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Tuesday, April 4 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Fight Club: Founders v. Investors FULL

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Raising money can be the lifeblood of growth for a business. However, the terms of the deal can also strangle a business. Watch as seasoned investors and experienced founders go head-to-head as they discuss the most hotly negotiated deal points of early stage venture deals.

Moderators
avatar for Caroline R. Fabacher

Caroline R. Fabacher

Startup Attorney, Vela Wood
Caroline is an associate in the transactional section at Vela Wood PC. She advises and counsels investors, entrepreneurs, startups, and established businesses with an emphasis on entity formation, capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and general business transactions. Caroline also has extensive knowledge of the evolving legal landscape of the fantasy sports industry.
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John Lindsay

Patent Attorney, Lindsay Law
John Lindsay is a patent attorney with a practice focusing on software and electronics inventions. John is an engineer turned intellectual property attorney, having a hands-on background in the field. Recently he developed a driver behavior monitoring application (yes, it's patent pending). He is also the chair of a Dallas sensor and IoT tech group. His background helps achieve a better understanding of clients' inventions.

Speakers
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Sammy Abdullah

Co-Manager, Blossom Street Ventures
Sammy chairs the board of Blossom Street Ventures and manages day to day operations. Along with Kevin, he co-founded the firm. His primary responsibilities are to source and diligence new opportunities, oversee the portfolio, and handle investor relations. Previously, Sammy was a Vice President at Congruent Investment Partners. Prior to that, he worked at Prudential Capital Group and Blossom Street Capital (unaffiliated with Blossom Street... Read More →
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Sara Brand

Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures
Sara has a unique combination of capabilities as a strategic thinker integrated with a proven success record for delivering results. Over her career, she has been fortunate to work with and contribute to some of the top teams in the technology industry and has cultivated a diverse portfolio of leadership experiences including: | • Managing $150M venture fund with four other investment professionals at Fremont Ventures in San Francisco, named... Read More →
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Justin Fenchel

CEO, BeatBox Beverages
Justin Fenchel is a co-founder and CEO at BeatBox Beverages, an Austin, TX based alcohol start up that received a $1M investment from Mark Cuban on ABC's Shark Tank. Prior to starting BeatBox, Justin worked in financial services for companies like Countrywide Financial and Bel Air Investment Advisors. Soon afterwards, his entrepreneurial spirit took over and he co-founded a start-up called Flying Penguin and published two iPhone applications... Read More →
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JR Garcia

Principal, Green Park & Golf Ventures
Mr. Garcia joined Green Park & Golf Ventures in June 2011. As a Principal of the firm, he is responsible for sourcing and evaluating startup and early-stage investments in the healthcare and technology sectors, performing due diligence, and portfolio company and fund management. Mr. Garcia has prior operational and financial management experience at FedEx, Bold Ventures, and Lone Star Investment Advisors. | | Mr. Garcia received his MBA from... Read More →
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Stephen Hays

Managing Partner, Deep Space Ventures
Stephen Hays is the Managing Partner of Deep Space Ventures, a venture capital fund based in Dallas, TX.  Deep Space is a value-added VC fund investing in early stage start-ups with amazing leaders that use innovative technology to bring creative solutions to market.  | | Stephen relies on his prior experience advising companies of all sizes on capital structure, capital raising, M&A and strategic alternatives to be a value-added... Read More →
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Lauren Thompson Miller

CEO & Co-Founder, Aidant Brands
Lauren Thompson Miller is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Aidant Brands, a do-everything anti-corrosion coating and lubricants manufacturing company, headquartered in Houston, Texas. Lauren co-founded Aidant Brands, under the A-76 Technologies name, while a student at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Under Lauren, Aidant Brands has been named first on the Houston Chronicle’s 2015 and 2016 “Tech Start-Ups... Read More →
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Izzy Murdy

CFO & CAO, RockSolid
Izzy Murdy is Rocksolid’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. She brings expertise in the field of finance, venture capital and investor relations. After she joined the team in 2016, Rocksolid has experienced nothing but growth in all areas. Izzy holds a leadership role in strategic planning, operations planning, financial planning and analysis, human resources and investor relations. She holds a passion for football... Read More →
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Radney Wood

Co-Founder, GlobeKick
Radney Wood is an attorney and named partner at Vela Wood where he represents dozens of companies ranging from early-stage startups to mid-size businesses, acting as general counsel and providing them with guidance on transactions, ranging from legal matters to general operational issues. Radney is also a world traveler, having traveled to over 55 countries and six continents since 2005. His globe trotting has included such adventures as living... Read More →


Tuesday April 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
J Erik Jonsson Central Library 1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201