Protect Angel Startup Funding: Important Public Policy Webinar Update

Angel InvestorThe Startup and Angel Investment Community needs your help!  Beginning this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 to review the accredited investor definition as it relates to individuals. At issue is whether the financial thresholds should be adjusted or raised for the “protection of investors, in the public interest, and in light of the economy.”

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) is leading the charge to maintain the current thresholds for accreditation and also to suggest ways for sophisticated investors who do not meet the financial thresholds to also become accredited investors – but they need your help. Learn what you can do to make sure that the SEC doesn’t increase the financial thresholds and cut off the supply of capital to startups. Everyone in the startup community is welcome and urged to participate in this call.

Speakers/Topics to be covered

Jean Peters, Golden Seeds/ACA Board – Moderator

Mike Eckert, ACA Public Policy Chair – Importance of Angel Investing to US Economy and Job Creation, Why Angel Investing has so Little Fraud

Joe Wallin, Davis, Wright Tremaine – History of Accredited Investor Definition

Evan Burfield, 1776 Incubator – Importance of Angels to the Startup Ecosystem

Kevin Laws, AngelList – How Angel Investing is Evolving with General Solicitation

Carol Roper, Consumer Federation of America – Protecting Investors – Limiting Offerings to Those Who Can Afford the Loss

Register for the Webinar

When: Wednesday, June 11th at 12:00p Eastern / 9:00 a.m. Pacific

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Come Meet Seattle Startup Liaison Rebecca Lovell

Rebecca Lovell bannerWe are in the middle of a startup renaissance in Seattle and the State of Washington. We have a crowdfunding bill, and there is no end in sight for the possibilities. To add to all of the excitement, Rebecca Lovell just recently become the liaison to the startup community for the City of Seattle.

If you don’t already know Rebecca, she is someone you need to meet. She is a long-time TechStars Mentor, UW instructor, former Chief Business Officer of GeekWire, and the list goes on.

In this session she’ll answer some of the common questions she gets asked such as:

  • What does a startup liaison do?
  • What are the biggest challenges you’re hearing about from startups?
  • What does success look like in this role?
  • How should I get plugged into the startup community?

Don’t miss this!


Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
7:30 – 8:30 AM

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101

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How do strategic M&A events germinate?

Pacific Rim M&AHow do strategic M&A events germinate?
When does the corporate development process for major companies begin?
How is corporate strategy developed?

Please join us for the Pacific Rim M&A Institute’s inaugural session. The program will feature a panel discussion on the corporate development process. The panel, moderated by Joe Wallin of Davis Wright Tremaine, will include:

  • Christine Feng, Corporate Development, Microsoft Corporation
  • Selim Giray, Corporate Development, Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Salil Gupte, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, The Boeing Company

We look forward to seeing you at this first PRMAI discussion on the initial steps of deal development.

About the Pacific Rim M&A Institute: PRMAI was founded by Davis Wright Tremaine, the University of Washington School of Law, and the University of Washington Foster School of Business. The mission of PRMAI is to create best practices and interdisciplinary knowledge sharing in the M&A community.


Thursday, June 12, 2014
7:00 – 8:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 AM Panel Discussion

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
The John Davis Conference Center
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101

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