950 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, California 94304

SVASE Event: 'MAIN EVENT: Leveraging Corporate, Strategic Partnerships And Investments'

Event: 'MAIN EVENT: Leveraging Corporate, Strategic Partnerships And Investments'

Date: Thursday, May 03, 2007 At 06:00
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Contact Info:
Laura Weigant Email: [email protected]
URL: svase.org/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=149&extmode=view&extid=870

Market leaders continually need to find new innovations from outside as well as inside their firms if they’re going to stay in front. Corporations may be able to exploit resources and complementarities with their existing lines of business, giving them—potentially, at least—a strategic edge that private funds lack. Learn about the key fundamentals of successful corporate investing programs, alliances and commercialization process from four of Silicon Valley’s leading Corporate Venture Funds.

Looking for Corporate Venture Funding or Partnerships?

This lively panel of active corporate investors will explore current trends and panelist opinions on topics including:
• What sort of partnerships or investment opportunities are Corporate Venture Funds now looking for?
• How do Corporate Partnerships and Venture Funds now respond to these opportunities?
• What are your goals – maximize return on investment, new technology acquisition or what?
• What levels of involvement do you want in a portfolio company?
• How do Corporate Partnerships and Venture Fund deal structures differ from independent Venture Funds?
• What is the ideal outcome – partnership, acquisition, IPO or what?
• What technologies and deals are most attractive to Corporations right now?

The Panel:
• Jake W. Kaldenbaugh, Director, Strategy & Planning, NEC Corporation of America
• Nicolas Kardas, Director of Business Development, Emerging Business Team, Microsoft Corporation
• J. Christopher Moran, Vice President and General Manager, Applied Ventures LLC
• Rob Trice, Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
• Ray Wu, Director, New Business Ventures, Hewlett-Packard

Moderator: Steve Bengston, Managing Director of Emerging Company Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers

WHEN: Thursday, May 3
6:00 - 7:00 pm: Networking and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 - 8:15 pm: Panel discussion and Q/A
8:15 - 8:30 pm: Additional networking

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 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

To reserve an Exhibit Table:
Contact [email protected], $500 Members, $1,000 Non-members (Includes an annual corporate membership, exhbit table and two tickets to the event.)

Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment on the day.

Look for free information and materials from our Sponsors and Members at this event:

ABD Insurance & Financial Services: A leading brokerage firm providing global insurance, risk management and employee benefits solutions, www.cybersure.com

Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.A. provides intellectual property services for emerging and established corporations and research institutions, www.slwk.com

White & Case LLP: White & Case is a global law firm with one of the largest intellectual property groups. Our Palo Alto office focuses on the full spectrum of IP and cross border issues, www.whitecase.com

Speakers’ Bios

Steve Bengston, Managing Director of Emerging Company Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Steve is Managing Director of Emerging Company Services (ECS) at PricewaterhouseCoopers. ECS acts as “mentor capitalists” for young, high potential companies and assists them with a variety of services, including, Reviewing Executive Summaries/Investor Presentations, Referrals, Raising Money, Partnerships and Finding People. ECS works closely with the leading opinion leaders/influencers in the Bay Area, including venture capitalists, attorneys, bankers and other service providers that have made Silicon Valley the leading high tech center in the world.

Before joining PwC, Steve had 20 years of experience in a variety of marketing, business development and general management roles at several high tech companies in the Bay Area. Most recently, he was Pres/CEO of ynot.com, a leading international emarketing and greeting card company. Previously, he was VP Marketing & Business Development at Worldview Systems, an Internet travel pioneer. At Worldview, Steve helped launch and market Travelocity with Sabre Interactive.

Steve has a BA in Economics and MBA from Stanford University. He works closely or sits on the Advisory Board at Churchill Club, SVASE, SDForum, Financing Partners, Life Science Angels, and the Stanford/MIT Venture Lab, has taught classes on funding/running start ups at UC Berkeley, Santa Clara Law School, Hastings Law School, and Stanford, and is active in a variety of other organizations in the Bay Area targeting entrepreneurs and investors. He is a frequent moderator/panelist at both university and industry sponsored events.

