SAN FRANCISCO, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In February 2011, RiskCommunities participated in the Founder Showcase (http://www.foundershowcase.com) and a premier startup pitch and networking event, which drew over 300 technology firms. RiskCommunites conducted surveys and interviews with Founders and CEO's about managing risks and opportunities.
Julie Davis, Founder of non-profit RiskCommunities, commented, "We met with Founders and CEO's of technology firms and enjoyed hearing about their future opportunities and most pressing issues. Historically, risk factors were discussions held with large, public firms. Emerging and mid-size technology firms we interviewed identified their top risks as:
- Importance of talent attraction and retention;
- Protecting and developing strategies to protect their intellectual property;
- Positioning their products and services to respond to the marketplace opportunities;
- Innovation, speed and flexibility in today's market;
- Management of cash flow and liquidity risks critical in this market."
Jonathan Greechan, Partner of TheFunded, commented, "We were very happy with our fourth consecutive sold-out Founder Showcase event, and look forward to another event in spring 2011."
Thank you to the industry executives that agreed to participate in the video series. They included: Chance Roth, CEO, Cloud Canvas, http://www.cloud-canvas.com; Jesse Hammons, Founder & CEO, Zaggle, http://www.wezaggle.com; Mike Fleck, Vice President, CipherPoint, http://www.cipherpointsoftware.com; Cesar Plata, Founder & CEO, everyCircle, http://www.everycircle.com; Cynthia Holladay, Principal & CEO, Upright Marketing, http://www.uprightmarketing.com.
RiskCommunities' short-version video interviews can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/user/riskcommunities#p/u/5/t5L9NOU9SEg
About RiskCommunities: While a large number of firms have been focused on their response to economic conditions, few are poised to respond to the opportunities that lie ahead. RiskCommunities, a non-profit group, wanted to take their experiences further by establishing monthly broadcasts and working in the community to share insights, trends, challenges, opportunities and risk management. This non-profit group has been reviewing new legislation and economic changes and is poised to help innovative firms respond to extraordinary market opportunities. Their blog can be found at http://www.riskcommunities.com
About Founder Showcase: The Founder Showcase is held quarterly. The event brings together investors, founders, and members of the press and includes keynote addresses as well as the pitch competition. The 6th Founder Showcase featured George Zachary, General Partner of Charles River Ventures and early investor in Twitter, as the keynote speaker.