September 28, 2017 @ 07:00 PM

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Impact Hub Austin
5540 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

- Over $1 Billion of Texas Venture Capital - All in One Room! -

This month, Team Austin brings you five top VC’s, representing over $1B in Texas venture capital, to discuss the habits of highly successful startups.


Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 7:00-10:00pm

Where: Impact Hub Austin, 5540 North Lamar

Who: Distinguished Panel of Texas Venture Capital Firms

• Rajiv Bala, Principal, S3 Ventures

Tom Ball, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Next Coast Ventures

Morgan Flager, General Partner, Silverton Partners

Matt McDonnell, Partner, Notley Ventures

• Krishna Srinivasan, General Partner, LiveOak Venture Partners

Chris Shonk, Partner, ATX Seed Ventures

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Many entrepreneurs and founders have ideas that can shake up the world.  The only thing standing in the way for most? Funding.

So how do you approach a VC?  What makes a company investable?  What should you do? Or even better yet, what shouldn't you do when building your company and preparing your pitch?

Pitching an investor is one of the most critical moments.  It is where many founders face real problems and ideas meet their demise.  The good news is, this doesn’t have to be you!

So come mingle with Austin’s top Venture Capitalists, as we learn how to get funded on September 28, 2017 from 7-10 pm at Impact Hub North Lamar.

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You will learn:

• What are VC’s seeing get funded and why?

• Daily habits to make your startup investable

• The do's and don'ts of pitching your business

• Where is Venture Capital in Austin coming from?  

• How to pick the right VC and approach your first investor

• The areas / industries Austin VC’s find ripe for disruption & investment

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• Venture Capital 101: Habits of Highly Successful Startups

• Do Your Homework: How Does Your Business Align with Investment Goals

• Innovation Landscape: What Is Getting Funded and Why

• 2017 and Beyond: How Net Population Migration and Growing Venture Capital Deployment Affect Austin startups

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Krishna Srinivasan - Co-Founder, LiveOak Venture Partners 

Krishna is a co-founder of LiveOak Venture Partners and has been investing in early-stage Texas-based companies and entrepreneurs since 2000.

Prior to founding LiveOak, Krishna was a Partner at Austin Ventures, and Before joining Austin Ventures, Krishna was with Motorola where he wrote large-scale optimization software for supply chain planning and worked with a variety of business units on strategic and operational issues. He started his professional career at SEMATECH.

Krishna received his MBA from Wharton where he graduated with highest academic honors as a Palmer Scholar. He also has an MS in Operations Research from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, where he graduated with the highest all-around honors.

Krishna currently sits on the Board of Directors for CS Disco, Digital Pharmacist, Hive9, OJO Labs, Opcity, Razberi Technologies and Telestax. His past investments include Augmentix (Acquired by Entorian), BlackSand Technologies (Acquired by Qualcomm), Mavenir Systems (NYSE: MVNR), Spatial Wireless (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent) and StackEngine (acquired by Oracle).

Krishna is an active leader in the community as a Board Member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation and serves as the Chairman of the Board for The Miracle Foundation - a non-profit that brings life-changing care to the world's orphans.

Morgan Flager - General Partner, Silverton Partners

Morgan joined Silverton in 2006. He currently serves on the boards of Aceable, Alert Media, Convey, Outbound Engine, Trendkite, The Zebra, Turnkey Vacation Rentals, and 360pi. Morgan also led Silverton’s efforts on BlackLocus (acquired by Home Depot), Crimson Services (acquired by The Advisory Board) and UnboundID (acquired by Vista Equity). Prior to Silverton, Morgan worked with FTV Capital in San Francisco, where he focused on growth investments in technology and financial services.

Silverton partners with exceptional entrepreneurs who are committed to attacking growth markets or disrupting traditional spaces with proprietary products or services. The firm's investment philosophy is centered on putting the entrepreneur first. We are the "go to" partner for our management teams, taking every opportunity to roll-up our sleeves and help with recruiting and strategy, as well as connections to other entrepreneurs, mentors, and business partners.

Tom Ball - Co-Founder, Next Coast Ventures

Tom has been an entrepreneur and early-stage investor for over 20 years. Immediately prior to co-founding Next Coast Ventures, Tom was a General Partner with Austin Ventures where he spent ten years working with and investing in entrepreneurs to build great companies. Prior to that, he was the Founder of Tahoe Domains, an ICANN accredited registrar, CEO and Co-Founder of Openfield and Razorgator Interactive, and Chairman, CEO and Founder of eCoupons (acquired by Lifeminders-NASDAQ: LFMN). He also previously worked as a strategy consultant with Mitchell Madison Group.

Tom is active in his local community serving on the Boards of the local PBS affiliate, home of the Austin City Limits television show, KLRU, and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas.

Tom received his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a BS in Finance at the University of Florida. He is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Rajiv Bala - Principal, S3 Ventures

Rajiv Bala is a Principal at S3 Ventures. His responsibilities at S3 include deal sourcing and structuring, due diligence, partner engagement and portfolio management. Rajiv’s investment focus includes software, internet/web, telecommunications, technology-enabled services, and medical device. Rajiv was a Marketing Manager at Texas Instruments where he led marketing for Automotive Infotainment in the North American region. Prior to marketing, Rajiv was an Applications Engineer with the Digital Radio Group at Texas Instruments where he helped grow the business from zero to over a million units shipped.

Rajiv holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Economics from Rice University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently sits on the board of Ascend Center for Learning and Texchange Austin.

Matt McDonnell - Partner, Notley Ventures

Matt McDonnell is a Partner at Notley Ventures, a micro private equity firm focused on the intersection of profit and social impact. He previously served as COO of Famigo, an early childhood EdTech company, and a sailing instructor at Outward Bound. He holds an MBA from the College of Charleston, a JD from the University of Texas School of Law, and is a contributor to Ed Surge and Venture Beat.

Chris Shonk - Partner, ATX Seed Ventures

Chris Shonk started his first business at fourteen, was named the Special Forces Soldier of the Year, co-founded an investment bank, and has operated, advised, and invested in consumer service and tech companies for fifteen years. He has been interviewed by Business Week, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Forbes. Chris is a graduate of the Acton School of Business and was the first alumnus to start an endowment to offer other deserving entrepreneurs the opportunity to change the world.

Paul O'Brien - Founder, MediaTech Ventures

Paul O’Brien (aka SEO’Brien) works in Venture Capital Economic Development, serving the investment and venture capital economies as an Austin based thought leader and evangelist. He’s the founder of MediaTech Ventures, a Principal in 1839 Ventures, a Director of Founder Institute, and mentor and speaker throughout Texas. His Vision for Austin has served as a catalyst of the local economy in its focus on the convergence of Austin's arts & media professionals with technology and innovation.

Notably, O’Brien is a seasoned marketer with an early career at Yahoo!, HP, and in the events space as part of the early Zvents team, an event platform acquired by Stubhub.  Paul was featured in the book Online Marketing Heroes, is the catalyst behind Texas Startups, and writes regularly at



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