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Friday Fireside Chats Featuring George Dawson ’08

November 1, 2019 at 4:00pm5:00pm EDT

Bird Library

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Join us in the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library for a series featuring intimate Fireside Chats with innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs who will share their stories and insights.  Each is a dynamic, successful entrepreneur with a powerful message.  These are unique opportunities to meet innovation leaders, and enjoy personal conversations from the hearts and minds of great entrepreneurs. Each guest brings a unique perspective.  Fireside Chats are open to the public, free of charge.  Light refreshments are served. Please RSVP to

George Dawson ’08, Techstars Fund Controller, will be featured at this Fireside Chat, joining us from Techstar’s headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, where he leads the organization’s fund and investment finance team, which oversees 50+ venture capital funds and internal investment vehicles and a portfolio of approximately 4,000 investments.

Dawson is responsible for all aspects of portfolio company valuations, accounting, investor reporting, operations, and fund structuring, and he plays a critical role in Techstars’ capital formation efforts. Prior to Techstars, Dawson was the Assistant Controller at JLL Partners, a mid-market private equity firm in New York. Earlier in his career, he worked at EY and KPMG, where he served large private equity, venture capital, hedge fund, mutual fund, and fund-of-fund clients.  He is a licensed CPA in New York and graduated in 2008 from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management with a dual major in Accounting and Finance and a minor in Economics.

At the Fireside Chat, Dawson will be discussing startup finance topics of interest such as valuation, incorporation, term sheet economics, cap tables, convertible notes, and other investment structures.  He will also be sharing best practices for startups and common pitfalls.

Techstars, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, has invested in several Syracuse University startups including SparkCharge, PowerSpike, and Visos.

This event was first published on August 14, 2019 and last updated on October 15, 2019.

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