fernández de Córdova, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Sergio Fernández de Córdova founded Fuel Outdoor in 2003, one of the top three largest outdoor advertising companies in the country. The company has over 4,000 advertising locations and six offices nationwide. Sergio heads the Real Estate, Government Affairs, and Legal Divisions at Fuel Outdoor and also co-founded de Cordova Goldman Capital Management. He is an active investor in media related companies, such as Hyper Local Ventures, The Bergen Newspaper Group, Cross Commerce Media, NLM and Vlassified. Sergio is also the Chairman of Political Affairs for “Entrepreneurs Organization,” the Chairman of “New York Entrepreneur Week,” and the Director of Public & Advertising Relations of the ART AWARDS at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Sergio is a board member of All For Africa Foundation, which promotes health, education, and clean water micro-financing.. He is Co-Chairman of the Young Global Leaders Board for the Global Center for Development and Democracy . He is a founding board member of the UN Foundation’s new Global Entrepreneurs Council and an Official Delegate for the US Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Program. As a graduate from Rutgers University, Sergio then went on to complete “Building the Organization: The Birthing of Giants,” a program at MIT that brings together 60 handpicked entrepreneurs under the age of 40.

Returning Banking to the People for the People

Returning Banking to the People for the People. Scott Shay, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Scott A. Shay has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Signature Bank since its inception. He has also served as a Director of Signature Securities Group since its inception and as Chairman of the Board since December 2006. Since 1980 Mr. Shay has been involved in the investment banking and venture capital industries. Mr. Shay has been Managing Director of Ranieri & Co., Inc. and a partner of Hyperion Partners since 1988. Prior to joining Ranieri & Co./Hyperion Partners, he served as a director and a senior member of the mergers and acquisitions department of Salomon Brothers’, Inc. Mr. Shay serves as an officer or director of other direct and indirect subsidiaries of Hyperion Partners, L.P. and related entities. From October 1997 until August 2005, Mr. Shay served as a director of Bank Hapoalim BM, our former parent company. From December 1988 until February 2001, Mr. Shay served as a director of Bank United Corp., Texas and was a member of its audit committee for six years.

Micro Influence, Entrepreneurship & The Future of Protest

Micro Influence, Entrepreneurship & The Future of Protest. Rahaf Harfoush, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Rahaf Harfoush is a Foresight Strategist and author who specializes in understanding how technology impacts the way people interact with institutions, businesses and each other. Formerly, she was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Rahaf is currently working on her second book titled ArchiTechs: How to Live, Govern and Learn in a Hyper-Connected World. In August 2008, she joined Barack Obama’s New Media Team at the Chicago headquarters as a full-time volunteer during the Presidential election campaign and then shared her experience in Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand. She was also the Research Coordinator for Don Tapscott’s critically acclaimed Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything and on the research team for Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing World. Rahaf was recently chosen as a WEF Young Global Shaper. She is also a Global Ambassador for the Sandbox Network. She is a contributor for The Mark News and The Next Web and blogs at the Rahaf is also the co-founder of EmergingWomen, a non-profit launched in 2011 that curates events worldwide to strengthen local and global support systems for female entrepreneurs in emerging economies.

Public Education: Are We Under Spending, Overspending, or Just Misspending?

Public Education: Are We Under, Over or Just Misspending? Michelle Rhee, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Michelle began her career as a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore. In 1997, Michelle founded and led The New Teacher Project, which recruits and trains teachers to work in urban schools. From 2007 to 2010, Michelle served as chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools. Under her stewardship, D.C. schools experienced increases in student achievement, a rise in graduation rates and an upswing — for the first time in decades — in enrollment. “Working in education over the past twenty years, time after time I saw obstacles keeping kids from getting what they needed from their schools. Yes, there were challenges that were going to be difficult to overcome no matter what, but so many practices just didn’t make sense and were completely within our power to change. When I tried to change them, I found out why the status quo had persisted for so long. Groups that put the interests of adults in the system first were driving the conversation, and they were backed by big dollars and political power. What we needed was a collective voice solely representing kids’ best interests, because the sense of balance was completely gone. I started StudentsFirst to change that. Schools exist to give kids the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed, and EVERY decision has to revolve around that.”