Communities
Show Me the Money: The Current Investment Environment

Event Details

Date
Apr 14, 2016
Time
7:30 am to 9:30 am
Event Location
WeWork
220 NW 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Price

$25 TAO Member

$45 Non Member

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Finance Community Sponsors

Knowing the current state of the funding environment is essential as companies execute on their capitalization strategy.  

Come join us on the morning of Thursday, April 14th for a lively discussion led by subject matter experts.  Our hand-picked panelists have experience across multiple sectors and are looking forward to sharing their historic, current and future insights on raising capital.

Attendees will benefit from the wealth of knowledge from our panel as well as from networking among new and seasoned entrepreneurs.

Panelists

 


Eric Rosenfeld

Co-Founder & Ringleader
Oregon Angel Fund

Eric launched the Oregon Angel Fund with Bob Ward in 2007 to combine the collective wisdom and horsepower of a select group of active, accomplished angel investors with the rigor and discipline of a venture fund.  OAF has since grown to become the most active local venue for funding startups in terms of both participants and dollars invested – OAF and its 200+ investors have placed over $30M with 40 local startups that now employ over 2,000 people.  

Previously, Eric co-founded Capybara Ventures, was a principal owner of Second Story Interactive Studios, and director of corporate business development for Mentor Graphics.  Eric also worked as a technology and industry analyst for SRI International and was a research fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  In addition to serving on several portfolio company boards, Eric is board chair of the Catlin Gabel School, and past chair of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and Angel Oregon.  Eric received his MBA from The Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and degrees in Industrial Engineering and American Studies from Stanford University.

  

Erik Benson
Managing Director
Voyager Capital


Erik focuses on market-changing technologies and disruptive business models, concentrating his efforts on working with seed- and early-stage companies based in the Pacific Northwest. 

Erik currently represents Voyager on the board of directors of Act-On Software, Anova DataChirpifyLighter CapitalLyticsRio SEOSheerID,Shiftboard and SkyWard. Erik was previously responsible for Voyager's investments in aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box (acquired by IBM), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies), Covario (acquired by Dentsu Aegis), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon Web Services), Geoloqi (acquired by ESRI) and Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts). 

Prior to Voyager, Erik was a seed investor for Seattle-based WRF Capital after holding leadership roles at Mimix Inc., a pioneer in the area of motion capture and animation software. Erik started his career in New York for a predecessor bank to JPMorgan Chase, advising and financing private equity clients. 

Outside of work, Erik enjoys playing squash and flying drones. He has an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Pacific Lutheran University.

  

Jonathan Seeber
General Partner
Updata Partners

Jon Seeber is a General Partner with the firm. He has more then ten years of experience in technology and technology investments. Previously, Jon worked for IBM Global Services Business Development, where he managed acquisition, divestiture, investment, and partnership activities for IBM’s largest business unit. From 1998 to 2002, Jon served on active duty in the US Air Force. He holds two U.S. patents in network optimization and network security.

Jon is a graduate of Duke University and holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

  

Robert Wiltbank, PhD
CEO
Galois Inc.

Rob is CEO at Galois, an R&D Services company located in Portland Oregon, focused on trusted systems; making information technology systems work as intend, only as intended.  In addition, Rob runs an angel investing and startup class as Professor of Entrepreneurship at Willamette University that was selected as one of the top 10 entrepreneurship courses in the country by Inc Magazine. 

Prior to joining Galois, Dr. Wiltbank pursued academic research on angel investing returns and entrepreneurial expertise.  He received the 2013 Hans Severeins Award, a national award from the United States angel investment community, for his work and service to the field of angel investing.  He is co-author of two books, Effectual Entrepreneurship and The Catalyst, as well as many academic articles.  The Catalyst was selected by BusinessWeek as a top 10 leadership book in the year of its release, and focuses on entrepreneurship in organizations.  Effectual Entrepreneurship is currently used to teach the entrepreneurial method in nearly 150 universities around the world.   Rob serves as trustee of the Angel Resource Institute, and the editorial board of Journal of Business Venturing.  He completed his PhD in Strategic Management at the University of Washington, and undergraduate work in finance and accounting at Oregon State University. 

Rob has been investing in growth stage companies for the last 10 years throughout the Northwest of the United States.  He’s served on the boards of two acquired companies, Veriwave and Max-Viz, and currently serves on the board of Galois Inc, TOZNY, Sailfan Research, and Formaltech.

  

Moderator

Eric Winquist
CEO & Co-Founder
Jama Software

CEO Eric Winquist sets the strategic vision for Jama, a company he founded in 2007 after witnessing first-hand the common frustrations companies face in delivering complex, systems-driven products to market. With more than 20 years experience in product development and entrepreneurship, he is passionate about reinventing product delivery in the enterprise. Eric’s interest and background in the psychology of work and motivation has informed many of the innovations in Jama’s collaboration software. Eric is frequently invited to present on the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation and business-process change.