On October 29, 2021, Natasha Gorodetsky, who is a Product Strategist, a Startup Advisor, and the Managing Director at Founder Institute, hosted a session on “Mentor Circle: Share and Ask” aka “This is NOT a Pitch Competition” for aspiring founders in energy startups so that they could share what they are working on and ask for guidance needed to make their next big step.

The mentors for this event were:

Special thanks to our event partners, Global Energy Mentors (GEM), SCORE Mentors, and Z LAB Global for their kind support.

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On October 20, 2021, marketing professor Dr. Krishnan Trichy joined Born Global Ventures General Partner Dr. Sunny Zhang for a virtual event to address How do the Sales of a New Product Grow. The key takeaway from his talk was that it is critical to identify the innovators and early adopters of your new product. They will become your spokesperson and help you penetrate the mass market and address the “side effects” through word of mouth.

Dr. Trichy V. Krishnan spends his professional time on academic research, teaching and consulting. Currently, he is a Professor at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai and has held faculty positions in various institutions over the years like Tilburg University, The Netherlands, Rice University, USA, and NUS Business School, Singapore. At NUS, he also held administrative positions such as the Head of Marketing and Vice-Dean of Research & PhD. He has written many articles that have appeared in top academic journals, has got the Best MBA Teacher’s award at NUS, and has taught in many corporate executive programs covering several aspects of marketing including Marketing Strategy, Channel Strategies, Retailing Strategies, Pricing Strategies and New Product Management. His works on new product diffusion have got a lot of citations (counting 1500+), have been reprinted in many textbooks and are extensively used in the investment world. He has written award-winning case studies and was involved in consulting work for quite a few companies in the US (oil and gas industry) and Singapore for the past 20 years. He is also a board member of CIGS, a fin-tech company based in Chennai, India, that is building a digital bridge between people in rural markets and urban markets. 

Read more about Dr. Trichy’s talk at: https://lnkd.in/giMuYhSc

Many thanks to event partners, Elementz Ventures, Houston Community College, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, TiE Houston, Women in AI and Z LAB Global for their kind support.

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On October 15, 2021, the Executive Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute at Rice University, Dr. Angela Wilkins, joined our virtual event for a fireside chat with our General Partner Dr. Sunny Zhang to address Sustainable Innovation in AI and Data Science. The event accomplished a deep discussion with a diverse group of people from multiple communities connecting applied and fundamental data science and spinning academia and industry. 

Dr. Wilkins is responsible for the development and implementation of the Rice Ken Kennedy Institute’s programs in the computational sciences. After earning a PhD in theoretical physics from Lehigh University, she shifted her focus to computational biology and spent nine years at Baylor College of Medicine as a researcher and instructor. She later served as director of clinical research at the nonprofit Center for Science & Law, and in 2017 founded a start-up to help early-stage companies solve data science problems. 

We thank our event partners, Rice Ken Kennedy Institute, Black Women in AI, Women in AI USA, Women In Data, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs and Z LAB Global for their kind support. 

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On October 8, 2021, Allison Byers, Founder and CEO of Scroobious, joined General Partner of Born Global Ventures, Dr. Sunny Zhang for a virtual fireside chat. Allison addressed the fundraising strategies for underestimated founders. The discussion covered many important aspects of finance strategies such as:

  • how you, as a founder, can identify the best path to obtain capital including your aspirations and vision for the company
  • how to know when you’re ready for external funding
  • what is required for different capital providers
  • how preparing your pitch material can help you evaluate your funding options  

Allison is an MBA with 15+ years of experience building and leading data-driven start-ups. She has done everything from management consulting to advising Google on marketing and strategy, to co-running a medical device company where she raised nearly $10M. Her model for building a clear and concise investor-ready pitch deck has been published in Business Insider and she is a frequent pitching advisor, mentor, and speaker. Her company, Scroobious is increasing diversity in the startup ecosystem by providing the education, tools, and community that founders need to create investor-ready pitch material, and a platform to help investors easily find those founders. 

We thank our event partners, Women in AI USA, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce and Z LAB Global for their kind support. 

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Born Global: How to grow a career in venture capital and private equity

Born Global: What is wrong with the venture capital

On October 1, 2021, our Born Global event featured Carey Ransom, Founder and President of Operate, a venture studio that partners with startup founders to build and scale high-growth software companies in Southern California. This event was hosted by General Partner of Born Global Ventures, Dr. Sunny Zhang. Carey discussed how Venture Studios propel Startup Founders and the Venture Community. He also shared his extensive experience in venture building at Operate and gave a comprehensive explanation of the venture studio model.  

Carey is a serial entrepreneur and investor with extensive experience from startup to explosive growth to exit, having sold a private company to a public company while being CEO. At Operate, Carey and his team look for entrepreneurs with grit who are building innovative companies. In all of their portfolio companies, they invest capital and their team’s capabilities as senior executives to build amazing companies together. This unique approach delivers more predictable investment returns and creates more winners for their investment partners. Carey is also the host of Operate Podcast featuring SoCal innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

We thank our event partners, StudioHUB Startup Studio Community and Z LAB Global for their kind support. 

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