First Round Capital
Tech Trends That Are Getting Funded
The startup world is a rapidly changing landscape, so what ideas are investors looking toward as the next big thing?…
The startup world is a rapidly changing landscape, so what ideas are investors looking toward as the next big thing?
Join First Round partners Chris Fralic and Wiley Cerilli and Ringly founder Christina Mercando as they share the trends that have captured their attention. From hardware startups to socially focused businesses, they'll share plenty of examples and leave lots of time for Q & A to answer all of your funding and startup questions.
About Chris Fralic
Chris Fralic is a Partner at First Round Capital and based in their New York office. He joined the firm in 2006 and has focused on a number of the firm's investments in areas such as Advertising Technology including Invite Media (acquired by Google) and Demdex (acquired by Adobe), Social Media including CoTweet (acquired by ExactTarget) and myYearbook (acquired by QuePasa), eCommerce, Gaming, Mobile and more. Chris has 25 years of technology industry experience, with significant Internet business development roles since 1996. Chris was VP of Business Development at social bookmarking and tagging company del.icio.usthrough the Yahoo! acquisition. Chris was also one of the early employees and VP of Business Development at Half.com starting in 1999, and after the eBay acquisition spent six years with eBay in a variety of entertainment, business development and media roles. Chris earned his BS in Finance from Villanova University and his MBA from St. Joseph's University. He can be found tweeting @chrisfralic.
About Wiley Cerilli
Wiley is a Venture Partner at The First Round Capital. Wiley started his career dropping out of NYU his sophomore year to join the founding team at Seamless in 2000, and served on their executive team for ten years as their EVP of Sales and Marketing. After Seamless, Wiley started SinglePlatform which was acquired by Constant Contact ("CTCT") in 2012 for $100M. Wiley served on the CTCT executive team for two years until he left to join First Round. Wiley never went beyond his freshman year in college cuz he wasn't good at spellin. You can find him @wileycerilli.
About Christina Mercando
Christina Mercando is the founder and CEO of Ringly, a fashion/tech company composed of designers and engineers dedicated to blending art and technology in meaningful ways.Their first product is a ring that connects to your phone and provides customized notifications through vibration and subtle light. Since the launch in 2014, Ringly has been profiled in national and global media as one of the most exciting and forward thinking wearable technology companies. Ringly was also named one of Time Magazine's Top Inventions of 2014.
About First Round Capital
First Round is a seed-stage venture firm focused on building a vibrant community of technology entrepreneurs and companies. Since its inception in 2004, First Round has backed more than 150 companies, including Uber, Square, Warby Parker, and many more.