NYC Startup Academy's A VC's Perspective on the Current Startup Environment

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Please join NYC Startup Academy on Wednesday, June 19th as we welcome Lylan Masterman, a GP of White Star Capital for a fireside chat about the current state of the startup environment. We will discuss Lylan’s insights into how early stage companies are structured and valued, what the hottest industries and investment trends are right now, and the process and approach that investors follow in evaluating opportunities. You may also pick up some pointers on how companies can best position themselves to go to the financing markets. We look forward to a lively discussion and a fun event!

Lylan is a General Partner at White Star Capital, leading the US office. An experienced former Software Engineer and Product Manager, Lylan leverages his experience in leading technology teams as an investor and board member.
In 2004 he joined the Atlas division of aQuantive to help lead the company’s big data, rich media advertising platform, targeting product, user experience and internationalization; the company scaled drastically and 3½ years later it was acquired by Microsoft for $6.2bn. Lylan has also led product organizations for four early-stage companies, worked as an engineer on WebTV at Microsoft and a technology evangelist at Microsoft Research, and was a member of the product team for the first version of VisualStudio .NET.
Selected by Alleywatch as one of New York’s 50 Tech Influencers, Lylan has appeared on live TV on Cheddar and TDAmeritrade Network, his writing has been featured in Business Insider, VentureBeat twice and Entrepreneur, and he has been interviewed in the podcasts Something Ventured, Venture Studio and The Successful Pitch.
Lylan is a Kauffman Fellow and holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He has lived in Canada, both east and west coasts of the US, and has called New York his home since 2011.