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: The Credible Founder: How to Demonstrate Your Mojo to VCs & Angels.
Presenters: Stephen Bernardez of Onset Ventures, Don Reinke of Reed Smith and Steven Berger of NYF Properties.
Stephen Bernardez of Onset Ventures, Don Reinke of Reed Smith, and Steven Berger of NYF Properties answer your questions.
Steve Bernardez joined ONSET Ventures in 2006, bringing more than a decade of experience in the IT industry. He has had director-level management responsibility in business development and market strategy at both large technology companies and startups. Steve came to ONSET from Microsoft, where he sourced and developed go-to-market alliances with venture-backed software startups. Prior to Microsoft, Steve led the business development function at an early stage ecommerce search startup. He also was a strategy management consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he advised large software and hardware vendors on corporate strategies including new market entry, acquisition, and licensing strategies. At ONSET Ventures, Steve specializes in evaluating and nurturing IT investments. Steve holds B.S. and MBA degrees, both from Stanford University.
Don Reinke of Reed Smith has extensive experience as a corporate lawyer in the areas of venture capital finance, public securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and other general corporate representation of technology start-up and emerging growth companies, as well as venture funds and investment banks. Before joining Crosby Heafey in late 2001 to chair its Corporate Department, which combined with Reed Smith in 2003, Don was a co-founder and the managing partner of Bay Venture Counsel, LLP. Don is currently a Deputy Chair of the firm’s Global Emerging Company/Venture Capital Practice. Don has also previously been selected as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine and the publishers of San Francisco Magazine.
Steven Berger has over 30 years experience as owner, President and CEO of various private companies including New York Fabrics (sold to JoAnn Stores), NYF Properties and iParadigms. Mr. Berger has been an investor and advisor to various early stage companies, often leading early stage investment rounds and serving on the board of directors. These companies include AngelPoints, Home Comfort Zones, UserTesting, MicroPower, Alight, BioQuiddity and KMI, among others. He also serves as Chairman of The Chief Executive Roundtable, a local group of CEO’s. He has had a long interest in education, serving as a math coach for competitions, mentor for an entrepreneurial class at UC Berkeley, and has served on the Board of College Preparatory School. Mr. Berger also serves as Chairman of The Partners Program, a non-profit educational organization providing free academically challenging summer programs and more for underserved Oakland middle school youth. Mr. Berger is a graduate of Stanford University.
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