Venture Forum Luncheon with The Angels' Forum



  • Deadline to apply extended! Join Carol Sands, Founder of the Angels' Forum, and others for an exclusive roundtable discussion. Twelve entrepreneurs will be invited to participate. Apply now!

    Deadline to respond

    9:00am on Monday, January 21

    SDForum is offering a special opportunity for Start-up Members to join The Angels' Forum (more info) for an exclusive Venture Forum Luncheon. Twelve entrepreneurs will be invited to participate in this intimate roundtable discussion, and each will be given the opportunity to make an informal introduction of their company to the group. Companies should be headquartered in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area and focus on a disruptive technology that will open new, large market opportunities.

    Participants from The Angels Forum:
    Carol Sands, (Bio), Founder
    Lauren Cooney, (Bio), Analyst
    Kimberlie Cerrone, (Bio), Managing Member

    To apply, submit a copy of your company's executive summary to [email protected] by the 9am deadline on Wed., Jan 16. After the deadline passes, companies will be reviewed by the Angels' Forum and notified if they are selected to participate.

    Cost is $30 (casual lunch provided).

    Anchor Carol Sands
    The Angels' Forum was founded by Carol Sands in 1997. After becoming a full-time angel investor, Carol decided that operating within a "venture capital" structure would improve the possibility of success. She built a work group of private investors, with diverse industry, gender, cultural, and business experience who invest both time and money in very early stage companies. As Managing Member of The Angels' Forum, she manages the professional stuff that supports the members of The Angels' Forum and all the investments made by TAF and The Halo Fund. She is also the Managing Member of The Halo Fund Management Company, a venture capital fund that co-invests with The Angels' Forum.

    In 1986, Carol founded Sands MarketingPlus, Inc., a company whose proprietary sales management and marketing methodology promoted growth in clients' revenues and profitability. She is an executive strategist and exceptional problem-solver who conceives, plans and implements new business practices to produce order-of-magnitude improvements in market position, revenues and corporate image for her clients.

    Previously, Carol spent 10 years working for major corporations such as Motorola, Xerox, and First Bank Systems. She also spent 6 years in Public Accounting as a consultant and as the Director of Marketing for Arthur Young (now called Ernest & Young, LLP) and for Coopers & Lyband, LLP (now called PriceWaterhouse Coopers).

    Carol is a limited equity partner in several venture capital funds and a member of the National Venture Capital Association. She is active with many groups that support entrepreneurs, women, and the arts. Carol served on the Advisor Board for The Community Foundation of Silicon Valley and now is a member of the San Jose Repertory Theatre Board of Trustees.

    Anchor Lauren Cooney, Analyst, The Angels' Forum
    Lauren is currently an Analyst for The Angels' Forum, where she assesses business plans and assists in portfolio management. Lauren works closely with TAF investors on the company pipeline, as well as helps new companies on their presentation content and skills. Previously, she held the position of Membership and Programs Manager at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, where she gained valuable experience working with high-growth, venture fundable companies. While at FWE, she managed the Bay Area membership, a constituency that numbered over 600, as well as created numerous new programs for start-up entrepreneurs. Formerly, Lauren was the Business Development Specialist at the SBA-Cisco Systems Entrepreneur Center in San Jose, and helped to open the center in October of 2000. Lauren is also on the Advisory Board of CEO Women, a non-profit organization located in Oakland, and a member of the Bay Area Women's Leadership Coalition (BAWLC).

    Anchor Kimberlie Cerrone, Managing Member
    Kimberlie L. Cerrone has extensive strategic planning, deal-making and international business and legal experience, including over twenty years experience in structuring and executing many types of strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and partner, licensing, customer and vendor relationships for biotechnology, medical device, software and Internet companies. She is expert in developing and executing intellectual property protection strategies and in acquiring and exploiting valuable intellectual property, technology and product rights. Kimberlie has significant startup, industry and major law firm experience. In 1987, she co-founded Neurobiological Technologies, Inc. Kimberlie led this biotechnology company's business development, regulatory affairs and financing efforts for its first three years, and served on its Board of Directors prior to its initial public offering in 1994. She is a licensed California and patent attorney who practiced law at Gunderson Dettmer and Venture Law Group where her practice emphasized high technology and life sciences companies, including Yahoo!, Ariba, Net Perceptions and Target Therapeutics. She has served as Chief Financial Officer, VP Business Development or General Counsel at seven venture capital-backed companies; two of which she saw through public offerings and beyond. Several venture capital firms, including Softbank, Sevin Rosen, USVP, Asia Pacific, Bessemer, Rock Creek and Chevron Ventures regularly introduce Kimberlie to early stage portfolio companies. She often joins these companies as an executive, consultant or advisor in order to help them establish patent and trademark portfolios, perfect their sales and licensing strategies, establish legal and financial methodologies, and execute their early strategic, international, vendor and customer deals. Kimberlie graduated from the University of Illinois where she was recognized as an Edmund James Scholar. She earned a Master of Science degree in biochemical pharmacology from New York University. She was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree from University of San Francisco and was admitted to the National Beta Gamma Sigma Society. She graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Kimberlie is admitted to practice patent law before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Kimberlie serves on several business advisory boards of both high tech and life science companies, and is a director or trustee of several for profit and nonprofit organizations. She has authored several articles and book chapters on business strategies that maximize the strategic value of intellectual property and is frequently invited to speak at business and venture capital conferences. She lives in Hillsborough, California with her husband and children.

    Anchor The Angels’ Forum (TAF)
    The Angels’ Forum is a group of 25 private equity investors that meet weekly to manage and expand their investment portfolio. Coming from diverse industry and functional backgrounds, the investors offer strategic contacts and guidance (including board participation) in addition to capital to promising, early-stage technology and growth companies. The group has been investing since 1998, and typical initial investments range from $100,000 to over $750,000. Total investment in a company has reached $3 million.

    The Angels’ Forum invests in seed and early-stage business ventures. The ventures must represent a significant return on investment opportunity. TAF focuses on identifying and supporting disruptive technologies that will open new, large market opportunities. However, TAF limits its investments to companies headquartered in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area.

    The Angels Forum is a group of entrepreneurial men and women who have the capital, time, experience, skills, and interest to assist other entrepreneurs. The members are very effective mentors and actively draw on their diverse backgrounds and the business experiences of other members.

    To date, The Angels’ Forum has invested in the following industry sectors:
    Consumer products
    Enterprise software
    Industrial products
    Internet and e-commerce
    Medical devices and services
    Telecommunications and wireless

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