Martijn is the CEO and founder of VoteBash.com, a new space of engagement and an emerging global digital media marketing research platform that provides brands, businesses and organizations real-time feedback. Martijn Atell is a free thinking adventurer, an Amazon Jungle survivor who believes in diversity and being resilient. He has over 13 years of experience in software tech and global business. With VoteBash, Martijn has won a spot in the Dublin Tech Summit 2017’s STARTUP100 Program, the 2016 and 2017 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award, the 2016 Red Herring Top 100 Global Award, the Collision ALPHA 2016 listing, the Collision PITCH Top Startup 2016 and the 2016 Web Summit BETA listing. He also has been featured at the Marketing X Event in Lisbon. Martijn is a Dutch entrepreneur from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and holds a Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Degree with honors from Rotterdam University.
Kealani brings a wide range of private and public sector experience to VoteBash. In the private sector, Kealani worked for a Global Fortune 300 company. Her responsibilities included marketing strategy, product and program management, communications, change management, global implementations, training, vendor and contract management, procurement, manufacturing and ultimately, business planning and strategy. She traveled extensively to Japan and Europe to collaborate with vendors and clients, while managing products across four divisions. After a career providing a range of products and systems to retail, banking, and food industry giants, Kealani founded a consulting business that provides business planning, organizational and project management expertise to public and private sector clients. Kealani attended San Diego State University for Computer Science studies, and later attended University of California, San Diego, focusing on Microprocessor Engineering.
Francesco does Design and UX Design for VoteBash. He is very keen on illustrations and graphics in the user experience. Francesco is excited about challenges and opportunities and is a believer of iterating the VoteBash experience continuously. Francesco is passionate about designs that can make a tremendous impact to society and underlines the human factor of VoteBash with his design vision.
Gourav manages the application back-end and scalability for VoteBash. He is a passionate techie, who delved into the world of open source and GNU/Linux while attending engineering school, long before he turned his passion into profession. He has 7+ years of experience in design, deployment and managing complex, high performance, scalable, secure and redundant clusters. With his deep-dive Devops expertise, Gourav also has proficiency with cloud computing, Devops tools, configuration management/automation with Puppet/Chef, continuous integration/continuous delivery, centralized logging, monitoring, computer networks, etc. Gourav worked at Efficient Frontier (later acquired by Adobe Systems) as part of the Ops team responsible for hundreds of servers, providing uptime 24x7x365. He defined, created and managed the India Ops team. In 2012, Gourav established Initcron, a Devops consulting firm. Initcron provides Devops consulting to various organizations, helping them build, automate and maintain scalable systems on public and/or private clouds. Gourav also conducts Corporate Training on Devops topics.
Nilesh has over 6 years of experience in Google Adwords (PPC), Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media Optimization (SMO), web analytics, web master tools and Internet marketing with project management and strategic responsibilities. He carries a BA in Hindi Language and Literature.
Ms. Garrone, with McCarter & English LLP, has extensive experience in both transactional aspects of intellectual property law as well as intellectual property litigation. In the area of trademark law, she regularly counsels clients from a wide variety of industries in every step of securing and protecting a brand name, from choosing a trademark to engaging in litigation to enforce rights in that mark. Ms. Garrone assists clients with trademark selection and clearance, as well as all aspects of the trademark registration process in the United States. For over twelve years, she has represented clients in trademark registration and enforcement inter partes proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including litigating a trademark opposition proceeding through the trial stage, as well as handing other trademark oppositions, cancellation proceedings, and concurrent use proceedings. She also routinely assists clients with registering and enforcing trademarks abroad, including working with counsel around the world to protect and defend the trademark rights of clients.
Ms. Dellmeier is Attorney at Law and founder of LexDellmeier IP firm in Munich, Germany. She has over a decade of professional experience in trademark, design and copyright law (Intellectual Property), specialist in licensing and anti-piracy work. Ms. Dellmeier lived in the US for a total of six years and is a “Certified IP Attorney”. She received valuable practical IP training on an international basis at law firms in the US and Israel. Her specialties are Trademarks (Germany, European Union, International Registrations) and Designs - Prosecution and Litigation.
