3 Entrepreneurs Discuss Partnerships and Acquisitions for Startups

September 6, 2016

2:30 pm

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In the startup world, no one is an island. Founders have co-founders, entrepreneurs have mentors, and successful business owners have partners. Finding the right people to collaborate and build your business can be a game changer for your company. Fortunately for you, we’ve brought some of the brightest minds in the industry to Innovate! and Celebrate in order to discuss how to find and manage quality partnerships and prepare your company for acquisition.

But who are these tech titans that aim to impart their wisdom when it comes to partnerships and acquisitions? Make sure to check out their bios below to get a better idea of who’s taking the reins in this discussion of one of the startup world’s most important elements.

Aleda Schaffer, Strategic Partnerships Manager at American Airlines


Aleda works with startups and small businesses throughout the US to help grow their businesses through American Airline’s Innovators Initiative. She is also the co-founder of Aseah, a connected apparel startup, and was a finalist on season one of America’s Greatest Makers on TBS. Aleda is on the YEx Advisory Board for the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.

Natasa Djukanovic, CMO at Domain.ME


Natasa is the CMO at domain.ME. She is a startup mentor and a cofounder of Digitalizuj.Me. Being a mother of three grown-up kids, she is an expert in conflict resolution and organization.

Andrew Romans, Cofounder and General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital


In addition to being the co-founder and General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital, an early stage VC fund with offices in San Francisco and New York City, Andrew is the author of Masters of Corporate Venture Capital and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game. As founder and president of The Global TeleExchange, he’s raised $50m from VCs. He’s also a general partner at Georgetown Venture Partners, Georgetown Angels & The Founders Club.

Tishin Donkersley, Director of Audience Engagement at Tech.Co and TV Tech Correspondent – Moderator


Tishin is an award-winning journalist and editor and has written for Tech.Co, TechCrunch, Demand Studios, Fitness and AZ Tech Beat. She has regular network segments on NBC and FOX local network affiliate stations and has covered a wide range of technology from 3D printing and game development to green tech and funding. You might find her catching a wave in CA.

Register Now to Attend Innovate! and Celebrate 2016

Come join us at the Innovate! and Celebrate conference in San Jose, CA. The event will take place September 20 – September 22, and is held in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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