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A Conversation with Kevin Ober

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Learn the latest in early-stage investment trends and why great startups can be built in Seattle in this interactive fireside chat featuring Kevin Ober, Managing Director of Divergent Ventures and moderated by Gary Kocher from K&L Gates.

Kevin Ober is Founder and Managing Director of Divergent Venture Partners and has led many of Divergent’s most successful investments in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. These investments include Pliant Technologies, Flashsoft Corporation, PushSpring and Shippable. Prior to Divergent, he spent 7 years with Vulcan Ventures, a national venture capital firm owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. He has made well over 35 Seed and A Round investments over his 25 year investment career. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from St. John’s University and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. When not working with Startups Kevin enjoys spending time with his three sons and wife, and most outdoor sports.

Gary Kocher is a partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates with over 25 years of experience working with emerging growth companies and investors that support them. He counsels founders on business formation issues and works with clients on a wide range of transactions, including financings, strategic partnerships and acquisitions, intellectual property creation and protection, and exit transactions. Over his career, Gary has represented more than 100 start-ups. He serves as outside counsel to the Alliance of Angels in Seattle and is a member of the Public Policy Advisory Council to the Angel Capital Association. He has helped several angel groups form side-car investment funds and is a frequent speaker and writer on topics relevant to angel investing. In his spare time, he loves to fly fish and will talk for hours about pescatory pursuits.


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