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Angel Investor Panel
September 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This is an Online Event via zoom.
Entre is bringing Angel Investor Panel discussing the Business, Growth & Network Collaborations.
6:00 pm – 6:15 pm EST: Event Intro
6:15 pm – 7:30 pm EST: Panel + Q&A
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm EST: Networking
Ben Zises – Angel Investor, Advisor & Syndicate Lead
Most notably Ben was the first investor & founding advisor to both quip & Caraway (before each had its name), along with early investor roles in A Kids Book About, Branch, Brightland, cadence, cleancult, co-op, Density, Haus, Judy, Lalo, Stix, Swag.com and Windmill.
Ben’s focus is geared towards areas where he is most passionate and have a competitive informational AND educational advantage: CPG + Proptech, seed stage. He personally experienced the complete life cycle of building a company: from identifying a problem/market opportunity, coming up with the “idea”, to painstakingly developing a business plan and road-map (both in my head and on paper).
Ben has been in a founder’s shoes: from leaving my stable job, asking friends and family for money ($2MM raised from 30+ investors), to hiring and scaling a team, and more. He has also experienced similar ups and downs: from launching to widespread industry acclaim, countless press articles, gaining tens of thousands of users, iterating & pivoting 3x, pitching hundreds of VC’s in NYC & Silicon Valley, to failing to raise a successive round of funding, and ultimately winding down the company (and moving past failure).
Maia Bittner has an entreprenuerial background as co-founder of subscription jewelry rental company Rocksbox (raised $13m) in 2012 and financial inclusion company Pinch (Homebrew-backed) in 2016. After selling Pinch to Chime, she now works at Chime and spends lots of time in the early-stage startup scene on the side. Maia invests in startups personally, through the Sequoia Scout program, and as part of an alumni angel group she founded, Parcel B. She also advises strong founders and serves on the board of her alma matar, Olin College of Engineering. In her spare time Maia likes eating ramen, trying new forms of urban transportation, and tweeting @maiab
Michael J. Wieser – Venture Lawyer, Serial Entrepreneur, Mobility Pioneer, Westchester Angels Principal
Michael is a go-to resource and service provider in the tri-state entrepreneur and emerging company community. As a venture lawyer, Michael counsels emerging companies and startups throughout all phases of growth, as well as the angel investors that fund and acquire them. For entrepreneurs and emerging companies, Michael collaborates and works with founders from the spark of their idea to the successful growth and scaling of their companies. He provides outside general counsel and advisory board services that help companies create the proper legal and business foundation to make them investor-ready. Michael is also a co-owner, frequent investor, legal counsel and a member of the screening committee of the Westchester Angels, where Michael actively seeks companies for investment and runs due diligence teams for the Members. Michael is different than any other business attorney as he practices law with a business person’s mindset. A serial entrepreneur having founded 6 startups himself with several successful exits, there is nothing that Michael hasn’t experienced as either a lawyer or a business owner. Finally, Michael is an adjunct professor for entrepreneurship, leads legal workshops for the WEDC organization and teaches business and legal workshops at NYC tech coding schools. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on business and law panels at conferences and a judge at pitch events.
Tina Eskridge serves as Sr. Director of Marketing where she is responsible for driving all aspects of inclusion product and marketing strategy across Microsoft’s cloud platforms. Before joining Microsoft in 2012, Tina spent more than 15 years in strategic roles, across the retail, financial services, software, consumer goods, and education industries. She is an active angel investor and champion for diversity.
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