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EVENT DETAILS

When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PST Where: Galvanize, 543 Howard Street, San Francisco

 Join StartOut, 500 Startups and Galvanize for Rainbow Round, a monthly speaker series  where LGBT founders, employees, investors, and others will give inspiring talks about what they do in tech.

For our next Rainbow Round, we’re proud to have Sean Howell, CEO & co-founder of Hornet Networks, as our speaker.In the first year alone, Hornet grew to 1 million users and raised $500,000 in seed funding. Sean was also previously on the board of PFLAG, a non-profit that promotes the health and well-being of the LGBT community and their supporters. Sean will speak about how to go from having an idea to becoming a startup founder.

At future talks, we’ll bring in startup founders, big names in Venture Capital, and leaders from other tech companies and organizations to tell us about what they’re working on. Register for our talk on 4/23, and follow @rainbowround on Twitter for updates about future events.

PARTNERS

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EVENT DETAILS

When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM PST Where: Galvanize, 543 Howard Street, San Francisco

  Demo Day + Networking in San Francisco is a forum for  innovative startups from the StartOut community to connect with angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate VC's. Our NY Demo Day in February 2014 brought together amazing LGBT entrepreneurs from across the country who presented their startups to a panel of 12 active investors and an audience of over 150 members of the StartOut community. We invite you to join us for our first SF Demo day - an evening of collaboration among some of the brightest entrepreneurs and investors in our community. There will be ample time for you to make new connections, share ideas with other like-minded individuals and build your network. The evening starts at 6PM with an hour of networking, followed by 3 batches of demos and panel Q & A.  We close the program and have another hour for networking! The event space at Galvanize is amazing. Hope to see you there.  
 

PANELISTS

Dave McClure, Angel Investor - 500 Startups Andy Wheeler, VC - Google Ventures Chirag Chotalia, VC - New World Ventures Jared Fleisler, VC - Matrix Partners David Blumberg, VC - Blumberg Capital Sue Sheuerman, Angel Investor Lawrence Mandes, VC - Galvanize  Alok Vasudev, VC - Benchmark

 

CURRENT DEMOS

TalentCove (http://talentcove.com) is an employee engagement platform that empowers teams to grow and succeed at work by tracking small wins, sharing progress, and getting recognition and feedback. Roost (http://roost.us) is an application for peer-shared storage that is changing the way people store their stuff by providing access to safe and secure local storage. GoBoldly (http://gobold.ly) is an online community that connects people to bold user generated experiences through an easy and immersive IOS app. Produk.me (http://produk.me) is a mobile communications and engagement platform for consumer product companies, providing simple tools for product on-boarding & gathering first impressions and feedback on the product experience. Cirrus Identity (http://cirrusidentity.com) enhances collaboration and expands access to the higher education enterprise by allowing parents, alumni, research collaborators and more to log in with social identities like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Distinc.tt (http://distinc.tt) is a social/lifestyle network for the LGBT community, helping gay people connect with like-minded people and explore relevant places, events, activities, and travel packages. Goji Smart Lock (http://gojiaccess.com) is a technologically advanced, beautifully designed smart lock that gives you complete control over access to your home using your mobile phone. Specialfy (http://m.specialfy.com) is a mobile app that lets you explore daily specials and other unique events at restaurants, providing real-time information to help people decide where to eat and hang out. Hip Chick Farms (http://hipchickfarms.com) brings healthy great-tasting poultry products to time challenged families seeking convenient real food based on trusted ingredients. Alanta (http://alanta.com) is a platform for businesses to engage their customers with real-time voice/video anywhere on the web.  

PARTNER

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EVENT DETAILS

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM PST Where: WeWork Soma Labs, 156 2nd St, San Francisco

We're proud to present a very special evening devoted to women in entrepreneurship. Part of StartOut's mission is to increase the visibility of lesbian entrepreneurs, and to strengthen the lesbian entrepreneur network. We begin the evening with a networking reception of adult beverages and hors d'oeuvres at WeWork Soma Labs. Our expert panel will then discuss issues of significance to women entrepreneurs in general, and lesbian entrepreneurs in particular. Whether you're in the early stages of an entrepreneurial career, an experienced entrepreneur looking for new perspectives, interested in making the leap into entrepreneurship or you advise entrepreneurs, join us for an insightful and fun evening of networking and conversation with inspiring women. (Note: While this evening is focused on the issues facing women in entrepreneurship, men are welcome to attend this event.)  
 

