Marc Billings

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Marc Billings

Blackdove is an Art Gallery for the technology age representing digital motion artists in a subscription and marketplace platform. Customers of Blackdove access artist content through their mobile smartphone and integration to AppleTV, Chromecast, AndroidTV and to our Digital Canvas by Samsung.

The Blackdove Digital Canvas with integrated cloud-based art gallery is a digital art collector's museum-quality display that leverages Samsung's Smart Signage Platform (SSP) technology to provide an unparalleled collecting and viewing experience.

Blackdove offers a growing collection of high-definition digital art in dynamic motion, created by the world’s top digital artists.You choose the art that reflects your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences and simply schedule the Blackdove Digital Canvas to play as long as you want from any Android or iOS device using the Blackdove app.

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Nathan Beckord

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Nathan Beckord

I help startups with strategy, finance, BD, and venture / exit issues. I’ve been described as “wingman to startup CEOs” and as “Biz Dev / CFO to go.” I like pitching deals, solving problems and getting things done. I'm now productizing this work in a new startup called Foundersuite.

I mainly work with early stage Internet, B2B software, mobile, and consumer product startups, and I have a strong interest in platforms, markets, and networks. I've worked with several cool crowdfunding companies, such as Kickstarter and Appbackr.

Other notable clients include Clicker, Zerply, LaunchRock and Autonet Mobile. I’m currently on the Advisory Boards of five startups, where I help shape strategy and make intros to investors, partners, and acquirers.

Earlier in my career, I started two companies, an early web catalog provider and a clinical trial software company. I also worked in finance and investment banking, and was involved in three technology IPOs and nearly 40 acquisitions.

I put together various startup events; my current projects are FundingV2.com, StartupBD.com and StartupExits.com. I also teach classes at General Assembly on raising capital. Previously, with Pivotal Labs, I produced the ProjectStartup series.

On the content side, I author the blog SeedStageCapital.com and contribute to Founders Space. I have an MBA in Entrepreneurship, a BSC in Finance, and I am a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). I'm on the Board of Hands On Bay Area, a non-profit.

Aside from startups, my passion is sailing, and I've logged more than 10,000 coastal and offshore nautical miles. My longest sail was a 22-day non-stop Pacific Ocean crossing to French Polynesia. Currently, I race on a Knarr team in the SF Bay.

Other adventures include climbing 19,340-ft. Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and trekking in Peru, Chile, New Zealand and the Himalayas of Nepal. I’ve also toured the U.S., Vietnam, Cambodia, Mexico, and Nicaragua by motorcycle.

www.foundersuite.com
www.linkedin.com/in/nathanbeckord
www.facebook.com/FounderSuite/
twitter.com/foundersuite

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