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Republic & Friends Pride Happy Hour

Republic & Friends Pride Happy Hour

Join us for an evening of networking and some delicious snacks and drinks in celebration of Pride Month! Meet LGBTQ founders, investors, and their allies across the startup ecosystem. 

Co-hosted by Dyanna Salcedo, founder of Tastebud Ventures. 

Featuring guest speaker, JT Batson, board of directors, StartOut, our community partner. 

Dyanna is the founder of Tastebud Ventures, a seed stage equity platform for funding what she calls "food with flavor", multicultural, ethnically-inspired foods. When not investing, she leads operations at Five Acre Farms, a for-profit, social enterprise with a mission to keep farmers farming and to bring the best local food to more people. Prior to immersing herself in the startup ecosystem, Dyanna spent five years in financial services. She was a portfolio risk advisor at Blackrock and an investment banker at Citi. And prior to that, she served her country for six years in the United States Army. She is a champion of diversity and mentorship and is thrilled to co-host this forum for LGBTQ founders and investors. She holds an MBA and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

JT is currently the co-founder and CEO of Hudson MX, a NYC based technology company as well as a founding partner of LUMA Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on the intersection of media, marketing and technology. He began his career as an early employee of Mozilla focused on international growth efforts of the then nascent Firefox browser. He then joined the Rubicon Project pre-revenue where JT helped scale the company to 6 countries as the EVP, Revenue and Global Development. This experience as one of the pioneers of the programmatic advertising era led to Donovan Data Systems to appoint JT President, DDS Digital– where he spearheaded the deal with Mediabank to create Mediacoean, which today powers more than $100 billion of media buys for the large agency holding companies. Building on his success leveraging technology to make the buying and selling of advertising more efficient, JT joined Cumulus Media as their Chief Revenue Officer, with a specific focus on applying technology to bolster the $1.3 billion revenue and 1,400 person sales team strong media company. JT was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Greylock Partners and Accel Partners. He currently is on the advisory board on undergraduate education at Stanford where he holds a BA in Political Science winning the JE Wallace Sterling Award. The proud son of two civil rights lawyers from Augusta, GA, JT now lives in NYC.

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Dyanna  Salcedo

Dyanna Salcedo

Founder, Tastebud Ventures

Caroline Hofmann

Caroline Hofmann

COO, Republic

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