Angel & Seed Investing - November 18, 2004
Sponsored by Covington & Burling
FundingPost's sold-out NYC Angel Investor Breakfast discussed exactly what an entrepreneur in the tri-state area needs to do when raising their first round of Angel Capital. Over 170 entrepreneurs in the audience heard from, and got to meet 8 Angel Investors - all of them actively seeking new deals to fund.
Venture Speakers for the November 18, 2004, event:
Howard Morgan, Angel Investor, New York Angels
Ellen Sandles, Executive Director, Tri-State Private Investors Network
Robert Birnbach, Private Investor
Salvatore Gaglio, Private Investor
David Rose, Angel Investor, New York Angels
Arun Savkur, Quantum Ventures
Chris Starr, VP of Investments, Innovation Philadelphia
Chris Saxman, Executive Director, New York Angels
Moderator: Ellen Corenswet, Corporate Partner, Covington & Burling
The FundingPost breakfast was tremendously valuable for me. It introduced me to the Angel investment players and the methods and processes which they use to evaluate opportunities. I came away optimistic, enthused and eager to submit my project. So far, I have begun the submission process with Chris Starr, Ellen Sandles, David Rose and Arun Savkur. I look forward to hearing from them soon.
I look forward to seeing you at the next event.
- Jonah Giacalone, President, Network Arts
Seattle Angel & Seed Investing - Oct 7, 2004
Sponsored by Orrick
FundingPost's sold-out Seattle and early-stage investing event was packed with great information for companies raising their first round of capital - especially if they are located in the North-West United States or the British Columbia region of Canada.
Venture Speakers for the October 7, 2004 Event:
Jon Staenberg, Managing Director, Staenberg Venture Partners & Active Angel Investor
Gary Ritner, Founder, Puget Sound Venture Club (Private Investor Network)
Dave Kowalick, Senior Associate, Guide Ventures
Michael J. Riccio, Jr., Managing Partner, Falcon Partners, LLC
Gerard Langeler, OVP Venture Partners
Hans Lundin, Managing Director, Integra Ventures
Artour Baganov, Active Private Investor, Alliance of Angels
Moderator: Alan C. Smith, Partner, Orrick
Some insight from the event:
Valuations are a sensitive subject to VCs. Early-stage companies should not value themselves too high or they will be ignored. A good idea would be to ask investors you know what they think it's worth, though entrepreneurs don't often like what they hear... You need a realistic and relevant valuation.
Also, if you value your company too high on the first round, and you do get it funded, it will be VERY difficult to get a second round of capital.
On the other hand, if the valuation is too low where the investors "crush down" your percentage, that's bad, too. It gives the entrepreneurs no incentive nor a reason to stick around and work hard.
Early-Stage Venture & Angel Workshop - July 29, 2004
Sponsored by Grant Thornton and Duane Morris
FundingPost's sold-out Washington, DC, Early-Stage Venture & Angel Workshop discussed exactly what an entrepreneur in the mid-atlantic area needs to do when raising their first round of Angel or Investment Capital. 4 early-stage investors, including an investor from in-Q-tel, the CIA's investment arm, spoke about their approach to making an investment and what kinds of deals they are actively looking to fund.
Venture Speakers for the July 29, 2004 Event:
Tony Ricciardella, Partner, Grant Thornton
Roger Widing, Managing Director, SpaceVest
John May, Manager, Active Angel Investors & The Dinner Clubs
Rusty Griffith, Walker Ventures & Maryland Angels Council
Roland Oliver, President & Chairman, Monumental Venture Partners
Jonathan Joseph, In-Q-Tel (CIA & Intelligence Community)
Moderator: Daniel Weitzel, Partner, Duane Morris
New York VC Showcase - Oct 21 2003
Sponsored by Morgan Lewis and Geller & Co.
FundingPost's Newest series of events!
The VC showcase is a 'reverse venture fair'. 12 Venture funds exhibited to over 200 attendees, giving out information about their funds, shaking hands & taking plans.
