Brad Feld, Managing Director of Foundry Group will discuss FG Angels' first year of experience as a leading angel syndicate. Brad will talk about the impact angel syndicates have on entrepreneurs, angels, VCs, and the professionals who facilitate deals. What are the challenges and what are the opportunities for each in this new environment? How has the Foundry Group's “thematic” investing strategy translated to the syndicate model? Brad also will share his insights into important new trends in early stage investing.
ACA has made great progress with Congress and regulators on everything from the accredited investor definition to tax benefits. Recently five Senators sponsored the HALOS Act to exclude “demo days” from general solicitation requirements. But the best results come when investors and entrepreneurs meet with their Members of Congress when they are in their home districts. Consider meeting with your legislators soon. ACA’s easy toolkit gives you everything you need to meet – from the Congressional calendar, to how to schedule meetings, to talking points and documents to provide. The speakers walk through the toolkit and answer your questions to make it even easier.
Speakers: Linda Lorraine Smith, Grassroots Team Leader, ACA Vice Chair-Elect, and Sierra Angels; Mike Eckert, ACA Public Policy Chair and NO/LA Angel Network; Chris McCannell, Director in APCO Worldwide (ACA’s government affairs representative)
Thousands of successful companies have completed accelerator programs where they refined their business model, received incredible mentorship and obtained their first customers. Now they are ready for smart angel funding. Learn what makes an accelerator effective, how entrepreneurs benefit from working with accelerators, and why this model can be a perfect match for angel investors.
With their perspectives as seasoned VCs and professional angel investors, Bill Bryant and Geoff Entress have practical ideas on how VCs and angels can work together to achieve success for themselves and the companies they invest in. What roles do each play in helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to fruition? Where does building the product end and building the company begin? When should an entrepreneur raise an angel round versus a VC round? How can VCs and angels maximize their opportunities for success?
Speakers:William Bryant, Partner, DFJ Ventures and active angel investor, and Geoff Entress, Venture Partner, Voyager Capital and active angel investor, have hundreds of investments between them in both capacities.