Up to four Take the HELM winners will receive a total of $250,000, payable upon occupancy in Lower Manhattan office space as reimbursement for rent payments or working capital grants.
Up to four Take the HELM Runners Up will each receive a total of $50,000, payable upon occupancy in Lower Manhattan office space as reimbursement for rent payments or working capital grants.
Up to twelve Take the HELM finalists will receive $10,000 each, interviews with the prestigious Take the HELM Selection Committee, and promotion by the Take the HELM Competition and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in print media and online. All finalists will attend a high-profile Awards Ceremony in Lower Manhattan in Mid-November.
Official rules,terms, and conditions forthcoming.
HELM 1.0 SELECTION COMMITTEE
HELM 1.0 Evaluators
Union Square Ventures
Goldman Sachs, Urban Investment Group
Shari Coulter Ford
NYC Tech Connect
High Peaks Venture Partners
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Albert A. Gore III
Strategic Capital Partners
Harley & Co
Association for a Better New York
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Goldman Sachs, Urban Investment Group
New York City Economic Development Corporation
TechStars NYC; BoxGroup
Goldman Sachs, Urban Investment Group
Alliance for Downtown New York
Goldman Sachs, Urban Investment Group
Selection Committee Chairman
Senior Adviser, Carlyle Group
Former Chairman, United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Arthur Levitt is a Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group where he advises management on strategic business matters. Arthur is also a Senior Advisor to Goldman Sachs & Co. and serves on the Firmwide Suitability Committee and the Investment Management Division's Client Business Standards Committee. Arthur is a Bloomberg Board Member, an Advisory Board Member of GETCO and a Senior Advisor for Promontory Financial Group.
Mr. Levitt was the 25th Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. First appointed by President Clinton in July 1993, the President reappointed Chairman Levitt to a second five-year term in May 1998. In September 1999, he became the longest-serving Chairman of the Commission. He left the Commission in February 2001.
Investor protection was Chairman Levitt's top priority. Throughout his tenure at the Commission, he worked to educate, empower and protect America's investors. Early in his tenure, Chairman Levitt created the Office of Investor Education and Assistance and established a website, which allows the public free and easy access to corporate filings and investor education materials. He conducted more than 40 investor town meetings throughout the country to listen to the concerns of investors and to give them tips on safe and wise participation in the securities markets.
Before joining the Commission, Mr. Levitt owned Roll Call, a newspaper that covers Capitol Hill. From 1989 to 1993, he served as the Chairman of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and from 1978 to 1989; he was the Chairman of the American Stock Exchange. Prior to joining the American Stock Exchange, Mr. Levitt worked for 16 years on Wall Street.
Arthur Levitt graduated from Williams College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, in 1952 before serving for two years in the Air Force. His bestselling book, TAKE ON THE STREET: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know/What You Can Do to Fight Back was published by Pantheon Books in October, 2002. Mr. Levitt participates weekly on the Bloomberg Surveillance radio show and hosts his own weekly radio program, A Closer Look with Arthur Levitt.
Cofounder and Editor in Chief, XO Group Inc.
Carley Roney is cofounder and editor in chief of XO Group Inc., formerly The Knot Inc., a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between.
After the nightmare of planning her own wedding, Ms. Roney and her partners founded The Knot in 1996 and quickly took the wedding world by storm with a fresh voice, stylish ideas, and up-to-date advice for modern nearly-weds. Today, The Knot Wedding Network (also encompassing the leading gift registry website WeddingChannel.com) reaches nearly every U.S. bride annually with premium multi-media content offerings on the web, in magazines and books, on television, and through social media and mobile applications.
Inspired by thousands of loyal users, Ms. Roney created The Nest, The Blush, and The Bump brands for young couples and first-time parents—offering multi-media content, tools, and community platforms designed specifically for the unique needs of couples setting up homes and getting ready for baby. As today's leading expert on real-world weddings and young married life, she frequently appears on television shows like Today, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Live! With Kelly. She is the author of more than a dozen popular wedding, newlywed and baby books, and her syndicated advice column "Ask Carley" appears in newspapers nationwide.
In 2008, Ms. Roney was named one of Crain's New York "40 Under 40" and is regularly recognized and consulted as a mentor for women in business and entrepreneurs. She is on the board of the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network as well as Rent The Runway. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies and a BFA in Film and Television from New York University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children.
