Funding is one of the biggest pain points entrepreneurs face when building their companies.
For those entrepreneurs considering a venture path for their startups, we know the road ahead can seem daunting: making the right connections, valuing your company, closing the deal & strategically planning a future that makes sense for the business, as well as a new set of stakeholders.
Join us for a panel discussion with founders & investors who'll share their own insights from both sides of the table about securing early-stage funding.
Considering whether the venture path is right for your startup
Meeting the right people & building an investor funnel
Valuing your company
Deciding how much to raise
Understanding common mistakes & pitfalls in fundraising
Creating the right pitch
And much more!
About the panelists
Ryley Reynolds is an Investor at Thrive Capital, a venture capital investment firm focused on media & internet investments. It was founded by Joshua Kushner in 2009 & has invested in many tech darlings like GitHub, Slack, ClassPass, Harry's, Patreon, & Instagram. Ryley joined Thrive Capital as an Investor in 2017. Prior to Thrive, Ryley was an associate at Insight Venture Partners.
Rebecca Kaden is a Partner at Union Square Ventures, a small collegial partnership that manages over $1B across seven funds. Their portfolio companies create services that have the potential to fundamentally transform important markets. She began her career as a journalist and, prior to USV, was a Partner at Maveron, a consumer-focused early stage fund. Rebecca was born in New York City. She studied English & American Literature at Harvard & received her MBA from Stanford.
Dan Ahrens is a Vice President at Insight Venture Partners, a leading venture capital & private equity firm investing in high-growth technology & software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight currently manages over $20 billion of assets & has invested in more than 300 companies worldwide. Dan joined Insight in early 2016 & focuses on the firm's earliest stage investments. Before Insight, Dan began his career at The Boston Consulting Group.
Zach Silverman is the Co-founder & CTO of LeafLink. Prior to co-founding LeafLink, Zach served in a diverse range of b2b-focused technical roles, including as a consultant for a firm specializing in business intelligence & reporting tools, co-founder & CTO of ReachLogic Media (acquired in '14), & product manager for Ebay Enterprise. Zach brings expertise building tools for growing businesses, including platforms for sales force reporting, CRM, marketing, & data management to LeafLink as Chief Technical Officer. LeafLink, the cannabis industry's standard platform for orders, sales & relationship management, has raised $14 Million in investor capital. The platform went live in Colorado in March 2016 & now has more than 2500 retailers placing orders from over 700 brands across 12 states.
6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking6:50 - 7:50: Panel7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking
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