Join Founders Space Silicon Valley December Roundtable
2013 Investor Forecast: What's Hot, What's Not
Can you shape your startup's story to attract venture capitalists and angels in 2013? With the right information--the investor's point of view--you can tighten not only your business plan but the story you tell potential investors in 2013. Join our panel of experts to discover:
- The types of startups that are likely to see funding in 2013
- Which startups look too troubled or difficult in the eyes of investors
- Which sectors are likely to heat up or take a dive
- The expectations that investors will have when you pitch for funding
- The types of teams investors like to see
- How to tell a story that will increase your chances for getting a term sheet in 2013
Presenters: Jay Eum of Translink Capital, Carol Sands of Angels' Forum, and Don Butler of Thomvest Ventures.
Jay Eum of Translink Capital, Carol Sands of Angels' Forum, and Don Butler of Thomvest Ventures share knowledge and ideas.
A Founders Space Roundtable is a monthly meeting where founders get together to share knowledge, solve problems and make connections. Each Roundtable tackles a specific subject, such as raising capital, negotiating term sheets, attracting talent, creating marketing plans, and filing patents. The session begins with industry experts providing detailed advice. Then we roll up our sleeves, gather into small groups, and help each other with issues we’re facing.
Jay Eum is a Co-founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital. Jay is responsible for TransLink's investments in Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB), Chartboost, Enterprise DB, Livescribe, SoundHound, Quixey and YuMe. He is also responsible for supporting TransLink's portfolio companies with their customers and partners primarily in Korea. Most recently, Jay was the head of Samsung Ventures America. He was responsible for starting up the U.S. operations for Samsung Venture Investment Corp., the venture investment arm of Samsung, and leading their U.S.-based investments and portfolio management. Under Jay's leadership, Samsung Ventures America grew to a team of five investment professionals and invested over US$80M in 27 U.S.-based start-up companies.
Carol Sands is the Founder and Managing Member of The Angels’ Forum and The Halo Funds. She has spent the last 35 years with investing, entrepreneurial, and/or large corporate institutions. Carol’s career started in the Midwest where she was a bank officer with First Bank Systems and held marketing or sales positions with Motorola and Xerox Computer Services. After moving to San Francisco, she was hired into executive positions at Arthur Young (Ernst & Young) and Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers). Then Carol founded Sands MarketingPlus. In 1997, she incorporated The Angels’ Forum Management Company, the parent company for a revolutionary company in angel investing that organizes individual investors with previous entrepreneurial experience to invest as a single entity using a venture capital model for due diligence, mentoring, and board management, called The Angels’ Forum. In 2000, Carol co-founded Halo I, a $25 million venture fund invested in early stage, Silicon Valley based start ups, with Ed Esber, Phil Schlein, Craig Sirnio and Ed Berkowitz. With the same core partners, Halo II, Halo III and the Halo Opportunity fund were all launched with quick succession.
Don Butler is a Managing Director with Thomvest Ventures. Don’s 20 year career spans a variety of roles with emerging growth technology companies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Apsalar, Avalanche, Axcient, Kabbage, Milyoni, Netbase, and YottaMark. Don’s past investments have included Cotendo (acquired by Akamai), FlashSoft (acquired by SanDisk), GuardianEdge (acquired by Symantec), and Okena (acquired by Cisco). Before joining Thomvest, Don led the Asian business development efforts for several start-up companies in the software and networking industries as part of his work with Asia Pacific Ventures. Previously, Don was an Analyst with Lehman Brothers, where he worked with clients in the software and semiconductor industries. Don received a B.A. in Chinese from UCLA and M.A.s in both East Asian Studies and Political Science from Stanford.
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