Early Growth
October 28, 2020

How has the pandemic affected your business?

What are the ways your business has pivoted, if at all, from inception?

Do you anticipate any future pivots because of Covid-19?

These are all questions founders are asking themselves during these unprecedented times. We interviewed a panel of pre-seed and seed founders to discuss these topics and provide feedback on how to best approach your startup in the midst of a pandemic.

The panel was moderated by Teela Smith of Smith Shapourian Mignano ––a woman and minority-owned and operated business law firm supporting emerging companies and small businesses in areas such as business formation, contract review, fundraising, compliance, HR, and litigation matters including contractual disputes, employment, and insurance.

Watch the replay of the event above, or here.

We are offering all event attendees $500 off of your 2020 tax return preparation when you sign up before December 1st. Take advantage of this limited-time offer here.


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About Early Growth

Early Growth is the largest national provider of outsourced CFO & accounting services in the venture capital space. For over 10 years, Early Growth has been providing finance & accounting, tax, equity management, and fund accounting services to startups at all stages. Early Growth is a strategic partner handling your finances so you can focus on your business, customers, and team.


Meet Our Partner


Smith Shapourian Mignano PC is a boutique business law firm based in San Francisco, providing outside general counsel services to startups and small businesses in areas such as formation, contracts, fundraising, compliance, HR, M&A, and business disputes.

Our mission is to understand your business and offer legal solutions to business problems. We offer you a personal connection and tailored experiences for your unique needs, regardless of what challenges you may face. We provide an effective and efficient resolution of your business needs in a results-oriented manner. Finally, we will grow with you and support you in any way we can, whether simply providing our legal services or being a source of excellent referrals to other Bay Area professionals. Simply put, we want to be the one-stop-shop for your business needs.

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Meet Our Panelists

David Chan, CEO, IntelleXt

David is the CEO of IntelleXt, Inc. a Bay Area-based technology company that is launching an Intelligent Negotiation Platform™ to solve the inefficiencies and sub-optimization of the negotiation process inherent in current contracting processes.

David has held senior and executive roles in sales, alliances, marketing and business development at Oracle, Hewlett Packard, Proofpoint and two venture-funded enterprise start-up companies.

During his career, David has negotiated thousands of complex contracts, particularly in corporate alliances and partnerships, and has operated internationally in North America, Asia, and Europe. David graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary’s College with a BA in Management.



Breanna Tomasello, CEO & Founder, Luv Snacks Inc.

Breanna TomaselloBreanna Tomasello began Luv Snacks Inc. in 2018 with a desire to create a healthy and innovative selection of convenient snack options.

Prior to starting Luv Snacks, she owned her own catering and meal delivery service for 5+ years, servicing anyone from large corporate companies such as Tesla and IBM to NFL camps and busy families. Breanna developed a creative space and love for creating healthy options in the kitchen. She has a passion for not only developing innovative products with clean ingredients but running a business as well. She enjoys the hurdles and successes of entrepreneurship and maintains success with grit and a love for her products.

It was here at her catering company where Breanna developed a selection of healthy snacks and desserts to accompany the meals. Our Collagen Oats, specifically, were a hit with our customers. With the partnership of Dave Spitz (the owner of the NFL camp), Luv Snacks was born and set out to create a line of innovative collagen-infused snacks on a national level. After two years of product testing, Luv Snacks officially launched public to customers and retailers March 2nd of this year, we are in 40 local retailers and have confirmations of being launched in Whole Foods and Sprouts of April 2021. We have intentions of being in 1,000 retailers by the end of 2021 and continuing to be a creative space in the natural foods category with adding new products regularly. Luv Snacks is set to remain a woman-owned and primarily woman-operated company within the Napa Valley.


Sven Brunner, CEO & Founder, holo|one

Sven is the founder and CEO of holo|one, a Mixed Reality enterprise software company offering sphere – the award-winning productivity & knowledge sharing application.

Sven has been working in software development for several years including a position as Software Engineer at Disney Research and ETH Zurich. In his role as PM, he oversaw various engineering and integration projects for companies like the Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) or V-Zug.

Prior to starting holo|one, Sven has studied business informatics at University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – globally ranked within the top 10 Universities for Computer Science. Thereby, he could hone both a keen sense for business and a profound knowledge in software engineering and architecture. Furthermore, Sven was honored with the Swiss National Bank’s Economics Award.



Phil Wennker, Co-Founder, Mnemonic AI

Phil_WennkerPhil Wennker is co-founder and Lead AI engineer at Mnemonic AI, a San Francisco based start-up working on AI-generated psychographics. Previously he co-founded Deep Data Analytics and led award-winning research initiatives on Natural Language Processing in the European Union.
While attending Medical School at Ruhr University Bochum, on track becoming a neurosurgeon, Phil fell in love with statistical modeling and learning. Never looking back at a career in medicine, he spent several years handcrafting boutique Machine Learning models to help organizations leverage insights from data. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on data science, not-so-frequent lecturer at universities both in the US and in Germany, and seldom author.





Early Growth
October 28, 2020