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Arie Abecassis (DreamIt), Sacha Ross (Wilson Sonsini), Sang Lee (Return on Change), Lisa Winning (Founder, HeTexted), Tom Loverro (RRE Ventures), Tereza Nemessanyi (EIR, Microsoft).
Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 09:30 AM    Cost: $75
General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl

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Arie Abecassis
Venture Partner, DreamIt Ventures; Co-Founder, AppStori
Sacha Ross
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
Michael Lopez
Partner, EisnerAmper
Sang Lee
CEO and Founder, Return on Change
Lisa Winning
Founder and CEO, HeTexted, Inc
Tom Loverro
Principal, RRE Ventures
Tereza Nemessanyi
Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Microsoft
Rob Leclerc
CEO and Founder, AgFunder


Join us for a full day of talks, networking, and personal conversations bringing together founders and investors for an intelligent dialogue. Speakers will share genuine stores about fundraising strategies for early-stage startups, evolving trends, common misconceptions and best practices in fundraising, honest stories about successful (and less than successful) capital raises, and other essential learnings from the field.

Breakfast, lunch, and drinks will be served.


9:30 am: Check-in + Breakfast

10:00 am: Welcome

10:15 am: Kickoff Talk

10:45 am: Founder's Lessons Learned I

11:15 am: Coffee + Convo

11:25 am: Secrets to Raising Venture Capital

12:00 pm: Prep for the Pitch: Startup Legal Strategies

12:30 pm: Lunch + Networking

1:30 pm: Founder's Lessons Learned II

2:00 pm: Prep for the Pitch: Startup Financial Strategies

2:30 pm: Coffee + Convo

2:40 pm: Founder's Lessons Learned III

3:10 pm: Inside the Deal

3:40 pm: Closing Talk

4:00 pm: Happy Hour Reception


This unique learning opportunity will give attendees a chance to interact with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors on a personal level, ultimately ensuring meaningful takeaways around fundraising and investing.


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Arie Abecassis
Venture Partner,
DreamIt Ventures; Co-Founder, AppStori
As a founder of AppStori, and a Venture Partner at DreamIt Ventures, Arie spends most of his waking day (and probably a portion of some sleepless nights) turning ideas into reality and plans into action.

Arie has worked closely with a number of amazing founders and companies, including SeatGeek, Adaptly, BiznessApps and MAZ Digital. In addition to spending time with the General Assembly community, every now and then, Arie contributes his thoughts on the state of technology and entrepreneurship in various tech blogs.

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Sacha Ross
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
Sacha Ross is a corporate and securities partner in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He works closely with a wide range of technology and growth businesses at all stages of development and the institutions that finance them. Specifically, he represents public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions; issuers, investors, and underwriters in public and private financings; and public and private companies with respect to daily corporate governance matters, as well as those related to strategic transactions and special situations.

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Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez has been in the public accounting profession his entire career with exposure to every type of entity from pure startups to public companies. Over the past ten years, he has honed his knowledge relating to the tax and financial issues facing a technology company throughout its growth cycle. At this point in his career, he is dedicated to passing on that extensive knowledge base to early stage entrepreneurs with great growth potential. He one day hopes to meet up with you for a drink on South Beach to celebrate your successful exit.

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Sang Lee
CEO and Founder,
Return on Change
Sang H. Lee is the CEO and founder of Return on Change, an online crowdinvestment platform. They connect startups and investors in critical industries such as Life Science, CleanTech, EdTech, Social Enterprise, and Tech. Just within the last 9 months, Return on Change has aggregated over $49 million of capital seeking investors and has secured over $5 million in commitments to date, with the largest single company successfully raising $1 million.

Sang is a recovering investment banker using his background in finance for good. His mission is to bring fundamental value creation into startup business to ensure sustainability while promoting the democratization of startup finance. He is also the Executive Director of CF50, a global crowdfunding think tank. He has been featured in both domestic and international publications including Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNBC, Fast Company, Crains, and L'Express and was also recognized as a Good 100 changemaker and an Under30CEO Entrepreneur to Watch in New York City'. Sang is recognized as an industry thought leader and has been requested to speak at venues such as the United Nations, International CES, National Science Foundation, Brown/Columbia universities, and the Council on Foreign Relations, among many others.

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Lisa Winning
Founder and CEO,
HeTexted, Inc
Lisa Winning is the Founder and CEO of HeTexted Inc. Launched only 18 months ago, and with 1.8 million users, HeTexted gives answers to dating and relationship questions. The company raised a seed round led by the New York Angels' Fund, and has since secured deals with Simon & Schuster, Random House, Glamour and William Morris Endeavour. Originally from Sydney, Lisa is on the Advisory Board of several non profits including the United Nations' Youth Assembly, and Pride Live Nation.

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Tom Loverro
RRE Ventures
Tom Loverro is a Principal at RRE Ventures where he focuses on early and expansion stage investments in the financial technology, business software and advertising technology spaces. Tom is a Director of Base and CoverHound and Board Observer of OnDeck and Trumaker. Tom began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he advised technology, media and telecommunications clients on M&A and corporate finance. Following Goldman, Tom joined RRE as an analyst, and his involvement in RRE portfolio company Drobo led to him join the company full-time where he took responsibility for the company's marketing, branding and product launch efforts. Tom is a Mentor for Blueprint Health in New York, TechStars New York and TechStars Chicago. He is also the Founder of the Young Executive Board of CampInteractive, a non-profit in Bronx, NY.

Tom holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was an Austin Scholar, and a BA from Stanford University, where he graduated with Distinction.

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Tereza Nemessanyi
Tereza Nemessanyi leads Microsoft's presence with Startups in the East, helping high-growth startups go further and faster by leveraging the best of Microsoft. A seasoned media and technology entrepreneur and executive, Tereza's breadth and depth of experience across high-growth startups and the world's largest enterprises is truly unique. Companies she has worked with, at senior levels, include PWC, IBM, The Walt Disney Company, Unilever, Symphony IRI, Interpublic Group, and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IADB). She was a ground-floor member of a startup team which IPO'd (CETV), and in 2011 she was named one of Forbes "Ten Female Entrepreneurs to Watch". Tereza is a sought-after speaker (TED, SXSW) and blogger (Reuters, Huffington Post). She holds an MBA from The Wharton School. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.

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Rob Leclerc
CEO and Founder,
Rob is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and founder of BabbleFlix. He has over 15 years of qualitative and quantitative experience as a scientist and engineer, and three years in the Agriculture sector.

Rob has been published in the Harvard Business Review, Financial Post and Seeking Alpha, and twice in Nature journals. He has five degrees, spanning Philosophy, Computer Science, and Computational Biology, including a PhD from Yale University.
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