Below you will find the list of panelists for the first StuyAlumni in Tech event.
Vishal Garg ’95 is the Founder and CEO of Better Mortgage, working to make financing a home simpler, faster and better for all Americans.
Mr. Garg’s passion is using technology to improve customer experience and credit outcomes in consumer finance. In addition to leading Better Mortgage, Vishal also serves as the Founding Partner of 1/0 Capital, a credit and financial technology incubator and the
Chairman of Climb Credit, The Number, and Phoenix Holdings.
Mr. Garg previously founded Future Finance, which is today Europe’s largest private student finance company. Prior to Future Finance, Mr. Garg was the founder, President & CFO of MyRichUncle (2005 NASDAQ IPO), which pioneered data driven online student lending.
Mr. Garg founded MyRichUncle at the age of 21 and grew it into the fourth largest private student loan originator in the US. Prior to MyRichUncle, Vishal was an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisition department at Morgan Stanley and an Emerging Markets Trader for
the Strategos Fund.
Mr. Garg came to America when he was 7, grew up in Queens, attended Stuyvesant High School and graduated from NYU Stern with highest honors. He believes in public education, a fair chance and the American dream.
Ari Paparo ’88 is the CEO of Beeswax, an ad tech start-up in New York that has created the industry’s first Bidder-as-a-Service platform.
Previously, Ari has held a number of product leadership positions in the ad tech and marketing tech sectors, most recently as EVP of Product Management for Bazaarvoice, a publicly traded SaaS company that enables retailers and brands to better connect to their consumers through ratings, reviews, photos and other user generated content. Formerly, he was the Director of Product Management at Google’s DoubleClick business and the head of product management for AppNexus.
Ari is well known in the online advertising community for his authorship of the VAST (Video Ad Serving Template) specification for online video and his development of an online gross ratings point (GRP) model for Nielsen. He is a frequent contributor to BusinessInsider and other industry publications as well as a speaker at advertising industry conferences.
Amol Sarva ’94 is CEO and co-founder of Knotel, the provider of custom company locations with 10 Knotels in NYC for corporates that want flexibility and service at their headquarters, without the headaches of leases. Amol runs Knotable, the team management platform centered on visual notes. He co-founded Halo Neuroscience. He is on the board of Plethora and a 50x angel investor.
He was CEO and cofounder at Peek (acquired by SoftBank). Amol was the co-founder of Virgin Mobile USA, the second person to join with John Tantum and before Virgin and Sprint invested $550 million to build the US business and its 2007 IPO. He is a former engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in New York.
Amol earned his Ph.D. from Stanford in cognitive science and undergraduate degree from Columbia.
Josh Mohrer ’00 is a Venture Partner at Tusk Ventures, where he focuses on portfolio company operations, growth and customer acquisition, and is a member of the Investment Committee.
Before joining Tusk Ventures, Josh was the General Manager of Uber New York and was responsible for Uber’s business across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He joined the company shortly after the New York launch and grew the market to over $3 billion in annual gross bookings, Uber’s largest in the world.
Prior to joining Uber in 2012, Josh led marketing and business development at several technology startups including Covestor, Lot18, and CollegeHumor.
Ben Uretsky ’99 drives DigitalOcean’s vision, strategy, and growth, providing developers with a simple and robust cloud infrastructure experience. His leadership has guided DigitalOcean’s rise from a cloud startup for developers to the second largest and fastest growing cloud computing platform, according to Netcraft.com. To date, more than 1,000,000 developers have deployed more than 50 million cloud servers, and the company has expanded its worldwide infrastructure footprint with multiple datacenter locations around the globe. The company has raised $123 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Access Industries, IA Ventures, CrunchFund, and Techstars. Ben has more than 15 years experience in network engineering and the infrastructure space. Prior to DigitalOcean, he co-founded and built a managed hosting provider that supported some of the top websites in the world including the Alexa Top 100 and generated million-dollar annual revenues. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Pace University.