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    September 11, 2006

    Business Development for Independent Coaches & Consultants

    Posted in General
    by David Teten @ 9:33 pm —

    “Business Development for Independent Coaches & Consultants”
    Sponsor: Organizational Development Network of Greater NY
    DATE: September 26, 2006
    TIME: Check-in from 5:30-6:00; Program from 6:00- 8:00 LOCATION: The NY Helmsley Hotel at 212 E. 42nd Street
    FEE: $10 for members and $25 for non-members

    Learn More & Register at
    http://www.odnofgny.org/main.php?obj=events&action=VIEW&id=f9a4d9e79b074b3490b3282d0ed2f21a&ODNCookie=74b90ffd6bf13e395b854fab1f7e0bd8

    In this interactive workshop, we will discuss proven strategies for building successful independent coaching and consulting practices, and will share specific recommendations about how to: (1) create and maintain a large network of prospective clients and referrals; (2) get quoted in the press and get articles accepted for publication; (3) get booked as a keynote speaker and presenter at a broad array of organizations; (4) drive traffic to your website and get your website listed in internet directories; and, (5) develop intellectual property that can help you market your value proposition.

    Benjamin Dattner, Ph.D. has helped a wide variety of corporate and non-profit organizations become more successful by developing a better understanding of the impact of individual psychology and group dynamics on their performance. His consulting services enable organizations to make better hiring and staffing decisions, to enhance the professional capabilities of managers and employees, to configure teams more effectively, and to reduce the amount of interpersonal and intergroup conflict. Ben received a BA in Psychology from Harvard College, and his MA and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University, where he was a MacCracken Fellow. After graduate school, Ben was Director of Human Resources at Blink.com before founding Dattner Consulting. Ben is an Adjunct Professor at New York University, where he teaches Organizational Development in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology MA Program, and at Marist College at the New York City Police Academy, where he teaches Organizational Change in the MPA Program.

    We are privileged to welcome Dr. Dattner, and we hope you will join us!

    Teri Pullara
    President, ODN of GNY

    ——————————————————————————–
    email: office@odnofgny.org
    voice: 212-479-0882
    web: http://www.odnofgny.org/main.php

    September 6, 2006

    Sep. 21, Stamford, CT: for CFOs of mid-size/larger companies

    Posted in General
    by David Teten @ 8:52 am —

    The event below is targeted at CFOs of mid-size and larger companies (over $50M in revenues). I hope that you can join us.

    CFO Leadership Team
    First Alumni Gathering
    September 21, Stamford, CT

    Guest Speaker: David Teten

    The Virtual Handshake:
    Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online

    Join fellow CFOs of mid-size and larger companies, and learn how to accelerate your sales, recruit star employees, enhance your marketing, or just find your next job by using online networks. David Teten will discuss blogs, social network sites, virtual communities, relationship capital management software, biography analysis software, and other new tools.

    When: September 21, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
    Cost: $30 including hors’deurves, cash bar
    Where: Stamford, CT (location disclosed to confirmed attendees)
    RSVP: by September 14 to Kevin McEnery, KJMcEnery(at)aol.com, 1-203-348-4435

    Who: This event is open only to members of the CFO Leadership Group. Members must have experience as CFO or Divisional CFO in an organization with at least $50M in revenues. A few select recruiters specializing in CFO searches will also attend. Our members have experience with companies that include Acclaim Entertainment, Altria, Arc, Associated Press, Atari, Barnes & Noble, Calvin Klein, Dover, Gartner, Georgia Pacific, Gerber Scientific, Groupe Danone, Kodak, Labatt, McCann Relationship Marketing, Nestle, Newsweek, Pepsi, Revlon, Rogers, Scholastic, Sesame Workshop, The Reader’s Digest Association, Time Warner Cable, and World Wrestling Entertainment. Nominations welcome for members.
    Why: To see old and new friends

