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Get the low down on Venture Capital from the local experts. Learn what it is, where to get it, Convertible Notes vs Equity, Valuation, Term Sheets, Negotiating tips & more. This panel is geared towards startup entrepreneurs, and provides an introduction to what venture capital is and the local VC community.
Tom Adams Chairman & CEO
Tom Adams is a co-founder and Chairman/CEO of Pedago, a mobile educational technology company. He is also founder and Chairman of Bizy, a collaborative real-time decision augmentation technology. Previously, Tom was on the Management Committee of Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, and prior to that he was Chairman/CEO of Rosetta Stone, which he took public on the NYSE in 2009. He is a former US National Winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Lenard is responsible for leading Edison investments in companies primarily located the mid-Atlantic area. Lenard co-leads Health Care IT investments and leads Edison’s Security practice. Lenard is active in the mid-Atlantic venture community serving as a board member for the Virginia’s Center for Innovation and Technology, which focuses on investing in early stage companies in the Virginia Commonwealth. He is also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), Deloitte & Touche Technology, the Greater Baltimore Technology Council, and the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
Sulee Stinson Clay
McKennon Shelton & Henn LLP
Sulee Stinson Clay, Chair of the Corporate Group and Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office, is a
business lawyer with 20 years of experience advising companies, investors, institutional lenders, sponsors and entrepreneurs in the areas of corporate finance, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures, commercial transactions, secured and unsecured debt financings, and mergers and acquisitions, among others. Ms. Clay also provides day-to-day legal advice to businesses of all sizes across a variety of industries including technology, global manufacturing, education, franchise and government contracting, and in many cases serves as outside general counsel. Ms. Clay provides advice on organizing and structuring start-ups, drafting shareholder and operating agreements, establishing strategic partnerships, raising capital, negotiating commercial arrangements, managing employment issues and negotiating contracts and leases. In addition, Ms. Clay has extensive experience representing institutional lenders and borrowers in connection with senior secured and subordinated debt financings, negotiating sponsored leveraged buy-outs and advising “angel” and institutional investors with respect to equity investments. Ms. Clay also advises nonprofits and their boards of directors on issues related to corporate governance, board fiduciary duties and other matters.
Ms. Clay began her legal career in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis and later joined the Washington, DC office of global law firm DLA Piper US where she was a partner in the Corporate Finance and Private Equity departments and served on the firm’s Policy Committee.
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