The Mass Affluence Effect in Early Stage Investing

At the end of 2011, 8.6 million households in the United States possessed between $1 million and $5 million in net worth qualifying their residents as accredited investors. The early-stage companies as an asset class have received an exponential increase in media attention; financial news shows focused solely on alternative asset classes, reality shows followed incubators and startup companies, couple with extensive coverage on  fundraising events, secondary market “valuations,” acquisitions, and IPOs have all led to a flurry of new accredited investors (including celebrities) turning to the early-stage world. Even family offices have begun to bypass funds and invest directly into nascent companies. With the rise of online platforms providing access --and integration--into the ecosystem of sophisticated, professional investors, what effect will accessibility and popularization have on the early-stage market?

Join us on June 18th at the TriBeCa Rooftop to explore the current state of early-stage investing.


June 17th & 18th 2013 @ Tribeca Rooftop :: New York City


The speaker lineup for Venture Forward 2013 is as diverse as the asset class itself with representation across stages, sectors, geographies, and a mix of sophisticated angel investors and venture capitalists. Each speaker is selected because of their recognized thought leadership on the topics being addressed. Venture Forward is the only conference that addresses substantive issues and practices for active early-stage investors. We believe that audience participation enhances the conference experience for everyone involved and is a key component of Venture Forward; moderators equally engage our speakers and curated audience of venture capital professionals and accredited investors.


Venture Forward 2013 Partnerships are offered only to organizations that are relevant to our audience and known for their truly outstanding products and services. Partners will be on-site with exclusive offers for VentureForward 2013 attendees. Partnerships are independent of panel participation.

  • Angel Capital Association

    Angel Capital Association

    The mission of the Angel Capital Association is to support the growth, financial stability, and investment success of member angel groups. ACA is the trade association of leading angel investment groups in North America. ACA's mission is accomplishedby providingprofessional development, best practices, networking and collaboration opportunities for angel investors who belong to member angel groups.

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients. The firm is nationally recognized for providing high-quality services to address the legal solutions required by its enterprise and financial institution clients. Our services include corporate law and governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, antitrust counseling and litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions, tax, and employee benefits and employment law, among other areas. Our distinguished international roster of clients span a wide variety of industries, including information technology, life sciences, energy and clean technology, media and entertainment, communications, retail, and financial services. Client service is the cornerstone of our practice, and we strive to act as strategic partners to our clients by leveraging our expertise to provide innovative, responsive, and cost-effective legal services. We understand that the law is often a means to accomplish our clients' business objectives, and we pride ourselves on our intimate understanding of their industries and marketplaces. We also know that today's enterprises are facing unprecedented changes in the business, regulatory, and global landscapes, and we have the knowledge and experience to help them confidently adapt to such challenges with state-of-the-art solutions. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offices in Austin; Beijing; Brussels; Georgetown, DE; Hong Kong; New York; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Shanghai; and Washington, D.C.


Venture Forward is the only conference that is excluslively comprised of accredited investors as both speakers and attendees. The content is pertinent to investors in early-stage ventures across sectors and geographies, while the conference itself is a platform on which meaningful business connections are made and nourished. The widespread market adoption and deep industry relationships of Gust enables us to bring the industry’s most active and successful practicioners together for thoughtful discussion on the most pressing issues in a highly interactive and stimulating format.

The 2013 Venture Forward Conference will be held on June 18th at the TriBeCa Rooftop in New York City

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  • Gust


    Gust provides the global platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments. Gust enables skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with the smartest investors by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit. Gust is endorsed by the world's leading business angel and venture capital associations, and powers over 750 investment organizations in 65 countries. More than 125,000 start-ups have already used the platform to successfully managed fundraising rounds.