PANELISTS

Ramona Pierson Co-Founder & CEO, Declara Ramona’s career began as a neuroscientist at the Palo Alto Brain Center and VA hospitals, which led to her advocating for students with learning challenges in the public school system. In 2005, she created The Source, one of the first online social learning solutions for educators, students and parents. It was adopted throughout the Seattle Public School system and Ramona became the CIO for the district for three years. In 2007, Ramona founded SynapticMash which developed educational solutions. SynapticMash was acquired by the British interactive learning company, Promethean World, and Ramona became the Chief Science Officer leading its expansion into the global education marketplace. In 2012, Ramona co-founded Declara and today serves as its CEO. Ramona entered University of California, Berkeley at the age of 16 and was recruited at 18 by the Marine Corps for her brilliance in mathematics and uncanny grasp of data and algorithms. She went on to receive an undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College; master’s degrees from University of San Francisco; as well as a fellowship to the University of Washington.   Helen Russell Co-Founder & CEO, Equator Coffees & Teas Helen Russell is Co-founder and CEO of Equator Coffees & Teas® in San Rafael, CA. Under her direction, Equator has earned a reputation as a quality-oriented, customer-focused business that takes the lead on issues of social and environmental responsibility. Helen is responsible for company strategy and growth. She has defined competitive advantage to include social responsibility and sustainable choices. She strives to deliver innovations in procuring, roasting, brewing, and sales and business practices. These initiatives tangibly support the company’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility and they also enhance the bottom line. Under her direction, Equator has recently become Certified B Corporation. Under Helen’s strategic guidance, Equator has achieved 10-15 % annual growth over the past 18 years. She has done this by remaining focused on developing strong, lasting partnerships with Equator’s customers and helping them execute their vision and business plans.   Sabrina Riddle Co-Founder & CMO, Madison Reed A radical optimist with a passion for curiosity, fairness, new ideas, style, profit and the pursuit of creating happiness. Sabrina Riddle has over 15 years experience in the successful creation and growth of consumer brands, both on and offline. Prior, she practiced law in California. Through Sabrina's collective experience as an entrepreneur, senior business executive, and as an attorney, she has developed a comprehensive skill set fusing bold creative thinking with deep experience in strategy, analytics, social media and emotive consumer-centric experiences and an ability to inspire both customers and her team and drive revenue growth. Sabrina thrives in a start-up environment. She currently serves as Co-Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Madison Reed, revolutionizing the $10 billion hair color market leveraging innovative technology to create the finest quality in-home hair care experience that is both high touch and high tech. Producing healthy professional grade products, delivered direct to the consumer with the highest quality service online and off, Madison Reed is headquartered in San Francisco, and raised a $3.9 million Series A from True Ventures and Maveron in April 2013 and $12 million Series B led by Norwest Venture Partners with True Ventures and Maveron participating. Sabrina also serves as a Creative and Strategic Advisor to New Force Media, connecting communities of influential affinity groups through rich content, connection and discovery online, in print and in-person. Previously, she was chief executive officer of Swaylo (acquired by PeopleBrowsr), chief revenue officer of Threadsy (acquired by Facebook) and chief marketing, media and sales officer of Olivia. Sabrina has spoken on panels across the country about the importance of building emotive brands and creating an authentic connection with your customer, she has lectured at the Berghs School of Communication on how to Product-ify Your Ideas and Think Like an Entrepreneur, she was recognized by 7x7 Magazine as one of San Francisco's Style Council for influencing the definition of the area’s fashion style, and was featured in GO Magazine’s 100 Women We Love. Serving and giving back to the community is paramount for Sabrina. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.    Li Han Chan   Co-Founder & CEO, DynaOptics Li Han is co-founder and CEO of DynaOptics, a hardware company bringing true optical zoom into your phone's camera, without the usual bulky protrusion. She brings over 12 years of experience in technology commercialization, business development, operations and strategy consulting.  Li Han cut her teeth at ST Engineering, Singapore's largest defense and engineering company, and successfully led sales and business development efforts while based in Singapore and London. Subsequently, she was a strategy consultant at Marakon Associates, a boutique top-tier management consulting firm in London, where she advised Fortune 500 clients in the oil and gas, energy and hospitality industries. Most recently, she was Vice President of Operations at NIREC, a clean energy technology incubator where she worked with universities and research institutions to fund and commercialize early stage technologies. Li Han is a graduate of Stanford University, a member of the Sierra Angels and an avid climber/skier/biker.   Laura Sydell, Moderator Correspondent, NPR Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news. Over her career she has covered politics, arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship. Currently Sydell is the Digital Culture Correspondent for NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and NPR.org. Sydell's work focuses on the ways in which technology is transforming our culture and how we live. For example, she reported on robotic orchestras and independent musicians who find the Internet is a better friend than a record label as well as ways technology is changing human relationships. Before joining NPR in 2003, Sydell served as a senior technology reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace, where her reporting focused on the human impact of new technologies and the personalities behind the Silicon Valley boom and bust. American Women in Radio and Television, The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and Women in Communications have all honored Sydell for her long-form radio documentary work focused on individuals whose life experiences turned them into activists.  
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EVENT DETAILS

