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Investing in Tech: Exploring dislocations and opportunities in a rapidly evolving sector (6/15/2023)
Thursday, June 15, 2023, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM PDT
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SAIA's Quarterly Event (6/15/2023):

Tech: Exploring dislocations and opportunities in a rapidly evolving sector

Dear SAIA Community,

Please join us for our second event of the year on June 15th, focused broadly on the technology sector. After a long and pronounced bull market for technology companies, 2022 was a sharp reversal. Notably, public technology stocks, as proxied by the NASDAQ Index, had one of their worst calendar years on record, rivaling the financial crisis of 2008 and the years following the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. The broader technology sector has felt ripple effects, with layoffs dominating the headlines, a more challenged fundraising environment, and limited opportunities for private company liquidity. We have assembled a panel of technology experts that will cover, among many things:

  • Recap of the driving forces behind the sizable recent selloff

  • New technology trends and the potential impact on the world. For example -what are the short-, medium-, and long-term impacts (and opportunities) of bringing AI to the masses? 

  • How access to capital has changed in the new money paradigm

For more information and to register, please see below. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Event Details & Registration:

June 15th, 2023
Registration & Sign up: 3:30PM to 4:00PM
Panel Discussion and Q&A: 4:00PM to 5:15PM
Networking: 5:15PM to 6:30PM
K&L Gates
925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900

Seattle, WA 98104

SAIA Members: Free
Non-Members: $50

Open Bar & Heavy Hors-d'oeuvres Included

Click Here To Register


Kellan Carter

Founding Partner - FUSE

Kellan Carter is a founding partner of FUSE where he focuses on early-stage investments in intelligent software in both horizontal and vertical categories.  He currently sits on the Boards of Zuper, Pictory, Owl, Xemelgo and PDM Automotive. In addition to the board roles, Kellan manages FUSE investments in Solo, Trustle, BuiltFirst, and Aerialops.io. Previously, Kellan spent seven years at Ignition Partners, a leading early-stage venture capital firm. At Ignition, Kellan led investments in Icertis, Botkeeper, Symend, KenSci, and Azuqua, and served on the boards of both Botkeeper and Symend. Prior to Ignition, Kellan spent two years in investment banking at Mooreland Partners in San Francisco. There, he helped execute M&A transactions for technology companies in a variety of sectors, including mobile, enterprise software, systems, and infrastructure. Prior to Mooreland Partners, Kellan was an associate in KPMG’s advisory practice in Orange County, CA, where he helped structure asset-backed securities collateralized by student loans, auto loans, and residential and commercial mortgages.

Kellan currently sits on the Board of the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club.  After college, Kellan founded an online, business-networking platform to connect current students and faculty to UM alumni. 

Eddie Kang

Partner - Point72 Ventures

Eddie Kang leads growth-stage investment activities at Point72 Ventures. Before joining Point72 Ventures, Eddie led investments at Tola Capital, Next47, and Telescope Partners. He’s proud to have partnered with VergeSense, Simpplr, Glia, Bizzabo, 15Five, Topbox (acquired), and Brandfolder (acquired), among others.

Previously, Eddie advised on M&A, IPOs, and debt offerings in the Technology Investment Banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He began his career in the military, serving as an intelligence officer in Korea and Afghanistan. Eddie serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of the West Point Association of Graduates.

Amy Mathews

Managing Director, Head of Venture Capital Coverage - Vista Equity Partners 

Amy Mathews joined Vista Credit Partners in 2021. Prior to joining Vista, Ms. Mathews spent 14 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she was a Vice President in the Technology, Media and Telecom group leading their Venture Capital Coverage effort. Before her time with the investment banking group, Ms. Mathews was in the Global Markets Division where she covered institutional clients including mutual funds, hedge funds and technology-related crossover funds with both public and private investing mandates.

Prior to Goldman Sachs, Amy worked at Intel for five years in a variety of sales, marketing and technology manufacturing roles. Ms. Mathews earned her B.B.A. in Marketing and Computer Applications, University of Notre Dame.


Greg Wallem
Managing Director - StepStone Group

Mr. Wallem is a member of the private equity team, focusing on US-based middle-market, venture capital, and growth equity managers.

Prior to joining the research team, Mr. Wallem was an associate on the monitoring and reporting team at StepStone.

Mr. Wallem received his BA from Westmont College and is a CFA charterholder.


All of this would not be possible without our members and sponsors. We are thankful for your continued support in building and fostering a premier investment community in the Pacific Northwest area!

We look forward to hosting you!

SAIA Board