A Case Study of Learning Lessons for Entrepreneurs




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    Building a Silicon Valley Business:

    A Case Study of Learning Lessons for Entrepreneurs

    Series Description:
    SDForum, in collaboration with Nixon Peabody and Frank Rimerman are delighted to announce the launch of a unique and innovative breakfast series: Building a Tech Business in Silicon Valley: A Case Study. The Series is NOT a “talking heads” panel program.   Instead, the important lessons learned are communicated through discussions centering around detailed case descriptions.   Audience members put themselves in the shoes of the company's principals as they suffer and succeed through the rollercoaster life of a startup.  The Series will take place across five sessions from Fall '08 to Spring '09 and will trace the lifecycle of a fictitious Silicon Valley technology company.

    Each session will be kicked off  by a panel of experts and then  participants will discuss and debate what the founders should do, provide helpful insights and materials for the entrepreneurial attendees as they build and grow their own companies.  The experts include seasoned entrepreneurs and CEO’s, service providers, investors and executives with pertinent experience and insights. There will be a dedicated wiki to communicate with  attendees, including disseminating background material prior to the sessions, session materials, news and other related pieces or posts, and speaker and sponsor information.

    Attendees are invited to participate in the entire series, or simply come for one session of particular interest.

    Session #2 - Funding Opportunities - December 17, 2008
    America Has a Big Secret is a BIG hit. US's technology is a hit too. How do they fund their future? Do they continue to self fund and rely on angel investors? What are the pros and cons of accepting venture capital? 

    Confirmed Speakers:
    Jon Baer, Threshold Ventures
    Steve Baroni, Frank Rimerman
    Jim Chapman, Nixon Peabody
    Karen Northup, Corefino
    Steve Reale, Levensohn Venture Partners
    Carol Sands, The Halo Fund
    Susan Lucas-Conwell, Moderator

    Remaining Sessions: 
    Session #3- Managing High Growth, February 18, 2009
    Session #4 -Disaster, April 29, 2009
    Session #5-Selling Out/Exit Strategy, June 10, 2009

    Frank, Rimerman + Co.
    1801 Page Mill Road
    Palo Alto, CA

    Price: SDForum members: $35, Non-members: $45, Platinum Pass: $0

    **Special Offer: **Total for all 5 sessions: SDForum members: $140, Non-members: $180 (equivalent to one free session)