Advisers

Our adviser network is made up of industry leaders and change makers.


EXPERTS

Our experts come from a wide array of focus fields, and are leaders in their respective fields.


MENTORS

Our mentors are here to guide and provide our startups with operational insights, connections, and opportunity.


The MENTOR Doctrine

Our mentors are individuals with extensive industry, investment, and/or entrepreneurship experience. They work with FUTURES startups, without expectation of reward or compensation, and are here to share their knowledge and guidance freely, often opening up their own networks.  Our mentors are what make us unique, and the success of each startup is partially a result of the generous contributions of each mentor.  So what does it take to be a mentor?

  • Be altruistic; expect nothing in return
  • Tell the truth and be opinionated
  • Listen
  • Hold information in confidence
  • Know what you don’t know; nobody is perfect
  • Guide, don’t control. Teams must make their own decisions
  • Be willing to let advice come from other mentors as well
  • Stay postive
  • Be challenging and provide specific actionable advice

The Notable Points

  1. 6-month increments (January – June & July – December). We require mentors to commit a minimum of 3 hours of their time in each quarter, for a total of 6 hours during each cohort. Although this is the minimum time you’re pledging to commit, we encourage you to devote as much additional time as you may see fit.
  2. Stay in touch! We only know as much as you tell us about your interest, your availability, and your ability
  3. There are many reasons to mentor; know what your reasons are and make sure they are the right ones
  4. Remember that much of what you’ll be exposed to is highly confidential, sometimes including the company’s participation in FUTURES, so please do not discuss the company outside the FUTURES walls without the company’s permission

LEADERSHIP TEAM

 
Laurie DeJong CEO, LDJ Productions Founder, Futures NYC

Laurie DeJong
CEO, LDJ Productions
Founder, Futures NYC

Adam Cook CFO, LDJ Productions Co-Founder, Futures NYC

Adam Cook
CFO, LDJ Productions
Co-Founder, Futures NYC

Garnet Heraman Managing Director Investments & Innovation

Garnet Heraman
Managing Director
Investments & Innovation

Eddie Cullen Managing Director Partnerships & Education

Eddie Cullen
Managing Director
Partnerships & Education

Danielle DeZao Producer, LDJ Productions Startup Selection Lead

Danielle DeZao
Producer, LDJ Productions
Startup Selection Lead