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    Venture Startup and Financing Evening Program:  A Night with The Harvard Angels

    Presentation and Pitch Session:

    Come listen and pitch to the Harvard Angels.  Learn about the Harvard Angels’ views as to what is interesting now, terms they are seeing in angel deals, and what their predictions are for 2011.  The panel of Harvard Angel members 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 group meetings and those which ultimately were funded.  We will select 8 ventures to do 3-minute pitches followed by 3 minutes of feedback from the panel.

    Note:  If you are interested in presenting, please send your executive summary (no more than 2 pages) to John Lee, Co-Chair of the Venture Startup and Financing SIG, at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, February 23.


    Tom Cervantez – Founder and Co-President, Harvard Angels & Partner, Bizlaw
    Tom Cervantez is 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 is also a partner with Business Counsel Law Group in  San Francisco, working with emerging companies, venture funds and computer software and hardware providers.  He advises clients in matters involving securities, capital structure planning, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, venture financing and licensing transactions.  He also advises domestic companies expanding into foreign markets, and international companies seeking investment or product distribution in the United States.  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.

    J.C. Sarner – Angel Investor
    Jean-Claude Sarner is an active angel investor.  He invests in Seed and A rounds of companies located in the Bay Area, in the following sectors:
    * Life sciences, with a concentration in medical devices
    * Hi Tech, mostly software
    * Retail
    J.C. has a strong preference for short exit plans. A high-tech veteran, he brings operational expertise developed over the course of a 20-year general management, sales and marketing career in the software industry.  Jean-Claude knows from experience some of the mistakes first time entrepreneurs may make in building their businesses.  He is willing to provide advice and act as a sounding board.  J.C. may take board observer positions, but he usually declines full board memberships.

    J.C. Sarner started a number of businesses and organizations from scratch, successfully bringing software solutions to developers of internet infrastructure, telecom, automotive and other electronic devices.  He participated in the creation of the Microcomputer Software Group at Intel, before taking leading roles at software companies such as Diab Data, Integrated Systems and creating a new business unit at Wind River.

    On the M&A front, J.C. has repeatedly been on both sides of the coin.  In particular, he co-founded Optimizing Software Tools, Inc., where he was instrumental in the management buy-out of Diab Data.  He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated in 1984.

    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.


    John Lee – Silicon Valley Bank 
    John Lee is a director in SVB's Entrepreneur Services Group. Lee establishes banking relationships with early stage technology companies. Lee also assists early and mid-stage technology companies with raising capital through review and feedback on investment materials and targeted introductions to venture capital firms and other investors. In addition, Lee provides relevant market insights and connections to strategic partners. Lee focuses on the enterprise and infrastructure software and hardware sectors, including cloud computing and SaaS, data management and storage, security, semiconductors, mobile and consumer electronic devices, data centers and broadband networks.  Lee holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

    6:30 - 7:00 pm  Registration and Networking
    7:00 - 8:30 pm Presentation

    Note: There is an additional $10.00 charge at the door - if not pre-registered.

    Seating is limited! It is very important to pre-register for this event. It does sell-out and we may need to turn people away. Please note: Because of Paypal's new policies, we can no longer accept American Express cards at the door.