Fast Pitch Competition – Judge Information


Sanjay Macwan – VP, Innovation and Technology, AT&T CTO organization

Sanjay Macwan is an Assistant Vice President with AT&T Chief Technology Office responsible for Technology and Innovation Programs. In this role he leads strategic initiatives to accelerate innovation through internal rapid development efforts and focused industry collaborations. He also chairs the CTO Technology Council that is the technology thought leader for AT&T and key technology partners. His leadership of AT&T’s successful innovation program has been profiled by prominent technology and business publications such as Fast Company, Light Reading, Network World, CNN Money and 2010 AT&T Annual Report.

Sanjay earned his BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Computer Science from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY. He is also a graduate of ASIS / Security Executive Development Program from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has received MBA PowerPak training from Northeastern University. He is a winner of AT&T Leadership Council Award for his work with AT&T Business customers and is a graduate of AT&T Leading with Distinction and AT&T LEAD – leadership programs. Sanjay serves on the advisory boards of start ups Mu Dynamics and Arcturus as well as Georgia Tech Information Security Center and the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO).

Jon Auerbach – General Partner, Charles River Ventures

Jon is one of the first VC’s in the country to focus exclusively on mobile investments. Over the past 12 years, he has backed teams in almost every aspect of mobile, from mobile advertising to infrastructure, service providers, spectrum and applications. Prior to joining CRV in 2007, Jon was a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners, where he led their mobile investment practice. He has led or co-led investments in Quattro Wireless (sold to Apple), Starent Networks, (IPO, sold to Cisco), Optasite (sold to SBA Communications), and CCTV (sold to TerreStar). At CRV, Jon has made investments in Fiksu, a mobile marketing provider, Affirmed Networks, Public Mobile and CampusLive. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Jon spent a decade in the media industry, working for Dow Jones Co. and the New York Times Co. He holds a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Rasiej – Founder, Personal Democracy Media; Chairman, NY Tech Meetup

Andrew Rasiej is a futurist, social entrepreneur, and Founder of Personal Democracy Media, which publishes information and produces events about how the intersection of technology, politics, and civil society is empowering new levels of citizen engagement. Among its offerings are TechPresident an award winning blog and Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference held in New York City every June. He is also the Founder a not for profit organization called MOUSE.org focused on bridging the “digital divide” in 21st century public education, Co-Founder of Mideastwire.com, which translates Arabic and Farsi news and opinion pieces into English, and serves as Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation a Washington DC focused on using technology to help make the political process and government more transparent and accountable to the public. Andrew is the Chairman of the NY Tech Meetup, a 22,000-member organization of technologists, entrepreneurs, venture funders, marketers, and others representing start-up and more mature companies working in the technology industry in and around New York City. He is often cited in major international news outlets such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Financial Times, Le Monde, El Pais, among others and has appeared on broadcast outlets like NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, FOX, BBC, SkyNews and others as an commenter on political and technology issues. Andrew has coined such terms as: We-Government, Voter-Generated Content, and Videracy, to help describe the expanding digitally connected world we all now live in.

Edward Rogoff – Chair, Department of Management, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College

Edward Rogoff is the Lawrence N. Field Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Chair of the Department of Management. An expert in the economics of regulated industries, Professor Rogoff has published extensively in the area of entrepreneurship and small business. Professor Rogoff was named 2010 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In 2004, his book Bankable Business Plans was published. In 2005, The Entrepreneurial Conversation co-authored with Michael Corbett was published. In 2009, his book, The Second Chance Revolution: Becoming Your Own Boss After 50 was published. He was an entrepreneur in the communications industry for 15 years.

Joseph Ziskin – VP, IBM Corporate Strategy

Joseph Ziskin is a Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, IBM. Prior to his present role, Mr. Ziskin was the Vice President of Solutions and Business Development for the Global Telecommunications Industry, responsible for Solutions Development, IBM strategy for the Telecom Industry and development of IBM growth initiatives for Telecommunication service providers and business partners. He continues to lead IBM’s efforts in telecom standards, business development, & growth initiatives. These efforts include strategic alliance development and driving industry investment and corporate development strategies. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Ziskin spent over 13 years as a strategy consultant. During this time he spent three years at a global consultancy’s research center, concentrating his consulting and research in the areas of information technology leadership and technology-enabled business capabilities. Mr. Ziskin is a Board member of the Telemanagement Forum and is a Certified Public Accountant in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.


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