Wayne D. Kimmel
is a Founder and Managing Partner of Artists & Instigators, a venture capital company that he founded in 1999 that invests in primarily consumer-facing companies. Some of Wayne’s most successful investments include, SeamlessWeb (acquired by ARAMARK), Take Care Health Systems (acquired by Walgreens), and NutriSystem (NTRI), (top performing stock in the U.S. for 5 consecutive years). Currently, his investments include, Fisker Automotive, Ryzing, Omek Interactive, meetMoi, ReverbNation, Startup Health, Dwolla and Zaarly.
He is on the Advisory Board of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and the National Advisory Council for Widener University School of Law. In addition, he sits on the Board of Powered by Professionals, a fundraising and event management firm specializing in the non-profit sector based in New York City. Wayne is the Treasurer and Board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Jewish Federations of North America and on the Board of Trustees of the Einstein Healthcare Network and the Chairman of its Development Committee. Wayne lives in Philadelphia, PA with his wife and their two children.
A “lego-snapper,” Tony is passionate about connecting new ideas, emerging technology, and talented people together to assemble innovative companies that can revolutionize markets ripe for reinvention. A serial entrepreneur, Tony has launched, invested in, and advised early stage technology companies for 15 years. Tony is active in Durham based ReverbNation, a company that is reimaging the music economy digitally, Philadelphia based social gaming platform Ryzing, New York mobile dating company MeetMoi.
Prior to Artists & Instigators, Tony was an entrepreneur with a novel startup that deployed advanced video motion capture technology to detect consumer healthcare fraud, a big data healthcare data mining platform for aggregating healthcare provider information, and a enterprise technology platform that empowered small businesses to integrate disparate systems with trading partners without writing any code. A native of Buffalo, New York, Tony was exposed early to entrepreneurship and technology. In 1979, his father, a math teacher at a local high school, brought home the first Apple II. Tony was hooked on what’s next after playing Castle Wolfenstein, Oregon Trails, and writing “If Then Goto 10” loops. Tony graduated as an Industrial Engineer from Penn State University and launched his first business after a brief programming stint at Anderson Consulting Technology Practice. From his very first startup he launched in 1997, Egenda.net, Tony has been interested in applying technology to reinvent education. His company built an online community platform that was a pre-cursor to the modern social networking movement and launched Aroundcampus.com at universities. The service offered students and faculty an online personal information manager providing club and classroom information, web email, calendar, and no-code wizard driven publishing tools. The company also built the largest “hyper-local” campus advertising network comprised of 17,000 local merchants in 100+ college markets. Aroundcampus was subsequently acquired by White Directory, a division of the Hearst Corporation.
Manu Gambhir leads Ryzing in achieving its vision of bringing casual,
social gaming with real prizes to players around the world. A passionate online
gamer and serial entrepreneur, Manu ran Cantor Fitzgerald's online gaming business
in the United Kingdom, a role assumed when Cantor bought his prior online gaming
business. Prior to Cantor, he built and marketed Harrods Online Casino in the UK
market, based on the world-famous brand of London's premier luxury retailer. After
graduating from University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Entrepreneurial Management
from the Wharton School and BSE in Computer Science Engineering from University
of Pennsylvania, Manu built Intermedia Interactive Software - an educational and
entertainment software company.