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM PST Where: WeWork Soma Labs, 156 2nd St, San Francisco

This month we’ll be looking at entrepreneurship in the design sector featuring a panel comprised of LGBT entrepreneurs representing the various stages of start-up life. More and more designers are creating scalable ventures that combine their design, communication, marketing, technical and business skills. From boot-strapped early stage start-ups to life post-acquisition, designer founders have unique skills to understand human needs and discover unarticulated opportunities. Hear and share stories, experiences, challenges and triumphs! Whether you’re an entrepreneur in design or just work with one, this will be a fun and lively panel, so join us!
 

DESIGNTREPRENEUR PANELISTS

Nick Hodulik VP Platform, GoPro In 2001 Nick Hodulik founded General Things, Inc., an award-winning digital design and software studio which was recently acquired by GoPro in October 2013. General Things had been a strategic partner of GoPro since 2010, and was instrumental in helping the company advance its business backend and consumer-facing web development. Nick is now VP Platform at GoPro, which makes the world's most versatile and best selling cameras, enabling people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities. Nick has been working with computers for over 20 years and has a great understanding of business, technology, people, and how they all interact. As Director of Technology for Razorfish Subnetwork, which included such high-traffic sites as disinfo.com and bust.com, he managed all of their internal information technology, as well as website development and programming. After Razorfish, driven by his unending love of cocktails and technology, he helped program and launch the now-defunct Remote Lounge in New York City’s Bowery, which was outfitted with hundreds of cameras arranged in a modern-day video “telephone bar.” Lotus Child Co-Founder/Creative Director, Arson Lotus has spent her career creating design and advertising for global brands like Nike, HP, Intel and LG. After cutting her teeth on Nike at Wieden and Kennedy, the siren song of the dot.com boom lured Lotus to San Francisco, where she had the opportunity to work on long-defunct brands none of us will ever remember (Tradingmeat.com, anyone?). Then, after tours at Publicis Dialog working on Microsoft, and Hal Riney on HP, Lotus sought deeper digital engagements and moved on to OgilvyOne. There, she led creative on Yahoo!’s Search and Entertainment divisions as well as their new gossip property OMG!. She also oversaw work on Sony. Most recently she was executive creative director for the San Francisco office of G2 (now Geometry Global) where she rebuilt the creative team, won new business and led the office to be the most-awarded G2 office in the U.S.   Aaron Zinman Co-Founder, Empirical Aaron has a PhD from MIT and is commercializing a variant of his research as the co-founder of a stealth startup called Empirical. His professional talents surround conceptualization of new online social interactions, software engineering, natural language processing, cultural modeling, and visualization, which he is using to design the new communications platform at Empirical. He has recently moved to San Francisco to expand Empirical through venture financing.   Jason Rodrigues Co-Founder & CEO, Officengine From government and finance to software and start-ups, Jason has seen a lot in his 15-year career. Having worked with some of Silicon Valley's most talented at Clarium, Palantir, and Yammer, he knows what it takes to be successful. Jason is heavily committed to the nonprofit community having launched Yammer's successful social responsibility program and sitting on the boards of two SF non-profits. In his free time, Jason can be found at Fort Funston with his 11-year-old lab, or sipping wine with friends. Josh Silverman, Moderator Founder & CEO, Schwadesign For 16 years, Josh has curated, inspired, and managed teams of individuals, investing in local start-ups, scaling up regional non-profits, and partnering with Fortune 500 global leaders, to help clients sharpen their stories. With award-winning experience creating beautiful, purposeful programs across media, function, industry, time, and space, Josh constantly considers the big picture with deep appreciation for details. Results from these campaigns have been recognized most importantly by each client's end-user, and also by The Wall Street Journal, REBRAND, AIGA Boston's BoNE Show, Print, and others. He earned a BA in Media Studies from Ithaca College, attended Yale SOM's Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders, is an adjunct at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, and has taught and guest lectured at RISD, MassArt, and elsewhere. He is President Emeritus and co-founder of the AIGA Rhode Island Chapter, has twice served on the AIGA National Board Nominating Committee, and is also an AIGA Centennial Co-Chair, preparing to mark the 100th anniversary of the organization in 2014.
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Join StartOut for our first San Francisco event of 2014 at Tradition, one of the City's quintessential modern classic bars. The spacious interior at Tradition is tastefully designed and the mood is that of unpretentious, laid-back sophistication.
StartOut will also showcase local entrepreneurs to pitch their startup ideas to the audience with a solid ask (anything besides funding – sorry). Few spots are available, so to be considered, please send a brief description and pitch deck (no more than 4 slides). Whether you’re an LGBT (or ally) founder, entrepreneur, investor, service provider, start-up employee (or wannabe!) or maybe you have a great idea for a business and just haven’t made the leap quite yet….StartOut is for you!

EVENT DETAILS

When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 PM PST Where: Tradition, 441 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA

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In the middle of the busy holiday season, it's important to be (somewhat) productive, so we invite you to attend an evening of high-quality networking and fun with no agendas and no speeches...just pure networking. Join the StartOut community for a holiday networking event at Beatbox, an award-winning nightclub in the heart of SoMA. Come and meet LGBT entrepreneurs at all stages, from aspiring to seasoned, and the people who help make them successful (investors, lawyers, bankers and other service providers). It will be a terrific opportunity to socialize and exchange ideas and interests with others who share a passion for entrepreneurship. Whether you've built a great company, are in the process of building one, or are an investor in great people and ideas, come and meet other like-minded people and get a headstart in your entrepreneurial journey.  

EVENT DETAILS 

Networking: 6:00-8:00 PM

Location: Beatbox, 314 11th Street, San Francisco

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StartOut invites you to our entrepreneur speed networking event in San Francisco.

Networking can be intimidating when you're in a room full of strangers and don’t necessarily know the right people to approach. The last thing you want is to end up in a 45-minute conversation with someone while there are others in the same room you could be meeting.

We invite you to join fellow entrepreneurs in a facilitated networking program, allowing you to maximize your time by making connections quickly. This is a perfect opportunity to build your network in Los Angeles within a community that share a passion for entrepreneurship.

Be sure to bring your business cards, a sense of humor, and thoughts on how you could use some help with your business and/or how you might be able to help somebody else.

Space is limited to the first 30 participants, so sign up today!

