Friday, June 10, 2016
How to Innovate Faster and Seize New Opportunities
Registration/Networking – 7:15 a.m. | Program – 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, Mahwah New Jersey
Our panel of business leaders will share their advice on innovation. The breakfast will feature trend setters in their fields who have built new, strong brands with big ideas. The WCBS Business Breakfast series – now in its 21st year, is hosted by CBS Bloomberg Business Anchor Joe Connolly.
Our panel will includes Seth Pinsky, Executive VP at RXR Realty and former President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Isaac Oates, founder and CEO of Just Works an HR and payroll management startup founded in 2012. We’ll also hear from Daniel Ramot the Co-Founder and CEO of the fast growing ride sharing app Via and Rita Gurevich the founder of SPHERE Technology Solutions providing governance, security and compliance support for businesses.
The morning will be spent on big ideas brought to life and will be led by real innovators who made it happen.
Isaac Oates is the CEO and founder of Justworks, a simple all-in-one platform that automates HR, payments, benefits, and government paperwork. He built Justworks to help entrepreneurs create better places to work.
The importance of an unshakeable team became clear through Isaac’s twelve years as an intelligence officer in the National Guard and Army Reserve. That belief was reaffirmed while working as a software engineer at Amazon and at his first startup Adtuitive, which was acquired by Etsy. At both Adtuitive and Etsy, where Isaac led the HR and payments team, he recognized the system was broken. Frustrated by paperwork, exorbitant costs, and endless hours spent on administration, he saw the need for an easy, fast, one-stop platform. The idea behind Justworks was born in 2012.
Isaac holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Lindsey, their son James, and their dog Milo.
Seth Pinsky is an Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, where he is leading RXR’s efforts to invest in “emerging opportunities” in the New York region. He focuses on areas with significant growth potential, particularly in the Outer Boroughs and suburban downtowns.
Prior to RXR, Pinsky was Director of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed a $20 billion plan to protect the City from climate change impacts. Pinsky also served at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he was President from 2008 to 2013.
While at NYCEDC, Pinsky was lead negotiator for projects such as Yankee Stadium, Citifield, the World Trade Center, and the acquisition of Hunters Point South in Queens. Other initiatives advanced under Pinsky’s leadership were developments in Willets Point, Coney Island, Homeport in Staten Island, Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, and the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences. Under Pinsky, NYCEDC also managed the construction of the High Line, launched the East River Ferry and announced plans for the world’s largest observation wheel in Staten Island.
In the area of economic modernization, under Pinsky, NYCEDC launched business incubators across the City and oversaw the international Applied Sciences NYC competition, which will result in a new Carnegie-Mellon program in the Navy Yard, a significant expansion of Columbia’s engineering school, and the creation of a new engineering institute in Downtown Brooklyn led by NYU. It will also result in a $2 billion engineering campus on Roosevelt Island launched by Cornell and the Technion of Israel.
Prior to NYCEDC, Pinsky was an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and a financial analyst at James D. Wolfensohn Inc. He is a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School, and is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Daniel Ramot is the Co-founder and CEO of Via, an “on demand” transit system operating in New York City. The company offers shared rides in premium vehicles, at just $5 a ride.
Daniel has a PhD from Stanford in neuroscience.
Prior to Via, he built supercomputers designed to discover new pharmaceutical drugs and developed avionic systems for F-15s and F-16s for the Israeli Air Force.
Rita Gurevich is the founder of SPHERE Technology Solutions, a concept and company born out of the economic downturn in 2008.
Rita worked in the financial services industry and used that experience to help companies navigate the downturn. She now leads her organization in providing business critical governance, security and compliance solutions to her customers spanning multiple geographic locations and industry verticals.
Among her various awards and honors, Rita was named one of New Jersey’s Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs by NJ Monthly in 2012, was named to the “50 Best Women in Business” list by NJBIZ in 2015. This year, Rita was named a winner of the Brava Awards by SmartCEO and is a 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.
Over the years, New York area business owners have made many sales, countless contacts and have gotten hundreds of good, usable ideas at our popular WCBS Small Business Breakfasts. Please join us again or for your first time. You’ll be glad you did. It’s an enjoyable, efficient use of your morning.