Philly VC Investors are Waiting for Your UberPITCH

Entrepreneurs, dreamers and visionaries—your big break is arriving now.

This Friday, April 17, we’re teaming up with investors from First Round Capital and other prominent local venture firms for UberPITCH, and anyone with 15 minutes and a good idea can request a ride. From noon to 4pm, distinguished VCs will listen to your ideas right here in Philly… and the rides don’t cost a thing.


Whether you spend your weekends hacking together a product or are still plotting out your perfect pitch deck, UberPITCH is your chance to get in front of Philly’s most accomplished investors.


  • iphone6pitchApply promo code PHILLYPITCH in your app to unlock the opportunity
  • From noon to 4pm Friday, April 17, request PITCH in the Uber app
  • Request from University City, Center City, Old City, N3RD Street, Northern Liberties, or Fishtown
  • If connected, an Uber driver-partner will pick you up and you will have 15 minutes to ride with the investor, including time to give your pitch and receive questions and feedback
  • Rides are FREE and will start and end at your pickup location

There are thousands of entrepreneurs with strong ideas, so demand will be extremely high. If you don’t secure a pitch on your first attempt, keep trying! Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter feed for updates.



MEET THE UberPITCH INVESTORS (Subject to Change)


Josh founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. And since that time the firm has invested in over 200 emerging technology startups – becoming one of the most active venture capital firms in the country. Josh was ranked 12th on Forbes 2013 “Midas List” of the top 100 tech investors. Josh has been named as one of the top ten ‘angel investors’ in the United States by Newsweek magazine, one of “Tech’s New Kingmakers” by Business 2.0 magazineand a “Rising VC Star” by Fortune magazine. Josh also is the proud winner of a second place ribbon in the 2011 Nantucket Watermelon Eating competition.



Chris has focused on a number of First Round Capital’s investments in areas such as Advertising Technology including Invite Media (acquired by Google) and Demdex (acquired by Adobe), Social Media including CoTweet (acquired by ExactTarget) and myYearbook (acquired by QuePasa), eCommerce, Gaming, and more. Before First Round, he was most recently VP of Business Development at which was acquired by Yahoo! in December 2005. Chris previously spent 6 years at eBay, and his last position there was a combination ad sales and business development role, and before that he led the eBay Entertainment categories, managing the transaction, platform and supply/demand aspects of the books, movies and music marketplaces in the US with over $1 billion in transaction volume during his time there.



Rob joined First Round as a partner in 2006, opening up the firm’s San Francisco office. Over the past eight years, he has led investments in companies such as (acquired by Intuit), Gnip (acquired by Twitter), Square, Uber, and Planet Labs. Rob invests across categories, with his interests spanning financial tech, the sharing economy, meal delivery, and consumer hardware. He is constantly exploring new areas, and enjoys working with founders who push the boundaries of existing markets.

Prior to joining First Round, Rob became the first venture investor at Omidyar Network, the investment firm started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. While there, he led most of the initial venture capital deals and later built and ran the technology investing group.



Michael has over 12 years of venture investing, corporate finance and entrepreneurship with software, e-commerce and financial services organizations. Michael leads Edison’s e-commerce and consumer investment sector, and is a member of the financial services team. He also guides the investment team in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Michael is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurial events, technology conferences and financing seminars.

Michael is active in regional venture, entrepreneurial and technology organizations, including PACT, ACG and Early Stage East. He is currently Co-President of Wharton Private Equity Partners and past Co-Chair of the Wharton Private Equity Conference.



Phil brings more than 25 years of experience to Safeguard, where he is responsible for deploying capital in and partnering with technology companies in financial technology and enterprise software, including Cloud, mobile, SaaS, social, big data, in memory, and the Internet of Things. Phil is a board member of Safeguard’s partner companies AppFirst (Chairman), Apprenda, Bridgevine, DriveFactor, Lumesis (Chairman), Pneuron and Transactis.

Prior to joining Safeguard, Phil was President and CEO at EDGAR Online, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDGR) where he led the transformation and recapitalization of the company, reversing losses and producing quarterly operating profits.



Brian H. Kim serves as a Vice President of NewSpring Capital. Mr. Kim serves as Vice President of Socient Capital. Mr. Kim served as a Senior Associate at Gryphon Investors. He had been with Gryphon since 2011. He was responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and monitoring investments on behalf of the General Industries and Education group. He served as an Analyst at LLR Partners Inc. He served as an Associate at LLR Partners. He had been with LLR Partners since 2006. While at LLR, Mr. Kim focused on growth equity investments in a broad range of industries, including business services, financial services, and consumer/retail. He served as a Senior Analyst and Consultant in the Private Equity and Technology Practice of First Manhattan Consulting Group. Mr. Kim has M.B.A. in Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a B.S.E. in Systems Science and Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


WAYNE KIMMEL SEVENTYSIX CAPITALtumblr_inline_mh3ex4p4pQ1qm280k

Wayne Kimmel is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, and tireless networker. Wayne is the Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital, a seed & early stage venture capital fund.

Since 2000, under Wayne’s direction, the fund has invested in several successful companies such as SeamlessWeb (acquired by ARAMARK), Take Care Health Systems (acquired by Walgreens), and NutriSystem (NTRI), ranked by Forbes as the best small company in the United States. Wayne is known for his philanthropic and community engagement, and lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA with his wife and two children.



Rob brings 20 years of venture capital, operational, and financial experience to NextStage. His work with emerging businesses includes strategy development and implementation, financial analysis and modeling, management development, and positioning.

Prior to co-founding NextStage, Rob was a vice president and officer of Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE), a publicly traded venture capital firm. There, he was instrumental in the development of numerous technology companies, from early stage through public entity.



Sam sources and identifies new investment opportunities, conducts due diligence on pending investments, and advises Comcast Ventures portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Comcast Ventures in 2009, Sam worked as the Director of Business Development for The Electric Sheep Company, an Emmy award-winning creator of virtual worlds and social games for major brands and media companies. Prior to that, Sam worked as a Senior Associate for Gladwyne Partners where he helped originate investment opportunities, analyze investment prospects and advise portfolio companies.


BRIAN RADIC LLR PARTNERS3.19.12_llr_044_Radic

Brian Radic is a Vice President at private equity firm LLR Partners, focused on identifying, evaluating and managing investments primarily in the IT Security and Governance, Risk & Compliance industries. He serves as a Board Observer at Cigital, iJET International, LemonFish Technologies and Numotion. Having joined LLR in 2007, he also has experience helping to grow Business Services and Healthcare Services companies, including BrightHeart Veterinary Centers, CyberShift, IOD Incorporated, Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE),  Mercury Security, Physicians Immediate Care, SDI Health, VectorLearning and Vivere Health. Brian earned a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.


SCOTT TARTE GABRIEL INVESTMENTSabout_scott_facing__large

Scott has been CEO of Sparks since 2001, when he and his partner, Jeff Harrow, bought a controlling interest in this public company which they eventually took private in 2005. With clients like Google, Microsoft, Merck, and Boston Scientific, Sparks manages all aspects of experiential marketing for Fortune 1000 companies, and designs and manufactures store fixtures for leading retail companies like JC Penney.

Prior to Sparks, Scott was COO of a single office NJ-based travel agency, which he and Jeff grew into the sixth largest corporate travel management company in the United States, with revenues of $900 million and a staff of 1,400 employees. Scott sold Travel One to American Express in 1999, where he stayed on for two years to create a $3 billion travel management division within Amex. Scott has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Fordham University.

This is the big time, so don’t forget to share your #UberPITCH experience on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Good luck.

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