[Webinar] Meet the VC: James Murphy | Forum Ventures

August 9, 2023


James Murphy

Forum Ventures

Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Escalon and its partners. This month, we had an engaging discussion with James Murphy of Forum Ventures to discuss fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate and more. with our partners Capchase, Nue.io and Gunderson Dettmer.

About James Murphy

James Murphy is Forum’s General Partner, and was the Co-Founder of Robly, a marketing automation platform based in New York City. James is an active angel investor and advisor to numerous early stage SaaS startups. Before starting Robly, he was a Vice President of Credit Trading at Barclays Capital.

James has a passion for B2B Fintech, future of finance, and payment sectors. He’s an expert in portfolio construction, public markets, valuations and broader macroeconomic trends. James graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University and lives in D.C. with his wife and son.

About Forum Ventures

Forum Ventures is the leading early-stage fund, program and community for B2B SaaS startups. Founded in 2014 as Acceleprise, we’re on a mission to make the B2B SaaS journey easier, more accessible and successful for early-stage founders, through pre-seed and seed-stage funding, high touch programming, corporate perks and introductions, and an active SaaS community.

Forum For Founders, our pre-seed program, provides founders with $100k in funding and 15 intense weeks of talks, events, mentorship and 1:1 guidance focused on go to market and fundraising. Forum Seed, our seed fund, backs exceptional SaaS startups at the seed-stage both from within and outside of our pre-seed program.

With over 250 portfolio companies, Forum founders have gone on to raise from NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Uncork Capital, 8VC, Founders Fund, Menlo Ventures, Canaan, Bowery Capital, Susa Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, SV Angel, True Ventures and many more.

Our private peer community for Innovation executives — The Innovation Forum — brings together like-minded intrapreneurs from all backgrounds to share best practices, insights, and advice, and support one another. In addition to our incredible peer community, members get access to industry trend reports, collaborative events, emerging technology, and startup introductions.

Learn more at www.forumvc.com.

About Escalon

Escalon offers all the essential business services needed to maintain a company. A single, trusted resource for everything from part-time CFO services and HR, to accounting, tax, payroll, and insurance.

Experience the peace of mind of having all your company’s back-office needs running seamlessly in the background. Escalon is centered around the idea of making life easier for serial entrepreneurs and savvy CEO’s.

We’re with you at every stage. Our strategic advice and efficient services in finance & people-related matters enable us to escort early stage companies through transformation into large enterprises or successful exits.

Meet our partners

Gunderson Dettmer

Gunderson Dettmer is the preeminent international law firm with an exclusive focus on the innovation economy. We serve market-leading venture capital and growth equity investors and pioneering private companies through inception, growth and maturity, as well as the groundbreaking public companies that result from the global venture capital ecosystem.

With an exclusive focus on rapidly evolving industries, we attract talent that is hungry to be a part of the innovation economy. We have unmatched experience and technical acumen that allows us to predict, prioritize, and produce strategic solutions for our clients at every business phase. With scalable capabilities and high-touch service, and through trusted relationships and uniquely pragmatic advice, we propel our clients toward what’s next.

Learn more at www.gunder.com .


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Learn more at  nue.io .


Capchase is the growth partner for ambitious software-as-a-service (SaaS) and comparable recurring-revenue companies. We empower businesses to grow faster through non-dilutive capital, payments and revenue acceleration software.

Our product suite includes:

Capchase Pay
A specialist B2B buy now, pay later product that lets you close higher value deals up to 10X faster and collect your full ARR upfront.

Capchase Grow
Flexible, non-dilutive revenue-based financing that gives you access to up to 60% of your ARR in as little as 48 hours.

Learn more at  www.capchase.com .