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Lending Strategies Roundtable

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Join us and explore the current landscape of lending options available to venture backed companies and SMBs. We’ll discuss when to consider options like venture debt, how to evaluate your business metrics in anticipation for securing additional capital, as well as non-dilutive alternative lending sources that may be worth considering.

Basant’s Learning Objectives:

  • Alternative lending strategies available to venture backed companies
  • Options including emerging platforms like Pipe, Brex VD, etc.
  • Navigating what lending options are appropriate given your company’s stage and revenue

Guy’s Learning Objectives:

  • When to introduce debt to accelerate growth
  • You can only sell your equity once, balance it with well managed growth funding
  • When is the right time to include debt as part of the funding stack
  • How to approach debt, is it the same metrics as venture capital?
  • Why it’s important to also be venture backed?


Basant Kedia, Deputy Regional Managing Director at First Republic Bank

Basant Kedia is a Senior Managing Director with First Republic Bank. He leads his team, which is one of the largest practices in the bank. He runs a bi-coastal practice between Bay Area and New York and also advises startups in fundraising and business development. Basant works with companies from the earliest stage all the way to unicorns. He is also investor in multiple startups and micro VC funds.
Basant has been in banking for last 15 years, starting with HDFC Bank in Mumbai, then HSBC after he finished his MBA, as Vice President in New York and then in 2008 moved to Bay Area to start the South Asian Banking Group for HSBC. It was here where dove head first into his startup focus and subsequently in 2011 moved to First Republic Bank, where he was instrumental in establishing its startup banking practice.

Guy Kurlandski, Chief Evangelist Officer at Liquidity Group

Guy has 30+ years as an entrepreneur spanning diverse industries internationally. From printing (Miami Offset and Print Management) to real estate (Oceanview Seven) and even vodka (Lucky Player Vodka). He recently co-founded, a legal tech data company. Guy is a board member at several organizations and a Forbes Business Council member. Based in the US, he brings experience in scaling, managing, and funding companies to reach their full potential.


CPE Credits

One (1.0) CPE credit available. Field of Study: TBA

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