Sign up for the Event: Storytelling – Get People Excited about Your Vision
Presenters: Mike Olson of Cloudera, Neal Hansch of Rustic Canyon Partners and Bruce Schechter of Band of Angels.
As an entrepreneur, most if not all aspects of your traction involves sharing and selling your vision with a wide variety of professionals: potential co-founders, employees, investors, customers, partners, service providers, the media, and more. The difference between entrepreneurs who winattention and opportunities and those who don’t often has less to do with a superior technology than with the ability to communicate a vision and sell it. Join experts and peers to explore how to light a fire for your company with a compelling vision leading to new opportunities and long-term success.
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Are you making tactical mistakes when approaching investors? What are you doing right? What are you doing wrong? What are the best ways to connect with investors–and what are their pet peeves? Discover tips and pitfalls from our panelists on how to avoid the mistakes entrepreneurs make when approaching investors and increase your chances of building a productive relationship with the investment community.
Presenters: Vish Mishra of Clearstone Venture Partners, Jostein Svendsen, CEO of WeVideo, and Joseph Perkins of Orrick.
|Panel Event: Russian Opportunities in the U.S.|
Most, if not all founders have experienced some level of failure as an entrepreneur. What distinguishes truly successful entrepreneurs from unsuccessful entrepreneurs is not the absence of failure but the ability to turn failures into meaningful lessons for moving ahead. This month, our experts will share their insights about the lessons they have learned about startup failures, and how you can use failure as building blocks for future success while keeping important relationships in place.
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Jay Jamison of BlueRun Ventures, Chris Gottschalk of Blumberg Capital, and Miguel A. Diez Ferreira of Red Karaoke.
Not surprisingly, founders spend most of their time building their company, not assessing their market value or preparing for the funding process. When it comes time to address term sheets, where do you need to focus? What will investors expect and where are they flexible? How do you build an effective negotiation strategy? What can you do, prior to asking for capital, to increase the value of your company in the eyes of investors? This month, our experts walk you through the most important questions and issues in term sheet negotiation.
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Founders Roundtable: Effective Bootstrapping – Expand Your Runway
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Time and time again investors tell us that one of the most impressive characteristics of an aspiring startup is the ability to get the most traction with the least amount of capital. This month, learn from experts about how to operate more efficiently and show the investment community that you can make the most out of their investment in you.
Presenters: David Ehrenberg of Early Growth Financial Services, Ryan Spoon of Polaris Venture Partners, and Bilal Ahmed of homecookme and mytweetmark.
Coordinators: Steve Hoffman, CEO of Playgearz, Don Quach, co-founder of Loqheart, and David Ngo, co-founder of Loqheart.
This meeting is a Developer Workshop for app developers, where you’ll receive feedback from your peers. Be sure to bring the appropriate device to share your app: ipad, iphone, android, etc…
- Each developer will come with one or more apps they have developed themselves that they want to get feedback on.
- Every 10 minutes, we will pair up to 2 developers. Each developer will look at the other person’s app for 5 minutes and provide as much feedback as time permits.
The new era of venture investing
The disruption of the venture business is accelerating, and the options for funding are expanding. In the last few years, incubators and accelerators have come into vogue, providing a new source of funding for an ever-increasing pool of start-ups. At the same time, yesterday’s successful multi-millionaire entrepreneurs have become today’s angels and the JOBS Act is expected to open the floodgates to even more capital next year. Or will it?
Join us on the evening of July 19, 2012 in San Francisco along with top angels, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to explore the changes disrupting the VC industry.
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Sunday, June 10, 2012 23:59pm
Duration and Dates
(paid after acceptance is confirmed)
Date: September 26-27, 2012
Location: Bently Reserve, San Francisco, CA
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Get a 20% discount with the special code founder20
LOGIN is the conference for developers and professionals, executives, venture capitalists, designers in the online game industry, including Facebook game development, MMOG development, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network development, iPhone/iPad development, Android development, payment solutions, monetization and digital distribution.
