Business as a Force of Good. Fact or fiction?


11:15 am - 12:00 pm

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Safwan Shah
Cynthia Ringo
David Carlick
Richard Melmon

A lively and possibly confrontational panel on business as a force of good. Fact or fiction? Buzz generator or buzz kills? Conscious Capitalism, Social Capitalism, Social Entrepreneurship, B Corps, Corporate Social Responsibility, the list goes on. A not to miss panel that will explore the tough questions around double and triple bottom-lines. The VC as a do-gooder, the do-gooder as the CEO, the searching for purpose generation X’er. Are they all saying, seeing and hearing the same thing?
Moderated by Safwan Shah, CEO of PayActiv the panelists include Cynthia Ringo, David Carlick and Richard Melmon

Cyn­thia Ringo is a Man­ag­ing Part­ner of DBL Investors, which she joined in April of 2008. Ms. Ringo cur­rently sits on the board of direc­tors of Solex­ant and View and works with Live­scribe, Kateeva and Eco­logic. Ms. Ringo was for­merly a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Van­tage­Point Ven­ture Part­ners from 2002 to 2008 where she was Group Leader of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Sys­tems, Inter­net and Media Prac­tice. Ms. Ringo served as a Board Mem­ber of the fol­low­ing Van­tage­Point port­fo­lio com­pa­nies: Entri­sphere, Klipsh, Tym­phany, Widevine, Live­scribe, Prov­ina and Meriton.

David Carlick is an Internet visionary and a man who knows how and when to get things done. Along his journey, David was involved with some of the most innovative businesses online, including, BigBook (the first online yellow pages), IPro (the first online audience measurement system), Ask Jeeves (the first natural language search engine) and Intermix, which would eventually launch MySpace and sell to News Corp.
David then continued his role of entrepreneur and investor through Vantage Point Venture Partners and most recently with Rho Capital Partners.  David’s résumé of board seats reads like a Who’s Who of Internet pioneers and standard bearers, and he has mentored more than his fair share of budding businessmen.  He always has time to sit and talk about the business, further demonstrating his passion and joy for it.

Richard Melmon is a co-founder of Bullpen Capital, of NetService Ventures, and was an early co-founder of Electronic Arts. A physicist by education, he was an early employee at Intel, and later worked at the fabled Regis McKenna Advertising and Public Relations firm. He is an active advocate for shareholder value first, and hates do-gooders.