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Joe Pantigoso ’15SPS, is a brand expert with a track record for delivering growth goals for global brands. Currently, Joe is the Senior Director and Team Leader, Global Brand at SAP, a leading enterprise software company.  Joe’s responsible for employee education and enablement across SAP and for driving SAP’s brand evolution strategy initiative from research through to activation. SAP is #22 on Interbrand’s top global brands list, having grown 13% in brand value since last year.

Previously at leading, global brand consultancy LANDOR, as Managing Director, Joe led his office to become one of the fastest growing in the firm’s worldwide network. Earlier in his career, at JWT, a top-tier advertising firm, he led the development of sales-driving, award-winning global campaigns for global brands.

A regular guest speaker at industry conferences and universities, Joe earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and his masters in Strategic Communications at Columbia University. He lives with his wife and teenage daughters in New York.


David Rose, Gust CEO
David S. Rose (@davidsrose) has been described as “New York’s Archangel” by Forbes, “patriarch of Silicon Alley” by Red Herring, and a “world conquering entrepreneur” by BusinessWeek. He is a serial entrepreneur, one of the world’s most active angel investors., and CEO of Gust, the SaaS platform powering over 450,000 startups and 60,000 investment professionals. He’s the NYT best selling author of “Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups” and “The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business.”


A fixture in New York City venture for more than 15 years, Charles Torres, a recognized leader in startup law, leads Perkins Coie’s east coast Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice. Charles counsels emerging companies throughout all phases of growth, as well as the venture capital and angel investors that fund and acquire them. He helps startups achieve their goals by providing practical, stage-appropriate, business-oriented advice focused on a variety of general corporate and governance issues, including formation, board issues, equity and debt financings and M&A exit events.

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