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Mentor Session: Jay Washburn

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Jay Washburn Principal Brayburn Capital Management

Jay has 14 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, investment banker and corporate attorney. During that time, he's advised companies as diverse as day zero startups to Fortune 500s as they find their way through launch, capital raises, growth (and, yes, setbacks) and exits -- whether by acquisition or IPO.

He's heard just about every elevator pitch and read just about every type of business plan out there, and he's twice successfully raised multimillion dollar seed rounds for two of his own companies.

Jay is currently a principal at Brayburn Capital Management, a firm he co-founded, which focuses on energy related investments, and on the side he helps early stage companies -- especially payments, media and other technology companies -- as they try to find out who they are and how best to raise capital.