June 15, 2016

Link Up With Pittsburgh Tech: Featuring FortyX80-Facilitated Partnerships

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15th 2016 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

FortyX80, a nonprofit that catapults entrepreneurial growth across southwestern Pennsylvania, welcomes VCs and Angel Investors to a day-long innovation event featuring top members of Pittsburgh's technology sector. 

As Pittsburgh's tech sector matures, introducing you to our deal flow is critical to our growth. FortyX80 strongly believes that forging genuine relationships amongst companies, established players and investors will benefit all parties.

The series of events are crafted to connect you to the leaders and entrepreneurs driving Pittsburgh’s tech community, while also enjoying the stage of the stunning Oakmont Country Club and the US Open. 

**Please note, registration is limited to VCs and Angel Investors only. We ask that you register for each event that you are interested in attending.

For more details about this event and to RSVP, please click here.

May 19, 2016

Tech! Homestead's Equalizer: The Life, Legacy & Future of Bill Campbell

In honor of our great friend, mentor, and coach, Bill Campbell, who passed away last month, join us Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. in his hometown of Homestead for an evening of conversation with a few of his closest colleagues from Silicon Valley.

We’ll be hosting a panel and question and answer session on innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, and the area of Homestead. Panelists include:

  • Michael Moe, CFA, Chairman, CEO + Chief Investment Officer, GSV Capital

  • Danny Conway, Entrepreneur in Residence, Andreessen Horowitz

  • Topher Conway, Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel

Moderated by Audrey Russo, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council and FortyX80

New Initiative Announcement

There will also be the announcement of an exciting new initiative from his foundation, the William V. Campbell Education and Community Foundation: a new co-working and accelerator space in Homestead called Campbell Labs.

As part of Bill’s personal and foundational commitment to improving the quality of life and fostering growth for the residents of Homestead, Campbell Labs will be a direct connection to Silicon Valley through his friends in the Bay Area wishing to carry on his mission. Local tech companies can take up residence at the space and regularly meet with investors and mentors from Silicon Valley firms.

Members of Bill’s immediate family will also be in attendance as there will be a ribbon cutting of the new Campbell Field, also located in Homestead, earlier on this same day. Bill was also a board member of the Best of the Batch Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of children and families in distressed communities by building character, self-esteem, and appreciation for education.

An after-party will immediately follow at one of Bill’s favorite restaurants, Duke’s Upper Deck Cafe, but you must register for and attend the panel discussion. The after-party is only a short walk from our panel venue, at 122 East 8th Avenue in Homestead.


Michael T. Moe, CFA, Chairman, CEO + Chief Investment Officer, GSV Capital

Michael T. Moe has served as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2010 and is primarily responsible for overall investment strategies and portfolio management. Mr. Moe served as President from 2010 to 2014. In addition, Mr. Moe co-founded GSV Asset Management and has served as its Chief Executive Officer, Co-Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer since 2010. Mr. Moe previously co-founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ThinkEquity Partners, an investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies, from 2001 to 2008. Prior to founding ThinkEquity, Mr. Moe served as head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch from 1998 to 2001, and before that served as head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities from 1995 to 1998. In 2006, Mr. Moe published his critically acclaimed book Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin/ Portfolio Books, 2006). Mr. Moe has also served as a member of the board of directors for Cricket Media Group, a K-12 social learning network, since September 2010, and has served as a director for 2U Inc., a leading provider of educational cloud-based software-as- a-service solution, since February 2013.

Danny Conway, Entrepreneur in Residence, Andreessen Horowitz

Danny Conway is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm. He also manages the TechFellow Fund, an investment program to honor the people who make great innovation happen. Prior to moving over to the investment and venture capital world, Danny worked at a handful of startups including Airtime, leading the marketing efforts and launch event which was carried in every major news source; Facebook, managing the games platform partnerships; and Snocap as a business development analyst. He also spent time in Los Angeles at the William Morris Agency and in New York at Gerson Lehrman Group, a primary research firm. Danny graduated from UCLA with a degree in History and member of the tennis team. He is also active in philanthropy, most notably in the Tiger Woods Foundation and Team Red, White, and Blue.  

Topher Conway, Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel

Topher Conway is a Co-Managing Partner of SV Angel. At SV Angel, he works particularly close with Gusto, Github, Lookout and MemSQL. He was included in Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in 2015. Prior to SV Angel, he worked at EQAL, Inc. At EQAL, he worked with the Business Development and Sales teams and lead efforts in creating new business opportunities. In his Sales position, he developed and maintained relationships with top ad agencies and brands. Prior to EQAL, he held positions at eCost and a 2004 summer internship in Google’s Direct Sales Organization. Topher graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a degree in History. He is also a member of the UCLA VC Fund, helping foster entrepreneurship at the University. In addition to investing, Topher leads platform partnerships where he is responsible for establishing relationships with Corporate Partners and helping portfolio companies with Business and Corporate Development.

WHAT: Bill Campbell Tribute

WHERE: 120 East 9th Avenue, Homestead, PA 15210 (formerly the Bishop Boyle High School)

WHEN: Thursday, May 19th 2016, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m. – Check-in and Welcome

6:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion

7:30 p.m. – Q&A

8:00 p.m. – Adjourn 

**Join us immediately afterwards at Duke’s Upper Deck Café, 122 East 8th Avenue, Homestead, PA 15210.


Presented by: FortyX80 and Duke’s Upper Deck Café

Supported by: The Pittsburgh Technology Council

April 8, 2016

OpenUp. Fixit.

Revolutions can and do happen through inclusion. This is the first of a series of conversations on how an inclusive culture drives innovation.

