On a recent episode of Extra Crunch Live, Bain Capital Ventures’ Matt Harris said that if you had asked him a year ago what would happen to venture capital during a pandemic lockdown, he would have replied “it would have fallen off a cliff.” Before the world changed so fundamentally, VCs and founders alike believed they needed to meet in person to build trust before signing paperwork that would financially and emotionally bond them together for years and years.
Today, the landscape is very different. More institutional capital is flowing into startups at much faster rates and a good deal of credit must go to the virtual pitch meeting. Founders can now take 30+ meetings in a single day, but are they making the most of those meetings?
At TechCrunch Early Stage in April, Melissa Bradley will talk us through how to nail your virtual pitch meeting and take questions from the audience.
Bradley is the co-founder of Ureeka, a venture-backed mentorship platform for SMBs that pairs founders with experts and mentors. Bradley is also founder and managing partner of 1863 Ventures, a business development program that accelerates underrepresented entrepreneurs (a group Bradley calls the New Majority) into their hyper-growth phase.
She’s also a professor at Georgetown University’s business school, teaching impact investing, social entrepreneurship, P2P economies and innovation.
In short, Bradley deeply understands what it’s like to sit on both sides of the table, as a VC and a founder, and even more deeply understands what it takes to have a successful virtual meeting from her experience building Ureeka (which is entirely virtual).
Bradley joins an all-star cast of speakers at TC Early Stage, an event that is packed with breakout sessions focused on all the core competencies that a startup needs to be successful. Here’s a preview of some of the sessions going down at TC Early Stage:
- How to Get An Investor’s Attention (Marlon Nichols, MaC Venture Partners)
- Four Things to Think About Before Raising a Series A (Bucky Moore, Kleiner Perkins)
- How Founders Can Think Like a VC (Lisa Wu, Norwest Venture Partners)
- Finance for Founders (Alexa von Tobel, Inspired Capital)
- Building and Leading a Sales Team (Ryan Azus, Zoom CRO)
- Keys to Nailing Product Market Fit (Rahul Vohra, Superhuman)
That’s not all. The TC Early Stage curriculum is being spread across two events, with fundraising and operations represented on April 1 & 2 and fundraising and marketing deep dives on July 8 & 9. Folks who buy a ticket to just one event will get three months of Extra Crunch for free, and folks who buy a dual-event ticket will get six months of Extra Crunch membership for free.
An Extra Crunch membership comes with access to:
- Weekly investor surveys
- Fundraising, growth, monetization and workforce advice from startup experts
- Market analysis
- Late-deep dives
- Access to weekly Extra Crunch Live events
And much more! Really, what are you waiting for? Pick up a ticket to TC Early Stage here or use the widget below: