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September 23, 2021
Office Hours w/ Matan Shmuel: Tax Planning Advice for Start Ups + Entrepreneurs
Thursday Gathering - September 23, 2021
September 23, 2021
Office Hours w/ Matan Shmuel: Tax Planning Advice for Start Ups + Entrepreneurs
Please note, this is an in-person session. If you plan to join us in-person, please plan to bring proof of full vaccination. Masks will be required unless you are actively eating or drinking. Understanding your startup tax strategy from the very beginning is crucial for success! Book your 1:1 appointment today with startup tax planning expert, Matan Shmuel, to learn how you can put your best foot forward. Email hello@venturecafephiladelphia.org to book your slot today! Available slots: 3:00-3:20pm: Open 3:20-3:40pm: Open 3:40-4:00pm: Open Matan Shmuel is the founder and Managing Partner of Shmuel Law Group, a boutique tax and corporate law firm specializing in servicing startups from formation through sale, and all of the growth spurts in between. Matan blends his years of experience at both a Big 4 Accounting firm and a National Law Firm with his client focused, on-the-ground strategic advisory approach at Shmuel Law Group. Matan has represented strategic acquirers, private equity firms, and family offices in the placement of debt and equity into Philadelphia-area startups for most of his career. Through this lens, Matan advises startups on Day One strategy to set his clients up for the most effective exit. Matan holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law and an L.L.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. Matan has taught courses at Rutgers School of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center. Matan also serves on advisory boards and steering committees of several area nonprofit organizations. Matan specializes in the following fields: ·      Formation Advice (Entity Selection) ·      Restricted Equity Agreements ·      Private Capital Investment (Angel, Seed, and Venture Debt/Equity/Combination) ·      Federal and State Tax Planning and Analysis ·      Founder’s Tax Planning and Advice ·      Inbound (Foreign) Investment into US Entities If any of the following questions resonate with you, book your slot today by emailing hello@venturecafephiladelphia.org with your preferred slot! 1. Do I need a Delaware C-Corp to be attractive to Private Equity investors? 2. How do I give stock or ownership interests to key employees without losing control of my company? 3. I am planning to crowdsource investors or find investors outside my family and friends group. Is there a better/best way to do this? 4. A foreign person/company is interested in being my angel investor. What do I need to be concerned about for tax and compliance purposes? 5. I’m going to be pre-revenue, and generate year-over-year losses, including through my planned exit. Is there a better way to set up my company to take advantage of those losses?
September 23, 2021
Permission to Glow: Kristoffer Carter - HYBRID
Thursday Gathering - September 23, 2021
September 23, 2021
Permission to Glow: Kristoffer Carter - HYBRID
Please note, this is a Hybrid session meaning you can join us in-person or virtually. If you plan to join us in-person, please plan to bring proof of full vaccination. Masks will be required unless you are actively eating or drinking. Efficiency. Compliance. Competition. Yawn. Is all the relentless change we’re facing asking us to dig deeper? When will modern business tap its Mighty Soul— and what role will leaders play in that journey? According to sought-after executive coach and meditation expert Kristoffer Carter, our work is to expand our spiritual capacity to hold more of what life and business is constantly throwing at us. In his powerful new book, Permission to Glow: A Spiritual Guide to Epic Leadership (On Sale 10/5; Page Two Books), Carter creates intense awareness of the universal forces that hold us back— and gives us 4 Permissions: “…to transcend the crazy train of overwhelm and disruption, by using everything life offers as fuel to glow.” Kristoffer shows us how we’ve become laughably self-reliant, settling for “I got this” versus the unlimited potential of “We got this.” With plenty of 1980’s pop culture references and humor, Carter invites us to drop our autopilots, whom he playfully calls our frenemies. Rooted in yoga’s ancient science of union with Spirit, Permission to Glow offers 4 paths from panic, to peace, to power.
