fnMentoring functions accelerate your startup and expand your high-tech network through mentoring sessions with founders and featured guest experts. Functions are free to members but require your RSVP. If you are not a member you can apply here. Next week’s featured guest will be:
Name: Nihal Mehta
Background: Nihal Mehta is a Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures. With 14+ years of experience in innovating marketing technologies through founding five startups to date and investing in over 70, Nihal is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands.
Nihal is the founder & executive chairman of LocalResponse, Inc. which makes ads more relevant from social signals. LocalResponse was named to Forbes 2013 list as #67 of America’s Most Promising Companies and #568 on the 2013 Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies. Prior to LocalResponse, (which pivoted from buzzd, the first mobile real-time city guide), Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal’s personal investments include Admob (sold to Google), Swiftkey, Tapad & Uber.
Among other accolades, Nihal was a 2013 Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Semi-Finalist and featured in 2012 Business Insider’s “25 People Every New Founder Should Meet in New York Tech”, 2006 BusinessWeek’s ‘M-Commerce Barons’ & 2005 AdAge’s ‘Top 20 Marketers in Their 20s.’
Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.
Company: Eniac Ventures is the first independent seed stage venture firm investing exclusively in mobile technologies. Eniac Ventures was founded in 2009 on the belief that the greatest technological catalyst of our time is the proliferation of Internet-enabled devices providing constant connectivity to the majority of the world population. Eniac Ventures is named after the world’s first computer developed at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering, where the four general partners met in 1996.
We are serial entrepreneurs and operators with over 50 years of combined experience in the mobile software space. We have advised and invested in 80+ mobile software startups. Most importantly, we are building our own companies as startup founders enabling a much deeper partnership with our portfolio companies.
fnMentoring is on Thursday, March 20th beginning at 2pm PDT. RSVP here to participate in this event.
Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs and high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions and long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts and promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member.