In this edition:
Angel Capital Summit News
The Angel Capital Summit is scheduled for March 19 and 20th at the DU Campus in Sturm Hall. This is the same location as last year. Don’t take that to mean that we are repeating the same old conference! We’ve revisioned the ACS to include suggestions from last year’s suggestion box. All the seminars will occur on one stage. No more choosing between two awesome talks. Just relax and take it all in! Similarly, pitching companies will not compete for attention; they too will pitch on one stage.
Local Legends, David Cohen, founder of TechStars, and Jon Nordmark, CEO of eBags will both be giving Keynote addresses at the ACS. We have confirmation that many angel and venture capital investors will be in the audience. We have a growing list of VCs who will be attending so they can browse our local seed stage companies.
Pitch applications are in Executive Review through February and companies will be invited to pitch in early March. We have seen some hot new companies come through both the Gust and Business Catapult application databases. Companies will be matched with trained Pitch Coaches and the Finalists will be chosen during the week of March 11 after we’ve seen the pitches in person.
No Pitch Event in April
Since the Angel Capital Summit is late in March (corresponding with DU’s Spring Break), we will have a bye in April. Although we won’t have new pitches in April, the investor Forum will still meet in April. This allows the Investor Forum to fully digest the large number of companies that pitched at the Angel Capital Summit. A Bye in April is good for entrepreneurs and good for RVC staff. Whew! We will resume our normal pitch event schedule in May.
New RVC Staff Roster
We’ve been growing! RVC is an amazingly complex organization at the cutting edge of angel investing and private equity community development. We are so thankful to have found some amazing new staff members so we can accomplish our goals this year. As a new non-profit, we are thankful to have the deep experience of executive-level interim staff. We really are lucky to have such a great team! Here’s what our roster looks like right now…
Peter Adams, MBA – Executive Director
Known as the brave soul who took over the Rockies Venture Club in Dec of 2011, Peter is the visionary force shaping RVC today.
Kevin Andresen – Interim Staff
Most recently VP at Urban Lending Solutions, Kevin is experienced with the crazy world we call Private Equity and Venture Capital.
Patty Laushman, MA – Interim Staff
Past CEO of the Uptime group, she now calls herself a “cashed out entrepreneur”, Patty is intimate with the inner workings of start-up operations and knows the path from zero to exit.
Nicole Gravagna, MS, PhD – Director of Operations
Just like the human brain strengthens useful neural connections and removes extraneous ones, Nicole is constantly developing new Standard Operating Procedures to keep RVC running smoothly as it grows.
Stacy Gregg, MA – Communications Manager
With two advanced degrees in education, Stacy is well-suited to managing the constant stream of three-way communications at RVC.
Rebecca Wiedemer, MBA – Events Manager
Senior Financial Analyst at Standard and Poor’s by day and master of Event Management by night. Rebecca is responsible for the high quality of our monthly Pitch Event these days.
Mimi Zheng – Analyst Intern
Soon-to-be-graduate of Metro State University, Mimi is involved with Analysis at RVC this year. She’s taking a deeper look at operations, revenue, and communications to make RVC a sustainable non-profit for Colorado.
Writing Venture Capital for Dummies
We have a confession. We’ve been moonlighting. Peter and Nicole are writing Venture Capital for Dummies with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. publishing company. We were excited to take on the project when Wiley approached us in the fall since we already wanted to build extensive educational curriculum around fundraising. This book will walk founders through the process of fundraising in an easy-to-grasp “for dummies” format. VC’s for Dummies will be on shelves by September 1st of this year.
RVC Classes are a big hit!
Speaking of educational curriculum (see above), we have been thrilled with the quality of education and the amount of energy that arrises from each RVC Academy class. We’ve had a couple of stellar classes so far, A Good Investment Deal, Marketing and Branding, and Due Diligence. Our thought leaders bring specific expertise to the table, and the small setting allows for amazing discussion around the issues facing everyone in the room. We will try to do 2 or three of these classes every month.
- On March 4th we will have a class on Exit Strategies led by thought Leader Tom Caltrider (bio) who is the Managing Director of Corporate Development Capital, LLC.
We’ve had a request for a class on Anti-dilution Clauses in term sheets. These are the sticky clauses that can help early investors feel safe in their investment, but can ruin the deal for future investors if done poorly. Does anyone else want to learn about this topic? Send Nicole an email or mention your interest in the comments section at the bottom of the page.