Event: 'MAIN EVENT: Raising Capital For Early Stage Tech Companies – The Definitive Crash Course!'
Date: Thursday, August 03, 2006 At 06:00
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, 94304 Laura Weigant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
While technology based companies are still being funded, lately it seems all you hear is, “It’s the consumer, stupid”, and the technology - when it exists - seems to have taken a back seat. So is innovative technology still the engine that drives entrepreneur passions, delivering differentiation and competitive advantage for startups, and causing VCs to reach for their wallets? Or have the rules changed, yet again?
Creating the winning funding pitch for YOUR company!
Do the pitches that now resonate most with VCs and other influencers, depend more on low risk and mass appeal, so that even in Silicon Valley, differentiating technology doesn’t matter anymore?
This lively panel discussion will explore current trends and panelist opinions on topics including:
• What types of startups are getting funded? – Technology? Social? Web 2.0? or what?
• What are VCs looking for from startups – a long term company, or a quick flip to Google?
• What are the most attractive markets – 5 Milllion free members to the next Flagr/Fligr/Flikr or the Fortune 500?
• What’s the value of patentable IP, and other technology innovations?
• What old business models are looking shaky?
• What new models are you seeing emerging, and which ones look like they’re working?
4 interesting, outspoken & opinionated early stage VCs!
• Jake Seid, General Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners – confirmed
• Warren Packard. Managing Director, DFJ - confirmed
Moderator: John Beck, VP, The Brenner Group
Thursday, Aug 3
6.00-7.00 pm: Networking and Dinner
7.00-8:30 pm: Panel discussion and Q/A
To reserve an Exhibit Table
Contact Info@svase.org, $500 Members, $1,000 Non-members.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, 94304
PRE-REGISTERED RATES (All Rates Include Hors D’oeuvres)
Members - $20; Affiliates who advertise this event - $29;General Public - $49
WALK-IN RATES: Add $10.00 to the listed price
John Beck, the Brenner Group
John joined The Brenner Group in 2003 and brings over 25 years of experience in financial management, strategic planning and execution for technology firms. He has held full-time CFO positions with both public and private companies, and, in addition to finance, has broad experience managing cross-functional areas such as IP management, legal, treasury, risk management, HR, IT and facilities. John’s background also includes managing the accounting, finance and reporting requirements of European and Asian offices.
Before joining The Brenner Group, John served as CFO of Silicon Bandwidth, Inc. of San Jose, CA where he completed a three-year audit and established policies for revenue recognition, capitalization of fixed assets and other operational areas. Prior to that, he was CFO and interim CEO for Campbell, CA-based nDSP Corporation where he drove a successful M&A transaction into Pixelworks. Before nDSP, John held CFO positions at various Silicon Valley software, hardware and semiconductor firms where he managed M&A transactions, accounting and finance computer system upgrades and various business and distribution agreements. Prior to his tenure at technology firms, John held senior audit positions at several “Big 4” public accounting firms.
John earned a B.S. degree in Commerce with an Accounting emphasis, cum laude, from Santa Clara University. He is also a licensed C.P.A. with the State of California.
Warren Packard, DFJ
Warren Packard is a Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. He currently serves on the Boards of 422 inc., Anagran, BinOptics, Eoplex, Imago Scientific Instruments, Media Lario, and Ooma. Mr. Packard also led the firm's investments in Feedburner, Hypernex, Microfabrica, Primet Precision Materials, Chilisoft (acq by SUNW), Digital Impact (NASDAQ: DIGI, then acq by ACXM), Direct Hit (acq by IACI/ASKJ), Enviz (acq by KEYN), Fogdog Sports (NASDAQ: FOGD, then acq by GSIC), NetMind (acq by NOK/PUMA), and Xfire (acq by VIA).
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Packard co-founded Angara Database Systems, a main-memory relational database company, which was acquired by Personify. Prior to Angara, he was an Associate at Institutional Venture Partners, investing in early-stage technology companies. Before IVP, Mr. Packard was a Senior Principal Engineer in the New Business and Advanced Product Development Group at Baxter International. In this position, he led professionals from product development, marketing, and manufacturing in the design and manufacture of next-generation kidney dialysis machines. During his tenure at Baxter, Mr. Packard received a number of domestic and international patents for his engineering work - including designs of silicon-based micro-electromechanical systems. Mr. Packard is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University and holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering: Smart Product Design. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Jake Seid, Lightspeed
Jake focuses on investments in systems, components and software. Prior to Lightspeed, Jake was a product line manager for Cisco Systems. He was responsible for launching and managing the industry's first DOCSIS-based cable modems and routers and led his product to win "Best of Show" and "Best Networking Hardware" at Comdex. Previously, he worked in business development for Boston Technology (Comverse) in Tokyo.
Jake serves on the Venture Capital Advisory Board for the Fabless Semiconductor Association. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a M. Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. At MIT, he earned the Karl Taylor Compton Prize, the highest honor given to an MIT student.
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