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The flagship WFS Tech Conference for CEOs, founders, and investors of software and IT companies, covering Tech M&A: investment, growth, strategy, buyouts, sales, and mergers. Insights from: private equity, VC, angels, strategic buyers, M&A advisors, and CEOs who’ve had a successful exit.

2020 Top Ten Disruptive Tech Trends

Investors Panel: Will your strategy get funded?

Tech Valuation Metrics: What are you worth?

Buyers Panel: Do you have what they want?

Sellers Panel: Advice from CEOs who've sold.

Succession Planning: Selling during troubled times

Seattle 2020 Virtual

Apr 28, 2020


11:30 – 12:00
Login Grace Period

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Director of WFS: Matt Rung
Conference Chair: Joel Espelien, Corum Group (Platinum Sponsor)

12:20 – 12:45
2020 Top Ten Disruptive Technology Trends: Will they put you out of business?
Tim Goddard, Corum Group

12:50 – 1:50
Investors Panel: Will your strategy get funded?
James Newell, Partner, Voyager Capital
Tim Porter, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Vani Rao, Senior Director, Lighter Capital
Vladimir Besprozvany, Managing Director, Greater Sum Ventures
Stacy Tatem, Accelerator Adviser, Women in Cloud
Gillian Muessig, CEO, Outlines Venture Group
Moderator: Joel Espelien, Corum Group

1:55 – 2:20
Tech Valuations: What is your company worth?
Joel Espelien, Corum Group

2:20 – 2:30
Short Break

2:35 – 3:35
Buyers Panel: Do you have what they want?
Kunju Mehta, Director: Growth Strategy & Execution, Azure, Microsoft
David Dandel, Partner, Pike Street Capital
Brett Simon, Director of Corporate Development, F5 Networks
Ryan Sudeck, Director of New Ventures, Redfin
Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research, Salesforce

Moderator: Tim Goddard, Corum Group

3:40 – 4:40
Sellers Panel: Advice from CEOs who’ve sold & how to prepare for an exit
Xuchen Yao, CEO, KITT.AI
Kerri McConnell, CEO, Datalight
Joel Abramson, CSO, Fully Managed
Rob MacNaughton, CEO, NurseGrid
Kahly Berg, CEO, Rational

Moderator: Dan Bernstein, Corum Group

4:40 – 5:00
Succession Planning: Selling During Troubled Times
Dan Bernstein, Corum Group



Ryan Sudeck

Director of New Ventures

Greater Sum Ventures

Vladimir Besprozvany

Managing Director

Women in Cloud

Stacy Tatem

Accelerator Adviser

Pike Street Capital

David Dandel


Microsoft (Azure)

Kunju Mehta

Dir. Growth Str. & Exe.

F5 Networks

Brett Simon

Director, Corp Dev


Rob MacNaughton



Peter Coffee

VP for Strategic Research

Outlines Venture Group

Gillian Muessig


EdgeVenture Group

Vani Rao

Managing Partner

Madrona Venture Group

Tim Porter

Managing Director

Corum Group

Timothy Goddard

Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategies


Xuchen Yao


Corum Group

Daniel Bernstein

Executive Vice President and Director

Voyager Capital

James Newell



Kahly Berg


Fully Managed

Joel Abramson


Corum Group

Joel Espelien

Executive Director - Client Services


Kerri McConnell



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