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Additional Speakers: Financing Lean Startups

From: Graham L.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:22 AM
Hi All,
We've just added two more awesome speakers to the lineup for next Thursday's Ultra Light Startups on "Financing Lean Startups". Joining the panel will be Kareem Kouddous, Organizer of the NYC Lean Startup Meetup and Phineas Barnes, Principal at First Round Capital. Both of them have extensive personal experience and unique insights on financing lean startups. They will each be giving ~5 minutes of introductory remarks about the state of "lean" and their controversial viewpoints on the issue.

We hope to see you there!

Best regards,

What: Financing Lean Startups

When: Thursday, June 3,[masked]:30 PM

1290 6th Avenue 6th floor
New York, NY 10017

Please join us for the June 3 Ultra Light Startups event on Financing Lean Startups.

Please note that we do charge admission for Ultra Light Startups events - but for various reasons we do not use the payment system. The price is $20 (online) or $30 (at the door - cash only). Online registration closes at 3pm the day before the event or when advance tickets sell out. To secure the lowest price for admission you must register online. We hope to see you there!

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  • What is an "lean" or "agile" startup? Do non-lean startups exist?
  • What are viable options for financing a startup until you achieve profitability or fundability?
  • Is "lean" a (temporary) stage of a startup or a (permanent) type of startup?
  • If it's a stage, what is the objective of the stage? What is a "product/market fit". How do you know when you've achieved it?
  • If it's a type, what makes certain startups more applicable to the lean/agile approach than others? How do you finance startups not of that type?
  • If you've already achieved a product/market mix, why would you then give away equity and control by seeking venture funding?
  • What legal structures (LLC, C-Corp, S-Corp; Delaware vs. New York; etc) are most appropriate for the lean approach?
  • What impact will proposed changes to angel finance regulations have on bootstrappers?
  • What event should trigger a search for investment? Competition? Acceleration? Being first to market? Finding an application for a new technology? Funding development of an initial prototype? Sustaining a system with lots of users but no revenue model?
  • Does 'lean-ness' change after financing? What should change about the way a startup spends money after a financing round?

    Opening Remarks By:
  • Kareem Kouddous, Co-founder & Organizer at NYC Lean Startup Meetup
  • Phineas Barnes, Principal at First Round Capital

    Panelists (alphabetic order):
  • Murat Aktihanoglu, Founder and CEO of Centrl Inc and organizer of Entrepreneurs Roundtable
  • Brad Burnham, Partner at Union Square Ventures
  • Joe Chin, Co-founder and CEO of SourcePad
  • Peter Rothberg, Partner at Duane Morris

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