Ari Newman from Techstars will discuss effective strategies for EU based companies to attract capital, customers, and success in the US from abroad. Topics covered will include fundraising strategies that work, US market entry timing, investor relationships, and the US M&A landscape and how the major tech acquirers view EU companies.
Ari is a Partner at Techstars on the Ventures team where he does his best to thoughtfully leverage more than a decade of experience on the entrepreneur’s side of the table. Prior to his focus on early stage investing, Ari spent over a decade as an entrepreneur and operator, founding three companies and working at other venture backed technology companies along the way as well. Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors at Smart Vision Labs, Ello, and the RMVCA, and RescueTime. Ari also observes at Skyward, Stream.io, AdHawk and other Techstars portfolio companies. Previously, Ari was the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Jive Software, who acquired his most recent company Filtrbox (Techstars Boulder ‘07) in 2010.
Prior to Filtrbox, Ari was Founder and Principal of Newman Venture Advisors, VP of Product Management at CreekPath Systems (sold to Opsware) and Director of Operations at Volera. His first start-up was JustOn.com, sold to Novell in 2000. Born and raised in the San Francisco area, Ari has a Marketing degree from the Leeds School at CU-Boulder.
He lives in Boulder, CO with his wife and two children, where he pursues his many passions in life. Connect with Ari on Twitter or LinkedIn or check out his blog.