Head of the Urban Investment Group (UIG),
Goldman Sachs Bank USA
Alicia Glen is head of the Urban Investment Group (UIG) and is responsible for implementing the firm's Community Reinvestment Act business strategy. She is a member of the GS Bank USA Client and Business Standards Committee, Bank Management Committee and Community Investments Committee and the firmwide Diverse Business Engagement Committee. Ms. Glen co-heads the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2003 and was named managing director in 2005.
Prior to joining the firm, she was the assistant commissioner for housing finance at the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development from 1998 to 2002. She was a real estate associate at Fulbright & Jaworski and at Kalkines, Arky Zall & Bernstein (now Manatt, Phelps) from 1996 to 1998. Ms. Glen was also an attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services from 1993 to 1996. Prior to attending law school in 1990, she worked for the Manhattan borough president's office.
Ms. Glen serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Enterprise Partners, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, the Bowery Residents Committee, The Fund for Public Schools and the NYU Institute for Affordable Housing and is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission. She was a 2010 David Rockefeller Fellow.
Ms. Glen graduated from Amherst College in 1988 and Columbia Law School in 1993.
KENNETH I. CHENAULT
Chairman and CEO, American Express Company
Kenneth I. Chenault has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company since 2001. He joined the company in 1981 as Director of Strategic Planning and served subsequently in a number of increasingly senior positions, including Vice Chairman and President and Chief Operating Officer, until his appointment as CEO.
Mr. Chenault serves on the Boards of IBM, The Proctor & Gamble Company, and numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the Smithsonian Institution's Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Partnership for New York City, and is a member of the national Business Council and Business Roundtable organizations. In February of this year, President Obama appointed Mr. Chenault to the President's Council on Jobs & Competitiveness. In addition, Mr. Chenault has been appointed as a co-chair of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's NYC Regional Economic Development Council as well as the "New York Open for Business" campaign committee.
Mr. Chenault holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in history from Bowdoin College. He has also received honorary degrees from several universities and awards from a wide variety of civic, social service and community organizations.
He and his wife Kathryn live in New York with their two children.
Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners LLC
Former Chairman, Citigroup, Inc.
Former Chairman and CEO, Time Warner, Inc.
Richard Parsons is a Senior Advisor at Providence Equity Partners, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm specializing in media, communications and information companies, He is the former Chairman of the Board of Citigroup, Inc. Prior to serving in those roles, he was the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Time Warner, Inc., the world's largest media and entertainment company, from 2002 to 2008. In its January 2005 issue on America's Best CEOs, Institutional Investor magazine named Mr. Parsons the top CEO in the entertainment industry.
Before joining Time Warner in 1995, Mr. Parsons was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dime Bancorp, Inc., one of the largest thrift institutions in the United States. Previously, he was the managing partner of the New York law firm Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler. Prior to that, he held various positions in state and federal government, as counsel for Nelson Rockefeller and as a senior White House aide under President Gerald Ford. Mr. Parsons received his undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii and his legal training at Union University's Albany Law School.
In 2008, Mr. Parsons served as a member of then President-Elect Barack Obama's Economic Transition Team. More recently, he serves as a member of President Obama's President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. At present he is the Chairman of Governor Andrew Cuomo's New NY Education Reform Commission. His other civic and non-profit commitments include Chairman Emeritus of the partnership for New York City; Chairman of the Apollo Theatre Foundation and of the Jazz Foundation of America. He also serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Mr. Parsons is also a member of the boards of the Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., Lazard Fr∂res and Company, and Madison Square Garden, Inc.
SETH W. PINSKY
President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Seth W. Pinsky was appointed President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008, seven months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers ushered in one of the most significant economic downturns in generations. Since then, Seth has responded to the crisis by re-evaluating the agency's strategy, seeking to position the City as the global center for innovation in the 21st Century.
During his tenure, Mr. Pinsky has also helped to negotiate the City's involvement in some of the most complex development projects in recent years. These include the World Trade Center, the acquisition of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governor's Island, the creation of a new applied science and engineering campus with Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, an NYU-led consortium in Downtown Brooklyn which will study challenges facing cities, and a new institute for data sciences at Columbia University.
An attorney by training, prior to joining NYCEDC, Mr. Pinsky was an associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and a financial analyst at James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated. Seth is a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School.
