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Join us for a conversation with Stephanie Palmeri, Partner with SoftTech VC. Grab a seat to get the inside scoop from one of the best on how to get a VC's attention, and the Do’s and Dont’s once you get in front of them. Evan Bienstock of Lowenstein Sandler’s technology practice will be moderating.

We’ll explore: outreach (what works and what doesn’t), pitch (what do say, what not to say), and generally what a VC looks for in an investment opportunity.

You should attend if:

  • You're a founder or investor who wants to learn from an experienced investor and start-up founder
  • You want to learn how you can build a career in Technology
  • You're an experienced Developer or Data Scientist and are interested in meeting some of the fastest growing companies in NYC

Event Schedule:

  • 6:00 pm - Doors open

  • 6:15 pm - Conversation with Stephanie Palmeri, moderated by Evan Bienstock (Lowenstein Sandler)

  • 7:15 om - Audience Q&A


Meet the Speaker:

Stephanie Palmeri is a Partner with SoftTech VC, where she invests in marketplaces, mobile services, SaaS, consumer health, and EdTech startups – including Poshmark, ClassDojo, Clever, Grovo, Panorama Education, Lantern, Phil, Survata and Thanx. Stephanie currently represents SoftTech VC as board member for Fatherly, Pared, Educents, and Envoy, as well as a board observer for numerous investments. She previously served on the boards of Chariot (acquired by Ford Motor Company), Niche (acquired by Twitter), and Spoon University (acquired by Scripps Networks Interactive).

Stephanie joined SoftTech VC in 2011 after a decade of working in marketing and technology. Previously, she was active in New York City’s emergent VC and entrepreneurial community as an Associate with early-stage venture fund NYC Seed and launched the NYC SeedStart incubator, one of New York’s first accelerator programs. Additionally, Stephanie worked with wine ecommerce startup Lot18 on business development and marketing initiatives. Stephanie’s early experiences include Accenture’s market data practice working with investment banking clients like JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, as well as several years with Estee Lauder’s Clinique brand focused on marketing and sales initiatives for alternative distribution channels. Later, Stephanie was an early member of a startup building enterprise sales and marketing applications for global customers including SAP AG and Diageo.

Stephanie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with joint degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School.

Follow Stephanie on Twitter @stephpalmeri


Meet the Moderator:

Evan Bienstock is a partner in the Tech Group of Lowenstein Sandler, counseling companies in all stages of their life cycles, from the seed of an idea to its execution and eventual exit. He works closely with founders, investors, and entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries, and their innovative spirits energize his legal practice.

With a home in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood–a nexus for many tech startups–and extensive experience with an array of companies in the tech sector, Evan’s roots are firmly planted in the startup community. He has handled and negotiated hundreds of venture capital and private equity financings for those providing and seeking capital. Evan is also well-versed in mergers and acquisitions, and regularly advises clients through complex exit transactions.

In addition to his work for the firm, Evan serves as a mentor to the startup community, often writing and speaking on legal and business issues for Cleantech Open Northeast, WeWork, Columbia Tech Ventures, General Assembly, and 30 Weeks (a Google-sponsored incubator).

Prior to joining Lowenstein Sandler, Evan was a partner at Mintz Levin, working in the firm’s Boston and New York offices.


Meet the Host:

Galvanize is New York’s home for entrepreneurs and technologists. Our community is made up of high-caliber technology startups only (with an acceptance rate of 4%) and the mentors and programming that support their growth; a coding school graduating top-talent to companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Uber; and 4 corporate innovation partners: IBM, Invesco, MunichRE, and PwC. Galvanize NYC has 8 campuses across the country, and is one of the Google for Entrepreneurs North American Technology Hubs.





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