SDForum Quarterly Venture Breakfast with PWC



  • Check out articles for this event at the link(s) below:
    Memo To Silicon Valley: 2009 Is The New 2001, All Deals Are Series A; But VCs Are Hurt Too!

    Steve Bengston's slides are available here.



    Event Description:

    The QuarterlyVenture Breakfast  Series in collaboration with PWC, discussed trends in venture investments in Wireless.

    Wire is quickly becoming a four letter word.  Many technology applications are going wireless, starting with our computers.  Advertising has historically been a small part of the wireless revolution, but with so much media time spent on wireless devices, that is starting to change.  Please join us at Pillsbury Winthrop in Palo Alto to hear leading investors discuss the trends in wireless, what they are still investing in, and get your questions answered.


    8:00am-8:30am  Registration and Breakfast
    8:30am-8:45am  Introductions
    8:45am-9:00am  Overview with Steve Bengston
    9:00am-9:45am  Panel Discussion
    9:45am-10:00am Question and Answer


    David Aslin, Nexit Ventures 
    Steve Bengston,
     Pricewaterhouse Coopers  
    Dr. Antonio Carballo, IBM Venture Capital Group
    Thom Holder, Intel

    Brendon Kim, Altos Ventures
    David Rohrsheim, Draper Fisher Jurvetson 
    Moderator: Allison Leopold Tilley, Pillsbury Winthrop

    About the Speakers:

    David Aslin, Nexit Ventures, is a venture advisor, entrepreneur and investor with emerging companies in wireless devices and wireless cleantech; he has helped create or co-found several cleantech startups in the Bay Area, including Lumiette and Fruition Sciences.  He divides his time between these and working with the team at Nexit Ventures as a Venture Partner.  Nexit is an international VC with offices in Silicon ValleyFinland and Sweden focusing exclusively on investing in the wireless industry.  Nexit has had notable exits from Bitfone (sold to HP); Mobileway (later known as Mobile365) (sold to Sybase) and Hybrid Graphics (sold to nVidia) and has completed 3 investments in 2008 from its newly raised second fund.

    Steve Bengston, PriceWaterhouseCoopers,  runs the Emerging Company Services (ECS) group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. ECS helps companies informally with referrals to investors and other people that can help startups and more formally with services like audit and tax. Steve also presents the Money Tree data each quarter which summarizes venture capital investment results and trends.

    Brendon Kim, General Partner and co-founder of 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.

    Allison Leopold Tilley, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop focuses on the representation of technology companies in securities and venture capital transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, venture funds and joint ventures. She has significant experience representing acquirers and target companies. Ms. Leopold Tilley is co-leader of the firm's Emerging Growth & Technology practice, leader of the Silicon Valley Business and Technology Group and co-leader of the Southeast Asia team.

    David Rohrsheim, Analyst, Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Prior to joining DFJ, David was a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company working in Sydney and London. He advised corporate and private equity clients in a range of industries including telecommunications, retail, media and construction. He previously completed an internship in the Investment Banking Group of Macquarie Bank.

    David gained startup experience as the 6th employee of Strategic Data Management, ranked in 2002 as the tenth fastest growing company in Australia (acquired by ASX:DWS). Later, he helped open seven stores of the fifth fastest growing franchise of 2007, Wok In a Box. He received a B.Eng.(IT&T) and B.Fin. from Adelaide University, where he graduated with First Class Honours and as president of his college.


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    Palo Alto, CA 94304



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