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SVASE Event: 'VC Breakfast: Emergence Capital Partners: Focus On Software And Services, Business And Consumer Services, Infrastructure'

Event: 'VC Breakfast: Emergence Capital Partners: Focus On Software And Services, Business And Consumer Services, Infrastructure'

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2007 At 08:00
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Contact Info:
CONTACT: VCBC Chair: Jai Kumar, contact no. - 408-406-4693 Email: [email protected]

VC Breakfast: Emergence Capital Partners: Focus on Software and Services, Business and Consumer Services, Infrastructure

The featured VC will be Kevin Spain, Principal, Emergence Capital Partners. www.emcap.com

EVENT LOCATION: Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, 390 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301-1431

This event is co-sponsored by Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP. www.townsend.com.

Emergence Capital Partners

Emergence Capital Partners is a leading venture capital firm focused on early and growth-stage Technology-Enabled Services investing. Our mission is to help build market leading, successful businesses in partnership with great entrepreneurs. Our partners have funded and helped build over 25 TES companies, more than any other early-stage venture firm. Having assessed thousands of companies in the TES sector, we have developed significant expertise and resources focused on the critical factors of success in our market. Our focus and team-based approach allow us to create unique value for our service-based portfolio companies.

The Emergence team has a proven track record of founding, investing in and actively shaping more than 50 portfolio companies. Our partners bring over 25 years of venture experience as well as over 25 years operating and entrepreneurial experience from established, blue-chip firms such as Venrock Associates, US Venture Partners, St. Paul Venture Capital, IBM and Salesforce.com. Over a dozen of our companies have had successful IPO's, such as Salesforce.com , DoubleClick , Ask Jeeves , aQuantive , NetPerceptions , Lexar Media and Visual Networks and are now leaders in their respective industries. Many others have been acquired by leading companies such as IBM , Microsoft , Lycos , Amazon and Siebel . As entrepreneurs ourselves, we appreciate what it means to have deep passion for an opportunity, to bootstrap and creatively finance it, and recruit a founding team. We have founded many companies, helped them raise significant venture financing, and successfully realized the value we helped to create. We have decades of experience selling to Small and Medium Business (SMB), a critical market for many TES start-ups and one where many other VCs have limited experience. Our experience includes pioneering the "On Demand" strategy at IBM within the $3 billion IBM Global Small Business division using a 100% services-based architecture.

The Emergence partners have a history of seeing opportunity where others have not. We are proud to have raised our $125 million inaugural fund from premier institutional investors during 2003, one of the toughest periods of venture fundraising in recent history. As the only early stage firm focused on opportunities in the TES sector, we bring a unique perspective and value to our portfolio investments. We bet on Salesforce.com and the On Demand model in 2000, when Siebel Systems was still the undisputed king of CRM, and licensed software was the accepted model for enterprise applications. We understand how successful service businesses differ from product businesses and can help service-based startups with the critical success factors at each stage of their growth.

As entrepreneurs ourselves, we have a passion to build successful companies and to build a unique firm in the venture capital industry. We recognize that our success comes from the success of our entrepreneurial partners, and we are committed to doing everything we can to enable them to succeed. We share our experience and knowledge with our entrepreneurs and are totally committed to their success.

Kevin Spain

Kevin is a Principal and Kauffman Fellow at Emergence Capital Partners. His deep knowledge of the enterprise and consumer technology sectors comes from time spent at blue-chip software companies and from his experience as an entrepreneur.

Prior to joining Emergence, Kevin was a senior member of Microsoft's Corporate Development group. In this role, he shared responsibility for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating Microsoft's acquisitions, strategic investments, and joint ventures. Under his leadership, Kevin's team participated in over $500 million in transactions spanning all of Microsoft's business groups.

Prior to Microsoft, Kevin was with Electronic Arts, where he was a member of the team that launched EA's online gaming business. Today, Electronic Arts operates several of the most popular online gaming destinations in the world. Later, Kevin served in Electronic Arts' Corporate Development group, where he helped manage the Company's acquisition and strategic investment efforts.

Before Electronic Arts, Kevin was Co-Founder and CEO of atMadison.com, a business he started after winning the first annual Wharton Business Plan Competition. atMadison.com provided a hosted marketing management solution for small and medium sized companies.

Kevin earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

COST: $25 SVASE Members; $39 Affiliates; $49 Non-members. This event is for ENTREPRENEURS ONLY, BY PREREGISTRATION ONLY.

This event is co-sponsored by Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP. www.townsend.com.

CONTACT: VCBC Chair: Jai Kumar, contact no. - 408-406-4693

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, 390 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301-1431

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