711 Silver Lake Drive
Danville, California 94526

SVASE East Bay Series: Pitching: How to Go the Distance and Chalk Up a Win

Start: 05/18/2011 - 6:00 pm
End: 05/18/2011- 8:00 pm

Organized by:
Dana Shultz, [email protected]
Cell: 510 326-2123

Kevin Matsushita, SAP, [email protected]

Christina Ellwood, Moreland Associates, [email protected]

Location: Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Drive
Danville, CA 94526


Pitching isn’t just about the Giants winning the World Series – it’s also about entrepreneurs presenting their companies to potential investors.

This session will start by explaining what you should and should not do when presenting your company to funding sources. Then a real-life entrepreneur will pitch his company to a panel of investors and successful entrepreneurs, who will explain what the entrepreneur – and you – can do to better direct your presentations to investors’ highly-subjective strike zones.

The panel:
* Nicolas El Baze, Partech International
* Greg McAdoo, Sequoia Capital
* Wally Smith, Enwisen
* Jay Jamison, Blue Run Ventures

Moderator: Ralph Kokka, Patton Martin Sullivan LLP

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
6-6:30 pm: Networking and Buffet Dinner
6:30-8 pm: Panel discussion and Q/A

Pre-registration closes 9 AM the day of the event.

Cost: (Includes buffet dinner, coffee and tea; cash bar available)
Members - $25,Affiliates who advertise this event - $25
General Public - $35
Walk-Ins: Add $10 to rates above

Locations: Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, CA 94526.

Directions: Exit I-680 at Crow Canyon Road. Take Crow Canyon east approximately one mile. Turn left at El Capitan, then take the first right to the guard gate. After checking in at the gate, take the third left turn (just past the tennis courts) into the clubhouse parking lot.

DRESS: Business casual or business attire, please - no jeans or shorts allowed.

Participant bios:

Nicolas El Baze, General Partner, Partech International (www.partechvc.com)
Nicolas joined Partech International in 2000. Prior to joining Partech Nicolas spent 15 years as an entrepreneur and was a founder of several venture-funded companies: Softway International (acq. by ITway), Softway Systems (acq. by Microsoft), and ISDnet (acq. by Cable & Wireless). Nicolas also led the Softway Venture Development activity which incubated several successful start-ups in the U.S. and Europe including: RightPoint (acq. by E.piphany), MultiMania (IPO – acq. by Lycos Europe), and LibertySurf (IPO – acq. by Tiscali). His past investments and boards at Partech include: Akimbi (VMware), ClearApp (Oracle), Meiosys (IBM), Pantero (Progress Software), and Q-Layer (Sun Microsystems). His current boards include Atlantis Computing, Getinsured.com, Racktivity, Replay Solutions, and Rockyou. Nicolas holds an MBA from HEC Paris, France, and received a graduate degree in International Management from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Universität zu Köln, Germany.

Greg McAdoo, Partner, Sequoia Capital (www.sequoiacap.com)
Greg works with IT systems, internet services, mobile and energy companies. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2000, Greg was President and CEO of Sentient Networks (CSCO). Previously, Greg held senior engineering and executive level management positions at Cisco Systems, Sourcecom, Micom Communications and Datability Systems.

Wally Smith, General Manager, Enwisen (www.enwisen.com)
Walter (Wally) Smith joined Enwisen™ in July 2000 as a proven executive with a track record for creating growth and increasing profitability. Smith began his career at Advanced Analog, where he pioneered the military aerospace DC-to-DC converter market, creating a new market that grew from zero sales to over $100 million. The company was sold to Lambda in 1994. After a successful integration, Smith became the President and CEO of AOS, a manufacturer of patented computer accessory and corporate workstation products. After selling AOS to Herman Miller, he consulted to the technology / internet venture capital community. Smith is a board member of Keynomics, an internet-based software company. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Growing Companies with a BS in Accounting from San Jose State University.

Jay Jamison, Venture Partner, Blue Run Ventures (www.brv.com)
Jay Jamison joined BlueRun Ventures in November 2010 and is based in Menlo Park. He focuses on early stage mobile, consumer and enterprise opportunities. Jay has 12 years of product management and marketing experience in the software and internet industry. Previous experience includes leading Microsoft Japan's Windows Business Group as Senior Director, and other senior level roles at Microsoft in product management and marketing. Jay also successfully founded and led Moonshoot, a venture backed online English education service for children. Jay is a popular speaker on topics of entrepreneurship and building businesses. He has been a featured speaker at the Startup Digest University, the Hacker Dojo, and the Founders Showcase. He is also a Mentor at the Founders Institute. He received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and holds a BA from Duke University.

Ralph Kokka, Counsel, Patton Martin Sullivan LLP (www.pattonmartinsullivan.com)
Ralph is a business transactions and estate planning attorney based in the East Bay. He has nearly 20 years experience representing a broad variety of businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals located throughout the Bay Area in business transactions and estate planning matters. Ralph’s practice includes the following areas: Commercial Agreements, Entity Formation, Investments, Sales of Companies, Employment and Consulting Issues, Estate Planning, and Estate and Trust Administration.

Official Website: http://www.svase.org/events/east-bay-series-pitching-how-go-distance-and-chalk-win

Added by svaseinfo on April 20, 2011

Interested 1