The Relationship Between Founders and Venture Capitalists
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Venture capital is relationship-driven. Building and maintaining a healthy relationship with investors is crucial for startup success.
The NYU Law Venture Fund and Social Enterprise & Startup Law group co-sponsored this conversation on the relationship between founders and venture capitalists featuring Jerry Ting, co-founder and CEO of Evisort, and Chase Roberts, principal at Vertex Ventures. Jerry and Chase discussed how founders and VCs can foster strong relationships over time and shared how their own relationship has evolved.
Earlier this year, Evisort—an emerging global leader in the legal tech space—announced $35M in Series B funding following a year of 4x revenue growth. The company is backed by leading strategic and institutional investors including Vertex Ventures. Legal tech companies have seen more than $1 billion in venture capital investments so far this calendar year, according to Crunchbase data.
The Power of Communities
Thursday, July 29, 2021
What do Facebook, Peloton, and Nextdoor have in common? They are internet powerhouses that have grown through the power of communities. On Facebook alone, there are 70 million admins and moderators running active Facebook groups.
Online groups have grown leaps and bounds in the past decade, but their growth has accelerated at dizzying speed in the past year due to the pandemic. Without the ability to connect in person, many global citizens turned to online communities to create community and belongingness with others.
Virtual communities have not only been reserved for the big players. Many niche communities and startups have formed in the past few years. David Berkowitz, founder and CEO of Serial Marketer, and Lan Phan, founder and CEO of community of SEVEN, discussed the power of communities and their experience building them.
This event was co-sponsored by the NYU Law Venture Fund and Social Enterprise & Startup Law Group.
Conversation with Alex Elias ’12, founder and CEO of Qloo
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Alex Elias ’12, founder and CEO of Qloo, spoke to us about his company and career after law school. Qloo is a cultural artificial intelligence platform that leverages deep intelligence to connect and predict consumer taste across domains including media, entertainment, consumer products, fashion, hospitality and travel in a privacy-centric manner.
Launching a Startup After Law School
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Jason Finger JD ’99, MBA ’99, co-founder and chairman of Upper90 Partners, spoke to us about his career and how one can launch a startup after law school.
Venture Investing in Sustainability
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Matt Walker ’07, managing director at S2G Ventures, spoke to us about his career and venture investing in sustainability. S2G Ventures is a Chicago-based investment firm focused on food and agriculture, human health, climate change, and planet health.
Conversation with Eric Berry ’08
Monday, February 22, 2021
Eric Berry ’08, co-founder and CEO of TripleLift, spoke to us about his background in law and tech and his experience founding TripleLift, a technology company that is reinventing ad placement across desktop, mobile and video, and has more than tripled in growth each year.
Summer Grants Application Walkthrough
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Freedom from a Firm - Transitioning from a Traditional Legal Practice to a Tech Company
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Vinay Jain ’09, vice president and senior counsel at American Express, and David Pashman ’97, general counsel at JW Player, discussed the transition from the legal industry to a tech company and ways to succeed at it.
Conversation with Brandon Nelson ’99
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Brandon Nelson ’99, general counsel and corporate secretary at JetBlue, spoke to us about his current role, JetBlue’s venture capital arm JetBlue Tech Ventures, and how JetBlue and the airline industry are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting a Legal Tech Startup out of Law School
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Jerry Ting, founder and chief executive officer of Evisort, spoke with us about starting a Legal Tech startup out of law school. Founded out of Harvard Law and MIT and backed by Microsoft and leading early-stage venture funds, Evisort uses artificial intelligence to help companies organize, understand, and extract data from their contracts.
Conversation with Felicity Conrad ’13
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Felicity Conrad ’13, co-founder and CEO of Paladin, spoke with us about her journey from graduating law school to co-founding Paladin, and its work in the justice tech space.
Conversation with Esther Dominguez ’97
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Esther Dominguez ’97, general counsel at .406 Ventures, spoke with us about her legal career at venture backed and public companies in the high tech, ecommerce and services industries, and her current role at .406 Ventures.
Conversation with Sarah Kunst
Thursday, September 10, 2020
The NYU Law Venture Fund hosted a virtual conversation with Sarah Kunst, managing director of Cleo Capital and a contributing editor at Marie Claire. Kunst spoke about her career as an angel fund investor, her company, Cleo Capital, and its investment strategy.
Entrepreneurship in times of uncertainty
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The NYU Law Venture Fund hosted a panel of 2008 NYU Law graduates to discuss their experiences in entrepreneurship and graduating Law School in times of economic uncertainty. Panelists for this discussion included Liron Brish ’08, Andrew Dick ’08, Alexandra Fung ’08, and Greg Raiten ’08. The conversation was moderated by D.K. Smith ’16 and Anthony Thomas.
How Red Sea Ventures is Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis
Thursday, June 11, 2020
The NYU Law Venture Fund hosted a virtual conversation with Scott Birnbaum, Founding Partner of Red Sea Ventures, who spoke about his company, Red Sea Ventures, its investment strategy, his views on investing during the COVID-19 crisis, and how the current circumstances are affecting the NYC startup community as a whole.
