VF SIG: A Night with New Enterprise Associates




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    Presentation Overview

    We are very excited to showcase New Enterprise Associates for our April event, with a focus on Blogging, computer games/systems, communications, software & services, electronics and semiconductors. Please note that attendance at this event with NEA is open to everyone, not just those presenting.

    The SDForum Venture Finance SIG presents a rare opportunity to pitch and receive valuable feedback from the software team at top Silicon Valley venture firm New Enterprise Associates.

    Three members of this prestigious firm will join us to present their fund, their investment approaches and their take on the software market and opportunities for emerging companies in the areas of Blogging, computer games/systems, communications, software & services, electronics and semiconductors.

    A small number of pre-selected entrepreneurs will have ten minutes to pitch their business and get feedback on their presentations from NEA.


    • Scott Sandell (bio), General Partner, New Enterprise Associates
    • Forest Baskett (bio), Venture Partner, New Enterprise Associates
    • Paul Hsiao (bio), Kauffman Fellow, New Enterprise Associates

      Tom Cervantez (bio), Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Corporate and Securities Law Group


      Email your Executive Summary to [email protected]

      Provide a short (4 page maximum) Executive Summary or brief description of your startup. Please make sure to include founder bios and stage of company (R&D, beta, revenues). Early submissions preferred, no later than end of business on 4/23.

      Presentations will be accepted in the areas of blogging (search engines, new tools, communities, new approaches to revenue generation etc) and gaming (developers, tools for developeres etc) and communications, software & services, electronics and semiconductors.

      About the Presenters

      Scott joined NEA in 1996 and became a General Partner in 2000. He focuses on investments in information technology, including software, semiconductors and systems. His current board memberships include Actional, Agami, CenterBeam, Data Domain, Ensim, FineGround Networks, Foveon and Spreadtrum Communications. He has also sponsored various investments at NEA including BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited, Decru, Motion Computing and Salesforce.com, in addition to serving on the board of the Software Development Forum. He was previously on the board of 3ware (now Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, NASDAQ: AMCC), Amplitude Software (now Critical Path), Neoteris (now Juniper Networks, NASDAQ: JNPR), NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ) and WebEx (NASDAQ: WEBX). Scott started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and later joined C-ATS Software as the company's first salesman. He founded and ran the European Subsidiary before going to Stanford Business School. During and after business school, Scott was a product manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95. In addition to an MBA from Stanford, Scott holds an A.B. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

      Forest joined NEA in 1999 as a venture partner working with information technology companies. Present board memberships include Aeluros, Atheros Communications (NASDAQ: ATHR), Catalytic, E20 Communications, Fulcrum Microsystems, Nanochip and T-RAM. He also serves as an advisor to Chelsio Communications, DataDomain, FineGround, Foveon, Luxtera, PolyServe, ReShape Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (NYSE: SMI), and Agami. Previous board memberships include Newisys. He was previously Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation from 1982 to 1986 before joining SGI. Prior to that he was a professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1971 to 1982. He also spent two years at Los Alamos National Laboratory building an operating system for the original Cray-1 computer and a year and a half at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a Principal Scientist doing VLSI research. At Stanford, he worked with Andy Bechtolsheim on the SUN workstation project, with Jim Clark on the Geometry Engine project, and with John Hennessy on the MIPS microprocessor project. Dr. Baskett received a BA in Mathematics from Rice University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

      Paul joined NEA in 2003 as a Kauffman Fellow. He works closely with NEA's software and China portfolio companies, including Interlace Systems, Spreadtrum Communications, WholeSecurity, BCD Semiconductor, and Visual Edge. Most recently, Paul co-founded Mazu Networks, a venture-backed enterprise network security company that he and two computer scientists conceived and spun out from the MIT Labs. He served as Mazu's founding President and later VP of Product Marketing. Prior to Mazu, Paul was with McKinsey & Company in Greater China, working with electronics and semiconductor clients. Paul started his career at Medtronic and developed microcircuits for new generations of defibrillators, neurostimulators, and drug delivery systems. He received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

      Tom is a Partner in the Corporate and Securities Group of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in San Francisco. Tom has over 15 years experience working in the securities and finance field, with a focus on helping emerging growth companies, venture funds, and software and hardware computer companies navigate issues concerning securities, capital structure planning, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, venture financing and licensing transactions. Tom has also participated at an operating level at several companies, including a venture fund, boutique investment bank and an ISP. Tom's most recent venture was the formation of Britton Silberman & Cervantez LLP, which was acquired in June of 2000. Tom also runs the Golden Gate Angels investor group in San Francisco, targeting early stage investments in technology, communications and consumer retail ventures. Tom holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University, a JD from Harvard Law School and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

      Event Logistics

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      Microsoft Main Campus
      1065 La Avenida, Bldg. 1
      Mountain View, CA


    6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments

    7:00pm-8:30pm Pitch Session (starts promptly at 7:00pm

    ** Latecomers who arrive after 7:20pm will not be admitted to avoid disruption of the session.


    $20 SDForum members

    $30 Non-SDForum members

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