Join us for the Founders Space San Francisco Roundtable, where founders gather around a table to share knowledge and work together to solve problems.
Topic: The Cool Factor: How to Attract Talent, VCs and Advisors to Your Startup
Presenters: Howard Hartenbaum of August Capital; Jonathan Baer of Threshold Ventures; Mark Greenough of Greenough Consulting Group.
Howard Hartenbaum joined August Capital in 2008. Prior to joining, he served as a General Partner at Draper Richards LP where he was the founding investor in Skype and a former member of the board of directors where his achievement resulted in his joining the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists. Before entering the venture capital field, Howard was at Hughes Electronics, where he was responsible for supporting business development, marketing and sales of satellite, information security and automotive technologies developed by HRL Laboratories. He also worked in engineering positions in ergonomics and user experience at Honda Motor Company and manufacturing at Teledyne Relays. Howard has worked overseas for a total of ten years in Luxembourg and Japan. He is a graduate of M.I.T.
Jon Baer of Threshold Ventures is a senior executive who brings a unique perspective to the world of startups. He has been both a venture capitalist as well as the founder and CEO of two venture backed companies, eBoomerang, an enterprise software company which was sold in 2006 and Artificial Muscle, Inc., a spinout from Stanford Research Institute (SRI). As a principal and founder of Threshold Ventures, Jon works with companies around the world, serving as an advisor/mentor, working on specific projects and when appropriate, taking on interim operating roles. He has worked with a wide range of software, telephony, hardware and services businesses. Earlier in his career Jon was a General Partner at Oscco Ventures, a Sand Hill Road early-stage venture capital firm which was one of the pioneering firms in Silicon Valley. He has invested in a range of companies including Landec, Peerless Systems, and Coinstar.
Mark Greenough is the Founder and President of Greenough Consulting Group, a CFO and administrative services company that services startups, midmarket companies and private equity firms. His firm has had more than 400 companies and 90 venture capital firms as clients. Individually, he has over 30 years of consulting experience mentoring management teams through the venture process, and providing services for the managing directors of the venture funds that support them. Prior to founding Greenough Consulting Group, Mark held senior executive positions at U.S. Venture Partners, Ernst &Young LLP and Levi Strauss. He is a California CPA (inactive) and holds both a B.S. and an M.B.A. in Finance.