OEN December PubTalk: Exit Strategies Realized…Now What?
So what does it mean to exit your startup? For some entrepreneurs, an ‘exit strategy’ is planned from day one with the goal of cashing out at some point by selling ownership of the business to either investors or acquisition by another company. For some founders, the goal is to create the “unicorn” company and go for the IPO. For other entrepreneurs, the decision to exit may come after a certain amount of time or a change in life situations requires the sale of their equity in the company.
OEN is bringing FOUR founders together to talk about building a business (or two!) that has achieved a successful exit. Oh, and they will elaborate on what a ‘successful exit’ means to them while going into the nitty gritty details of what happens to actually (and FINALLY) leave the ‘main stage’ that is their business. This is the LAST PubTalk of 2022 and the best way to EXIT the year!!!
And because OEN likes a theme, please plan on your finest holiday sweater for this event. Fuzzy, sparkling, jingling, or glittered sweaters that can truly only be worn once a year are WELCOME at this year-end event.
Location: Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison Street, Portland (the venue does not offer on-site parking. There is street parking and the closest parking lot is at 800 Southeast 10th Avenue, Portland)
Time: 5:15 – 7:30pm
Cost: $15 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.*
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Stephanie Kunert | Vice President | Bank of America
Stephanie is a Vice President with Bank of America’s Commercial Banking group and is an experienced banker with a demonstrated history of delivering global solutions to businesses from VC-backed startups to public companies. Stephanie has spent her career working with the entrepreneurs and leaders at Technology, FinTech and Consumer Products companies to solve issues they face. Born and raised in Portland, Stephanie wants to help the region’s business community thrive to ensure an ecosystem of scalable, sustainable companies exist.
Outside of work, Stephanie is an enthusiastic supporter of the Oregon Ducks, Portland Trailblazers and Grant Generals. She is an avid endurance runner and resides with her family in NE Portland.
Marcelino Alvarez |CEO | Photon Marine
Previously Founder + CEO Uncorked Studios
Marcelino is the Chief Executive Officer of Photon Marine, a Portland-based startup that is developing high-powered, electric outboard motor systems for marine fleets. Photon exists for the benefit of the world’s most fragile marine ecosystems and for those whose livelihoods and sustenance depend on them. Prior to Photon, Marcelino served as Chief Product Officer at Fresh Consulting, which acquired Uncorked Studios, a product design firm that he co-founded in 2010 and served as CEO.
Marcelino enjoys chatting about baseball, public policy, urban mobility, and sustainable systems. His dream project that brings all these together involves getting the Marlins to relocate to Portland to reside in an eco-friendly waterfront stadium with a kayak pool in left field. He and his wife Margaret have three children — Caleb, Lucia, and Mateo, as well as a dog named Luke and a cat named Calvin.
Scé Pike | Head of Multifamily | ADT
Previously Founder + CEO IOTAS, Inc.
Scé Pike is a successful entrepreneur with 21+ years in Product Strategy, Design and Development. As a Managing Partner and Chief Experience Officer at Citizen, she has driven its growth to become the 7th fastest growing company in Oregon as defined by Inc. Magazine. Scé successfully exited Citizen to Ernst & Young in 2018.
In 2014, she founded IOTAS, a turn-key, simple smart apartment solutions company to help the MFH industry increase revenue, save costs, gather insights & monetize data from their portfolios. IOTAS has been recognized by Fortune, Wired, Gigaom, ABC, NBC, FastCo and more as the new way of automating apartments to attract tenants. Scé successfully exited IOTAS to ADT in 2022.
Scé is a passionate advocate for representation and equality for women and minorities in STEM. Scé hopes that IOTAS will also contribute to creating passive income for the disadvantaged by using IoT as a method for everyone to broker their own data.
Travis Rush | Co-Founder & CEO | Reperio Health
Previously Founder + CEO Sightbox
Travis Rush is the CEO and Co-founder of Reperio Health, a Portland, Ore.-based tech company that offers an app-connected, at-home wellness assessment kit to employers, telehealth companies, and other medical providers. Reperio capitalizes on the momentum around home-based health testing, preventive healthcare, the rise of the telehealth industry and the consumerism of medicine. Prior to Reperio, Rush founded Sightbox, an all-inclusive vision care solution. In 2017, Sightbox was acquired by Johnson & Johnson. Rush began his technology career in 1997, when he bootstrapped the launch of his web application development company, Rushweb Solutions, which created and supported online website, e-commerce, hosting and email solutions for thousands of small businesses across the U.S. and Canada. Rush is also an accomplished producer and musician; you can find his music on most streaming music platforms.
Chris Vlessis | Principal Engineer | NinjaCat
Formerly Founder + CEO Shape.io
Chris is the founder of Shape and now a Principal Engineer at NinjaCat. He is responsible for architecting and developing on Shape’s core platform. In the past, he has taken lead roles on large scale software projects for marketing agencies and other tech companies like Intel. Chris brings that exceptional experience and technical skill, not to mention his great attitude, to the NinjaCat team after a successful exit from Shape. Chris lives and thrives in Bend, Oregon.
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