Boulder Startup Week 2021 Boulder Startup Week 2021

Founder

Monday, May 10, 2021

- MDT
Founder Conflict, Leadership, and Mental Health: A Love Story
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Melanie Kruger
Melanie Kruger
Red Canary, VP Talent
Eric Wu
Eric Wu
TaskRay, Co-founder & CEO
Blakely Graham
Blakely Graham
TaskRay, Co-founder

According to cofounderdynamics.com, "Companies with multiple cofounders outperform solo founders by 163%. But 65% of startups fail due to cofounder conflicts." The cofounder relationship is incredibly important to get right and is equally important to maintain. We have two co-founders willing to get personal and vulnerable about their experience building trust, losing it, falling apart, and then coming back together again. You do not want to miss this panel!

- MDT
Founders and Feelings. Let's Get Real.
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Justin Kruger
Justin Kruger
Project Helping, Founder
Randall Hartman
Randall Hartman
Groundwrk, Founder
Kate Garrigan
Kate Garrigan
BlueSuit, Head of Design | Co-Founder
Bennie Fowler
Bennie Fowler
Beanzzz INC, CEO

Founders are 2X more likely to suffer from depression, 6X more likely to suffer from ADHD, 3X more likely to suffer from subtance abuse, 10X more likely to suffer from bi-polar disorder, 2X more likely to have psychiatric hospitalization, and 2X more likely to have suicidal thoughts (Reference: TechCrunch). And, they have to do it with their entire teams watching and looking for any signs of doubt, the weight of the success and promises to investors on their shoulders, and in the public eye. Let's get candid in this panel. Fresh from his own conversations about mental health in the media, Justin Kruger will moderate this panel and go deep with panelists on the struggles they face and how they cope. This one is not to be missed!

- MDT
Entrepreneurs Creating Social Change in the Media
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Tim Huelskamp
Tim Huelskamp
1440 Media, CEO
Vanessa Otero
Vanessa Otero
Ad Fontes Media, CEO
Grace Oliva
Grace Oliva
Colorado Impact Fund, Vice President

In the past several years our news sources are now suddenly the subject of their own news stories. From Russia hacking our election with misinformation, to Ronan Farrow's story of challenges getting Harvey Weinstein's transgressions published at CNN, the story is out. Big money and people with agendas are behind the information we consume. Meet entrepreneurs who are doing something about it and what it's like innovating in this space.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

- MDT
Perfecting the Pitch
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Rachael Shayne
Rachael Shayne
FocusedBrands, Co-Founder, CMO
Jeff Donaldson
Jeff Donaldson
FocusedBrands Marketing, CMO, Co-Founder

We all know money flows to great team and great ideas — but not without a great pitch deck. After seeing 100s of these, we know what investors are looking for at seed stage and Series A+. In this session, we will breakdown and workshop the best approaches from investor and brand perspective giving you real-life examples and a guide you can use to raise capital that aligns with your idea, team, and ethos.