OEN PubTalk: Show Me The Money! How Young Companies Can Secure Early Stage Investment

**Online registration is now closed for tonight’s PubTalk. Walk-ins are allowed and will be taken at the door.**

November’s OEN PubTalk brings back the ever-so-important topic of how entrepreneurs can take on early-stage investor money. Our panel includes a range of diverse and compelling entrepreneurs and investors who have experience and expertise working through early stage investments.

We’ll cover issues such as whether to take investor money, how much to raise, the difference between investor groups, where to find investors, what to ask investors, what investors are looking for, characteristics of an investor who is a “good fit”, how to protect the business, trends, and much more.

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11/14/2018 05:15 PM
11/14/2018 07:00 PM
OEN PubTalk: Show Me The Money! How Young Companies Can Secure Early Stage Investment.
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Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby



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. As always, the program will be preceded by time for casual networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $10 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. We take walk-ins if space allows, but prices will be $15 for OEN members and $35 for non-members at the door.
*Sorry, no refunds.* 

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Michael Phillips

Attorney, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Michael helps clients succeed and achieve their business and personal goals and dreams. He invests the time and energy to understand their businesses and objectives, and he works with them to find a path forward. In doing so, Michael aims to be a value-add to their business rather than a cost-center. As outside counsel to public and private companies and startups, he works with clients to fashion a strategy that allows the client to succeed with all attendant risks understood.


Nitin Rai

Managing Director of Elevate Capital, chair of TiE Angels

Nitin Rai is the Founder and Managing Director of Elevate Capital, a venture fund that includes the Elevate Inclusive Fund, a seed stage fund that invests in diverse and underserved entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. Nearly 60% of Elevate investments are in women-led companies and 40% in African American and Latinx founder/CEO-led startups. Since 2016, Elevate Capital has invested in more than $5 million in 24 startups. These companies have raised follow-on funding of more than $80 million, with a market cap of $250 million and created 300 plus jobs. These companies also report 50% of their employees as diverse. Elevate Capital has already had a strong exit, with one of its portfolio companies, Portland-based RFPIO.

Since 2007, Nitin has been an active angel investor, mentor and is a founding charter member and President of the Board of TiE Oregon, and chair of TiE Angels. With Nitin, TiE Oregon has grown to a full-fledged angel investment group with a successful mentoring program. It has launched several education and accelerator programs including TYE and TIE XL. TiE Oregon Angels has invested more than $12 million in 52 startups with six exits that returned over 3X in cash to the angels. TiE Oregon ranks in the top five chapters globally and routinely receives recognition for its angel investment, women, and youth programs. Nitin has invested in more than 50 startups, both personally and through his fund, since 2011.

Scott Sandler

Investor, Oregon Venture Fund

Scott grew up in Massachusetts, and after earning his degree in Computer Systems Engineering at UMass Amherst, he came west to Oregon in search of big mountains and to start his career at Intel, where he quickly discovered that he was really a startup kind of guy. Stints in customer support and marketing at four software startups followed before Scott became CEO of Novas Software, which had a successful exit in 2008. Having committed to doing “something completely different” after Novas, he joined OAF as an investor in 2010 and as a member of the team in 2012. Scott keeps a lot of balls in the air and strives to achieve the ideal of “excellent experience for everyone” as he manages the fund’s investment selection, diligence, and deal structuring. He believes that OAF is perfectly positioned to help build wealth for everyone involved—however they define it. He thanks George Meyer, the infamous Simpsons writer, for his mantra “Show up. Work hard. Be kind. Take the high road.”

Jessica Hilbert

Co-Founder, Marketing and Counsel at Red Duck Foods, Inc.

Jess Zutz Hilbert is Co-Founder, Marketing and Counsel of Red Duck Foods, a women-owned, organic condiment company and Certified B Corporation based in Portland, Oregon. She is also a licensed attorney in the state of Oregon. While she was pursuing joint JD/MBA degrees through the University of Oregon’s School of Law and the Lundquist College of Business, Jess and two classmates co-founded Red Duck. It all started when they set out to create organic ketchup for a class assignment. Prior to attending graduate school, Jess worked at the Hillstone Restaurant Group in Los Angeles as part of its management-training program. She earned a bachelors degree from Stanford University in Communication. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Jess now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

Jared Kennedy

Co-Founder and COO, Outdoor Project

Upon graduating college with a degree in computer science, Jared’s interests led him to South America where he spent a year traveling, working in restaurants, and volunteering as a birding guide and translator in the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest. After returning to the U.S., he spent seven years working as a green building consultant and then managing day to day operations at Brightworks, a sustainability practice. In 2012, Jared left Brightworks and co-founded Outdoor Project along with his co-founders Tyson Gillard and Aron Bosworth. Outdoor Project is a mission-driven digital media company headquartered in Portland, featuring guides for outdoor recreation and travel. It was a part of the Portland Incubator Experience’s fifth cohort and subsequently closed a Series A funding round led by Oregon Venture Fund and Cascade Angels. Jared’s work intersects his two passions: outdoor recreation and environmental conservation. Prior to founding Outdoor Project, Jared worked in various roles at Brightworks, a Portland-based green building consulting practice, eventually serving as Director of Operations for 4 years. Jared is also a board member at Oregon Wild.



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November 14, 2018 5:15 PM
November 14, 2018 7:00 PM
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Lucky Lab
1945 NW Quimby
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