Join Founders Space Silicon Valley January 2013 Roundtable
The Investor Comfort Zone: Unwritten Rules
What are the do's and dont's for interacting with investors? Whether you are a first-time founder or a serial entrepreneur, personal marketing to investors quickly becomes a lifestyle. Hear from our expert panelists about what it takes to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with those in a position to finance and nurture your startup. Discover:
- How to initiate a relationship with an investor.
- What investors find exciting--and what turns them off.
- How to stay in touch with potential investors to keep them interested.
- How to read feedback from investors.
- How investors think--and how to use this knowledge to frame your request for funding.
Presenters: Cynthia Ringo of DBL Investors, Curtis Mo of DLA Piper, and Sharon Wienbar of Scale Venture Partners.
Cynthia Ringo of DBL Investors, Curtis Mo of DLA Piper and Sharon Wienbar of Scale Venture Partners 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.
Cynthia Ringo is a Managing Partner of DBL Investors, which she joined in April of 2008. Ms. Ringo currently sits on the board of directors of Solexant and View and works with LiveScribe, Kateeva and Ecologic. Ms. Ringo was formerly a Managing Director of VantagePoint Venture Partners from 2002 to 2008 where she was Group Leader of the Communications, Systems, Internet and Media practice. Ms. Ringo served as a Board Member of the following VantagePoint portfolio companies: Entrisphere, Klipsh, Tymphany, Widevine, Livescribe, Provina and Meriton. Ms. Ringo received a BS in Legal Systems from Georgia State University and a JD from Emory University School of Law.
Curtis Mo is a partner in DLA Piper's Corporate and Securities group. Prior, he was the founding and managing partner of the Palo Alto office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Mr. Mo is recognized as a leading corporate and securities lawyer in Silicon Valley. He has represented emerging growth companies, major public companies, investment banks, venture capital funds and private equity funds in hundreds of public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, and venture capital financings. He regularly acts as general outside counsel to public and private companies at all stages of development, particularly in the technology, life sciences, clean energy technology and consumer sectors.
Sharon Wienbar invests in Mobile and Internet companies at ScaleVP. She sits on the boards of Actiance, BeachMint, Everyday Health, PlayPhone, Reply.com and uTest. Prior to ScaleVP in 2001, Sharon was Vice President, Marketing for Critical Path and Amplitude Software. She spent most of the 1990’s at Adobe Systems, starting as Product Manager for Asian Products and later led marketing for many of Adobe’s applications, and spearheaded numerous cross-product initiatives. Before her technology line experience, Sharon practiced strategy consulting at Bain & Company for nearly five years. Sharon holds an A.M. and an A.B. in Engineering from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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