Founders Space San Francisco Roundtable
Present Like an Investor: Tailor Your Approach to What Investors Care About
Are you ready to wow investors at your next pitch event or meeting? Find out what venture capitalists care about, and how to present your information to get to yes. Our panel will discuss:
- How to tell your story
- How to present your team
- How to explain the market potential
- Discussing competitors
- Sharing the business model
- Personalizing your story to demonstrate why you can make a difference
Presenters: Joydeep Bhattacharyya of Shasta Ventures; Sean Jacobsohn of Emergence Capital Partners; Richard Mordini of Javelin Venture Partners; and Ali Wasti of Azure Capital.
Joydeep Bhattacharyya of Shasta Ventures, Sean Jacobsohn of Emergence Capital Partners, Richard Mordini of Javelin Venture Partners, and Ali Wasti of Azure Capital 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.
Joydeep Bhattacharya of Shasta Ventures has experience in technical, operational and leadership roles in the software industry in India and the US. At Microsoft, he managed the 50-person cross-functional team that conceived, developed and launched Lync online – the collaboration and web conferencing component of Office 365 - Microsoft's SaaS productivity suite. Office 365 became one of Microsoft’s fastest growing products, gaining over 5 million purchases in its first three months. He also oversaw the real-time transition of over 10 million existing customers to the new version of the product. Before Office 365, Joydeep was a developer in Microsoft Office Live where he was awarded two US patents for co-architecting the highly scalable provisioning and merchandising platform. With the extensive grounding in technology development, Joydeep’s investment focus is on companies with a vision to disrupt and improve enterprise and software development workflows. This includes Enterprise SaaS, Cloud Computing infrastructure, Big Data and other related innovations.
Sean Jacobsohn joined Emergence Capital after being an executive and advisor at portfolio companies YouSendIt and Doximity, respectively. In addition to being a sales and alliances executive in the technology enabled services space for thirteen years, he is co-founder and co-President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels, the largest university-affiliated angel group in the world. As VP of Worldwide Alliances at YouSendIt, a cloud collaboration solution with over 30 million users, the company ranked the 55th fastest growing company in North America on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 with a 4-year revenue growth of 2291%. Prior to YouSendIt, he was VP of Channel Management at Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), a human capital management software-as-a-service provider, which had an IPO in March 2011. Sean has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he's on the HBS Alumni Board, and a BBA in Marketing, Finance, and International Business from University of Wisconsin. He's competed in 2 marathons and 12 triathlons, including Escape from Alcatraz three times and the Kona half ironman.
Richard Mordini of Javelin Venture Partners has worked on over 20 early stage investments and is actively involved with or led investments in BoostCTR, SmartAsset, Netpulse, RxVantage, and Yap.tv. Prior, he worked for KPMG LLP as a Senior Associate in the Economic & Valuation Services Group, where he specialized in valuing private companies, illiquid equities, and intangible assets. Richard is active in early stage start-up support organizations and serves as an advisor to Modify Watches, Brightgauge, and Half Full Brewery. Richard graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, majoring in both Accountancy and Mathematics and received the Accountancy Excellence Scholarship Award. He holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he chaired the annual Business Plan Competition, was Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, was a graduate student instructor in Accounting, and received the Gloria W. Appel Award for Outstanding Leadership in Entrepreneurship. Richard holds a CPA certificate from Illinois.
Ali Wasti of Azure Capital Partners specializes in cloud infrastructure, enterprise, communications, SaaS and mobile technologies. He serves as a Board Observer for Breaktime Studios. Prior to joining Azure, Ali was a successful technology executive and investor. He has over 10 years of operating experience in various leadership roles. He most recently worked as a business development executive at IBM with global responsibility to grow IBM’s Information Management and Analytics software businesses. In this capacity, he helped launch IBM’s OEM software business and led deals with companies of all sizes worldwide. In the past, he has held product management and senior development positions in enterprise software. Ali has also spent time at Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he focused on enterprise and cloud infrastructure investments. Ali started his career at Belzberg Technologies, helping build the real-time financial software company's support infrastructure. Ali holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he won the Venture Capital Investment Competition, was the CFO of the Venture Capital and Private Equity club and was the Assistant Producer of the HBS Show. Ali received his B.S. in Computer Science summa cum laude from McMaster University.
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