Event Details: 

Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM
Facilitated Speed Networking: 6:30-8:00 PM

Location: HUB Bay Area, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco

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Join StartOut in Mountain View for a stellar fall networking event with 500 Startups - a seed fund and accelerator program with more than 1000 startup founders, 200 mentors, and 500 companies in 40 countries around the world. As a component of the evening, there will be a panel discussion on the duality of identifying as LGBT and being an entrepreneur. Hear from founders as they share their stories of navigating this fine line with everyone from funders to their family. Meet and mingle with industry folks and enjoy gourmet food, drinks, and music in a vibrant mix of entrepreneurs, professionals, investors, designers, programmers and others who are creating remarkable things in the Bay Area. It will be a terrific opportunity to socialize and exchange ideas with others who share a passion for entrepreneurship.  So, whether you’ve built a great company, are in the process of building one, or are an investor in great people and ideas, come and meet other like-minded people and get a headstart on your entrepreneurial venture. PANELISTS   Mark Thomas Co-Founder & CEO, Reesio Mark is a serial entrepreneur, and Reesio is the third tech start-up and fifth overall start-up that he's founded/co-founded. Past start-ups include the VC-backed company SayHired (which pivoted into Saygent), a recruiting agency called Thomas Executive Resources that he sold in 2008, and a real estate investment fund called Mark Thomas Realty Holdings. Mark also has over 9 years of real estate investing experience, and holds a California Real Estate Broker's license (DRE License #01908687). When Mark isn't busy working 80 hours a week to disrupt the real estate industry, he enjoys beating hustlers at the local pool hall, as well as cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers (yes, he's originally from Wisconsin).    Scott Allison Co-Founder & CEO, Teamly Scott is an experienced former co-founder and CEO of award-winning B2B telecoms virtual network operator, abica. It was during his time at the head of this company Scott began experimenting with different ways of managing people which led him to start working on his current startup, Teamly. He is also a regular contributor for Forbes.com. After moving moving to the US in 2011 Teamly went through the 4th batch at 500 Startups in 2012. Before this Scott was living in London where he was a founder member at the coworking space, TechHub, was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and was curator of the London Startup Digest.   Francesca Cavallo

Francesca Cavallo Co-Founder & Creative Director, Timbuktu Labs

Francesca is a creative director, prizewinner writer, stage director and co-founder of Timbuktu Labs with Elena Favilli. Timbuktu Labs is the company that is changing the face of mobile publishing for kids with the first iPad childrens magazine, cooperating with an international network of the finest young illustrators, actors, musicians, animators from New Delhi to San Francisco. Before Timbuktu Labs, Francesca founded two successful social enterprises: Sferracavalli and Kilodrammi. Timbuktu Magazine, the iPad magazine for children, won the 2012 Best Design Award at Launch Education & Kids and it was nominated by Apple among the Top 5 Apps of the U.S. Education Category.

Joshua Merrill Co-Founder & CEO, TapCanvas Josh is the founder and CEO of TapCanvas, a platform for building instant mobile apps without programming. He previously cofounded MogoTix, a mobile ticketing company that ticketed Facebook's f8 Developer Conference, among thousands of other events. He is a contributor to ReadWrite and Business Insider, and a co-organizer of Hackers & Founders. Visit his website at josh.io.     Mark Saldaña, Moderator Marketing Manager, 500 Startups Mark works at 500 Startups, where he's editor of the 500 blog and host of the Startup Founders Podcast. Before doing Dave McClure's bidding at 500, he worked at enterprise file-sharing startup Box and attended UC Berkeley.  

AGENDA

6:00-6:30 PM: Networking Reception 6:30-7:30 PM: Panel Discussion 7:30-7:45 PM: Audience Q&A 7:45-8:00 PM: Networking

