Entre’s Founder’s Night features a Panel of Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists. We aim to bring Pittsburgh’s Founders together for a night of fun and networking. Media coverage will be provided by 412.biz.
Entre is the fastest growing community for entrepreneurs, artists, creators, and innovators. We welcome entrepreneurs of all types, start-ups of all sizes, industries and stages to join us in finding the inspiration, resources and friends that will make them successful.
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Meet & Greet
7:00 – 8:00 pm – VC Panel + Q&A
8:00 – 9:00 pm – Networking
James Gibbs is the CEO and Co-Founder of MeterFeeder with 35 years of experience as a software developer and 20 years in management. Jim has a philosophy of “Fix Things that Ruin your Day”, and as a regular receiver of parking tickets, this lead him and his long-time programming partner Dan to create Meter Feeder, the parking payment app that makes everyone’s life a lot easier.
Malcolm Handlesman is an Investor at Active X-it, a 15M VC Firm based in Pittsburgh. He is a lifelong entrepreneur and has started and managed several businesses. He has over 30 years of financial and operations experience in public and private companies. He received his BA from Kenyon College, his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and began his career in the corporate world, working for National Intergroup as an Internal Auditor and at Mellon Bank in their Real Estate Finance Department. During this time he also obtained his CPA certification.
In 1986 Malcolm started Gram & Gramps Children’s store, catering to children and Grandparents-selling toys and clothing-and was a household name in the Pittsburgh Market for over 20 years. At the beginning of 2010, he was recruited by Morgan Stanley to become a Financial Advisor, but realized his heart was in the business and entrepreneurial world. In the fall of 2011 he started Do It Right, helping Entrepreneurs and Early Stage companies understand the methods and processes needed to grow a successful business, and helping them raise the necessary capital to grow their business. Do It Right has worked with over twenty start-up and early stage companies since its inception helping them realize their dream. His core ability is as a Chief Revenue Officer and his key strengths include financial management, strategic planning, marketing, revenue and business modeling and business development. Malcolm primarily works with manufacturing, E-Commerce, technology and consumer product companies.
Kelley Skoloda, M.B.A., is the Founder and CEO of KS Consulting & Capital LLC and is a recognized authority on brand marketing and marketing to women. Kelley is also co-chair of the Investment Committee at the Next Act Fund, an angel organization with a focus on investing in women-owned/led businesses.
Previously, Kelley was a Partner and Director of the Global Brand Marketing practice for global PR firm, Ketchum. As a trend-spotter and early adopter, Kelley is an influential voice on marketing-to-women from the page to the stage. Her business book, Too Busy to Shop: Marketing to Multi-Minding Women, was named a “must read” by Publishers Weekly and is carried on Amazon. Kelley has spoken at global venues, including the Consumer Electronics Show, M2W, Marketing to Gen Z, Swipe Right and the PRSA International Conference.
Recently, she and her son, Jake, an 18-year old student and president of the Millennial Ad Network, have been speaking at events on the topic of generational entrepreneurism. Kelley has been named one of the “most influential women in business” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has been voted into the PRSA-Pittsburgh Hall of Fame, has served on the BlogHer/SheKnows, Women@NBCU and Pink Magazine advisory boards, the Seton Hill University Board of Trustees and as a member of The TODAY Show Parenting Team. Skoloda has been quoted and her work has been featured in HuffPo, Time.com, TODAY.com, Fortune.com, Forbes, Adweek, BRANDWEEK, C-SPAN and many other media outlets.
Phil Compton is a veteran of several Pittsburgh tech startups. He has significant financial and operational experience in building a team, infrastructure and profitability of rapidly expanding companies. Phil has helped raise over $110M in venture capital financing, leading to acquisitions of 4 of his former companies. He is also an ongoing guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University’s Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and serves as a mentor to several Pittsburgh startups and entrepreneurs.
Dave Lishego is a Senior Investment Associate on Innovation Works’ seed fund and Riverfront Ventures teams. In addition to collaborating closely with our Chief Investment Officer to manage the dozens of transactions that occur in IW’s portfolio each year, Dave supports our portfolio companies on all things finance-related. He helps our companies build financial projections, understand and prepare for the fundraising process, and connect with relevant investors from our extensive network. Additionally, he manages due diligence on all Riverfront Ventures investments and leads Riverfront’s reporting processes. Prior to joining Innovation Works, Dave served as an Associate Intern with BlueTree Capital Group – one of the largest angel networks in the U.S. – while pursuing his MBA at Carnegie Mellon University. At BlueTree, he supported all aspects of the investment process including deal sourcing, screening, and due diligence. Before attending business school, Dave held technical roles with Metropolitan Acoustics and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Dave holds a BS in Physics from Penn State University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He recently published an eBook on venture capital finance for startup founders available here.