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John A. Cococcia has been on both sides of the table; he's co-founded and run companies and raised venture funds. His extensive experience as executive, advisor, investor, and board member gives him the expertise to bring a unique perspective to the early and growth-stage companies he works with.
As Co-founder/Managing Partner of Arista Strategy Group, a strategic consulting firm for high-growth tech firms, & Venture Partner with Armory Square Ventures, John leverages 20 years of strategy development & execution expertise as he goes deep with each of the companies he works with and focuses on strategy development and execution, strategic positioning, recruiting, partnerships, restructurings, exits, and turnarounds. John has completed 30+ M&A deals.
Some of the Topics Discussed will Include:
- Set it Off: Building the Right Business Model
- Teamwork Makes the Dream Work - Tips for Building a Team that Works
- Starting With the End in Mind - Plan for an Exit from the Beginning
- How to Know When It's Time to Pivot
- Choosing the Right Advisor
6:00 pm Networking with Food
7:00 pm Fireside Chat with John and Q&A with Audience
8:00 pm Networking
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 350 cities and 115 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
Our monthly fireside chats provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.
John A. Cococcia is Co-founder/Managing Partner of Arista Strategy Group, a strategic consulting firm for high-growth tech firms, & is a Partner with Armory Square Ventures. John works with early & growth stage firms, leveraging 20 years of strategy development & execution expertise. Previously, John was Co-Founder & Partner at FA Technology Ventures, a $100 million early-stage venture cap fund.Read More
John A. Cococcia has spent the last 20 years working with early and growth stage companies as an executive, investor, board member, advisor, and advocate. John gets deeply involved with each of the companies he works with and focuses on issues such as designing and building the right business models, strategy development and execution, strategic positioning, recruiting, partnerships, restructurings, exits, and turn-arounds. John is a trusted advisor to his companies and has extensive Board-level experience spanning several high-tech industry categories, with active participation on compensation, audit, recruitment and M&A Board Committees. John has completed over 30 M&A and financing transactions.
John is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Arista Strategy Group, a strategic consulting firm serving high-growth technology companies, and is also a Venture Partner with Armory Square Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund. Most recently, John held the position of VP of Strategic Marketing and Investor Relations at Plug Power, a leader in the commercialization of fuel cell products and technologies, where he was responsible for identifying new growth initiatives, strategic partnerships and M&A opportunities, as well as growing the Company’s institutional investor base. Previously, John was COO at DHA Energy, a growth stage specialty manufacturer of precision components for the global energy industry, and prior to DHA, John was a Co-Founder and Partner at FA Technology Ventures, a $100 million early-stage venture capital fund, where he was responsible for leading nine early-stage investments covering the Software, Internet and Cleantech sectors. Earlier in his career, John held operations positions at Amphenol Corporation and Ford Motor Company.
John is on the Board of Ener-G-Rotors, and is a Board Observer for SquareFoot. John has taught and guest lectured about entrepreneurship, strategy and business growth at a number of Universities and entrepreneurial events.
John is married with a son and a daughter, two dogs, 13 chickens and a little time for his passions for cooking, gardening, and fishing.