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Increase Your Chances For Success: Choosing The Right Partners

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Anthony Millin
NEXT by Shulman Rodgers

Anthony Millin is the Chair of NEXT and a trusted legal and business advisor to startup, early-stage and emerging growth companies. As a corporate and securities attorney, a successful serial entrepreneur and a venture capitalist, Anthony brings a unique legal and business perspective to advising his clients. “Anthony has had a tremendous impact on the success of my company since we were in the startup phase,” says Dale Nirvani Pfeifer, Founder and CEO of GoodWorld. “He has not only provided sound and creative legal support, but has also served as a key business advisor throughout the growth of my company.” Anthony understands firsthand what it takes to start, scale and manage a company, to successfully prepare for and run a fund raising process, and to address the legal issues faced by a startup. This background provides him with valuable insights into the legal and business needs of his clients. Anthony has worked closely with a range of angel and institutional investors and helps clients identify real opportunities. He serves businesses across multiple industries including internet/SaaS, technology, biotech, cleantech, edtech, fintech and health care. Another specialized skill set Anthony brings to the table is his China-based experience, assisting early-stage and middle-market companies interested in conducting business in China or seeking direct foreign investment from China. Anthony also serves as a Venture Partner at Urban.Us, a seed stage VC firm. Contact Anthony at [email protected].

Ghazenfer Mansoor
Technology Rivers, CEO

Ghazenfer Mansoor is a CEO of Technology Rivers, a top-rated product development firm in Reston, VA. Ghazenfer has a special interest and experience with the startup community, as this passion has been prominent through his involvement in the startup community as an Advisor, Angel Investor and partner in various software startups. Prior to Technology Rivers, Ghazenfer has worked with two startups as an early engineer (one failed, and one went public), and later a founder of a SaaS startup. He has experienced the startup hype cycle, understands the culture of the startup environment and what is required to build successful technology solutions. Throughout his career, he filled many different roles including architect, programmer, software engineer, user experience specialist, product development, project coordinator, growth hacker, sales and marketing executive and the Chief Technology Officer.
As part of his work at Technology Rivers, he works with Entrepreneurs and Startup founders, and helps them create innovative software products including cloud-based mobile and web applications in different business domains.
As the CEO and founder of Technology Rivers, he believes in the importance of creating elegant and meaningful solutions to complex business problems. Through his innovative approach and strong solution-oriented mindset, Technology Rivers has been recognized in several different industries including healthcare, education, and consumer applications. 

Mark Brenner
Wiss & Company, LLP

Mark Brenner is CEO and co-founder of WEST Technology, a subsidiary of Wiss. Wiss utilizes WEST technology to help early stage companies maintain a strong financial foundation, increase their probability of success, and obtain a return on sacrifice for founders and investors.
Prior to WEST, Mark founded three companies and ran them each as CEO to either a sale or IPO. Two of these companies have grown to over $100 million in revenue. He has over 13 years of venture capital and M&A investment banking experience, led a turnaround as interim CEO, and headed Corporate Partnerships for a public company. Overall, Mark had guided over 60 companies through investment transactions and exits before co-founding WEST.

Tanya Wagstaff
Insperity, Business Performance Advisor
Tanya Wagstaff brings to the business community close to 20 years of combined advisory and business operations experience with executive leadership roles in Finance and Human Resources from varied industries, at both publicly traded and privately-held organizations and, multi-state domestic and international corporations. As an Insperity Business Performance Advisor, Tanya works with startups and small businesses to transform how they raise employee productivity and, control risk and expenses so their businesses become more profitable, successful. 

What are the core foundational services all startups need when launching: legal, accounting, insurance, healthcare, technology and more - and how do these needs change when growing and scaling? Given the failure rate for startups, learn how to increase your chances for success by choosing the right service partners and ensure you are covered from all legal and business perspectives.