Quarterly Venture Breakfast - 2013: The Year in Review



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    A year ago, we predicted that 2013 would see less overall VC investment but more ROI growth than 2012. The spaces that were predicted to get the most VC funding were enterprise IT and storage, personalized healthcare, big data, machine learning, robotics, indoor maps, and Platform as a Service.  Predicted to get less VC attention were cleantech and consumer web startups, except curated marketplace for services and bootstrapped startups with millions of users founded by “digital natives” or teenagers.  VCs were expected to increase their investment overseas, specifically in Latin America, China and India.  Domestically, we felt hiring would increase, however, the economic growth will continue to be slow. Let’s take a look and see if the predictions came true, where the disruptions were and how investors are feeling about 2014.

    About Our Speakers: 

    Sean Jacobsohn is a Venture Partner at Emergence Capital after being an executive and advisor at Emergence Capital portfolio companies Hightail (formerly YouSendIt) and Doximity.  Prior to Hightail, he was VP of Channel Management at Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD).  Sean helped grow the company from $7 million to $75 million in revenue and 300,000 subscribers to over 7.5 million, the second most of any software-as-a-service company in the world. Before his tenure at Cornerstone OnDemand, Sean was VP Sales and Partner Development at WageWorks (WAGE), which grew from $3 million to $82 million in revenue during his tenure. Jacobsohn has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from University of Wisconsin. He is co-President and co-founder of the HBS Alumni Angels, the largest university-affiliated angel group in the world.

    Wendy Lung is the Director of Corporate Strategy in IBM’s Venture Capital Group.  In this role, she collaborates with the venture community to drive early insights into IBM’s strategy development, expand the ecosystems for IBM’s platforms, and build strong partner foundations in emerging markets.  Lung’s experience with the venture and entrepreneurial community spans over a decade.  In 2000, she built IBM’s Net Generation business in Asia, focused on internet startups and service providers.  Her focus now is on building relationships worldwide with VCs and their portfolio companies, with emphasis on growth markets and mobile/wireless technologies. During her 20+ years in the industry, Lung also led marketing for IBM’s telecommunications industry worldwide and for IBM’s retail and wholesale distribution industries in North America.  She started her career in sales in the small and medium business (SMB) market. 

    Cromwell Schubarth Cromwell Schubarth is Senior Technology Reporter of the Silicon Valley Business Journal and Editor of TechFlash Silicon Valley, the daily email newsletter about the region’s founders and funders. He has been with the Business Journal since 2005, including time as Managing Editor and Multimedia/Research Editor. Before coming to Silicon Valley, he was Financial Editor of the Boston Herald.

    Dr. Ronald F.E. Weissman is an executive adviser to public and private technology companies and is Chairman of the Software SIG of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest angel group. Ron has more than twenty-five years of experience in investment and executive management at high tech companies. Since 2000 he has been a partner at a global venture capital and private equity where he focused on early-stage investing, participated in numerous US and cross-border deals in Apax’s global network. Through his VC and his angel activity Ron has invested in or advised more than 60 companies and has served on more than 25 early and growth stage Boards. His current investment focus is on business software, storage, analytics, SaaS, text and unstructured data technologies and healthcare IT. Ron is a Fulbright Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his BA, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of California at Berkeley.

    Allison Leopold Tilley (Moderator) is a partner with Pillsbury Law, where she focuses on the representation of technology companies in securities and venture capital transactions, including general corporate representation, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, venture funds and joint ventures. She has significant experience representing entrepreneurs and venture capitalists as well as acquirers and target companies. She has represented a wide variety of companies ranging from start-ups and emerging growth companies to Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, venture capital firms and other clients. Ms. Leopold Tilley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, the Board of Directors of Watermark, a member of the Advisory Board of Women in Law Empowerment Forum and formerly on the Board of Directors of the Global Women's Leadership Network. Ms. Leopold Tilley is a frequent speaker at events for the Stanford Graduate School of Business, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, UC Davis School of Business and SVForum.

    8:00am - 8:30am     Registration and Breakfast
    8:30am - 8:45am     Introductions
    8:45am - 9:00am     Overview
    9:00am - 9:45am     Panel Discussion

    SVForum Members: $25.00
    General Public: $59.00
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