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  • Date: 2020-09-15T12:30:00-04:00
  • Time: 2020-09-15T12:30:00-04:00 - 2020-09-15T13:30:00-04:00
  • Timezone: 2020-09-15T13:30:00-04:00


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Jim Franklin

CEO, SendGrid

About the Event

About the Speaker: Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin is a technology investor, advisor, board member, and executive, currently teaching the Venture Capital course at the University of Colorado Boulder MBA program. Previously, Jim was the CEO of SendGrid, Inc., the world's largest cloud-based email delivery platform. Prior to his tenure with SendGrid, Jim was the Vice President of Enterprise Performance Management and the General Manager of the Crystal Ball Global Business Unit of Oracle Corporation. The Crystal Ball Global Business Unit was formed in 2007 as a part of the acquisition of Hyperion Solutions. At Hyperion, Jim served as VP and General Manager. Jim had held the roles of Decisioneering’s CEO, CFO and VP of Sales prior to Decisioneering’s acquisition by Hyperion. Decisioneering was the maker of the Crystal Ball brand of software. Mr. Franklin was also the founder of and the CFO of Vericept Corporation. Jim serves on the board of aWhere, Inc., Denver Software Club and Querio. Jim has also been a mentor for Techstars and the Founder Institute.

Current and previous board roles include Wurk, Yonomi, Parkifi, SlamData, Fluorofinder, TapInfluence, Cloud Elements, Email Co-Pilot and aWhere.

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Who Should Attend?
  • Anyone who is thinking about raising money for their startup 
  • Anyone that wants insight into the thought process of early-stage investors

 What are some of the Topics?
  • The key metrics and pre-requisites for raising funding, and the anatomy of a "fundable" company
  • The key terms and mindsets of early-stage technology investors
  • How to make yourself more attractive to investors
  • and more...

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