Event: 'VC Breakfast: Startup Capital, Focus On Software, Capital Efficient Startups '
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2008 At 08:00 AM
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Location: Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, 390 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301-1431 VCBC Chair: Jai Kumar, contact no. - 408-406-4693 Email: [email protected]
Startup Capital Ventures
Based in Silicon Valley, we focus on early-stage companies that require relatively small amounts of capital to achieve success. While most venture firms have grown too large to invest as little as $250,000 to $1 million in a financing round, Startup Capital Ventures targets investments in this range. The firm leverages its investment with unparalleled operations experience from a team of five seasoned professionals. Generally, we target capital efficient companies, such as software, that are generating some revenue and can show a reasonable likelihood of reaching near-term profitability from our investment. Our approach is to build a supportive partnership around an outstanding entrepreneurial team with a clear market vision for its product or service. We focus on investing in strong management teams, not just technologies. We strive to build a supportive working relationship with our portfolio companies based on flexibility, integrity, and patience.
John has 20 years of experience as CEO of five financial services companies. Most recently, from 1993 to 2001, he served as the CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, a leading provider of financial services to early-stage technology companies and venture capital firms. John grew Silicon Valley Bank's market capitalization from $65 million in 1993 to over $3 billion in 2000. Also, he led the creation of the company's own venture investment business, with the launch of the company's first two venture capital funds in 2000. This included a $150 million fund of funds, and a $65 million direct equity fund. In 1997, Business Week recognized John as one of Silicon Valley's top 25 "movers and shakers" and, in 2001, Forbes ranked him as one of the "50 most powerful dealmakers." In 2001, Fortune ranked Silicon Valley Bank, under John's leadership, among the "100 Fastest-Growing Companies" based on growth in revenues, earnings per share, and total market return over three years.
John also has many years of experience investing in technology companies. He has served as Managing Director of Tuputele Ventures Fund, LLC, a small private equity fund investing in early-stage technology companies and venture capital funds. He is an investment director for various venture capital firms, both in the U.S. and overseas, including Advanced Technology Venture (ATV), Institutional Venture Fund (IVP), Walden International, Leapfrog Ventures, and Authosis Capital. John serves as an advisor or director of various technology companies, including EzRez Software, H-5 Technologies, and BioImagene. He brings a wide network of industry contacts to the Fund, notably in Silicon Valley and Hawaii.
EVENT LOCATION: Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, 390 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301-1431
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
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