Venture Startup & Financing SIG: Registration Closed/No walkins, please.



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    Venture Startup and Financing SIG: New Venture Launch Fundamentals for 2013 - Monday, January 28

    Presentation Overview: Getting Going on the New Venture in 2013 – Choosing the Right Idea, Building the Team and Getting the Venture Started

    Starting a new venture is not for the faint of heart, but fortunately many have gone before you, and you can come to this evening seminar and learn from those CEO’s, startup advisors and others about how to focus on the right opportunity, build a team that will succeed, and get through the formation mechanics without getting too sidetracked from the key focus of building a product/solution that will sell in the marketplace. Topics to be covered include:

    -Choosing the right “problem” to solve, tips on how to choose the right market/product opportunity for your new venture, or at least avoid the sectors that have classic “danger” warning signals
    -Finding co-founders, advice on how to assess your strengths and weaknesses so you can add team members to bolster the venture
    -Finding a space/place to start – out of the house or into an office? Or maybe an incubator? What are the ups/downs of those options?
    -To business plan or not? Is it really helpful or necessary?
    -Setting-up the new venture – when to incorporate, setup option plans and other legal mechanics of the new venture launch
    -What other advisors are necessary? How to choose banks, accountants, lawyers and build advisory boards

    Speaker: Milind Gadekar, CEO, CloudOn

    Co-founding CloudOn was a natural decision for Milind due to his strong entrepreneurial passion – why settle for a job, when one can take a more exciting path of potentially changing the world? As CEO, Milind is focused on building a company that he can be proud of while also serving the needs of people like him – someone with way too many devices but the desire to be productive on all of them at any given time, anywhere.
    Prior to CloudOn, Milind has been in senior positions at other start-ups including P-Cube (acquired by Cisco), Epinions (acquired by eBay as and @Home Network. He has an MBA from Wharton, and a MS and BS in Computer Engineering.

    Speaker: Alan Chiu, Principal, XSeed Capital

    Alan Chiu is a Principal at XSeed Capital, with over 15 years of product development expertise in enterprise software and data storage. Alan was previously Director of Product Management at Bycast (acquired by NetApp), an object storage software company with a global customer base that included some of the largest digital content repositories in the world. At Bycast, Alan and his team drove the product roadmap, managed OEM relationships with IBM and HP, and developed strategies to enter new vertical markets.

    Prior to Bycast, Alan served as an engineering manager at a network security start-up, and helped develop the market-leading digital prepress workflow system at Creo, which was acquired by Kodak for $1B in cash.

    Alan holds a BASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, as well as an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions.

    Speaker: Michael Torosian, Partner, DLA Piper

    Michael Torosian is a partner in the Corporate group of DLA Piper’s Silicon Valley office. He focuses on a wide variety of corporate and securities law matters in the high technology, clean tech and life sciences industries. Mr. Torosian has represented both private and public companies, venture capital and private equity firms and investment banks.

    Mr. Torosian regularly acts as outside general counsel to public and private companies at all stages of development, and his general company representation includes advising management and boards of directors regarding assisting with business plans, company formation issues, equity and debt offerings and credit facilities, federal and state securities law compliance, employment matters, equity incentives, commercial arrangements, public company compliance and disclosure matters and corporate governance matters.

    His transactional finance practice consists of venture capital and growth equity financings, private equity transactions, public securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

    He has represented companies and investors in all stages of financings and has completed a large number of venture capital and growth equity financings , recapitalizations and reorganizations, strategic corporate investments, bridge financings and private equity transactions.

    His public securities experience includes representing companies and investment banks in initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary equity offerings, and registered 144A debt offerings.
    His mergers and acquisitions experience includes representing private and public acquirers and targets in numerous merger and acquisition transactions.

    Mr. Torosian is a Certified Public Accountant and prior to his law practice was a supervising senior auditor at a Big Four accounting firm, working with the management and boards of directors of private and public companies.

    Moderator: John Lee, Director, Entrepreneur Services Group, 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 growth-stage technology companies with raising capital through review of investment materials and introductions to investors including angel groups, venture capital firms, and corporate venture groups. In addition, Lee provides market insights and connections to strategic partners including corporate development and IT groups. Lee focuses on enterprise and infrastructure software and hardware sectors including cloud computing and SaaS, big data and analytics, security, mobile platforms and applications, advertising technology, and semiconductors, mobile computing and consumer electronic devices, and data center systems, storage, and networks.

    Lee holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


    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.


    6:30 - 7:00 pm  Registration and Networking

    7:00 - 8:30 pm Presentation