David Teten, founder Versatile Capital, chats about Investing in Startups: Who, What, Why, When, Which, and How? Moderator CIndy Cook.
Speaker: David Teten, Founder, Versatile Venture Capital; formerly Managing Partner, HOF Capital; Partner, ff Venture Capital; and Founder, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of NY
Moderator: Cindy Cook, angel investor
Date: Tuesday, June 28. Time: 5 pm to 6 pm EST; Online.
The current tech stock bust creates recruiting opportunities for startups due to layoffs; fewer and weakened competitors; attractive valuations for investors and partners; and an inflow of potential founders who have lost their golden handcuffs. David Teten is our guest for an “Ask me Anything”. He’ll speak very briefly about his background and view on the market, and then take any questions you have.
David has written extensively about best practices in investing and in building tech companies. Check out his Syllabus for how to launch, manage, and invest a VC fund and his Best Practices for Tech Founders. We strongly recommend preparing your questions in advance. David holds an MBA from Harvard and a BA in Economics and Psychology from Yale.
Cindy Cook, is a Board member on New York Angels and Allstar Gaming. She is an advisor to several start-ups and mentors under-represented founders with 1863 and other organizations. She had an extensive operating career leveraging technology to transform businesses in entertainment, education and healthcare. Cindy helped Universal Music Group create the industry’s first digital music products; at Vivendi Games she headed strategy and marketing, where she helped launch World of Warcraft as well as leading console, PC, mobile and online games; at Cengage, she helped create and launch the MindTap learning platform; and at Elsevier, she ran data-driven marketing across its US Healthcare and Education businesses. Cindy has an MBA from NYU and a BS in Finance from Lehigh University.
About the Organizers
Founded in 2011, Silley Circuits' activities include networking events, providing business leads, business and technical advise and capital and executive introductions.
Speakers at past events include CEOs John Mack of Morgan Stanley and Dick Fuld of Lehman Brothers; Eric Gertler Chairman US News; Alan Silberstein, CEO of Western Union; and Raju Narisetti, CEO Gizmodo & SVP strategy, News Corp and (Ret.) Maj.General John Wharton, former head of the Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command. Investors Howard Morgan of First Round, whose $500,000 investment in Uber in 2010 turned into $2.5 billion; Suzanne Greenfield VP of strategy and venture investing Priceline; Matt Hartman of Betaworks Ventures; Bruce Taragin of Blumberg Capital; David Teten of FFVC; and Navi Singh of Antler.
Founders of media, big data, finance, web, art, food, solar and other start ups, including Aleksandr Yampolskiy of Security Scorecard; Ahmed Elsamadisi founder Naviator.Ai and former head of data WeWorks; Boris Onefater of Constellation Partners; Nancy Fire of Design Works International; Divya Narendra, co-founder of SumZero and who, while studying at Harvard, co-founded ConnectU which hired future Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg; Don White of Satis.fi, a customer service app; Justin Zhen of Thinknum, a fintech company; Nelson Rockefeller Jr. founder of Frontier Signal; Richie Hyden co-founder Iris TV; Rick Oliver of online nursing school American Sentinel; Cheryl Surana of Brooklyn Cookie Co.; and Patrick Sullivan who sold his startup Source 3 to Facebook in 2017 and earlier sold Rightsflow to Google.
And technologists and executives including Afshin Goodarzi, chief analyst 1010 Data; Bill Day, investor and COO, JWPlayer; Cindy Cook, former head of marketing & strategy at Vivendi Games; Cliff Schorer director Columbia University entrepreneur program; Will Cohan Lazard banker and NY Times best selling author; Daniel Doubrovkine, CTO Artsy.com; Janet Esquirol of CUNY/TedX; Marc Hustvedt CEO Above Average a video comedy producer; Michael Recce, chief data scientist at $330 billion Neuberger Berman fund management; Mukul Pandya editor in chief Knowledge@Wharton; (Ret.) Col. Patrick Mahaney former director U.S. Army Strategic Studies Group; Christine Loomis senior consultant Lee Hecht Harrison; Stefanie Shelley, finance executive and board member Green Bancorp; Kurt Soderlund CEO of Safe Water Networks; Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer of the Met Museum; Lori Tauber Marcus chief of marketing, Peloton.
Attendees, ranging from 10 to 300, include invite only founders, technologists, investors, executives, creative folk and students.
Formats include informal chats and panels; also networking parties twice a year. At our events we raise money for Stop Soldier Suicide, the New York Center for Books and other charities. Details of past events and photos in links below. Some of the events are recorded and turned into podcasts or videos.http://www.silleycircuits.com/previous-events/
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