Find and Work with Advisors, Board Members, and Investors
Join Hyde Park Angels at 1871 on Thursday, November 12 from 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm to learn from the expert investors, executives, and board members behind Chicago’s biggest exits and most successful investments. Discover how startups like Grubhub, Answers.com, and others found the advisors, board members, and investors that helped them drive growth and achieve success, as well as best practices for managing those relationships. Read on for more information about the program and the panelists participating.
Description: Knowing how to effectively work with your advisors, board members, and investors can make or break your business. In this program you will learn:
· How to pick the right advisors, board members, and investors
· How to maintain relationships with advisors, board members, and investment partners
· How to ask for advice and give your advisors, board members, and investors permission to advise
· How to leverage the different resources and skills your advisors, board members, and investors offer
· How to mitigate conflict and learn to compromise
· How to take action when relationships are coming to a close
Bruce Barron, Co-Founder, Partner, Origin Ventures
Bruce Barron is a partner and co-founder of Origin Ventures, who served as a board member on Grubhub and helped lead the company to its IPO. He serves on the Board of Directors for ifbyphone, Whittl and ClaimForce. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities and Israel Cancer Research Fund Chicago. Bruce was named a Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 50 member in 2013.
Corey Ferengul, CEO, Undertone Corey Ferengul is the CEO of Undertone, one of Business Insider’s top ten Adtech companies with over $200M in annual revenues, and an active Hyde Park Angels Member. Prior to Undertone, Corey held the position of Executive Vice President, Product Management and Strategy at Rovi Corporation, a publicly traded digital media entertainment company. While at Rovi he was a key member on an executive team that more than tripled revenue and market cap over a 6-year period. Prior to Rovi, Ferengul held executive and management roles at Unitech Systems, META Group and Platinum Technology. He sits on two boards as part of Hyde Park Angels: SimpleRelevance and Packback. He also currently sits on the board of the George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Constance Freedman, Founder & Managing Partner, Moderne Ventures Constance Freedman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures. Prior to launching Moderne, Constance was the head of Strategic Investments at the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) where she launched and managed its investment arm, Second Century Ventures (SCV), and founded its accelerator program, REach, in 2009 and 2013 respectively. At NAR, Constance invested in over 30 technology companies and helped bring them to market in the real estate industry and beyond. She was active on several company boards including DocuSign, Updater , Ifbyphone and Xceligent. In 2014, Constance was recognized by Crain’s Business in its prestigious 40 under 40 award and was named on Crain’s Chicago Top Tech 50.
Jason Kunesh, Co-Founder/CEO, Public Good Software
Jason is the Co-Founder and CEO of Public Good Software. Formerly, he was the Director of User Experience for Obama for America, building the technology that powered the single most successful grassroots online giving campaign in history, President Obama’s 2012 run for reelection. In a long and varied career, he has worked with IBM, Jabber, LeapFrog, Lockheed Martin, the Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Orbitz, ThePoint, Groupon, Threadless, United Airlines, and others.
Mark Tebbe, Chairman, ChicagoNEXT, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Booth School of Business; Former Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Lead Director of Answers Corporation; Former Founder/Chairman of the Board, Lante Corporation
Mark Tebbe’s career has involved taking two companies public, operating a $1.3B private equity fund, serving as an early investor in companies such as Tesla, and using his experience and insights to teach MBA students at Chicago Booth and serve on a variety of boards. Mark is currently the Chairman of ChicagoNEXT, a dedicated public-private effort to raise Chicago’s profile in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. In 1984, Mark founded Lante Corporation, (NASDAQ: LNTE) a Chicago-based technology-consulting firm in which he served as CEO and Chairman. Lante was taken private by SBI Group in September 2002 and sold (as Razorfish) to aQuantive in July 2004. Tebbe was also Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Lead Director of Answers Corporation, (NASDAQ: ANSW), which was sold to Announce Media in July 2011. Tebbe has served as a board member of SBI Group, Accent Software (NASDAQ: ACNTF), Divine Interventures (NASDAQ: DVIN), Elexos Corp. and Selective Search, Inc., ZixIt (NASDAQ: ZIXI) and OCTuS Software (NASDAQ: OCTS) with renowned Atari founder, Nolan Bushnell. He has received numerous awards and honors including University of Illinois College of Engineering’s “Alumni Award for Distinguished Service”, Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Finalist, University of Illinois “Chicago Illini of the Year”, Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Inductee, Crain’s Chicago Business’s “40 under 40”, Crain’s Chicago Business’s “Tech 50”, Microsoft’s “Solution Provider Partner of the Year”, and Sm@rt Reseller’s “Smart 25” Executiv