Partner at Slow Ventures, CEO of Fin
Samuel Lessin is a Co-Founder and serves as Partner at Slow Ventures. Mr. Lessin is a Co-Founder of Fin, a startup exploring artificial intelligence and collaborative data. Previously he served as the Vice President of Product Management at Facebook. Sam joined Facebook in 2010.
Prior to Facebook, Sam was the CEO of drop.io, a New York based cloud file-sharing company and was a consultant at Bain and Company. Sam attended Harvard College and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Social Studies.
In his spare time Sam enjoys skiing and kite-surfing. He also writes part time for The Information.
CEO of Node
Falon Fatemi is the Founder and CEO of Node, the first people-based artificial intelligence platform revolutionizing how people and businesses discover new opportunities. At age 19, Falon was the youngest employee at Google and has since spent over a decade focused on go-to-market strategy, global expansion, and strategic partnerships at Google, YouTube, and in the startup world.
Falon also writes a column for Forbes covering company building in Silicon Valley, artificial intelligence, and the future of sales and marketing. She was recently named "The Rainmaker" on Marie Claire’s New Guard List 2017, for the top 50 women visionaries changing the world. Falon and Node have been featured in CNBC, Bloomberg, Business Insider, TechCrunch, Inc., and Fast Company. You can follow her at https://www.linkedin.com/in/falon.
CEO of Nightingale Security
Jack Wu is a Co-Founder and CEO of Nightingale Security, a drone business. He has 17 years of startup and corporate experience in product development and design. Jack joined eGroups as employee no 3. eGroups was subsequently acquired by Yahoo! in 2000, and renamed as Yahoo-groups.
After Yahoo!, Jack was recruited by the CEO of Tickle to fill the role of Creative Director. Tickle was later acquired by Monster in 2004. After Tickle, headed up advertising product for Glam Media.
He also invests and advises companies in the online space. Current & past advisory roles consists of: EventBrite, Geni, Glam Media, SpaceX, and Yammer.
Nathan Beckord is the CEO of Foundersuite which makes the leading CRM for raising capital. Prior to Foundersuite, Nathan spent 10 years working as interim CFO / advisor to over 150 startups including Kickstarter, Clicker, Autonet, Zerply, and others.
In addition to Fundingv2.com, Nathan hosts StartupBD.com and StartupExits.com to help educate startups on business development and exit strategies. He has taught at General Assembly, Draper, GAN, and others on raising capital.
Nathan has an MBA and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). In his free time, he enjoys sailing, traveling, and riding air-cooled BMW motorcycles.
VC at Freestyle Capital
Jenny Lefcourt serves as a Partner at Freestyle Capital. She invests in next-gen commerce, marketplaces, real estate technology and SaaS. Freestyle has led investments in companies such as Intercom, Patreon, Apple Pie Capital and Digit.
Jenny has personally led the firm's investments in Narvar, BetterUp, Nestio, TrueFacet, Crexi,, Riffsy, and Giftbit. Prior to joining Freestyle, Jenny cofounded WeddingChannel.com in 1998 (sold: KNOT), cofounded Bella Pictures (sold: CPI) and has personally invested and/or advised start-ups such as StyleSeat, Minted, and MainStreetHub.
Jenny has a BSE at Wharton and attended Stanford GSB.
VC at Social Capital
Mike Ghaffary is a Partner at Social Capital, investing in marketplaces, consumer, and software companies.
Mike has 10 years of operating experience as CEO of Eat24, VP Business and Corporate Development at Yelp, BD at TrialPay, and co-founder of Stitcher and BarMax. Before that, he started his investing career at Summit Partners.
His angel and venture investments include: Strava, Optimizely, Pocket, Metromile, Philz Coffee, Atrium, Indigo Fair, Superhuman, and HubHaus.
Mike received a JD/MBA from Harvard University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
VC at Bootstrap Labs
Ben is a Co-founder and Partner at BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence.
Prior to BootstrapLabs, Ben was repeat entrepreneur and an Investment Banker who advised on corporate strategy, financing, and M&A. Over a period of 10 years, Ben helped his clients raise over $300M from institutional investors and close over $5B in M&A transactions.
Ben is a frequent keynote speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship, investing, artificial intelligence, and globalization in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Deal Team at Republic
Nick is an Investor and entrepreneur in the internet industry, currently at Republic, leading diligence. Nikhil looks to identify marketplaces undergoing massive shifts and then to work with founders that are building tech to catalyze those shifts.
Republic's mission is to democratize angel investing. With $10 or $10K, investing is voting for innovations and businesses you want to see in the future (for both crypto and equity).
Republic is part of a family of startup platforms together with AngelList, Product Hunt, and CoinList.
Co-Founder of Chia.net
Ryan is an accomplished entrepreneur and leader in Bitcoin, the broader open source ecosystem, academia and the non-profit sector. Ryan was Co-Founder and COO of the largest American Bitcoin exchange, Tradehill, Inc. Since Tradehill, Ryan co-founded CryptoCorp, a multi-signature security company, Blockchain Clearing, a securities clearing technology company, Blockchain Health, which does document control for clinical documents using the Blockchain and Chia Network, a crypto-currency company building a better bitcoin.
