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September 23, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

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Getting it One Inch Off the Ground with 2-time Founder Benjamin Hutchinson

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Founders Network
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Lifting something the first inch is the hardest part.

Complimentary Ticket:

Are you a full-time tech founder? Be our guest! During COVID, we’re making our events available to tech founders everywhere. Enjoy a complimentary ticket to come learn from fellow tech founders, partners and investors. Already used your complimentary guest pass? Request an invite to see if you qualify for membership.

 

Topic:

Whether you’re starting a company or moving a heavy object, lifting something the first inch is always the hardest part. Ben Hutchinson, founder of Rocketplace and Earnest, shares his personal methodology for launching a company, from choosing a cofounder to finding your niche as an early-stage startup.

Sign up for Ben’s tried-and-true tips on: 

  • Choosing a Cofounder
  • Idea Selection
  • Seed Fundraising
  • Making you First Hires
  • Finding Product-Market Fit

 

Agenda:

  • 9:15am – Event pre-check
  • 9:30am – Opening remarks (Kevin)
  • 9:35am – Keynote speaker (Fireside Chat)
  • 10:10am – Chapter Roundtables, Series-A+ Roundtable (Keynote speaker to join for private Q&A in Series-A roundtables)
  • 11am – Conclude

 

Presenter:

Benjamin Hutchinson

Ben is the founder of Rocketplace (founded in 2019) and Earnest (founded in 2013, exited in 2017). After working in Banks in London & New York, Ben joined HM Treasury (the UK Treasury Department) in 2007 just in time to work on the Banking Crisis – including leading the search for a private sector solution to the collapse of Northern Rock.

With three years, and three Prime Ministers, behind him, Ben spent some time at the BBC while incubating the idea that turned into Earnest. Moving to the Bay Area in 2013, Ben grew Earnest to over 200 team members, over a $1bn of student loans refinanced, and exited in late 2017. Ben started Rocketplace in 2019 raising a seed round that year.

Rocketplace is a B2B platform for professional services – we help match great Marketing, Accounting, Software Development (and more) firms with great businesses that need their help.

 

About fnBoston:

Founders Network is on a mission to grow to 25 chapters globally. This month’s Global Keynote celebrates the launch of our newest chapter, fnBoston. Our new Boston Chapter brings a top-tier startup city into The Network, with its access to top-talent, proximity to Harvard, MIT, and other elite universities, and major tech companies. Founders Network now supports local Boston Founders and connects them to a select peer mentor network of over 600+ tech founders globally. Are you a Boston Tech Founder? Request an invite to see if you qualify for membership.

 

About Founders Network:

Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs and high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions and long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts and promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member. Learn more at https://foundersnetwork.com

 

Confidentiality Policy

All information shared within Founders Network is strictly confidential. We are built on a foundation of trust, and the community takes confidentiality seriously. Investors, members, and staff all share experiences and opinions off the record.  In this roundtable forum, we continue to model our fnValues of Reciprocity, Humility, Authenticity and Inclusivity.

Complimentary Ticket:

Are you a full-time tech founder? Be our guest! During COVID, we’re making our events available to tech founders everywhere. Enjoy a complimentary ticket to come learn from fellow tech founders, partners and investors. Already used your complimentary guest pass? Request an invite to see if you qualify for membership.

 

Topic:

Whether you’re starting a company or moving a heavy object, lifting something the first inch is always the hardest part. Ben Hutchinson, founder of Rocketplace and Earnest, shares his personal methodology for launching a company, from choosing a cofounder to finding your niche as an early-stage startup.

Sign up for Ben’s tried-and-true tips on:

  • Choosing a Cofounder
  • Idea Selection
  • Seed Fundraising
  • Making you First Hires
  • Finding Product-Market Fit

Agenda:

  • 9:15am – Event pre-check
  • 9:30am – Opening remarks (Kevin)
  • 9:35am – Keynote speaker (Fireside Chat)
  • 10:10am – Chapter Roundtables, Series-A+ Roundtable (Keynote speaker to join for private Q&A in Series-A roundtables)
  • 11am – Conclude

Presenter:

Benjamin Hutchinson

Ben is the founder of Rocketplace (founded in 2019) and Earnest (founded in 2013, exited in 2017). After working in Banks in London & New York, Ben joined HM Treasury (the UK Treasury Department) in 2007 just in time to work on the Banking Crisis – including leading the search for a private sector solution to the collapse of Northern Rock.

With three years, and three Prime Ministers, behind him, Ben spent some time at the BBC while incubating the idea that turned into Earnest. Moving to the Bay Area in 2013, Ben grew Earnest to over 200 team members, over a $1bn of student loans refinanced, and exited in late 2017. Ben started Rocketplace in 2019 raising a seed round that year.

Rocketplace is a B2B platform for professional services – we help match great Marketing, Accounting, Software Development (and more) firms with great businesses that need their help.

About fnBoston:

Founders Network is on a mission to grow to 25 chapters globally. This month’s Global Keynote celebrates the launch of our newest chapter, fnBoston. Our new Boston Chapter brings a top-tier startup city into The Network, with its access to top-talent, proximity to Harvard, MIT, and other elite universities, and major tech companies. Founders Network now supports local Boston Founders and connects them to a select peer mentor network of over 600+ tech founders globally. Are you a Boston Tech Founder? Request an invite to see if you qualify for membership.

About Founders Network:

Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs and high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions and long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts and promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member. Learn more at https://foundersnetwork.com

 

Confidentiality Policy

All information shared within Founders Network is strictly confidential. We are built on a foundation of trust, and the community takes confidentiality seriously. Investors, members, and staff all share experiences and opinions off the record.  In this roundtable forum, we continue to model our fnValues of Reciprocity, Humility, Authenticity and Inclusivity.

Organizer

Founders Network
View Organizer Website

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