Venture Finance SIG: Featuring Hummer Winblad Venture Partners



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Venture Finance SIG

    Pre-registration is now unavailable.
    Registration will be available at the door.

    We are very excited to showcase Hummer Winblad Venture Partners for our October event.

    Please note that attendance at this event is open to everyone, not just those presenting.

    Interested in Presenting? Send email to: [email protected] and provide a 2-3 page executive summary or brief description of your startup. Please include founder bios, stage of development, and overview of market opportunity and your solution. Early submissions are preferred.


    Presentation Overview

    In 1989 John Hummer and Ann Winblad formed Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, the first venture capital fund focused exclusively on software companies. Although the software industry was then in its infancy, John and Ann held two convictions that continue to drive the firm's thought process today. First, they believed that software companies enjoy a simple but superior economic model based on the low variable cost of production. Second, they felt that software would have a dramatic effect on how we live, work, and play. This vision has become reality; software has grown into one of the largest industries in the United Stages.

    Despite this remarkable growth, they believe that software's future has only just begun.

    Doug Hickey, Lars Leckie and Prashant Shah will join us to give a presentation on "How to Write a Software Venture Business Plan" and offer their opinions on where the software industry is heading, give a preview on areas where they will be placing their bets, and provide advice on how to raise venture funding in today's environment. Three lucky pre-selected entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business and get feedback on their presentations from Hummer Winblad.



    Doug Hickey, Partner

    Doug is a Partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Doug has more than 20 years of operational experience holding senior-level positions in the telecom, Internet and technology space. Most recently Doug was CEO of Critical Path. Prior to Critical Path, Doug was President and CEO of Global Center. Global Center became one of the first and largest providers of advanced web hosting. After selling Global Center to Frontier Communications in 1998, Doug was named President of Frontier Global Center and Executive Vice President of Frontier Communications Corporation.

    Doug also held the position of president and CEO of MFS Datanet, the Internet and data arm of MFS communications. MFS Datanet grew to more than $200 million in revenues and became widely recognized as the leading bandwidth and connectivity provider to more than 3000 ISPs and leading corporations worldwide. Doug was a key member of the team that negotiated the purchase of UUNET, positioning MFS as the world leader in Internet data traffic. Prior to this, Doug held several other senior-level management positions including general manager of North America at Ardis, a Motorola company. Doug received a B.S. in economics from Siena College.

    Currently Doug sits on the Boards of Lavastorm, Yosemite Technologies, Plug Power (PLUG) EAS Corporation, Scalent Systems, InMage Systems, SignalDemand, Success Metrics, CITTIO, and SyncVoice. Doug founded the Douglas T. Hickey Chair in Business at Siena College and serves on Siena's board of directors.

    Lars Leckie, Associate

    Prior to joining Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Lars Leckie was involved in founding and operational roles at start-up companies. He was a co-founder of AutoFarm (now Novariant), a company focused on GPS, robotics and automation of industrial equipment. Lars was in charge of strategy, product marketing, business development and building the sales team across three continents. Lars has also been involved with the founding team of SportBug, a GPS and Internet fitness company. While Lars spends less time coding now, he started his technical career coding and hacking computer games. He is the holder of two US patents.

    Lars is an avid sailor and a former member of the Canadian Sailing Team. He represented Canada sailing Snipes in the Pan American Games as well as other international events.

    Lars has a Masters of Science (Engineering) from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of business. He also holds an Engineering Physics degree from Queen's University (with Honors).

    Prashant Shah, Principal

    Prashant Shah joined Hummer Winblad in December 2000, where he is a Principal. He has been instrumental in many investments including Baynote, Bridgestream, Cenzic, InMage, Jareva Technologies, Krillion, Scalent, SyncVoice, Tizor and Voltage Security. He also observes a number of these boards. In addition, Prashant is an active Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley, where he is Chair of the Software SIG.

    Prior to Hummer Winblad, Prashant spent many years defining and launching high tech products. His background spans all seven layers of the OSI stack with product management roles at enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), Cypress Semiconductor and AT&T. Prashant received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


    Tom Cervantez, Davis Wright Tremaine and Golden Gate Angels

    Tom Cervantez is a Corporate Partner with the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in San Francisco and founder of the Golden Gate Angels (angel investor group in SF). 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 is also an active angel investor in the computer, communications and networking sectors and runs 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.


    Event Logistics


    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary 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 unavailable.
    Registration will be available at the door.

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