Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series: Startup War Stories

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Date(s) - 03/02/2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Banatao Auditorium - Sutardja Dai Hall

Join Matt Kirmayer, Partner in the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler, and a panel of VCs and early stage entrepreneurs as Matt continues his deep dive into the foundation of successful startups. Explore the issues surrounding company formation from the founders’ perspective: Time and effort, personal and financial costs, co-founder equity and control issues, egos and the myriad of other things that you might not think so strongly affect your startup.  In the words of the Wide World of Sports program, come to this session to experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

For more information about the Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series, click here, call 510-642-4255 or email lester@haas.berkeley.edu.


Matt Kirmayer

Matt Kirmayer
Lowenstein Sandler

Matt Kirmayer is a Partner in Lowenstein Sandler‘s Tech Group in the firm’s Palo Alto office. He represents clients in many industries, including digital media, clean technology and renewable energy, Internet infrastructure and security, nanotechnology, life sciences, and medical devices. When working with emerging growth companies, Matt often serves the role of general counsel, advising on formation, assisting with introductions to, and negotiations with, angel and venture capital investors and, when it all works to plan, an IPO or sale transaction.  Matt has practiced corporate law for more than two decades, and has worked on hundreds of financings, IPOs and M&A transactions. In addition to enjoying the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial and financing world in Silicon Valley, Matt takes advantage of his roots in NY City and the firm’s leadership position there, and maintain an active practice counseling companies in the Northeast, particularly those seeking access to venture capital on the West Coast.


Cynthia Schames

Cynthia Schames
Founder & CEO

Cynthia Schames is Founder and CEO of AbbeyPost, a company revolutionizing Plus Size shopping with the Perfect Fit. Cynthia has deep domain expertise in ecommerce and technology. Prior to AbbeyPost, Cynthia was the Founder and CEO of La Boite Orange, an online consignment store for luxury handbags and accessories. Cynthia is the Mom of young twins and has two wonderful golden retrievers.




Jan Zawadzki

Jan Zawadzki

Jan Zawadzki is Founder of Hapara, a platform helping educators in 40+ countries use Google Apps in the classroom. Hapara’s dashboards also allow teachers to track student engagement and monitor student progress.