SDForum Quarterly Venture Breakfast with PWC





    Event Description:

    The Quarterly Venture Breakfast  Series in collaboration with PWC, will discuss trends in venture investments in “Go West Young VC: US Venture Firms Go Abroad”.


    Silicon Valley is still the center of the investing universe but many people think that will change in the next 10-20 years.  At current growth rates vc investment in China will equal the entire US in about 7 years.  In a world where talent, not money, is the resource in short supply, won't the countries with the most engineers (read India and China) win?  The current US immigration policies seem to be speeding up the process.  In some of the hottest sectors, like clean tech, over half the deals are already outside the US.  Come hear what our panel of experts has to say about globalization and how it will affect us.




    About the Speakers:

    Bronwyn Dylla Bailey, SVB Capital,  Bronwyn Dylla Bailey is the research director for SVB Capital. In her role, she is responsible for assessing venture capital trends, identifying strategic market opportunities and communicating this information to limited partners. Bailey brings more than 12 years of experience conducting research and providing analytics for consulting engagements and academic studies to SVB Capital.

    Prior to joining SVB Capital in 2006, Bailey was with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) located in Los Angeles, where she conducted financial and economic analysis in support of intellectual property, antitrust, and other commercial litigation. While at PwC, she co-authored a chapter on intellectual property in the entertainment industry for a leading financial reference book. Bailey was also a director at Micronomics, an economics consulting firm in Los Angeles, and advised telecommunications and media clients as a strategy consultant for Cap Gemini in London.

    Bailey graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in government and international relations. She earned a master's degree and a doctorate in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, where her research focused on the political economy of Europe.

    Ms. Silvia Burk, Pillsbury Winthrop. Ms Burk's practice focuses on the representation of established and emerging technology companies in the areas of corporate securities, mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances, intellectual property matters, as well as general corporate representation. Ms. Burks' particular focus is in handling cross-border transactions representing public and private companies based in Europe and Asia.

    Prior to joining Pillsbury, Ms. Burks was a partner at Coudert Brothers LLP in their Global Corporate practice. She has practiced law at the German firm of Boden Oppenhoff & Schneider (now Linklaters) in Cologne, and also in the Competition Directorate at the Commission of the  European Union in Brussels.

    Ms. Burks is a frequent speaker on various topics including cross-border licensing and acquisitions, venture capital investment, and investment in companies in the life sciences sector.

    Tim Chang, Principal, Norwest Venture Partners Tim brings a combination of operational, technical and international business experience to Norwest Venture Partners. Tim focuses on investments in wireless and digital media as well as business development initiatives in Asia-Pacific. Tim has recently invested in and joined the board of directors of 3Jam, a multiparty mobile text messaging platform and service, and Lumos Labs, a web-based provider of scientifically-tested brain training games. Tim also works with the boards of deCarta and Double Fusion.

    Prior to joining NVP in 2006, Tim was a principal at Gabriel Venture Partners where he was actively involved in over a dozen wireless-related deals and led Gabriel's investments in Iridigm Display Corporation (acquired by Qualcomm), Eyespot, Sequoia Communications, Sandbridge, and Kajeet. He also contributed to the boards of Placeware (acquired by Microsoft) and Arula Systems (acquired by Raritan), TestQuest, NextG Networks, and IPWireless. Tim built Gabriel's wireless sector practice and helped establish business development capabilities through strong, strategic relationships across the wireless value chain, particularly in Asia-Pacific.

    Brendon Kim, General Partner and co-founder,Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of wireless communications and enterprise software. He currently serves as a director of Branders, Edgenuity, DigitalPath, New Vine, ScoutMetrics, and Vapro. Brendon has also served as a director of Bluedot Software (acquired by Ambassadors International), Egreetings (EGRT, acquired by American Greetings) and Enwisen.

    Before joining Altos Ventures in 1996, Brendon was a management consultant at CSC Index. He led executive teams in strategy development, marketing, and re-engineering projects that resulted in dramatic revenue and productivity improvements. His clients included Fortune 500 companies in the telecommunications, media and healthcare industries. Before CSC Index, Brendon worked at Procter & Gamble and Coopers & Lybrand.

    Brendon is a founding director and former president of the Korean American Society of Entrepreneurs (KASE). He is also a former director and current advisor of the Korean IT Network (KIN). Brendon received an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Princeton University.



    Robert Walker, Principal, Sierra Ventures focused on solid state lighting, displays, clean technology, solar energy and semiconductors. He serves as a Board Observer at mSilica and Applied MicroStructures Prior to joining Sierra in 2007, Robert was the CEO of BridgeLux, founded YEBY Associates and was a Managing Director at Vincera Capital. Prior to Vincera, he was General Manager of Pacific Rim business at Emcore. He is a 15 year veteran of the solid–state lighting industry with significant experience in Asia. He started his career as a high energy physicist, conducting research at Fermilab, SLAC, and the National Lab for High Energy Physics in Japan, and is an author of the paper announcing the discovery of the “Top” quark. Robert holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, Math and Physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a MS and Ph.D in Physics from the California Institute of Technology.


    Registration Begins at 8:00am   


    $20 for SDForum members
    $30 for non-SDForum members
    No Charge for SDForum Platinum Pass Members


    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    2475 Hanover Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94304



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    8:00am-8:30am  Registration and Breakfast
    8:30am-8:45am  Introductions
    8:45am-9:00am  Overview with Bronwyn Dylla Bailey
    9:00am-9:45am  Panel Discussion: “Go West Young VC: US Venture Firms Go Abroad”

                              Bronwyn Dylla Bailey, SVB Capital
                              Tim Chang, Norwest Venture Partners 
                              Brendon Kim, Altos Venture Partners
                              Robert Walker, Sierra Venture Partners

                              Moderator: Sylvia Burks, Pillsbury Winthrop

    9:45am-10:00am Question and Answer