MentorNight is a private only group of Startup Founders and Mentors who meet monthly (and occasionally in smaller groups) to help each other with the common needs of early-growth startups. This is a unique type of peer exchange where in which you will from other founders and Mentors who have been there as well. We can promise you will:
get into discussion about the real issues that Founders face as they go through the early-growth stages of proving their business model and building the business.
You can read the details of the Format - which is a moderated, peer session that digs into key issues on a particular theme.
Mentors are experienced entrepreneurs who likely have several startups under their belts, but still remember the challenges of the early-growth stage of startups. In fact, they may be in that stage again and often raise issues themselves. Mentors come to sessions based on the theme. We typically have 2 or 3 at a session.
Members of the group are founders (and sometimes key executives) of a company that has:
- Raised capital – typically between $500K – $3M
- Has a small team in place
- Has a product launched and early users
They are likely facing the challenges of proving customer acquisition models that work and key proof points, such as cost of customer acquisition, or finding the right buyers in B2B SaaS, getting key team members in place, or any of the myriad of issues at this stage.
The best members are:
- Interested in helping other founders and learning from them and from mentors
- Open to sharing their challenges (in a private setting)
- Able to participate (schedule permitting) in several meetings per year
If you are interested, you can Apply Here.
Tony Karrer has been a CTO or technology advisor for more than 25 early-stage startups over the past 20 years most notably as the CTO of eHarmony helping them to get to a $110M financing in their 4th year. Tony has founded 3 companies, two of which are operating profitably and the other was sold for $58 million. Tony taught Computer Science and received tenure at Loyola Marymount University. Tony’s work has won awards and has led him into consulting engagements at many Fortune 500 companies including Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Canada, Citibank, Lexus, Microsoft, Nissan, Universal, IBM and HP.
Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events.
John M. Morris - After a 20+ year career in venture capital and early stage investing with earlier experience in public accounting, financial management and investment banking, John currently chairs a CEO advisory group for Vistage International. Members meet monthly as a peer group to collaborate on each other’s issues and opportunities. The Vistage mission is geared to developing better leaders who are making better decisions and getting better results.
For the prior ten years, John was a partner with an expansion stage venture capital firm focused on emerging information technology companies. John is also Chairman Emeritus of the Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel investor organization in the country, and was co-founder and a past president of TCA Los Angeles. In this career, he has worked closely with a number of entrepreneurs who are trying to pursue their dreams of starting their own business.
This role carries over to the academic community. John is a part time member of the faculty at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He serves as a faculty advisor to MBA teams for both the fully employed (FEMBA) and the executive MBA (EMBA) programs.
During his career, John has served on the boards of both public and private companies and currently is a board member for three venture backed companies. John has been an active member of the business community in Los Angeles. He is a former director for Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA). He was an economics major at UCLA and earned his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is married and enjoys golf, scuba diving, adventure travel and digital photography.