"The Reverse Fair was a great experience. It allowed me to meet a large
number of interesting companies quickly. I strongly encourage other venture
firms to participate in this event in the future." -Neal Mitra, BEV Capital
Florida Venture Capital: Fort Lauderdale
FundingPost's second Florida Venture breakfast was sold-out with over 100 CEOs and investors executives in attendance. Here are some of the insights from investors in South Florida:
Insights from Event:
Valuation trends: Most early stage deals over the past two years have
experienced low single digit valuations ($2 - $6 Million pre-money). If
the product is mature, $8 - $15 Million - based on your historical
How to provide incentives to management: VCs want to make sure that the
founders of the company maintain enough equity in their own company to
remain excited and to take a leadership role.
Venture Speakers for the Sept 10 2003 Event:
Richard J. Brandewie, Managing Partner, Ballast Point Venture Partners
Steve G. Nussrallah, General Partner, Noro-Moseley Partners
Ravi M. Ugale, Partner, Crossbow Ventures
Jonathan I. Kislak, General Partner, Antares Capital Corporation
Moderator: Jonathan Cole, Partner, Edwards & Angell, LLP.
"I was impressed by the number of entrepreneurs who were present and the breadth of the panel. I would be interested in attending again."
- Albert Lee, CEO, Lee Associates
Philadelphia Venture Breakfast - May 21 2003
Sponsored by Wolf Block
Philadelphia Venture Capital: Future Trends
FundingPost's first Philadelphia event was sold-out with over 120 executives attending.
Quote from Event: "Congratulations on a successful event. It is encourage to see such a large
group of entreprenuers turn out given the down beat message put out for the
popular press. Venture Capital is alive and well in the Greater Philadelphia
area and the money is burning a hole in our pocket -- for the next great
- Bruce Luehrs, Edison Venture Fund
Venture Speakers for the May 21 2003 Event:
Karen Griffith Gryga, Co-Founder/Principal, Liberty Venture Partners
David Noteware, COO, The Science Center
P. Sherrill Neff, Managing Partner, Quaker BioVentures
Brian Murphy, Partner, NewSpring Ventures
Bruce Luehrs, General Partner, Edison Venture Fund
Moderator: David Gitlin, Chair Corporate/Securities, Wolf Block
Washington DC Venture Breakfast - May 8 2003
Sponsored by Duane Morris
DC Area Venture Capital: Future Trends
FundingPost's first DC area event was sold-out venture with over 200 executives attending. We discussed where the venture market is headed in the coming months. After the war and in the middle of economic uncertainty - an impressive array of companies and investors networked.
Insights from Event: Q: How should entrepreneurs approach venture capital? A: Thoroughly understand your prospective customer base and market structure, and focus on building your competencies.
Q: What advice have you for entrepreneurs who are already growing their companies? A: Focus on your marketing/sales capabilities so that they matches needs of distribution channel participation.
"I was truly impressed by the quality of the panel and attendees. The turn
out was spectacular in my view. With so many events in the Washington area
on related topics, I compliment you for pulling off such a successful one!
See you at the next one." - Alain Chetrit, Focus Enterprises, Inc.
Venture Speakers for the May 8 2003 Event:
Gary Golding, General Partner, Edison Venture Fund
Marsh Marshall, Managing Director, ECentury Capital
Ransom Parker, Managing Director, SpaceVest
Jonathan Silver, Managing Director, Core Capital
Moderator: Daniel Weitzel, Partner, Duane Morris
"Edison has participated in two FundingPost events in NY and Washington
which sit at each end of our Mid-Atlantic target market. What impressed us in each case was the
quality of the companies who were in attendance. We were seeing many of these companies
for the first time, which is a big positive from an investors standpoint." - Gary Golding, General Partner Edison Venture Fund
Florida Venture Breakfast - April 30 2003
Sponsored by Morgan Lewis
Florida Venture Capital: Forecast 2003
FundingPost's first Florida event was sold-out venture with over 100 executives attending. The event attracted CEOs and investors from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa / Orlando.
Insights from Event: Q: How much capital should I raise? A: Raise enough capital to get you to break-even. VCs are concerned about future rounds and getting "crammed down".
Q: How much should I talk about my competition to investors? A: It is critical to have a complete understanding of your market. Your competitive analysis, including pricing, is important in all of your investor conversations.
