2020 has changed the way we live and work. Due to coronavirus, many early stage startups have shifted to remote working. Join us for a 1-hour Zoom panel discussion regarding how early stage startups are compensating their founders and employees in 2020 by Carta and ADP; how to protect your startup by executing the proper legal documents for founders and employees by Smith Shapourian Mignano PC; and the best practices to build an early stage (remote) startup team by Maven Ventures after a seed financing event. Our panel is composed of startup lawyer, Teela Smith, of Smith Shapourian Mignano PC, Francesca Puccinelli of Carta, Rebekah Willetts and Audrey Massoni of ADP, and Robert Ravanshenas of Maven Ventures.
Audrey MassoniVP of Sales, ADP
Audrey Massoni is the VP of Sales and is currently responsible for leading a team of business consultants located across the state of CA for the PEO division of ADP Solutions. We work with SMBs helping them accelerate results through driving employee productivity while stabilizing labor costs and mitigating employment related risk. Our goal is to customize the ADP TotalSource solution to fit the culture and achieve the corporate vision of our clients in a more effective manner, and our key focus is people. By working with ownership and key executives, strategies are developed to upgrade technology, increase productivity, ensure compliance, streamline administration, reduce/minimize employee related liabilities and provide a more cost effective and comprehensive FORTUNE 500 Benefit package.
Francesca PuccinelliBusiness Development Manager, Carta
Francesca is a Business Development Manager at Carta, primarily working with VCs, law firms, technology companies, and startups in the Bay Area and Greater Pacific Northwest.
Francesca joined Carta during their Series B, and has seen magnificent growth. She has a passion for helping companies scale and working cross-functionally to build products.
Francesca received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Santa Clara University.
Rebekah WillettsBusiness Consultant, Sequoia Consulting Group
Rebekah Willetts is a Business Consultant at Sequoia Consulting Group.
Sequoia Consulting Group is an innovative brokerage firm providing full-service competitive benefits, HR, and risk management services to today’s hyper-growth companies.
Sequoia Consulting Group combines superior client service with our expertise in benefits, risk management, and human resources to help startups and tech companies navigate the market to scale efficiently and thrive while also providing best-in-class tools and infrastructure to meet the needs of the business and their employees from day one.
Robert RavanshenasSenior Associate, Maven Ventures
Robert Ravanshenas is a Senior Associate at Maven Ventures. He joined Maven in 2015 as the firm’s first Associate, supporting the investment team’s work backing many of Maven’s exceptional entrepreneurs. After three years in the role, he transitioned full time to a Maven portfolio company in the transportation sector, Skip. At Skip, Robert worked in roles across operations, business operations, and finance. He helped launch Skip’s scooter sharing service in Portland and San Francisco and worked alongside the startup’s leadership on strategic finance.
Robert has since returned to Maven to join the investment team as a Senior Associate. He is exploring new areas of opportunity in early stage consumer software and meeting great entrepreneurs building ventures to tackle them. Robert graduated from Duke University, where he earned a BS in Economics with a focus on Finance and Management and was a finalist in the Duke Startup Challenge with his company Alma Matters, a crowdfunding platform for university students’ research and projects.
Teela C. SmithFounding Partner, Smith Shapourian Mignano PC
Teela’s practice is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build, grow, and protect their start-ups and small businesses. She provides a wide range of counseling and transactional services, including business formation, contract drafting and negotiation, funding and financing, and employment matters. Teela has also guided entrepreneurs, including venture funds, in restructuring their business ownership interests in mergers and acquisition matters.
Teela is also an experienced litigator, and offers a strategic and carefully tailored approach to dispute resolution. She represents businesses and individuals in a variety of matters, including contractual disputes, partner/co-founder/shareholder disputes, employment disputes, insurance disputes, copyright and trademark infringement, products liability, and commercial and residential real estate disputes.