Manzi made his first million when he was sixteen. Since then, Manzi helped start multiple successful businesses in divergent industries. Recently, Manzi dropped out of Stanford University to cofound and serve as CEO of Ink. Manzi is considered a global expert in the field of blockchain technology, and was selected to attend the G20 Summit, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and the Ambrosetti Forum. While a student at Stanford University, Manzi presided as the Chair of Entrepreneurship and co-founded a global non-profit catalyzing youth entrepreneurship.
Adam Shapiro is the founder and CEO of the 22Hundred Group, a single family office based in Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Shapiro is responsible for leading the firm’s efforts in identifying investment opportunities and working with portfolio companies on business strategy. Mr. Shapiro is also Head of Business Development for the family business, Victory Wholesale Group, which was founded 40 years ago by his father-in-law. Victory is a distributor of dry good grocery, health & beauty care, and general merchandise items which it sells to national grocery, drug, and big box retailers. The 22Hundred Group leverages Victory’s retail relationships, warehouse capacity, and freight capability in order to be a value-added partner to consumer product, retail service, and logistics companies. Prior to starting the 22Hundred Group, Mr. Shapiro worked in fixed income trading at Weeden & Co., the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and Greenwich Capital, which was subsequently acquired by RBS. Mr. Shapiro is a graduate of the University of Rochester.
Mr. Ordan Trabelsi is CEO and President in the Americas for SuperCom (NASDAQ:SPCB), a publicly traded biometric identification and cyber security company controlled by the Trabelsi family. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurship, Mergers & Acquisitions and investments in various technology sectors including security, big data, mobile and internet. Since 2006, he has served as Partner of Sigma Wave, a technology focused Trabelsi family investment vehicle, through which he implemented strategic investments and growth strategies such as developing SuperCom’s revenues in the Americas from scratch to over $15 million annually within a few years.
Prior to Sigma Wave from age 21, Mr. Trabelsi was co-founder and CEO of Klikot.com, which was the largest Israeli social network with millions of users across 4 continents. Mr. Trabelsi holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School on the Dean’s list, and a BSc in Computer Engineering from The Technion: Israel Institute of Technology, where he maintained Summa Cum Laude and Cum Laude, and graduated at age 19.
Yoni has been living in Miami for the past 2 years, handeling some of his family office’s businesses and investments, in Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate and Israeli Technology. He holds an MBA degree from University of Cambridge.
Yoni grew up in Israel, and after completing a 3-year military service, he followed his passion for the arts, earning his bachelor’s degree in Film from Tel Aviv University. While an undergraduate, he participated in a number of productions, including as assistant director in “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan”.
Before coming to Miami, Yoni served as VP for Business Development in one of his family’s Pharmaceutical companies in Israel, developing business with partners and customers in Israel, Europe, U.S., Canada and Brazil.
David Teten (teten.com) is a Managing Partner with HOF Capital, an international venture capital fund. He has particular interest in fintech, technology-enabled services, analytics, artificial intelligence, sales/recruiting technology, SaaS, and international startups. He was previously a Partner for 6 years with ff Venture Capital, one of the best-performing seed- and early-stage venture capital firms in the U.S. He served or serves on the boards of Authorea, Ionic Security, Signup.com, Earnest Research, and Whisk (sold to Deem). David has advised clients such as Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners ($1.4b fund), Birch Hill Equity Partners (C$2B fund), and other institutional investors. He is also Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, the largest angel network on the East Coast.
David was formerly Founder of Navon Partners, a software startup which identified private companies for investment by collecting non-standard data sources. He was previously a Managing Director with Evalueserve, a 2,500-person global research and analytics company; Founder and CEO of Circle of Experts, an investment research firm acquired by Evalueserve; and ran an IT consulting practice.
Mr. McKnight previously served at Stonehenge Growth Capital, a New York based venture capital firm where he originated proprietary deal‐flow, evaluated investment opportunities, and managed existing portfolio companies. In addition, Mr. McKnight helped raise capital from a network of institutional limited partners. Previously, he served at Jade Capital working on growth equity transactions of over $20 million as well as leading the effort to construct a Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor or “QFII” application to the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission. Mr. McKnight earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Colgate University.
Ira founded T5 Equity Partners, LLC as the direct, private equity investing affiliate of a family office. He has completed ten acquisitions including several manufacturing companies, military parts businesses, oil and gas companies, and a community bank. Ira serves as Chairman of five of the companies and as Chairman of the Credit and supra-Board Compliance Committees of the bank. He focuses on oversight of company operations, new business development, acquisitions and joint ventures with other family offices and companies. His most recent joint venture is with BYD, the $17 billion Chinese battery and electric vehicle manufacturer, to make a fully electric refuse truck. Ira is also a Founder of the Cleantech Family Office Syndicate, and has developed a program with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency.
Ira has completed over $17 billion of restructuring, turnaround and bankruptcy/distressed M&A transactions in over 50 industries, as a banker, investment banker and principal. His own financial advisory firm, Cove Capital Advisors, Inc., completed over $5.5 billion of assignments. Among the more notable engagements were appointment as Trustee of the $700 million, Daewoo International (America) Corporation bankruptcy trust and serving as exclusive financial advisor to JP Morgan Chase on two, multi-billion dollar bankruptcies.
Nikos Assanis is the President of Assanis Group, a sophisticated family office focused on direct investments and co-investments in sectors of high familiarity. With international holdings spanning the energy, real estate, transportation, defense, and the venture capital/ private equity industries, the Group creates value by fostering mutual business benefit and synergy across industries. The Group’s bespoke approach to opportunities is led by the desire for long-term partnerships and the executive vision set by the leadership team for a transformative and sustainable future. Assanis is engaged in global impact and philanthropic works and is advancing clean water initiatives seeking to revolutionize the world’s water problems. He is also involved in multiple leadership roles and organizations, including the Milken Institute. Assanis is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago.
A 17-year marketing executive and VC manager, Roi specializes in product and communications strategy. In 2015 he was recognized by The Drum as CMO of the year for his work on promoting consumer choice in online advertising. Previously, he was Managing Partner at Initial Capital, an early stage investment firm that focused on Israel and Brazil.
Aneel Ranadive currently runs the Ranadive family office with his father, Vivek Ranadive. Aneel grew up in Silicon Valley, received his undergraduate education at Columbia University, then returned to the Bay Area where he gained ten years of experience building and investing in early stage internet and technology companies. Aneel works closely with accelerator program Y Combinator, which has created over $100bn in value with companies such as Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, Zenefits, and Instacart. Aneel’s father Vivek grew up in India and moved to the US for school where he attended MIT and Harvard. After completing his studies, Vivek built enterprise software company Tibco which he grew to over $1bn in revenue and took public. Tibco software powers many Fortune 500 companies and originally “digitized wallstreet.” Vivek recently sold Tibco and bought the Sacramento Kings basketball team. He is currently focused on running the team and developing downtown Sacramento.