State of venture capital & Secrets to a successful acquisition

Bernard Moon & James Tamplin


August 31, 2016

State of Venture Capital
Bernard Moon has been on both sides of the table - as a serial entrepreneur and now a prolific venture capitalist at the firm that he co-founded, SparkLabs Global Ventures. The funding environment has dramatically changed during the course of the last year and it feels more like a back-to-basics transformation.  Bernard will share his insights on ways of adjusting to the new normal, and where the next wave of opportunities might come from.

Bernard Moon is a Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. Previously, he was Co-founder & CEO of Vidquik, a web conferencing & sales solutions.  Bernard co-founded a couple of other startups, raised over $50 million in venture capital, and enjoys helping other entrepreneurs as much as possible: He serves as a mentor to MuckerLab, a startup accelerator in LA, and SixThirty, a fintech accelerator in St. Louis.. He is a frequent guest writer to various technology journals, such as VentureBeat, Mashable, TechCrunch, and ReadWrite, and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.  He received his MPA in Telecom and New Media Policy from Columbia University and a BA in English and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Secrets to a successful acquisition
James Tamplin has achieved one of the rarest of entrepreneurial feats - an amazingly successful acquisition. From co-founding Firebase five years ago to making it the backbone of Google's app development platform.  James will share his experience of how he and his team pulled this off!

James cofounded Firebase in 2011 and served as CEO until Firebase joined Google. He now is a product lead for Firebase. James founded three startups prior to Firebase, is a Y-Combinator alumni, and earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Host: Mark Reinstra

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