Next Meetup

Ben Black: Negotiating Your Options
NOTE: RSVP's are not yet open for this event. If you RSVP on Meetup now, you will be notified as soon as tickets go live on Eventbrite. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. There is a cover charge to attend this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Please only RSVP "Yes" if you will be attending. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders Free Second Responders $10 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register on EVENTBRITE: ------------------------------------------------------------------ Ben Black is the Managing Director & Co-founder of Akkadian Ventures, LLC ( -- an eleven-year veteran of the private equity space. Ben co-founded Akkadian to specialize in offering early liquidity to entrepreneurs, early employees, and investors in successful private companies. In 2011, Ben co-founded, with Chris Tarr, the Momentum Index ( which tracks the top performing private venture-backed companies. With the understanding that it often takes more than ten years for entrepreneurs to achieve liquidity, Akkadian Ventures created unique deal structures for entrepreneurs and employees to generate liquidity and diversify their risk by selling or leveraging private stock. Focusing exclusively on purchasing small stakes in successful growing companies, Akkadian helps innovators manage risk and reap financial reward during that hard climb to the top. Among many, Ben has managed notable investments in RocketFuel, Splunk, DocuSign, Lithium Technologies, Cloudmark, Ooyala, Citizenhawk, The Villa, Automattic and Telephia. Ben co-founded New Cycle Capital with Josh Becker to bring socially responsible investing to sectors like clean energy and social finance with angel investments in Renewable Funding and Opower. Ben spent nearly four years at Seattle venture capital firm Maveron, focusing on consumer businesses such as Allconnect (Inc. 500 winner). Prior to Maveron, he spent 3 years at private equity firm Rosewood Capital where he focused on branded consumer products and services, including Under Armour. As an entrepreneur, Ben was part of the founding team at Harris Interactive, which was a pioneer in Internet-based market research. During Ben's tenure, the company completed a successful IPO and generated $200M in revenue. Ben received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his JD at the Cornell School of Law. He is the author of a book on American Politics titled, "The Politics of American Discontent," ( which can be bought on Amazon for $0.12. Event Agenda: 6:30pm – Refreshments & networking 7:00pm - Fireside Chat 7:45pm - Q &A 8:00pm – More networking RSVP on EVENTBRITE ( is mandatory. No walk-ins will be allowed. Bring photo ID. Midtown Location (Note: Address will be sent via email to all registered guests after registering on Eventbrite) Due to building security requirements, you must pre-register for this event. Walk-ins cannot be accepted. No Exceptions!

Needs a location