Silicon Valley Startup Idea to IPO: Venture Capital Panel Investment and Latest Innovations in Fintech

Date: June 23, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss investment in fintech startups and latest innovations in fintech. The discussion will touch on the current global economic and health crisis and how fintech can offer solutions.

Please come with your questions and comments.

About the Panelists:

Ephraim Lindenbaum, Managing Director, Advance Ventures

Ephraim Lindenbaum is the founder and managing director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley ­based venture investment fund and venture accelerator that invests in seed and early­ stage start­ups. Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its core market sector, including fintech.

Ben Narasin, Venture Partner, NEA

Ben Narasin is Venture Partner at NEA. A prolific entrepreneur and highly regarded early-stage investor with three decades of company-building expertise, Narasin has focused on emerging technologies and new markets. He made seed investments in companies like Dropcam, Lending Club, TellApart, Kabbage and Zenefits. Before NEA, Narasin most recently served as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures, and was previously with TriplePoint Capital, where he oversaw the firm’s seed funding investing. Earlier, he founded several consumer companies, including, which he founded in 1993 and led to a successful IPO in 1999. He holds a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College

Vivek Krishnamurthy, Investor, Commerce Ventures

Vivek is an investor at Commerce Ventures where he focuses on early stage opportunities in enterprise software and infrastructure for financial services. The Fund’s portfolio includes companies like, Marqeta, Snapsheet, Socure, Forter, MX and ~60 others. Prior to joining Commerce Ventures, Vivek was a member of the investment banking team at Financial Technology Partners where he worked on a number of M&A and private placement transactions for growth and late stage companies in the broader FinTech ecosystem (e.g. GreenSky, Yapstone, Prosper, Enservio).

About the Moderator:

Roger Royse is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone, LLP and practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. He works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries. Roger has been an instructor or professor of legal, tax and business topics for the Center for International Studies (Salzburg, Austria), Golden Gate University School of Law and Stanford Continuing Studies and is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo..

Roger is the author of Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup and has been interviewed and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Tax Notes, Inc. Magazine, Nikkei Asian Review, China Daily, San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, The Recorder, 7X7, Business Insurance and Fast Company.