Hear from three successful Basecamp portfolio company entrepreneurs on their path to becoming startup founders. You’ll hear how each founder’s unique background provided formative experiences that inspired their latest venture.
The discussion will be moderated by Basecamp Fund Managing Partners Catherine Lu and Matt Scott and our panel of founders includes:
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Laurie Rowley, Cofounder & CEO - Icon Savings Plan
Laurie Rowley is a social entrepreneur dedicated to building companies that improve financial security. She is Co-Founder and President of Icon, the country’s first universal retirement plan. She also is the founder of several successful companies including NARPP and N-Labs, where she still holds board positions. She has a background in behavioral finance and research having helped launch the Behavioral Finance Forum. She is widely regarded as an expert in financial decision making, human-centered design and strategy.
Christina Ross, Founder & CEO - Cube Software
Christina Ross is a former CFO & Finance professional, who after her experience with the manual, error-prone nature of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) was motivated to create Cube Software. She launched the company in 2018 to provide businesses with next-generation FP&A software that is a flexible but powerful solution to do more in less time, with fewer errors and better collaboration. Previously, Christina was CFO for Eyeview, the industry leader in outcome-based video marketing. She also served as ecommerce marketer Criteo’s Head of Finance (North America), as well as Head of Finance for Rent The Runway in its hyper-growth era. Prior to that, she held financial management roles at Deloitte and GE. Christina is a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Among the many honors she received there: National Science Foundation Grant, Hewlett-Packard Scholarship, and Isenberg
Dave Fano, Founder & CEO - Teal
A serial entrepreneur and architect by training, Dave Fano has built his career by creating high-growth teams. He founded the successful building information and technology consultancy CASE and ultimately sold it to WeWork, where he served as Chief Growth Officer and increased the unicorn startup’s revenue 100% YoY for four years and grew the team by ~2000%. In 2020, Dave launched his latest passion, Teal, which offers a collective of resources that puts career development back in the hands of the individual so they can pursue a fulfilling career.
Catherine Lu, Managing Partner - AVG Basecamp Fund
Catherine is a Managing Partner at Basecamp where she looks to back high-performance, high-integrity founders. Prior to Basecamp, she was the Senior Principal at Spike Ventures, AVG’s fund for Stanford alums. She has also been both an operator and founder. Previously, she was Director of Product at DataVisor (backed by NEA and Sequoia), an enterprise company offering an unsupervised machine learning fraud solution; during her tenure, she helped the company grow from less than $1M to over $8M in ARR. She also co-founded Fancy That, a retail AI company which was acquired by Palantir in 2015. Catherine received a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford, graduating with distinction and focusing on artificial intelligence.
Matt Scott, Managing Partner - AVG Basecamp Fund
Matt is a Managing Partner at Basecamp based in NYC where he looks for companies led by passionate, mission-driven entrepreneurs with an acute understanding of the markets they are looking to disrupt. Matt has a particular interest in consumer applications and b2b SaaS companies but keeps an open mind to opportunities in even the most esoteric categories. Prior to joining Basecamp, Matt was an experienced founder and operator of multiple venture backed businesses: Integral Ad Science (acq. by Vista Equity Partners), enterprise SaaS platform Suzy (backed by The Foundry Group, Tribeca Venture Partners) and a direct to consumer brand (backed by Lerer Hippeau). Earlier in his career Matt was a member of the corporate venture practice at Nike and an investor at Coriolis Ventures. He began his career as an innovation strategy consultant for Procter & Gamble. Matt holds an MBA from NYU Stern and BA from Tulane University where he majored in American Literature.