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March 4th, 2024

5pm - 8pm


Non-Member: $149.00

VMCS Member: $75.00

Limited Space Available: 12

Startup Bootcamp 401 - Building a Dream Team for Startup Success


In the dynamic landscape of startups, success hinges not only on a groundbreaking idea but also on the team that brings it to life. This workshop is designed for startup founders eager to assemble a high-performing, cohesive team that propels their venture toward success. 

Equally important, this workshop also provides sage guidance on how to devise fair equity splits and compensation packages for co-founders that leave the company with some protection in the event that some of them depart before the company achieves its exit.

You’ll learn the neuroscience of productivity and team-building, diving into the inner workings of the brain in flow state, team member dynamics and how those show up in the brain. You’ll learn techniques to boost team performance as well as individual, situation-specific guidance to increase your own teams’ productivity. 

In this intimate, hands-on workshop we invite a group of no more than 12 prospective startup founders to discuss their specific team building challenges with highly experienced serial entrepreneurs, business mentors and a startup lawyer with an MBA, as well as their peers in the room. Participation in this workshop is conditional on everyone signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) upon entering the classroom, so everyone can freely share their compensation details. 

Join us for an intensive, transformative workshop aimed at empowering you to curate and nurture a rock star team, turning your startup vision into a reality.

Meet Your Instructors:

Ron Wiener

CEO Venture Mechanics, 9-time serial entrepreneur

Ron Wiener is a startup CEO career spanning nearly four decades, Ron has founded and run nine investor-backed technology companies, with multiple successful exits. His technical background includes software/internet, electronics and mechanical engineering, as well as extensive global manufacturing experience. A named inventor on more than a dozen patents, he also brings deep expertise in D2C and D2B digital marketing and global strategic partnership development. He has been an angel investor and board member in numerous companies, and has operated four separate startup incubators, in PDX and SEA, since 2000. Ron starred in the first season of Startup Junkies in 2008, and is a widely published author in aviation, ergonomics and entrepreneurship. He also occasionally consults to early stage venture funds and hedge funds, as well as to start-ups and new business divisions that are spinning up or spinning out. He has been an avid pilot since 1984, is a gourmet chef, and addicted chess player.

Brooks Lindsay, startup attorney and MBA

Brooks Lindsay is the Founding Attorney of Light Legal PLLC, a lean law firm for high-growth startups. He is a corporate and commercial-contracts attorney who uses his experience as an entrepreneur, and education with a JD/MBA, to help other founders and business leaders thrive. He is experienced in entity formations, general corporate, fundraising and securities, commercial contract drafting and negotiations, tech transactions, IP, M&A, and other common legal issues facing ambitious founders. He provides superior outside general counsel by taking a multidisciplinary approach and quarterbacking across a spectrum of common startup legal needs. Brooks received his JD/MBA from the University of Washington and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.

Learn More About Light Legal

Shannon Smith

Organizational Behavior Expert and HarvardX Verified Neuroscience Researcher

Shannon Smith, J.D., M.S. is an expert in human behavior change and neuroscience research. She’s been helping companies create high-performing teams and sustainable change across multiple verticals for ~20 years, including Big Tech. She developed a program that changes your habits for the long-term by leveraging her work and research. Shannon’s currently translating the habit change program into a mobile gaming app so that the information and application of it can be brought to scale. She has a razor focus on providing value through the real-world application of neuroscience and human behavior to elevate team performance. She sails a sloop out of Elliot Bay, is a dog mom to Belley-Bean (a.k.a., Smusher-Pusher) and is an avid baking-attempter.

Her current project:

A mobile gaming app based in neuroscience research that is designed to create positive changes in your daily habits while you play.

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