SVASE StartUp-U SV: Alternative Funding Sources with Juha Christensen (Progression Partners), Steve Goldberg (Venrock) and Tony Huang (Velocity)
Start: 08/24/2010 - 11:30 am
End: 08/24/2010- 1:30 pm
Contact: Laura Weigant Email: [email protected]
Location: Mintz Levin
5 Palo Alto Square,
1st Floor Conference Room,
3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 94306
The traditional, multi-million dollar A-round in venture capital may be one pool of capital available for startup companies, there's a variety of other financing methods out there that might be equally or more suitable for your startup venture.
Join our expert panel as they will discuss when you should be approaching venture capitalists, and when angels or seed round investors are more suitable for your financing. Find out what the different roles and expectations are of an A-round-focused venture capitalist versus a seed-round investor or angel. In addition, our panel will explore other major alternative sources of funding available for entrepreneurs such as government-sponsored programs, Friends and Family, and more.
* Juha Christensen, Progression Partners
* Steve Goldberg, Ph.D., Partner, Venrock
* Tony Huang, Vice President, Velocity Financial Group
Juha Christensen, Progression Partners
After 6 years at handheld computer pioneer Psion, Juha developed the idea for Symbian, the operating system company. He wrote the business plan and negotiated investments worth $130 million. Juha served on Symbian's board and led the company's business activities and technical strategy. Following Symbian, Juha spent four years as Corporate Vice-President at Microsoft, responsible for a range of mobile software and server products, including Mobile Information Server, Server ActiveSync Smartphone and Pocket PC.
Before he funded Sonopia, Juha was President at Macromedia with responsibility for company-wide planning and the Consumer Electronics/Mobile Devices & Services division. Juha also serves on the board of Teleca, the largest Systems Integrator in the mobile industry and Unwire, a leading mobile services company.
A frequent speaker at industry events, Juha has also been a regular commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and Financial Times. Juha was voted one of the 25 most influential Europeans in technology by Time Magazine.Juha studied Business Administration at London Business School, specializing in strategy, finance, new venture development and dynamic modeling.
Steve Goldberg, Ph.D., Partner, Venrock
Steve Goldberg joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave, and CoWave Networks. He was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and VP and GM of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation.
Steve has also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard. Additionally, Steve enjoys teaching and public speaking, and has delivered a number of academic and industrial courses in the areas of wireless, telecom, and signal processing.
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara M.S. Electrical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
Tony Huang, Vice President, Velocity Financial Group
Tony joined Velocity in 2008 and focuses on the firm’s investment activities on the West Coast, primarily in Silicon Valley. Tony has been an active participant in the Silicon Valley venture and entrepreneurial community since 1995.
Prior to joining Velocity, Tony was the Vice President of Technology Banking Group at United Commercial Bank, focusing on asset based lending to expansion and later stage technology companies. Prior to UCB, Tony was the VP of Corporate Development at Asante Networks, a leading provider of optical networking components.
Tony was previously with Silicon Valley Bank, serving in various capacities involving credit underwriting and portfolio management, corporate development, and international strategic alliances during a ten year period. As Director of the International Venture Capital Group, Tony was responsible for maintaining SVB’s network of international venture capital relationships and reviewing strategic investments in venture funds and technology companies. Tony was responsible for sourcing, structuring, and monitoring a loan portfolio of over 200 corporate lending relationships and over $100 million in commitments, comprising mainly of Silicon Valley based technology and life science companies that were funded by Asian venture capital sources.
Tony received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University in 1992 and MBA from California State University-East Bay with a concentration in finance in 1995.
Tony and wife Winnie enjoy international travel and dining. Tony is also an avid golfer and enjoys competitive golf when not out in the marketplace networking and sourcing prospective investments. Born in Taiwan, Tony immigrated to the US at age 13, and is a native speaker of Taiwanese and Mandarin.
11:45-12:00 Registration, Networking and Food
12:00-12:15 SVASE/Startup-U Overview, Introductions, Speaker Intro
12:15-1:15 Speaker Presentation & Interactive Q&A
1:15-1:30 Networking with the presenters!
Pre-registration closes at 9 AM the day of the event.
With your help, we will start on time so the speaker can provide you with as much interactive information as possible.
Please note topics are subject to change without notice.
Added by svaseinfo on July 31, 2010