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New York IPO Summit: Preparing for 2020 and Beyond

On January 16, 2020, over 150 executives and leaders from the hottest technology, biotechnology, and growth companies on the East Coast are headed to Wall Street. This year’s invite-only “IPO Summit: Preparing for 2020 and Beyond” will be held at the New York Stock Exchange. This world-class gathering will arguably be one of the highest valued collections of East Coast private companies assembled in one room. Collectively, these entities employ over 55,000 professionals and have been in business on average 10 years. Connor Group Managing Partner Jim Neesen, alongside NYSE Vice Chairman John Tuttle, will have the honor of leading the Opening Remarks. Industry leaders from companies such as Goldman Sachs, SurveyMonkey, Peloton, Slack, Datadog and more have prepared panels on their experiences with the highs and lows of an IPO. Their comprehensive sessions will be presented from the perspectives of CFOs, GCs, and Investors. In addition, speakers will provide valuable insight on how to best prepare for successful IPOs in 2020. Jim will be moderating both the “CFO Perspective”, as well as the “Lunch with Legends – What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Great Athletes” panel discussions. Attendees will start the new year ahead of the curve by learning how these 130 companies worth over $75 billion raised more than $37 billion in cash.

Link here to be added to the NYSE IPO Summit 2021 invite list.

Jim is a Managing Partner at Connor Group, a business leader, and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in biotechnology and technology companies. He was on the management team at Fluidigm for seven years as a Director of Finance and Corporate Controller managing the Accounting and Finance groups and the S-1 filing in 2008. He was also the Finance Manager at Affymetrix for six years where he led the financial planning function during revenue growth from $10M to $200M and the 1996 IPO.

Jim has founded two companies, established complex international operations and closed over $150M in equity and venture debt financings. Jim is a former audit professional from Ernst & Young, where he worked on multiple IPOs and secondary offerings. He is a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business on topics including revenue recognition and IPO readiness.

Jim graduated with a Master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a Sloan Fellow and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics.