Join us for the Founders Space San Francisco Roundtable, where founders gather to share knowledge and work together to solve problems. Roundtables are geared to founders and C-level executives of growth-oriented companies for exploring critical issues and business opportunities with peers and subject matter experts.
Each Roundtable tackles a specific subject, such as negotiating a term sheet, creating a marketing plan, filing patents, raising venture capital, etc. The session begins with industry experts, who provide an overview of the topic and detailed business advice. Then we break up into smaller groups, where participants can ask questions and receive advice and feedback from the panelists, advisors, and other founders.
Topic: How to Build a Company Poised to Pivot.
Presenters: Neal Hansch of Rustic Canyon Partners, Jay Parkhill of Virtual Law Partners and Sam Kingsland of Granite Ventures.
Location: Consulate General of the Netherlands. NOTE: THIS IS A SECURE BUILDING - YOU MUST BE ON THE SIGNUP LIST TO GAIN ENTRY.
Neal Hansch of Rustic Canyon Partners, Jay Parkhill of Virtual Law Partners and Sam Kingsland of Granite Ventures answer your questions.
Neal Hansch of Rustic Canyon Partners brings over fifteen years of venture capital, technology operations and financial advisory experience to Rustic Canyon and its portfolio companies. Before joining Rustic Canyon in 2005, Neal worked in the Corporate Development group at Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR), where he was responsible for global M&A transactions and strategic equity investments. Prior to Macromedia, Neal was an investor at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and also spent time in Product Marketing at webMethods (Nasdaq: WEBM). Neal is also a co-founder of WebAssist.com, a mature start-up that provides popular extensions for Web development tools. Neal began his career as an investment banking analyst in the Software Group at Robertson Stephens & Co., where he worked with clients such as BEA, BroadVision, HNC, Hyperion, Informatica and Intuit.
Jay Parkhill is a Partner at Virtual Law Partners. His expertise is in two principal areas: startup companies, where he helps the founders to create new businesses, allocate equity among founders and document fundraising transactions from the angel and VC communities; and growth-stage and mature companies, where he helps busy legal departments with licensing, sales, development, marketing and other revenue-driving transactions. Jay graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1998. Prior to joining VLP he worked in transactional firms Niesar & Diamond and Montgomery Law Group before forming his own law firm, Parkhill Venture Counsel. He is a member of the State Bar of California. Jay is a longstanding volunteer at the Cleantech Open business plan competition, the author of numerous profiles of successful consumer internet companies at www.startup-review.com and blogs at blog.jparkhill.com.
Sam Kingsland of Granite Ventures brings extensive experience working with emerging growth companies to the team. Over Sam’s eighteen-year career in the venture industry, he has worked with more than 70 venture-backed companies and on more than 115 financings. During his career, he has worked with early-stage companies in the wireless, semiconductor, software, internet and consumer markets. Sam lead Granite’s investments in DigitalThink (acquired by Convergys), NetBoost (acquired by Intel), Nexabit Networks (acquired by Lucent), Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) and SnapTrack (acquired by Qualcomm). He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Agilence, Fulcrum Microsystems, Grid2Home and Venturi Wireless. Sam holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Location: Consulate General of the Netherlands. NOTE: THIS IS A SECURE BUILDING - YOU MUST BE ON THE SIGN-UP LIST TO GAIN ENTRY.
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