May 11th, 1999
Financing Net Startups: VC's, Angles, and Platinum Cards!

05/11/99 RMIUG Meeting - Financing Net Startups: VC's, Angles, and Platinum Cards!

The Tuesday, May 11th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Group (RMIUG) will feature a panel discussion called "Financing Net startups: VC's, Angels and Platinum Cards." Each panelist will give a short presentation, and then we will have group Q&A.

- Perry Evans (pevans@netignite.com) is President & CEO of netIgnite Incorporated. Perry was previously founder and President of the MapQuest Publishing Group, where he created one of the web's most prominent consumer brands and one of the most widely licensed business services on the Internet. (MapQuest.com just went public on 5-4-99, NASDAQ: MQST). He will be speaking from the entrepreneur's viewpoint, covering his experience raising venture capital and angel financing in addition to starting a company that was acquired.

- Marcia Schirmer (mschirmer@earthlink.net) is President of the Colorado Capital Alliance Inc., a Colorado-based angel network that provides efficient and confidential connections between angel investors seeking opportunities and high growth companies seeking capital. Marcia is also active as a member of the Boulder Technology Incubator's Board of Directors. She will talk about current interests and preferences of angel investors and how best to prepare to attract angel financing for your venture.

What's an angel? From the CCA web site: An angel is a multi-millionaire investor, often self-made, who has cash and business experience and is not ready to retire, and can be a good source of seed and early stage capital for startup ventures.

- Our third speaker will be a representative of the Boulder office of the national high tech law firm Cooley Godward. With more than 400 attorneys, the firm specializes in the legal representation of emerging growth and public companies and the financial institutions that serve their markets. Their clients include leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, financial service organizations, noted research institutions and private and public companies in all major technology fields. The Boulder office is especially active in assisting entrepreneurs in high tech financings, and represents many Internet companies in the state. Our Cooley speaker will discuss venture financing deals - what VC's look for, how these deals are typically structured and what the entrepreneur should look out for.

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The meeting is Tuesday, May 11th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (with optional 6:30 pm start for refreshments and informal networking). The meeting will be held at The National Center for Atmospheric Research at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, which is located on the west end of Table Mesa Drive, up the hill, right under the Flatirons. For door-to-door driving direction, go to MapQuest (http://www.mapquest.com/ ), click on Driving Directions, enter your starting address, NCAR's address, and voila! Park in the NCAR lot, go in the main door, and ask the guard to point you to meeting, which is held in the main auditorium, right off the lobby. The meeting is free and open to the public, but we may pass the hat to help defray expenses.

Our meeting location seats about 120 people. That is usually enough room to accommodate all attendees, but it's impossible for us to predict how many people will show up for any given meeting. Seating is always on a first-come, first serve basis, and in the event of more attendees than seats, we won't be able to admit additional people into the auditorium after all seats are filled.

RMIUG appreciates the ongoing support from XOR Network Engineering ( http://www.xor.com/ ) for administration of RMIUG's electronic discussion lists & WWW site. Thanks also to NDA ( http://www.nda.com/ ) for sponsorship of refreshments for our group.

Consultants and companies are invited to bring Internet-related product information, brochures, and business cards which will be displayed on an information table.

There are email mailing lists set up for this group. To subscribe or unsubscribe, see http://www.rmiug.org/maillist.html You can also reach the RMIUG "Executive" Committee at rmiug-comm@rmiug.org. Our web site is at http://www.rmiug.org/

Tentative schedule of upcoming 1999 RMIUG meetings:

  • Jul - Coming Changes to Top Level Domains Sep - Tips and Tools for Web Site Development
  • Nov - Y2K Armageddon, The Coming Internet/World Meltdown ;-)

(To suggest a topic, send your idea to rmiug-comm@rmiug.org)

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