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Middle Market Capital Formation: An Investor’s Perspective

September 19, 2018
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM PST

Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 West San Fernando Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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Natasha Morales
(408) 352-3576
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Please join your fellow FutureCFOs for a quarterly discussion on current issues and best practices that are critical to your path to becoming a CFO. This is a great opportunity to exchange information and seek guidance from your peers who may have experience with similar challenges.

Unlike for large public companies, capital formation for middle market companies is a minefield for the unwary. Varying degrees of trading liquidity, equity research coverage, and c-suite and director experience conspire to create equity capital market transactions that are sometimes needlessly dilutive. Our speaker, Adam J. Epstein of Third Creek Advisors, will bring the seasoned perspective of a former institutional investor to the issue in order to facilitate a robust, informative, and interactive debate.

We hope you will join your FutureCFO leaders to engage with our speakers and each other. We look forward to seeing you on September 19th!
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM - Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM - Roundtable Discussion

Adam J. Epstein 
is a former institutional investor, and, now, an advisor to CEOs and boards of pre-IPO and small-cap companies through his firm, Third Creek Advisors, LLC. He speaks monthly at corporate governance and investor conferences, and has appeared internationally more than 100 times since 2012. Mr. Epstein is a key contributor to Nasdaq’s Amplify small-cap content initiative, and is a teacher and mentor at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. He writes the “Entrepreneurial Governance” column for Directorship magazine, he’s the author of The Perfect Corporate Board: A Handbook for Mastering the Unique Challenges of Small-Cap Companies (McGraw Hill, 2012), and he’s a contributing author to The Handbook of Board Governance: A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Private and Not for Profit Board Members (Wiley, 2016). In June 2017, The Perfect Corporate Board was the #1 ranked corporate governance book on Amazon.com, and, in June 2016, The Handbook of Board Governance was the #1 “New Release” in corporate governance on Amazon.com. Prior to founding Third Creek, Mr. Epstein co-founded and was a principal of Enable Capital Management, LLC. During his tenure, Enable’s special situation hedge funds invested in more than 500 small-cap financings. Mr. Epstein has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek and on CNN Presents, and he has testified in front of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He earned a Juris Doctor from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Vassar College.


Hitesh Shah has more than 25 years of experience spanning startup through venture financing and eventual M&A exits in multiple high technology companies. He has in-depth experience in people management, finance, venture capital, business development, product management, business planning and customer service. Hitesh has raised over $100M in venture capital for four different startups.
Prior to joining BDO, Hitesh has served in multiple executive roles as CFO, COO and CEO. He was the Chief Operating Officer at Solum an Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Google Ventures funded company which was acquired by Monsanto. Hitesh also served as CEO and COO at Fat Spaniel Technologies acquired by Power-One and CFO at iPolicy Networks which was acquired by Tech Mahindra in India.
Hitesh serves as the chairman of the board of Parents Helping Parents (PHP), an organization whose mission is to empower families to build bright futures for children with special needs. He also serves as a board director of Human Needs Project (HNP), an organization focused on alleviating poverty.
Hitesh holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.