Emily Susskind is an independent consultant performing engagements in technology assessment, implementation, and strategy, leveraging her background in technology—driven businesses across the financial services, information services, entertainment and media, and electronics industries in both enterprise IT management and in product and service delivery. Previously, she held positions as Chief Information Officer of Prudential Financial Inc.’s International Division, Executive Vice President at Sony Corporation of America, Senior Vice President at Dow Jones Markets (Telerate) and Director at Salomon Brothers Inc. Ms. Susskind is a Board Director of Hot Bread Kitchen, Inc., a food business incubator and workforce development program, is Vice-Chairman and Director of Education Through Music, Inc., and is a former Board Director of City Harvest. She is an active investor with Golden Seeds, an angel network funding women entrepreneurs.
Ms. Susskind earned an MBA degree in finance from the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA degree in philosophy from Wellesley College.
Mr. Dirks currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Open-Xchange AG. He is responsible for Engineering, Professional Services, Support, Key Account Management and Corporate Services (Finance, Human Resources, Administration).
He previously served as chairman of the executive board of Interactive Data Managed Solutions and was globally responsible for the Wealth Management solutions group.
Mr. Dirks studied in Germany and in the U.S. and holds an MBA from Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt with a focus on Operations Research and Applied Computer Science.
Mr. Neiss is co-founder of The Startup Exemption, the non-profit responsible for bringing the concept of Equity Crowdfunding to Washington, DC, and co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA).
Mr. Neiss is the industry face of Equity Crowdfunding and has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Economist, the Financial Times and Forbes on the subject of Crowdfunding.
As a co-founder of The Startup Exemption, he co-authored the crowdfunding framework used in the JOBS Act that was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. Jason is currently working within Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) and writing the Crowdfunding for Dummies book through Wiley & Son’s. Furthermore, Jason is the co-founder of the CrowdFunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) the self-regulating association for the crowdfunding industry, and he is on the council of The Crowdfunding Accreditation for Platform Standards (CAPS), which promotes best practices for the operation of crowdfunding platforms globally.
Mr. Best earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and also holds a Bachelors degree from William Jewell College.