333 Ravenswood Avenue
Menlo Park, California 94025

How is the ongoing economic downturn affecting the startup fund-raising process? What do startups need to do to survive? What are investors looking for now in their investments? Hear the insights from an all-star panel of VC's, angels, and CEO's, and their recommendations for raising money in 2009. It's a must-attend event for investors, entrepreneurs, and anyone involved in startup businesses.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Registration & Networking (Enjoy refreshment, light hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary alcoholic beverages)

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Panel


- Rob Markovich (E ’87), Advisor and former CEO at Agito Networks
CEO, Co-Founder – Network Chemistry
Managing Partner, Co-Founder – The Hatch Group
SVP Business Development, Co-Founder – Visual Networks (acquired by Fluke Networks)
Board of Directors – Ganymede (acquired by NetIQ), Gold Wire Technologies (acquired by Intelliden), Wireless World Net


- Kurt Brown: CEO Wattbot
Kurt has been in the technology field for over 25 years, with stints as Director of Intel's Berkeley Research Lab and 13 years in IBM research and development. A founder of two start-ups prior to Wattbot, he is all about using the Internet to help businesses and individuals solve difficult and important problems. Rest of bio here: http://wattbot.com/about/team

- Brian de Haaf: CEO, Paglo Networks
Seasoned executive with over 15 years of technology industry experience and a proven ability to lead great private and public companies. Extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate development, operations, product management and marketing. Has created and developed three new categories of technology. Rest of bio here: www.linkedin.com/in/bdehaaff

- Manu Kumar (E '95, ME '97): venture capitalist and Chief Firestarter, K9 Ventures
Manu is the founder and Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures, a "concept-stage" venture firm based in Palo Alto, CA, where he provides funding and support for concept stage and seed stage tech startups. Rest of bio here: http://www.k9ventures.com/people/

- Sergio Monsalve: Principal, Norwest Venture Partners
Sergio brings has over 13 years of operational experience in marketing, product management, business development, sales and finance from a wide range of business and consumer technology companies. Sergio is focused on investments in the software, internet, and media sectors. His current investments and board seats include Center'd and myYearbook. He is also a board participant and actively involved with M-Factor, Lending Club, and Picateers. Rest of bio here: http://www.nvp.com/team/teamBio.aspx?StaffID=90

Official Website: https://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/CMU/events/CMU2219231.html

Added by lovigs on January 19, 2009



"complimentary alcoholic beverages" -- is that anything like free beer?

CMU Bay Area Alumni

It is pretty much exactly like free beer.