On March the 30th we will continue with our monthly Ask an Investor series. We have now done this for two months in a row and startups love the informal environment where they can ask anything they want to experienced investors over a glass of wine. This month we will have 4 powerful female investors from funds, angel groups and solo investors sharing their perspective of what drives their investment decisions. There is no cost for this event as it's how we at the DOJO py back to the startup ecosystem.
Here at Expert DOJO, we recognize that startups need the support of the venture community to help break through to levels that allow you to compete with the best venture backed startups in the world. Every month, Expert DOJO will be arranging 4-5 top angels and venture capitalists to answer questions and guide you as to how to build the billion dollar company that you have already visualized.
This session is especially important because it takes a different type of founder to build a seed stage company, an A stage company, and a unicorn. During this session, our investor experts will answer the difficult questions to help you navigate this road. Come and join us!
Meet the top female angels and venture capitalists presenting:
Emily Serebryany is a 2XFounder, angel investor, startup coach, and board member. She has founded two companies, including Mediscan, Inc, a healthcare staffing company that became one of the leaders in the healthcare recruitment space and reached $45 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR) before being sold to a publicly traded company in 2015.
Emily has been an angel investor and venture partner, co-investing with HealthTech Capital, a Silicon Valley-based angel investment group with deep expertise in the healthtech space, and Gaingels, one of the largest investors in the startup space that supports women and LGBTQ founders. In addition, Emily is a certified professional coach who helps women founders confidently fundraise, lead, and enjoy their entrepreneurial journey. As a coach she empowers women to navigate the unique challenges of entrepreneurship and develop an authentic leadership style that is based on their strengths.
Jenny Q. Ta is a 3x founder veteran of Wall Street, self-made millionaire, and seasoned entrepreneur with three highly successful early ventures to her credit. As founder and CEO of Titan Securities, a full-service broker-dealer and investment banking firm, Ms. Ta built a company that was profitable enough to be acquired in 2005. Prior to that venture, Jenny had filled the role of founder, CEO, and driving force behind Vantage Investments, another full-service broker-dealer and investment banking firm that she started while still in her twenties and quickly grew to a-third-of-a-billion dollars in assets.
Ms. Ta’s next two entrepreneurial endeavors included masterminding two modern tech companies: VCNetwork.co, a virtual “E-Harmony meets Shark Tank” matching entrepreneurs with VCs, and CoinLinked.com, an American online social commerce platform powered by a decentralized blockchain solution to connect the traditional marketplaces of today with the digital currencies of tomorrow. These two more-recent ventures were solidly grounded in Jenny’s rich business background, which includes extensive firsthand experience in senior executive management, sales, marketing, and finance, with forays into the FinTech industry and exploration of the opportunities that cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and other distributed ledger technologies afford.
Jennifer Byrne is an active mentor, investor, and advisor in both enterprise and consumer technology. She is as a Limited Partner and Venture Partner in two venture funds: Grit Capital Partners and K2 Access Fund. Grit invests in early stage ecosystem platforms who are seeking to disrupt the status and has made 20 investments to date. K2 focused on Series A and B enterprise SaaS and cloud companies. K2's first investment is now valued at $1.6 billion.
In 2012, Jennifer co-founded Quesnay Inc. which is a strategy and innovation advisory firm which also produces executive events, global startup accelerators. In 2017, Quesnay launched the world's first and largest Female Founders in FinTech & InsurTech accelerator to source and support women-led fintechs while facilitating mutually beneficial startup-corporate-investor relationships. In 2020, the program expanded into Mobility. Over 500 women-led startups have applied and been evaluated by 500+ industry leaders & investors, raising over $1.8B.
Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D. is one of the leading alternative funding experts in the United States, an economist turned entrepreneur and adviser, known for being at the forefront of next-generation, impact-driven venture financing models in the new digital era. She has authored numerous articles for the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and CrowdfundInsider, among other industry media, and been invited to the White House as a “crowdfunding champion.”
As a prominent international speaker, Dr. Silchenko’s lecture tours have taken her to countries such as Brazil, Zambia, Kyrgyzstan, and India as well as to her homeland of Russia, where she grew up in the first-generation there that enthusiastically embraced capitalism and the market economy. She is the founder of the consulting boutique, Metropole Capital Group, and the World Funding Summit, both based in Los Angeles, and serves as a visiting professor at the California Lutheran University (CLU) School of Management, where she teaches Entrepreneurial Finance to MBA students. Dr. Silchenko has served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) and is currently on the Advisory Board of The California Stock Exchange.