When you build a startup and think about what it will take to raise your first dollars in a capital market downturn, perspective can be very helpful. In this case, the prospect, like any story worth telling, has two sides – the founder and the company.
Of course, we’ll cover both sides of the venture capital coin at TechCrunch disrupts on October 18 and 10, and we have already announced the investors who will offer business perspective on the first question of fundraising. Now, we are thrilled to announce that Amanda DoAmaral, Co-Founder and CEO of Fiveable, Sara Du, Co-Founder and CEO of Alloy Automation and Arman Hezarkhani, Founder and CEO of Parthean, will join us on stage for share how they navigated the capital markets.
In a session called, How to Raise First Dollars When Investors Are More Cautious, Founder’s Perspective, these panelists will discuss not only what it took to get to where they are today, but also how their perspective has evolved in light of the changing economy. All three founders bring good faith funds to the table.
- Amanda DoAmaral’s Fiveable landed $10 million in a Series A round in 2021, led by Union Square Ventures.
- Sara Du’s Alloy Automation closed a $20 million Series A led by a16z last February.
- Hezarkhani’s Parthean, raised $1.1 million at a $12 million valuation last January, from Litani Ventures, Gaingels, Amino Capital, Morning Brew’s Alex Lieberman, Republic Venture partner Namrata Banerjee, and d ‘others.
What strategies did these founders use to secure their funding? Will the downturn affect their plans moving forward, and what advice can they offer fledgling founders considering their first investment in a lackluster market? Learn more about the people who will break it down for you.
Amanda DoAmaral is an educator, activist, and co-founder and CEO of Fiveable, a social productivity platform for students. She spent five years teaching high school history in Oakland, California, which ignited her passion for creating equitable educational opportunities. DoAmaral is a strong advocate for an inclusive and active history curriculum within the Milwaukee tech community.
Sara Du is the co-founder of Alloy Automation, a no-code automation platform for e-commerce. Founded in 2019, Alloy is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Bain Capital Ventures, Y Combinator and a group of unicorn founders from companies including Attentive, Klaviyo, Shippo and many more.
Before starting Alloy, Du spent an undergraduate year at Harvard before moving to work at Snapchat as an engineer and then at Wish as a designer.
Arman Hezarkhani is the founder and CEO of Parthean, which offers a way to learn and manage personal finances. Prior to Parthean, Hezarkhani founded Ahez Inc, a technical marketing consultancy with clients including Google Cloud, Android, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
Hezarkhani has also served as an adjunct professor at CMU, where he taught a full web development course, and as an engineering intern at Google. Hezarkhani holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from CMU.
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