SVASE EBS: Picking the Right VC
Start: 09/15/2010 - 6:00 pm
End: 09/15/2010- 8:30 pm
Dana Shultz, [email protected]om
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
East Bay Series - Real-life Stories of Entrepreneurial Success
Picking The Right VC
Imagine that several venture capital firms are eager to invest in your hot start-up. Which one(s) should you pick? Term sheets don’t tell the entire story. From customer introductions and business management expertise to recruitment of follow-on investors, there are many ways that VCs can help – if you have the right chemistry and a shared vision.
Learn how our panel members contribute to the success of their portfolio companies and, equally important, how they keep difficult situations from turning into a horror stories.
* Kent Godfrey, Pond Venture Partners
* Rebecca Lynn, Partner, Morgenthaler
* Tim Wilson, Partner, Partech International
Moderator: Daniel Zimmerman, Partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
When: Wednesday, September 15
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.
This event is co-sponsored by Claremont Creek Ventures, www.claremontvc.com.
Kent Godfrey, Pond Venture Partners
Dividing his time between Europe and Silicon Valley, Kent has more than 25 years of executive management, strategic planning, sales, marketing and business development experience in the high-tech industry and has been with Pond for five years. Before coming to Pond, Kent served for five years as Chairman and CEO of Frictionless Commerce concluding with the sale of the company to SAP in June 2006. Kent served for four years as the Chairman and CEO of Andromedia, Inc. Having just filed its S-1 prospectus for an initial public offering, Godfrey merged Andromedia with Macromedia, Inc., where he later served as executive vice president of strategic business development. He has also led sales, business development, and marketing efforts at a number of companies including IA Corporation, Epoch Systems (acquired by EMC), Sequent Computer (NASDAQ: SQNT, then acquired by IBM), Pyramid Technology (NASDAQ: PYRD, then acquired by Siemens Nixdorf) and Varian Associates, Inc.
Kent previously served on the board of several companies and organizations, including: TRM Corporation (NASDAQ: TRMM), Softcoin Inc., Hipbone Communications (acquired by Kana), Pixel Devices (acquired by Agilent), Invention Machine Corporation and Vocal Point Inc. (acquired by Telecom Italia). Kent is currently on the boards of 4Home, LiveRail and Broadway Networks. Kent also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Seven Hills School, a private non-profit Pre-K through 8th grade elementary school in Walnut Creek, California.
Kent earned a Master of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research from Babson College.
Rebecca Lynn, Partner, Morgenthaler
Rebecca joined Morgenthaler’s Menlo Park office in 2007, and she focuses on early-stage investments in mobile, health 2.0, Internet services and financial services. She serves on the boards of Lending Club and Practice Fusion, and she is a second on the boards of OpinMind and Autonet.
Rebecca began her career at Procter and Gamble’s corporate headquarters where she worked in international new product market entry. She spent time in both Cincinnati and Mexico City developing new products for the market and launching a new category in Latin America. She then joined NextCard as an early employee and spent four years at the company. At NextCard, she led product development efforts and later served as the Vice President of Marketing where she managed one of the top five largest online marketing efforts. NextCard was the first online credit card company, and it went public in 2000 with a $1.3B market cap. After NextCard, she ran her own consulting business focusing on online marketing for financial services and affiliate marketing.
Rebecca passed the California State Bar and has a focus on intellectual property litigation and corporate law. Rebecca is an inventor on several issued patents, and she was published in the Berkeley Law and Technology Journal.
JD/MBA degree from the Haas School of Business and U.C. Berkeley School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1996.
Mobile, health 2.0, Internet services, financial services
Tim Wilson, Partner, Partech International
Tim joined Partech International in 2001 and focuses on communications and components investments.
Between 1997 and 2001, Tim was the Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Island, a Partech portfolio company. The company was acquired by Cable & Wireless in 2001 for $350M. Prior to Digital Island, Tim was a General Manager at Lucent Technology where he led the international voice communications product management team (now Avaya) with P&L for product lines generating over $2B in annual sales and coauthored a VOIP related patent. Before Lucent, Tim held a variety of senior management positions within AT&T (North America and Australia) and AT&T Bell Labs from 1983-1995.
He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College receiving his undergraduate degree in Physics. He received his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business where he was named a Fuqua Scholar.
Daniel Zimmerman, Partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
Mr. Zimmermann is a member of Sonnenschein’s Corporate Practice and Venture Technology Group. He regularly advises emerging growth companies and technology start-ups on general corporate and corporate finance matters. Mr. Zimmermann also represents a number of prominent Silicon Valley-based venture capital firms, as well as global venture and private equity funds in their portfolio investments. He further focuses his practice on international business and in- and outbound private equity and venture capital transactions. With extensive experience in global expansions and off-shore acquisitions by U.S. companies, Mr. Zimmermann regularly counsels non-U.S. investors and acquirers with their investments and acquisitions in the U.S.
Mr. Zimmermann was recently seconded to a prominent London-based pan-European law firm where he spent time in London and Munich working on private equity, capital markets and venture capital transactions.
Prior to joining Sonnenschein, Mr. Zimmermann was with the law firm of Cooley Godward Kronish in Palo Alto.
Mr. Zimmermann is Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California for the 2009-2010 term and is also a member of the International Law Sections of the American and New York Bar Associations. He served as Vice President and Board Member of the German-American International School of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Zimmermann is a member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of Keiretsu Forum.
Mr. Zimmermann is a frequent speaker and moderator on technology, corporate finance, venture capital and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
He is fluent in German and French.
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law LL.M., 1996
Albert-Ludwig Universität First State Examination, 1995
Official Website: http://www.svase.org/events/ebs-picking-right-vc/4861
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