SVForum Main Event- Founders & Investors: Are we on the Same Page?



  • Online registration is NOW CLOSED. Walk-ins welcome!

    The relationship between investors and startup founders hopefully runs smoothly, but can become ragged when their agendas diverge.

    For example, many VCs look for "home runs," with the potential for exits in the hundreds of millions, if not Billions of dollars, to give them the returns they are looking for.  And while this looks great in the press, these are few and far between, making this a high risk venture for the founders, as well as the investors.  On top of that, it typically takes around 10 years to get there, and there’s likely to be a non-founder CEO at the helm.

     And while the big acquisitions and IPOs get all the press attention, the vast majority of exits happen in the $15M - $50 M range.  With companies like Google acquiring 50 startups at this level every year, this type of outcome can happen a lot faster, probably with the original founders still in place, so may be seen by many entrepreneurs as a much more attractive shot at securing some life changing capital.

    This lively panel will take an informative and irreverent look at what is happening in the dance between founders and investors, exploring the following topics, and more:

    • What does each side really want from the other?
    • Who is really running the company – the founders or the investors?
    • How does the dynamic change when new investors come on board?
    • What is more important – a successful, viable company, or a profitable exit?
    • Is it possible for startup founders to take some money off the table prior to an exit?
    • How often do founders get coached to succeed versus replaced, and what are the consequences?
    • As a founder, what due diligence should you do before approaching investors?

    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm    Networking and hors d’oeuvres

    7:00 pm - 8:15 pm    Panel discussion and Q&A

    8:15 pm - 8:30 pm    Additional networking 

    SVForum members: $18 (regularly $25)

    General Public: $42 (regularly $59)

    On-site registration/Door Price: Additional $10