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Investor Hangouts

 


Investor Hangouts is a program where founders pitch 1-2 investors via an online Google Hangouts during lunchtime (12pm – 2pm) on a Thursday. Each founder gets 7 minutes to pitch and 8 minutes to receive feedback from investors. Founders get valuable feedback on how to refine and master their pitches and a rare and unique opportunity to make a valuable connection with an investor.


Who should register?:

  • You are the founder of a technology startup (Consumer Web/Mobile, Enterprise, Clean Tech, Bio Tech, Hardware) with a technology product.

  • This is not a good fit for a company whose key value proposition is a tech-related service rather than a scalable, technology product.*

Interested participants can register for the Investor Hangouts session of their choosing using this Eventbrite platform. There will be NO refunds.


*Women 2.0 reserves the right to kindly decline any registered participants whose companies do not fit the aforementioned criteria. Examples of this include: tech media companies, tech marketing companies, tech consulting companies.



Schedule:

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 12 – 2pm PST

    jessie_aroraJessie Arora, Founder at TeacherSquare

    (Angel Investor: Consumer Web/Mobile, EdTech)

    Jessie Arora, founder of TeacherSquare, is focused on improving educational outcomes for all types of learners and empowering educators to play a more active and meaningful role in tech adoption in our schools.  She is particularly passionate about cultivating the education startup ecosystem to help create tools and services that improve teaching and learning for all students. As an angel investor she focuses on the K12 education space, applying her experiences from Google, Citizen Schools & the Stanford Graduate School of Ed. She blogs at edcrunch.org and you can follow her @Jessie_Arora.

     

    shelly_zhuangShelley Zuang, Investor at ECVC

    (Angel Investor: Consumer Web/Mobile, Hardware, Enterprise)

    Shelley is currently an angel investor and venture advisor, and is active in the areas of enterprise software, and consumer hardware. Shelley was formerly EVP of Business Development of Ecoplast Technologies, where she oversaw business development & sales efforts in North America across a number of industries including consumer packaged goods, home appliances, and household products. Prior to Ecoplast Technologies, Shelley was a Principal at DFJ, where she was active in investments across consumer Internet, mobile, and enterprise software, and was actively involved in the sourcing, execution and growth of a number of investments including Ecoplast Technologies, FeedBurner (GOOG), Flurry, Intematix, PPLive, TicketsNow (Ticketmaster), Xfire (Viacom), YeePay. Shelley was also part of DFJ’s first on-the-ground team that built DFJ’s organization in China from two professionals to an experienced investment team, and led fundraising of DFJ Wuxi RMB fund of $30M. Shelley is a techie at heart and has a strong background in networking and peer to peer technology, with a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

 

FAQs: 


Where does my Investor Hangouts session take place?

 

Investor Hangouts is a virtual pitch feedback event. You will meet with 2-3 investors in a virtual Google Hangout (video chat platform). Because of the virtual nature of Investor Hangouts, participants from all over the world can receive pitch feedback from top-notch investors.


How can I make the most of my session by ensuring that I won’t run into any technical difficulty?

 

Make sure you're in an area with good - excellent internet connectivity. The quality of your session depends on it! See the bulleted points below for tips on how to test your connectivity:

 

  • Make sure you provide us a Google+ enabled email address (Gmail addresses highly recommended)

  • Using the email address you plan to provide us, do a test Google Hangout using the wi-fi connection that you plan to use during your Investor Hangouts session.

  • Using a mobile device or tablet is highly discouraged. We’ve tried this in the past, and it does not work! There will be no refunds for unsuccessful attempts to join the session using a mobile device.


How much time will I have for my pitch and feedback?

 

Each participant is allotted a 15 minute time slot within a 2 hour window during which Investor Hangouts takes place. You have up to 7 minutes to deliver your pitch, then 7 minutes to receive pitch feedback.


 

Will other Investor Hangouts participants see my pitch?  

 

No. Only you will be in the "room" with the investors in the Google Hangout. After your pitch, you will sign off by exiting the screen and the next participant will join thereafter.


What should I focus on during my pitch?

 

Every pitch is unique and should focus on the strengths and metrics relevant to your particular company. That being said, given the time allotment and format for this particular type of pitch session, here are some suggested guidelines. You have a maximum of 7 minutes to deliver your pitch, so make sure to relay just the relevant info, revealing just enough to pique the investors' curiosities. Avoid losing investors' attentions by going into the nitty gritty details. Please note that these are just suggestions!

 

  • Open with a strong description of exactly what your company is. You want to tell investors exactly what you guys do as soon as possible.

  • Market Size

  • Real Customer Use Case

  • Unique Advantage/ Competition

  • Business Model

  • Team

  • Status of the Product/Service (Traction)

  • Financial Raised and/or Near Term Financing Plans

  • Ask amount + breakdown of what it will be used for


 

For even more Investor Hangouts tips and best practices, check out our blog series, “Inside Look at Investor Hangouts” to read up on past participant reviews.


Can I show slides or use a deck during my pitch?

 

Given the short time allotment, we do not allow any slides to be used. We do allow screen share to be used for a maximum of 2 minutes to do a quick product demonstration. We’ve seen this done very effectively! Please familiarize yourself with the screen share feature of Google Hangouts ahead of time if taking advantage of this feature to avoid technical difficulty as much as possible!


 

Can I follow up on the investors' feedback by providing the information they say my pitch lacked?

 

The main purpose of this session is to receive pitch feedback that you can learn from and apply when you do go into a pitch meeting where funding is on the line as a result of that session. In order to maximize the 7 minutes you have to receive pitch feedback, we recommend that you take notes during this portion and soak in as much information from the investors as possible instead of responding with the information they say they'd like to hear in your pitch next time around. The one exception to the rule is: investors who are interested in learning more will pose a question directly to you. In those cases, by all means, provide an answer!


Will I get access to the Investors’ email addresses if I participate?

 

We don’t provide investor contact info as a part of the program. However, we do encourage investors to make connections with and introductions on behalf of the founders. In past sessions, investors have asked to connect with founder participants that deliver impressive and successful pitches. In other cases, investors also offer to connect founders with potential advisors or other investors. We make it a goal to see this trend continue through Investor Hangouts.

Have questions about Women 2.0 Investor Hangouts? Contact Women 2.0

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About Us Women 2.0 is a media brand designed for the next generation of technology leaders. Women 2.0 creates content, community and events for aspiring and current innovators in technology.

Mission Our mission is to strengthen technology businesses by connecting, inspiring and educating the next generation of technology leaders. Women 2.0 lives in the future, today – we see no barriers, we see no boundaries, we only see a meritocratic business landscape.

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City Meetup is a networking event to promote the creation of new networks among aspiring entrepreneurs, current entrepreneurs and investors in innovative cities around the world. 

Investor Hangouts is a twice monthly program where founders pitch 2-3 investors via an online Google Hangouts during lunchtime on a Friday. Founders get valuable feedback on how to refine and master their pitches and a rare and unique opportunity to make a valuable connection with an investor.

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