More Than Capital: How VCs boost the value of their portfolio companies by shaping networks & establishing community connections
End your Summer right by joining IBM Tech Talks on August 21st, as we partner withRise, created by Barclays @ThinkRiseNY to learn how New York City VCs are both building & transforming the local start-up community through engagement, strategy & development, as well as networking sessions. Come meet fellow technologists & entrepreneurs, as we find out more about the latest technology trends & the future of the NY startup ecosystem. Registration will close the day before the event (August 20th) so get your tickets today! Doors open at 6:15.
(Drinks & Dinner are included.)
About the Companies?
Primary Venture Partners (Featured Speaker: Cat Hernandez, Partner)
Primary Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital fund based in NYC. The firmis focused on investing in Series A startups within two specific sectors: NextGen Commerce & Vertical SaaS & strives to be the most impactful partner to its investments. In 2015, Primary made huge progress building a robust platform of resources to support its growing portfolio.
As Partner of Human Capital at Primary Ventures, Cat oversees how the team delivers on their promise of impactful post-investment support. Shebelieves that a big part of startup success hedges on it's ability to hire, retain, & engage the best people.That type of guidance comes in many forms but is largely centered around making sure the entrepreneurs they back have access to timely operating advice. Now more than ever, companies (at every stage) understand the importance of aligning people strategy with overarching business strategy, & that's a shift in mentality for which Cat will always advocate.
Lerer Hippeau(Featured Speaker: Stephanie Manning, Director of Platform)
Lerer Hipeau is an early-stage venture capital fund based in New York City. The firm is focused on funding various startup stages from the seed capital phase to Series C. They seek entrepreneurs with product vision, consumer insight, focused execution, & unwavering ambition. When they are lucky enough to meet such people, their hop is to create a long-term partnership.
Stephanie is Lerer Hippeau's Director of Platform, working closely with the investment team & founders to forge community & connections across their portfolio & within the broader New York tech ecosystem. Before joining, Stephanie led talent, events, & community for enterprise tech venture capital firm Work-Bench. She started her career at AppNexus, where she worked on the talent acquisition team & helped grow the company from 300 to 1100 employees. She is an alumna of Colgate University, where she studied political science.
Bowery Capital (Featured Speaker: Andrew Oddo, Director of Growth)
Bowery Capital is an early-stage venture capital investor focused exclusively on founders looking to modernize business through technology. The firm believes that the key ingredient to early success is revenue & customer growth, & as such provides various products & services through their Acceleration Team that portfolio companies can leverage to develop a strong early base. This combination of a focused thesis & support system are the cornerstones of Bowery Capital's investment approach.
Andrew is the Director of Growth at Bowery Capital.As part of the Acceleration Team, Andrew provides hands-on growth & support to help the founders develop their go to market strategy faster.He works directly with founders to implement strategies, processes, & internal technology to enable their early sales, marketing, & customer success efforts. Prior to joining Bowery Capital, Andrew was the Director of Sales at CrowdTangle where he scaled sales & operations leading up to their acquisition by Facebook in 2016. Previously Andrew was at Chartbeat as a sales engineer & strategic account executive, growing relationships with clients like the BBC, Gannett, & NY Times. Andrew concentrated in marketing & finance as an undergrad at Boston College.
Human Ventures(Featured Speaker: Alessandra Henderson, VP of Network)
Human Ventures creates & builds innovative technology companies that aim to make life easier & more fulfilling. They are an early-stage venture capital investor. Their model is built around cultivating an ecosystem of highly talented & inspired Humans from the outset. Human Ventures helps companies find great talent, build a strong foundation & raise investment from top tier investors who will help set them apart.
After hustling her way into a job at a Shanghai gallery at the age of 19, making waves as one of the earliest hires at Artsy, building the MIT NYC Summer Startup Studio, & earning her MBA from MIT Sloan, Alessandra found her way to Human Ventures.She is the go-to advisor when her co-founders have questions about early-stage team building, or how to tap into the firm's network of experts. She holds a BA from Vanderbilt University & an MBA from MIT Sloan, where she was a Martin Trust (1958) Community Fellow (2016) & recipient of the Patrick J. McGovern, Jr. Entrepreneurship Award (2016) for her work strengthening the MIT entrepreneurship community.
6:15PM: Doors Open
6:30PM - 7:00 PM: Pre-event networking (Food & Drinks Served)
7:00PM - 7:40 PM: Conversation with Cat Hernandez, Stephanie Manning, Andrew Oddo & Alessandra Henderson
7:40PM - 7:50 PM: Q&A
7:50PM - 8:00 PM: Close
If you'd like to guarantee yourself a spot please come early! Doors will close at 7:00.
See you there!