Venture Finance SIG: Angel Pitch Night





    Topic: Angel Pitch Night - November 18th
    Come listen to, and pitch to, angels from several of the local Silicon Valley angel groups, including the Harvard Angels and Go
    lden Gate Angels.   Learn about the the views of angels as to what is interesting now, terms they are seeing in angel deals and what their predictions are for 2010.    At the event, the panel of angles will also talk about their approach to investing, how to write an effective executive summary and give an effective funding pitch, the common traits of those companies selected to present to their respective angel groups and those which ultimately were funded.  We will select 8 ventures to do short 3 minute pitches followed by 3 minutes of feedback from the group at the event (speed angel dating).  

    Note: If you are interested in presenting, please send your no more than 2 page executive summary to Tom Cervantez, Co-Chair of the VC Sig, at [email protected] by no later than Friday, November 13th.

    Sajjad Masud, Angel Investor
    Sajjad is an entrepreneur and a consultant and advisor to startups, as well as an angel investor and member of the Harvard Angels group. Sajjad is passionate about working with entrepreneurs, and in helping and guiding them through different phases of a startup's growth lifecycle. As an executive, Sajjad has over 15 years of marketing and strategy leadership experience in the software, internet & technology-enabled services space. An out-of- the-box thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit and a well-balanced  combination of  deep business insights, strategic thinking and  technology expertise, Sajjad  brings proven leadership skills in identifying a growth opportunity and then helping and organizing high-caliber teams to strategize, collaborate, and deliver on  that opportunity.

    Sajjad was founder & CEO of Apvision, a software & services company providing compliance-enabling business solutions to the financial services sector.

    Prior to that, he held leadership positions in product marketing and management with several venture funded startups in the software and infrastrcuture space. Sajjad began his career at Oracle Corporation where he held engineering and consulting positions, leading teams and working directly with Fortune 2000 companies. Sajjad has an MBA from Harvard Business School and  an MSE (Computer Science & Engineering) from The University of  Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    ModeratorTom Cervantez,  Harvard Angel Co-Chair and Venture Law Attorney

    Tom Cervantez is the founder of the Golden Gate Angels and Harvard Angels (angel investor groups in SF) and a corporate and venture law attorney. Tom has over 15 years experience working as a lawyer in the venture capital and startup technology company field in Silicon Valley. Tom's core area of focus is 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 is also an active angel investor in the computer, communications and networking sectors and runs the Harvard Angels (angel group for Harvard Business School NorCal Alum and Harvard Club SF) and the Golden Gate Angels investor group in San Francisco. 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.

    NEW Opportunity! Sign-up now to meet with an Early-Stage Venture Lawyer - Prior to the event from 4:30 till 6:00PM, our host sponsor DLA Piper have offered to have an early-stage venture lawyer available to answer any general legal questions you may have regarding your proposed business.  To sign up to speak with a DLA partner, please email [email protected] with your contact details and your preferred time between between 4:30 and 6PM.


    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

    Venture Finance SIG