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East Bay Series: Funding: What Having Women on the Team Brings to the Table

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    Join us May 16: Funding: What Having Women on the Team Brings to the Table

     
    A Joint Presentation of the SVForum East Bay Series and SVForum Tech Women
    Many say that--first and foremost--investors invest in people, not in ventures or great concepts. Some feel that women-led ventures are at a disadvantage when it comes to raising venture capital funding. Others know from first-hand experience that diverse teams make better decisions and function with more attention to their customers. What do investors look for in founders, and how does having women on the team affect their funding decisions? Our panel of VCs and angel investors will share their feelings about a founder’s importance, what they look for in a founder and their team, how much value they place on the entire team’s background and startup experience, and how diverse teams perform. They'll also look at the history of women-led startups in Silicon Valley and the East Bay. What's the lesson for founders and teams of both genders? Is the situation changing? We'll also address some of the challenges women face in getting funded. Join us to explore this fascinating discussion.
     
    WHERE: EMC Corporation, 6801 Koll Center Parkway, Pleasanton CA
    -From intersection of I-580/I-680 in Dublin/Pleasanton: Take I-680 S approx 4 miles to Bernal exit, go east to first stoplight (Koll Center Drive), turn left (north), and turn left (west) again. EMC is on the right side after the first curve.
    -From San Jose: Take I-880 to Mission Blvd., exit and follow Mission east to I-680 north, or take I-680 N from San Jose towards Pleasanton. At Bernal exit on I-680, go east to first stoplight (Koll Center Drive), turn left (north), and turn left (west) again. EMC is on the right side after the first curve.
    -From Peninsula: Take either Dumbarton or San Mateo Bridge to I-880 N, go north to I-238 connnector (follow signs to I-580 E), and go east approximately 14 miles to junction with I-680 S. Take I-680 S approx 4 miles to Bernal exit, go east to first stoplight (Koll Center Drive), turn left (north), and turn left (west) again. EMC is on the right side after the first curve.
    -From San Francisco: Take I-80 E and Bay Bridge to I-580 E, and go east approximately 25 miles to junction with I-680 S. Take I-680 S approx 4 miles to Bernal exit, go east to first stoplight (Koll Center Drive), turn left (north), and turn left (west) again. EMC is on the right side after the first curve.
    Free Parking. Meeting site cannot be conveniently reached by BART or mass transit.
    COST: SVForum members - $10 (Join at http://www.svforum.org/and save on every SVForum event!). General public/walk-ins - $25.
    Panelists include:
    Sarah Brown, Venture Associate, Illuminate Ventures (www.illuminate.com)
    Sarah Brown is an Associate at Illuminate Ventures, a Micro VC firm focused on B2B cloud computing. Prior to Illuminate Ventures, Sarah was the founder and CEO of a social news start-up. She spent four years as a consultant, restructuring the R&D departments of large Japanese corporations to run more like Silicon Valley start-ups. At Fenwick & West, a leading Silicon Valley law firm, she worked on M&A for Cisco and other companies. She did public policy work at Google, and worked in the "Emerging Technologies" investment group at Omidyar Network. She is an angel investor (Fluidinfo, Elepath) and has been an advisor to numerous start-ups. She has her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley Law.
     
    Nicholas El Baze, General Partner, Partech International (www.partechventures.com)
    Nicolas joined Partech International in 2000 and focuses on early stage opportunities in Software and Internet. Prior to Partech, Nicolas spent 15 years as an entrepreneur and was a co-founder of several venture-funded companies: Softway International (acq. by ITway), Softway Systems (acq. by Microsoft), and ISDnet (acq. by Cable & Wireless).
     
    Jennifer McElrath, Co-Founder, Reciprocity, Inc. (www.reciprocitynow.com)
    Jen McElrath is the co-founder and Chief Business Officer of Reciprocity, Inc., an enterprise-software start-up focused on employee engagement and team performance. She previously was Senior Director, Aresty Institute of Executive Education at The Wharton School. Jen draws from every function and role she has undertaken, from software development to business development. She has also led change initiatives as an award-winning Fortune 200 finance and strategy consultant, roles that led to effecting change in individuals and clients for Egon Zehnder and then for Wharton, her alma mater.
     
    David Stern, Venture Partner, Clearstone Partners (www.clearstone.com)
    David Stern focuses on developing early stage investment opportunities at the intersection of consumer technology and media. Prior to Clearstone, David was President of M Networks, an educational media company focused on providing practical business technology education to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Previous to founding M Networks, David was a licensing lawyer, a business development executive at Universal Studios, an entrepreneur at the idealab! family of companies, and has held management positions at leading health care software companies Veranto and Model N.
     
    Sponsored by Accenture, Nokia, and SAP. Facility hosting by EMC Corporation.
    AGENDA
     
    5:30-6:30: Registration and Panel/Attendee Networking

    6:30-6:35: Welcome, Announcements and Moderator/Panel Introductions

    6:35-7:50: Panel Discussion with Audience Q&A

    7:50-8:00: Closing Remarks and Announcements

    8:00-8:45: Panel/Attendee Networking