950 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, California 94304

SVASE Main Event: Raising Capital for Early Stage Technology Startups

Start: 08/07/2008 - 6:00pm
End: 08/07/2008 - 8:30pm

Contact Info: Laura Weigant
Email: [email protected]
Location: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304


Raising Capital for Early Stage Technology Startups

While startup founder Marcus Frin of PlentyofFish.com spends about two hours a day in his underwear managing a free dating website that gets twelve billion page views a year and generates $5-6 million/year with Google ads, most entrepreneurs look to raise that kind of money through Venture Capital.

While technology based companies are still being funded, lately it seems all you hear is, “It’s the consumer, stupid”, and the technology - when it exists - seems to have taken a back seat. So, is innovative technology still the engine that drives entrepreneur passions, delivering differentiation and competitive advantage for startups, and causing VCs to reach for their wallets? Or have the rules changed, yet again?

Finding the Funding for YOUR Company!
This lively panel discussion will explore current trends and panelist opinions on topics including:
What types of startups are getting funded? – Consumer? Technology? Social? Wireless? or what?
What are the most attractive markets – 5 million free members to the next Flagr/Fligr/Flikr, or the Fortune 500?
What are VCs looking for from startup teams – management, management, management?
What are VCs looking for in startup exits – a long term company, partnership, acquisition, or a quick flip to Google?
What happened to the IPO?
What business models are working, or not?
What do VCs want to know about you – funding pitch-KISS, the technology, patentable IP, the market, or what?

The Panel:
John C. Occhipinti, Managing Director, Woodside Fund
Carol Sands, Founder and Managing Member of The Halo Funds
Daniel Joensen, Deal Screening Committee, Band of Angels
Anthony Lee, General Partner, Altos Ventures

Moderator: J. Weston (Wes) Rose, Senior Vice President, The Brenner Group

WHEN: Thursday, August 7
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

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
WALK-IN RATES: Add $10.00 to the listed price

To reserve an Exhibit Table:
Contact [email protected], $600 Members; $1,100 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

Added by svaseinfo on July 17, 2008