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How a Venture Capital Firm Evaluates Investments

We're bringing Femgineer Forums down to the peninsula!  Our September Femgineer Forum will be hosted by Andreessen Horowitz.

Frank Chen, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will lead a case study on a potential investment and you’ll get to play the role of the venture capitalist!

In this case study, Frank will address questions such as:

• What metrics are important to a VC? 

• What benchmarks should a company meet before approaching an investor? 

• What qualities might an investor look for in the founders of a company?

• Does it matter if I have angel/seed investors, and who they are?

We will also have a Q&A session to delve deeper into the world of venture capital and issues facing female founders and employees. We encourage you to use this forum as a chance to gain more insight into a venture backed startup, clarify issues such as startup equity, and learn how to gauge the health of a startup based on investment it has attracted. Please bring your questions and be prepared to gain great insight!

Schedule for the event: 

6-7pm Networking and a light dinner
7-8pm Interactive presentation by Frank Chen, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
8-8:30pm Q&A with Frank, led by Karen Catlin, Co-founder of Femgineer

Please note that this will be a closed event open only to tech professionals: engineers, entrepreneurs, designers, product managers, and product marketers.  We apologize but we cannot accommodate recruiters and press.  We will also be unable to post slides, tweet, or use any social media during this event.

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  • Preetha R.

    Very well organized. Great crowd and great advice. What a neat idea to use a real case study that resonates with the crowd!

    September 13, 2013

  • Dipti

    Loved it!

    September 12, 2013

  • Diana K.

    Loved the participatory format!

    September 11, 2013

  • Joe M.

    Absolutely awesome. Frank Chen was generous in his information and provided exactly the right mix of strategic "things to consider' and actionable, specific recommendations. I think the workshop approach was brilliant. The exchanges between Frank and the attendees were much more productive and informative than typical, unstructured question and answer sessions. Many thanks to Femgineer and Andreesen Horowitz for putting this together.

    1 · September 11, 2013

    • Poornima

      So glad you enjoyed the event Joe, now I'm sorry that I couldn't have been present for it! :)

      September 11, 2013

  • Min P.

    anyone have insightful notes to share? would greatly appreciate !

    September 11, 2013

  • Diana Z.

    I am driving back to the East Bay (Walnut Creek) after the event. Let me know if you need a ride back to EB.

    September 10, 2013

  • Joanna

    Will anyone be traveling from the Berkeley area and would be up for carpooling? I'd love to go to this event, but the commute will be a bit difficult for me. Thanks in advance!

    September 8, 2013

    • Joanna

      SF would work for me as well! More than happy to chip in for gas and tolls.

      September 9, 2013

    • Joanna

      Hey Virginia, I just got picked up in Oakland, but thanks for the offer! I'll see you tonight :)

      September 10, 2013

  • Anthony Y.

    Hello, are both genders invited to this event to learn about these important topics? Thank you for clarifying! :)

    September 9, 2013

    • Poornima

      Hi Anthony! Thanks for your interest. Yes both genders are more than welcome.

      September 10, 2013

    • Anthony Y.

      Thanks! Excited

      September 10, 2013

  • Kaming L.

    Will there be another event like this one in the future? I would love to be there but I have a conflicting Women in Business event tomorroe at Yahoo.

    September 9, 2013

    • Poornima

      There won't be another one on this topic, but we will have another forum next month at WealthFront :)

      September 9, 2013

  • Linda F.

    Raging I'm missing this but looking forward to any feedback/comments/learnings you all post afterwards ;) ;)

    September 9, 2013

  • Preetha R.

    Looking forward to meeting you all! I am looking for a tech lead/full stack developer/generally smart techie! Catch me tomorrow.

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone's driving from SF and has space for one more, please let me know! Happy to chip in for gas. Thanks! :)

    September 8, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    Experience in Product Marketing and Eng. Mgmt. Founding a company to provide full-service fundraising firm for non-profits.

    August 20, 2013

  • Kathy

    I'm a Product Manager, and a biohacker. Working on a nudge concept to help turn reactors into responders.

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Alicia

    Can you live stream this event?

    August 5, 2013

    • Poornima

      Sadly our host will not allow us to do audio/video for this event, but we're looking into offering it for others.

      August 5, 2013

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