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Prashant Shah, Head TIE Angels @NoPanels Summer 2014. TIE is a global nonprofit started in Silicon Valley which helps educate & fund entrepreneurs. They now have 60 chapters around the world in 17 countries with thousands of members. The charter members are the mentors in the TIE network & consist of experienced, successful entrepreneurs; investors & corporate execs who donate their time & money to help the next generation of upcoming entrepreneurs. Most of the mentors that come from the TIE network tend to be Enterprise or IT software, not as much on Consumer although that is an area in which they are very interested. Also they have a very small but active group in the Medical Device & Web Sciences. He looks for an entrepreneur with a lot of passion & expertise in an industry that they’re pursuing. The problem space that they’re going after has to be very well identified & something that they feel has a problem that is actually growing in the market. Plus making sure that there is a technology area that they’re creating. All of this makes it a good investment for TIE. There’s a lot of things going on in the venture industry but the biggest shift is that its cheaper to start a company today. Many years ago it took about $4m to get a Series A done & start an enterprise software company. About 5 years ago that dropped to roughly $1/2m & today the cost is zero! You just needs 1 person who knows how to code & 1 person who knows how to sell. The rise of angel investors & accelerators really sorts out what is happening at the grass roots level before they go for venture firm for an A round.

Pemo Theodore

Pemo is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is CoFounder/CEO Silicon Valley TV She is the Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley & organizes Bay Area FinTech meetup: Silicon Valley FinTech meetup & Blockchain Music meetup with almost 3k members. She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups 7 years. She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors & FinTech experts. She partners with videographers to cover San Francisco Bay area startup conferences & meetups with livestreaming, video & foto packages Silicon Valley TV She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 14 years. She has been in small business for 46 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research from VCs, angels & women founders) “Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation” She was TheNextWomen‘s most prolific contributor of 2011. Silicon Valley TV has been noted as a platform for supporting high growth women led companies in Huffington Post

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