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- Building Community through Creative Storytelling
- Extending Media into New Channels
- Bringing Programmatic In-House
- Differentiating between “Brand” and “Performance”
- Finding, Training, and Retaining Talent
- Managing 3PL Relationships
- Creating the Perfect Pitch Deck
- More Topics TBA
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Born and raised in New York, Jesse Horwitz has always had a strong grasp of economics and finance. He studied both fields at Columbia University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa/Magna Cum Laude. During his time at Columbia, he also developed an interest in Film Studies, although following an internship with Sony Picture’s Television Division, he quickly learned that a life in Hollywood was not for him.
Horwitz ultimately decided to take a different path, and spent a year at Harvard Law School, where he met his husband, Mark Severs and secured an internship with Bridgewater Associates. It was at Bridgewater that Jesse met his future business partner, Benjamin Cogan. Horwitz moved on from Harvard to work full time for Bridgewater and then founded Gadfly, a systematic trading firm with Michael Naber, a colleague from Bridgewater.
Horwitz joined the investment team for Columbia University’s endowment in 2013, where he spent the last few years investing across the alternatives landscape – private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and real estate. During his time at Columbia, he built a strong network across the investor community, including Two River, a life sciences merchant bank that invested in and brought together the round for Hubble.
Now Horwitz is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Hubble, a direct-to-consumer, subscription contact lens company, where Horwitz focuses his efforts on fundraising, business development and regulation compliance. Since launching in November 2016, Hubble has become one of the fastest growing, direct-to-consumer e-commerce companies in the U.S. Horwitz and Cogan earned a spot on Forbes’ prestigious “30 Under 30” list in 2016 and Hubble recently extended its footprint into Canada, the UK and the Netherlands in the past year.
CEO and Co-Founder
Tina Sharkey is an entrepreneur and investor, passionate about building movements with soul and social-minded businesses at scale. Most recently, she co-founded Brandless, a new kind of company, a community that puts people first and makes better products at a fairer price: $3. Previously, Tina was a venture partner at Sherpa. She has served as the Chairman and Global President of BabyCenter, a Johnson and Johnson company where she was also a leader in the global consumer group. Tina led Networks and Community at AOL, and co-founded iVillage, where she coined the term social media. Tina currently sits on the Board of Directors of Brandless, ipsy and Brit + Co, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jeff Weiser is the Chief Marketing Officer at Shopify and joined the company in February 2018. Prior to joining Shopify, he served as Chief Marketing Officer at Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE). Prior to that, Jeff held multiple senior level positions with Beachbody LLC (creators of P90X and Shakeology), and Strategy and Analytics roles at SGN (Social Gaming Network), MySpace and Yahoo! Jeff holds a B.A. in English from Yale University and an M.B.A from Columbia Business School.
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