Venture Finance SIG: Angel Financing: Finding the Right Partners



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Venture Finance SIG

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    Presentation Overview

    Angel Financing: Finding the Right Partners

    Today, angel investors may not just be the first investors in your company, they may be the only investors in your company. Especially for internet startups, angel financing has become increasingly more prominent as a financing source, leading some companies to avoid VC financing altogether. We are even starting to see some venture capital firms getting in on the act, offering small amounts of capital to nascent startups (for example, Charles River Ventures' recently announced QuickStart program).

    Hear an experienced group of angels, entrepreneurs, and VCs discuss their experiences and offer their advice. Topics to be covered include:



    Michael Tanne

    Barney Pell

    Paul Martino

    Josh Becker

    Moderated by David Sachs, Trident Capital

    Event Logistics

    DirectionsVenture Finance SIG

    • Tapping angel networks: where angel investors look for deals
    • How to get an angel interested in your deal
    • The angel funding process - pulling together a financing
    • How to maximize the value (beyond funding) that angels can add to your company
    • Mistakes to avoid when raising angel financing and working with angels
    • Michael is founder and CEO of Wink, a Social Search Engine that uses people's contributions and feedback to make it easier to find and share current, relevant results on the Web. Previously Michael was founder of AdForce, a publicly-traded Internet ad serving company acquired by CMGi in 2000. Michael then founded XDegrees which was acquired by Microsoft in 2002. Previously Michael ran products at Verity, the leader in enterprise search. Michael is also an investor/advisor to start-ups including LinkedIn, SimplyHired, Flock, Dogster, Revision3, RealTravel and Edgeio and serves on the board of Cloudmark, a leading anti-spam provider.

      Barney Pell, Ph.D., is Founder and CEO of Powerset, a VC-funded startup company building a natural langauage search engine. For over 15 years Barney Pell (Ph.D. Computer science, Cambridge University 1993) has pursued groundbreaking technical and commercial innovation in A.I. and Natural Language understanding at research institutions including NASA, SRI, Stanford University and Cambridge University. In startup companies, Dr. Pell was Chief Strategist and VP of Business Development at (acquired by Red Herring in March, 2000) and later had the same role at Whizbang! Labs, a pioneer of Vertical Search. Just prior to founding Powerset, Pell was an Entrepeneur in Residence at Mayfield, one of the top VC firms in Silicon Valley.

      Paul is CEO of Aggregate Knowledge, and has been a serial entrepreneur who was the founding CTO of and founding CEO of Ahpah Software, a Java security company. He has previously held senior business development positions at Intertrust and SkyPilot.

      Josh Becker, formerly of Redpoint Ventures and Agile Software, an investor/advisor to start-ups including SimplyHired, Flock, iAmplify and Cryptic Studios.


      DLA Piper LLP
      2000 University Ave.(University Circle)
      East Palo Alto, CA 94303
      Tel: 650.833.2000
      Note: These are the tall buildings on the corner of University Avenue and Woodland Avenue on the west side of Hwy. 101. They are in the University Circle complex.

    6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments
    7:00p.m.-8:30 p.m. Panel discussion and Pitch Session (starts promptly at 7:00pm)

    $20 SDForum members
    $30 Non-SDForum members

    Pre-registration is now closed. Please register at the door.

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