Press Release February 01, 2011

Goodwin Procter to Host VC Outlook NYC Forum on February 15

NEW YORK, February 1, 2011Goodwin Procter LLP, a national Am Law 50 firm, has helped organize and will host the 10th Annual VC Outlook NYC 2011 Forum, New York’s premier annual winter venture networking event bringing together venture capitalists, private investors and emerging companies.  Taking place on February 15 at Goodwin’s New York City offices, the program will feature Face 2 Face “Speed Pitching” which will enable start-ups to meet and pitch prospective venture capital and angel investors.  For more information on the program, or to register, visit www.youngstartup.com/VCO11/overview.php.

The forum is coordinated by youngStartup Ventures, which works to connect entrepreneurs and the investor community.  It includes a discussion with a panel of experienced early-stage VCs who will share the outlook for 2011, criteria for funding deals in 2011 and insights on where the venture industry is heading.  The panel will be moderated by Goodwin partner Stephen Davis.

Panel participants are:

  • Phin Barnes, principal, First Round Capital
  • Eliot Durbin, director, Bold Start/Penny Black
  • Jon Karlen, general partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
  • Medha Vedaprakash, principal, Rho Capital Partners
  • Kevin Crowley, managing director, investments, Connecticut Innovations
  • John Basile, partner, Holtz Rubenstein Reminick LLP

“VC Outlook provides a great venue for venture capitalists, corporate VCs, private investors and emerging companies to interact and network.  This year, we’ve added speed pitching which will enable entrepreneurs to actually present their companies directly to active investors,” said Davis.  “Goodwin Procter’s participation in the forum fits perfectly with our long-standing commitment to helping entrepreneurs start, finance and grow their companies, from incorporation to IPO.”

To assist the start-up community, Goodwin Procter has developed Founders Workbench, a free, online resource that helps entrepreneurs navigate many of the legal and organizational challenges commonly faced by new and emerging companies.  The site, which includes self-service tools for generating basic company legal documents, removes cost and access barriers that can handicap early stage ventures and bootstrap operations, and provides advice and best practices on a wide variety of topics related to capital-efficient company formation. 

The VC Outlook NYC 2011 forum will be held at the offices of Goodwin Procter, The New York Times Building, 620 Eighth Avenue, 26th Floor, New York City on February 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For more information or to register, please click here or contact youngStartup Ventures at 212.202.1002.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.  The firm’s Technology Companies Practice Group represents more than 600 venture-backed public and private technology companies and more than 200 venture capital and private equity investment funds that focus on technology investments.   Additional information can be found at www.goodwinprocter.com.