[SPN-Discussion] NOTE NEW VENUE_Greentech Investors Forum September 9: Applying Big Data to Climate Change Risk

Gelvin Stevenson gelvin.stevenson at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 16:33:34 PDT 2016

Smart Data Science™

Date: Friday, September 9, 2016

Time: 8:00am – 10:00am

Organizer: Gelvin Stevenson, PhD

Host: Sidley Austin LLC

Location: 727 Seventh Ave. (AXA Equitable Building, between 51st and 52nd
Streets), 23rd Floor

Climate Risk is no longer somewhere off in the distant future. It is here
today, and growing in magnitude and scope. Governments and enterprises face
huge losses from floods, rising sea levels, droughts, pandemics, refugee
crises, geopolitical conflicts, shortages of water, energy and food,
economic meltdowns, commodity price changes and more.

And they face increasing regulatory and public pressure to prepare
better. FEMA now mandates a regularly updated Hazard Mitigation
plan—incorporating Climate Change risk--for every town, county, city and
state in the United States. If entities do not have and follow such a plan,
FEMA does not have to give them money to rebuild after a disaster.

That presents a huge market opportunity for Smart Data Science (SDS), which
is providing all levels of governments and companies of any size with the
Big Data tools they need to manage their risk. Key people in the government
(or enterprise) simply input or update their relevant data into the big
data platform that SDS provides. then they share the new information in
real-time with decision-makers, field offices and other stakeholders.

That is in sharp contrast to the way risk management is done today, when
entities generally hire a consulting firm to prepare a study. These
consultants wander around the organization gleaning information necessary
for the analysis.  It costs a significant amount of time and money to do
one of these studies, and it goes stale in a few months if not weeks (you
will see references to these studies sitting on shelves). Risk Management
as we know it is broken, and SDS is fixing it.


Register at the GIF Eventbrite page: Greentech Investors Forum

Or contact Gelvin at gelvin.stevenson at gmail.com.

Behind FEMA’s decision—and driving the market on a global basis—is the
increasing pressure on public officials and risk officers to take action to
avoid losses from increasing numbers of and damage from floods, hurricanes,
rising sea levels, draughts and more. Climate change is a big factor in
those growing risks, and so is urbanization. Cities are growing, and that
means danger. By 2050, over 70% of the world’s population will live in
cities, magnifying vulnerabilities, as the greatest settlement will occur
in high risk areas. Already, over 60% of all people living in cities are in
regions exposed to at least one major type of natural hazard risk.

SDS has positioned itself where it can achieve commercial success while
making a great difference in the world. Among its strengths:

a)      “Smart” Risk Management platform delivered as a SaaS or Hybrid
product offering;

b)  Close working relationships with the World Bank and its government

b)      Patentable IP that unifies structured and unstructured big data and
provides insights to help clients pro-actively understand and reduce risks
resulting in avoiding economic, human and environment losses. In addition,
the platform provides risk analytics and reports that can enhance the
client’s strategic planning, operational decision-making, regulatory
disclosures, investor due diligence, credit ratings, insurance coverage and
premium costs, impact reporting and communicating with partners, employees
and communities.

c)      The product has already been applied by the World Bank, generating
$200K in revenues and winning recognition as a top 10 innovative big data
risk management application.

d)     One million plus in sales pipeline including the World Bank and its
clients,  US local and state governments, and global PE, financial services
and pharmaceutical firms.

e)      Experienced and deep management team with Government and Fortune
500 risk management, big data and software product development background

GIF thanks Investors Circle for its generous support, Geoff Miles and Chino
Maduagwu for developing and operating GIF’s video, social media and design
capabilities, Tonia Popke for her financial expertise, and Jesse Goldstein,
PhD, for his continued assistance.

 SDS is seeking $1 million for accelerating revenue growth. The objective
of this capital is to achieve $1 million sales revenue in the next 12
months, and lay a foundation to scale the business for $20 million sales
revenue in 2019, for which they will raise additional funds.

Disclaimer: The Greentech Investors Forum (GIF) is not soliciting funds for
the presenting companies, nor is it encouraging parties to invest in them.
We try to find good companies—not necessarily good investments. They have
been advised on what is acceptable in terms of predicted results, but GIF
takes no responsibility for what they actually do, say, or how they perform
in the future.

*Agenda:*          8:00 to 8:30    -   Networking

                        8:30 to 8:40    -   Introductions

8:40 to 9:10    -   Manish Sood, Founder and CEO

9:10 to 9:30    -   Andrea Zanon, Managing Director at Farrell Advisory,
and a global risk expert (by phone)

9:30 to 10:00  -   Discussion

*Security:*        Security is tight, so please register early. If there is
a problem at the Security Desk, please contact Gelvin Stevenson at

*Fees:*               $50, payable ahead of time or at the door. Cash or
checks and credit cards accepted.