As Pittsburgh wraps up Inclusive Innovation Week we are hosting an intimate event to engage in this dialogue with hope for action. We have asked Debra Lam, the city of Pittsburgh's Chief of Innovation & Performance  to kick off as she debriefs from a week of not just activity but observation.  The conversation will draw on Kismet Toksu, President of Ebenefits, Education Board Member of ASSET STEM; Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza, Board Member of WQED; and Courtney Williamson, CEO of Abilife to share their experiences with building inclusive company cultures and driving innovation in the region.

Our premise for this event:

Women and minorities in tech and innovation continue to experience working on the fringes, if at all. While we know many people are working to solve these issues, we also know that these discussions are often fraught with broad brushes. This gathering is intended to begin a series of acts, conversations and cohesion. We know this is just one step in a complex mosaic and we thought this week of Pgh Inclusive Innovation was timely.

September 25, 2015

Investor Round-Robin

FortyX80, Innovation Works, and their accelerators AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear are joining the Thrival schedule! 

On Friday, September 25th, from 1:00p.m.-2:30p.m. we will be hosting an investor round-robin session. Entrepreneurs will be pre-selected to meet with individual investors in 10 minute time slots to build their networks, discuss their company, and to get advice and inroads to funding. 

August 3, 2015

FortyX80 is hosting the Kauffman Foundation to discuss Pittsburgh’s ranking of #40 out of 40 metro areas for start-up activity in their most recent Kauffman Index, Pittsburgh’s venture capital investment and new firm formation, and general strategy around promoting entrepreneurism. Come hear from the Kauffman Foundation Research and Policy team as they discuss a more nuanced understanding of the region's entrepreneurial landscape and join in what we hope will be a robust Q&A following the presentation. 

Series Sponsored by: BDO | Leech Tishman

June 11-12, 2015

FortyX80, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Technology Council's CREATE Festival, presents two engaging sessions on Friday, June 12th. 

FortyX80 Presents: Pittsburgh Investor Panel with Riverfront Ventures, Birchmere Ventures and Newlin Investment Co.

Hear from exciting early stage funds that are expected to be increasing their investment activity in the Pittsburgh region in the coming months. Join Riverfront Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, and Newlin Investment Co. as they discuss their investment goals, portfolios, and trends. If you are raising capital for your technology start-up, or simply wanting to learn more about the entrepreneurial landscape in Pittsburgh, this is the panel for you.
Series Sponsored by: BDO | Leech Tishman

FortyX80 Presents: Elite Athletes and Technology

Elite athletes today are bigger, faster, and stronger than ever. This continued advancement in today’s athletic performance is accelerated by a focus on health information technology and research. Internationally renowned applied physiologist, Dr. Inigo San Millán, will use his 19 years of experience working with professional teams and elite athletes to discuss:

• “Exercise is Medicine” to prevent and treat chronic diseases
• The role of metabolic and cellular responses in sports performance
• The intersection of wearables, biosensors and the science of performance
• The current state of wellness and health care and what we will see in the future

Moderated by Charlie Batch, former Steelers quarterback and Co-founder of Pittsburgh-based sports medicine start-up Impellia. This session will provide a sneak peek into the next generation of fitness metrics and its application in sports training and healthcare.

Dr. San Millán has worked for the past 19 years for many professional teams and elite athletes worldwide across multiple sports like basketball, football, soccer, rowing, triathlon, running, Olympics and cycling including eight Pro Cycling Teams. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Director of the Sports Performance Program at the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder, Colorado. 

Series Sponsors: BDO | Leech Tishman
Supporting Sponsors: Innovation Institute Impellia

June 11-12, 2015

Angel Resource Institute hosted by FortyX80
Angel Resource Institute programs are part of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's Power of Angel Investing series of seminars and workshop. Programs are delivered by active investors who have 10-plus years of angel investment and entrepreneurial leadership experience, with program content coming from the Kauffman Foundation and the collective experience and best practices of thousands of individual investors and angel investment groups. 

These four workshops are second to none in the world of entrepreneur and investor education. You won’t want to miss: Trends in Raising Capital, Pitching to Investors, Valuation of Early Stage Companies, and Term Sheets.

Series Sponsor: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Supporting Sponsor: Urban Redevelopment Authority

Trends in Raising Capital

Whether you are an entrepreneur or early stage investor, a strong understanding of the latest trends in the world of early stage equity investing can help ensure that your next deal is a good one. This workshop will present the latest trends in angel investing and venture capital.

It will cover best practices for: 

- Analyzing the capital raising environment

- Meeting investor expectations

- Valuation methodologies

- Term sheet mechanics

- Deal structuring

Trends in Raising Capital includes unique survey data from The Halo Report and ACA member angel groups. 

Pitching to Investors

 This unique workshop uses research, data and proven best practices to teach the key fundamentals you need to gain and maintain the attention of early stage investors. 

This half-day workshop covers the following topics: 

- Odds of getting capital

- Why you must be great 

- Be prepared for the demands of the capital-raising process

- Capital raising documents: elevator pitch, executive summary, business plan 

- General principles for presentations

- Common mistakes in pitching

- How to give an effective pitch


Valuation of Early Stage Companies

Participants learn the art and science of valuing an early stage company through three methodologies that have proven useful and successful by many angel investors. Attendees also learn the importance of portfolio strategies to valuation.


Term Sheets

This workshop takes the mystery out of the process of constructing a term sheet. It explores the common concepts, principles, approaches to and types of term sheets. You will learn what works and what does not as well as the options there are to execute a good deal for everyone.