What is the right way to raise a seed round? Even as founders strive to focus on innovation and execution, they must make myriad decisions, big and small, on fundraising. Whom should I pitch first? What's the smallest check I should accept? Do I price the round or raise on a convertible note, and on what terms? Join us as healthcare product designer, entrepreneur, and investor Ryan Pierce tests conventional wisdom against a survey of his peers, considers the ethics of taking early-stage money, and shares his own lessons from both sides of the table.
Where & When
Room 212, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (1700 4th St., San Francisco)
5:00 to 6:30 PM, Tuesday, December 11
5:00 - 5:30 pm: Networking
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Talk and Q&A
About the Speaker
Ryan Pierce is Co-Founder and CEO of Nine, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Rock Health, and Lecturer in Bioengineering at Stanford, where he teaches BIOE 70Q: Medical Device Innovation. He has served as VP of Design and Innovation at Ventus Medical, VP of Business Development at Loma Vista Medical, a healthcare investor at De Novo Ventures, and a product designer at Concentric Medical and The Foundry/Zephyr Medical. An inventor on over two dozen issued U.S. patents, he has designed FDA-cleared devices to treat sleep apnea and stroke. Ryan holds mechanical engineering degrees from MIT and Stanford, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.