HXTV | VC Ask Me Anything Virtual Event ft. RevTech Ventures
About this Event
YOUTUBE LIVESTREAM LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCTK7Fxmogw
FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM LINK: To be added
HXTV| VC Ask Me Anything Virtual Event featuring Radian Capital
About HXTV Livestreams: These livestreams, which will include audience Q&A, will tackle the big questions on everyone’s mind, like how founders should adjust in the face of the pandemic and what fund-raising will look like once the pandemic loosens its grip.
FOUNDERS! APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR 1:1 PITCH SESSIONS
Apply to pitch 1:1 to Radian Capital in June 2020. Apply HERE.
MORE ON REVTECH VENTURES
We help retailers adapt in the age of Amazon by attracting, mentoring, and connecting experienced entrepreneurs with talent, customers, and investors. Each year, our venture capital firm invests in retail tech startups by making small investments and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the RevTech network. This network includes a team of investors, mentors, and retailers.
Current Fund Size | 20 MM
Current Fund Number | 7
Industries of Interest | Enterprise Solutions (Retail-tech)
Criteria for investment | Product/market fit, signs of a first customer or pilot underway
Investment Stages | Bootstrapped, Pre-seed, Seed
Avg. Check Size | $100,000 to $250,000
4:55pm| Livestream available
5:00pm | Introduction to the speakers
5:05pm | Info session on Radian Capital
5:20pm | Question and Answers
6:00pm | Adjourn
Rachel West | Director of Business Development
Rachel is the Director of Business Development at RevTech Ventures, where she helps entrepreneurs at the intersection of retail and technology launch and scale their companies. She generates and manages deal flow and partners with RevTech portfolio companies to help them grow.
Prior to RevTech, Rachel built deep technical, business, and product experience as a management consultant at Credera. She has demonstrated success consulting executives on matters related to Product Development + Management, Digital Transformation, Customer Engagement + Loyalty, Marketing Technology, eCommerce, and Process Improvement. In addition to client work, she jumpstarted and lead several retail startup partnerships to accelerate the growth of Fortune 500 clients. As the firm scaled to Chicago, NYC, and London, she launched a team to build and implement the firm-wide business development strategy for current and new market expansion.
Before Credera, Rachel served as a health policy analyst for a think-tank in D.C. to understand the drivers of policy formation and influence. She also worked for a venture-backed, recruiting A.I. startup based in New York to help spearhead national hiring efforts across U.S. campuses.
Rachel uncovered her passion for startups through starting and scaling a nutrition program across Texas in her formative years. Outside of work, Rachel is passionate about helping women overcome both professional and personal barriers. She serves as the Dallas President of the SoGal Foundation, the largest global platform for the education and empowerment of 100,000+ diverse entrepreneurs and investors. She also coordinates professional development efforts for Alive at Last, a nonprofit dedicated to survivors of sexual exploitation.
David Matthews | Founder and Managing Director
David Matthews is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with 25 years of experience in building companies from startup to fruition and investing in software startups. His venture capital funds have deployed over $150M into more than 50 investments during the past 16 years. Successful exits include Green Mountain Energy (sold to NRG), Fiber Systems Int’l (sold to Amphenol), PeopleAnswers (sold to Infor), Spawn Labs (sold to GameStop), and Zaadz (sold to Gaiam). His investments have become increasingly focused on innovative technologies for the retail industry and new retail models. As an entrepreneur founding and building a high-growth, corporate event production company in the 1990’s, Matthews’ primary customers were tech companies and retailers. The company’s first $1 million client was JCPenney, which had recently relocated from New York to Dallas. Other major clients included Dell, AMD, Microsoft, Sterling Software, Sterling Commerce, Nortel, and Neiman Marcus. In late 1998, he sold his stake in that company and migrated to a career in venture capital investments. Matthews first worked as a Director at Red River Ventures, a Dallas-based venture capital fund launched in early 2000. He then founded Trailblazer Capital, a micro-VC fund with a regional focus on Texas and Oklahoma, in 2006. Trailblazer was initially funded with proceeds from the sale of Michaels Stores, a Dallas-based specialty retailer. Matthews and other Michaels’ investors committed 75% of the capital for Trailblazer’s first fund. The investment that returned a multiple of that fund’s capital was Spawn Labs, a platform that enabled remote participation in console video games. Spawn Labs was acquired by GameStop, a Dallas-based specialty retailer, in 2010. Trailblazer raised a second fund in 2011 that has now deployed nearly $30 million in 10 investments and 5 accelerator funds. In 2011, Matthews founded RevTech Ventures, a seed capital fund and accelerator program focused on tech innovation for the retail industry. RevTech Ventures has funded 30 companies to date, half of which were able to attract seed funding of $250k or more, and 5 of which have scaled revenue above $1 million annually. Total capital formation into these startups has been over $15 million and over 220 jobs have been created. RevTech Ventures has created an impressive mentor network with over 100 entrepreneurs, investors, and retail industry executives. Matthews was raised in Oklahoma City and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio State University in 1986
Greta O’Brien | Summer Venture Fellow
Greta is a retail aficionado, both in her professional life and as an avid shopper. She has a passion for the retail technology and digital industries, and has built her career in these areas as a consultant with Deloitte Digital where she served a wide range of retail clients from small luxury players to big box discount stores. Greta received her MBA from The Wharton School where she studied Marketing and Operations, served as a Venture consultant for local Philadelphia and UPenn startups, and choreographed contemporary jazz dances for an annual student showcase in her free time. Greta recently joined the RevTech team to further dive into retail tech and VC.