Ellis Pines is the Vice President of Branding at TMP Government and the Senior Brand Counselor at TMP Worldwide. He currently leads branding efforts for TMP's Metro Washington office as well as select initiatives in TMP's global organization. Major areas of his expertise are in B2B, especially in technology, energy, aviation, finance, law enforcement, any organization with complex offerings that are marketed to business and technical audiences, B2G especially professional services, aerospace and defense, information technology, law enforcement and employer branding for private and public sector organizations as well as non-profits, most of whom need to attract hard-to-hire business, technical and healthcare professionals. TMP builds research-based brands. Consequently, at the commencement of an engagement, his role consists largely of designing and managing a discovery process. This process may encompass extensive materials and plans audits, leadership interviews, executive round tables, internal and external focus groups, online surveys, outreach and opinion leader interviews, etc. In 1998, TMP Worldwide purchased Stackig Advertising and PR, the second largest ad agency in metropolitan Washington. At Stackig he had served in three roles: SVP, Creative Services; SVP, Aerospace & Defense Group-Creative and Strategy; and SVP, Strategic Services. TMP's purchase let to the participation in Monster.com, which had newly emerged from incubation to become a top 20 Internet brand. Ellis then moved from creative into brand management and strategic messaging, serving a wide range of clients. One of Ad Age's Top Digital Agencies, TMP emphasizes technology as a tool for forging relationships between audiences and clients. Ellis began as a copywriter at Leo Burnett-Chicago and later at Weber Cohn & Riley. He then moved to Washington to work for GE's in-house agency network. His specialization remains communications change management: truing mind-sets at critical junctures in an organization's life, using competitive intelligence and marketing research management as well as hands-on, strategic advertorial, social and editorial writing. Ellis holds a BSc in Communications from Northwestern University.
Dave Sorin is the managing partner of McCarter’s East Brunswick office and the head of the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice. He focuses his practice primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. Dave has a long track record of successful representation of growth companies, having been repeatedly recognized by well-known periodicals for a unique combination of legal acumen and sound business judgment. He also brings to bear his broad range of knowledge and experience in counseling enterprises and investors in diverse emerging growth markets, technology industries (including software, information technology, e-commerce, cybersecurity and communications), and life sciences. Many of the companies he represents are well-known names throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. One industry-leading publication has recognized Dave as one of New Jersey’s top 100 business people, categorizing him within an "elite group" of executives who "are the voices of their industries." He was later identified by another industry publication as one of the region’s "top deal makers." Chambers USA, an international guide to lawyers and law firms, called Dave the State’s top corporate lawyer. Most recently, SmartCEO Magazine named McCarter the large law firm of the year in the tech and tech-enabled industry sector and named Dave the leading lawyer in the industry. Dave co-founded the law firm of SorinRand in 2009, was Managing Partner of the New Jersey and New York law offices of Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corporation and of the Princeton office of Hale & Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale LLP), as well as a corporate practice area Vice-Chair. In addition, he served as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University, teaching Entrepreneurial Law, Legal Issues for Start-Ups, Venture Capital and Corporate Governance. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, teaching Accounting for Lawyers and Mergers & Acquisitions. He began his legal career at Davis Polk & Wardwell. The realities of the 21st century economy and rigorous analysis of the business and legal marketplace convinced Dave that service to startup, early stage, emerging growth and middle market enterprises is largely incompatible with the cost infrastructure, high leverage, and fee schedules generally associated with today’s law firm model. He and his partners founded SorinRand to meet the new business realities head-on, reinventing law firm practice to help clients achieve their goals, sensibly. Together, they joined McCarter & English to leverage McCarter’s geographical scale, size, and breadth of services to provide clients the many disciplines they require throughout their business lifecycles, while retaining the unique delivery model and value proposition offered by SorinRand. Dave, who is a frequent speaker, panelist, and author on issues of interest to the emerging growth and middle market sectors, also is a Certified Public Accountant. Professional Accomplishments: Named Leading Lawyer in the Tech and Tech-Enabled Industry Sector by SmartCEO; Named one of New Jersey’s Best Lawyers by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2012-2015; Inducted into the New Jersey Technology Council Hall of Fame, 2011; Named to the Legal Elite, 2012-2015; Named Best Attorney for Growing Businesses by New York Enterprise Report, 2011; Named a Super Lawyer in both Metro NY and NJ in Securities & Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions in 2012-2015; A national leader in the representation of issuers in Initial Public Offerings, rated #1 in New Jersey from 1993-2006; Nationally-ranked practice for the representation of "Hot Growth" America (#2 in 2000); Recipient of the NJTC John H. Martinson Technology Supporter Award
Jared Sorin is an attorney with McCarter & English and a member of the firm's Early Stage, Emerging Growth and Venture Capital Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on advising entrepreneurial clients from the pre-formation stage through exit (from ideation to IPO) in a broad range of technology-driven industries in the areas of general corporate, transactional and securities law matters. Jared drafts and negotiates documents for, and counsels with respect to, choice of business entity, public and private equity financing transactions, securities law compliance, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, debt financings for private and public companies, business formation, consulting agreements and due diligence on transactional matters. He is also a Co-Founder of entreprenYOURS (eYOURS). EntreprenYOURS (eYOURS) is the first startup accelerator of its kind, combining the customary benefits of accelerator programs, including networking and mentoring opportunities and specialized programming provided by industry and professional leaders, with a unique system of cross equity ownership. We are a community of startup founders, providing one another with equity diversification, support and a full range of services at preferred rates.