So you want to start or grow your company? Or maybe join the team of a new startup? It goes without saying that finding the right team members or business partners is extremely important. But how do you find the 'right' people? How many co-founders is likely to be best? What should you look for in a business partner? Who's the right developer for your project and where might you find them? And how do you handle equity? This event not only will help answer these questions but should also help you find what (or who) you're looking for.
Join us for the opportunity to take part in a unique matchmaking event. Gain the chance to find your match and get your questions answered by experts who know how to build a great team.
If you're looking for co-founders, developers, team members, marketers (or are one of any of these) - this could be the most important event you'll attend this year.
Register now for $20 (no refunds) or pay $25 cash at the door.
NOTE: Please arrive as close to 5:30pm as possible. (The building's lobby elevators are locked after 7pm, so no one will be allowed to arrive after 7pm!)
On the panel will be serial entrepreneur, Terry Drayton (Votocracy, Ramp Technology Group, Arena Group, HomeGrocer.com, Aquaterra, and more), Daniel Gallagher (Voyager Capital), Saqib Rasool (Conceivian) who will discuss product development/launch, and Joe Wallin (Davis Wright Tremaine) who will cover equity participation agreements.
There will also be a special portion of the evening giving the event attendees the chance to announce who/what they're looking for (in 15 seconds).
Event includes food and beverages.
This event will sell out. Register today !
This Seattle Entrepreneurs event is sponsored by Ember IP, MergerTech, and Davis Wright Tremaine.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Terry Drayton is a curious, collaborative, serial entrepreneur who over the past 25 years has founded and managed eight successful companies, including Ramp Technology Group, Arena Group, HomeGrocer.com, Aquaterra, and most recently, Votocracy, the leading social media app and community for politics. A business model innovator, all started with zero sales and built to as much as $400M. He has attracted excellent business development partners, is a proven fundraiser, and he's secured more than $500M in capital.
Comfortable making decisions in uncertainty, Terry has been a pioneer in many industries: bottled water, video post-production, e-commerce, software-as-a-service and now social networks. He also serves as a board member for a number of world class businesses including eNom, Naverus, and Xcerion.
Terry won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1999 for HomeGrocer.com and in 2008 was a finalist for Arena/Ramp.
Daniel Gallagher (Senior Analyst, Voyager Capital) sees a lot of deals and a lot of startup teams. He's responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities and supporting Voyager's supervision of the existing portfolio. Previously, Daniel has worked as a Financial Analyst at Bank of America Securities in the Global Investment Banking Group with a focus on technology sector advisory services, while most recently having experience in Asset Management with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he assisted in the management of assets for ultra-wealthy individuals and families, as well as for foundations, endowments and institutions across the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. Daniel graduated from the University of Washington with Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Foster School of Business with an emphasis in Finance, and from the College of Arts in English. He graduated from the Foster School at the top of his class with summa cum laude distinction and was a University of Washington President’s Medal finalist. Daniel currently serves on the Finance Committee for the First Tee of Greater Seattle and is a published short story author.
Saqib Rasool brings more than 15 years experience in technology companies as an executive, a founder, and an investor. He has extensive experience in both enterprise and consumer technologies. His career has spanned multiple industries and sectors including software, health care, productivity, education, investments and finance, and e-commerce. This experience comes to bear in his multifaceted role as CEO at Conceivian Startup Lab, as software architect, start-up mentor, business strategist, and trusted advisor in a variety of areas to a broad array of client businesses. Under his leadership Conceivian has built over a dozen Internet startups.
Earlier in his career, Saqib spent nearly 8 years at Microsoft in key technology and management roles. He later went on to found the Internet venture Metafos Inc., aimed at revolutionizing the payment systems industry. Metafos was later acquired by an Australia-based private equity firm. He also founded InCampus.com, which was widely recognized as a major step forward in social commerce systems for college students.
Saqib holds a B.S. in Computer Information Sciences from Minnesota State University. A voracious reader, Saqib is also an amateur poet, and is personally and professionally committed to building startups where he sees a convergence of social and economic interests.
Joe Wallin (Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP) is a business transactions attorney whose practice focuses on emerging, high growth, and startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant business transactions. Joe also represents investment funds, investors, and acquirers of businesses. He provides general counsel services to companies of all sizes, from startup to post-public, and is the founder of startuplawblog.com. Joe has been selected to "Washington Super Lawyers" in Law & Politics and in addition he has been written up twice and pictured once in TechCrunch!