Katina Stefanova is CIO and CEO of Marto Capital, a systematic multi strategy asset manager. Ms. Stefanova has extensive global investment and management experience in the asset management industry. She is an investor, strategic advisor and founder of a number of financial services companies including AcordIQ. Ms. Stefanova is a contributor to Forbes and Institutional Investor and a frequent speaker at industry events. From 2005 to 2014, she served as a Senior Executive and Management Committee Advisor at Bridgewater Associates during the company’s rapid expansion into the largest and one of the top performing money managers in the financial industry. To date, Bridgewater has added more value in absolute terms to its investors than any other investment firm. Katina held both investment and senior management roles reporting directly to the CEO.
David Teten (teten.com) is CEO of Versatile Venture Capital, a venture capital fund. He was previously a Managing Partner with HOF Capital and a Partner for 6 years with ff Venture Capital, one of the best performing seed- and early-stage venture capital firms in the U.S. David also advised clients such as Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners, OTMT Investments, and Birch Hill Equity Partners. David is an investor in investment technology, including Addepar, AlphaVertex, Asaak, Clarity (sold to Goldman Sachs), Drop Loyalty, Earnest Research, Ender, Forte, Indiegogo, Republic, Stratifi, and Wonder. He’s also an investor in fintech more broadly, including Arcus, CardFlight, Dapper Labs, Distil Networks (acquired), Ionic, Estify, Flutterwave, Skip, Sure, Socure, Spherical Defense, and Terra. He is based in New York.
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Charles McLaughlin is a business and military leader, advisor, and strategist. His current areas of research and business focus include the implications of digital technology innovation on society and the intersection of business/finance and geopolitics. He was recently a senior executive at Bridgewater Associates and was previously a management consultant at Accenture, McKinsey, and Innosight (an innovation boutique founded by Clayton Christensen). As a consultant, Charles helped companies convert new thinking about strategy, operations, and technology to drive value creation. Prior to his business career, Charles was a US Army Special Forces officer where he gained experience in humanitarian and wartime operations on three continents. He is currently a colonel in the Army Reserve and taught in West Point’s Department of Social Sciences, advised Army leaders on innovation strategy, and provided strategic advice in the Pentagon. He is a graduate of West Point (BS), Harvard (MA), and MIT (MBA). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a nonprofit co-founder/director. He is based in Washington, DC.
Daniella Norwood owns Ella J Designs, a web development and online marketing firm in Narragansett, Rhode Island. She specializes in advising institutional investors and individual angels on site design and internet marketing strategies. Clients include Accelerant.vc, David Teten (Partner, ff Venture Capital), How to Disrupt the Investing Industry, Rittenhouse Ventures, RosePaul Ventures, and the Worldwide Investor Network. Publications such as Forbes have highlighted her expertise. As a WordPress expert, she co-organizes the annual Rhode Island WordPress WordCamp and is active in the Providence WordPress MeetUp.