High-Resolution Seed Financing for Startups.
How can startup founders can optimize their seed funding process in 2022?
Join this livestream discussion on February 2, 2022 at 11am Pacific Time.
Seed financings are flourishing right now in Silicon Valley and beyond. 2021 was by far the biggest year ever in startup funding history, with over $29 billion in seed investments made, according to Crunchbase.
2022 looks to be even bigger, so how do entrepreneurs optimize their seed stage fundraising for this new era? How should startup founders use seed financing instruments (typically convertible notes and SAFE’s) to effectively run a high-resolution fundraising process that optimizes long-term outcomes while aligning interests? What are the alternative structures being used?
Join us for this special livestream discussion with a panel of experienced experts in the world of seed stage startup funding.
Louis Lehot is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley offices, where he is a member of the Private Equity & Venture Capital, M&A and Transactions Practices as well as the Technology, Health Care, Life Sciences and Energy Industry Teams. Louis focuses his practice on advising entrepreneurs and their management teams, investors and financial advisors at all stages of growth, from garage to global. Louis especially enjoys being able to help his clients achieve hyper-growth, go public and to successfully obtain optimal liquidity events. Learn more.
Christopher Clark is CEO and co-founder of Locale, a fast-growing startup providing delivery of fresh, local, artisan foods. After going through the Y-Combinator program last year, Chris and his co-founder raised $2 million in seed funding and the company is now managing rapid growth as they’ve featured in TechCrunch and many other publications. Prior to founding Locale, Chris was an investment banker in San Francisco.
Danielle D’Agostaro is the Principal Partner at WV Ventures, a $100 million venture capital fund run as a joint venture between Advocate Aurora Health, Foxconn, Johnson Controls, and Northwestern Mutual. Danielle is an experienced operator with an extensive history in early stage startup investments. Prior to WVV, Danielle spent 7 years building the Alchemist Accelerator into the leading enterprise accelerator in the country, where she was Managing Partner and COO. In that role she invested in and worked with over 400 startup companies.
Ben Narasin is General Partner at Tanacity Venture Capital, and active seed investor in sectors ranging from fintech to mobile to marketplaces. Previously he was a Venture Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He spent much of the early 2000s acquiring companies in the consumer Internet and e-commerce industries and providing liquidity to shareholders. He holds a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.
Bret Waters has been in Silicon Valley his entire life as an entrepreneur, executive, and investor. Today he teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford, runs the 4thly Startup Accelerator, and coaches startup CEO’s at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. He’s successfully raised capital multiple times in his career, and the entrepreneurs he has worked with have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in capital. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.