Age can be a sensitive subject, no matter where (or if) it’s broached. At Justworks, we believe that the most vibrant workplaces are cultivated through inclusion of people across many generations. That’s why we created DECADES, a series to facilitate open and honest dialogue about ageism in the workplace.
Our inaugural event took place on July 25th, 2017, with the theme of investing. We brought together four incredible panelists, each in a different decade of their life, to discuss how age impacts their industry. They also shared the lessons they’ve learned over their many (or few) years in investing.
Psst...you can watch a short video all about DECADES with Justworks' event manager, Cassidy North-Reist.
Miles Grimshaw, Principal at Thrive Capital
Grimshaw was the fifth investor at Thrive Capital, joining its four founding partners in 2013. He helped raise its $400 million fourth fund and $700 million fifth fund, while sourcing deals in Mapbox, Benchling and Lattice and helping evaluate the firm's investments in Slack, GitHub, Greenhouse Software, Instacart and Maple.
Amish Jani, Founder and Managing Partner, FirstMark Capital
Amish Jani is a founder and Managing Director of FirstMark. He invests broadly across the cloud and Internet landscape, including sectors such as infrastructure, mobile, commerce, education, healthcare, and online marketing. Amish has been recognized by CB Insights and the New York Times as a Top 100 Venture Capitalist globally.
Over the past 16 years, Amish has invested in industry-defining companies that include Shopify (NYSE: SHOP), InVision, Knewton, Lumosity, Schoology, Boomi (acquired by Dell), Aveksa (acquired by EMC), NewsCred, and many more.
Amy Radin, Seed Stage Investor/Digital, Marketing, and Innovation Advisor/Board Member
Amy Radin builds and creates products, services and experiences driven by people's needs. She has held c-suite roles at Citi, E*TRADE and AXA, and had P&L and new product roles at American Express. She currently serves on the board of the AICPA, advises startups, consults on growth strategies, and is writing a book about business building.
George Bianco, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch
George has devoted his entire career to serving clients at Merrill Lynch, having joined the firm in 1979. He offers not-for-profit organizations and high-net-worth individuals—including entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate executives—wealth management advice and guidance to help them pursue their financial goals. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, George was named to the Barron's list of America's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors.
Ita Ekpoudom, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Plum Alley Investment
Ita Ekpoudom is the Founder & CEO of Tigress Ventures, an advisory and consulting firm with a mission to engage, educate, and elevate the next generation of successful women business leaders and investors. She is also the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Plum Alley Investments, where she oversees investment opportunities and pipeline for high growth female founded and gender diverse startups.
Check out a brief video from this inaugural DECADES event below.
The investment panelists share their advice on becoming successful.