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If you have an idea and you are starting to get customers using your product or service you should start thinking about how do you want to grow your business? Most people THINK they should raise money from investors. But there are many ways to do this and many sources that are good and bad depending on your situation. How do you know where to spend your time? Learn from people writing the checks.
We have three people from varying backgrounds who will be sharing what they have learned in the process of funding startups. Dr. Shanté P. Williams is a Inventor, Intellectual Property Strategist, and Private Investor. She is the Founder of RW Capital Partners, and the Chief Investment Officer of Black Pearl Global Investments. We also have Jason Young, Sr VP, Partnerships and Venture at T-Mobile US, he is in charge of T-Mobile’s relationships with key technology and industry partners and for T-Mobile Ventures. They are now looking to expand their footprint in helping companies that fit into the growing T-Mobile ecosystem. And we will be having a Kellan Carter Founding Partner at Fuse Venture Partners, where he focuses on early-stage investments in horizontal and vertical intelligent application software. Previously, Kellan spent seven years at Ignition Partners, a leading early-stage venture capital firm.
SVP Partnerships and Venture
Black Pearl Global
Chief Investment Officer
Fuse Venture Partners
Jason is responsible for managing and expanding T-Mobile’s relationships with key technology and industry partners and for T-Mobile Ventures, which invests in companies developing innovative products and services that complement and extend T-Mobile’s business. Previously he was SVP, Product Management where he led strategic planning, sourcing, and in-market delivery of devices and accessories.
Dr. Shanté P. Williams is a Venture Capitalist, Inventor, Intellectual Property Strategist, Innovation Enthusiast, and Private Investor. She is the Founder of RW Capital Partners, an investment firm specializing in commercial real estate and technology development and the Chief Investment Officer of Black Pearl Global Investments.
Dr. Williams is committed to ensuring that communities of color have access to sound business advice, attain superior business and financial acumen, and have the right team behind them to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. As the head of RW Capital Partners and Black Pearl uses her technical and financial background to help local entrepreneurs gain access to capital, combat gentrification, build generational wealth and become an integral part of the digital economy. To date, Dr. Williams has helped to build more than two dozen businesses and provides working capital to businesses in the Charlotte area.
Dr. Williams is a proud graduate of Winston-Salem State University (BS, Chemistry), The Ohio State University (PhD, in Integrated Biomedical Science specializing in Neuro-Oncology and Pharmacology), Queen’s University of Charlotte (MBA).
Founding partners Kellan Carter and Cameron Borumand are joined by Venture Partner and Seattle Seahawks captain Bobby Wagner, as well as Senior Operating Partners John Connors and Satbir Khanuja. Prior to Ignition, Kellan spent two years in investment banking at Mooreland Partners in San Francisco. There, he helped execute M&A transactions for technology companies in a variety of sectors, including mobile, enterprise software, systems, and infrastructure. Prior to Mooreland Partners, Kellan was an associate in KPMG’s advisory practice in Orange County, CA, where he helped structure asset-backed securities collateralized by student loans, auto loans, and residential and commercial mortgages.
Mike or Michael Grabham is a curious start up guy that has been delivering revenue, new products and creative solutions in the startup chaos for 20+ years. He is a five time founder and is in relentless pursuit of knowing the customers better than any competitor. He recently invented a new product called Package Guard, to help stop package theft. He is a “make it happen” person driving growth across multiple revenue streams while inspiring and teaching employees on how to have fun and get things done, yes you can do both.
He has raised $3M from angel investors over the past 20 years, sold two companies and failed and has managed marketing, product, engineering and sales staffs throughout his career.
He is constantly learning from others having conducted more than 100 interviews with startup leaders at Startup Grind in Seattle and Bellevue each month. He loves helping smart people change industries, studying consumer behaviors and searching for the perfect glass of wine.
He and his wife started a nonprofit Survive the Streets which they help homeless in Seattle. He received his MBA from Seattle University and has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, if that matters to anyone.