    MORE ON OUR SPEAKER

    When you finish David Teten’s program, you’ll know how to:
    * create a powerful professional presence online
    * attract business in online networks
    * meet more relevant clients and potential clients
    * start and promote your own blog
    * master the email deluge
    * analyze and value your community of business partners
    * manage your contact database
    * ensure privacy and safety online

    “We hosted one of David Teten’s presentations at the Euromoney 2004 Annual Hedge Fund Start-Up & Business Development Forum. Out of 40 speakers, David tied for first place for the highest speaker rating.”
    - Diane Higgins, Financial Markets, EuroMoney PLC

    BIOGRAPHY

    David Teten is CEO of Nitron Advisors ( www.NitronAdvisors.com), which provides independent industry experts with consulting opportunities to hedge funds and other institutional investors. To participate in paid interviews with Nitron Advisors’ institutional investor clients, at no cost to you, join the Nitron Advisors Circle of Experts ( www.CircleofExperts.com ). David is the co-author of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online ( www.TheVirtualHandshake.com ). David was formerly CEO of an investment bank specializing in Internet domain names. He has worked with the Bear Stearns Technology investment banking group and Mars & Co strategy consulting.

    September 4, 2006

    NYSSA–The State of Independent Research, 9/14

    Posted in General
    by David Teten @ 5:41 am —

    New York Society of Security Analysts:
    The State of Independent Research

    DATE Thursday, September 14, 2006
    TIME 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Networking
    6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Presentation
    LOCATION New York Society of Security Analysts
    1177 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor
    (between 45th and 46th Streets), NYC
    Directions at http://www.nyssa.org/Content%5CNavigationMenu%5Cabout_nyssa%5Ccontact_us1%5Cdirections.htm
    Photo ID required for access to the building.

    SPEAKERS
    Eric Alexander, President, Institutional Services, Wall Street Access
    Michael W. Mayhew, Founder and CEO, Integrity Research Associates, LLC
    Paul Spillane, President and CEO, Soleil Securities Group, Inc.
    David Teten, CEO, Nitron Advisors
    David Weild IV, President and CEO, The National Research Exchange

    CHAIR: Richard G. Lipstein, Boyden Global Executive Search

    REGISTER/FEE
    Members Free | Nonmembers $20
    Beverages will be provided.
    NYSSA continues to offer Career Chats to members free of charge as a member benefit.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 7, 2006

    Walk-ins cannot be accepted.

    Register Online at http://www.nyssa.org/eseries/source/Meetings/ibomeetregister.cfm?PRODUCT_MAJOR=CAREER0906

    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The entire research industry is undergoing a seismic shift that will produce both winners and losers in the coming years. Some of the more innovative research providers will continue to experience growth, while the total number of independent research firms is to expected fall almost two-thirds by 2009. The need for good research, however, will never go away.

    Learn the reasons for the coming shakeout and how you can be among the success stories.

    Eric Alexander is president, institutional services, for Wall Street Access, which offers research and execution to hedge funds and money managers. He is responsible for strategic development of the firm’s research offering, including coverage of mergers and acquisitions, energy, healthcare, and special situations. Previously, he served as director of marketing, and was instrumental in forging strategic relationships that helped the firm grow tremendously over the next decade. Prior to joining Wall Street Access, Alexander was a vice president with the public relations firm Burson Marsteller, where his clients included AT&T and American Express.

    Michael W. Mayhew is founder and CEO of Integrity Research Associates, LLC, a ratings, analysis, and consulting firm for the equity research industry. Prior to founding his firm, he was CEO and president of Garban Information Systems, the financial information division of Garban/United News & Media. Previously, he was director of strategic planning and business development for Standard & Poor’s Financial Information Services Group. Mayhew has been quoted widely by various newswires, newspapers, and industry magazines, including Reuters, Investment Dealers Digest, Institutional Investor Magazine, Bloomberg News, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, and Business Week. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Investorside, the nonprofit trade organization for the independent research community, and chairs a committee of the board to establish best practices for the research industry.

    Paul Spillane, president and CEO of Soleil Securities Group, Inc., has been in the securities industry for over 25 years. He started his career at Goldman Sachs. where he worked in fixed income, foreign exchange, commodities, futures, and options products. He then moved to Deutsche Bank, serving as managing director and head of global market sales for the Americas. Spillane subsequently transferred to global equities as a senior member of the executive team responsible for building the global equities businesses. Most recently, he was responsible for establishing Deutsche Bank’s Global Relationship Management program.

    David Teten is CEO of Nitron Advisors and the coauthor of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online, the first business book describing how to take full advantage of blogs, social network sites, online networks, and other “social software.” He runs TheVirtualHandshake.com, a resource site and blog, and co-writes a monthly column for FastCompany.com. Human Capital magazine named him a 2005 Future HR Leader. Teten was CEO of an executive recruiting firm that he sold to Accolo, and CEO of GoldNames, an investment bank focusing on serving the internet domain name asset class. He has worked with Bear Stearns’ Investment Banking division as a member of their technology/defense mergers and acquisitions team, and was a strategy consultant with Mars & Co.

    David Weild IV is president and CEO of The National Research Exchange (The NRE), an innovator in products and services that support capital formation. The NRE provides patent-pending analytics and facilities that enable the systematic evaluation and long-term funding of research and related services. Weild served as vice chairman of The NASDAQ Stock Market and spent fourteen years at Prudential Securities, where he served as president of PrudentialSecurities.com, head of corporate finance, head of technology investment banking, and head of equity capital markets. He also chaired Prudential’s Equity New Issues Commitment Committee.

    July 18, 2006

    Globond-NYC-7/20-for globetrotting high achievers

    Posted in General
    by David Teten @ 11:48 am —

    Globond ( www.Globond.com ) is having a networking event Thursday night. This group is targeted at multilingual globetrotting high achievers. They’re particularly strong in their Brazilian representation. More information is below. RSVP: Kirstin(at)globond.com (It will help you to mention a referral from Nitron Advisors).

    Location: South Street Seaport, near Wall Street, New York, NY . Contact Globond for exact bar.

    When: Thursday, July 20, 7:00pm

    Hi Globonders and Friends,

    Brazil-based Balance Consulting CEO Fabio Tavares, CFO George Osborn and COO Alex Ribeiro were supposed to be at the NYC Power Dinner last month. However they had a last-minute emergency and could not make it. Instead, they are in town this coming week and we are using the visit as an excuse to have another gathering.

    RSVP: Kirstin(at)globond.com

    ABOUT GLOBOND

    · Globond is a company which serves a community of globe-trotting executives, politicians, journalists, artists and other professionals as they live and work around the world.
    · As life becomes more complex it becomes more important and more difficult to forge “relevant” relationships. Globonders are successful in their professional lives and have equally rich personal lives. We serve our members by helping them to become better connected and more comfortable anywhere in the world.

    MEMBERS’ PROFILE

    Globonders must meet at least 75% of the following criteria:
    · Good reputation, highly ethical and trustworthy;
    · Humbleness and tolerance for differing points of view and understanding of cultural differences around the world;
    · Extroverted, social, and a desire to help others achieve their goals and dreams,
    · Well-educated and intelligent;
    · Multi-lingual (or willingness to learn new languages);
    · Lived in a foreign country (or country that is not the person’s citizenship);
    · Have traveled extensively
    · Have held senior positions in business, government, or third sector;
    · Have established business, government and social network throughout the world;
    · Resourceful, creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial;
    · Proven leadership abilities;
    · Commitment to improving the social or economic welfare of people around the world.

    MEMBERSHIP DETAILS AND BENEFITS

    We at Globond want every member of our organization to profit with us, both personally and professionally. A membership in Globond is an investment in one’s self and will be one of the best investments you (or your company) will ever make. We are brokers of people and information who also provide contexts and occasions for doing deals, and for starting or nurturing relationships. We are also good at creating press opportunities for your PR firm to then leverage in the worldwide media.

