• The Future of Raising Capital / June 6 & 7 in San Francisco



    Sam Lessin

    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.

    Falon Fatemi

    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.

    Jack Wu

    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

    CEO, Foundersuite.com

    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.


    Nicole Lefcourt

    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.

    Mike Ghaffary

    VC at Social Capital

    Michael Ghaffary serves as Partner at Social Capital. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer at Eat24. He also served as Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Yelp.


    He holds a BSBA in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School.


    He has been angel investing in and advising startups in recent years, including Strava, Optimizely, Pocket, Superhuman and Indigo Fair 

    Nicolai Wadstrom

    VC at Bootstrap Labs

    Nicolai is a Founder, Advisor, Parallel Entrepreneur, Operator, Angel Investor, frequent Guest Speaker, Mentor and Judge at Universities and Conferences in the US and Europe.


    Previously, he was a multiple time startup CEO, CTO. Raised capital from Angels, Private Equity, Investment Banks and VC’s. Angel investor and adviser to Internet, Software, Mobile and Digital Media startups in Europe and Silicon Valley.


    He is focused on product and technology development within the Machine Learning, Big Data, Analytics, Internet, Mobile and Software/Cloud sectors.

    Nikhil Gopalani

    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.

    Ryan Singer

    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.

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    The leading CRM for raising capital

    San Francisco


    Foundersuite.com makes the leading “funding stack” used by startups worldwide to raise over $650M in seed and venture capital.

    Foundersuite includes an Investor CRM to manage your investor funnel, along with a database of 80,000 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 Investor CRM in 2016, startups on the platform have raised over $750M in seed and venture capital.



    Awesome Electronic Signatures

    San Francisco


    DocuSign is a cloud-based electronic signature platform designed to replace traditional paper-based agreement process. The company's platform allows users to complete approvals, agreements, and transactions faster and helps manage approvals, decisions, contracts, and workflows by automating the document signing processes, allowing companies to measure turnaround time in minutes rather than in days, reduce costs, and largely eliminate errors.

    NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center

    A Global Community of Entrepreneurs

    San Francisco


    The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a non-profit organization created to connect, inspire, and educated aspiring and current entrepreneurs. It offers free expert resources and events to guide entrepreneurs, foster connections, and help them in their journey.

  • 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: Beer, pizza, 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?


    REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-funding-20-how-i-raised-it-tickets-46151031979


    (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), Nikhil Gopalini (Republic) and more TBA.


    6:45 - 7:45: View From The VCs: leading venture capitalists including Mike Ghaffary (Social Capital), Jenny Lefcourt (Freestyle Capital), and Nicolai Wadstrom (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 :)


    REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-funding-20-raising-capital-in-2018-and-beyond-tickets-46131996042


    (This event is FREE for all PAID Foundersuite.com customers -- email us for your code; all others must purchase a ticket)


  • Previous Events

    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)