September 30, 2021
Office Hours w/ Scott Keeley: Patenting and Intellectual Property
Thursday Gathering - September 30, 2021
September 30, 2021
Office Hours w/ Scott Keeley: Patenting and Intellectual Property
Please note, this is an in-person session. If you plan to join us in-person, please plan to bring proof of full vaccination. Masks will be required unless you are actively eating or drinking. Scott Keeley is a patent agent. A patent agent does everything a patent attorney does except argue in court. People come to Scott to handle everything between themselves and the US Patent and Trademark Office — filing patent applications; navigating the fee structure and USPTO rules; and filing international patent applications. Keeley DeAngelo LLP has been in the business since 2009 and is able advise on all aspects of the patent process. They also advise on product design (they have backgrounds in industrial design), manufacturing and licensing. Their workshops include Patenting 101, Licensing 101, and “How Do I Know It’s Patentable?” If any of the following questions resonate with you, be sure to book your appointment today by emailing hello@venturecafephiladelphia.org with your preferred time slot! How do I know it’s patentable? What are the fees and time-frames involved in applying for a patent? How do I overcome the prior art? How/where do I get this invention manufactured? Should I license my intellectual property? Office Hours appointment times: 3:00-3:20pm: (Open) 3:20-3:40pm: (Open) 3:40-4:00pm: (Open)
September 30, 2021
AI and Big Data in Global Healthcare Innovation - HYBRID
Thursday Gathering - September 30, 2021
September 30, 2021
AI and Big Data in Global Healthcare Innovation - HYBRID
Please note, this is a Hybrid session meaning you can join us in-person or virtually. If you plan to join us in-person, please plan to bring proof of full vaccination. Masks will be required unless you are actively eating or drinking. One of the largest pivots for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic was turning office commuters into a digital workforce overnight. Cloud-based infrastructures and solutions are what made this transition possible, with greater efficiency, security and access to data. Cloud technology has made global collaboration around innovation and research objectives to thrive by providing greater access to digital information to advance product development and commercialization for new innovations in healthcare. This hybrid, global event focuses on accelerating new thinking in the future of R&D and healthcare solutions by leveraging big data analysis and artificial intelligence. We will connect with innovators across the world and discuss ways that data modernization strategies allow provide new opportunities to drive growth in the healthcare, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Speakers include: April Walker, GM, US Microsoft Technology Centers David West, CEO Proscia Dr. Ligia Kornowska, M.D., Managing Director, Polish Hospital Federation Moderated by: Simon Turner, Founder, Nomis Life Sciences
September 30, 2021
Office Hours: Sales and Marketing Foundation w/ Anthony Cafagna
Thursday Gathering - September 30, 2021
September 30, 2021
Office Hours: Sales and Marketing Foundation w/ Anthony Cafagna
Please note, this is an in-person session. If you plan to join us in-person please plan to bring proof of full vaccination. Masks will be required unless you are actively eating or drinking. Got questions about Sales and Marketing? Now's your chance to consult with an expert! Book a 1:1 appointment by emailing hello@venturecafephiladelphia.org with your preferred time slot. Walk ins are welcome as scheduling permits. Anthony Cafagna runs a revenue advisory consulting firm specializing in early-stage companies operating in the Medtech space. His career began in a startup sector wearing many hats with an organization that placed sudden cardiac arrest programs and implemented AEDs into corporations across the U.S. From there, had the opportunity to join a large medical device organization with a focus on Lower Extremity (Foot & Ankle), where he was one of the top performers annually from 2015-2020. During COVID, he changed paths to focus on Risk Management to help complex mid-size organizations mitigate risks to give choice and control to key decision makers. Anthony's focus to craft and guide founders to successfully make revenue generating decisions and "gameplans" that can be followed and executed.  If any of the following questions resonate with you, be sure you book your slot today by emailing hello@venturecafephiladelphia.org with your preferred slot! Is your offering or product messaging clear and concise to prospects and investors?  Who is my primary target? Do my marketing materials and plan correlate at this intersection? Should I have a sales "playbook" to help onboard, train and retain talent? Appointments available: 3:00-3:20pm: Open 3:20-3:40pm: Open 3:40-4:00pm: Open
October 21, 2021
Office Hours w/ Carolyn Hochstadter: Legal Building Blocks for Start-Ups
Thursday Gathering - October 21, 2021
October 21, 2021
Office Hours w/ Carolyn Hochstadter: Legal Building Blocks for Start-Ups
Please note, this is an in-person session. If you plan to join us in-person please bring proof of full vaccination. Masks are required unless actively eating or drinking. Carolyn Hochstadter runs her own boutique law firm, specializing in business and bankruptcy law with a niche in the Digital Health space. The firm helps clients explore, develop and launch start-ups, fundraise, hire talent and operate their companies for lifestyle or exit purposes. Carolyn will be hosting this one-on-one legal counseling meeting that will provide innovators, entrepreneurs, fundraisers, investors and stakeholders with legal advice covering basic start-up steps, as well as specific responses to legal questions affecting their particular company or investment. If any of the following questions resonate with you, be sure to book your appointment today by emailing hello@venturecafephiladelphia.org with your preferred time slot! Do you have questions about what legal steps to take in launching your start-up? Do you need help navigating the tax benefits of an LLC versus a Corporation? Is your core IP being created and protected to raise maximum legal barriers? Do you need help with the terms of fundraising and exit strategies? Have you decided whether to hire gig workers or employees as your talent base? Office Hour Appointment Times for Legal Advice for Entrepreneurs: 3:00-3:20pm: (Open) 3:20-3:40pm: (Open) 3:40-4:00pm: (Open)
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