The University of Michigan‘s Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies will host their annual entrepreneurship conference, Entrepalooza, tomorrow in partnership with the Ross School of Business and the Entrepreneurship and Venture Club.
Anil Arora, President and CEO of Yodlee will be our keynote speaker, and should provide a very interesting perspective. Anil is a ’84 UofM MBA grad. He started his post-MBA career at Kraft and eventually moved on to Gateway Computers before taking the top job at Yodlee. At Yodlee he grew the company from 10 employees to 1,000.
There are also four panel discussions that will happen after the keynote address. I have the privilege of moderating a panel titled “Financing Your New Venture: The Structure of a Deal”. The panelist consist of Marcia Hatch – Corporate and Securities Partner at Gunderson Dettmer, Tony Grover – Founder and Managing Director at RPM Ventures, and Jen Baird – CEO Accio Energy. A further description of the panel is below. Feel free to tweet any questions you have for the panel using hashtag #UMGunderson. I will post a link to a recording of the panel early next week.
Financing Your New Venture: The Structure of a Deal
Calling all prospective VCs, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and startup groupies: come learn the key economic and oversight rights that are negotiated during a venture capital financing. Whether you are planning to raise venture funding in the near future or you simply want to better understand the startup ecosystem, you need a firm grasp on the structure of a venture financing. A diverse panel made up of a seasoned venture capitalist, a serial entrepreneur, and an established Silicon Valley startup lawyer will discuss the most important terms of an early-stage venture financing. They will also provide advice on how to negotiate specific terms. Don’t delay – it’s never too early to understand the key terms of raising venture capital.
Jennifer Baird, CEO, Accio Energy
Tony Grover, Co-Founder & Managing Director, RPM Ventures
Marcia Hatch (JD ’97), Corporate & Securities Partner, Gunderson Dettmer
Moderator: Matthew Newman (MBA ’13), Ross School of Business