BY CARINA BONASERA & KENDALL COUGHLIN
Successfully raising a Series A is a huge milestone for any startup. While this accomplishment is certainly cause for celebration, a critical next step for founders is preparing for what happens after.
On October 17, Structure Capital’s Jillian Manus joins Daniel Gulati (Partner at Comcast Ventures) and Carlos Garcia (CEO of HYP3R) for Beyond the Series A — a candid discussion on what it takes to raise a Series A to success, the challenges that cause startups to fail, and the milestones that founders need to reach before taking on Series B.
Our panelists bring diverse backgrounds and experiences to the conversation:
Jillian Manus is an experienced banking and media executive, a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is Managing Partner of Structure Capital, an early stage Silicon Valley venture fund. Branded “Architects of the Zero Waste Economy” they invest in underutilized assets and excess capacity. She also serves on numerous boards, including: Stanford University Digital Health board, Stanford University School of Medicine Board of Fellows, Advisory Board of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Communities in Schools. Prior to Structure Capital, Ms. Manus was Founder of Broad Strategy, Manus Media and Global Goal Sports Management. She served as Co- Director of TMT for Credit Suisse Zurich, and Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros. Studios.
Daniel Gulati is a Partner at Comcast Ventures where he leads their consumer seed practice and makes early-stage investments in entrepreneurs building marketplaces, e-commerce companies, social networks, mobile apps and media. Before becoming a VC, Daniel was an entrepreneur. He founded FashionStake, a marketplace for independent fashion acquired by Fab.com, and then led Fab’s fashion business post-acquisition. Before that, he was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Also an author, his book “Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders” was selected to JP Morgan’s 13th Summer Reading List as a top non-fiction work.
Carlos Garcia is an entrepreneur with a track record of building successful and innovative companies in the intersection of technology and marketing. Carlos is the CEO of HYP3R, a real-time, location-based engagement platform that recently closed its $17 million Series A round with participation from Structure Capital, Rokk3r Fuel, Thayer Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.
Join us on October 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. PDT for what promises to be an engaging, informative and not-to-be-missed conversation.