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Venture Finance Trends with Wilson Sonsini and Special Guests

August 18 @ 12:00 - 13:00 CDT

A discussion on venture financing with Wilson Sonsini, Decibel, and FUSE – our special guests in Venture Capital.

Join Wilson Sonsini, Decibel, and FUSE – our experts in venture capital – who will provide insight into the venture financing trends and outcomes from Wilson Sonsini’s most recent edition of The Entrepreneurs Report.

Our experts in Venture Capital will share insights from their 2022 experience in financing startups, as well as market trends directly from the report.

Panelists will discuss:

  • Q2 valuation data and what it means for your company
  • What the Q2 venture financing trends mean for the next quarter
  • Key insights from our panel on how to navigate the current venture landscape

If you are interested in the latest fundraising data or are planning to raise a round soon, we encourage you to join us to learn, ask questions, and get ready for the quarters ahead!


Craig Sherman

Wilson Sonsini, Partner

Craig Sherman is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on corporate and securities laws, representing companies, venture capital firms, and investment banks in private placements and public offerings. Craig also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, and domestic and international joint ventures.

Craig began private practice in 1989 with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Paris, and joined Perkins Coie in Seattle in January 1995. He became a director in the Kirkland office of Venture Law Group in December 1996 and was managing director of the Kirkland office from May 2000 until August 2002, when he joined Wilson Sonsini. He has been a member of the firm’s Policy Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Finance Committee.

In addition to English, Craig is fluent in French and knowledgeable in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Korean.

Brendan Wales

FUSE, Founding General Partner

Brendan Wales is a Founding General Partner of FUSE, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in emerging technology companies based in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to co-founding FUSE, Brendan was a Partner at global venture capital firm Headline, where he spent 9 years. His areas of expertise are vertical software, developer tools, and b2b marketplaces.

Sudip Chakrabarti

Decibel, Partner

Sudip is a partner at Decibel where he works with companies that are transforming the enterprise, cloud and infrastructure markets. He especially enjoys working with technical founders – sharing his own experiences as a founder and helping them to build successful teams and businesses.

Before venturing into early-stage investing, Sudip was an entrepreneur and an engineer. He started his first company when he was at Georgia Tech, and his second while in business school. This experience of founding enterprise businesses led Sudip to the venture side and he has been investing in enterprise and open source software companies ever since.

Sudip’s past investments include Exabeam, Heptio, Serverless.com, Datacoral, Spotnana, Temporal, Tesorio and Polly. He had also been a board observer at Databricks, Digital Ocean, Actifio, Mesosphere and Samsara.

Sudip received his PhD in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur.

Moderated By: Nicola Corzine

Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, Executive Director

Nicola Corzine serves as the Executive Director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a non-profit that delivers world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. As Executive Director, Nicola is responsible for strategic and operational leadership that help drive research, programing, fundraising, and operations for the organization.

Nicola brings over 17 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought leadership programming experience to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, most recently in her role as Deal Manager for the Band of Angels, a position held since 2004 as well as Investment Partner in the 2009 Acorn fund which includes investments in Practice Fusion, Niveus Medical, and Flywheel, one of the biggest names in the E-hailing industry. During her time at the Band, she was as an early advisor to Startup America and led the development of the first national and regional Angel Capital Association conferences.

Prior to Band of Angels, Nicola was the founder and executive director of Financing Partners, an organization that delivered education to both entrepreneurs and investors to enable them to reach their mutual objectives. Before Band of Angels, she was part of three startup companies in the US and UK.

Nicola is a frequent speaker on angel investing, technology trends and seed financing at Universities including Stanford, Wharton and Duke, national conferences, including IEEE Women in Engineering, NVCA and Innovation Enterprise, and has served as a formation advisor to several regional and international angel groups and seed funds.

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a 501c(3) public charity whose mission it is to make entrepreneurship accessible to all. We deliver world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. Please join us and make your gift to ensure these transformative programs may continue to reach the underserved.

All Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 48 hours in advance of this event; please send an email to [email protected] with the subject header ACCOMMODATION REQUEST. For assistance with registration or other technical difficulties, please contact [email protected]


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