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Topic: Tips for Traction: How to Get It, How to Keep It Alive
Presenters: Eric Ferraro of LeClairRyan; Noah Doyle of Javelin Venture Partners; Gopan Madathil of InvestorFest Media.
Eric Ferraro of LeClairRyan; Noah Doyle of Javelin Venture Partners; Gopan Madathil of InvestorFest Media.
Eric Ferraro of LeClairRyan focuses his practice on the representation of private and public emerging and growth companies in the technology and digital media sectors as well as investors and financial services firms that focus on those industries. He has over 16 years of legal and business experience in private practice, in-house, and as a technology company founder and investor. He offers clients an integrated counseling approach that balances both legal protections and corporate best practices in business, technical, investment and strategic considerations. Eric counsels his clients in matters relating to entity formation and founder arrangements, corporate governance, seed and venture capital financing, employment and equity compensation, intellectual property protection, technology licensing and product distribution, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and SEC reporting and compliance. He also has significant experience in executive compensation transactions, often representing CEOs and executive teams in high-value mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Noah Doyle of Javelin Venture Partners has founded, launched and grown dozens of high technology products and companies in 20 years of entrepreneurship and management of innovation. Noah most recently directed the enterprise product line for Google's geospatial products, Google Earth and Google Maps. Prior to Google, Noah managed the Marketing Strategy and Corporate Development functions at Keyhole, Inc., the venture capital backed company that created the first Web-hosted digital earth model and was acquired by Google in 2004. Prior to Keyhole, Noah helped establish the Internet loyalty rewards marketplace as a co-founder of MyPoints.com, the largest Internet loyalty program with over 6 million active members, where he led product management and business development functions from the company's inception through an initial public offering and subsequent acquisition by United Airlines. Prior to MyPoints, Noah was based in Tokyo where he managed overseas sales and marketing for the OEM channel of Panasonic’s graphics communications equipment subsidiary in Japan.
Gopan Madathil is President & CEO of Investorfest Media, a leading venture accelerator for companies in the technology industry. Through his hands-on coaching efforts, over 75% of presenting companies have gone on to receive over $280 million in funding to date. Gopan has served in operational and board member roles, assisting early stage entrepreneurs with fundraising and investor introductions. He has created go-to-market strategies including pricing, promotion, and strategic partnerships. He has been engaged in developing and executing strategic marketing plans, providing detailed market analysis, including: sizing, segmentation and competitive analysis. Gopan has 20 years of experience in the technology sector, working with startups to Fortune 500 companies.
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