|Sent on:||Monday, October 3, 2011 1:44 PM|
Hi All --
By all accounts our new venue, the Westport VFW, is a great one for us. There are tables to sit at and take notes, there is plenty of room to hang out and mingle, and the meeting planners (me and Alex) don't have to run all over buying food and drink. The cool thing is that if we can grow FairCo a little bigger, with some name speakers, there is a huge room in the basement where we can host up to 150 attendees. Which would be great.
Planning for success takes a little vision and might force you to question some of your assumptions. You may find out that you don't have the skill sets that you need. You may find out that some of the data you used to build your business model are wrong.
One area that has seen a great deal of change is the environment for gaining investors. Angels, VC's and Private Equity investors are all looking for more of a track record before they invest. And they are looking for the companies they invest in to be super LEAN. No more lavish parties to celebrate a press release. And the investors are still going to ask for an awful lot of equity if they get involved.
Please join us for our 2nd FairCo TEEM event of the season, Equity Strategies for Start-up Founders. And please invite any friends who you think might gain something from the discussion.
Here's an abstract:
What are the latest trends for start-up funding? What's the best way to hold on to equity and still have enough money to invest in a new start-up idea? When should founders give up equity to early staff and Angel investors? How does dilution work and how can founders avoid losing control of their business?
Speakers will include:
Eric Dale, Partner at Robinson and Cole LLC Eric chairs the firm's Emerging Companies, Private Equity, and Venture Capital Practice Group
Cliff Sirlin, co-founder and Managing Director of Same Page Digital and Blue Ribbon Partners.
Michael Liebow, Founder and CEO, Foretuit
Again, here's the link to register: http://www.meetup.com/FairCo-TEEM/events/34450722/