Sustainable Business Forum
Sep 12 2013
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & Rudy, LLP
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
All In: How to Manage the Most Important Professional Commitment You'll Ever Make
Investors and entrepreneurs speak candidly about how to find and keep the right investment partner.
Would you trust your career—or your life savings—with someone you barely know? Investors and entrepreneurs do it all the time. In many cases, both parties commit to each other after just a few points of contact.
In this forum, investors and entrepreneurs will talk about the best and worst case scenarios they've experienced, the lessons they've learned, and how and when to trust your gut. They'll also delve into what makes values-driven business investments different, and how to set realistic expectations for the investor/entrepreneur relationship.
Teresa Pahl, Partner
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Danny Kennedy, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President
Danny Kennedy is co-founder of Sungevity, Inc. and leads the company’s global business development activities and government relations initiatives. He also plays a central role in developing the Sungevity.org program, an integral component of the company’s Solar Social strategy that has raised over $1 million since 2010 for Sungevity’s non-profit partners.
Kennedy has worked on environmental initiatives for over two decades and is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues.
Scott Elaine Case, Consumer Product Investor and Advisor
Scott Elaine Case has been investing in, advising, and raising capital for branded consumer products like Timbuk2 and Kind Bar for over 25 years. Scott Elaine was a founding partner of VMG Partners, a dedicated Private Equity Fund investing solely in branded consumer products. Her focus as an investor and as interim CEO for several portfolio companies included a focus on sustainable cash flow and the transition to sustainable practices in operations and human resources.
As an investment banker, Scott Elaine advised global companies of capital raising, optimal capital structure and global consolidation trends. Her focus currently is on advising values-focused, branded consumer product companies on long-term business models, strategy and capital raising.
Taylor Jordan, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Taylor Jordan has spent the last 9 years in the impact investment space. Mr. Jordan co-founded Imprint Capital in 2007. Prior to Imprint, Mr. Jordan served as Director of Investments at RSF Social Finance, a $125 million social finance organization. At RSF, Taylor oversaw capital markets and designed and managed a $40 million impact investment program. Prior to that, Mr. Jordan served as the Executive Director of The Waldorf Alliance, a nonprofit membership organization and co-founded a multi-media technology company. Mr. Jordan holds a B.A. in Economics from Colorado College and sits on the advisory boards of the Lyme Timber Forest Fund III and Greenmont Capital Partners II.