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VC Roundtable: Do's and Don'ts for Entrepreneurs - March 28, 2019 - Atlanta, GA
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VC Roundtable:

Do's and Don'ts for Entrepreneurs




March 28, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT



Hosted by: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP



One Atlantic Center, 14th Floor 1201

West Peachtree NW, Atlanta, GA





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Funding is the life blood of startups. Entrepreneurs are eager to secure it, but not always sure how to navigate this world. We have pulled together a panel of accomplished investors who will layout the basics, demystify the process, and provide guidance on how to best approach VCs. Having an idea and becoming a startup is easy. In the fintech and payment industry, however, it is important to know that you’re starting on the right track. There are additional constraints because of the heavy regulation of the industry. You can always bootstrap your idea with hard work and sweat equity but at some point, you may need to show that you are here to stay. Getting funded and knowing how to get the right resources are crucial things to consider before taking the startup to the next level.

• How do I know if VC funding is right for me?

• How important is it to find a VC that has specialization?

• How do I best prepare for the due diligence phase?

• What are the biggest misconceptions about raising capital?

On March 28, 2019, we will be having this special event for the Atlanta community, which aims to help entrepreneurs understand the importance of preparing for how to raise money and learn the Do's and Don'ts of this important phase in the journey of their company. To add a potent dimension to the discussion, we will have Charles Potts (Executive Managing Director) moderate the panel. Charles is a veteran in the FinTech space and has deep experience raising money as well as mentoring early-stage businesses. There will be ample time for network for entrepreneurs to meet with VCs and other founders, to share experiences to learn from, and hopefully build strong business relationships.


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6:00 PM Registration
7:00 PM Announcement
7:10 PM Panel discussion
  Brian Rosenzweig, Co-founder at JANVEST Capital Partners
  John Philpott, Partner at Fintop Capital
  Sean Banks, Partner at TTV Capital
  Panel moderated by Charles E. Potts, Executive Managing Director, Business Development at First Performance
8:30 PM End of session


Brian Rosenzweig

Co-founder at JANVEST Capital Partners

Brian Rosenzweig is a co-founder of JANVEST Capital Partners, a U.S.-based venture fund investing in early stage deep technologies being developed in Israel but commercialized here in the States. Brian comes with nearly two decades of experience working in Israel’s venture investment market as both an investor and entrepreneur.

Brought up and educated in the U.S. but with most of his career spent in Israel's innovation ecosystem, Brian has extensive experience in working with Israel-based founding teams on their product-market fit, strategic partnership development, and the aggressive pursuit of traction in key North American markets.

Brian lives in Atlanta and holds a B.A. in Journalism from the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a minor in Hebrew.

Brian Rosenzweig

John Philpott

Partner at Fintop Capital

John Philpott began his career as one of the founding team members of S1 Corporation (NASDAQ:SONE). S1 originated as the creator of the World’s First Internet Bank, SFNB, and grew to over $200m in annual revenue. While at S1, John served in a variety of roles including SVP and GM of S1’s International business unit. Following S1, John helped found a multi-family office and asset management firm with $900m in assets under advisement. Additionally, John served as the Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Advisory Software, a practice management and technology firm for the wealth management industry representing over $70b in reportable assets. Currently, John is a Partner at Fintop Capital.

John Philpott

Sean Banks

Partner at TTV Capital

Sean joined TTV in 2002 as a summer associate and returned to TTV in 2005. He currently serves as a Partner and has over 13 years of venture capital experience. Prior to joining TTV, Sean served as the Vice President of Finance and General Counsel for an Atlanta-based technology start-up company. Sean is currently the Chairman of the Technology Association of Georgia’s FinTech society and serves on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Board of Directors and Leadership Counsel. Sean is also a founding member of the Fintech Atlanta Task Force. Sean sits on the Southern Capital Conference Executive Steering Committee and is a member of the Venture Atlanta Selection Committee. Sean is also on the Editorial Board of n>genuity Journal, published by TSYS, the world’s largest credit card issuer. Sean is frequently featured in print and on the radio and TV as an expert on advances in fintech and the fintech ecosystem in Georgia. Sean was one of the first to identify advances in multi-channel digital banking, transaction processing security and ecommerce marketing robotics. He earned his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University where he was one of five Woodruff Fellows. Additionally, he earned his J.D. at the University of San Diego in 2001. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he played baseball and earned a B.S. in Economics. For TTV, he has served on the Board of Directors for four companies, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Gro Solutions, FX Bridge, FTRANS, and Hurdlr, and as an observer on the blooom, MX and Springbot Board of Directors.

Sean Banks


Charles E. Potts

Executive Managing Director, Business Development at First Performance

Charles Potts is a recognized leader in financial technology with 25+ years of hands-on experience in building, growing, leading and nurturing organizations. In addition to starting his own companies, Potts’ ability to achieve profitable revenue growth and exceed business objectives in a combination of start-up, early-stage and public-companies has landed him Executive roles at Jack Henry, Goldleaf, Fiserv and most recently First Performance, where he led the start-up's Business Development activities. His expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, business development and product management as well as his international leadership success brings important insights to investors and management teams on crucial matters dealing with the evaluation, integration and deployment of financial services and emerging payments-related technologies with a key focus on digital and mobile channels and their related operational efficiencies.

A frequent industry speaker and author, Potts is an active member and former board member and past president of The Association for Financial Technology Providers (AFT), former director for The Financial Managers Society and former board member of PROFORMANCE. Potts currently serves on the advisory boards of several start-ups.

Charles E. Potts



Location Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, One Atlantic Center, 14th Floor 1201 West Peachtree NW Atlanta, GA

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Thursday 28 March 2019, 06:00pm - 08:30pm
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