Through an incredible lineup of events with business mentors and creative minds, we bring entrepreneurs into the circle of success.

Rise of the Technopreneur: March 19

Networking at 5:30, Panel at 6:00 pm at VR World (4 East 34 Street)

Moderated by Joe Betesh of Betesh Media

Technology is pioneering the future of our businesses. Hear from Jack Hidary and Elie Ballas at an event that you cannot afford to miss!

With Hidary we’ll discuss artificial intelligence, the role it plays in our future, and where the tech industry is headed. Balas will go into the success story of F*Jerry, his media ecosystem, and his ability apply community business skill to the digital world.


VR World: Wedged into the Manhattan skyline, comes an experience unlike any the world has witnessed. VR World is a massive ecosystem for virtual reality experiences, experience makers and those who seek deeper engagements with the world.


Jack Hidary

Alphabet X: AI@X & Quantum@X Chairman, Hidary Foundation

Jack focuses on AI and physics at Alphabet/Google X.

After doing research in neuroscience at the NIH, Jack followed his fascination with technology and established EarthWeb, a company dedicated to the needs of tech professionals. Jack co-founded the company with his brother Murray Hidary and friend Nova Spivack. Jack led the company from its inception through three rounds of investment and then its IPO on NASDAQ. Under Jack’s leadership, EarthWeb acquired, a website that connects users with jobs, and other sites dedicated to the needs of IT professionals. As Chairman and CEO of the public company, Jack continued to grow the company and engage with shareholders, customers and analysts. After running the public company for more than three years, Jack handed off to a new CEO.


Elie Ballas

Cofounder of What Do You Meme and Partner at F*Jerry

Ballas is Elliot Tebele’s business partner at F*Jerry and cofounded popular card game, What Do You Meme. He is passionate about tech entrepreneurship, film, and basketball. To learn more, read the articles linked below.

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Joe Betesh (moderator)

Creative Director of Betesh Media

New York-born with Danish heritage, Joe Betesh is inspired by Copenhagen design and driven by Manhattan hustle. He is the founder and creative director of Betesh Media, a New York branding agency focused on communication and innovation.

Jack Hidary, co-lead of AI strategy at Alphabet (Google) X

Elie Balas, F*Jerry partner and co-founder of What Do You Meme

All attendees will have the opportunity to experience VR World’s technology.

The workshops & seminars at Exceed Network are second to none. Throughout the year, we host events conducted by experts from various industries and sectors. The goal of our events is to educate the business professionals in our community, incite growth and increased sales, and protect against unforeseen pitfalls.

Some of the past & upcoming topics include:

  • Selecting products to sell
  • Making great financing deals
  • Preparing for a big meeting
  • Selling to big-box retailers
  • Building lasting relationships
  • Protecting yourself in negotiations

If you’re interested in attending an upcoming workshop or seminar, please contact us.