Join Founders Space Silicon Valley September Roundtable
Topic: Your Track Record - What Investors Really Think about Your Past Experience
It is no secret that having a solid track record increases your chances of connecting with investors and securing funding for your startup. However, what you consider to be a solid track record as an entrepreneur is oftentimes different than what an investor considers a solid track record for purposes of investment. And, what may be an insufficient track record to one investor may be a solid track record to another. Having a track record means much more than simply having founded companies in the past and having customers. Learn from our experts about how investors really view your past experience and how to give yourself the best chance of making a connection that works for your business and market.
Presenters: Ron Weissman, Silicon Valley venture capitalist and angel investor; Bipul Sinha of Lightspeed Venture Partners; and Lowell Ness of Orrick.
Ron Weissman, Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist and Angel Investor, Bipul Sinha of Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Lowell Ness of Orrick answer your questions.
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.
Ron Weissman has been an active Silicon Valley VC (Apax Partners) and angel investor (chairman of the Band of Angels' Software SIG and an advisor to the Band's Acorn Fund) and has trained many companies in the art of successful fundraising. He has advised more than 50 companies and has been on more than 20 early stage Boards. During his tenure at Verity, the executive team earned the large company “turnaround of the year” award (1999) from the Turnaround Management Association; Verity gained dominant market share and saw its market capitalization grow from $50 million to more than $1.5 billion. Prior to Verity, Ron spent more than five years at NeXT Computer, where he managed European and corporate marketing. In addition to his work in Silicon Valley, he ran academic computing at Brown University and at the University of Maryland, where he was Associate Professor of History. He is the author of two books on the history of Florence during the Renaissance.
Bipul Sinha is a Partner at Lightspeed and focuses primarily on the Internet, mobile and software sectors, with a particular interest in social media, social utilities, apps, digital media and software infrastructure. Bipul’s current investments include Nutanix, Bromium, Pulse, MyLikes, and Peel. He was also an investor in LiveProfile. Previously, Bipul worked at Blumberg Capital where he led investments in digital media, Internet and datacenter software infrastructure sectors. His selected investments include Nutanix, Hootsuite, DoubleVerify and CarWoo. Prior to venture capital, Bipul was with Banc of America Technology Investment Banking Group where he worked on M&A and equity financing transactions. Prior to banking, Bipul was Director of database and middleware products with Oracle Corporation. Bipul also held sales and engineering positions at American Megatrends and IBM. Bipul received his B.Tech. (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Palmer Scholar. Bipul also holds several patents in distributed computing.
Lowell Ness is a partner and a founding member of the Orrick's Emerging Companies Group in the Silicon Valley Office. He has considerable experience in securities law and corporate governance matters. His practice focuses on high growth emerging companies and involves venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements. His clients include startup companies from the earliest stage and well established public companies. Mr. Ness also represents both private equity and venture capital funds.
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