The number one thing on any founder's mind is…money. Then, once they have some, it's all about the next raise. At each phase of raising capital, founders need to understand the ins and outs of the process, what information investors need to make a decision, how to present their metrics and what questions to ask of potential investors.
Fortunately, we can help founders navigate through this valley of raising capital starting with our panel at Innovate! and Celebrate 2016. Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Tech.Co are bringing together five expert entrepreneurs and tech geniuses in order to give you a better idea of how to go about getting funding for your startup. From cofounders and angel investors, you'll be able to hear some of the brightest minds discuss everything from seed to Series D.
Make sure to check out the talk on Wednesday, September 21st and 2:00pm and learn about the panelists below to get acquainted with the entrepreneurs that will be sharing their wisdom on funding with founders.
Cheryl Foil, Principal of Tech and Innovation at Kiddar Capital
Serial CTO-turned-venture capitalist, Cheryl comes from a machine learning background and created the first Emmy-nominated AI while CTO at SocialSamba. Foil was also CTO at startup WishWould, consulting CTO for startups across the DC area, and is an alum of RedBrick Health where she was a lead engineer. Read more about her here at Tech.Co
Ari Newman, Partner at Techstars
At Techstars, Ari thoughtfully leverages more than a decade of experience on the entrepreneur's side of the table. Prior to his focus on early stage investing, Ari spent over a decade as an entrepreneur, founding several companies and other venture backed technology companies. Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors at Smart Vision Labs, Ello, and the RMVCA, and RescueTime. Ari also observes at Skyward, Stream.io, AdHawk and other Techstars portfolio companies.
Sarah Kunst, Founder and CEO of Proday
Sarah is an investor and entrepreneur who has worked at Apple, Red Bull, Chanel, Mohr Davidow Ventures and several venture backed startups. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire Magazine and writes and hosts a podcast for Forbes. Her philanthropic interests include Venture for America, Code 2040, and the US State Department's Tech Women program. She was also on the 2015 Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 list.
Jon Spinney, Cofounder and CEO of Malartu Funds
Jon has leveraged his background in commercial real estate, entrepreneurial finance and economics to become a recognized expert in early-stage capital formation. He is an advocate for transparency and actionable data in early stage investment. He has extensive speaking experience including universities, law reviews, and conferences.
Erica Duignan Minnihan, Cofounder and Managing Partner at One Vest
For years, Erica has worked with startups trying to raise capital to grow their businesses. As the leader of several prominent angel groups, and managing director for one of the leading investment platform 1000 Angels, she's had the rare privilege of seeing behind both sides of the curtain when it comes to funding.
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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