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A Discussion on Venture Financing with Special Guests from Wilson Sonsini, Felicis Ventures, and Pioneer Square Lab

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Join Wilson Sonsini and special guests from Felicis Ventures and Pioneer Square Lab as they provide insight into the venture financing outcomes discussed in the full-year 2020 edition of The Entrepreneurs Report. Our experts will share details directly from the report, and discuss what the numbers mean for the year ahead.

Panelists will discuss:

• What the 2020 venture financing trends mean for 2021

• 2020 valuation data

• Predictions for the coming year

If you are interested in the latest fundraising data or are planning to raise a round soon, we encourage you to join us.

View the Full-2020 Year Report

      OUR SPECIAL GUESTS

      
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      Craig Sherman

      Wilson Sonsini, Partner

      Craig Sherman is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on corporate and securities laws, representing companies, venture capital firms, and investment banks in private placements and public offerings. Craig also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, and domestic and international joint ventures.

      Craig began private practice in 1989 with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Paris, and joined Perkins Coie in Seattle in January 1995. He became a director in the Kirkland office of Venture Law Group in December 1996 and was managing director of the Kirkland office from May 2000 until August 2002, when he joined Wilson Sonsini. He has been a member of the firm's Policy Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Finance Committee.

      In addition to English, Craig is fluent in French and knowledgeable in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Korean.

      
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      Victoria Treyger

      General Partner and Managing Director at Felicis Ventures

      Victoria Treyger is a General Partner and Managing Director at Felicis Ventures. She is focused on the reinvention of financial services, vertical and horizontal SaaS, health tech, SMB, and marketplaces. At Felicis, Victoria led the firm’s investments in Hippo, Alloy, SentiLink, DataGrail, Nayya, Ontic, Sprout Therapy, Dovetail, and others. Victoria’s angel investing and advising track record includes Roofstock, HealthIQ, Betterment, Faire, Roadie, ZocDoc, Galileo Health, StimLabs.

      Prior to joining Felicis, Victoria was Chief Revenue Officer of Kabbage, Inc (acquired by American Express). Victoria joined Kabbage at its beginning and was responsible for building the company’s revenue and go-to-market teams to scale the business through six years of 100%+ annual growth to nearly $300 million in revenue. Victoria’s deep operating experience across enterprise, SMB, and commerce also includes roles as CMO of RingCentral and General Manager at Amazon.

      Victoria received a double degree with distinction in Business and International Studies from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the recipient of the PR Tech Award for storytelling with data and the National Bronze Effie Award for marketing excellence.

      
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      Greg Gottesman

      Managing Director and co-founder of Pioneer Square Labs (PSL)

      Greg Gottesman serves as a Managing Director and co-founder of Pioneer Square Labs (PSL). PSL operates a startup studio and early-stage venture capital fund, PSL Ventures. Before PSL, Greg was one of the three initial Managing Directors of Madrona Venture Group, where he served for 20 years.

      On behalf of PSL, Mr. Gottesman currently sits on the boards of Boundless, Cash Technologies, Joon, Kevala, LumaTax, NextStep, and QUIVR. He is the co-founder, former CEO, and current board member of Rover and the founder of Madrona Venture Labs.

      Mr. Gottesman serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering Department and Business School where for the last 21 years he has taught a popular class about entrepreneurship. He is the author of three books.

      Mr. Gottesman graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Stanford University, with honors and distinction from the Harvard Business School (MBA), and with honors from Harvard Law School (JD), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

      
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      Moderated By: Nicola Corzine

      Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, Executive Director

      Nicola Corzine serves as the Executive Director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a non-profit that delivers world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. As Executive Director, Nicola is responsible for strategic and operational leadership that help drive research, programing, fundraising, and operations for the organization.

      Nicola brings over 17 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought leadership programming experience to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, most recently in her role as Deal Manager for the Band of Angels, a position held since 2004 as well as Investment Partner in the 2009 Acorn fund which includes investments in Practice Fusion, Niveus Medical, and Flywheel, one of the biggest names in the E-hailing industry. During her time at the Band, she was as an early advisor to Startup America and led the development of the first national and regional Angel Capital Association conferences.

      Prior to Band of Angels, Nicola was the founder and executive director of Financing Partners, an organization that delivered education to both entrepreneurs and investors to enable them to reach their mutual objectives. Before Band of Angels, she was part of three startup companies in the US and UK.

      Nicola is a frequent speaker on angel investing, technology trends and seed financing at Universities including Stanford, Wharton and Duke, national conferences, including IEEE Women in Engineering, NVCA and Innovation Enterprise, and has served as a formation advisor to several regional and international angel groups and seed funds.

      
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      The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a 501c(3) public charity whose mission it is to make entrepreneurship accessible to all. We deliver world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. Please join us and make your gift to ensure these transformative programs may continue to reach the underserved.

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