Tour de Finance: Securing VC Funding

Learn the do's and don'ts of securing VC funding.

Thursday April 23, 2015, 6:00 PM
Microsoft HQ
11 Times Square
New York, NY 10018
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Fee: Free for NYTECH members and sponsors. $20.00 for non-members.

Tour de Finance 2015: Your Guide to the Financing Life Cycle

 "Tour de Finance” is a year-long series that covers all aspects of raising the money you need to take your great idea to market and, in the end, cash out and start all over again with your next startup.

2015 Events Schedule:

  • The Pitch
  • Alternative Financing
  • Got Funding, Now What?
  • Timing the exit
  • The IPO and afterwards
  • Wealth Strategies

Tour de Finance: VC Funding (Session #3)

In this session, we dive into the dos and don’ts of securing VC investments.

  • What does a VC relationship look like?
  • What should you expect from your investor(s)?
  • What approaches work and don't work for securing VC money?
  • VC relationships gone bad and what you can learn from them

After attending this event you’ll know how to value your company, find avenues for funding, what to ask for, and mistakes to avoid. Doors open at 6:00PM for networking, program starts at 6:30PM. Light food and drinks will be served.


Helen Reeves, Associate, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Helen represents start-up and growth stage companies on complex transactional matters including early-stage financings (seed, angel and venture capital), bank financing arrangements (secured and unsecured), private securities offerings, employment matters, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.
Her clients include technology-based start-ups, restaurants, retail businesses, and traditional advertising, promotion companies and commercial production companies. In her start-up practice Ms. Reeves has advised mobile content providers and developers, companies that manufacture “wearables” (devices that can be worn), online publishers, software developers and consultants, website developers and operators, and other content providers and ecommerce companies.

Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Reeves was a corporate associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, where she handled public and private securities offerings, syndicated lending transactions and private mergers and acquisitions.

Marisa Warren, Chairwoman & Founding Director, ELEVACAO

Marisa Warren is a highly awarded serial entrepreneur, global corporate executive and philanthropist - working across the America’s, Australia, Asia, and Europe.  Over the last 18 years Marisa has founded 3 tech-focused companies, including a 501(c)(3), and worked for companies such as Workday, SAP and Microsoft.  Marisa is incredibly passionate about empowering Women Entrepreneurs to build successful, innovative tech businesses, whilst creating collaborative environments where a Women’s ambition to succeed is embraced and actively supported by both Women and Men.

Michael Hussey, Founder & CEO, StatSocial

Michael Hussey is the founder and CEO of StatSocial, a social analytics and ad targeting company based in New York. Previously, he founded the people search company PeekYou (2006), building it into one of the top-250 sites in the US. Before that, he created RateMyTeachers and RateMyProfessors (2001), which to this day, nearly every college student still uses. A native Mainer, he graduated from the University of Maine in 2000 with a degree in Financial Economics and today lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Christina Bechhold, Managing Director, Empire Angels

Christina is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a member led group of young professionals investing in tech enabled startups with a focus on supporting young entrepreneurs. Christina is also a Senior Associate with Samsung’s Strategic Investment Group, part of the company’s Global Innovation Center, focused on early stage investments in software and services. She is a Regular Contributor on the Accelerators, the Wall Street Journal’s startup blog, as well as a Venture for America mentor and member of the organization's Women's Initiative Committee.
Christina was previously a Vice President at Citigroup with background in capital markets, emerging markets and structured finance. She further serves as Chairman of Hope on a String, a non-profit, grassroots organization that seeks to foster an environment of social transformation and economic development in Haiti through participation in music as well as Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Hotchkiss School Alumni Association.
Jose C. Antunes, Director of Operations WithumSmith+Brown
Jose Antunes has over 10 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors with expertise in all phases of accounting, auditing, estate and tax planning and preparation, and litigation support. 

Client base includes many closely held technology and computer businesses, start-up and emerging growth companies, professional service organizations and manufacturing companies. Assists the firm in its internal technology efforts by researching, testing and then implementing the software used firm-wide. Also, responsible for staff training in the use of various software applications. Member of WS+B’s Technology & Communications Group.






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