Past Events

June 21, 2022

Venture Capital Investing in 2022– New Trends, Deal Terms in an Inflationary Environment

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Fundraising now is quite different than it was even six months ago.

While 2021 was a record year for venture investment, a perfect storm of inflation worries, turbulent public markets and geopolitical disruption have prompted more VCs and their limited partners to become skittish.

Join us while our expert panel discusses the following topics:

  • What is the current state of the venture/equity markets in Georgia and the Southeast?
  • What types of companies are of interest to venture/growth funds – in this current inflationary market?
  • What is happening to valuations with technology companies in light of the current economic climate?
  • How will deal terms change in the second half of the year?
  • What tech markets will thrive/suffer if the economy worsens?
  • Should entrepreneurs raise as much money as they can right now – to avoid a major funding slowdown in the second half of 2022?

 

 

May 17, 2022

Technology Executive Compensation: The 2022 Compensation Report and Panel Discussion

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Highlights from new 2022 Technology Executives Compensation Survey – with data from tech companies in Atlanta, Charlotte and the Southeast.

Join us while our expert panel discusses the following topics and more:

  • Finding & attracting talent in the tech sector
  • Designing an effective compensation plan to attract, motivate and retain top executives
  • Understanding tax & contract issues in compensation plans & employment agreements
  • Key issues and latest trends in negotiating executive compensation packages
  • Recruiting and compensation issues after COVID-19

April 19, 2022

Why & How to Grow Your Tech Business INTERNATIONALLY - in the New European World

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Join us while our expert panel discusses the following topics and more: 

  • Where and how do you decide the best location to expand your business in Europe and other global markets?
  • What are some practical pointers for building a global tech business?
  • How do you prepare for international expansion?
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes made by US companies operating businesses abroad?
  • How is the Russian invasion in Ukraine impacting business?
  • Are there opportunities for US and European companies to partner together more closely – especially early stage tech businesses?
  • Is there venture capital available in Europe for US companies wanting to expand on the continent?

March 15, 2022

Competing for Top Talent in 2022

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Join us while our expert panel discusses the following topics and more: 

Attracting Top Talent

  • Employer brand matters
  • Recruiting and hiring processes

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Maximizing access to talent
  • Creating attractive work environments for everyone

Employee Engagement

  • Mission, vision & values
  • engaging employees virtually and in person
  • Career coaching, training, and development
  • Solving the absenteeism challenge

Compensation & Benefits

  • General inflation (CPI) and job-specific wage inflation
  • Flexible work from home
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Retirement benefits

Labor Scarcity

  • Extreme wage inflation in some job types
  • Nationwide remote vs city-specific staffing
  • Automation & Self Service
  • 3rd Generation Offshoring/Near Shoring

February 15, 2022

M&A - NEW 2022 Trends in Deals, Valuations and Hot Markets

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Join us while our expert panel discusses the following topics and more:  

  • Valuations in 2022 – are they going higher?
  • When and how to sell to a strategic buyer
  • Investment by PE/growth equity funds
  • Selling a controlling interest – pros & cons
  • What’s the right Deal Structure in 2022?
  • Working Capital Adjustments – what are they?
  • Escrows and Earn-Outs – pros & cons
  • Representation & Warranty Insurance
  • Target Indemnification
  • Joint and Several Liability
  • HSR/Timing Issues
  • Non-Competes & Non-Solicits

January 18, 2022

VIDEO CONFERENCE: Top 10 Key Accounting, Legal & Tax Issues for 2022

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Join us while our expert panel discusses the following topics and more:

  • Limitation on Exclusions of Gain on Sale of Qualified Small Business Stock under Section 1202
  • Expiration of employee retention tax credits
  • New COVID-19 rules & regulations – what you need to know about vaccines/weekly testing for employees/companies
  • Google v. Oracle: Implications for Software Innovation
  • Protecting Public Facing Websites & Businesses: Session Replay, ADA and TCPA Litigation
  • Revenue Recognition – new standards and compliance
  • Keeping Cap Tables clean -- stock comp issues

December 14, 2021

2022 Economic Forecast presented by Roger Tutterow, PhD., Kennesaw State University.

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Roger Tutterow, PhD, Director of the Econometric Center, Kennesaw State University, shares a recap of 2021, what he predicts will happen in 2022 and how it will affect us.

November 16, 2021

Eleventh Annual John Imlay Leadership Award Ceremony

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In Honor of Kelly Gay, Chairman/Board Director/CEO

October 12, 2021

Entrepreneurship through the Diversity Lens: Supporting and Increasing Diversity in Your Tech Company

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Our panel of experts discussed the following:

  • How is the entrepreneur experience similar and/or different?
  • What is the current state of women and people of color entrepreneurship in the Atlanta tech community?
  • What were your key factors in building a successful business – and what unique challenges have you faced?
  • How can our community intentionally promote and support diverse entrepreneurs?
  • What are the ways Atlanta tech companies can promote diversity on their board of directors and advisory councils?
  • What steps should VCs take to increase funding and support of tech companies led by diverse leaders?

September 21, 2021

A Master-Class in Technology Marketing: C-suite snapshot of best practices in marketing today

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Hear from five experts in five rapid-fire, six-minute presentations on how they’ve used marketing strategies to generate revenue by:

  • Crafting lead generation programs that count
  • Building a brand that delivers bottom-line benefits
  • Protecting your marketing IP
  • Ensuring customer marketing delivers revenue
  • Demystifying data-driven marketing

August 17, 2021

Ransomware Prevention: Best Practices for Reducing Your Technology Exposure and Legal Liability (And Saving Your Job!)

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Join us while our expert panel addresses these critical topics for tech entrepreneurs:

  • What is ransomware?
  • What is the standard of care for a tech company to prevent a ransomware attack?
  • How involved should your board of directors be in addressing risk management issues relating to ransomware?
  • What is the current insurance coverage for ransomware attacks and how expensive are the premiums?
  • If I’m a victim of a ransomware attack, should I pay the ransom?

July 20, 2021

The Convergence of FinTech and Software

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Join us this session for our expert panel of leading fintech and software executives, investors and advisors on critical topics for tech entrepreneurs:

  • How are software companies positioning themselves to maximize their payments opportunity?
  • How are payments leaders driving the convergence with software?
  • What KPIs should I evaluate as my business evolves?
  • Does participating more in payments create a channel conflict?
  • What impact does this trend have on valuation?
  • Are there different exit opportunities available for my business?

“I have found TER to be an excellent forum to connect with leaders of growth technology companies in the Atlanta technology community. The expert panels are topical and provide practical information for small and large companies. The roundtable members are a fantastic resource with a diverse range of expertise.“

Jeff Byrne
VP of Finance
MemberSuite