Join us on October 3rd for a continuation of our Fall Financing Series.
Venture capital is a very attractive form of financing for many startups, but it can also be the most costly. Our panel of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who have received VC funding will tackle some of the benefits and challenges associated with this type of funding. Find out what it takes to secure venture capital and the strings that come along with it as well as the hottest trends in venture financing.
A group of successful entrepreneurs, investors, and legal advisors will explore these issues in a panel / Q&A format and share their perspectives on venture financing. The panel will address open questions from the audience at the end of the session.
Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
Larry was named to the 2012 Billboard Power 100 in music and the Twitter 140 to follow. Larry was a founding investor in Pandora in early 2004 when Walden led the rebirth round to focus the company on launching a consumer-facing service and was a Director from 2004 through its IPO. Larry is a Director at SoundHound, BandPage, Aarki, Boombotix and a Board Observer at PowerCloud Systems. He also led Walden's investment in Terayon (acquired by Motorola) and Telekenex. Other investments include LyricFind, Jukely, LessThan3 and Swarm.fm. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Industry Ventures and serves on the non-profit Board of the JazzSchool in Berkeley, CA.
General Partner, Matrix Partners
Jared came to Matrix Partners from Square, where he served as Vice President of User Acquisition and Business Operations. During Jared’s tenure, he helped Square grow its payment processing business from $2 billion annualized to more than $10 billion and the number of activated accounts from 800,000 to more than 3 million. Prior to Square, Jared was an early employee at Slide where he worked across business development, product, advertising, and payments to grow the company’s footprint and revenue. Jared also played a crucial role in Slide’s acquisition by Google in 2010, going on to run product and operations for the Slide group within Google. At Matrix, Jared focuses on partnering with bold entrepreneurs in the early stages of building their audacious companies. He is also currently an advisor to Centzy and Kiip.
Founder of Pathbrite
Heather is the founder of venture-backed Pathbrite, which delivers next-generation solutions that help students collect, track and showcase a lifetime of achievement, and recommend pathways for continuous success. Heather has committed her life to closing the education and employment achievement gaps for youth and adults. Her leadership experience spans more than 20 years, during which she founded and led several private and public sector organizations.
Aaron has a PhD from MIT and is commercializing a variant of his research as the co-founder of a stealth startup called Empirical. His professional talents surround conceptualization of new online social interactions, software engineering, natural language processing, cultural modeling, and visualization, which he is using to design the new communications platform at Empirical. He has recently moved to San Francisco to expand Empirical through venture financing.
Mike Sullivan, Moderator
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Mike represents entrepreneurs, startups and their investors, from pre-incorporation counseling through angel and venture capital financings, to M&A and IPO liquidity events. Mike has a particular focus on the representation of startups in the information technology, consumer and healthcare spaces. He also represents a number of venture capital firms, including Blumberg Capital, IDG Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, Lightspeed Ventures, and The Roda Group. His transactions have included the sale of the Hangar 1 vodka brand to Jose Cuervo, the initial public offering of Planetout lnc. (Nasdaq: LGBT), and venture financings for Pandora Inc. and Clinkle Corporation. He is a past member of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission, and the author of Trees of San Francisco.
6:00-6:30 PM: Networking Reception
6:30-7:30 PM: Panel Discussion
7:30-7:45 PM: Audience Q&A
7:45-8:00 PM: Networking
When: Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT
Where: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 4 Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco
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StartOut is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship in the LGBT community. With over 60 annual events and a network over 12,000 strong nationwide, StartOut connects the entrepreneurial ecosystem, educates entrepreneurs on issues surrounding the business lifecycle and inspires the LGBT community by profiling out and successful founders. StartOut currently has chapters in San Francisco, New York, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, with Denver, Seattle, and many more on in development.