Ever wondered what it takes to get a startup up and running? Have you ever felt intimidated by the concepts of "seed funding" and "venture capitalists," or you would just like to learn more?
Fear no more! Girls in Tech Seattle is bringing you a star-studded panel of experienced startup finance experts and CEOs to share their experiences in funding, balancing finances, and much more about how finance plays a part in the startup world.
We'll be discussing the successes (and some trials and tribulations) the panelists have faced, as well as their best practices in funding and much more.
Madhu Jagannathan, Director of Finance at Qumulo
Madhu is currently the Director of Finance at Qumulo, a venture capital funded startup in the enterprise data storage space. Madhu played a key role in Qumulo's successful Series C round of funding in 2016 when they raised over $30M in venture capital. Madhu previously led the Revenue analytics team at Dropbox with over $500M in revenues and prior to that, had a variety of finance roles at Microsoft.
Teresa Kotwis, former CFO at Gravity Payments
Teresa is an experienced CFO with proven record of driving growth, profitability and process improvements for start-ups and established companies in technology, software and web-based online industries. She has a strong record for providing business advice to other executives, solving complex business and system challenges, and is a rapid builder of trusted partnerships with Senior Leaders and Boards of Directors, enabling critical understanding of key business drivers and credible projections of financial results and cash balances.
Grant Canary, CEO of DroneSeed
Grant Canary is CEO of DroneSeed, a Techstars Seattle 2016 company which is paid by Timber companies and non-profits to use drones to plant trees, spray to protect them, and monitor growth. In its most recent raise DroneSeed raised from traditional sources as well as 250K from Angel List Syndicate Drone.vc. Grant views Angel List Syndicates as the future of angel financing and an SEC approved form of "investor crowdfunding." DroneSeed is Grant’s second venture. His first was acquired. Under the acquirer he managed due diligence on a $10M raise and managed the construction of a 60,000 square foot factory.
Brett Patrontasch, CEO of Shyft
Brett is the CEO at Shyft, a mobile app that helps retail and service workers swap shifts and message each other. Shyft is a Seattle based startup that recently raised a $1.5M financing round from Madrona Venture Group and local angel investors. Prior to Shyft, Brett launched Principle Innovation, a $1M angel syndicate that made 9 investments. Brett also founded Scholars At Your Service, a home services franchising business that reaches $2M in annual revenue.
Cecille Nguyen, Director of Events for Girls in Tech Seattle
Cecille serves as an account manager for a premier advisor group at Pacific Capital Resource Group, Inc. in Bellevue, Washington and director of events with Girls in Tech Seattle. She received her Master’s of Business Administration from Dominican University of California. Cecille remains active in the UC Davis community through her involvement in the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. When she isn’t working, Cecille enjoys a number of different activities including cooking, gardening, yoga and hiking.
A big thank you to our sponsors and our panelists!
Thank you to Qumulo for providing the space to host this event. To learn more about Qumulo, please visit their website.
We are still looking for a food/drink sponsor. If you are interested, please email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.