2000 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, California 94303

SVASE First Impressions: Funding Pitch Preparation Workshop
Start: 09/13/2011 - 5:30 pm
End: 09/13/2011- 8:30 pm

You might have killer technology, a can’t miss value proposition for customers plus a team with demonstrable experience and execution skills, but if you can’t get your business fundamentals across to potential investors clearly and concisely you’ll fall at the first hurdle of the funding race.

Please note that this event is intended for startup executives and entrepreneurs seeking funding. Please do NOT register if you do not fit this profile.

"The Funding Pitch Workshop was peppered with practical advice that I've been putting into practice since attending. In particular, walking through the 10 slide deck and understanding all of the opportunities to provide evidence to back up the business assumptions has changed my approach to writing a compelling presentation" Mike McGrath, CEO, Yosho

"I wanted to let you know how incredible the Funding Pitch Workshop was. By far the best event I've attended in the last year. I wasn't actually going to attend because of the title (I've done lots of pitches). I changed my mind when I realized Jim (Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels) was going to be there, as I had talked with him the week before.

I was very pleased to find that the content in the first two hours was about funding rather then presenting, and the content in the last hour focused more on the content details of a presentation. There wasn't a minute of content I would have changed.
A major thanks for an outstanding event!" Jim Pravetz, Cayo Systems

The vast majority of startups never get the opportunity to pitch their idea to potential investors, so when you do get the chance you shouldn’t throw it away by talking about the wrong things. So if you’ve not successfully raised venture capital before, attending this workshop is a must, to give you critical insights into what information VCs and Angels are looking for, and how they want it presented.

Topics covered in this interactive workshop include:
- Is my idea/business fundable?
- What VCs and Angels look for from a Funding Pitch & why
- Valuations & who get what percent?
- The successful funding flow from idea to A round
- Creating the Killer Funding Pitch for YOUR startup
Guest VC: Vispi Daver, Partner, Sierra Ventures See below for bio

Location: DLA Piper, 2000 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, 94303

Pre-Registered Rates (All Rates Include Hors D’oeuvres):
SVASE Members - $25; Non-SVASE members - $49

Walk In Rate: add $10 to the above rates

This event is co-sponsored by DLA Piper, www.dlapiper.com.

Please note that this event is intended for startup executives and entrepreneurs seeking funding.

Vispi Daver, Partner, Sierra Ventures
Investment Focus
•Enterprise (SaaS, Open Source)
•Consumer (Social, Mobile)
•India Investments
Past Investments
•CarWale.com India (acquired by Axel Springer)
•MakeMyTrip.com (NASDAQ:MMYT)
•Greenplum (acquired by EMC)
Vispi's experience includes a broad range of operational roles in the United States and India. He was in the Corporate Development group at Network Associates (McAfee, Inc.), a large-cap public company in infrastructure software, where his responsibilities covered acquisitions, divestitures and strategic investments. Prior to McAfee, Vispi was in product management at myCIO.com, a company that pioneered the delivery of desktop software online through the Internet. myCIO.com was among the first software companies to deliver a true enterprise grade Software as a Services (SaaS) product. Vispi began his career in India where he worked in an operational capacity in both public and private companies. Vispi currently serves as Co-chair of TiE Software SIG (www.tiesv.org) and a guest Lecturer for an Entrepreneurship class at the Executive MBA program at Berkeley. Lastly, while at Sierra Vispi also served as VP of Business Development at one of the Firm's portfolio companies, Sourcefire (NASDAQ:FIRE).
Education & Background
Born in Mumbai, India, Vispi attended Cathedral and John Connon School before coming to the US for college. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Santa Clara University with a BS in Combined Sciences and has an MBA with Distinction from Yale University. When he's not investing in new companies in the US or traveling to India to uncover new investment opportunities, Vispi enjoys playing squash and road biking.

Official Website: http://www.svase.org/events/first-impressions-funding-pitch-preparation-workshop-3

Added by svaseinfo on August 14, 2011