On May 21st, we’ll be discussing actionable insights for raising a bridge round in 2020 with:
- Michael Smerklo, Managing Partner at Next Coast Ventures
- Sonia Nagar, Partner at Pritzker Group
- Amos Schwartzfarb, Managing Director at Techstars
- Alex Crosby, Partner at NextRound Partners
Bios of Speakers:
Sonia Nagar is a Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital in Chicago and an angel investor. Prior to VC Sonia founded a mobile shopping startup, Pickie, that was acquired by RetailMeNot in 2014. Post-acquisition Sonia led RetailMeNot’s mobile team. And before that Sonia worked at Goldman Sachs, Amazon and as an engineer at General Motors. Sonia lives in Chicago with her husband, almost 4 year old, and 18 month old, and in her free time she tinkers around building websites.
Michael Smerklo is an entrepreneur and investor. He is a Co-Founder of a Venture Capital firm in Austin, Texas called Next Coast Ventures. Prior to this, he bought a small technology services company, ServiceSource, and ran it for 12 years, taking it from small startup to public company with over 3,000 employees around the world. He was also one of the first employees at a pioneer cloud services company called Opsware (then Loudcloud), which also went public. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he had (and thoroughly hated) jobs in investment banking and public accounting.
Amos Schwartzfarb is the Managing Director of Techstars Austin and author of the best selling book for startup sales, Sell More Faster – The Ultimate Sales Playbook for Startups. Amos began his career as an entrepreneur in the mid 90’s in the Bay Area at Shoreline Mountain Products and HotJobs.com. In 2004 after moving to Los Angeles, Amos founded Work.com which was eventually merged with Business.com where he was VP of Sales. Business.com sold in 2008 and in 2009 Amos moved to Austin and founded mySpoonful with Stacy Horne. mySpoonful was sold in 2012 and Amos joined Blacklocus shortly after. A year later Blacklocus was sold to Homedepot. Amos then went on to found Joust and become a mentor for Techstars in 2013. In 2015, Amos took on the role of Managing Director of the Techstars Austin program where he has run 5 programs and invested in 49 companies through the Techstars Austin Accelerator. In his spare time, Amos loves to hang out with his family, mountain bike and play in the mountains.
Alex Crosby works with founders and startups to help streamline and execute their fundraising rounds. He is a founding partner of NextRound Partners, whose mission is to help founders close their next round of financing. Alex is an active mentor and advisor to C-Suites and founders, with experience in B2B products and digital sectors for Enterprise, SMB and Startup companies across the Americas and Europe. Alex is active in local and international ecosystems, having held workshops and speaking engagements for universities, conferences like SXSW and CES, and globally recognized accelerators throughout the US and Europe. He is a specialist in financial modeling and fundraising strategy.