    When you join you will be asked to provide us with 5 things you want to accomplish in the upcoming year: 1) people you want to meet 2) markets (countries) you want to do business in 3) companies whose doors you want opened 4) personal goals (could be personal growth, funding for a company, hopes and dreams etc.) and 5) investments you would like to make. We have the lucrative talent of attracting some of the most tempting deals that continually flow through our network. These opportunities are revealed to our membership in real time from the source, giving Globonders many options for personal and corporate investment.

    June 20, 2006

    Seeking Consumer Tech Experts–for NY Hedge Fund Dinner, 7/13

    Posted in General
    by David Teten @ 2:43 pm —

    =================================================================================
    Seeking Consumer Technology Experts
    for New York Hedge Fund Dinner
    Thursday, July 13, 2006
    =================================================================================

    We are organizing a dinner for consumer technology experts to talk with hedge fund investors interested in this sector. This invitation-only event will be in Manhattan on July 13. You will have a chance to talk informally with some of the major hedge fund investors in this sector.

    We’re looking for senior industry executives and other experts with the following backgrounds:

    + Personal computers (Dell, HP, Lenovo, Apple, etc.)
    + Flash memory (SanDisk, Kingston, Corsair, etc.)
    + MP3 Players (Apple, Creative, Archos, etc.)
    + GPS Systems (Garmin, TomTom, etc.)
    + Mobile telephones (Nokia, Motorola, Palm, Blackberry, etc.)

    Qualifications: As an expert, you have at least four years senior experience in the consumer technology space. You have a “big picture” perspective on different firms in the space.

    If you are not already a member of our Circle of Experts, please visit http://www.circleofexperts.com/apply-form.html?i=11 and apply to be a member of the Nitron Advisors Circle of Experts. Otherwise, please contact Eric Shahinian, 1-212-682-6334, eshahinian@nitronadvisors.com, with any further questions. Please note that we must review your bio and talk with you before we can accept you for the dinner.

    June 19, 2006

    Invitation: 7/19 Hedge Fund Dinner for Homebuilding Experts

    Posted in General
    by David Teten @ 3:41 pm —

    We are looking for 5 senior homebuilding industry experts to join some of our hedge fund clients at a dinner on July 19 in Manhattan. This is a chance for you to talk with and learn from some of the major hedge fund investors in this sector.

    Qualifications: As an expert, you have at least five years senior experience in the homebuilding industry. Ideal roles include: executive at private or public homebuilder; leader of a real estate investment trust; executive with sector M&A experience; and/or project manager for large homebuilder.

    Our clients are exploring such questions as:

    + What is your outlook for new and second home sales over the next few years?
    + What geographic areas have the greatest promise for future price appreciation?
    + What is the future outlook for home pricing, given the continual increase in interest rates and the inventory build we are seeing in both the new and existing home markets?
    + With inventories starting to build; what is the most likely competitive response from the different sized builders?
    + How has the increase in variety of home mortgages products changed the housing market?
    + What changes have occurred in local markets, such as Florida, that might change the profitability of builders?
    + Which input costs are rising the fastest and what is causing the increase? What is your outlook for input costs now that the housing market has slowed?
    + Where do you see revenues heading over the next 1, 3, 5, and 10 years?
    + What is your outlook for land prices given the housing slowdown? How long will
    it take for land prices to adjust?
    + Which housing segment holds the most potential in future growth, e.g. single-family, multi-family, apartments?
    + What do you feel will be the impact of the recent passing of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act within the housing industry?

    If you are not already a member of our Circle of Experts, please visit http://www.circleofexperts.com/apply-form.html?i=24 and apply to be a member of the Nitron Advisors Circle of Experts. Otherwise, please contact Eric Shahinian, 1-212-682-6334, eshahinian(at)nitronadvisors.com with any further questions.

