Techstars Foundercon 2020 Techstars Foundercon 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

- MDT
- MDT
Raising Your Series A Virtually: Lessons Learned from COVID Roadshows
Clem Cazalot
Clem Cazalot
Techstars, Managing Director - Boston
Helen Adeosun
Helen Adeosun
CareAcademy, CEO and President, Co-Founder - Techstars Boston 2017
Dan DeMers
Dan DeMers
Cinchy, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Toronto 2018
Ty Harris
Ty Harris
Openly, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Boston 2018
Mike Nugent
Mike Nugent
Founder & General Partner, Vestigo Ventures - BISON, Cofounder - Techstars Boston 2011

Fundraising your Series A round is hard, requires prep and benchmarking of the market, and COVID can make it even more tricky. In this panel, we will be sharing practical tips from alumni having closed their Series A during COVID.

- MDT
Real Talk: Investor-Founder-Mentor Relationships
Natty Zola
Natty Zola
Techstars, Matchstick Ventures, Managing Director, Partner
Liz Giorgi
Liz Giorgi
Soona Studios, Co-Founder and CEO - Techstars Boulder 2018
Jackie Ros Amable
Jackie Ros Amable
Techstars Alumni Boulder 2015
Bryan Birsic
Bryan Birsic
FundBoard, Co-founder & CEO

Where do most founders go wrong? Where do most investors go wrong? It’s all about how they build relationships. But what does it actually mean to build a relationship for fundraising? In this talk we will discuss how to successfully build long term business relationships and how that applies to fundraising and network building. As a group of seasoned fundraisers, we are going to dig into the bolts and nuts of what healthy founder-investor-mentor relationships and conversations look like overtime, as well as, discuss some of the challenges in the fundraising landscape. From congress, to building new funds for underserved regions, or building platforms to democratize fundraising, this group of speakers is dedicated to making fundraising more accessible and straightforward and will undoubtedly be sharing some gems!

Visit Zoom link above at time of event.

- MDT
Strategies for Today’s Market Unknowns
Clarence Bethea
Clarence Bethea
Upsie, Founder and CEO - Techstars Retail 2017
Alex Canter
Alex Canter
Ordermark, CEO - Techstars Boulder 2018
Gregg Cochran
Gregg Cochran
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Americas
Nicole Clark
Nicole Clark
Trellis Research, CEO and co-founder - Techstars LA 2018
Dan DeMers
Dan DeMers
Cinchy, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Toronto 2018
Luke Schoenfelder
Luke Schoenfelder
Latch, Co-founder and CEO - Techstars R/GA 2015
- MDT
The Art of the Pivot
Dave Payne
Dave Payne
Techstars, Managing Director - Atlanta
Ben Frank
Ben Frank
Rotabull, CEO - Techstars IoT 2017
Tuhin Sharma
Tuhin Sharma
Binaize, CEO - Techstars Austin 2020
Agustin Gonzalez
Agustin Gonzalez
Paranoid Fan, Founder & CEO

Everyone knows the adage that "all startups pivot," but how do you navigate it? How do you know when the time is right? What's the right way to pull it off? How do pivots play out? Hear about pivoting from Techstars founders who have successfully done it before.

- MDT
Icebreaker Networking - Hosted by John Hill
John Hill
John Hill
Techstars, VP of Network

Grab a coffee or drink of choice and join us for some fun catching up with the legend, John Hill, and the Techstars network! We'll be using Icebreaker, where you can meet other founders directly and share conversation topics. 

When you're ready, join us here: https://icebreaker.video/events/XMnyI5KvdxbyQmQJqb76

- MDT
Foundercon 2020 Kickoff - Chat with David and David (Evening)
David Brown
David Brown
Techstars, Cofounder, CEO
David Cohen
David Cohen
Techstars, Cofounder, Managing Partner
John Hill
John Hill
Techstars, VP of Network
- MDT
Building Your Company Remote First
Damola Ogundipe
Damola Ogundipe
Civic Eagle, Co-founder and CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2019
Ahva Sadeghi
Ahva Sadeghi
Symba, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2020
Ryan Kuder
Ryan Kuder
Techstars, Managing Director - Techstars Anywhere
Lindsey Michaelides
Lindsey Michaelides
Strongsuit, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2019
Jordan Husney
Jordan Husney
Parabol, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2019
Darren Buckner
Darren Buckner
Workfrom, CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2020

How do you build a company with remote employees from the very beginning? We'll talk with four Techstars Anywhere founders at different stages who are doing just that. We will discuss hiring, onboarding, culture, processes, challenges and benefits. If you've recently gone remote or are considering making the move to remote join us for this panel discussion.

