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Lean Startup Circle Panel: From an Idea to Raising a Seed Round

Hi everyone, 

Hope you are all enjoying the summer! We have a great panel for our next meetup on Wednesday August 10th! Our panel is going to include David Beisel, David Chang, Reed Sturtevant, and David Kantaros.  They will each give their own perspectives on what it takes to go from having an idea to raising your first round of funding from investors - what to focus on / what to ignore / and what attracted them most about the companies they invested in.

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has experience both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, which was acquired by

David Chang is an Angel Investor and entrepreneur. He holds several advisor/board memberships and has made 30 angel investments in early-stage startups. Recent awards include Boston Business Journal’s Power 50: Most Influential Bostonians, Finalist for BostInno’s 50 on Fire for Tech, and Finalist for NEVY Angel of the Year.

Reed Sturtevant is a partner at Project 11, a seed and pre-seed stage venture capital firm. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director of Techstars Boston. In those roles he has invested in 80 startups over the last five years. 

David Kantaros is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he is co-chair of the firm’s Technology Industry Team and a member of the Private Equity & Venture Capital. He has worked extensively with both startups looking to raise money and investors.

Foley & Lardner LLP has kindly offered to host this event. Networking will take place at 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm and be followed by a Q&A. Space is limited, so make sure to RSVP!

As always, if you have any ideas or suggestions feel free to send them my way!


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  • Jerrold M. S.

    Is there metered on-street parking near the meeting site? Do the parking meters run until 6 PM or later?

    August 9

    • Jarrett

      Some are 6:00pm, and some are 8:00pm. Also, some change back to residential after the meter part ends, beware of this, as it's usually a guaranteed ticket. There are usually plenty of signs.

      1 · August 10

  • Tom P.

    A conflict will prevent me from attending in person. Will there be an audio conference, recording or transcript of the session available?

    August 10

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