"Speed-meet" to maximize your chances of finding a co-founder.
Also learn how to start a venture the right way from our panel of experienced serial entrepreneurs and investors.
6:30PM - 7:00PM - What is the best way to get started and find a co-founder?
Q&A and presentations on detailed step-by-step instructions on how to get started and how to find a co-founder.
"Joe is a career entrepreneur who has successfully founded numerous internet companies over the past 15 years. Currently, he is founder and CEO of SourcePad, an instant outsourcing company. Prior to SourcePad, Joe was the founding CEO of Guidester (now Searchandise Commerce), an eCommerce ad network. Formerly, he was the Managing Director of REOL, Internet Analyst at Laidlaw, founder/President of Diadem (a multi-player game company), and founder/principal of JEV (an import/export company). Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he was an engineer, designing satellites at Hughes Aircaft. Joe earned a BS degree from Columbia University and a MS degree from the University of California Berkeley. Joe is a frequent speaker on best practices, financing, Agile and Lean Startup theory and has been quoted in BusinessWeek, Fortune, Crain's, Advertising Age and Inc. Magazine."
"Beth Schoenfeldt has been a friend and mentor to entrepreneurs around the world for over ten years, contributing to the launch of thousands of businesses. Beth is the co-founder of Collective-E, a unique member based entrepreneurs agency and brand community focused on bringing the services, PR & marketing platforms, exposure and connections entrepreneurs need to nurture their ideas and build their brands.
Due to her reputation as a forward thinker and expert on starting and growing businesses, some of the world's top media outlets rely on Beth for her insights into the latest trends among entrepreneurs and small business. Beth has been featured in outlets including Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Elle Magazine, the Today Show, Pink Magazine, and MSNBC. In 2010 Beth received the14th Annual Distinguished Alumnae Award presented by Columbia Business School and Columbia Women in Business.
After graduating from Texas A&M with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and earning her MBA from Columbia University, Beth developed marketing and sales programs for major international brands including Clinique,ibeauty.com and American Express. She then went on to establish the highly successful learning solutions company FLOinc, which lead to her co-founding Ladies Who Launch (LWL). Beth grew this lifestyle and business-focused media company to over 53 cities and over 50,000 members. Beth left LWL to found Collective-E in 2008."
"Vishal Shah is an investment professional with GGV Capital, an expansion stage venture capital firm with over $1 billion of capital under management. Vishal’s primary areas of focus are Mobile, Internet, and Communications infrastructure. Prior to GGV, Vishal was an Associate and Analyst with Cascadia Capital, an investment bank servicing emerging growth technology companies, where he worked in both their east coast and west coast offices. Vishal was responsible for sourcing and executing M&A, recapitalization and financing transactions across a variety of sectors including internet, application software, and technology-enabled services. Vishal has a B.A. in Economics and Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar."
7:15PM - 8:30PM - Speed-meeting
8:30PM - ... Networking
Joe Daniels of Hodgson Russ LLP
Joe Daniels is a partner at Hodgson Russ and chair of the firm's Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice Group. Mr. Daniels represents start-up to mature public companies, private equity and venture capital funds, and investment banks involved in high-growth sectors, such as information technology and new media. He has represented companies, VCs, and strategic investors in over $1 billion of private equity and debt financings. He has advised company management and top investment banks, handling over $5 billion of merger, acquisition, and disposition transactions and raising over $3 billion in initial and follow-on public offerings of equity and debt. He also regularly represents private equity firms in leveraged buy-outs and companies in obtaining secured lines of credit, equipment financing, and other loans. The attorneys in Hodgson Russ's Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice Group regularly advise start-up and high-growth companies at every stage of their evolution. Firm-wide, Hodgson Russ attorneys facilitate the U.S. legal aspects of transactions around the world. Our attorneys practice in virtually every substantive area of law and generally use multidisciplinary work teams to serve the specific and often complex needs of our clients, which include public and privately held businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit institutions, and individuals.