Panels & Roundtables at ClueCon

Ask a VC

Wednesday, October 19th
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a Venture Capitalist? Our Ask a VC panel of top-notch investors will speak about some of the key things they look for in a growing company, or entrepreneur, before they make a move.

Topics:

The Pitch (the Deck itself, the Content)

KPIS & Adressable Market (Ops Metrics, Sales Metrics)

People (Leadership, Team)

Moderators

Evan Woolley
EVP of Strategy and Partnership – SignalWire

Evan has over 15 years of advising, lending and investing experience in real estate and technology startups alongside his partners and investors. His goal is to leverage Strategic Partnership and Enterprise Growth to elevate the SignalWire platform to evolve the way we all work and play.


Panelists

Ryan Floyd
Managing Director – Storm Ventures

Ryan is a founding Managing Director of Storm Ventures where he invests in, and works with, early stage enterprise SaaS startups. His primary focus is applications and cloud infrastructure related companies. He is always interested in hearing from passionate technology entrepreneurs. Ryan is a skilled writer and commentator on all things SaaS. He’s written for Techcrunch, Sifted, Thrive Global and is a regular contributor to The UK Newspaper. He’s host of the recently launched #AskAVC YouTube channel aimed at enterprise entrepreneurs. In each episode he tackles a different issue relating to building and scaling B2B startups – topics such as how to pitch to an investor and how to combat sales churn.

When he’s not working with his portfolio founders, Ryan is active with Code2040, a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities. And occasionally he finds time for surfing!

Laure Fischer
Senior Associate -Touchdown Ventures

Laure Fischer is a Senior Associate at Touchdown Ventures. At Touchdown, Laure focuses on early to growth-stage investments in edge computing, security, enterprise digital transformation, XR, and smart mobility.

Prior to joining Touchdown, Laure was on the deal execution team at AngelList, working with investors to close 150+ early-stage investments. Laure also spent several years as a full-stack software engineer at a small media company in Boston. Laure began her career in strategy and operations consulting at Deloitte in New York. She holds a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Northwestern, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

In her spare time, Laure loves running, surfing, and exploring both Northern and Southern California.

Daniel Carter
Senior Investment Director – Prosperity7 Ventures

Seasoned investment professional with over 25 years experience in investing, financing and growing technology and clean technology / ESG businesses. Passionate about sourcing and vetting opportunities resulting in clearly-articulated investment decisions. Experienced in investment syndicate dynamics, both as leader and follower. Experienced in managing, mentoring and developing junior team members. Invested/financed companies from small to large in a variety of industries with significant international experience, twice as founding member of a team.

Broad experience as a Board Director at various companies in the start-up and scale-up phase, having dealt with a wide range of events such as strategy and business model changes, (debt) restructurings, founder/management changes, down-rounds, litigation processes, M&A as an acquirer and as the target, IPOs, SPACs, chapter 11 filings, failed exits, wind-downs, etc.

Expert knowledge of all aspects of VC dealmaking: due diligence, deal structuring, negotiating key terms, legal documentation and post-close deal management, including exits via public markets, mergers or acquisitions.

Victor Gutwein
Founder – M25

Victor is the founder and managing partner of M25, the most active VC firm in the Midwest. They invest in both B2B and B2C pre-seed and seed-stage software and digital startups with a strong geographical focus on the Midwest region from Minneapolis to Kansas City to Pittsburgh. Victor is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 22) and former leader of Hyde Park Angels and founding board member of Midway Ventures, a student-run VC firm at the University of Chicago. Victor lives with his wife and three kids on the South Side of Chicago, is a Euro-style board game fan and loves staying active with running, biking, swimming, backpacking and any team sport you’ll let him join.

Open Source Roundtable

Tuesday, October 18th
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Hear about the latest developments, where the industry is going, and get some of your questions answered by the leaders of the open-source telecom Community.

Moderator

Luca Pradovera
SignalWire

A technology enthusiast since the age of 8 thanks to his father, Luca has turned his passion into a job he loves.
There is no solution that cannot be searched for and built using any tool and any mean necessary, from modern cloud based systems to embedded microcontrollers.
His main focus is on voice applications and frameworks, and his goal is to help people and companies reach each other with the most natural medium they have: their voice.

Panelists

Anthony Minessale
Founder – FreeSWITCH

Anthony has more than 25 years of experience in software engineering, beginning with the web hosting boom in the mid-’90s, which eventually led to a career dedicated to advancing Software-Defined Telecommunications.

Anthony was the original founder and author of an Open-Source Software-Defined Telecommunications platform called FreeSWITCH, created in 2005. Today, the FreeSWITCH platform is used as a critical component by enterprises worldwide, including Zoom|Phone, Five9, Amazon Connect, Vonage, and Dialpad.

Michael Jerris
Founder – FreeSWITCH

One of the founders of the FreeSWITCH open source project, and an advanced communications pioneer. Michael is deeply embedded in the developer community and committed to their success using SignalWire.

Brian West
Founder – FreeSWITCH

One of the founders of the FreeSWITCH open source project, and an advanced communications pioneer. A key player in helping SignalWire to build a cutting edge platform that will disrupt the telecommunications status quo. In his role as director of support, Brian enjoys interacting with and helping customers to solve some of the unique challenges they encounter.

Daniel-Constantin Mierla
Founder – Kamailio

Daniel co-founded Kamailio in June 2005, aiming to build a solid SIP server project where openness to community and contributions has an important role, previously being core developer of SIP Express Router (SER) from its early beginning in 2002. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Polytechnics University of Bucharest and worked as a researcher in network communications at Fraunhofer Fokus Institute, Berlin, Germany. His activity is done at Asipto, a company targeting to offer and build reliable services and solutions that benefit at maximum from Kamailio’s flexibility and features.

Fred Posner
VoIP Engineer – Kamailio

Fred’s primary role is a VoIP Consultant, specializing in Open Source software including Asterisk, Kamailio (formerly OpenSER), and FreeSWITCH. Fred enjoys evangelizing open source telecom and has spoken at Astricon, Kamailio World, Cluecon, and more. Fred is also a member of the Kamailio project and the founder of APIBAN; helping to protect SIP systems from unwanted traffic.

Lorenzo Mangani
Founder – HOMER

Lorenzo is founder of Amsterdam based QXIP BV, Co-Founder and Developer of the HOMER SIPCAPTURE Project. Formerly a Sound Engineer, Lorenzo has been deeply involved with telecommunications and VoIP for well over a decade and has contributed ideas, design concepts and code to many voice-related Open-Source and commercial projects specializing in active and passive monitoring solutions with his team at QXIP.

Liviu Chircu
Core Developer – OpenSIPS Project

Full time VoIP systems engineer and software developer. Open-source enthusiast. Passionate about concise thinking, clean software design and production-ready codebases.

Liviu has been involved with OpenSIPS and the VoIP world for over 9 years. He is a software developer and VoIP consultant for OpenSIPS Solutions. Armed with extensive knowledge regarding SIP protocol quirks, OpenSIPS inner-workings, troubleshooting typical VoIP setups, software packaging and deployment automation, as well as architecting SIP platforms and databases from A-Z, his constant focus is on producing optimal answers to random questions, as quickly as possible.