Hear from Philly area investors: Harvey Hoffman, Craig Schroeder, and Jefferson Innovation Pillar.
Founder and Managing Principal, HZH Strategy LLC
Harvey has started and been a principal of several companies in the Philadelphia region over the past 35+ years. The industry segments have been diverse including manufacturing, distribution, direct marketing, product development, technology and strategic consulting. The same is true of his roles and responsibilities which include Managing Principal, CEO, CFO, VP-Finance and General Manager. His early career was in accounting and finance, leading to a role as controller and later general manager of a local firm, before leaving to found his first company a few years out of college. He considers himself a true “business generalist” and has had success in many settings.
After exiting his last company, he is currently involved as a mentor, advisor and investor to start-up and early stage companies, and contributes his time to several organizations and programs including Temple IEI, UArts/Corzo Center, NextFab, Villanova and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
He is a proud Temple alumnus, graduating with a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners – Investment Advisory Committee Member
Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures – Advisory Board Member
Craig Schroeder is an accomplished executive, investor, and business coach with extensive experience developing innovative companies, and the executives and entrepreneurs who run them.
A former President of Robin Hood Ventures, Craig is skilled at identifying growth opportunities at technology-based startup companies, and enthusiastic about helping innovators turn good ideas into viable products and services. He is chairman of the Screening Committee for technology startups, and his personal investment portfolio includes sixteen innovative companies and multiple successful exits.
Craig is the founder and general manager of Blue Skies Properties, a Delaware-based residential property development company. He has a Master’s degree in Computer and Information Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
Craig began his career at MBNA America, a regional bank that grew into a Fortune 500 company and became one of the world’s most successful credit card issuers. At MBNA, he worked in every area of consumer lending, and served for ten years as a member of the company’s Senior Operating Committee.
Craig is passionate about business excellence, and is a frequent guest lecturer and business coach for entrepreneurship education programs including Penn Wharton School of Business, Penn Law, Penn Engineering, Temple University Fox School of Business, the University City Science Center, the New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network, and Walnut Street Labs.
Jefferson Innovation Pillar
Jefferson’s Innovation Pillar fosters ideas and convert them into products and services. This where we test new business models and nurture entrepreneurialism among employees, students and the Jefferson community. It is our goal to create a Jefferson-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem to advance the commercialization of new technologies by supporting members of the Jefferson community through superior services, mentorship, education and partnerships in translating new discoveries into practical applications.
About The Moderator:
Nathan Solomon leads the Philadelphia Game Lab, a physical nexus for game creation and learning in Philadelphia. Until recently, he was CEO of superfluid, a virtual currency provider implementing complementary currency principals in an IRS-compliant system. superfluid won the 2011 RHD award for Best Implementation of Virtual Currency for Social Good. Prior to this, Nathan was a consultant dealing with innovative game industry business and distribution models and co-founder of a technology company in New Orleans called GameFlood, dedicated to in-game sale of assets. For several years he headed business development as VP of Business Development at Electronics Boutique, and negotiated a variety of non-traditional digital distribution and transaction scenarios in games. He oversaw the first streamed rental of triple-A game titles and first major US initiative marketing point of sale activated cards for online game content, as well as mobile and location-based distribution. Before entering the game industry, he was CTO and Executive Producer at national online ad agencies.
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