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Monday, July 25 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Capital and Cash Flow: Should I Raise Money?

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We all know the story of a hot internet startup raising hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital in under 5 years, diluting the founders round after round in pursuit of an exit opportunity. When should a tech company raise venture capital, and when should it grow off of its own cash flow? How can a startup get the best investment terms from a venture capital firm? Is it dangerous for a tech company to accept debt financing?

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Michael Ardnt

Michael Arndt is managing editor of Crain's Chicago Business. Previously, he was a senior editor at BusinessWeek, specializing in innovation and design coverage. He also was a Chicago-based senior correspondent for BusinessWeek; editor of a monthly magazine, BW Chicago; business editor and chief economics correspondent at Chicago Tribune. He also is a judge and adviser for the Chicago Innovation Awards.
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George Deeb

George is the Founder and Managing Partner of Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consultant and fund raising business, focusing primarily on internet-based businesses. From 2009-2010, George was the CEO of MediaRecall, a B2B digital video services and technology business. George lead the sale of the business to Deluxe in February 2010. Between 1999-2008, George was the Founder and CEO of iExplore.com, the #1 adventure travel website with over 1MM... Read More →
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John Franczyk

John Franczyk is a corporate/finance/transactions attorney with a business and entrepreneurial approach to providing legal services. He earned an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked in technology industries prior to starting his law practice. He approaches legal issues from a risk/reward and business-oriented perspective. John's specific areas of concentration include corporate formation, contracts, intellectual... Read More →
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Karan Goel

Karan Goel is the CEO and Co-Founder of PrepMe, a leader in personalized online learning. PrepMe started through the University of Chicago's New Venture Challenge as a winner in 2005. His company seeks to make each student's learning experience personalized, engaging, and effective and has created a platform that allows anyone to create adaptive online courses that has been used by over 70,000 students. | | Karan graduated from University of... Read More →
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Troy Henikoff

Troy is a seasoned entrepreneur who has built multiple successful technology-based businesses from the ground-up over a 20+ year period. With one foot firmly rooted in technology and the other firmly rooted in business he seamlessly bridges the divide between business and technology to create profitable organizations quickly. Troy excels in situations where innovation and creativity are required to solve real business problems.
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Irv Shapiro

As CEO and CTO of Ifbyphone, Irv Shapiro is responsible for overall business strategy and corporate leadership. Irv’s successful entrepreneurial experience includes founding Metamor Technologies in 1985 and Edventions in 1999. Under Irv’s leadership, Metamor was named an Inc. 500 company for two consecutive years, growing to over 500 employees and $32 million in revenues. His business success earned him inductee status with... Read More →

Monday July 25, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room B

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