Oracle for Startups FUND EDU Series

Our partner, Oracle for Startups, has a global initiative to support entrepreneurship with co-development & co-innovation. Startups around the world are scaling their technology and their business with their solutions. Next week, their team will host a FUND EDU Series that will cover how startups can excel during this uncertain time. Join us as we discuss how to continue pitching to VCs virtually and how to improve your overall cash flow.

Here’s what we have coming up

Tuesday, April 28th at 1PM CT

Pitching VCs in Virtual Times with JD Weinstein, Oracle for Startups – North America and Mark Castleman, Partner at Mistletoe.

With a slowing venture market, entrepreneurs and small businesses are fighting to survive and claim their place in a transforming world of technology. Because your pitch may look different when it’s confined to a Zoom window, we have a few strategies that will help make your VC screen time pay off.

Tuesday, May 12th at 1PM CT

Practical Tips for Improving Cash Flow with Tom Kelly, Senior Director at Oracle NetSuite.

Saying that “startups need capital” is an understatement. In fact, managing cash flow is a cornerstone to a successful business, and is as much about managing expenses as it is about generating income. Many businesses fail simply because they don’t have cash on hand when they need it. To avoid that outcome, approach cash flow differently.

Veteran financial executive, consultant, and current Senior Director at NetSuite, Tom Kelly shares his practical steps to improve cash flow and get operations back on track. This live webinar and Q&A is cohosted by Oracle for Startups.

About the Speakers

JD Weinstein, Oracle for Startups – North America

JD Weinstein helps startups scale through Oracle’s rich enterprise ecosystem, cloud solutions, & global customer network. He previously served as Principal of WPP Ventures, the strategic venture capital fund for WPP, the world’s largest marketing communications company. He focused on venture investments in tech-enabled companies in MarTech, big data & market intelligence, RetailTech, AdTech, and content. Prior to WPP, JD worked with Capital Factory as a Venture Associate, where he was responsible for deal sourcing & due diligence for the CF Accelerator & venture fund. Prior to Capital Factory, JD worked with the UT Horizon Fund, the strategic market-driven venture fund for the University of Texas System. JD received his BS in Political Communication and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. Outside of the startup ecosystem, JD is a certified paddleboard yoga instructor and diehard Texas Longhorn Basketball fan!

Mark Castleman, Partner at Mistletoe

Mark Castleman is a Partner at Mistletoe, Inc., a global impact investment fund where he focuses on supporting founders and transformational ideas and companies with investment capital and operational expertise. In association with his activities in Mistletoe, Mark is also advisor to Deepcore, Softbank’s AI fund, and a Limited Partner at Capital Factory, the central US’s most active startup fund, incubator, and accelerator located in Austin, Texas. Some of Mark’s advisory roles include, Reprivata, TwentyBn and Enhance Experience. Other executive roles include VP of Corporate Strategy at Avaya, and EIR at Bell Labs/Nokia, where he founded Future X Labs, which continues as Bell Labs’ creative innovation program. Previously, Mark founded four different startup companies, raised VC capital and sold two to private and public companies. Mark resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and was formerly a long-time resident of Austin, Texas where he graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, with BS in Architectural Studies.

Tom Kelly, Senior Director at Oracle NetSuite

Veteran Financial Executive and Consultant, Tom Kelly is currently a Senior Director at Oracle NetSuite overseeing product marketing and management.

Tom Kelly is the Sr. Director of Product Marketing and Management for Oracle NetSuite. Before joining Oracle | NetSuite Tom founded T-Edward, a strategic and operational Cloud consultancy providing Cloud expertise and CXO services from companies in the Fortune 500 to start-ups. Prior to T-Edward Tom held a variety of executive positions with large cap companies including PepsiCo, eFunds and Deluxe Corporation, as well as small cap, privately held entities such as eBenX, FullContact and PeopleNet Communications. Tom is a CPA and holds a B.A. degree in Accounting from North Carolina State University and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University.

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