Funding the Innovation Economy: Financing for Growth-Stage Companies
Bill FosterMember of Congress, House Financial Services Committee
Congressman Bill Foster is a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. Rep. Foster is a leader on the House Financial Services Committee, having worked on issues throughout the financial services, capital markets, and fintech sector. Before he became a Member of Congress, Bill worked as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).
Henry WardFounder & CEO, Carta
Henry is the CEO and co-founder of Carta, a software platform for founders, investors, and employees to manage equity and ownership. Since its inception in 2012, Carta has managed hundreds of billions of dollars in equity at more than ten thousand companies, helping companies manage their cap tables, valuations, portfolio investments, and equity plans.
Karen MillsPresident of MMP Group & former Administrator of U.S. Small Business Administration
Karen Mills is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and a leading authority on U.S. competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation. She was a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, serving as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009 to 2013, and is an expert on the economic health and well-being of the nation’s small businesses.
Marty ChavezSenior Director, Goldman Sachs
Marty is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, investor, and risk manager. Over the past 19 years, he has held multiple roles as a partner, Management Committee member, and senior leader of Goldman Sachs, including Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and global co-head of the Firm’s largest and most complex business, the Securities Division. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Marty was the CEO and co-founder of Kiodex, acquired by Sungard in 2004, and Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Quorum Software Systems. He holds an A.B. (1985) magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences and an S.M. (1985) in Computer Science from Harvard, and a Ph.D. (1990) in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford.