This fall our local TiE Vancouver chapter is hosting a series of learning, mentoring and networking events for operators of startups and scaleups.
After a sold-out inaugural event last month, they’re at it again on October 20th with a panel on how to find, engage, and leverage early investors.
When it comes to ‘value-add investors’, a good analogy is that of a co-pilot. 90% of the time they are purely ornamental and likely not necessary, but 10% of the time they can be the difference between life and death.
There is lot of discussion around ‘smart money’ and ‘dumb money’. However, we don’t talk enough about ‘super-powered money’ where having someone on the cap table makes a difference that cannot be measured by the usual metrics.
Spearheaded and moderated by TiE Vancouver’s Maninder Dhaliwal, the speaker panel includes a pair of successful investor/investee combos — Klue founder Jason Smith and Rich Osborn of RecapHealth Ventures along with Thinkific founder Greg Smith and Fraser Hall of Rhino Ventures.
Klue, an AI-powered competitive enablement platform, raised a USD $62 million Series B round in 2021 led by Tiger Global with participation by Salesforce Ventures. Klue’s total funding to date to USD $81 million and RecapHealth was an early investor.
Thinkific, a cloud-based software platform that enable entrepreneurs to create, market, and sell online courses, went public in 2021 at a unicorn valuation after raising a total of $50 million from Rhino Ventures.
The in-person event kicks off with a TiE Sponsor & Charter Member VIP reception followed by the speaker panel and an hour of networking. Register online to attend.
TiE Vancouver is part of TiE Global Angels, an umbrella organization representing the TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) chapters in North America and their affiliated angel groups.
TiE was founded in Silicon Valley in 1992 by entrepreneurs with roots in South Asia, and is currently spread over 62 chapters in 14 countries with 15,000+ membership consisting of Angels, VCs, Private Equity, entrepreneurs, and service providers.