ELIZABETH H. BERGER
President, Downtown Alliance
Elizabeth H. Berger joined the Alliance for Downtown New York as President in November 2007. The Alliance manages the Business Improvement District for Lower Manhattan and promotes Downtown as a premier global address for businesses, residents and visitors through programs, service and advocacy.
During Ms. Berger's tenure, the organization has established the Hive at 55, a co-working facility for freelancers and entrepreneurs, expanded the Downtown Connection, which provides bus service throughout the neighborhood, produced comprehensive studies designed to advance Lower Manhattan as a new kind of 21st-century central business district, and published State of Lower Manhattan 2011, the definitive report assessing a decade of progress within the district's commercial, residential and tourism sectors following 9/11.
A graduate of Yale College, Ms. Berger has been involved with civic organizations in New York City for more than 20 years. She is President of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association and a board director of The Municipal Art Society, Film Forum, Second Stage Theatre, American Museum of Natural History Planetarium Authority and the New York Building Congress. She is a mayoral appointee to the board of the Trust for Governors Island.
Founder of Reddit, Breadpig and Hipmunk
Alexis Ohanian is a startup founder and investor in Brooklyn, NY.
After graduating from UVA in 2005, Mr. Ohanian and his co-founder Steve Huffman started reddit, now a top 100 website.
Now a reddit board member, Mr. Ohanian focuses on social enterprise Breadpig, publishing authors like xkcd and SMBC -- profits donated to worthy causes.
Mr. Ohanian helped launch hipmunk and ran marketing/PR/community before becoming an advisor and joining the fight against SOPA & PIPA.
Mr. Ohanian invests in and advises over fifty tech startups. He's Y Combinator's Ambassador to the East, co-founder of the non-profit IHAS, and is writing a book, Without Your Permission.
Along the way, Mr. Ohanian spoke at TED, volunteered in Armenia as a Kiva Fellow, and was named on Forbes and Inc Magazine 30 Under 30 lists.
He proudly doodled the logos for all three of his startups and loves his cat, Karma.
MANAGING PARTNER, BOXGROUP; CO-FOUNDER, TECHSTARS NYC
David Tisch is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City based seed-stage angel capital firm. Mr. Tisch is also the Co-Founder of TechStars NYC, where he previously served as Managing Director.
As an investor, Mr. Tisch has worked with over 80 startups including Fab.com, GroupMe (sold to Skype), Boxee, Romotive, Lore, CrowdTwist, Behance, OnSwipe, SkillShare and DataMinr. He was named to NYC Mayor Bloomberg's Advisory Council on Technology and serves on the Investor Board of Venture for America. Prior to joining TechStars, Mr. Tisch served as Executive Vice President of Interactive Strategies at kgb, a global information services company. While at kgb, he founded and lead Knowmore.com, a social aggregation startup within kgb.
Mr. Tisch has a B.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. He was born and raised outside of NYC in Westchester. He likes wearing hoodies and over using ellipses...
Professor, University of Toronto and NYU;
Senior Editor, The Atlantic
The Economist recently said that Richard Florida was "as close to a household name as it is possible for an urban theorist to be in America," Esquire has included him on its annual list of "The Best and the Brightest," and Fast Company dubbed him an "intellectual rock star."
He is author of several influential global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class, which 800 CEO Read (8cr) singled out as "one of the best business books of all time." In his latest book, The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited, Mr. Florida provides a revision to his international best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class and proposes a dramatic new social compact for our time—one that can turn our emerging Creative Economy into an enduring Creative Society.
A senior editor for The Atlantic, he writes frequently for major newspapers and appears regularly on CNN and other news broadcasts. TIME magazine recognized his twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world. He is founder of the Creative Class Group, which works closely with cities, nations and companies worldwide.
Mr. Florida is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, and Global Research Professor at NYU. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, and been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
LAWRENCE D. LENIHAN JR.
Founder and Managing Director, FirstMark Capital
Lawrence Lenihan is a Founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital and focuses on seed and early stage investments companies that provide technology-based solutions for industries such as retail and fashion; finance and insurance. He also has extensive experience in building data and analytics companies. Prior to founding FirstMark, Lawrence founded Pequot Ventures in 1996. He started his career at IBM in the IBM sales organization and later founding a business within IBM providing interactive kiosks for retailers. He later joined Broadview Associates, where he was a senior member of the M&A advisory team. Lawrence is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and NYU's Stern School of business and teaches a popular course called "Ready, FIRE! Aim." He holds a BSEE from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.