VC Breakfast with Guest VC Firm: Dr. Ronald Weissman, Chairman, Software SIG, Band of Angels



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    Dr. Ronald Weissman has more than twenty-five years of experience in investment and executive management. Since 2000 he has been a partner at a global venture capital and private equity where he focused on early-stage software investing, participated in numerous cross-border deals, particularly for European companies moving to Silicon Valley. After the firm’s transition out of venture capital, he has continued to consult for the fund by managing its legacy venture technology portfolio. 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 company Boards. His current investment focus is on software, analytics, SaaS, text technologies and healthcare IT. He currently is Chairman of the Software Special Interest Group of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest Angel group and a model for angel groups worldwide. His most recent angel investments include Care In Sync (healthcare patient management), Practice Fusion (electronic medical records), Trustnode (insurance benefits education), Gainsight (customer installed base revenue optimization), Poetic Brands (food products), Wingtip (hybrid men’s furnishings and men’s club) and Taulia (dynamic invoicing and payment management).

    He is currently or recently was a Director of Chiliad (high performance enterprise search and discovery), Composite Software (data virtualization, sold to Cisco in Q3/13), Host Analytics (Chairman, corporate performance management), Planview (enterprise planning), Transera (call center optimization) and Trustnode (insurance benefits education).

    Prior to Apax, he was Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Verity, a leader in corporate information retrieval. During his tenure, Verity’s executive team earned the Large Company Turnaround of the Year award (1999) from the Turnaround Management Association; Verity gained dominant market share and saw its market capitalization grow from $50 million to more than $1.5 billion. Before joining Verity, Ron spent more than five years working for Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer, where he managed European and corporate marketing. Prior to his work in Silicon Valley, he ran academic computing at Brown University and at the University of Maryland, where he was also Associate Professor of History. He is the author of numerous works on the history of Florence during the Renaissance, including Ritual Brotherhood in Renaissance Florence (1984) and Urban Life in the Renaissance (1989).

    A startup pitch coach and frequent conference speaker, Ron has published and lectured extensively on venture capital and angel investing, entrepreneurship, corporate governance and software trends and was one of three industry leaders profiled in the 2003-2006 Price Waterhouse Coopers Technology Forecast. His views on angel investing were recently profiled in the Silicon Valley Business Journal (Angel of the Apocalypse). He has been an advisor to many organizations, including Apple Computer, Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, Microsoft, NeXT, Sun Microsystems. Unisys and the US Department of Energy. Ron has also served on US government advisory panels, including the future of electronic record keeping for the National Archives and Records Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration, and has recently served on a US State Department task force on the future of e-diplomacy. Ron is also active in film and Broadway play investing communities.

    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. Ron serves on the advisory boards of market research firm BASEX, Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) and the Venture Capital Task Force. He is an Overseer of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and an Associate Trustee of Penn and on the Corporate Council of the San Francisco Opera. He is also Board Secretary of San Francisco Classical Voice, the Bay Area’s leading classical music community website. His interests include music, European history, photography, politics and entrepreneurship.



    This event is intended for entrepreneurs seeking feedback on their startup ideas and funding strategies. Please do not register if you do not fit this profile. Seating is limited to 10 entrepreneurs!