Start: 02/04/2010 - 6:00pm
End: 02/04/2010 - 8:30pm
Contact: Laura Weigant
Email: [email protected]
Location: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Getting Your Startup Up & Running
How do you fund a startup in this new economic climate? Financial markets seem to be recovering, but with many VC firms still struggling to secure funds from their Limited Partners, what options will be available in the coming year for funding a startup company?
Can you get sales traction and cash flow positive without institutional investment? If you can, then that’s a solid testament to your startup’s value proposition to customers, and now you’re looking for expansion funding instead of seed capital to test out your idea, which will make life much easier. So while the bar for admission has unquestionably been raised, there IS still venture capital out there, along with other sources such as friends & family, peer to peer, customers, corporate partners and even government grants.
We bring together an experienced group of entrepreneurs and investors and ask them to share their knowledge on what it takes to build a viable company in the current climate, and what advice can be gleaned from past experience?
This lively panel discussion will explore current trends and panelist opinions on topics including:
·What does a “Capital Efficient” startup look like?
·Where do you find the people & resources for next to nothing?
·How can you generate revenue straight out of the gate?
·If I can generate revenue, and I have minimal expense, why do I need Venture Capital?
·What market sectors are attractive to VCs now?
·How do I find out which VC funds actually have money to invest?
Skip Brand, CEO, Martini Media NetworkDev Khare, Vice President, VenrockDom Lindars, CEO and Cofounder, Marketbright
Moderator: Ed Lambert, Senior Vice President, Bridge Bank
When: Thursday, February 4th
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: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, 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
Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment on the day.
This event is co-sponsored by Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, www.cooley.com.
Skip Brand, CEO, Martini Media Network
Prior to Martini, Skip served as Chief Revenue Officer for Pudding Media, focusing on strategic partnerships for the mobile advertising platform (audio and text formats). He helped Pudding get access to over 500,000 impressions and over 50 million unique users per month, while signing up top-tier agencies, branded advertisers and third-party sales partners.
Before joining Pudding Media, Brand spearheaded the development of advertising networks at companies like Yahoo!, JiWire, [email protected] and Cox Communications. While at JiWire, Brand grew their advertising network to more than 60 advertisers, including top brands such as Dell, Nokia, Toshiba, Ford, Bank of America, Schwab, HBO and Microsoft.
As a Director and then Interim Vice President at Yahoo!, Brand worked with brands such as Intel, HP, Sony, Sprint, Samsung and AT&T. In Yahoo!'s Global Alliances group he defined strategy and led the overall execution of Yahoo!'s worldwide partnership and alliance efforts.
Brand has a Ph.D. in Technology Policy from Arizona State University. He is a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business/School of Education Council and also holds B.S. and Master's degrees in Public Information Management.
Skip is happily married and has two labs – a grey lab named Blue and a black lab, Tug. Skip has completed over 50 marathons and 10 Ironman Triathlons.
Dev Khare, Vice President, Venrock
Dev Khare is Vice President at Venrock, a premier venture capital firm with offices in Palo Alto, New York, Cambridge, MA, and Israel. Areas of focus include mobile, location, media, SaaS and digital car. Dev sits on the board at Aha Mobile and SlideShare and is actively involved with Asoka, FutureDial, INRIX and Lavante. Dev previously co-founded Covigo, a mobile software company, acquired by Symbol Technologies/Motorola. Dev blogs at www.NextWala.com and is on Twitter @dkhare.
Dom Lindars, CEO and Cofounder, Marketbright
Dom is an experienced marketing, engineering and management veteran with a passion for technology and innovation. As a pioneer of online marketing and website management, he helped revolutionize the way that demand generation and lead management can be done.
Dom has comprehensive marketing experience at some of the Valley's largest technology companies in a range of field marketing, product marketing and corporate marketing. Before getting into marketing, Dom spent 8 years in High-Tech sales and pre-sales in Silicon Valley and various consulting projects in Europe.
Dom holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics with Electronics from the University of Exeter in England.
Ed Lambert, Senior Vice President, Bridge Bank
Ed is a Senior Vice-President with Bridge Bank-focusing on creating and expanding relationships with Emerging Growth to Public High-Tech, Green and Life Science Companies. He began his 28 years of banking/lending experience with Bank of America and has achieved significant success wherever he has worked including Silicon Valley Bank, Imperial Bank and Comerica Bank.
Ed also began the Tech Practice for Coast Business Credit, building to $20-30MM in annual commitments. He contributes this success to being an overall "solution source" partner to clients, prospects, referral partners and colleagues - for any problem. Ed has employed this focus on providing solutions to companies from seed to public-including such well known companies as Cisco, Atmel, CNET, Biomarin, Mattson and Solar City to name a few. At Bridge, his focus is to provide a combination of “virtual” and human support to clients that will allow them to grow domestically and internationally.
Ed holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Ed has sat on several boards, including the executive committee of the American Electronics Association, the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE), Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley, and the San Jose Downtown Business Association, where he was a founding member. He has spoken at Tech/Clean Tech events and conferences in the U.S. and Europe, and is a contributing blogger on banking and VC issues to AlwaysOn Networks.
Official Website: http://www.svase.org/?q=node/3783
Added by svaseinfo on January 9, 2010