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About this event
Join us for a virtual night of networking & learning from an all-star panel.
6:30 - 6:45 pm EDT: Introduction & Networking
6:45 - 7:50 pm EDT: Panel Discussion & Startup Pitches
7:50 - 8:00 pm EDT: Networking
1. Ben Narasin - General Partner at Tenacity Venture Capital
Ben Narasin is the Founder & General Partner of Tenacity Venture Capital, a pre-Series A venture fund. Immediately previously, Narasin wes a full time investor & Venture Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the worlds largest & oldest traditional venture firms. A prolific entrepreneur & highly regarded early-stage investor with three decades of company-building expertise, Narasin has focused on emerging technologies & new markets throughout his investment career. With a portfolio comprising key early successes in some of today's fastest growing sectors, such as fintech, digital marketplaces, mobile & connected devices. His overarchiing focus in seeking new investments is, in his words, to find founders whho make me say wow.
Narasin is a 25-year entrepreneur & 10-year early-stage investor. His knack for spotting emerging trends led him to make seed investments in companies like Dropcam, Lending Club, TellApart, Kabbage & Zenefits. Before NEA, Narasin served as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures, & was prior to that was President of TriplePoint Ventures, the equity arm of TriplePoint Capital, where he oversaw the firm's seed funding investment activities.
Narasin's path to investing is rooted in entrepreneurship. He founded several consumer companies before launching his investing career, including Fashionmall.com, one of the first e-commerce companies, which he founded in 1993 & led to a successful IPO in 1999. Narasin frequently writes & speaks about technology & investing, as well as food & wine, a lifelong passion. He holds a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.
2. Brad Menachemson - Strategic Early Seed Investor & Mentor
Brad is passionate about the notion & power established through the collective sharing of knowledge & along with his significant commercial track record in developing & growing brands both in Australia & abroad he enjoys acting as a strategic early seed investor & industry mentor.
What he loves to do:
> Mentor enthusiastic entrepreneurs in general business disciplines as well as strategic growth planning
> Invest in start up brands that show scalability & disruption within their industry
> Provide corporate governance at a board level
> Aid entrepreneurs in raising seed capital
> Add to his diverse portfolio as to work with a variety of entrepreneurs shoulder to shoulder
3. Victoria Mehran - Venture Partner at Expert Dojo
Victoria is a Venture Partner at Expert Dojo; over ten years of experience in financial analysis, strategic planning, & business development in various industries, including Sensor & Technology, Semiconductor, Oil & Gas, Asset Management, & Private Equity Industries in the UK, US, & Europe. Since 2018, she has been investing, mentoring, & advising women entrepreneurs in their journey.
4. Maximillian Diez - Real Estate Entrepreneur & Angel Investor
Maximillian Max Diez is the CEO of Twenty Five Ventures, a consultancy that helps proptech & fintech startups scale their businesses. With 20-plus years in real estate as a broker, investor, advisor, & executive, he spent his first 11 years managing $32 million in assets. He has grown startups & established businesses alike & led them to acquisition. An alumnus of the University of San Francisco's School of Management, an ambassador for Realtor.com, a contributor to Forbes, & a respected thought leader in real estate tech, Max lives & works in the San Francisco Bay Area.