    June 15, 2006

    Myspace & User-Generated Media, 6/23

    Posted in General
    by David Teten @ 6:54 pm —

    I’ll be speaking at this event, and I hope that you can join us:

    MYSPACE & USER GENERATED MEDIA
    Friday, June 23, 2006, 7:30am - 10:00am
    New York, Cresa Executive Center - 100 Park Ave. at 41st. St.

    SPEAKERS:
    Shawn Gold, SVP, MySpace
    Shelly Palmer, CEO, Advanced Media Ventures Group
    David Teten, CEO, Nitron Advisors

    How to Profit from “Media Disrupted”. The fastest gowing media are putting the power of content into the hands of the viewers. How is that changing the rules of the game? How is it being monetized? How is it affecting the broadband and wireless content landscape? How are other digital marketers, entrepreneurs and investors taking advantage of this new wave of development?

    REGISTER TO ATTEND!

    June 14, 2006

    Reminder: 2006 New York Venture Summit

    Posted in General
    by David Teten @ 11:00 am —

    The 2006 New York Venture Summit
    June 20-21, 2006, Pace University, New York City

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSING TODAY

    The New York Venture Summit is dedicated to showcasing early stage venture capitalist and angel investors committed to funding early stage and emerging companies.

    This exclusive summit will feature a distinguished line up of more than 30 VCs, a showcase of up to forty companies seeking funding, company presentations and high-level networking opportunities.

    Partial list of VCs confirmed to speak:

    • Graham Anderson, General Partner, EuclidSR Partners
    • David Anthony, Founder, 21 Ventures
    • Greg Blonder, General Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures
    • Robert Brill, Managing Partner, Newlight Associates
    • Steve Brotman, Managing Director, Greenhill SAVP
    • John Cococcia, Founding Member & Principal, FA Technology Ventures
    • Jeff Fagnan, Partner, Atlas Venture
    • Brad Farkas, Managing Principal, I-Hatch Ventures
    • Alex Finkelstein, Principal, Spark Capital
    • Clifford Friedman, Senior Managing Director & Founding Partner, Constellation Ventures
    • Christiana Goh Bardon M.D, Principal, MPM Capital
    • Jay Goldberg, Senior Managing Partner, Hudson Ventures
    • Bob Greene, Managing Partner, Contour Venture Partners
    • Matt Harris, Co-founder, Managing General Partners, Village Ventures
    • Eric Hippeau, Managing Partner, Softbank Capital
    • David W . Jahns, Managing Director, Galen Partners
    • Erik Jansen, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Rockridge Capital Partners
    • Habib Kairouz, Managing Partner, Rho Ventures
    • James Kolleger, CEO, Genesys Partners
    • Chip Meakem, General Partner, Kodiak Venture Partners
    • Anthony E. Meyer, Founder & Managing Director, Meyer Ventures
    • Brian S . Model, Vice President, Stonehenge Capital
    • Daniel Schultz, Managing Director and co-founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures
    • Charles Scott, Investment Manager, Intel Capital
    • Edward G . Sim, Managing Director, Dawntreader Ventures
    • Jeanne M. Sullivan, Co-chair and founder, StarVest Partners L.P
    • David Sung, Managing Director, H.I.G. Ventures
    • Bradley C . Svrluga, Managing Director, High Peaks Venture Partners
    • Ralph E. Taylor-Smith, Principal & Junior Partner, Battelle Ventures
    • Josh Wolfe, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Lux Capital

    We have made special arrangements for our readers to receive a discount of 5% off of the “early bird” registration savings avaiable until Next Wednesday May 17th. To Register Now and Save up to $300 off the on-site fee and receive the special discount, call Rivka at 718.477.2208 and mention “Nitron”.

    In addition to providing access to leading Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and Corporate VCs, the conference will feature up to forty pre-screened early stage companies seeking capital, and networking.

    This conference will be attended by the best people in the industry and will sell out early. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

    STARTUPS :: Get Noticed :: Get Funded :: Grow Faster ::

    If you’re currently seeking capital and exposure register today and submit your business plan.