$25 for call-in. Registered call-ins will be emailed the call-in numbers
and, if available, the slides to be presented.

                        $20 for students and faculty.

To register, visit this Eventbrite site Greentech Investors Forum
or send your contact information to Gelvin Stevenson at
gelvin.stevenson at gmail.com or 917-599-6089. And contact Gelvin If you have
questions or need more information.



Founder, CEO and Chief Product Officer

Entrepreneur, Software Product Manager and Corporate Executive with 20
years of global industry experience. Primarily focused on applying data
science, big data analytics, machine learning, geospatial intelligence,
relationship mapping, Internet of Things (IoT), social, cloud and mobile
technologies to help organizations become more resilient, competitive and
productive. Specialize in government, financial, private equity,
pharmaceutical and technology sectors.

Currently (2014-present) Founder, CEO and Chief Product Officer at Smart
Data Science LLC (SDS), a NYC based firm that provides big data analytics
and risk management platform for government and enterprise. Developed the
product in close collaboration with the World Bank and its international
country clients. Built management team, secured early clients, developed
product and technology roadmaps, scaled world-class onshore/offshore
development operations and formed partnerships with leading industry
players. SDS platform has been recognized as an innovative big data
application at the 2015 annual World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings.

Previously (2009-2014) served as co-Founder, CEO and Head of Product
Management at Messagemind, a smart email management and social network data
analytics products company. Bootstrapped the company, raised capital, built
management team, developed business cases, formed technology and data
partnerships and led key account sales including Johnson and Johnson, KKR,
Morgan Stanley, German Aerospace Center, among others. Created IP strategy,
won patents

and trademarks. Recognized as Top-100 Innovative Company by AlwaysOn.

Prior to Messagemind, served in various management roles in an IT
consulting firm (2001-2009) – Business Instruments Corp. based in NYC.
Helped grow the company from a startup to multi- million dollars in yearly
revenues. Acquired reputed clients such as New York City and State
government agencies, Guardian Life Insurance, JP Morgan Chase, Technology
Startups, among others. Positioned the business for differentiated and
high-margin solution services, created customer-focused processes for
scalability, attracted top talent, built teams, and developed R and D
practice that led to the Messagemind spin-off.

Advisor to the Women for Resilience initiative, a joint social impact
partnership and investment fund being explored by Johnson and Johnson,
World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, among others. Holder of multiple
patents on adaptive user behavior learning algorithms, dynamic
prioritization of electronic communications, social networks mapping, and
productivity and collaboration analytics. Executive MS in Technology
Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ.

Andrea Zanon, Managing Director at Farrell Advisory, Washington, D.C.
Farrell is a boutique investment banking and advisory firm.


 Master degree in Philosophy, Foreign Languages, and History (Bologna
University and Granada).

 Masters Degree in Economics and International Development (Georgetown

Lecturer on Resilience Investment and Entrepreneurship

 Georgetown University (USA).

 IE Business School (Spain).

 Effat Womens’ College (Saudi


Andrea Zanon has twenty years of professional experience including eight
years in the private and public sectors as a senior executive and nine
years as social entrepreneur.  Currently as a Managing Director at Farrell
Advisory, Washington, D.C. he is focused on providing strategic advice to
companies looking to grow via MandA, joint ventures and business
development activities with a particular focus on impact investment and
international and technology businesses.

Previously Andrea led and established the World Bank Middle East and North
Africa Risk Management team.  In this capacity, he built  risk  management
programs in eleven courtiers in the Middle East leading to $2.5 billion in
resilience investments.

Andrea founded and led several award winning start-ups in the resilience,
agribusiness, environment and financial services in Africa, Europe and
Latin America. These include Jimmly-Lee Co., Aroma Consulting, Earth
Council Fund, and 4Minuti.  In  2014,  Andrea  was  awarded  an
innovation  prize  following  his launch  of  the  first  Global  Women
for  Resilience  Investment  fund  promoting women led impact investment in
emerging economies.

Andrea worked for the President Clinton Foundation as an energy advisor and
for the Secretary of State Madeline Albright as an Investment Advisor.
Andrea continues to advise members of the Qatar and Saudi Arabia Royal
families on matters of investment and development, as well as several Heads
of States and Mayors in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America on
technology, jobs creation, economic growth and entrepreneurship.
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