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This is the 2nd installment of Startup Advisory Group’s networking mixer featuring some of the top angel investors, VC’s, Tech Startups, & Corporate Professionals in NYC. Thank you to our sponsors Caribbeans in Tech & Entrepreneurs, Paradigm Talks, The Alternative Investment Club of NY, and the CSI Tech Incubator for being a part of this event.

For this event we will be letting 3 very innovative companies present at the next event. As always we will have a nice happy hour and look forward to seeing you on November 13th at 6pm. Below is some information on the presenting founders and their respective companies.


Chris Pisarski is the founder and CEO of Chet, a professional development social network. Previously, he was COO and President of PrivCo (, a venture backed Fintech company. He was one of PrivCo’s first employees and went on to head three different teams there: sales, product, and marketing. Chris graduated from Cornell University.

Chet is a professional development social network. Think Instagram meets LinkedIn. Share what you’re doing, in the moment, to get better. Share only 4 items: the book you’re currently reading, the podcast you’re listening to, the course you’re taking, or the event you’re attending.


Ben Labra – CEO – Ben is self driven and motivated with 20+ years of leadership, investing, tech and management experience. Ben loves and cares about people, believing that behind every great startup are the trials and tribulations of the entrepreneurs that built them. As a 2X technology entrepreneur, (recently acquired), a Data Science Specialist & Coach, a start-up consultant and mentor, he is an expert in sourcing the best tech talent for any project. Sitting on multiple boards such as LunaCap Ventures, Women Who Create, and many others. Along with Gesture, he is also the founding & general partner with 10X Ventures. Ben holds advanced executive education graduate degrees from Columbia Business School & WashU Law School.

Gesture Exec Summary

In a simple 3 step process, a user can choose roses, an assorted bouquet of flowers, a bottle of wine or champagne delivered in about 30 minutes.

Gone are the days of expensive, cumbersome, lengthy gift ordering and poor delivery experiences. Gesture uses advanced Data Science mobile app technology to help speed up the process by displaying the most “thought-about” gestures. Categories such as “love you, miss you, happy birthday, congrats, thinking of you” are some of the most popular. Once you tell the app what type of gesture you’re thinking of, the app will make a recommendation using pre-selected, thoughtful gifts best suited for that gesture. The user can write a personal note to the sender, tells us where to deliver, and taps send. Our technology handles the rest. Gesture dispatches a courier, and your gesture is delivered. Best of all, it’s delivered in less than 30 minutes. Using advanced proprietary algorithms, we meet our promised 30 minute delivery window 98% of the time.

Tracie Martyn

High performance, safe, clean, green, all natural, holistic, eco-luxe skincare: instead of “back to nature” basic cleansing and moisturizing products or against nature (using unsafe, potentially toxic and polluting petrochemicals containing sophisticated skincare), we utilize dermatological science to harness the power of nature for maximum efficacy and visible results with zero negative impact on health or environment.

We have start-up energy and exciting, innovative concepts such as our Gemceutical technology

(using crystals and gems as cosmeceuticals) as well as beauty-tech tool concepts (we have a beauty machine called the Resculptor that lifts, firms and contours the face and body) yet also have proof of concept already both DTC ( is our biggest channel) as well as in stores eg Space NK, Blue Mercury and are seeking an investor who shares our vision to expand distribution and product assortment in a safe but exciting manner.

Another unique point of differentiation: Co-founder is a nutritionist and has pioneered the concept of “nutraceuticals for your skin” The brand has professional credibility through the famous Tracie Martyn spa with celebrity estheticians but is more approachable for the consumer than a dermatologist brand and focused not only on the actives but also the purity and integrity of the rest of the formula.

Also a great social media following on Instagram (verified profile with nearly 60 K followers @traciemartyn ) through major influencers like Kim Kardashian and therefore an interest from micro-influencers to be part of the TM community. The private oasis spa on 5th Avenue providing a unique relaxation and restorative experience in Manhattan, combines nature and science to perform unrivaled and result-oriented treatments. Trademarked The Haute Couture of All Treatments the coveted Red Carpet Facial generates a lot of buzz and press, the spa itself called “Heaven on Earth” by Julia Roberts creates a lot of the Good Will, Halo and Cachet for the brand and is a great customer acquisition vehicle, authentic experience and “living lab”. Look forward to a meeting to explore making Tracie Martyn the next BIG success story in the beauty industry.

The Founder

Marius is the co-founder and co-formulator of Tracie Martyn Beauty and Wellness, a brand that pioneered holistic yet effective spa treatments, and an eco-luxe, high-performance, all-natural skincare line. Marius was an early activist of petrochemical-free skincare, refused to compromise safety for efficacy or vice versa and and his creations that can be described as “The Tesla of Skincare” are adored by icons including Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian to name a few.. As the son of doctors, Marius was focused like his parents on health, but decided to pursue Wellness and Preventative Medicine, graduating with a degree in nutrition. He has grown the Tracie Martyn brand without capital infusion since 1998, developed the skincare formulas, and invented several skincare patents.

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