Coffee & Conversation is a recurring webinar covering the latest and greatest startup topics from the Triangle’s seasoned experts. Enjoy!


The Post-Covid Office

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the whole world upside-down, and that includes how—and where—we work. Many in the GrepBeat community continue to work from home, but that’s not going to last forever. Eventually most workers will return to the office, at least in part. But what will that office look like? How will its role in our work life be different when the pandemic is over?

Panelists: Matthew Cooke (Partner at Davis Moore Advisors), Jessica Porta (Executive Director at Raleigh Founded), John Warasila (Founding Principal at Alliance Architecture). Host: Pete McEntegart (Managing Editor of GrepBeat).

This Coffee & Conversation episode was sponsored by Cherry Bekaert. Recorded Friday, October 2, 2020.


Demystifying Private Equity

As part of GrepBeat’s Coffee & Conversation series, three deal-closing experts on PE/growth equity to talk about everything you want—and need—to know. Such as: What is PE anyway, and how (if at all) is it different from growth equity? What motivates a PE/growth equity firm to open that checkbook? And what might such a check mean for your startup?

Panelists: Alan Cline (Senior Managing Director and Endeavor Fund Co-Head at Vista Equity Partners), Tyler Krueger (Vice President of Frontier Growth), Kevin Mosley (Partner at Jurassic Capital). Host: Pete McEntegart (Managing Editor of GrepBeat)

This Coffee & Conversation episode was sponsored by Hutchison PLLC. Recorded Friday, September 4, 2020.


Hiring Software Engineers

As part of GrepBeat’s Coffee & Conversation series, we’ve assembled three pros to discuss the do’s and don’ts of hiring and retaining high-quality software engineers.

Panelists: Melissa Crosby (Talent Acquisition at Kaleido), Kristina Vanover (Senior Tech Recruiter at Onna), and David Rogers (Senior Software Engineer atGrove Collaborative). Host: Pete McEntegart (Managing Editor of GrepBeat).

This Coffee & Conversation episode is sponsored by HireNetworks. Recorded on Friday, August 7, 2020.


Angel Investing in the Triangle

Three leading members of the Triangle’s Angel investor community discuss the ABCs (and all the other letters) of Angel investing.

Panelists: Jan Davis (Founder of Davis Growth Partners and active angel investor), Mark Friedman (President of RTP Capital and Portfolio Manager of The Launch Place), and Randy Myer, (Managing Director of the Carolina Angel Network). Host: Pete McEntegart (Managing Editor of GrepBeat).

This Coffee & Conversation episode was sponsored by Hutchison PLLC. Recorded on Friday, June 5, 2020.


Covid-19’s Impact on Triangle Tech Employees

The lead HR professionals for three Triangle tech companies discuss how they are addressing the unique impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on their employees.

Panelists: Rebecca Bottorff (Chief People Officer of Bandwidth), Leslie Neitzel (VP of People at Pendo), Randi Seran (VP of Human Resources at ChannelAdvisor). Host: Pete McEntegart (Managing Editor of GrepBeat).

The first three episodes of Coffee & Conversation are sponsored by Pacific Western Bank. Recorded on Friday, April 24, 2020.


From Dotcom Bust To Covid-19

Three Triangle-area founders discuss lessons learned from the Dotcom Bust of 2000-’01, the Great Recession, 9/11, and other past crises and downturns—and what that might teach us about dealing with today’s strange times.

Panelists: Joe Colopy (Jurassic Capital/Bronto), Jes Lipson (Levitate/ShareFile), and Scot Wingo (Spiffy/ChannelAdvisor/etc.) Host: Pete McEntegart (Managing Editor of GrepBeat).

The first three episodes of Coffee & Conversation are sponsored by Pacific Western Bank. Recorded on Friday, April 17, 2020.


Triangle VCs Talk Covid-19 Impact

Three Triangle-area VCs discuss how the Covid-19 crisis is reshaping the environment for investment capital and what it means to their portfolio companies—and startups that hope to land investment.

Panelists: Jason Caplain (Bull City Venture Partners), Lister Delgado (IDEA Fund Partners), and Tobi Walter (Cofounders Capital). Host: Pete McEntegart (Managing Editor of GrepBeat).

The first three episodes of Coffee & Conversation are sponsored by Pacific Western Bank. Recorded on Friday, April 10, 2020.