950 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, California 94304

SVASE Main Event: Finding Angels to look After You

Start: 05/06/2009 - 6:00pm
End: 05/06/2009 - 8:30pm

Contact Info: Laura Weigant Email: [email protected]

Location: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304


Finding Angels to look After You

Angels are the optimistic financiers who give many startups their crucial early infusions of cash, and are often the logical next stop for investment capital, after your own savings and those of your friends and family.

Unlike VCs, angels invest small amounts of their own money - as little as $10,000 and usually less than $1 million - in very young companies. But like all investors, many angels have been drenched with losses during the recent stock market gyrations. That has left them skittish, investing in fewer technology start-ups and demanding more of those they do consider, leaving founders struggling to find money at the stage they need it most.

However, there are still active angels out there! As many angels are quite low profile, or even secretive, the problems for many aspiring entrepreneurs are: how do I find angels that might be interested in my startups, how do I find out if they are still actively investing, how do I approach them, and what do they want to see from me so they will invest?

To find the answers to these questions, and more, come join our panel of committed, enthusiastic angels, as they explore the best ways to get angels on your side and on you team.

The Panel:

Moderator: Steve Bengston, Managing Director, Emerging Company Services (ECS), PricewaterhouseCoopers

WHEN: Wednesday, May 6
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

LOCATION: 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

Pre-registration closes at 9 PM the night before the event.
WALK-IN RATES: Add $10.00 to the listed price

To reserve an Exhibit Table:
Contact [email protected], $350 Members, $850 Non-members (Includes exhibit table, 2 tickets to the event and 1 year corporate membership).

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

This event is co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, www.wsgr.com.

If the event is sold out, we apologize that due to fire safety codes we cannot accept any walk-ins.

Speaker Bios
Steve Bengston, Managing Director, Emerging Company Services (ECS), 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.

Official Website: http://www.svase.org/?q=node/2022

Added by svaseinfo on April 6, 2009