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With Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 09:00 AM    Cost: $30
CohnReznick, 1301 Ave of the Americas, 7th Fl

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Discussion Topic: In order to successfully raise capital, founders need to get comfortable with the relationship between risk, projections & marketing. This conversation will shed some light on how founders can inspire potential investors around their aspirational vision while ethically reflecting the realities of startup risk.

1. What do projections mean? Best case? Most likely case?

2. What's the purpose of creating protections at all & what's their function in the pitch process?

3. What are some specific tactics to excite investors about a potentially high risk plan while being transparent?

Charlie O'Donnell has been an active member of the NYC startup community for over a decade. He is the sole Partner & Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed & pre-seed investments & was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn--where he was born & raised. Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of Canary, Orchard Platform, Tinybop, Hungryroot, Clubhouse, Ringly, & goTenna among others.

He has venture experience at two of the top firms in the country, Union Square Ventures & First Round Capital. He sourced First Round's investments in GroupMe (acq. by Skype), SinglePlatform (acq. by Constant Contact), & Backupify (acq. by Datto), as well as Refinery29 & chloe+isabel.

Charlie is one of only a dozen individuals to be named to Business Insider's 100 Most Influential People in NY Tech five or more times. He served on the founding board of the New York Tech Meetup & is one of the group's first 100 members. His blog, This is Going to Be BIG!, is one of the ten most widely read VC blogs in the country. He has spoken at SXSW & Techcrunch Disrupt.

Charlie started his career at General Motors Asset Management's Private Equity Group (now Performance Equity), where he did investment analysis work on late stage VC investments, buyouts & secondary fund investments. He co-led two secondary portfolio transactions totaling over $100+ million in value.

A NYC native, he has taught entrepreneurship & various other business & technology courses at Fordham University & NYU-Poly. Charlie competes in triathlons, bikes to work, & founded the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse a free kayaking program on the East River.
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