Wharton Club - Sand Hill Road Series: Internet of Things: The Next $1,000,000,000,000+ Opportunity




    With Nest Labs’ $3.2 Billion acquisition by Google, success of start-ups like FitBit and SmartThings, and emergence of several start-ups trying to bring every-“thing” in our lives to life, we are on the cusp of a new world – the world of Internet of Things, a.k.a. IoT. 
    Despite all the buzz around IoT, there are more questions than answers. 
    • How do experts classify this space? How big is it? How far into the future is it?
    • What are the key drivers of investment? What are the business models around IoT? Who is positioned to best capture the value?
    • Which are the most promising start-ups? What are corporations doing about it (Cisco, Intel, Apple, Phillips, GM, ADT, others)?
    • What are the biggest risks and uncertainties around IoT for consumers, entrepreneurs, and investors?
    Learn from the perspective of a power packed panel of Investors who have a front row seat on the ride to the world of IoT where lights, locks, cars, appliances, and just about everything will "talk" to you…

    Register Online
     Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Networking, Reception & Registration. 7:00pm-8:00pm Program, Q&A.
    Location: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA
    Registration: WCNC members: $20 per person. Non-member alumni and other guests: $40 per person. Registrations after 5:00pm Tuesday, May 13th an extra $10 per ticket, if available. Cancellations  at the discretion of the WCNC. No charge for Wharton Club Gold Ticket Members (but please register via the above 'Register Online' link.) Registration closes on Monday, May 19th at 5:00pm. There will be no registration at the door.

    About our Speaker:

    Sean Flynn, Shashta Ventures 
    Sean invests in consumer Internet companies that reinvent large industries dominated by slow-to-innovate incumbents. He looks to partner with entrepreneurs who have a passion for pixel-perfect products and magical customer experiences. He is interested in working with startups that target the mobile-first generation and are able to engage their users in long-term relationships across multiple devices.

    He invests across consumer tech, with a particular interest in marketplace and commerce companies. He serves on the boards of next-gen labor marketplace TaskRabbit and subscription floral delivery service H.Bloom. He also serves on the board of online video monetization and distribution startup ZEFR and leads the firm's investments in Dollar Shave Club and Simple, an online bank. 

    Gareth Keane, Qualcomm Ventures
    Gareth Keane is an Investment Manager with Qualcomm Ventures, based in the Bay Area. His career to date has stretched from engineering roles to venture capital investment. Prior to Qualcomm Ventures he worked for two years in the corporate development teams at National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments, focused on strategic investment, corporate M&A and corporate strategy. Previously he worked for PMC-Sierra and a number of other technology firms across both hardware and software.

    Gareth has an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast and a BE in Electronic Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Gareth is also a Kauffman Fellow.

    Panelist from Norwest Venture Partners, Intel Capital, and other VC firms to confirm soon

    Moderated by:

    Sanju Pancholi is the Co-founder of CarCopia, a B2C online marketplace that takes consumers directly to where dealerships get their cars from - auto wholesale auctions. He built CarCopia from idea to revenue in less than 10 months. Prior to CarCopia, he led a services division at IBM, where he generated and managed $40MM revenues over 7 years by shaping solutions, developing differentiating assets, and managing client relationships – from sales to delivery. His global operations and strategy experience in 11 countries, along with a track record of delivering mission critical technology solutions to F100 companies and Governments, adds to his keen sense of what makes businesses initiatives tick. Prior to IBM, he held positions in Product Management, Business Development, and Professional Services at Manhattan Associates, a publicly traded supply chain software company. He began his career as an R&D Scientist in Micro-lithography at DuPont Photomask. Sanju holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from UT Austin, and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School.