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Venture Financing Term Sheets 101 with Brian Dillavou

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💸 Do you want to get the deal done with investors?
💸 Understanding the basics of term sheets will help you understand what it takes

☝️ What concepts are typically included in a venture capital term sheet
How each of the concepts in a term sheet are interrelated
The difference between a company favorable term sheet and an investor favorable term sheet
Market trends in venture capital terms on 05/27 at 12:30pm PST
~What concepts are typically included in a venture capital term sheet
~How each of the concepts in a term sheet are interrelated
~The difference between a company favorable term sheet and an investor favorable term sheet
~Market trends in venture capital terms

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Readying Your Business for the Web3 Wave with Vishal Lugani

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Want to stay ahead of the curve in the world of Web3?

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With so much potential for growth, now is the time to learn about Web3 and how it can benefit your business.

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Join Vishal Lugani on 06/02 at 9:30am PST for FREE!They will cover this along with:
~Web3 and cryptocurrency applications
~What to do when investors ask if you’ve considered this technology
~How to determine if it is a good fit for your startup
~A framework for incorporating the technology into existing businesses

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How to Build a Startup in the Real World with Tim Sylvester

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Tim Sylvester details actionable insights on how to build a startup for tech founders who don’t fit the traditional Silicon Valley mold.

About this event

According to a report released last year, San Francisco and New York are ranked as the top two startup ecosystems in the world, respectively. The cities were ranked according to the quantity of startups in the ecosystem, the quality of the ecosystem, and the city’s overall business environment. Also on the list of top ten ecosystems are Los Angeles and Boston.

However, what if you live in one of the thousands of U.S. cities not in the top ten and you want to build a startup?

For decades, the stereotypical startup was one based in a top market with a well developed startup culture, readily available investment opportunities, and a short time between idea, investment, and commercialization. However, according to entrepreneur Tim Sylvester, that made-for-TV stereotype doesn’t describe the average entrepreneur worldwide.

“How can your business prevail if you’re not from the Bay Area, didn’t go to Stanford, and you aren’t working in SaaS? This stereotype doesn’t describe the vast majority of startups,” Sylvester says. “Most of the advice I found about how to build a startup and how to fund a startup included very narrow advice for a tiny little section of society. I had to figure it out on my own.”

On June 7, 2022, Tim Sylvester will host a webinar for Founders Network members where he’ll detail actionable insights on how to build a startup for tech founders who don’t fit the traditional Silicon Valley mold.

In his webinar, Sylvester will cover:

  • Building a network
  • Finding startup capital
  • Getting your documents in order
  • Creating an MVP
  • Go to market strategy

About the Speaker:

Tim Sylvester is an electrical and computer engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. With his understanding of both technology and roadbuilding, he came to realize road networks were on a path to converge with data, communications, and power networks, which inspired him to create Integrated Roadways. His first goal in founding the company is to improve the universal driving experience by transforming ordinary roads into a digital infrastructure for next-generation mobility. His other goal is to solve the ongoing infrastructure funding problem by proving that roads can pay for their own existence through the economic benefits they provide to users.

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The Power of Customer Centric Startups with Raja Mukerji

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No matter what kind of business you’re operating, prioritizing customers is a sound strategy. However, research shows that customer centric startups in particular tend to have an advantage over their competitors.

According to a recent report, 66 percent of customers expect companies to understand their unique needs and expectations. Additionally, the report indicates that more than 80 percent of customers will switch to a competitor after a few bad experiences. And 86 percent of customers will pay more for a better customer experience.

“There’s only one purpose of a company and that’s to provide value to its customers,” says entrepreneur Raja Mukerji, co-founder and chief customer officer of ExtraHop Networks, a cybersecurity solutions provider. “If a company does not provide value to its customers, it cannot survive. As founders, we think we set value. We don’t set value. We set price. The customer defines value and unless we work very closely with our customers from day one, we can’t possibly know what product market fit is because we don’t know what the actual market is. Technology ecosystems aren’t markets; buying customers are markets.”

In a global keynote event for Founders Network members on June 15, 2022, Mukerji will explain the value of customer centricity and how customer centric startups have a unique advantage. He’ll also explain how customer centric startups can use customer insights and feedback to make better decisions related to product development and customer experience.

In his global keynote, Mukerji will also explain:

  • Why providing value to customers is the point of a company
  • What customer centricity actually looks like
  • How prioritizing customers can satisfy key stakeholders
  • The importance of selling to customers overt analysts

Opening Remarks & Chapter Launch @ 9:30am PT

Join us for opening remarks with Kevin Holmes, Founder & CEO @ Founders Network, to get the latest updates from the Network and opportunities for getting involved.

Keynote Speaker @ 9:40am PT

**Raja Mukerji **is the Chief Customer Officer (CCO) and co-founder at ExtraHop Networks where he is responsible for Customer Services, Solutions Architecture, Business Development, and Technical Alliances. Raja drives customer success, leveraging his operational background in the financial-services industry.

Raja co-founded ExtraHop in 2007, after a seven-year tenure at F5 Networks where he was a Senior Software Architect and co-inventor of the TMOS platform. Raja was a lead developer behind the BIG-IP v9 product and the major accounts liaison for critical customer-facing issues within Product Development. Before F5, Raja worked as a Technology Architect at Strong Capital Management.

Raja is a renowned expert in application delivery and network protocols. He was involved in the FreeBSD project and contributed several enhancements to its TCP stack. Raja holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Stage-Based Roundtables @ 10:30 am PT

Community Partners

Dec’13 Cohort **Blake Caldwell **is the CEO & Founder of FoundersBoost. He has 350 alumni, 100 new startups a year, 8k newsletter readers. He’s driven by his passions to create and build community. He’s also the founder of 2332 Collective (music production & festivals with the goal of bringing music to West LA) & The MoGuard (consumer product cup attachment protecting glorious mustaches).

Max Shapiro founded PeopleConnect in 2000 to help early-stage high-tech companies find the talent they need to succeed. PeopleConnect’s clients are in technology, biotech, cleantech, apps, services, medical devices, and consumer products. Their team of outstanding recruiters finds C-level executives, talented managers and experienced leaders who will bring their client companies to the next level.

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