Happy New Year and Help Wanted

Happy New Year, everybody. I hope you all had a good break and are ready to get back at it in 2009. While I believe that the US public markets will generally suck this year, I continue to feel that we are the cusp of a historic opportunity in the early-stage investment arena. Fortunes will certainly be made in the liquid markets, but REAL fortunes and REAL value will be created through innovation, entrepreneurship and sheer will in the private markets. I intend to participate actively in this portion of the wave.

I was kindly (and unexpectedly) asked to be the keynote speaker at the 2009 SIIA Previews on January 26-28. Last year’s speaker was my friend Kevin Ryan of AlleyCorp. I can see why they wanted Kevin; he is a serial entrepreneur with an impressive track record and one of Silicon Alley’s brightest lights. Though I had a pretty successful career on Wall Street, in the entrepreneurial world I am probably best known for my role in the failure of Monitor110. So I figure I will discuss what we can learn through failure, and how we can ultimately turn negative events into positive outcomes. I think this will make for an interesting and topical discussion.

That said, I would be interested in other’s thoughts on the topic of Learning from Failure. It could be quotes, cartoons, pictures, videos, whatever you believe would contribute to the presentation. I certainly do not corner the market on insight or have every relevant metaphor at my disposal, so any help would be much appreciated. You know where to find me.

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About Roger Ehrenberg 94 Articles

Roger is an active early-stage investor, having seeded or invested in over 20 companies in asset management, financial technology and digital media since 2004. Prior to his venture days Roger spent 18 years on Wall Street in M&A, Derivatives and proprietary trading.

Throughout his career he has held numerous executive positions, including:

President and CEO of DB Advisors LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bank AG. His 130-person team managed over $6 billion in capital through a twenty-strategy hedge fund platform with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong.

Managing Director and Co-head of Deutsche Bank’s Global Strategic Equity Transactions Group. In 2000, his team won Institutional Investor magazine’s “Derivatives Deal of the Year” award.

As an Investment Banker and Managing Director at Citibank, he held a variety of roles and responsibilities in the Global Derivatives, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Structuring groups.

Roger sits on the Boards of BlogTalkRadio; Buddy Media; Clear Asset Management; Global Bay Mobile Technologies and Monitor110. He is currently Managing Partner of IA Capital Partners, LLC.

He holds an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Management from Columbia Business School and a BBA in Finance, Economics and Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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