Founders Forum SIG: Is Venture Capital The Right Choice



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    Presentation Overview

    Dear fellow founders,

    For most of us, seeking venture capital funding is second nature. After all, to create a successful startup, don't you need VC money?

    Increasingly, however, the answer is no. Companies such as OddPost, Konfabulator, Bloglines, Flickr, and even Microsoft have created tremendous value without ever raising venture capital. On the other hand, as the record of such startups as Google, Amazon, and Yahoo! shows, accepting venture capital can help you achieve greatness.

    How do you know when it's the right time to seek venture capital? And what are some of the alternatives?

    This month's speaker, Robert Winter, can help you understand the issues around raising venture capital. As both entrepreneur and venture capitalist, he's been on both sides of many a term sheet, and can discuss the pros and cons of going the VC route.

    As usual, we will restrict attendance to the first 25 founders and CEOs that sign up, so sign up fast!


    About the Presenter

    Robert Winter, founder and Managing Partner of the Menlo Park Group (

    Robert has over two decades of experience with management and private equity investing in the high tech industry. Currently, he is the founder and Managing Partner of the Menlo Park Group, a strategic private equity investment fund focused on late-stage and micro-cap technology companes.

    Robert's initial experience was in selling with IBM. From that, he joined Informatics General in sales management and then Hewlett Packard for experience in product management, having as well managed marketing for a start-up EDA software company. All together over 20 years of operating and general management experience. Robert joined the venture industry, first as a senior associate with Canaan Partners, and subsequently as a General Partner at Comdisco Ventures, and a founder and Managing Partner at Rocket Ventures.

    Robert holds a BS in Electrical Engineering (and a minor in Biochemistry) from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Robert is a sought after speaker on venture capital and the company building process. In addition, he is an Advisor to the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and a board member of the Hiller Aviation Museum.



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    6:00pm-6:30pm - registration

    6:30pm-8:30pm - discussion



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members

    No charge for SDForum members

    Restricted to Founders and CEOs

    Seating limited to 25.

    Pre-registration is now unavailable.
    Please register at the door.

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