Topic: Startup Fundraising: From Self-Help to Crowdfunding to Institutional Investors.
Speaker: David Sorin - PARTNER - McCARTER & ENGLISH, LLP
6:45 - Arrival - Snacks, Pizza and Networking.
7:15 - Introduction / Announcements by the organizers.
7:20 - 7:30 Start Demo / Pitches (ONE MINUTE each)
Demo 1 - Recoshare - Turab Hasan
Demo 2 - SitAssist - Andrew Hines
Demo 3 - Sub-Quantum - Navjot Sandhu
7:30 - Startup Fundraising: From Self-Help to Crowdfunding to Institutional Investors. - David Sorin
8:30 - Open-mic to quickly promote your business or broadcast a need that someone in the group might be able to ﬁll.
8:45 - Wrap-Up, discussion of Meetup, feedback and opportunities for improvement or future topics.
8:55 - End of formal part of meeting.
9:00 - Exit Venue and head to After Hours Party - Location: TBA
About Topic: Startup Fundraising : From Self-Help to Crowdfunding to Institutional Investors.
About Speaker: David Sorin - PARTNER - McCARTER & ENGLISH, LLP
Dave Sorin is the managing partner of McCarter’s East Brunswick office and the head of the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice. He focuses his practice primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. Dave has a long track record of successful representation of growth companies, having been repeatedly recognized by well-known periodicals for a unique combination of legal acumen and sound business judgment. He also brings to bear his broad range of knowledge and experience in counseling enterprises and investors in diverse emerging growth markets, technology industries (including software, information technology, e-commerce, and communications), and life sciences. Many of the companies he represents are well-known names throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
One industry-leading publication has recognized Dave as one of New Jersey’s top 100 business people, categorizing him within an “elite group” of executives who “are the voices of their industries.” He was later identified by another industry publication as one of the region’s “top deal makers.” Chambers USA, an international guide to lawyers and law firms, called Dave the State’s top corporate lawyer. More recently, Lawyer Monthly Magazine identified Dave as one of the top 100 Lawyers in the world in the category of emerging growth company representation and he also was named to the 2014 NJ Super Lawyers list. Dave co-founded the law firm of SorinRand in 2009, was Managing Partner of the New Jersey and New York law offices of Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corporation and of the Princeton office of Hale & Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale LLP), as well as a corporate practice area Vice-Chair. He later established a non-legal consulting practice to advise emerging growth companies on a wide range of business issues, including matters relating to finance, commercial transactions, corporate partnering and licensing arrangements, and governance. In addition, he served as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University, teaching Entrepreneurial Law, Venture Capital and Corporate Governance. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, teaching Accounting for Lawyers and Mergers & Acquisitions. He began his legal career at Davis Polk & Wardwell. The realities of the 21st century economy and rigorous analysis of the business and legal marketplace convinced Dave that service to startup, early stage, emerging growth and middle market enterprises is largely incompatible with the cost infrastructure, high leverage, and fee schedules generally associated with today’s law firm model. He and his partners founded the firm to meet the new business realities head-on, reinventing law firm practice to help clients achieve their goals, sensibly. Together, they joined McCarter & English to leverage McCarter’s geographical scale, size, and breadth of services to provide clients the many disciplines they require throughout their business lifecycles, while retaining the unique delivery model and value proposition offered by SorinRand.
Dave, who is a frequent speaker, panelist, and author on issues of interest to the emerging growth and middle market sectors, also is a Certified Public Accountant.
About Startups Pitching:
Recoshare creates mobile SDKs for mobile game developers. Once embedded into a mobile game our SDK enables mobile gamers to record and share their mobile gameplay instantly. Our SDK enables organic recording and sharing which leads to more game installs.
SitAssist is a newly patented device that can lift people from the floor to a seated position with little to no assistance from others. It falls squarely in the Zero Lift category being introduced in so many institutions to prevent injury to caregivers. It will also enable people to live more independently and with dignity at home longer. We are being advised by Kessler Rehabilitation Institute, one of the leaders in this field. (They generally help no one) There are also plans for a patent pending wheelchair that can transfer people in and out of bed with no lifting as well. They are based at the EDC Incubator at NJIT. SitAssist was awarded 2nd place in 2013 at a Demo Day held by NJTC.
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