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Startup to Funding: Comparison between Silicon Valley and Orange County And Finovate Highlights - May 3, 2017 - Santa Ana, CA
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Startup to Funding:

Comparison between Silicon Valley and Orange County

And Finovate Highlights



May 3, 2017

5:30PM to 8:30PM






1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana, CA 92794




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How does the startup funding differ in Silicon Valley as compared to LA or Orange County? We will compare the funding process and experience between Northern and Southern California. Discuss what type of companies VCs will fund and which are not a good fit for VCs and Angels. An experienced group of CEOs that have gone through the process will share their insights and secrets to success. 

This event will be proceeded with a networking session to meet other executives, followed by a short presentation on highlights from Finovate 2017.

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This event is FREE for Business Members. (free Live Streaming for Online Members)




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 5:30 PM Registration
 6:30 PM Announcement
 6:35 PM Panel Discussion
  Serge Vartanov, Chief Marketing Officer at AutoGravity
  Daniel Chatelain, Managing Director at The BayPay Forum
  Christopher Grey, COO & Co-Founder at CapLinked
  Bart Greenberg, Founder at Pivotal Law Firm, Inc.
  Panel Moderated by Jack Bicer, Founder & CEO at Sekur Me
 7:50 PM Networking
 8:30 PM End of Session


Serge Vartanov

Chief Marketing Officer at AutoGravity


Serge Vartanov is the Chief Marketing Officer of AutoGravity, where he leads marketing, product and design teams to transform auto financing and champion the AutoGravity brand. Vartanov drives the growth of AutoGravity through an integrated data-driven marketing and communications approach that cuts across the full spectrum of traditional and digital marketing channels. Prior to AutoGravity, Vartanov was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, where he led cross-functional teams of designers, engineers and product managers that supported senior executives and sparked innovation, accelerated business growth and managed digital transformation to stay ahead of disruption. Vartanov holds an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degrees in both business administration and Japanese from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Daniel Chatelain

Managing Director at The BayPay Forum


Daniel Chatelain is a serial entrepreneur focused on innovation in payments, commerce and Fintech. He sits on the board of directors or advisors of emerging companies and is a mentor at 500 Startups. He started The BayPay Forum to help foster innovation in payment and commerce.

The BayPay Forum is a member based organization that gathers today over 14,000 executives from thousands of companies and that organizes events for its members to understand the new trends in innovation in payments and commerce in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto, New York, Paris, London and Luxembourg. Prior to that, Daniel was CEO, President & COO of companies he started as an entrepreneur or within the Lagardere (Elle, Woman’s Day, Car & Driver, Hachette, Canal Satellite) and Airbus Industries group (Airbus, Ariane, Eurocopter) and Vice President of a VC backed companies giving him a wide experience of growing companies domestically and internationally in the banking, telecom and interactive media industries as an entrepreneur, corporate or VC backed senior executive.


Christopher Grey

COO & Co-Founder at CapLinked

Christopher Grey is the co-founder and COO of CapLinked, and enterprise software company offering an information control and risk mitigation platform for the sharing of confidential or sensitive documents and communications outside of the enterprise. Previously, he was a senior executive and managing partner in private equity and corporate finance for 15 years and directly involved in the deployment and management of billions of dollars of debt and equity investments in various industries. Christopher founded two companies, Crestridge Investments, a private equity firm that made debt and equity investments in micro cap and middle market companies, and Third Wave Partners, which made debt and equity investments in distressed situations, and was managing director of a subsidiary of Emigrant Bank, the largest privately owned bank in the country.

Christopher Grey

Bart Greenberg

Founder at Pivotal Law Firm, Inc.


Bart Greenberg is the founder of Pivotal Law Firm, Inc. Bart has spent over 25 years practicing general corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and the cost-effective representation of entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging technology companies. Bart’s experience extends to all types of general corporate matters, essentially serving as outside general counsel to most of his clients. Such matters include, among others, mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on consolidations and roll-up strategies; private securities offerings, with an emphasis on those for emerging technology companies, including so-called “friends and family,” angel and venture capital financings; debt financings, including senior credit facilities, as well as mezzanine, subordinated and vendor-facilitated debt facilities; the formation of business entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies and joint ventures; shareholder and buy-sell agreements; employment and consulting agreements; and employee compensation matters, with an emphasis on providing equity incentives to employees through the use of restricted stock, stock options and phantom stock plans.

Bart Greenberg


Jack Bicer

Founder & CEO at Sekur Me 


Jack Bicer is the founder and CEO of, a mobile security and payments company, that eliminates passwords securely. His two previous inventions “Uninstall” and “Automatic Software Updates”, run on every computer and every smartphone today. A 35+ year software industry veteran, Jack is an industry expert on mobile applications, authentication, SaaS and mobile payments. He has been a speaker in various mobile security and payments conferences.

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Video from AutoGravity






Location 1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana, CA 92794

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Wednesday 03 May 2017, 05:30pm - 08:30pm
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