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VC Economics — How to increase your odds of getting funded w/ Chris Risley

The way Venture Capital firms get rewarded has a big impact on the deals in which they invest.

Chris Risley has a raised over $200 Million in Venture Capital for his 8 venture backed companies. He has been on the VC side of the table listening to pitches and to the comments the VC’s make after the entrepreneur leaves the room. 

If you are just thinking about a startup or ready to go get the cash, this is for you.

Chris will share his insider knowledge with us and shed light how VC firms get paid, which VC firms make money, how they screen their deals.

Then he’ll help you think about whether your business is a good fit for Venture Capital and what you can do if you want it to be a better fit.

Finally he’ll talk about how to pitch VC’s and what to learn from their feedback.

Chris Risley is an Entrepreneur, VC, Angel Investor and Santa Cruz resident

Chris led Eight Venture Capital backed startups resulting in:

·  One IPO and four sales to public companies — IBM, Tibco, Symantec, F5 Networks —

·  One sale to a large private company

·  One crashed and burned

·  Two companies growing strong with hand-picked successors.

He also spent 10 years as an Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and has extensive experience raising Tier One Venture Capital, Selling to the world’s leading Carrier-ISP’s,  Cloud-based security,  Technology for Law Firms, Enterprise IT, Internet Infrastructure,  Wall Street trading technology,  Selling to 3 letter agencies.

Particular Talent:  Working with whacko Founder-CTO’s.

Currently angel investing and looking for technical founders.

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  • Eric H.

    This was a really great TR meetup. I really appreciate Chris' candid presentation.

    August 29, 2014

    • Eric H.

      Oh! And congrats on reaching 500 members!

      2 · August 29, 2014

    • Andrew M.

      Thanks Eric!

      September 7, 2014

  • Edward B. R.

    Lydia: Thanks for sending out the link to the slides! ALL: you'll need to add ".pdf" to the file name -:)

    September 7, 2014

    • Lydia S.

      Hmmmm, It is a dropbox ppt link and worked just fine in my test email. I sent you the link again in a direct message.

      September 7, 2014

  • Bryant Y.

    I took notes, but is there a way we can obtain a copy of the presentation? :-)

    3 · September 6, 2014

  • Rebecca Rounds MBA PMP C.

    Chris Risley's exerience in the game is invaluable. I am working with a startup client and passing on some small portion of Chris's knowledge will benefit them immensely. I will be watching the incubator on the beach with great interest.

    1 · August 29, 2014

  • Patti B.

    Thank you so much to Chris -- really good speaker -- simple easy to understand message (the talents of a master teacher).
    Thank you to the sponsors and volunteers -
    This was well- attended and speaks for SC and our present & future as the "Incubator at the Beach" for Silicon Valley Start - Ups.

    4 · August 28, 2014

  • Edward B. R.

    Great talk & networking, well worth the drive up from Monterey!

    August 28, 2014

  • EricZ123

    Great insights, great meetup platform!

    2 · August 28, 2014

  • Kathryn G.

    I'm sure this will be great! Very sorry I'll miss it - I'm looking forward to next time :)

    August 28, 2014

  • Patti B.

    Looking forward to hearing Chris's guidance with ideas to help me create a new better, business by connecting RE with action and fun here in Santa Cruz. I also want to grow my business and give back to other businesses economically by connecting all the activities that draw visitors here.

    It's also my way to keep balance and enjoy even more our Paradise in which I feel so lucky to live, work and play.

    Keep our economy circulating and growing In a healthy, fun, vibrant, connective way!

    August 23, 2014

  • LeTa B. J.

    I look forward to this and learning from Chris, Thanks!

    August 21, 2014

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