NYTA Forum: VC Update 2021 - Getting your Startup Funded in the Current Market

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NY Tech Alliance will be presenting our 2021 update on the VC financing market for early-stage companies. The panel will feature representatives from some of the most active VC funds in the NY area.  Topics to be addressed include the following:

- The current state of the VC financing market for early-stage companies and trends to look for

- Strategies for identifying and connecting with the right VC for your company

- Advice for navigating through the first meetings with interested VCs

- Common mistakes in the VC financing process and how to avoid them

With participants to include founders and principals of startup companies as well as investors, and with ample time for Q&A and virtual networking, this session will be an outstanding source of practical, real-world guidance and useful contacts.  


Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC

As Managing Partner of the 9-lawyer Paul Ellis Law Group, Paul counsels on issues including formation, early-stage financing (friends and family, angel and VC), joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment, equity plans, mergers and acquisitions, and, together with his colleagues, protection and licensing of intellectual property. Beyond the internet/mobile/IT industries, he has practiced in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, consumer products, and entertainment. He has represented companies ranging from startups to multinationals, as well as funds and individual and institutional investors. Paul is a board member of NY Tech Alliance and organizes its events on legal issues for startup through midsize tech companies. He holds a BA from Harvard and a JD from Georgetown.


Meghan Cross Breeden, Partner, Amplifyher Ventures

Meghan joined Amplifyher as a startup operator and investor. Previously, as the founding Managing Partner of Red Bear Angels, she built the Cornell alumni angel network of 100+ HNWI and led 25+ investments including Datalogue, Grokstyle [acq. Facebook], and Lyft [NASDAQ: LYFT]. Meghan received her venture training from Foundation Capital and Bowery Capital. As a startup operator, she was an early Director at StyleCaster, Inc (acq. She Knows Media) and a Public Relations specialist for Skype and Foursquare during their early years. Meghan received her B.S. in Fiber Science from Cornell University and M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Raju Rishi, General Partner, RRE Ventures

Raju invests in passionate and tenacious entrepreneurs that are building category-defining businesses across a wide range of industries. He has a predilection for companies with deep technology roots, but is always willing to invest in a new area with an exceptional team. His current investment areas include Enterprise Technology, Real Estate Technology, Healthcare IT, and Marketplaces.

Before joining RRE Ventures, Raju was a Partner at Sigma Prime Ventures. Most of his career, however, was spent as an entrepreneur and operator.  Raju is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science & Engineering.  Outside of the office, Raju can be found sipping a fine single malt and spending time with his wife and four kids.

Ben Daniels, Senior Associate, IBM Ventures

Ben is an investor at IBM Ventures, IBM's investment arm, which looks to partner with and invest in high-growth startups that are disrupting the enterprise software market. Ben is responsible for the entire investment lifecycle from sourcing to management, and he is particularly interested in investing in emerging AI technologies and the new quantum computing stack. Prior to IBM Ventures, Ben worked in IBM's corporate development organization, focusing on startup valuation and transaction execution. Ben received his B.A. in Classical Studies and Art History from Davidson College.

  • April 29, 2021 at 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Andy Saldana