The panel's moderator, Ed Zimmerman of Lowenstein Sandler, has assembled an exciting lineup  for this year’s venture-focused panel, which will offer insight into the specific technology trends that have our nation’s top venture capitalists most excited. We expect that there will be a lively discussion around recent deals, notable exits, the market environment, evaluating investments, and more.



Bob Goodman '86, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Hilary Gosher, Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners

Ellie Wheeler, Principal, Greycroft Partners

Victoria Song, Principal, Flybridge Capital Partners




Ed Zimmerman, Partner & Chair, Tech Group, Lowenstein Sandler








Bob Goodman '86

Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Bob Goodman, the founding partner in Bessemer’s New York office, joined the firm in 1998. He focuses on investments in software, mobile, digital media and healthcare IT.


Bob is currently a member of the board of directors of mobile-advertising company Millennial Media (IPO); mobile application management company Apperian; data-management and backup-software company Syncsort; mobile video session software developer Vasona Networks; diversified SMB software company LogicNow; unified communications (‘‘UC’’) services provider Thinking Phones Network; enterprise cloud management company Intigua; information-security company SilverSky; developer of virtualized mobile network infrastructure Affirmed Networks; software and service for IP and IA management provider Anaqua; and provider of SaaS based information security apps for enterprises CloudLock; cloud based legal software company Disco; 3D imaging company Vayyar; and SDN networking company  Sedona Systems. He also led Bessemer's investments in Qwilt, a provider of transparent caching for carriers and network service providers; grocery delivery service Blue Apron; and telecommunications provider GTS.


Bob's former portfolio companies include Intucell (acquired by Cisco); Broadsoft (IPO); SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle); ART Advanced Recognition Technologies (acquired by Scansoft, now Nuance); Flarion Technologies (acquired by Qualcomm); Bladelogic (IPO, then acquired by BMC); IAG Research (acquired by Nielsen); Nistevo (acquired by Sterling); Octave Communications (acquired by Voyant, then Polycom); Silversky(acquired by BAE) System Management ARTS (SMARTS, acquired by EMC); Taqua (acquired by Tekelec); Telica (purchased by Lucent); Zensys (acquired by Sigma Designs); and Netsmart Technologies (acquired by Genstar Capital). Prior to joining Bessemer, Bob founded two successful telecommunications companies: wireless-equipment company Celcore, acquired by Alcatel through the acquisition of DSC in 1997, and Boatphone, a group of cellular operating companies in the Caribbean. Having acted as CEO in both companies, Bob brings the uncommon combination of entrepreneurial, operating and investment expertise to his portfolio companies. As a venture capitalist, Bob has been involved in building many successful companies including leading the first rounds for Flarion, BladeLogic, and Broadsoft. Bob holds a B.A. from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University. Bob also serves on several non-profit boards including The Play Group Theatre and the National Venture Capital Association.



Hilary Gosher

Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners

Hilary Gosher joined Insight Venture Partners in 2000 and founded Insight Onsite, the team of operations and growth experts who help drive scale and growth at Insight’s portfolio companies.  Hilary has advised more than 100 software and Internet companies on strategy, sales, marketing and M&A. She sits on Insight’s Investment Committee, manages due diligence and runs Insight’s marketing and PR activities.


Hilary currently serves on the Board of Directors, or works with Datasift, Drillinginfo, Mimecast, Planview and OverDrive.  Prior investments include Cvent (IPO), Argus Software (acquired by Altus Group), Medidata Solutions (IPO), Primavera (acquired by Oracle), Scriptlogic (acquired by Quest Software), Shutterstock (IPO), Shunra (acquired by HP) and Vertafore (acquired by Hellman & Friedman).


Hilary is an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Stern School of Business. She teaches entrepreneurship and actively mentors technology start-ups. In 2011 she authored a chapter titled "Customer Lifetime Value: Methodology and Applications for Operating Partners", published by Private Equity International in  "The Operating Partner in Private Equity” handbook.


Prior to joining Insight, Hilary held management positions at The Monitor Group, where she consulted to companies in the healthcare, technology and infrastructure sectors. She worked at Marketspace, an e-commerce affiliate focused on start-ups and online retail businesses. Earlier in her career Hilary held finance positions at Reuters UK, and Sea Containers in London.



Ellie Wheeler

Principal, Greycroft Partners

Based in the New York office, Ellie focuses on investment opportunities across the digital ecosystem, with an emphasis over the last few years on B2B and B2C commerce innovation, marketplaces, and mobile applications. Ellie currently oversees Greycroft‘s investments in BaubleBar, Daily Secret, Buzz Points, NuOrder, and Plain Vanilla Games and also works closely with our investment in Plated and Nomi.

Prior to joining Greycroft, Ellie worked in a similar role during business school evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital with investor Chris Sacca.  Before working with Lowercase, Ellie worked at Cisco in Corporate Development doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the communications, collaboration, enterprise software, and video sectors. While at Cisco, she was involved in multiple acquisitions and investments, including PostPath, Jabber, Xobni, and Tandberg. Ellie’s past experience also includes working briefly at the London-based venture capital firm DN Capital, focused on early stage transactional businesses which included and Mister Spex.  She began her career in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners in Boston as a generalist.

Ellie graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.



Victoria Song

Principal, Flybridge Capital Partners

Victoria, who just made Forbes 30 Under 30 in VC, has been an investor with Flybridge Capital for two years with two company exits, Tracelytics (acquired by AppNeta) and Crashlytics (acquired by Twitter). Previously she worked at Google[x] and at a portfolio company as director of business development and product marketing.


She attended Yale College, and recently graduated from Harvard Business School in May where she founded her non-profit called So She Did. Victoria loves improv, dance, and writing.






Ed Zimmerman

Partner & Chair, Tech Group, Lowenstein Sandler

Ed is a venture lawyer, angel investor, and adjunct professor at CBS. During his nearly 25 years at Lowenstein Sander LLP, he has represented hundreds of start-ups, growth companies, venture capital and growth/PE funds. He has angel invested in roughly 50 companies and invested as an LP in more than20 families of venture funds. Ed has taught VC to more than 500 MBA students at Columbia Business School over the last 9 years, published case studies currently in use at CBS, published over 70 columns on venture/tech (and sometimes wine or music) on the ACCELERATORS page of the Wall Street Journal and founded; FirstGrowthVC and AngelVineVC. A decade ago, he hosted a wine-themed radio show produced by Infinity Broadcasting and available by both podcast and old fashioned terrestrial radio in the San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma area. He participated, briefly, in the creation of a wine garnering 100 point rating from Robert Parker and, despite neither talent nor training, played a Steinway piano on a documentary broadcast on Japanese TV.