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Hacking Fundraising ft. Paul Singh (500 Startups) & Don Rainey (Grotech)


Be at Graffiato's by 8:30 PM for mingling and pitching.



From intros and meetings to pitching and closing ... if you have any inkling that you'll want to raise money, then don't miss this event.

Doors open at 6; we'll start 15 mins earlier than usual.


Starting at 6:30 PM

Ryan Minto, Press Secretary for Congressman Patrick McHenry, will give us an overview of crowdfunding and what the JOBSAct means for startups. Questions and suggestions are requested, so come armed with 'em!


Starting at 6:50 PM

Paul Singh of 500 Startups will talk about the do's, don'ts, and D'OH's of seed-stage fundraising. He'll also present "Moneyball for Startups," a metrics-driven approach that 500 Startups takes when considering investments.


Starting at 7:20 PM

Don Rainey of Grotech Ventures (LivingSocial, HelloWallet), Paul Singh, and 2 startups -- including Jocelyn Gailliot of Uscoop and Kevin Lenane of Veenome -- will lead a panel discussion moderated by Steph Hay. Come prepared for Q&A (feel free to email questions in advance to [masked]).


Starting at 7:50 PM

Kevin Greene of Valhalla Partners will do a segment on "Maintaining Relationships With Investors." Using a case study as the basis of his talk, he'll describe how to keep your investors up-to-date on your learning, from seed to exit.


Closing us out at 8:10 PM

Jonathon Perelli of will talk about DC's newest accelerator program, The Fort.

Find out what he looks for in their investments and how The Fort is helping startups in the Fortify portfolio grow and thrive.


After 8:30 PM

Libations and conversations five doors down at Graffiato.


-----STARTUP BIOS------

Jocelyn M. Gailliot, co-founder of Uscoop, graduated from Brown University in 2003 with a major in business and economics.  After Brown she moved to New York City and worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley. From 2005 until 2010 she worked for two private equity firms in NYC and Hong Kong primarily focused on entity level investments and asset level acquisitions in the US and Asia.

Upon returning to the US, Jocelyn advised three successful startups on strategic growth before co-founding Uscoop in 2011.


Kevin Lenane is the co-founder and CEO of Veenome. He raised a $500k angel round in November of 2011 with investors from Google, Dingman Center, Ecosystem VC and others. Kevin won Paley Center's "Next Big Thing" in February 2012. He's also an advisor to IQ Engines (image recognition).

His previous experience includes product management and business development at PointAbout, Appmakr, and NAVTEQ/Nokia.  Kevin's a veteran of three acquisitions; legal key in 2011 PointAbout acquisition (Three Pillar Global.)


-----INVESTOR BIOS------


Paul Singh is a partner at 500 Startups. He's also an entrepreneur with successful exits (including Philtro in 2009), an angel investor, and a business consultant based in San Francisco and Washington, DC. He also was a core team member at PBWiki.

Paul specializes in metrics and process. He's been pivotal in creating predictive systems that map activity and growth with fundraising milestones and acquisitions.

Don Rainey joined Grotech Ventures as a general partner in September 2007 and currently serves on the boards of Grotech portfolio companies Clarabridge, GramercyOne, HelloWallet, LivingSocial, Personal, SnappCloud, and Zenoss.

As an Organizing Board member of the prestigious MindShare forum, Don helps CEOs from the DC region’s most promising start-ups build long-term sustainable companies.

He is a frequent speaker at local and national technology events, and was included on Washingtonian’s Tech Titans list in May 2011. The Northern Virginia Technology Council presented Don with its prestigious “Lifetime Navigator” Award for his work with entrepreneurs in March 2011.

Kevin Greene is a Partner at Valhalla Partners specializing in early and late-stage enterprise software, healthcare, and media companies. He serves on the board of GetWellNetwork, BlueStripe Software, and WellAWARE Systems, and he serves as a board observer for Flat World Knowledge.

Prior to Valhalla, Kevin worked for Flagship Ventures, IBM, and Goldman Sachs. He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and he earned a BS in Finance and Marketing from the UVA's McIntire School of Commerce -- where he also captained the Virginia varsity swimming team. He's a fellow in the Kauffman Fellows Program at the Center of Venture Education in Palo Alto.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event. Loved the in person speakers over Skype. Really appreciate the candid and open discussions about an often touchy and private subject of fundraising.

    April 25, 2012

  • Geoffrey L. B.

    Excellent meetup. Although I am not seeking investors, it was nice to hear their perspective. I learned a few things. It was also nice to hear first-hand about pending legislation to bring an equity option to crowd funding. The afterwards a the nearby bar was excellent as usual.

    April 25, 2012

  • Adam

    I don't normally give 5 stars, but honestly I can't think of anything that could have made this meetup better. Informative, honest, experienced speakers, wonderful host and attendees.

    April 25, 2012

  • Judy S.

    Fascinating! Great speakers, excellent crowd.

    April 25, 2012

  • Ryan P.

    Great speakers, great moderator, and great tone. Really feels like something special.

    April 25, 2012

  • Glen H.

    Don Rainey and Paul Singh were excellent. Well run meeting. Great program. Thanks!

    April 25, 2012

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