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Seed and Angel Financing

  • 03 May 2016
  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd., 1st Floor Great Room, Waltham (Exit 28, I-95/Route 128)


No presentations were presented at this event.

Are you getting ready to raise seed investment for your company? Want to know what goes on behind the scenes when angel and seed investors contemplate whether or not to fund a venture? How do you create an investor-friendly financial model for your business?

On May 3rd, ENET will host a panel of leaders from the Boston seed and angel investing community who will answer your questions about how they make investment decisions. No presentations. No slides. At this meeting it will be just you, our panel of Angels, and your questions. As a founder, or founder-to-be this is your chance to ask the panel all those questions that are going through your mind about raising capital. Here are a few very common questions:

What are the best ways to find an angel who’s investment interests align with your objectives?

How do Angels pick investments? What criteria is most important to them?

How do Angels decide how to value my company and how much to invest?

As with every ENET meeting you will also get the chance to network with the panelists and other meeting attendees, both before the start of the meeting and afterwards. There will also be a pre-meeting dinner for additional networking.


Deb Kemper, Managing Director, Boston Chapter of  Golden Seeds,  http://www.goldenseeds.com/ , Twitter:  @Deb_Kemper

Deb Kemper is Managing Director of the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds, a national angel investor group. She is also a member of Clean Energy Venture Group. Her investment focus is high growth companies in the clean tech, health care, and technology sectors. 

Previously, Deb was a consultant with McKinsey & Company where she served clients in a variety of industries including energy, utilities, electronics, and healthcare. Her functional experience includes manufacturing, product development, operations, strategy, professional development, and leadership coaching.  She has provided leadership support to organizations in China, Peru and the United States. 

Deb earned her MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College where she was named an Edward Tuck Scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Cornell University where she graduated With Distinction and was a member of the Varsity Women’s Crew. She recently repatriated after living in Peru and China for 8 years. She resides in Boston with her husband and two children. 


Joseph W. Alsop, Venture Partner, Alsop Louie Partners, Co-Founder & former Chief Executive Officer Progress Software Corporation

JOSEPH ALSOP is a Venture Partner with Alsop Louie Partners, focusing on supporting early stage companies applying information technology in innovative ways.  He was the co-founder and until 2009 the CEO of Progress Software Corporation, a global supplier of application infrastructure software used to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications. Joe led Progress from its founding to its position as a global software industry leader with annual revenue exceeding one half billion dollars. Alsop has over 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry.

Alsop received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Barry Coffman, Angel Investor and Mentor, Launchpad Venture Group , http://launchpadventuregroup.com

Barry has been a professional investor and institutional money manager for 30 years.  Currently he focuses his time on his angel investing activities through his membership in Launchpad Venture Group and his network in the startup community.  Barry serves or has served as a board member or advisory board member for many of these companies including Smart Lunches, Happie, Woo Sports,  Testive, Punchbowl, Pixability,  Krash, A2a Media and ProCamps.

Prior to joining Launchpad Barry was a Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager for Boldwater Capital Management, a credit focused hedge fund firm from 2002-2008.   Barry helped launch the firm along with its two funds which totaled $250mm at their peek. 

Prior to joining Boldwater in January 2002, Barry served as Vice President for Fidelity Management and Research, where he worked for 15 years in the High Income Division as a High Yield Portfolio Manager and Analyst.  In that capacity, he was the sole manager for a number of retail and institutional high yield bond portfolios whose combined assets were approximately $5 billion at their peak. 

Barry received his MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Barry lives in Needham, MA with his wife Linda and, on occasion, with his 3 adult children.  He has been very active with local not-for-profits including the Needham Community Council where he is a past president.  He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Deaconess Needham, a member of the Finance Committee for the town of Needham and president of the Needham Sports Council.  


Greg Dawe, https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregdawe, is ENET's Vice Chair of Operations and has been working in the software industry for over 30 years, first as an engineer, and later, in management. For over 10 years, Greg held senior management positions in the computer network security industry including experience with RSA Security, Inc. Greg specializes in establishing and growing new organizations directly linked to improving company results. 
Greg Dawe @GlostaKenshi

E-Minute Presentations will be given at the start of the meeting. These very short presentations enable young startup entrepreneurs to gain experience in presenting their summary business plans to expert panels and audiences.

Directions: Constant Contact is adjacent to RT 128 / 95 at Exit 28B.

See: http://www.constantcontact.com/about-constant-contact/office-location-waltham.jsp

Reservations: ENET Constant Contact meetings are free to ENET members and $20 for non-members. No reservations are needed for the premeeting dinner. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone -- members as well as non-members -- pre-register for the meeting online. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register at the door.