Jake W. Kaldenbaugh, Director, Strategy & Planning, NEC Corporation of America
Jake has over a decade of corporate development experience in investment banking, corporate restructuring and business development in the technology sector and is currently the Director of Strategy & Planning at NEC Corporation of America. He is experienced in developing and executing strategic growth programs including acquisitions, partnerships and new business development for growing technology companies.

In his previous positions, Jake was a consulting partner at VentureArchetypes LLC, a start-up business planning firm. He was also responsible for the Corporate Development process at Borland Software Corp. where he was responsible in identifying acquisitions and managing strategic partnerships. Jake's start-up experience includes founding an emerging technology sector research firm, Harvest Equity Research. At Harvest, Jake analyzed emerging business models, growth metrics and sector activity in the Digital Media, Wireless, Storage Area Networks and Enterprise Software public-equity markets.

Jake also possesses significant experience performing corporate restructuring, bankruptcy administration and recapitalizations with investment banks Instream Partners LLC, Prudential Securities, and a Big 5 accounting firm. Jake is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and the Security Analysts of San Francisco and a former member of the Los Angeles Society of Security Analysts.

Nicolas Kardas, Director, Strategic & Emerging Business, Microsoft Corporation
Nicolas’ overall goal is to build a stronger relationship with the private equity-backed companies and the Venture Capital community by demonstrating the value of partnering with Microsoft to develop and market offerings complementary to the Microsoft platform, www.microsoftstartupzone.com.

Before joining Microsoft, Nicolas led product development for Infotility, a startup providing software for the Energy industry. Before Infotility, he held a technical sales position with Nortel Networks, selling wireless network infrastructure to administrations worldwide. In a prior life, he worked for HP in finance and operations to reduce the costs of PCs manufacturing.

Nicolas has a Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering of Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec) in France and also a Business degree from the College Des Ingenieurs in Paris (MBA program).

J. Christopher Moran, Vice President and General Manager, Applied Ventures
J. Christopher "Chris" Moran is vice president, general manager, Applied Ventures since October 2005, responsible for the development and management of Applied Ventures' investments in early stage, privately held companies.

Most recently, Mr. Moran served as vice president and division general manager of the Applied Materials Mask Products Division. Prior to that, Mr. Moran was vice president of Corporate Marketing from 1999-2005.

Since joining Applied Materials in 1984, Mr. Moran has held a number of positions in division management, product management and marketing. He also served as general manager of the Metal Etch Division, Etch Product Business Group, and held a variety of engineering and product management positions. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Moran served as a member of the technical staff at Hughes Aircraft Co., and Atari Computer Corporation.

Mr. Moran received his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rob Trice, Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
Rob Trice brings a variety of domestic and international operational and business planning experience to Nokia Growth Partners. He joined BlueRun Ventures in late 2000. Previously, he worked at DIRECTV in Los Angeles and Tokyo. Rob also worked as a policy analyst at a Washington, D.C. based think tank, the Center for Strategic & International Studies. He holds a Master of Arts from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia. Rob is based in Menlo Park, California.

Ray Wu, Director, New Business Ventures, Hewlett-Packard
Ray Wu currently leads HP's New Business Ventures to manage company-wide technology evaluation process, VC outreach and partnership, and venture transactions,

Prior to HP, he spent more than six years with Cisco Systems, and held several senior positions leading internal incubation, software investment and M&A, technology and business consulting in both North America and Asia Pacific. Prior to Cisco, Ray was a senior partner of a leading Internet consulting and software development company. Mr. Wu is a frequently requested speaker for business and technology conferences. You can read Ray’s latest thoughts on his blog: blog.boundaryfree.com.

Official Website: http://svase.org/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=149&extmode=view&extid=870

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