IEEE Photonics Society’s “Exceptional Talk 2009” Series featuring Roman Kikta
As every entrepreneur knows, you need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and successfully raise capital funding at the right time is crucial. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed. Roman Kikta, a seasoned intrapreneur and entrepreneur is the managing partner and co-founder of venture capital firms Genesis Campus and Mobility Ventures. Roman will share his experience and insights on the DNA of a successful entrepreneur– what it takes to go from idea stage to funding stage.
Roman begins by discussing the state of venture capital today, and takes the audiences step-by- step through how seed/ early stage venture capital firms differ from angel investors or larger VC funds, and provides a brief explanation of investment criteria and how start-ups can increase their chances for successfully raising capital at the early stage with emphasis on management.