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The Lighter Summit Returns. Year Three!

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

We recently hosted our third annual Lighter Summit. CEOs, founders, and startup leaders from over 20 states stepped away from their busy schedules and journeyed to Austin, Texas to connect, learn, and collaborate with other like-minded leaders. The short two-day event may be behind us, but we continue to grow together.

Attendees at the Lighter Capital 2023 U.S. Summit
Attendees at the Lighter Capital 2023 U.S. Summit

It’s no secret that leading a startup requires toughness and grit, which can be difficult to maintain without taking time to recharge and recalibrate. The Lighter Summit not only provides an energizing break from entrepreneurial isolation, but it also strengthens the Community our portfolio companies count on for support. The founders who return to the Summit year after year are a testament to the Lighter Community's value. This year, we were delighted to have sponsor partners join us, adding another dimension for connection and growth!

After more than ten years of working with startup leaders, we've learned that a founder’s professional network — their brain trust — is their most valuable asset. We’ve built our Summit to offer founders dedicated space and time to effortlessly expand their networks and to tap into the Lighter Community brain trust. Sharing stories, asking advice, and discussing struggles, strategies, and successes — these are just some of the organic experiences that make the Lighter Summit so special.

Alex Yi, Co-Founder and CEO of Nyble at the 2023 Lighter Summit in Austin

​“The Lighter Summit is the perfect blend of community, knowledge sharing and fun! [...] Having been to a few events/retreats hosted by investors, I thought this one was by far the best one. Other events I've been to generally felt like a boot camp. Whereas the Lighter Summit was the perfect balance of fun and business.

Alex Yi, Co-Founder and CEO of Nyble

Here's Our Recap of the 2023 U.S. Summit

We covered a lot of ground this year: panel sessions, roundtable discussions, one-on-one conversations, and more.

Leadership Panel

Thriving at the Helm: Leadership, Wellness, and Clarity
Photo of the Leadership Panel at the 2023 US Lighter Summit

Moderated by Sunil Patro, Founder and CEO, Signeasy

Panelists included:

“On a weekly basis, write down small wins as well as the low lights. After that, try to reframe the low lights into learning moments and create action items for solving those challenges.”

— Sunil Patro, Founder and CEO, Signeasy

Fundraising Panel

Charting the Fundraising Course. Moderated by Allied Advisers
Photo of the Fundraising Panel at the 2023 US Lighter Summit

Moderated by Guarav Bhasin, Managing Director, Allied Advisers

Panelists included:

​“Invaluable strategic and tactical wisdom from fundraising to leadership in a very talented, inspired and driven group of leaders.”

Chris Fellows, Founder and CEO, Bold Street

Sanjay Basavaraju, General Manager of Signeasy, at the Lighter Capital 2023 U.S. Summit
Sanjay Basavaraju, General Manager of Signeasy, at the Lighter Capital 2023 U.S. Summit

Managing KPIs Panel

The Remote Revolution: Evolving KPIs for a Hybrid Workforce
Photo of the Managing KPIs panel at the 2023 US Lighter Summit

Moderated by Leah Edwards, Investment Director, Lighter Capital

Panelists included:

Hire fast and fire fast —- just because people work well in an office does not mean they will work well in the remote workforce.

— Spencer Lee, CEO of Telin Systems

Startup Exit Panel

Tales of Triumph and Transition in Tech. Moderated by Alpine Investors
Phot of the Startup Exit panel at the 2023 US Lighter Summit

Moderated by Rohan Singh, Vice President, Alpine Investors

Panelists included:

​“I've attended 3 Lighter Capital Summits and it's a great place to learn from other CEOs.

— Bonnie Crater, Former President and CEO

Full Circle Insights

Audience discussion at the Lighter Capital 2023 U.S. Summit
Audience discussion at the Lighter Capital 2023 U.S. Summit

Then it was time for fun!

There's no better way to get creative ideas flowing than stepping away from work to play for a while. We headed out into Austin in groups to throw axes and motor around town on two wheels (the bikes were decidedly more Huffy than Harley).

Axe throwing group outing in Austin during the 2023 US Lighter Summit
Group outing to Urban Axes in Austin

“I felt more energized in these two days than I did in a one-week summer vacation, because I met so many founders that are experiencing what I am — I thought I was the only one.”

Omer Usanmaz, Co-Founder and CEO of Qooper

Group outing with Your Biker Gang Austin

“Even if Lighter Capital wasn't the host of the Summit, I would have attended. There are so few opportunities for entrepreneurs to gather and share ideas in an intimate setting like this. But the fact that Lighter conceived and delivered this event to its clients as part of their service, says volumes about their commitment to serving and assisting their clients.”

David Gould, Principal at Solution One Partners

Melissa Widner, CEO of Lighter Capital playing poker at the 2023 US Lighter Summit
Melissa Widner, CEO of Lighter Capital, playing poker at the Lighter Capital 2023 U.S. Summit

And a BIG thank you to our sponsors!

We were thrilled to have two sponsor partners who were able to connect directly with Lighter Summit attendees this year.

Alpine Investors - Lighter Summit Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsor - Alpine Investors

Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from and developing exceptional people.

Alpine specializes in investments in the software and services industries. Alpine’s People-First strategy includes a talent program that allows Alpine to bring leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction.

Alpine has over $15 billion in assets under management, and has three offices in San Francisco, New York, and Salt Lake City.* Read more at

*For more information, visit Alpine Investors and terms of use for full disclaimers including, but not limited to, third-party reviews and Alpine Operations Group.

Rohan Singh of Alpine Investors presenting at the 2023 US Lighter Summit

​“I'm thankful for Lighter Capital for hosting a great summit. I particularly valued meeting the diverse founders and discussing growth, teams, and exit options with them - they each had some wonderful stories.”

— Rohan Singh, Vice President at

Alpine Investors

​“It was a privilege to partner with Lighter Capital on their annual summit, as both Lighter and Alpine share a common mission in helping founder-led recurring revenue businesses achieve their next stage of growth. The summit provided the perfect setting to meet and share new experiences with the impressive and diverse leaders across Lighter's portfolio, and we look forward to finding more ways to bring value to investors and operators across Lighter's ecosystem.”

Tom Ulricson, Vice President at

Alpine Investors

Allied Advisors - Lighter Summit Dinner Sponsor

Dinner Sponsor - Allied Advisers

Allied Advisers is a global technology-focused boutique advisory firm focused on investment banking for entrepreneurs and investors. The Silicon Valley-based firm, with a presence in Los Angeles, Israel, and India, serves entrepreneurs and investors of technology growth companies globally on strategic advisory including M&A and capital raises. Allied Advisers’ bankers have completed technology transactions globally for clients with Fortune 50 buyers and top tier Private Equity firms. Read more at

“Lighter Capital did a phenomenal job getting founders together in a two-day event where a lot of learnings and best practices were shared in addition to having good social bonding activities in an intimate setting. Allied Advisers appreciated the opportunity to participate with founders who continue to push forward, adapt and grow despite somewhat challenging macro conditions.”

— Gaurav Bhasin, Managing Director of Allied Advisers

Want to attend a future Lighter Summit?

The Lighter Summit is an annual gathering exclusive to the Lighter Capital client Community. Learn more about non-dilutive startup financing from Lighter Capital and apply today to get funding plus the benefits you'd expect from VCs.

If you are interested in talking with Lighter Capital about partnership opportunities, please reach out to us at

Till next year!


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