Triangle Startup Poker Code of Conduct
The code of conduct is intended solely for the purpose of ensuring that Triangle Startup Poker remains a fun social event and valuable networking resource for the startup community.
1) Socially connecting entrepreneurs and investors is at the heart of Triangle Startup Poker.
2) Triangle Startup Poker is a networking opportunity… not a pitch event. As Mark Suster says, “investors invest in lines, not dots.” Deal talk shouldn’t be the norm and members are asked to refrain from discussing specific details of securities offerings or fundraising at our events. Triangle Startup Poker is your opportunity to begin drawing lines with investors.
3) Always be respectful of other players and remember that the primary reason we’re together is to build and foster relationships.
4) Triangle Startup Poker is not intended for professional or serious amateur players, unless they just want to hang out with us and have fun. More experienced players are expected to help new and less-experienced players figure out the rules, strategy, and etiquette.
5) We get to decide who to invite and whether to invite you back. Players, who whine about bad bets, act out when they lose or are in general too serious or aggressive about their poker may not be invited back. Players who are generally rude, anti-social or just can’t seem to figure out how to have a good time may not be invited back.
6) While Triangle Startup Poker is a casual, no stakes game, all players are expected to follow the house rules and seek to peaceably resolve conflicts. Players who fail to do so may not be invited back.
7) Triangle Startup Poker is made possible by the generosity of sponsors who will also sometimes play at the tables with the rest of us. Triangle Startup Poker is committed to limiting the number non-essential sponsors who attend; please say thanks and make an effort to understand what they do.
8) Our events are only designed for networking, not deal making. Triangle Startup Poker is not acting as a finder, registered broker-dealer or intermediary for any form of securities offering.
1) Non-profit organizations that support startups will be invited to attend and welcome at the tables based upon (if seats exist), whether or not they are financial supporters of Triangle Startup Poker. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to engage players in any professional manner that helps sustain their mission to support startups.
2) It takes a village to raise a startup and service providers (e.g., lawyers, bankers, real estate professionals, accountants, etc.) are an essential part of the village contributing substantially to the success of startups. As a supporter of Triangle Startup Poker and, by extension, the startup community, for-profit sponsors who attend are also welcome at the tables, if seats exist! For-profit sponsors are encouraged to engage players in a professional manner and to offer help and advice. However, overt or aggressive marketing or prospecting is not permitted. Sponsors are best served by considering Triangle Startup Poker as an opportunity to build relationships with the core startup community and not as an opportunity for lead generation — so have fun and make some friends!
3) All sponsors participating in a Triangle Startup Poker event are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the “Players” code of conduct above.