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With David Cheng (VP, DCM Ventures), Ryan Conner (Counsel, Atrium), Nicki Stone (Startup Evangelist, Amazon AWS).
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free
Amazon AWS Loft, 525 Market St, 2nd Fl
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Assembling your board is a critical step along the startup journey. From problem solving & finances, to networking & hiring, a well-thought-out board can boost your experience & credibility - & more importantly, give you access to information that you otherwise would not have.

As they play a significant role in the success of your startup, how do you build a board & manage it effectively so it becomes an incredible source of value-add?

Join our panel of startup board members as they share lessons learned from their board seats - the good & the bad. They'll discuss the key considerations founders should make prior to fundraising & how, if built correctly, your board can be just as much a factor in your startup's long-term success as your co-founders & your early employees.

What you'll learn:

Board of Directors vs. Advisory Board vs. Observers
Benefits & goals - including when to start a board & who to ask
Equity compensation for board members
How to address the composition of your board in a term sheet

Ways to structure your board along with, governance, meetings, voting

Networking & drinks to follow.



Doors Open + Happy Hour


Build & Leverage Your Startup's First Board Members


Networking + Drinks


David Cheng

Vice President, DCM Ventures

At DCM, David focuses on opportunities in the consumer internet, mobile applications, & Software-as-a-Service space. Having advised venture capital & hedge fund clients in the past as a consultant, David looks forward to utilizing his experiences & knowledge in order to find great companies with powerful stories.

David is actively involved with portfolio companies such as Brigit, Coffee Meets Bagel, LARQ, Life360, Lime, Plenty, SoFi, Stockwell, Stride Health, UJET, & David was named to the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital. Most recently, David worked as a management consultant at Accenture in New York City where he focused on strategy engagements for Venture Capital, Healthcare, Financial Services, & Technology clients. Prior to that, David spent time working at Streeteasy (Acquired by Zillow) & Citibank.

Ryan Conner

Counsel, Atrium
Ryan is an early member of the Atrium legal team & has worked to develop a client-first mentality at Atrium. Ryan works quickly & accurately to close deals as fast as possible, while also endeavoring to negotiate founder-friendly terms. Ryan also assists startups in their pitch & narrative practice before & during their Silicon Valley investor roadshow. Prior to Atrium, Ryan practiced at Cooley LLP & Morrison Foerster LLP.

Nicki Stone

Startup Evangelist, Amazon Web Services

Nicki brings with her 5 years of experience working in the software industry, first as a self-taught full stack developer, & then as a vc-funded entrepreneur working on an HRTech startup for developers. Nicki is passionate about helping startups & developers succeed on AWS, building fun things in her spare time & live coding on Twitch.
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