Int'l SIG: Surviving as a German in the Valley Venture Jungle



  • The Silicon Valley magic ­ why is it impossible to clone it elsewhere? The Do's and Don'ts of fund raising and case studies.


    Joerg Sperling, Managing Director - Ridgewood Capital

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    Silicon Valley World Internet Center
    700 Welch Road, Suite 250
    Stanford Barn (2nd floor)
    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments
    7:00-7:15pm announcements and introductions
    7:15-8:30pm program
    8:30-9:00pm networking/one-on-one discussions


    $10 for non-SDForum Members
    No charge for SDForum members and students with ID

    Presentation Overview

    The Software Development Forum International SIG, March 19 at 6:30 PM, at the Silicon Valley World Internet Center, Palo Alto, will feature a VC with European and US credentials. Take a look at the topic and plan now to join us for what will be an excellent event. See you there for beverages and pizza or nibbles! Presentation at 7 PM. A special thanks to our sponsors: Localisation Industry Standards Association (LISA) and SET. Also, to the Silicon Valley World Internet Center for inviting us to use their center for our meetings. Thanks and we'll hope to see Charlie fit and ready to enlighten us re the Computer Museum at March meeting!

    Speaker Profile

    Joerg Sperling

    Before joining Ridgewood Capital, Mr. Sperling held several positions at Infineon Technologies AG (formerly Siemensí Semiconductor Group). There he was in DRAM sales and served customers such as Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM, with sales totaling $170 million. Most recently, he served as the North American investment manager for Infineon Ventures, which had a total fund size of over $100 million. Mr. Sperling has also worked at AT&T Bell Labs in New Jersey and the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, specializing in the field of III/IV semiconductors for optical applications. Mr. Sperling currently serves on the boards of Aralight, Bristlecone, Gigabit Optics, Kobalt Interactive, Nova Crystals, Opticalis, Orchid Lightwave Communications and Sycon Design. He is an observer on the board of Radiant Photonics and uTOK. He holds a masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Aachen in Germany.

    He is a frequent speaker at venture capital conferences and in public radio. 3 years ago he founded the ìGerman High-Tech Stammtischî which today has more than 400 German members in the Valley.

    Joerg moved to the Bay Area about 4 years ago and enjoys the Silicon Valley venture business now for more than 3 years. Joerg lives with his wife and 2 kids in Mountain View, CA.