SXSW 2024

Founder vs Investor: The Honest Truth About Venture Capital


Elizabeth Zalman and Jerry Neumann wrote a book called "Founder vs Investor: the honest truth about venture capital, from startup to IPO". They square off, exposing the real inside track on how startups are built, broken, and fought over, all because founders and investors never figure out how to work together.

Jerry & Liz will bring this to life in two ways: first, a mediated panel as the two debate a few topics that are startup killers. THEN, they will don inflatable sumo wrestling suits and duke it out live onstage. No joke :)

Founder vs Investor. May the best one win.

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  1. Why do founders and investors fight over what seem like small things to one but are actually quite fundamental to the other?
  2. For each startup stage - fundraising, terms, board, growth, exit - insider tips/tricks to ensure the company can survive classic destructive arguments
  3. From fundraising paranoia to boardroom coups, deeply understand the gulf between what founders and investors promise and what they actually do.


  • Elizabeth Zalman, Startup Founder, strongDM
  • Jerry Neumann, Investor, NeuVC


Elizabeth Zalman, Startup Founder, strongDM

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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