SPACtion Update: The Insider’s Perspectives and Outlook

  • 06/16/2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Webinar


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SPACtion Update: The Insider’s Perspectives and Outlook

With IWF NorCal Members Christina Bui and Lara Druyan and Special Guest Jim Cook

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
12:00 to 1:30 PM (Pacific)

Special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”) have recently come into vogue as seasoned investors and management teams have turned to SPACs as an alternative to a traditional IPO or taking private equity investment due to faster execution times, reduced costs, and lower risk associated with control and valuations. 
Join us for a lively panel discussion on which we will cover: insights on the latest outlook for SPACs, recent war stories and examples, and lessons learned.

Moderator: Christina Bui, Chief Revenue Officer at Kranz

Jim Cook, CFO at Orbital Insights
Lara Druyan, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Data Capital

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021  

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Location: via Webinar (Zoom details will be provided in the Event Registration confirmation email).

Cost: Free but registration is required. Open to members and guests.

Speaker Bios:

Jim Cook, CFO at Orbital Insights - Jim leads Orbital Insight's financial and operations teams. His experience in financial and operational leadership for several high-profile growth startups in Silicon Valley built the foundations for the multi-billion dollar valuations of Intuit, Netflix, and Mozilla. Over the last 25+ years in Silicon Valley, Jim has advised dozens of CEOs, Boards, and other entrepreneurs both in and out of the Board Room. For the last 10+ years, Jim has served as a Director for the Alliance of CEOs and has developed particular expertise in Board areas including Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Cloud and CyberSecurity and is a skilled and proven mentor to CEOs and CFOs.

Lara Druyan, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Data Capital - Lara is an IWF NorCal Member and a Managing Director with Silicon Valley Data Capital, a seed and early-stage venture capital fund. She is an investor in the sponsor group of Prime Impact, a SPAC that went public in September of 2020 and is joining the Board of Atlas Crest III, Moelis & Co’s third SPAC. Previously, she worked for RBC where she was a Managing Director and Head of Innovation, responsible for the Bank’s digital transformation. She led the development of innovation strategy and execution as well as the identification and evaluation of start-ups and venture capital investments that drove the Bank’s technology, analytics, payments and infrastructure roadmaps. Her team drove 14 new products into production. 

Christina Bui, Chief Revenue Officer at Kranz - Christina is an IWF NorCal Member and Chief Revenue Officer at Kranz, an accounting and finance solutions firm that supports entrepreneurs of high growth businesses and venture capital funds. With 300+ career consultants nationwide, Kranz specializes in outsourced accounting, CFO advisory and strategic finance, technical accounting, NetSuite consulting, venture fund administration, stock administration, and transaction advisory services. Christina is a Board Member at Omni, Son Foods, ACG Global, and Advisory Board Member at, 3toZen, Siembra Mobile, and Enterprise Purchasing Group.

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