Venture Startup and Finance SIG - Beyond the Hype: What it Really Takes to Raise Seed and Series A Funding

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  • Beyond the Hype: What it take to Raise Seed and Series A venture capital

    We've all heard the stories: a 22-year-old comes to SV from some startup you've never heard of, raises millions in seed or venture financing-- with no product and a skeletal team. The stories might be true, but they also beg a very important question: is instant success the new normal, or is it just that everyone loves a jackpot story?  Raising money is a lot harder than the stories would have you believe--and at this month's VF SIG, we'll be talking all about what it really takes to get your company its first round of solid funding. We've got a great panel of startup CEOs who have been through the drill of raising seed and Series A capital; they'll discuss their successful funding strategies--as well as the mistakes from which they learned.

    Join us for an enlightening and entertaining evening!

    About Our Speakers:

    Bill Grosso, CEO Scientific Revenue
    Bill is the founder and CEO of Scientific Revenue, the leading provider of dynamic pricing for in-app purchases. Prior to starting Scientific Revenue, Bill ran a consulting company focused on business intelligence and predictive analytics, and was an entrepreneur in residence at Rustic Canyon Venture Partners. Prior to those positions, he held senior positions in engineering and product at various companies, where he was well known for building high-performance organizations which shipped innovative products on time. He has also written two books on software design, has worked as a research scientist in artificial intelligence, and is the author or co-author of over 40 academic journal articles. LinkedIn

    Jason Andrew, CEO Limelight Health Jason is Co-founder and CEO of Limelight Health. With offices in Silicon Valley and Redding, the company provides innovative cloud-base products to insurance agents. Previously Jason was the Founder of Stone Meadow Benefits and Insurance Associates, a Silicon Valley based insurance brokerage that provides cutting edge technology and wellness solutions for its clients. Jason has advised numerous startups and works closely with the Silicon Valley business community. He currently serves on the Board of the Napa Children’s Health initiative, a non-profit whose mission is to enroll all children in subsidized health insurance. He served for seven years as a minister for the International Churches of Christ and holds a degree in communications from Lewis and Clark College.Jason Andrew, CEO Limelight Health
    Jason is Co-founder and CEO of Limelight Health. With offices in Silicon Valley and Redding, the company provides innovative cloud-base products to insurance agents. Previously Jason was the Founder of Stone Meadow Benefits and Insurance Associates, a Silicon Valley based insurance brokerage that provides cutting edge technology and wellness solutions for its clients.Jason has advised numerous startups and works closely with the Silicon Valley business community. He currently serves on the Board of the Napa Children’s Health initiative, a non-profit whose mission is to enroll all children in subsidized health insurance. He served for seven years as a minister for the International Churches of Christ and holds a degree in communications from Lewis and Clark College.

    Tom Landers, CEO & Founder of Traipse Media 
    Tom has over 20 years of experience in the Silicon Valley, with both well established and start-up companies. He has worked with a variety of Fortune 100 companies, building custom products, affiliate programs, partner and VAR solutions both domestically and internationally. Serving in management and senior technologist roles with RealNames Corporation, Quantum Corporation, Adecco Corporation, and Silicon Graphics, Inc., as a Senior Architect for McAfee (NYSE: MFE) Landers worked on globalization and VAR program development around "security as a service" (SaaS) and carrier/service provider distribution channels worldwide through VAR programs with many of the world's largest ISPs and telecoms. When found outdoors he is mountain Biking, trailrunning, hiking, geocaching, whitewater rafting, camping, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, adventure racing, relaxing... LinkedIn

    Moderator: Jon Baer, Managing Partner of Threshold Ventures 
    Jon is a recovering venture capitalist who has worked with early stage companies for more than 3 decades. He was also the founder and CEO of two venture backed companies, one a spin out from SRI International. Jon now spends his time teaching, mentoring and advising early stage companies around the world. In the past two years he has worked with companies from Silicon Valley, S. Korea, Singapore, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Northern Ireland, Venezuela, Mexico, Denmark, Australia, Tunisia, Norway, and elsewhere. He believes that startups require tough love and need to focus on money, metrics and milestones. He thinks that powerpoint can be your best friend or worst enemy when telling a story. He teaches CEO’s to say less (yes, because less is more). LinkedIn

    Agenda:
    6:30 - 7:00 pm  Registration and Networking
    7:00 - 8:30 pm Presentation