LOGIN 2012 features two full days of lectures, panels, and roundtables, renowned local and international industry speakers, facilitated networking activities, parties, keynote session, meetings and an exhibition area.
Working With Partners: How Other Companies Can Help Accelerate Your Business – Founders Space Roundtable
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For startups, finding the right partner can be the difference between success and failure. Successful partnering can lead not only to accelerated customer acquisition but an increased value in the eyes of the investor community. Learn from this month’s experts about how to develop the type of relationships with companies that will support your company’s road to success.
Presenters: Arif Janmohamed of LightSpeed Venture Partners, Leif Langensand of Angels Forum, and Deepak Jeevankumar of General Catalyst Partners.
Arif Janmohamed of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Leif Langensand of Angels Forum and Deepak Jeevankumar of General Catalyst Partners answer your questions.
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In the startup world, social networking is a crowded space, and standing out is not easy. For entrepreneurs in the social networking space and their advisors and investors, understanding market trends (and market successes/failures) is integral to developing a successful company. This month, you’ll get perspectives on current social networking trends from three viewpoints: a startup attorney, a venture capitalist, and a successful founder in the social networking space.
Presenters: Matt Lombardi, CEO of Hear It Local, Jon Soberg, Blumberg Capital and Kevin Rooneyof Sheppard Mullin
Thursday, June 7, 2012, 4pm – 11pm
Los Angeles, CA
Join hundreds of high-tech influencers for Vator Splash LA on June 7, 2012 between 4 pm and 11 pm at the Highlands Hollywood. Use the discount code ”foundersspace” for 15% off your registration here.
Splash is a single-track evening event and startup competition. Splash gathers leading entrepreneurs, innovators, venture capitalists and angelinvestors across technology to inspire and energize the audience about entrepreneurship and innovation.
Splash brings together high-caliber speakers who talk about how to build and scale great successful companies, how their industries are changing and the opportunities those changes are creating.
Games are rapidly changing the face of mobile and social networks and how we interact with one another. Where do the opportunities lie in 2012? Who’s innovating? What are the next big breakthroughs that will radically alter gaming, monetization and user engagement on your phone and the web? These are a few of the questions we’re going to answer as we go deep on the latest trends in mobile and social gaming.
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Presenters: Steve Hoffman of CEO of PlayGearz, Daniel Pfeiffer, VP of FunMobility and Jeff Hyman, CEO of Idle Games
In order to develop key relationships with the investment community, founders must be prepared to answer plenty of hard questions. However, the founder-investor relationship is hardly one-sided. Founders looking for a financing partner must develop the analytical skills to help them judge which relationships make the most sense for their startup. In this month’s meeting you’ll receive insight from top investors about the type of questions you should be asking as you advance your business.
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Presenters: Bruce Schechter of Band of Angels, Dafina Toncheva of Tugboat Ventures and Andy Bartley of Angels Forum.
Fundraising Series (Part One) – Building Your Story with Lightspeed Venture Partners, SoftTech VC, LanzaTech, and PBworks
|The Fundraising Series is back! As part of Orrick’s complimentary TOTAL ACCESS program for entrepreneurs, you’re invited to participate in “Building Your Story,” Part One of the Fundraising Series, a multi-part program designed to connect you with the inside information and contacts you need to accelerate your capital campaign.
Please note that registration for Parts One and Two are open to all, but Part Three is reserved for companies that will be selected from Parts One and Two. A separate invitation will be sent for Part Two.
The JOBS Act and the Impact on IPOs” with LinkedIn, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LanzaTech, Barclays, Imperva, and Stifel Nicolaus
|You’re invited to attend Orrick’s complimentary TOTAL ACCESSprogram focused on the implications of the recently passed JOBS Act and what it means for your company’s IPO process. We have a great group of panelists lined up for this event so please come and join us!
As part of our Founders Spotlight series, we like to feature members of Founders Space and what their startups are doing. This week, we’re featuring Cazoomi, which helps the applications you use every day talk to each other using a simple framework: SyncApps.
Clint Wilson, the CEO, has been a member of Founders Space since the early days, and you’ve probably seen him at many of our Roundtables.
This week, I’m happy to say that Cazoomi has launched a co-offering, ‘Free for Life’ SyncApps, exclusively for Constant Contact customers. So if you’re using Constant Contact, you should check it out.
The Variety Venture Capital & New Media Summit on June 27th, will explore how the investment community is driving technology innovation – so critical for the growth of the evolving entertainment industry. Start-up companies with strong ideas can thrive, thanks to the post-recession financial support and Hollywood’s fight to attract today’s digital consumers.
As a Founders Space Member, we can offer you 10% off registration rates. Register Today and Save. Use code FOUNDERSSPACE at checkout.
You’re invited to attend Orrick’s complimentary TOTAL ACCESS program focused on cloud collaboration.
Please sign up for the Event by Monday, April 9, 2012.
Topics: Loving the Cloud (Part 4) – Collaboration
- Describe the collaborative work environment of the future.
- Which large vendors have done the best and worst job of embracing collaboration?
- Isn’t collaboration the same as social? Is it really different for businesses?
- What is the future of mobile collaboration?
- Where is the white space for new companies as partner companies or new investments?
Don Keller, Partner, Orrick
80 people showed up for our most recent Founders Space Roundtable, with Peter Craddock of Shoreline Ventures, Dave Feinleib of VCDave, and Steve Bernardez of Onset Ventures. Here are some photos…
Why did Zynga snap up OMGPOP for bundles of cash? Well, here’s your answer…
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What: Vator Spark
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Where: Berkeley Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Ave, Penthouse Floor, Berkeley, CA
Get Game: How to Gamify Your Start-up
If you’re not incorporating gamification into your business processes, you’re not fully engaging today’s consumers. Consumers are playful and want to be recognized. Give them a goal – and you’ll tap into their loyalty. Vator Spark is bringing together top-level innovators and investors in the industry to explore how to incorporate the best practices around product, design, marketing, fundraising and more.
Register here with the discount code “foundersspace” for 15% off.
Topic: Attracting Top Talent and Co-founders to Your Team
Presenters: Carl Showalter of Opus Capital, Tom Furlong of Granite Ventures and Lowell Ness of Orrick.
For early stage entrepreneurs, one of the most important aspects of developing and continuing success is the addition of talented people, whether co-founders, technical professionals (engineers e.g.) or sales-related professionals (marketing, business development, etc.). To attract talent that will enhance business, founders need to not only look in the right places, but also to ask the right questions. Our panel of experts will help guide you with insights from their many years of experience in the startup space.
Topic: The Funding Landscape – Which Companies Are More Likely To Receive Funding in 2012
2012 is officially in swing. Get insights from top investors about their outlook for 2012; which companies are more likely to receive funding in 2012, and which market spaces may be getting too crowded.
Presenters: Peter Craddock of Shoreline Ventures, Dave Feinleib of VCDave, and Steve Bernardezof Onset Ventures.
Peter Craddock of Shoreline Ventures, Dave Feinleib of VCDave, and Steve Bernardez of Onset Ventures.
Can you top this hilarious startup video? If so, send it our way!
It’s tax time, and this month we’ve got some fantastic tax experts who can answer all your questions. They’ll give you important tips and advice. Our speakers specialize in critical tax issues most relevant to startup companies doing business in California, whether based in the U.S. or abroad.
Presenters: Roger Royse of the Royse Law Firm, Alan Watters of Krohn & Company, CPAs, and Thomas Maier, of Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley & Maier, LLP.
For those developing any type of technology, you need to know when it’s worth filing a patent and when it’s not. Startups must use their resources carefully but need to recognize when their IP is at risk. Our panel of experts includes Dana Zottola, Patent Expert, Braxton Woodham, Founder & Patent Holder, and Lowell Ness, Attorney at Orrick.