Every year, the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) has the honor of hosting a special session, called Concept-to-Company, moderated by Ann Winblad, co-founder of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Ann Winblad is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader who has been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.

This years Concept-to-Company event will focus on the business formation of Cittio, a network management software company founded in 2001. No doubt, many people may question the viability for a startup to enter this mature market - where IBM, HP and other large companies own a majority share. Why would any VC decide to fund a start-up in this space? What strategies can be implemented to increase the chances of success? Hummer Winblad's investment in Cittio demonstrates how investors and entrepreneurs find clever ways to disrupt a mature industry.

In this panel, you will hear from the CEO of Cittio about their business formation strategies including; fund raising, product development and sales. We have also invited key representatives from IBM and HP to talk about how the incumbants plan to defend their turf. - more about the panel.

Jamie Lerner, Chairman and CEO, Cittio

Ann Winblad, Co-founding Partner, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Sandeep Johri, VP Strategy & Business Planning, HP Software (OpenView), Technology Solutions Group, Hewlett-Packard Company
Deborah Magid, Director, Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group
Additional panelist to be announced.

$35 through April 14/$40 at the door.

The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. Our events provide an excellent opportunity to network and learn about pivotal business issues, emerging industries and latest technologies.

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Added by FullCalendar on April 11, 2006