Other ventures include Peace Markets, a marketplace for cross-conflict peace building, a project of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, The OpenDocument Foundation, The OpenDocument Fellowship, OpenOffice.org and stints working for Sun Microsystems, Starbucks and the State of Georgia. Ryan enjoys reading science fiction, studying economics and building the future.
Partner, Canvas Ventures
Paul Hsiao is a General Partner at Canvas Ventures. His investments include Everwise, Fluxx Labs, Kidbox, Roofstock, Thrive Global, Transfix, and Zola. Prior to Canvas, Paul was a partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), where he led an early-stage investment in Houzz, as well as, had the privilege of helping eight companies go public on the NYSE or NASDAQ and seventeen companies with successful M&A exits during his 10-year tenure with the firm.
Paul was an entrepreneur before he became an investor. He founded Mazu Networks, a venture-backed startup and pioneer in network security. Paul began his career working in product development at Medtronic, and leading market entry strategy for China at McKinsey & Company.
Paul holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from MIT.
Partner, Backstage Capital
Christie is Partner + Chief of Staff of Backstage Capital. She is responsible for guiding our Crew to ensure Backstage runs smoothly towards its mission as well as joining Managing Partner, Arlan Hamilton, in making investment decisions (aka signing Headliners!)
Christie has extensive experience creating valuable partnerships between startups and Fortune 500 top 20 corporations, and joins Backstage from her role as Venture Development Manager at Verizon Ventures.
Christie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Jose State University, and an MBA from University of Phoenix.
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Foundersuite includes an Investor CRM to manage your investor funnel, along with a database of 100,000+ angels, VCs and alternative investors. Foundersuite also includes a beautiful Investor Update tool to send newsletters to investors, as well as a collection of startup docs and templates to get the deal done.
Since launching in 2016, startups on the platform have raised over $750M in seed and venture capital.
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Agenda and Logistics
A good time will be had by all. Guaranteed.
***PLEASE NOTE: there are two events. You must register for each separately.
"How I Raised It - IRL"
When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 5:30 - 7:30
Where: NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, 505 Howard Street, San Francisco
5:30 - 6:00: Founder networking
6:00 - 7:00: How I Raised It: We will sit down with Sam Lessin (Slow Ventures and Fin), Falon Fatemi (Node), and Jack Wu (Nightingale Security) and interview them about their successful funding strategies. What exactly did they do to raise capital? Where did they screw up or what would they do differently?
7:30 - 7:30: Panel and Audience Q&A: - What do you want to ask these veteran founders?
(This event is free for all startup CEOs)
"Startup Funding 2.0: Raising Capital In 2018 (And Beyond)"
When: Thursday, June 7, 2018 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: DocuSign HQ, 221 Main Street, Suite 1500, San Francisco
5:00 - 5:30 Founder Networking: enjoy hearty pizza and cold beer with fellow founders and investors.
5:30 - 6:00: Hacking Your Round: actionable fundraising tips and tactics with Nathan Beckord of Foundersuite.com
6:00 - 6:45: Brave New World: we'll discuss ICOs, Regulation A Crowdfunding, new Syndicate platforms with Ryan Singer (Chia.net), Mason Borda (CEO Tokensoft), Nikhil Gopalani (Republic) and more TBA.
7:00 - 7:45: View From The VCs: leading venture capitalists including Mike Ghaffary (Social Capital), Jenny Lefcourt (Freestyle Capital), Paul Hsiao (Canvas Ventures) and Ben Levy (Bootstrap Labs) discuss what's hot, what's not, and what it takes to raise capital in today's market.
7:45 - 8:30: Flash Pitches: give your best 1 minute elevator pitch, VCs give thumbs up (or not :)
(This event is FREE for all PAID Foundersuite.com customers -- email us for your code; all others must purchase a ticket)
Here are a few videos from our previous Funding 2.0 events :)
Super angel Gil Penchina shares his thoughts on angel investing, AngelList Syndicates, and what it really means to be an entrepreneur.
Tod founded BrightRoll Inc. in 2006 and sold it to Yahoo in 2014 for $640M. Watch as he discusses 7 unconventional and often contrarian lessons gleaned from his amazing startup journey.
Leading angel investor Elad Gil discusses shares his theories on the economic cycle of investing in startups, and gives a few ideas for what's coming next.
Nathan Beckord, CEO of Foundersuite.com (sort of) interviews super-angel and LAUNCH CEO Jason Calacanis on using incubators, conferences, and Angellist Syndicates as a new path to funding.
Rise of the Accelerators with Justin Kan (Y Combinator), Dave Drach (Techstars), Thomas Korte (AngelPad)
AngelList Syndicates panel with Gil Penchina, Ash Fontana (AngelList), and Charles Hudson (SoftTech VC)
New Online Platforms panel with Ash Fontana, Ryan Caldbeck (CircleUp), Alex Mittal (FundersClub), Kevin Smith (Seedchange)
Emerging Seed VCs with Satya Patel (Homebrew), Gil Penchina, Ann Miura-Ko (Floodgate), Boris Wertz (Version One)
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