EVENT DETAILS

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT

Where: 500 Startups, 444 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA

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Join us on October 3rd for a continuation of our Fall Financing Series. Venture capital is a very attractive form of financing for many startups, but it can also be the most costly. Our panel of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who have received VC funding will tackle some of the benefits and challenges associated with this type of funding. Find out what it takes to secure venture capital and the strings that come along with it as well as the hottest trends in venture financing.  A group of successful entrepreneurs, investors, and legal advisors will explore these issues in a panel / Q&A format and share their perspectives on venture financing. The panel will address open questions from the audience at the end of the session.   PANELISTS   Larry Marcus Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital Larry was named to the 2012 Billboard Power 100 in music and the Twitter 140 to follow.  Larry was a founding investor in Pandora in early 2004 when Walden led the rebirth round to focus the company on launching a consumer-facing service and was a Director from 2004 through its IPO.  Larry is a Director at SoundHound, BandPage, Aarki, Boombotix and a Board Observer at PowerCloud Systems. He also led Walden's investment in Terayon (acquired by Motorola) and Telekenex. Other investments include LyricFind, Jukely, LessThan3 and Swarm.fm.  He is a member of the Advisory Council for Industry Ventures and serves on the non-profit Board of the JazzSchool in Berkeley, CA.    Jared Fliesler General Partner, Matrix Partners Jared came to Matrix Partners from Square, where he served as Vice President of User Acquisition and Business Operations. During Jared’s tenure, he helped Square grow its payment processing business from $2 billion annualized to more than $10 billion and the number of activated accounts from 800,000 to more than 3 million. Prior to Square, Jared was an early employee at Slide where he worked across business development, product, advertising, and payments to grow the company’s footprint and revenue. Jared also played a crucial role in Slide’s acquisition by Google in 2010, going on to run product and operations for the Slide group within Google. At Matrix, Jared focuses on partnering with bold entrepreneurs in the early stages of building their audacious companies. He is also currently an advisor to Centzy and Kiip.   heather hills

Heather Hiles Founder of Pathbrite

Heather is the founder of venture-backed Pathbrite, which delivers next-generation solutions that help students collect, track and showcase a lifetime of achievement, and recommend pathways for continuous success. Heather has committed her life to closing the education and employment achievement gaps for youth and adults. Her leadership experience spans more than 20 years, during which she founded and led several private and public sector organizations. 

Aaron Zinman Co-Founder, Empirical Aaron has a PhD from MIT and is commercializing a variant of his research as the co-founder of a stealth startup called Empirical. His professional talents surround conceptualization of new online social interactions, software engineering, natural language processing, cultural modeling, and visualization, which he is using to design the new communications platform at Empirical. He has recently moved to San Francisco to expand Empirical through venture financing.   Mike Sullivan, Moderator Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Mike represents entrepreneurs, startups and their investors, from pre-incorporation counseling through angel and venture capital financings, to M&A and IPO liquidity events. Mike has a particular focus on the representation of startups in the information technology, consumer and healthcare spaces. He also represents a number of venture capital firms, including Blumberg Capital, IDG Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, Lightspeed Ventures, and The Roda Group. His transactions have included the sale of the Hangar 1 vodka brand to Jose Cuervo, the initial public offering of Planetout lnc. (Nasdaq: LGBT), and venture financings for Pandora Inc. and Clinkle Corporation. He is a past member of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission, and the author of Trees of San Francisco.  

AGENDA

6:00-6:30 PM: Networking Reception 6:30-7:30 PM: Panel Discussion 7:30-7:45 PM: Audience Q&A 7:45-8:00 PM: Networking

EVENT DETAILS

When: Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT Where: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 4 Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco

SPONSOR

Pillsbury

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Join us on September 26th for our Fall Financing Series.

StartOut and Silicon Valley Bank are pleased to invite you to the first program of StartOut’s Fall Financing Series, discussing the angel investing. Angel investors are a crucial part of the startup ecosystem. They provide cash, connections and coaching that can turn an idea into a viable company. According to Startups.co, Angels invest $20B per year in ~60,000 startups, 80% of which is in early stage investments. There are over 258,000 active angels in the United States alone. Come to our panel discussion and learn how to tap into this pool of available funding. Our panel of seasoned angel investors and entrepreneurs who have taken angel money will discuss topics such as: finding the right angel for you; pros and cons of setting a valuation; the implications for a Series A venture round; tips for success and pitfalls to avoid. As a component of the evening, SVB panelists will discuss their Q1 2013 Halo Report which is produced in partnership with the Angel Resource Institute and CB Insights studying angel group investment activity to arm entrepreneurs and investors as they seek to better understand angel investing and jump start emerging businesses.

 

PANELISTS

Catherine Chiu Founding Partner, Opero Partners

Cathy is the founding partner and finance specialist at Opero Partners. She has worked in investment banking, venture capital, and served as a member of senior management team of public and private companies. During her career, Cathy as advised Intel, AMD, Sun Microsystems, Synnex. She has also advised, worked inside of, and invested in many private startup companies. Throughout her career, she has consummated financing and M&A transactions ranging from $½ million to $2 billion.

