TechCrunch was proud to host Capital Connect by J.P. Morgan at Early Stage 2023 in Boston
Breakout Session: In Review
Building a startup during periods of economic uncertainty can pose difficulty in access to funding. This insightful session explores ways founders can evaluate the potential for market disruption and strategies they can use to identify opportunities for growth and innovation. Distinguished speakers from Capital Connect by J.P. Morgan and Latham & Watkins bring their institutional knowledge and broad perspectives to the fore and provide key takeaways for entrepreneurs at every stage in their fundraising journey.
Patrick Jones | Executive Director, Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem, Capital Connect by J.P. Morgan
Patrick Jones is Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem for Capital Connect by J.P. Morgan, a digital platform where private companies and investors can network, access proprietary benchmarking data, raise capital and manage their cap table. Jones began his career as a consultant and strategic advisor to private equity and venture investors. Prior to his current role, he ran various innovation and FinTech initiatives for J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, including the foundational work that led to the creation of Capital Connect.
Olga Polunina | Executive Director, Private Capital Markets, Capital Connect by J.P. Morgan
Olga Polunina — a senior member of the Private Capital Markets team at J.P. Morgan — is based in New York. Her career spans Private Capital Markets, Investment Banking Coverage and Equity Capital Markets in London and New York, and she has worked on over $100 billion in transactions including a number of landmark deals in the industry. Polunina started her career in Morgan Stanley’s Equity Capital Markets team and has been with J.P. Morgan since 2010. She holds an MA(Hons) in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Spencer Ricks | Emerging Companies, Latham & Watkins
Spencer Ricks works with entrepreneurs and startups from formation through all stages of growth and beyond. His work spans all phases of the startup lifecycle, including financings, M&A transactions, strategic collaborations, IPOs and more to help companies achieve their most ambitious goals. Ricks’ clients span a number of different industries, including life sciences, tech, clean energy and retail.