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Managing Your Capital and Fundraising in Turbulent Times: Startup Edition

September 21, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

While fundraising activity may be showing signs of life after a slowdown, many early-stage technology founders still face uncertainty in managing their capital. What will the state of the market look like in the near future, and how should founders prepare? In what ways should fundraising goals be adapted for a turbulent market, and what long-term impact can be expected?

We hope you can join us on Thursday, September 21 for an informative discussion that will address best practices for managing your capital as well as fundraising fundamentals given the current market headwinds. Our esteemed panel members will address such topics as:

  • The state of the market and financing trends heading into Q4 and 2024
  • Best practices in preparing for a raise, including understanding deal terms and structures and relevant fundraising terms
  • The mechanics and impacts of a down round
  • How to better leverage your service providers


  • Current/Aspiring/Serial early stage founders
  • Seed/A/Growth Stage Institutional investors
  • Executive Suite – CEOs/CFOs/COOs


Date: Thursday, September 21, 2023

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM Pacific Time

Location: The Collective Seattle

Cost: Free


Minda Brusse, First Row Partners | Minda is a founding partner at First Row Partners and a venture partner at 2048 Ventures. With a diverse background and dynamic experience, Minda has been an integral part of startups and co-founded ventures since the late 1990s. She advises founders and emerging investors, emphasizing the importance of asking the right questions to shape innovative ideas and approaches. Minda has previous experience as an angel and fund manager within angel groups and the Seattle Angel Conference. Additionally, she teaches a hands-on, graduate level angel investing class at the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

John Flemming, CIBC | John currently serves as the Managing Director and leader of client origination in the Pacific Northwest region for CIBC Innovation Banking, a role he has held since April 2022. John and his team provide non-dilutive growth debt capital to institutionally backed, cash burning software companies. With over 25 years in the financial services industry, 15 of those have been serving the tech banking specialized sector. Prior to CIBC, John was the Senior Vice President and Team Leader for Wells Fargo Bank’s Middle Market Technology Banking Group’s Pacific Northwest market. In this role, he also focused primarily on client origination – extending debt financing, providing treasury solutions, and placement of opportunities – for Wells Fargo’s Strategic Capital and Capital Markets teams.

Tyler Hollenbeck, DLA Piper | Tyler is a partner with DLA Piper. His practice focuses on securities and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate counsel, with an emphasis on the representation of emerging growth companies and venture capital firms. In addition to advising clients on general corporate governance matters, Tyler has significant experience in entity formations, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and SEC reporting and disclosure. His clients include early stage, venture-backed, and public companies, as well as venture capital investors and corporate investor and acquirers.

Matt Medlin, Clark Nuber | Matt is a senior shareholder at Clark Nuber where he co-leads the firm’s Technology and Emerging Companies practice and has previously served on the firm’s executive committee. Additionally, he has served in board and governance leadership roles at several entities, including the Technology Alliance, Seattle Public Library Foundation, Pike Place Market PDA, EWU Foundation, and Gesa Credit Union. Matt spent 18 years at Arthur Andersen (6 as an audit partner) and was then a KPMG audit partner for 5 years. At these firms, he served emerging and growing technology sector companies, principally in Seattle. Just prior to joining Clark Nuber in 2014, Matt spent seven years with forensic accounting firms in Washington, D.C.


Elisa La Cava, Trilogy Equity Partners | Elisa La Cava is a Principal and member of Trilogy’s investment team. Prior to joining Trilogy, Elisa spent five years as an investor at Madrona Venture Group where she focused on funding early-stage startups building enterprise software applications. She also held positions at MATH Venture Partners and AT&T Corporate Development / M&A. Before receiving her MBA, Elisa worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she held roles as U.S. West Region chief of staff and consultant. Earlier in her career, Elisa gained early-stage company building experience at a biofuel startup where she wore several hats, including business development, project management, and HR.


In order to attend this virtual event, please register HERE AT EVENTBRITE.COM



September 21, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Sydney Jones


The Collective Seattle