SVASE VC Breakfast Club with Vish Mishra of Clearstone Venture Partners, focus on Communications, Wireless, Consumer Internet, Service
VC Breakfast Club with Vish Mishra of Clearstone Venture Partners, focus on Communications, Wireless, Consumer Internet, Service
Start: 04/24/2008 - 8:00am
End: 04/24/2008 - 9:30am
WHAT:VC Breakfast Club with Vish Mishra of Clearstone Venture Partners, focus Communications, Wireless, Consumer Internet and Services
WHEN:Thu Apr 24 from 8:00am – 9:30am
WHERE:Townsend, Townsend & Crewe
379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301-1431,
CONTACT:Jai Kumar, Program Chair, [email protected] Cell: 408-406-4693
COST: $25 SVASE Members; $39 Affiliates; $49 Non-members. This event is for ENTREPRENEURS ONLY, BY PREREGISTRATION ONLY.
This event is co-sponsored by Townsend, Townsend and Crewe, www.townsend.com.
VC Breakfast Club: Vish Mishra of Clearstone Venture Partners, focus Communications, Wireless, Consumer Internet and Services
Clearstone Venture Partners
Clearstone has a distinct approach to venture investing in technology opportunities. We prefer to be the lead investor in most of our financings and we are proactive, participating in the guidance of our companies through our relationships with the full management team. We are also very receptive to investment opportunities in market leaders with established syndicates. Inside our fund, we have invested in operating expertise to back up our investing professionals. The technology executives in our firm are available to our portfolio companies as well. Clearstone makes an unusually thorough effort to understand the intricacies of an entrepreneur's business before making an investment decision, and that detailed approach to gaining knowledge typifies our guidance of portfolio companies once we've invested.
How Clearstone Invests
Clearstone seeks companies that are creating next-generation infrastructure, and related solutions, that create economic advantage for businesses. We focus on enterprise technologies that propel profitable growth for business and add value for customers, communications (including the wireless, semiconductors and advanced optics that support the sector), and business-model innovations that leverage advances in Internet or communications infrastructures.
We are attracted to innovators, category creators and market leaders who can define and dominate large sectors. We like to see companies mine horizontal markets for long-term scalability, with identifiable near-term revenue opportunities in specific verticals or identifiable customer types. We are also open-minded critical thinkers and are enthusiastic about pioneer companies that launched too early for steady revenue from their markets but are seeing convergence of their idea, solution and market acceptance.
Vish joined Clearstone in March 2002 with over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the high tech industry including software, Internet, networking and telecommunications. He is a founder and served as a board member of Telera, a cutting edge voice web infrastructure company funded by Accel and Sequoia, which was sold to Alcatel for $140 million in 2002. Vish was also co-founder of Excelan (1983), which was funded with $7.3 million in venture capital, went public in 1987, sold for $225 million in 1989 and went on to contribute $1 billion to Novell’s revenue in subsequent years.
Vish prides himself in being a mentor capitalist who sits or has sat on boards of many venture-backed companies such as Abeama, Cofix, Onjibe, PostMedia Group, Quantros, Ramp Networks (sold to Nokia), SloMedia, Verano, and Xalted IP Networks. His prior experience includes founding VP of Operations of Excelan and VP Novell and EVP of iPlanet (a unit of Sun Microsystems and AOL), and CEO of four start-ups: Info-Objects, Mindworks, IntelliMatch and Ace Software.
Vish holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Technology at Benares Hindu University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and MBA work from the University of Minnesota. He is a very active Director and Charter Member of TiE who has dedicated himself to the growth of the organization since its inception.
Vish's focus at Clearstone is deal flow, syndicate networking, portfolio company support and executive coaching. His vast network in Silicon Valley, extended globally through TiE, is an invaluable asset to entrepreneurs and to us. Vish serves on the board of Novariant (formerly IntegriNautics).
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Added by svaseinfo on March 28, 2008