Soup to Nuts: Bldg. & Managing a Tech Startup in Volatile Times



  • Soup2Nuts "Advanced Survival Strategies" Series with content directly addressing recent changes in the economy. Comments from last year: “Best SDF seminar I’ve attended!” “Expectations more than met.” “Excellent guest speakers.”

    Bldg. & Managing a Tech Startup in Volatile Times

    For seven years, Soup-to-Nuts has been one of our most popular seminar series, offering four intensive Saturday sessions with in-depth coverage of the topics related to starting and building a successful technology company. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or just want to stay current, this series is a great way for you to stay on top of industry trends and practices.

    The series is organized with the law firm of White & Lee, and each session is introduced by a White & Lee attorney who will provide an overview of the legal and business issues associated with that topic.

    To reflect the current market environment, this year's series is entitled "Advanced Survival Strategies" and we have updated the content to directly address recent changes in the economy.

    Session One on "Building and Managing a Tech Startup in Volatile Times" will cover the key elements of what's needed to get a business started in the current market environment and more importantly, keep it going. You will hear from ten experts and people in the trenches on how to get from concept to your first round of funding. Whether you are just trying to get off the ground or in the middle of a restart, this in-depth program will help you determine what steps to follow for a successful and fundable outcome.

    The Soup to Nuts Series is sponsored by New Enterprise Associates.


    Event Logistics


    08:30-09:00 Registration/Networking/Continental breakfast
    09:00-10:00 10 Rules for Startups in an Uncertain Economy
    Paul Leboffe, White & Lee
    10:00-11:00 Building the Team in the Early Stages
    Nancy Raulston, Strayer Consulting Group
    David R. Mather, Managing Director, Technology & Venture Practice, Christian & Timbers
    11:00-11:15 Break
    11:15-12:15 Building and Funding Early Stage Infrastructure
    Greg Hatfield, BI3 Solutions
    Bill Diehl, Rapid 5, Inc.
    Ron Nikel, TriCN
    12:15-01:00 Lunch
    01:00-02:00 Team Transition...the Good, the Bad, the Ugly
    Fidel Hamed, former CEO of Lambda Optics
    Paul Tomlinson, Alexander Hutton Venture Partners
    Joe Kouri, Bononi & Kouri


    SDForum Center

    111 W. Saint John, Suite 200

    San Jose, CA 95113



    8:30am Registration/Networking/Continental breakfast

    9:00am-2:00pm Seminar


    Future Sessions

    Session 2

    Saturday March 2

    Building a Company with Investor Funding:How to Attract Money in this Market

    Register now for session 2


    Session 3

    Saturday April 13

    Strategic Partnering: Partnering for Growth in a Challenging Market

    Register now for session 3


    Session 4

    Saturday May 18

    The End Game: Making the Most of Your Exit

    Register now for session 4

    All sessions include multiple breaks for networking with speakers and attendees, as well as continental breakfast and lunch.



    Cost (Continental breakfast and lunch included)

    $49 SDForum Members & SVASE Members,

    $99 Non-Members

    (Normally $85 SDForum Members, $150 Non-Members)

    Receive a $40 voucher for use on future events
    when you register for all four days!

    You may attend one session, two or all! Registration is per session.