Today on Business Rockstars, Ken Rutkowski interviews several Milken Institute Global Conference speakers and guests, including Marco Tempest of Newmagic Communications, Inc., Peter Williams of ACE Group, and Danae Ringelmann of Indiegogo.
A cyber illusionist, who combines magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions, Marco Tempest shared his expertise on the Milken Institute Global Conference panel, “Inventing the Impossible.” Tempest began his performing career as a stage magician and manipulator, winning many awards and establishing an international reputation for his artistry. His interest in computer-generated imagery led him to incorporate video and digital technology in his work, developing a new form of contemporary illusion.
The expansion of the Internet and social media provided more opportunities for digital illusions and ways of interacting with audiences and creating magically augmented realities. Tempest is a keen advocate of the open-source community, working with artists, writers and technologists to create new experiences and research the practical uses of the technology of illusion. He continues to perform around the world, is a media consultant on the subject of magic and illusion and lectures at international conferences on the psychology of deception and creative thinking.
A speaker on the panel, “Fueling American Entrepreneurship,” Peter Williams is the founder and CEO of ACE Group Inc., a company focused on bringing market efficiency, access, transparency and integrity to the $1 trillion annual new issue U.S. private placement marketplace. ACE connects qualified investors with private investment opportunities marketed by investment banks and other private placement agents. Williams is also a director of Legumex Walker Inc., one of Canada’s largest processors and merchandisers of pulses, specialty crops and canola products.
Williams created Legumex through a three-way merger and a $75 million IPO. Previously, he had a successful career in investment banking with DLJ/Credit Suisse and CIBC/Oppenheimer, where he was involved in transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $15 billion for a diverse group of companies. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University and an M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Danae Ringelmann is the co-founder of Indiegogo, an international crowdfunding platform. Passionate about helping artists and entrepreneurs embrace crowdfunding, Ringelmann spoke on the Milken panel, “Crowdfunding for Start-Ups and Small Business.” Fast Company magazine recently named her one of the “Most Influential Women in Technology.” Prior to Indiegogo, Ringelmann was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. covering entertainment companies including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney and Electronic Arts.
While at JPMorgan’s Investment Bank and Private Bank, she focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Ringelmann co-produced a concert reading of “Incident at Vichy,” an Arthur Miller play addressing the topic of racial profiling. A CFA charterholder, Ringelmann holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in humanities from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar.