BYOB Virtual PubTalk: Navigating Tough Times


No doubt this is the worst “market correction” we’ve ever seen, but there are experienced founders, operators and investors who have survived down-cycles before, and can offer wisdom, insight and guidance to founders now. We’ve assembled five of them to join us via Zoom for a special virtual PubTalk – it’s BYOB!

You’ll learn

  • How to get your financials under control to extend your runway
  • Tips for maintaining morale and culture, even in the midst of fear and physical distancing
  • What to expect when the clouds part (and they will!)

Please note: if you’re an OEN member and don’t have the access code for your free PubTalks handy, please email us and we’ll help you find them. If you’re not a member (or don’t have any access codes left) and can’t afford the ticket right now, just email us and we’ll send you a comp code for this session, no problem. If you CAN afford it, buy a ‘cupla tickets or make a tax-deductible donation in any amount. OEN needs you.

Zoom link will be sent just prior to the session to all registered attendees.




Karyn Barsa

Karyn Barsa

Karyn has led vibrant premium-brand organizations as a CEO, COO, and CFO and has extensive experience as a board member for both public and private companies.  For the boards of two NYSE companies, Karyn’s roles on Audit, Risk and Compensation committees were integral to the successful engagement and resolution of activist investor agendas. 

Karyn’s 30+ years in business management include investment banking, turnaround corporate finance, and leadership of emerging and established multi-channel brands.  She has held C-level management roles at Patagonia, Smith & Hawken, Coyuchi, and Investors’ Circle (a non-profit organization). She holds an MBA from University of Southern California and BA, Economics from Connecticut College. 


Scott Grout

Scott Grout

Scott is currently an active angel investor and mentor and is involved in a number of entrepreneurial organizations aimed at driving economic growth in Oregon.  Previously Scott was President and CEO of Cedexis, a Portland-based, venture-backed cloud optimization company.  Cedexis grew rapidly and was successfully sold to Citrix systems in early 2018.  Prior to that, he was President and CEO of RadiSys from 2002 to 2012.  RadiSys (since sold) was a publicly traded global telecom solutions provider headquartered in Hillsboro, OR.  During his tenure, RadiSys underwent significant revenue growth (reaching $500M) and strategic transformation.  Prior to RadiSys, Scott was President and CEO of Chorum Technologies, a venture-backed startup in fiber optics located in Dallas, TX ($1B+ Unicorn in 1999).  Scott began his career at AT&T/Lucent holding a variety of engineering and BU roles ending as VP/GM of Lucent’s multi-billion dollar, Optical Networking business.  Scott received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Bonus, Scott was CEO of 400 person a venture backed tech company in Dallas when the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. He was also CEO of a 1,200 person public company during the financial meltdown of 2007-08.  He’s got a few scars.


Jill Hedrick

Jill Hedrick

Jill is an executive revenue leader with more than 25 years of experience in sales and business development, including 10 years with social impact SaaS businesses in the EdTech industry. Across her career at the intersection of technology and education, SaaS and services, she has been successful at building and leading high-performing, customer-focused sales, client success, and enablement teams, and managing high growth sales and business development efforts. Over the last five years Jill has been the revenue leader for two private-equity backed companies culminating in successful exits; Turnitin sold to Advance Media for $1.75 bil in early 2019, and Schoology sold to PowerSchool in November of 2019. Hedrick has bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder, and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.


Rany Raviv

Rany Raviv

Rany is the Vice President of Offshore Wind at Avangrid Renewables, LLC. Avangrid Renewables is at the forefront of transforming the way the U.S. produces and uses energy. Strongly positioned to develop, build, and operate the clean energy infrastructure of the future, Avangrid Renewables is already generating power from nearly 60 renewable energy projects for its utility-scale customers in the United States and helping lead America’s transition to a renewable energy future. Rany’s passion is Angel Investing & Venture Capital — helping startup companies go big. Thru TheR-Group, LLC, Rany invests in FinTech, HighTech, MedTech, EdTech, Lifestyle- and CPG companies, with endless curiosity and search for opportunities that share his 3-D vision: “Differentiate, Disrupt and Deliver”.


Jason Drucker

Jason Drucker

Foureyes, the sales intelligence software company, announced that veteran technology executive Jason Drucker has joined the staff as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Previously, Drucker was the Chief Revenue Officer of Zoom+ Care and President of ShiftWise where he demonstrated a consistent track record of developing and executing strategic direction to exceed the expectations of customers, employees, and investors. 

Both ShiftWise and Zoom+Care resulted in positive outcomes for stakeholders but also required navigating the Great Recession (ShiftWise) and significant reorganization (Zoom) to get there. Six weeks into a new position with Foureyes will require a similar approach to ensure we are in position to thrive after we survive.




The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections. To add a tiny bit of joy into this otherwise intense time, we invite you to wear a wig, hat, crazy glasses, beads or a boa on Zoom – raid your costume closet or let the kids dress you up!

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $15 for OEN members; $25 for non-members.  *Sorry, no refunds.* 

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April 8, 2020 5:30 PM
April 8, 2020 7:00 PM
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