Austin Startup Week 2022 Austin Startup Week 2022

Building in the Bear Market

Thursday, November 17, 2022

- CST
"Be Your Own VC" — Bootstrapping Principles to Generate Cash and Keep Control
Jill Klinvex
Jill Klinvex
Capital Factory, Venture Principal
James M. Benham
James M. Benham
JBKnowledge, Co-Founder & CEO

James Benham’s education in entrepreneurship started at an early age, from a father whose own education in entrepreneurship started even earlier. James has now spent over 20 years starting and scaling profitable, bootstrapped technology businesses while helping his clients do the same. From international insurers to the world’s largest construction companies, he’s helped thousands of businesses and innovators learn the bootstrapping mindset that has helped him maintain focus of his vision, maximize his equity in every business endeavor and ultimately earn him the freedom to build what he loves.

- CST
Prepping Financially to “Expand or Exit” in a Bearish Economy
Amber Gunst
Amber Gunst
FundLyst, Cofounder & CRO
Josh Sanchez
Josh Sanchez
FloatMe, CEO

Navigating a “bearish” economy in danger of a recession is challenging for any business especially startups looking to not just survive, but truly thrive. This track explores tips and considerations on how startups in all stages can navigate the current economy.

- CST
Raising your Pre-Seed in a Pullback
Albert Swantner
Albert Swantner
The Fund Austin, Partner
Andy Ambrose
Andy Ambrose
TheFund Austin, Partner
Nicole Bentz
Nicole Bentz
S3 Ventures, VC

Join The Fund's investment committee members for a discussion on how to raise a pre-seed in a downturn and what the new reality is.

- CST
Navigating the Funding Journey - From Seed to Beyond
Thomas Ball
Thomas Ball
Next Coast Ventures, Managing Director/co-Founder
Sara Brand
Sara Brand
True Wealth Ventures, Founding General Partner
Krishna Srinivasan
Krishna Srinivasan
LiveOak Venture Partners, Founding Partner
Charlie Plauche
Charlie Plauche
S3 Ventures, General Partner

Hear from partners at leading, Austin-based VC firms, as they review local venture market data and share advice for founders fundraising in a shifting economy.  How will market changes affect my ability to fundraise? What should I do differently?