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April 25, 2019. New York, USA
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About the Event

Are you building a company or the founder of an early-stage company and trying to navigate through and execute on your potential financing options?

In this session, we will focus on financing issues for early-stage companies such as:

  • Various sources of equity financing – friends and family, angels and venture capital firms (VCs)

  • Most common ways of structuring early-stage financing – SAFEs, convertible notes and preferred stock

  • The process of negotiating and closing an early-stage financing

  • Bootstrapping and other strategies to avoid or postpone the need for outside financing


Featured Speakers

Alan Wink

Director-Capital Markets at EisnerAmper LLP
Alan has 20 years of financial and consulting experience. Alan spent several years as Director of Financial Analysis for AmBase Corporation (NYSE), where he led approximately $2 billion of corporate acquisition activity. He is also a past Vice President of Capricorn Management, a $100 million private equity fund specializing in restructuring and turnaround opportunities.
Alan has worked with many early stage and emerging growth companies on developing the appropriate capital structure for their position in the business life cycle. He maintains an active contact base with angel investors, venture capital funds and private equity funds.

Kristopher Brown

Tech-Life Sciences Group at Goodwin Procter LLP
Kris Brown is a corporate law partner in the Tech-Life Sciences Group at Goodwin Procter LLP in New York City, as well as an active tech and life-sciences focused angel investor. He counsels domestic and global early stage companies, venture capital funds and corporate strategic investors, like the corporate venture arm of Johnson & Johnson, and BMWi Ventures. In addition, Kris sits on the board of advisors for Venture for America.

Charlie O'Donnell

Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
Charlie O'Donnell has been an active member of the NYC startup community for over 15 years, with a reputation of being the most accessible early stage investor in New York. After being hired as the first analyst at Union Square Ventures and helping to open First Round Capital's first NYC office, he founded Brooklyn Bridge Ventures in 2012.
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures has made over 60 investments since it was founded, making it one of the most active funds investing in pre-seed and seed rounds in the city. It often leads or co-leads, investing in a wide variety of startups founded by a diverse pool of founders including The Wing, Petal, Clubhouse, Hungryroot, Ample Hills Creamery, Canary, goTenna and Imagen, among others. The fund was the first to be launched in Brooklyn--where he was born and raised.
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