Bridging the Expectation Gap: UK Startups & Silicon Valley Investors

Thursday 18 March 2021

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Uncover differences in expectations between UK startups and Silicon Valley investors and learn how to bridge the gap with NEA

The playwright George Bernard Shaw famously noted that the UK and the US are “two nations separated by a common language.” For transatlantic companies and investors navigating the UK and US tech ecosystems, the differences often can feel much more substantial.

On March 18, Ben Narasin (Venture Partner, NEA), Jeremy King (CEO & Founder, Attest) and Emily Lincoln-Gordon (GC & VP Operations, Attest) will be joining Daniel Glazer (Partner, Wilson Sonsini) for a roundtable discussion on the differences in expectations between UK startups/scale-ups looking to raise capital in the US and Silicon Valley investors looking to fund the next generation of world-class companies.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM UK, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific

Ben Narasin is a 25-year entrepreneur and 10-year early-stage investor. His knack for spotting emerging trends led him to make seed investments in companies like Dropcam, Lending Club, TellApart, Kabbage and Zenefits. Before NEA, Narasin most recently served as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures, and he was previously with TriplePoint Capital, where he oversaw the firm’s seed funding investment activities.

Jeremy King is CEO & Founder of Attest, a fast-scaling, >125 person SaaS technology business based in London and New York. Prior to Attest, Jeremy spent 9 years with McKinsey & Company, leading teams across almost every industry sector, in >25 different countries. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Originally a scientist focussing on genetics, ecology and animal behaviour, Jeremy’s scientific interests include synthetic biology, mathematical simulations and behavioural economics.

Emily Lincoln-Gordon is General Counsel and VP Operations at Attest, supporting the Legal, Finance, People, Talent and Operational teams. Emily also leads Customer Success.

Originally a Fine Art graduate, Emily (re)trained and qualified as a commercial litigator at a top 10 international law firm before moving in-house in 2015 to specialise in being first/sole counsel to startups, building out and scaling legal, people, finance and operations functions for hyper-growth businesses. Emily has typically joined a business just before their Series A, and has supported businesses across multiple PE, Debt, and Equity funding rounds in the past. Emily has a broad range of experience of scaling with startups across multiple industries, spanning from Edtech, to Developer tools, and Martech.

Attest exists to generate new confidence for every decision, by making consumer research easy and actionable for all. We call it: Growth without Guesswork. The company’s ever-expanding client roster includes notable brands from Microsoft and Discovery, to TransferWise and Manscaped, and everything in between. Attest is backed by investors including NEA.

Daniel Glazer is an American technology lawyer, strategic business advisor, and the founding partner of Wilson Sonsini’s London office. Daniel advises high-growth UK and other European technology and life sciences companies on raising US capital, expanding their businesses into US markets, and connecting with US investors, corporates, advisors, and other stakeholders. Daniel also leads Wilson Sonsini’s US expansion practice, which focuses on advising UK and other non-US technology and life sciences companies through their US life cycle.

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18/03/2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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