Carolyn Fikke enjoyed an over 18-year career as an investment banker on Wall Street, specializing in the retail and consumer products industry. She worked primarily with middle market companies and has extensive experience in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions, and financial advisory engagements.
She is a member of Golden Seeds, an angel capital investment firm, and serves on the Board of Little Pim Corporation.
Stuart Farr is currently President of Deltix, Inc. a provider of software and services for quantitative trading. Prior to his position at Deltix, Mr. Farr was the co-founder of Beauchamp Financial Technology (BFT), which he sold in 2005 to Linedata Services. He began his career by advising farmers on business planning. After several years of producing financial plans and accounts by hand, he taught himself a software package and developed an application to do this.
After studying for a Masters in this field, he then joined a software firm that developed applications for banks and brokerages. He advanced this career at NatWest Markets and Credit Suisse First Boston before co-founding a financial technology firm, Beauchamp Financial Technology (BFT) in 1998. Here Stuart worked as CEO, successfully expanding it from its base in London to a global operation with additional offices in New York, Hong Kong and Riga and a global basis of hedge fund clients.
Today, he acts as director/advisor to three companies: one in hedge fund services, two (including Little Pim) in digital and print media. Mr. Farr still oversees the family farm, and he lives in New York with his wife and seven-year old daughter.
Stuart has a BSc in Agriculture from Newcastle University and an MSc in Technology from South Bank University.
Victor Zaraya is currently Chief Operation Officer/Executive Vice President of Finance & Operations at Razor & Tie Direct/Kidz Bop LLC (“Razor”). In his role he oversees all day-to day operations at one of the largest independently owned music entertainment companies in the US. Victor is part of the executive team responsible for all strategic planning and operations of the company and has spearheaded the company’s growth into digital. During his tenure, the company created and developed the hugely successful Kidz Bop line of children’s music, Kidzbop.com, the safe social network for tweens, and numerous other successful music and video projects.
Prior to his work at Razor, Victor worked at Ernst & Young LLP in their Technology, Communication, and Entertainment Group.
Victor has a degree in Business Administration from SUNY Buffalo and is a New York State Certified CPA. He is currently active with the American Association for Independent Music (A2IM), where he is a candidate for its 2011 board of directors. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two young children.
Julia is the Founder and CEO of Little Pim and the former President of Big Mouth Productions, a documentary production company that produced award-winning films airing on PBS, HBO, and Cinemax. Her documentaries have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, South By Southwest, among other venues. Awards include recognition from the Urbanworld Film Festival, the New York Latino Film Festival and the Cinema du Reel.
Julia graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Cinema Studies from Yale University and an M.F.A. from the French National Film School. She is fluent in French and speaks some Italian, Spanish, and German. Her father was Dr. Paul Pimsleur, the renowned language professor, whose revolutionary audio teaching method made him a household name in foreign language instruction.
She now sits on the advisory board of the Global Language Project, a non-profit which brings free foreign language classes into underserved public schools.
Julia lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.
Josh Reibel is CEO of Amplify Insight and Amplify Learning. Amplify is an education software and services firm owned by News Corp that provides curriculum, assessment, data and analytics, and professional services to K-12 school systems. Amplify was formed after News Corp acquired Wireless Generation in late 2010 where Mr. Reibel had served as President and Chief Operating Officer for 10 years. In his current role, Josh oversees strategy and operations for two of Amplify’s three divisions. The company serves approximately 4 million students and 200,000 educators across all 50 states and is making unprecedented investments in digital innovation for the future of K-12 teaching and learning. Prior to his posts at Wireless and Amplify, Mr. Reibel served as Vice President for Parent Services at eSCORE.com, a division of Kaplan delivering online educational services to parents of young children. Prior to his time at eSCORE.com, Mr. Reibel was Associate Director of the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College Columbia University, where he also studied as the Ben D. Wood Fellow in Communications, Computing and Technology in Education. Josh began his career as a high school English and Philosophy teacher. He holds an AB degree from Harvard and MA and Ed.M. Degrees from Columbia. Mr. Reibel currently serves on the Columbia Journalism Review Board of Overseers.