    Featured Company Benefits include:
    • An exhibit booth for duration of conference
    • Two additional tickets to the Venture Summit
    • Discounted registration for additional passes
    • Access to leading Corporate Investors, VCs, Angel Investors, investment bankers and potential strategic partners
    • Full Page Company Profile published in event guide distributed to all investors and attendees
    • Media Exposure
    • Opportunity to be selected to give a live power point presentations to the investor audience

    The fee to exhibit is $595. Companies selected to present will be invoiced an additional $395.

    For complete details please click here.

    REGISTER NOW at “Early Bird” rates available for a limited time, and Save up to $300!!

    To RSVP by phone or for more information call 718.477.2208

    FEES:
    “Early bird” registration savings expire Wed. May 17.
    Entrepreneurs: $395 (Regular: $595 | At the Door: $695)
    Investors: $395 (Regular: $595 | At the Door: $695)
    Service Providers: $595 (Regular: $795 | At the Door: $895)

    Special Thanks to our Sponsors & Industry Partners:
    Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group, youngStartup Ventures, Geller & Company, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, SCI2, Fish & Richardson PC, Intel Capital, H.I.G. Ventures, Greenhill SAVP, Hudson Ventures, Genesys Partners; Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Merrill Corporation, and Upstate Venture Association of NY.

    We hope you can join us for the forum.

    Nitron Advisors & youngStartup Ventures

    For more information contact:
    youngStartup Ventures at 718.477.2208

    June 9, 2006

    Are You Googling Your Privacy Away? (6/14)

    Posted in General
    by David Teten @ 12:40 pm —

    Are You Googling Your Privacy Away? (6/14)

    Host: New York County Lawyers’ Association / Cyberspace Law Committee

    Speakers:
    Mark Grossman, Partner, Dewitt Grossman, P.L.
    Harry A. Valetk, Director, Privacy Online, ESRB
    Mr. Rajesh Goel, Brainlink International, Inc.

    Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2006. 6-8pm

    Location: NYCLA Home of Law, 14 Vesey St., Manhattan (southern tip between Broadway & Church Sts.)

    Themes will include:
    (a) What technologies, at a high level, are used to collect information (search engine databases, ISP/email host archives, etc)?
    (b) Who is doing the collection – Google/Yahoo (particular focus), ad-tracking/spyware companies, ISPs, US government?
    (c) Which legal activities (correspondence, online research) by lawyers may be captured?
    (d) What steps can lawyers take to prevent ‘eavesdropping’ or erase their trail?

    Columbia/NYU/UCLA/Duke/Kellogg/Chicago Joint MBA Party, June 21, NYC

    Posted in General
    by David Teten @ 9:17 am —

    Columbia/NYU/UCLA/Duke/Kellogg/Chicago Joint MBA Party, June 21, NYC

    Co-Sponsored By:

    • The JBSA (Jewish Business Students Association) at Columbia Business School

    • UCLA Anderson Jewish Business Student Association

    • Duke MBA Jewish Business Association

    • Jewish Student Association of Stern Business School

    • Kadima Club of Kellogg School of Management

    • Chicago GSB Jewish Business Students Association

    Save the Date: MBA Summer Party
    Wednesday, June 21st, 7:30 pm
    At Aish, http://www.aishny.com
    313 W. 83rd St. (b/w West End and Riverside)
    Cost: $20

    To RSVP or for more information: Call Lizzie at 1.212.579.1388 or email lizzie(at)discoveryproduction.com

    Please visit us at http://aishny.com/businessleadership.htm

    The Aish MBA Community is a group of Jewish business leaders and students who are exploring their heritage while advancing their business acumen. The Community provides a monthly dinner/speaker event featuring top business leaders from every corner of the global marketplace, as well as exciting high-tech missions to Israel that promote a connection to the land, the people, the emerging high-tech market and
    the dynamic Israeli economy.

    Sponsored by:
    Aish and Nitron Advisors, http://www.nitronadvisors.com


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