Female Founders Forum 2020
Friday, March 6, 2020
The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute hosted a livestream of panels, a keynote speaker, and a pitch competition for female founders, investors, and aspiring entrepreneurs. Speakers included Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures, Olivia Landau, Founder & CEO of The Clear Cut, and the keynote speaker Susan Lyne, President and Managing Partner at BBG Ventures.
The livestream videos of the Forum can be found on the NYU Entrepreneur Facebook page.
Entrepreneurship & the Law: A Conversation with Camilla Marcus ’12
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Law Women hosted this event featuring NYU Law alumna and entrepreneur Camilla Marcus ’12. Ms. Marcus has a background in business development, law, and investing. Ms. Marcus's most recent venture is the launch of SoHo's west~bourne, and she has worked with NYC neighborhood restaurants in the past. She has previously worked in real estate investing for Colony Capital and CIM Group. Ms. Marcus is an active angel investor and the co-founder of TechTable, a hospitality technology thought leadership platform. She received a JD/MBA from New York University, an AA from the International Culinary Center, and a BS from The Wharton School.
Venture Fund Summer Grants Application Walkthrough
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Generating Startup Ideas While In Law School
Monday, November 11, 2019
Three NYU Law Venture Fund Advisory Jury members—David Lee ’99, chairman and co-founder of Refactor Capital, Melissa Tidwell ’03, former vice president and general counsel at Reddit, Inc. and Ramsey Homsany ’00, president and co-founder of Octant, Inc.—shared their stories and some advice on how students interested in entrepreneurship can brainstorm and pursue business ideas while in law school.
NYU Law Venture Fund Info Session
Monday, October 21, 2019
The NYU Law Venture Fund invited students to attend our fall info session to learn more about opportunities offered by the Fund, including the newly launched summer internships and equity investments.
NYU Law & Tech: Impact of Innovation
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The NYU Law & Tech community hosted a panel and networking event featuring NYU Law alumni who left biglaw to found leading legal technology companies. The alumni panel discussed key trends with law firm, corporate and academic leaders, and addressed questions from NYU Law students.
2019 Female Founders Forum
Friday, April 12, 2019
This forum, hosted by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute in partnership with the W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs, NYU Law, and NYU Tandon, took place at the Two Sigma Ventures office. The half-day event offered a series of panels on a variety of topics as well as a chance to network and meet the impressive female founders at NYU and in the greater New York City community.
NYU Law & Tech - A Golden Age of Legal Innovation: Navigational Advice for Law Students, Young Lawyers, and Other Explorers
Monday, April 8, 2019
This event, hosted by the NYU Law & Tech community, featured 2-minute lightning talks from ten legal innovators offering key navigational advice which later formed the basis for breakout round-table discussions. The event also included a networking session and drinks.
A Conversation with Jake Yormak ’13 and Nick Goss ’13
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Jake Yormak '13 and Nick Goss '13 shared their experiences leaving big law for business and spoke about how their legal education plays a part in their current roles.
Startup Innovation: The Role of Regulation in Entrepreneurship
Thursday, April 4, 2019
This conference addressed how direct and indirect regulations impact young startups, innovation, and disruptive technologies (such as Uber, 23&Me, and WeWork), and included a keynote discussion featuring Daniel Ramot, CEO of Via Transportation. The event was co-hosted by the NYU Law Venture Fund and the Classical Liberal Institute.
Starting a Startup at NYU: Meet the Founders!
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
During this panel discussion co-sponsored by the NYU Law Venture Fund and NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, NYU founders shared how they started companies while simultaneously managing their coursework. Panelists included: Kyleigh Russ (Wagner '19), Co-Founder of Govern for America; Riley Jones (Law '20), Co-Founder of BLOC; and Abhiroop CVK (Tandon '19), Co-Founder of FlareAgent. The panelists discussed how they took advantage of NYU's many entrepreneurial resources ranging from startup coaching, to educational programs, competitions, events, and funding.
NYU Law Venture Fund Application Walkthrough
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Andy Klein ’07, MBA ’08, CEO & Founder of BullsBridge Capital and member of the Venture Fund Advisory Jury, and Anthony Thomas, Senior Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships at NYU Law, guided students through the application process for summer grants and the NYU Summer Launchpad Program.
Office Hours with Jeff Bloom ’93
Monday, October 15, 2018
Jeff Bloom, Administrative Partner at August Capital and member of the Venture Fund Advisory Jury, gave us an insider’s view of August Capital’s investment decisions and shared case studies on companies they supported and passed on. August Capital has investment in dozens of companies across the software spectrum including Aardvark (acquired by Google), eBates (acquired by Rakuten), Evite (acquired by Ticketmaster), WePay (acquired by JPMorganChase), Bill.com, and Rocket Lawyer.