- MDT
How To Navigate Co-Founder Relationships
Join on Zoom
Anna Barber
Anna Barber
Techstars, Managing Director - Los Angeles
Lauren Tracy
Lauren Tracy
Blue Fever, Co-founder & CEO - Alexa Next Stage 2020
Steve Seigel
Steve Seigel
Digital Health Entrepreneur & Investor
Melanie Stricklan
Melanie Stricklan
Slingshot Aerospace, Co-founder & CSO - Techstars LA 2017
Obi Omile
Obi Omile
theCut, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars LA 2018

Research shows that 65% of companies fail due to team issues. Hear from founding teams that have navigated change and growth, and come out stronger.

This event will be held on Zoom, visit the Stream link above at time of event.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

- MDT
Raising Capital in Uncertain Times
Jenny Fielding
Jenny Fielding
Techstars, Managing Director - New York City
Kim Stiefel
Kim Stiefel
REPEAT, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars LA 2018
Char Hu
Char Hu
The Helper Bees, CEO
Christina Ross
Christina Ross
Cube, Founder & CEO- Techstars NYC 2019

Given the current pandemic and looming recession, what have been some of the best approaches to raising capital during volatile times? Hear from Techstars founders on what's working right now.

- MDT
What About Me as a Cofounder in the Long Term!?
Clem Cazalot
Clem Cazalot
Techstars, Managing Director - Boston
Jesse Bardo
Jesse Bardo
EverTrue, Cofounder - Techstars Boston 2011
Brent Shields
Brent Shields
OwnUp, CTO & Co-founder - Techstars Boston 2017
Layla Lynn
Layla Lynn
AceUp, Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder - Techstars Boston 2019
Sonciary Honnoll
Sonciary Honnoll
Promoboxx, Co-founder - Techstars Boston 2011

The “CEO role” is somewhat easy to understand as the company grows: focus on fundraising, hiring good executives, and strategy. However, as a cofounder, we are wearing many different hats. What does this mean in the long term?

- MDT
Ideas for Balancing Growth and Burn Effectively
Gregg Cochran
Gregg Cochran
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Americas
Damola Ogundipe
Damola Ogundipe
Civic Eagle, Co-founder and CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2019
Michael Barlow
Michael Barlow
Fernish, CEO and Co-founder
Julia Niiro
Julia Niiro
MilkRun, CEO - Techstars Anywhere
Cody Barbo
Cody Barbo
Trust & Will, Founder & CEO
- MDT
Startup Mergers & Acquisitions
Laura Kennedy
Laura Kennedy
Techstars, VP, Corporate Development
Austin Evarts
Austin Evarts
Techstars Chapters - NYC
Anya Babbitt
Anya Babbitt
SPLT, Founder - Techstars Mobility 2015
Rod Robinson
Rod Robinson
Coupa Software

Are you thinking about an exit in the next 12-24 months? Perhaps you want to create more strategic opportunities for your business and options for the future. Through a conversation that will cover standard strategic deal workflows and stories from founders who have successfully navigated an exit, learn how to prepare, where to begin, and what to avoid.

- MDT
What Life is Like 5 Years After My Techstars Program
Natty Zola
Natty Zola
Techstars, Matchstick Ventures, Managing Director, Partner
John Guydon
John Guydon
Lassy Project, CEO
John Paasonen
John Paasonen
Maxwell, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Boulder 2016
Devon Tivona
Devon Tivona
Pana, CEO and Co-founder
Jackie Ros Amable
Jackie Ros Amable
Techstars Alumni Boulder 2015
Todd Saunders
Todd Saunders
Broadlume, CEO - Techstars Boulder 2015

Natty Zola will revisit founders from previous classes to discuss what life looks like for them five years after they started their Techstars journey.

- MDT
CTO Discussion: Building & Leading Technical Teams
Gregg Cochran
Gregg Cochran
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Americas
Sara Chipps
Sara Chipps
Jewelbots, Co-founder
Brent Chow
Brent Chow
Svrf, Technical Co-founder and CPO - Techstars NYC 2017
Erica Windisch
Erica Windisch
New Relic, Principal Engineer
Shon Urbas
Shon Urbas
Pandium, Founder and CTO - Techstars NYC 2018
Cavan Klinsky
Cavan Klinsky
Healthie, Co-Founder/CTO - Techstars NYC 2016