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Before Series A - Convertible Note and Series Seed Funding for Startups 2014

Speaker(s): David Teten, Dror Futter
Recorded on: May. 12, 2014
PLI Program #: 56679

Dror is a partner at the McCarter & English law firm where his practice focuses on representing startup companies in their financing transactions and commercial agreements.  Dror joined the firm as part of its combination with the SorinRand law firm.   Prior to that he was the General Counsel of Vidyo, Inc., a venture-backed videoconferencing company and before that the General Counsel of New Venture Partners LLC, a venture capital firm specializing in corporate spinouts.

Dror was the co-founding Chair of the PLI VC Law program and is a frequent speaker on legal topics at Technology Meetups and other startup-focused programming in the New York/New Jersey region.

Dror is graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University School of Law.  He also earned an Executive MBA  from the American Electronics Association Executive Institute of Stanford University.   He can be followed at @dfutterlaw  

David Teten ( is a Partner with ff Venture Capital and Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York. ff VC has made over 200 investments in over 70 companies since 1999. HBS Alumni Angels of NY is the second-largest angel network in New York. He formerly served on the board of Ionic Security and now serves on the board of Whisk.

David led the first-ever study of best practices of venture capital and private equity funds in originating new deals and the first-ever study of VCs in creating portfolio company value. He is cofounder of the Venture Capital Access Program, which helps women and minority entrepreneurs raise venture capital from members of the HBS Alumni Angels network.

David is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences for investors, entrepreneurs, and executives. He has received the highest ratings of any speaker at three different conferences.

He has published in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, the Journal of Private Equity, etc., and is the lead author of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online. He holds a Harvard MBA and Yale BA, both with honors.