"I think it was a great meeting. Not only for me, but I noticed some other people there who are not as far down the road as I am, well, I sure wish I new 18 months ago what I know today. Some of the information presented by your panel will be invaluable to some of those attending, and has also helped me to focus my energies and may help me avoid some of the future pitfalls."
- Michael S. Scheidell, CEO, SECNAP Network Security
Venture Speakers for the April 30 2003 Event:
Terry Temescu, Founding Partner, Lyric Capital
Bruce Foerster, Managing Director, South Beach Capital
Matthew Cole, Partner, North Bay Equity Partners
Douglas Beekman, Senior Associate, Advantage Capital Partners
Moderator: John Fletcher, Partner, Morgan Lewis
"FUNDINGPOST created an environment for entrepreneurs in their April 2003 Fort Lauderdale FL conference that was
very 'user friendly', i.e. face-to-face interaction between panelists and attendees rather than just a one-way, panel-to-audience
'lecture' type setting. Equally important, FUNDINGPOST has established a level of credibility in the marketplace that ensured a
'standing room only' crowd; an increasingly difficult achievement today in a world crowded with business/financial seminars, and
one that sends everyone home talking about their experience in an up beat manner. As a panelist who has participated in many
such events, I was particularly impressed with the 'hands-on' attention I received before, during and after the session.
FUNDINGPOST is filling a vital role in helping to educate entrepreneurs, particularly those in need of first-round institutional venture
funding." - Bruce Foerster, Managing Director South Beach Capital
New York Venture Breakfast - April 9 2003
Sponsored by Morgan Lewis
Technology in Venture Capital: Forecast 2003
FundingPost’s sold-out April 2003 Breakfast was attended by over 100 leading entrepreneurs and
Insights from Event: Q: How do entrepreneurs get started in this market? A: Angels and "Friends and Family", financing from customers. Watch your burn rate, prove that you can grow on limited cash.
Q: Since companies need to prove sales and customers prior to raising capital, what techniques are you seeing today? A: Creative sales strategies and partnerships. Have your customers pay for your product / services - giving it away for free or deep discounts does not prove the value of your solution to investors.
"Being selected to pitch at the FundingPost event was a great opportunity for tremendous exposure to high quality investors and energetic companies. The opportunity is truly a gift."
- Andrew Sperazza, CEO/President, PocketQuest Inc.
Venture Speakers for the April 9 2003 Event:
Will Porteous, Principal, RRE Ventures
Reg Greiner, Financial Analyst, UBS Capital
Marc Singer, General Partner, BEV Capital
Stephen Ciesinski, Partner, Earlybird
Moderator: David Nichols, Jr., Partner, Morgan Lewis
New York Venture Breakfast - Feb 2003
Sponsored by Morrison & Foerster LLP
Trends in Venture Capital
The topic included coverage of our Venture Capital in Times of War report. We were happy to see a strong number of investors in attendance, in active conversations with entrepreneurs.
"I enjoyed fielding insightful questions from the audience and meeting many promising entrepreneurs." - Brad Parish, Associate, Advantage Capital
Venture Speakers for the Feb 2003 Event:
Ariel Eckstein, Principal, New York City Investment Fund
Saul Richter, Principal, Himalaya Capital Ventures
James McNiel, General Partner, Pequot Ventures
J. Bradley Parish, Associate, Advantage Capital Partners
Moderator: Michael Rennock, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
New York Venture Breakfast - Jan 2003
Sponsored by Microsoft
Technology in Venture Capital: Forecast 2003
FundingPost’s sold-out January 2003 Breakfast was attended by over 80 leading entrepreneurs and
investors focused on Web Services and Software.
"A good forum to informally exchange ideas while learning about the latest technology trends from Microsoft and funding trends from active VC's." - Charlie Federman, BRM Capital
"I thought the event was well attended and a high concentration of qualified companies looking for capital. As a venture capitalist I find many events dominated by service providers and this was not the case with this event." - Chris Sugden, Edison Venture Fund
Venture Speakers for the Jan 2003 Event:
Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft .NET Business Development
Chris Sugden, Vice President, Edison Venture Fund
Arie H. Abecassis, Director, Thomson Financial
Charlie Federman, Managing Director, BRM Capital
Moderator: Robert D. Savage, Director, Business Development, .NET Emerging Business Team, Microsoft Corporation