Teela Smith, Michael Bracamontes of Bracamontes and Vlasak PC, and Katherine Dulany of Zarate Dulany Law, P.C. presented a panel entitled "Equity and Employment for Startups and Small Businesses" for the Bar Association of San Francisco. Panelists discussed equity compensation and employment law changes in 2020. It was aimed at employment lawyers who wanted to learn more about equity compensation, and business lawyers who wanted to learn more about employment law, for the purpose of advising their clients about their rights and obligations.
Lindsey S. Mignano spoke on a First Republic Bank and TriNet panel alongside startup advisor, Blaine Mathieu, of Momenta Partners, Alexa Binns of Halogen Ventures, and Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures regarding how early stage startups can show growth and traction, and impress investors during a virtual pitch and subsequent online meetings; how VCs have been meeting with potential portfolio companies and the best virtual pitch strategies they’ve seen employed by startup founders in 2020; and the trends in raising early stage capital in 2020, and how things in the legal sphere have changed after Coronavirus.
Lindsey S. Mignano spoke on a panel hosted by NowCFO entitled "State of the Early Stage Startup Industry: 2020 Trends and Post-Election Financing Predictions for 2021". Lindsey was joined by Lauren McCollom of Grasshopper Bank, Keenan McCollom of NowCFO, Jason Torres of Sana Capital, and Chang Zu of Basis Set Ventures. Topics included financing and acquisition trends in a Covid world, and more recently, post-election, for national and international startups; what early stage American VCs are looking for in 2020 and the realities of fundraising during a pandemic; and strategies for raising a pre-seed (ex. $500K) v. Series Seed ($1-4M) round in 2021, after the election.
Teela Smith spoke on a panel hosted by Carta entitled "Executive and Employee Compensation for Early Stage Startups: How Are Startups Building Teams and Paying Founders and Employees in 2020". Teela, along with Francesca Puccinelli of Carta, Rebekah Willetts and Audrey Massoni of ADP, and Robert Ravanshenas of Maven Ventures, discussed 2020 stats on how early stage startups are compensating their founders and employees from an equity perspective (by Carta) and salary perspective (by ADP); how to protect your startup by executing the proper legal documents for founders and employees (by Smith Shapourian Mignano PC), and the best practices to build an early stage (remote) startup team after a seed financing event (by Maven Ventures).