Smith Shapourian Mignano PC is a women- and minority-owned boutique law firm in San Francisco, representing startups and small businesses. We are an innovative and enterprising law firm, utilizing up-to-the-minute technology to maximize our efficiency and effectiveness so as to offer clients a high-touch, high-quality experience.
Our clients include growth-stage tech and cannabis entrepreneurs who are forming and scaling their companies; traditional small businesses, micro-funds, and professional services firms who seek to form, buy, sell, merge or dissolve; and businesses or founders involved in disputes with their former companies, employees, partners, investors, service providers, or customers.
2020 and 2021 have been tough years to say the least. In light of police brutality against Africans and African Americans, and rising hate crimes/incidents against Asian Americans, how can we as a society keep ourselves mentally healthy and well? How can we talk to our children about processing these events without traumatizing them? At what point should a person of color experiencing trauma from these events reach out to a licensed psychologist for help? Lindsey S. Mignano and Ernest Hammond III of Twilio will moderate this community-based fireside chat with three psychologists to discuss these issues and more.
In the National Venture Capital Association's Q1 2021 Pitchbook Report, the NVCA reported that "[t]he share of female-founded companies as a proportion of total US VC deals, measured by both deal count and dollar volume, continued its downward trajectory," and that the "Q1 deal value proportion shows a sharp decline for all female-founded companies." What can we do to change this? Lindsey S. Mignano will moderate a PuzzleHR-sponsored panel entitled "Financing and Scaling Your Startup in 2021: Tips from Women in VC" with female VCs Alexa Binns of Halogen Ventures, Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures, and Priya Saiprasad of Mayfield Fund. The panel is hosted by co-panelist Rich Gettings of PuzzleHR. Panelists will discuss the current state of financing for women-led venture funds and early stage startups, how startups can best locate and work with women in the venture and startup ecosystem, as well as how to tackle diversity and inclusion concerns when team building and expanding after a financing event.
August 11, 2021 - 9 - 10 am PST - "Got Money, Now What?: How to Scale and Build Out Startup Teams After a Financing Event"
As early stage startup financing rebounds after a slowdown in 2020 and more early stage startups get funded in 2021, the next question becomes, how to grow and scale their teams. Lindsey S. Mignano, Francesca Puccinelli of Carta, Rebekah Willetts of ADP, Robert Ravanshenas of Maven Ventures, and Glenn Gow the CEO "Therapist" will host an informative panel discussing topics such as the current state of financing for early stage startups; how to best work with your investors after a raise; what the market salary and equity compensation packages look like for founders and early stage startup employees after a raise; and how a founder/CEO can best manage the radical role changes that occur post-financing.