Intro to Fundraising in Texas & Ask Me Anything WEBINAR with Shakeel Rashed...

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Join us ONLINE for a WEBINAR about Fundraising in Texas with some of the most active Venture Capitalists in Texas from the comfort of your desk or your couch! You'll get the chance to ask all of your questions in our favorite Ask Me Anything format.

You can join in from the comfort of your desk at work or even your couch at home! Most of the events we do at Capital Factory are in person, but webinars allow more people to participate who are limited due to their location or conflicting schedules. ou can check out the slides and video from previous talks before you come here. The content is updated each month because the startup scene is always changing!


This month we are featuring Shakeel Rashed, Director, Accelerator at Capital Factory and Shawn Abboud, CFA and Vice President at Morgan Stanley.

Shakeel has 20+ years in software business, and has seen many such emerging technology disruptions, from client-server to web to social, cloud to mobile to IoT, Data Warehouses to Data Sciences to Machine Learning/AI. He has worked in major industries, including Finance, Telecom, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Advertising, Distribution, Retail, Oil and GasAdvisor and angel investor in many startups in TX with Capital Factory and rest of US with HBS Angels. Helping them from concept through multiple funding rounds. Shakeel loves collaborating with exceptional entrepreneurs on moonshot ideas in technology innovations and I am betting on startups that bring real value to enterprise customers from AI/Machine and Deep Learning.

Shakeel has a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering from India, Masters in Management Sciences from George Washington University and completed the Program for Leadership Development from Harvard Business School.

Shawn Abboud started his career on Wall Street as an intern at Paine Webber in 1999. Since that time, Mr. Abboud has spent the majority of the last 19 years on the institutional side of Wall Street. He earned his stripes trading distressed credit for Goldman Sachs’ proprietary trading book in New York City before he was a senior analyst at Och Ziff Capital prior to their IPO in 2007. In 2009, he left Och Ziff to start the hedge fund arm at a firm called Fulcrum Capital with another senior analyst from Och Ziff. Their focus was on buying & selling non-securities, specifically bankruptcy trade claims, litigation claims & bank debt in bankrupt corporate estates across the globe in the years after the 2008 financial crisis. He was there for over 5 years, running their practice in Dubai, UAE for 3 years where he was responsible for managing a team of traders focused on trading risk in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe. After their first fund posted incredible performance for their LPs over 3 years, and prior to raising their second fund, he got married, decided to sell his stake in Fulcrum Capital and retired from the firm.

After taking time off away from the business, he decided to come back to Wall Street and manage private client capital for high net worth families, celebrities and professional athletes. Currently, he serves as Vice President & Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley in Austin, TX.


  • Should I bootstrap or raise money?
  • How do I meet my first investors?
  • Should I do an equity round or convertible note?
  • Should I join an accelerator?
  • How do I figure out my valuation?
  • How long will it take to raise funding?
  • How do I know if I'm ready?


  • Fundraising basics
  • Texas Angel Investors
  • Texas Venture Capitalists
  • Texas Incubators & Accelerators
  • Capital Factory

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