How to Meet Two Investors in Nine Days
Is your startup ready for the next step in its life, but still looking for Mr. or Ms. Right? Let us be your wing woman and set you up with two lovely investors for Session 2 of our brand new Investor Hangouts program.
By Lauren Kim (Events Coordinator, Women 2.0)
There’s a reason investors are so damn sexy in Silicon Valley. No, I don’t mean sexy like Titanic-era Leonardo Dicaprio. I mean sexy like, need to meet them, nowhere to be found, impossible to talk to, rare creatures of the night that conjure throngs of hungry startup founders crowding around them at every tech networking event. It’s simple supply and demand economics – everyone wants face time with investors, but there’s just not enough of them to go around.
Fortunately, Women 2.0 has a solution for that. For the price of a candle-lit dinner, get 10 minutes of uninterrupted face time with a couple of special someones who can help take your startup to the next level. You get 5 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes to receive pitch feedback. Pull out all the stops and bring on the wow factor – we provide investors with your email address and startup’s information so they can set up a second ‘date’ if they so choose.
So, without further adieu, meet the lovely ladies who will be judging pitches for Women 2.0 Investor Hangouts #2!
Don’t forget to sign up for Investor Hangouts – Session 2 on Friday, July 12th 2013, 9am – 11am PDT using the Eventbrite link: InvestorHangouts2013.eventbrite.com
Kathleen Utecht (Investor, Comcast Ventures) is an investment professional in the New York office of Comcast Ventures responsible for co-running their $20MM seed-stage Opportunity Fund and also investing out of their larger seed-to-growth equity fund. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Kathleen worked in venture capital for Core Innovation Capital and WVP Ventures. Prior to her venture roles, Kathleen invested in and led Green Rock Entertainment, a start-up toy/game manufacturing company whose main product was Cahootie. She won Ernst & Young’s Winning Women Award for its success. Before her operational adventure, Kathleen was an investment banker in the financial services group of Raymond James and a graduate of General Electric Capital’s Financial Management Program. Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree from Babson College and an master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School.
Morgane Rollando (Treasurer/Investor, Femmes Business Angels) After 15 years’ experience in International Corporate Finance in IT (Nasdaq listed companies), became an Angel Investor in 2009. She fell in love with the startup world and took the role of treasurer of “Femmes Business Angels” in Paris. She led around 20 due diligences. She personally invested in 7 of them, and held a seat on 2 boards. As for her job, she now manages a consulting firm, Synerfia, acting as a finance and strategic advisor for small and medium businesses: “a la carte CFO”. Synerfia brings all level of the finance function to SMBs, according to their needs and budgets. She is passionate about Women Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and a happy mother of 2 daughters. Morgane holds a global MBA from Rotterdam School of Management and a master in Finance and Accountancy. She speaks French, English and Spanish.
Lauren Kim currently serves as the Events Coordinator at Women 2.0. Lauren holds a B.A. in Development Studies (study of developing nations) from U.C. Berkeley and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and women’s issues. In her spare time, she competes in hackathons, attends music festivals, and snowboards. Follow her on Twitter at @LaurenJisoo.