General Partner Hooks Johnston joins panel at Venture Outlook 2011

Wednesday morning, Southern Capitol Ventures hosted Venture Outlook 2011 at the Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh. The sold-out event was kicked off by General Partner Jason Caplain, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Partner David Jones.

The panel consisted of four other Venture Capitalists from around the U.S.:
Matthew Witheiler, Principal, Flybridge Capital Partners (Boston, Mass.)
Hooks Johnston, General Partner, Valhalla Partners (Vienna, Va.)
John Burke, General Partner, True Ventures (San Francisco, Calif.)
Tom McMurray, former General Partner of Sequoia Capital and current Angel Investor (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)

Each panel member has ties to the Triangle area from past experiences/education and has funded and continues to look to fund entrepreneurs and start-ups in North Carolina. The majority of the attendees were representatives of the local area start-up community, from the entrepreneurs themselves to the service providers that serve them.

The panel discussion covered topics such as funding preferences of the investors, different avenues of funding based on the size and stage of the company pursuing funding, and specific market sectors that the investors tend to focus on in the current economy.

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