FundingPost Investor RoundTable Returns To Phoenix

Written by on January 29, 2015 in Blog, Events, Startups - No comments

Interested in meeting early-stage accredited investors in Phoenix? Then register for the FundingPost Investor RoundTable to be held on Mar. 19, 2015. FundingPost has hosted 300+ sold-out venture events in 23 cities over the past 14 years.

At our next Phoenix event, the panels of local and out-of-town investors will focus on pitching to early-stage investors, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check!

We will be discussing the things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention during a pitch, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists during the breaks and networking party!

Phoenix Investor Round Table

The first 25 entrepreneur attendees to sign up will also get the option to pitch their business idea in 60 seconds or less in front of the investor panel and receive feedback as a group from the panel.

Along with the pitch competition, there is an educational and networking component to the event. All attendees will be gaining an understanding of what investors are looking for in the Phoenix market and what our entrepreneurs are building. All attendees will be able to market themselves (including their products and/or services) throughout the event through networking with one another.

Register here:

Location: Microsoft Meeting Room: 60 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1200, Tempe, AZ 85281
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
– Entrepreneur: $49
– Service Provider: $59
– Vendor Table (includes 2 tickets and 5 minute pitch): $500


Dan Creed, GrowSouthwest Business Coach
Dan Creed is an award winning international business and executive coach, entrepreneur, best-selling author, world class keynote & workshop speaker, trusted advisor and (COO) Chief Operating Officer and (CCO) Chief Coaching officer of GrowSouthwest. Coach Dan is based in Phoenix, but works with a worldwide customer base.

John Ason, Angel Investor from NYC
John Ason has been an angel investor for over 15 years specializing in early stage pre-revenue companies. He has made over twenty eclectic investments in the areas of e-commerce, technology, advertising and entertainment. John was at AT&T Bell Labs for over 25 years, first involved in software and technology development, then in marketing and business management of large telecommunications projects overseas. He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a guest lecturer at the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson and at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. John’s hobbies include traveling, golf, GO (oriental game) and mentoring companies.

For about half if his investments, John has been the lead angel devoting a significant amount of his time to mentoring the companies. A typical company consists of one or two people in a garage or kitchen with minimal or no revenues. Average investment from the angel network for the first round is $275K. Any low capital industry with high growth potential qualifies with the exception of medical and biotech.

Rick Gibson, Managing Director of HOTventures
Rick Gibson has had a 38-year career building businesses. He founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and has advised over (75) others. He is 60-years old. Since 2000, Rick has served as Managing Director of HOTventures, a “mentor capital fund” for the Southwest U.S., which invests in and advises fast-growth companies, in a range of domains as diverse as Ballistic Armor to Agriculture, including Information Technology, Health Sciences, GreenTech and Media. As an investor and entrepreneurial activist, he’s totally immersed in early-stage growth companies…finding them and making them great. Rick’s been involved with several companies that have had liquidity events. Rick has also served as an expert witness regarding technology business cases.

Rick has been an investor, advisor or board member in: Avisere, Beamz, The Book Patch, Bourque Industries, CopperKey, DarkPulse, DueBook, EquiSight, Flypaper, Funding Universe (now Lendio), LabTrack, LifeBot, Medipacs, MedSphere, MDS VetInfo, Mobile Authentication Corp (MAC), MojoVideo, MSDx, NuvoMed, Octopi, Real Time Companies, Sokikom, StrongWatch, World Wide Wheat and Zero Waste Wines. He has been a limited partner in Solstice Capital II (one of the largest venture capital funds in Arizona) and is an early shareholder in Bill Gross’ Idealab and a partner in Elite Desert Ventures. In Tucson, for many years Rick served on the Executive Board and still the Screening Committee of the Desert Angels, and is on the board and is Mentor-Emeritus for UA’s Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI). For several years, was Adjunct Instructor and then Practitioner Faculty for UA’s Eller School Entrepreneurship Program, and also served on UA’s MBA Advisory Council.

In Phoenix, Rick was on the board of Arizona State University’s Technopolis and was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, an instructor for both the LaunchPad and LaunchPrep entrepreneurship programs, and a mentor for ASU TechBA, coaching companies from Mexico. He is on the Executive Committee, Selection Panel and chair of the Angel Investor committee for the Invest Southwest Capital Conference. He is an advisor to an ASU team in NSF’s I-CORPS program and The Green Chamber: Greater Phoenix. He was creator of “Entrepreneur’s Resource Guide” for bizAZ magazine and a member of the Philanthropic Development Council of the Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation. Rick participates as a director/mentor for the Tallwave ‘Labs’ accelerator program and continues as a judge for the AZ Commerce Dept’s ‘Arizona Innovation Challenge’.

Shawn Pfunder, Editor and Chief at GoDaddy
Shawn’s been working in communications for more than 25 years. 20 years ago, he built his first website at a public library—despite the miserable Internet connection, he was hooked and he’s been helping others get online ever since. Shawn’s passionate about teaching and is convinced that a good story is the best way to do it.

During the last 10 years at GoDaddy, he’s built websites, managed creative teams, and created education programs for employees and customers. He’s been an obnoxious advocate for customer service and storytelling throughout the company.​ He’s currently the Editor in Chief for GoDaddy’s online magazine, The Garage.

Audrey Jacobs, VP Americas of OurCrowd
Audrey Jacobs is VP Americas of OurCrowd, the leading global equity crowdfunding platform. Based in Israel, OurCrowd allows individual accredited investors worldwide to identify, research and invest in leading startups in Israel and around the world. Audrey oversees the Americas activities, building the investor community and leverages the investors’ network to develop the OurCrowd portfolio companies. 

A passionate entrepreneur advocate, public speaker and global community builder, Audrey has found equity crowdfunding to be the answer for startups to access capital and use the “crowd” to expand globally as well as a platform for investors to diversify their portfolio and invest in a new asset class. Through her lectures at investment conferences, startup incubators and universities, she educates investors about the risk and reward of investing in early stage companies and entrepreneurs on how to raise capital.

Prior to OurCrowd, Audrey spent 20 years building brands for technology companies with leading global public relations firms like Porter Novelli and launched the US Israel Startup Nations Series to create partnerships and educate about the opportunities of investing in Israeli innovation.

Dave Galanis, Pebble Creek Partners LLC
Dave is founder and Managing Partner of Pebble Creek Partners LLC, a strategic consulting firm to growing companies, and the organizations that invest in them.

In the 9 years since Pebble Creek Partners was founded, Dave has provided management consulting and financial advisory services to scores of companies in the environmental, cleantech, and business-to-business services industries. He has also served in numerous interim management positions including COO of The Novo Group, a nationwide recruiting solutions firm; and Assistant Treasurer for Waste Management, Inc., North American’s leading supplier of integrated waste solutions. Dave is currently on the Board of Advisors at Mahoney Environmental, one of the nation’s largest recycler of used fryer oil, grease trap material and other waste products. Dave is also a member of the Board of Advisors at RexCon LLC., an industry leader in quality designed, high production concrete batch plants.

Dave is an active member of Cornerstone Angles, a private investment organization composed of highly successful executives, entrepreneurs, and investors selling to provide financial capital and mentorship to early-stage companies in the greater Midwest. Dave mentors startup companies through his affiliation with 1871 and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) and has worked with teams competing in events for the Clean Energy and UIC’s Institute on Sustainability and Energy.

Welcome Address: Scott Kelly, Regional Manager of Phoenix FundingPost
Scott Kelly is a 20-year veteran in marketing, sales, training and publicity. He has trained over 1,000 sales people, generated hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe.


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