Cathy is also an active angel investor, co-founder and Chair of the Selection Committee at Berkeley Angel Network. She has led or participated in deep due diligence of over 50 companies over the past five years, and has led investor academies to educate her fellow angels about terms sheets, valuation, and the art and science of due diligence. On behalf of the Berkeley Angel Network, Cathy is a frequent speaker on panels at accelerators and entrepreneurship organizations, and has actively built contacts with all the Bay Area angel organizations.

 

Michael Nusimow Co-Founder & CEO, drchrono

Michael drives the strategic direction of drchrono. Michael has worked as a software engineer since 2000. He had implemented components of the Bloomberg Terminal, used by customers worldwide. drchrono is developing an electronic health records service that is available as an iPad and iPhone app and is designed for doctors to access health records, videos, and other content while meeting patients. They are a Y Combinator graduate that have raised a $4.5MM seed round from Yuri Milner, General Catalyst, 500 Startups, CRV and other great angel investors.

Joe DiPasquale Co-Founder & CEO, Regroup

Joe is a co-founder and Director of StartOut, founder and CEO of Regroup, and active angel investor. In 2006, Joe founded Regroup, the leading mass messaging solution for large organizations. Regroup provides mass messaging for cities, companies, and schools, such as San Francisco, Hitachi, and Stanford. In 2008, Joe raised a $2M round for Regroup that included several prominent angel investing groups. He began making angel investments in 2012.

Previously, he worked in Strategy Consulting for Bain, IBM, and McKinsey, and in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. He has a passion for media and technology, and was a member of the pre-launch team at Logo TV.

Joe completed his BA at Harvard and MBA at Stanford. He grew up in Connecticut and Alabama, and worked in Amsterdam, Berlin, and New York City before moving to Silicon Valley. He now splits his time between SF and NYC. In a former life, Joe was a competitive figure skater and official for US Figure Skating. 

Andres Wydler

Andres Wydler CFO and Board Member, LumaStream

Andres is a clean tech executive and entrepreneur with a proven track record of two decades in corporate and business development, predominantly with early stage technology firms. He currently serves as CFO and board member of Lumastream, Inc, an intelligent lighting solutions company. A co-founder of smart grid firm BPL Global that grew from zero to 120 people, he set up and managed all commercial activities and managed investor relations. Over the last decade, he raised over $30M in equity and debt financing from first tier VCs, investment banks, strategic investors, and economic development partners. He secured government funds to augment private capital and completed acquisitions in the US, Europe, and Latin America valued at $45M.  He also co-founded an angel group that successfully invested in and exited tech firms with cross-border strategies.

Matthew Trotter, Moderator Director of Business Development, Silicon Valley Bank

Matthew is focused on providing commercial banking services and debt solutions to high growth technology companies in the Bay Area. He has worked with a wide range of companies from early stage start-ups to large public companies and has experience in structuring an array of debt products including venture debt, mezzanine financing, lines of credit and acquisition term loans.

 

 

AGENDA

6:00-6:30 PM: Networking Reception 6:30-7:30 PM: Panel Discussion 7:30-7:45 PM: Audience Q&A 7:45-8:00 PM: Networking

EVENT DETAILS

When: Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT Where: Dolby Laboratories, Inc., 100 Potrero Ave., San Francisco

SPONSOR

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EVENT DETAILS

When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PST Where: Galvanize, 543 Howard Street, San Francisco

 Join StartOut, 500 Startups and Galvanize for Rainbow Round, a monthly speaker series  where LGBT founders, employees, investors, and others will give inspiring talks about what they do in tech.

For our next Rainbow Round, we’re proud to have Sean Howell, CEO & co-founder of Hornet Networks, as our speaker.In the first year alone, Hornet grew to 1 million users and raised $500,000 in seed funding. Sean was also previously on the board of PFLAG, a non-profit that promotes the health and well-being of the LGBT community and their supporters. Sean will speak about how to go from having an idea to becoming a startup founder.

At future talks, we’ll bring in startup founders, big names in Venture Capital, and leaders from other tech companies and organizations to tell us about what they’re working on. Register for our talk on 4/23, and follow @rainbowround on Twitter for updates about future events.

PARTNERS

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