Tech Talk Tuesday: Selecting an Equity Investor
Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag
Bay Colony Corporate Center, North Entrance
1000 Winter Street - Suite 4000
Waltham, MA 02451
January 27, 2009 7:30AM–9:30AM
With credit markets distressed and equity hard to come by, it seems counterintuitive that entrepreneurs have a choice of equity investors to target for funds. However, capital is still being invested and successful companies are able to raise new rounds, albeit at lower valuations and with longer due diligence processes.
A prudent entrepreneur will consider all equity options seeking to maximize the long term growth and value of the company. Each equity investor will describe best practices on how to do so.
Topics to be discussed:
- Long term implications of a choice of investor. Which groups are likely to invest in multiple rounds?
- When faced with a choice of equity investor, how does an entrepreneur choose one over the other?
- Which equity group has the deepest pockets? Which are doing early stage deals in today's market?
- Is it all about the money?
- James A. Saalfield, Managing General Partner, Still River Funds
- Liam Donohue, Co-Founder and Managing Director, .406 Ventures
- Ken Greenberg, MD, Principal, MPM Capital
- Gregg Stone, Manager, Kestrel Management, LLC
- David Pierson, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP