• FF SIG: To VC or not to VC Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 06:00PM
    111 West Saint John, Suite 200
    San Jose, CA 95113
    Funded Founders Forum

FF SIG: To VC or not to VC



  • ...that is the question.


    Jonathan Abrams (bio), Founder & CEO - Friendster, Inc.
    Edgard Capdevielle (bio), Principal - Outlook Ventures

    Click here to register online.


    Presentation Overview

    To VC or not to VC

    One of the most important questions any founder faces is to VC or not to VC. That is, should you spend your time and energy pursuing venture capital financing? If you do have the opportunity to accept a venture capital investment, what are the plusses and minuses? What kind of added value can you expect from your investors? Our next meeting on Tuesday, May 6 will address this vital topic.

    To help us with our discussion, we're pleased to announce our guest speakers, Jonathan Abrams and Edgard Capdevielle. Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur who has started companies both with and without venture funding. He is currently the founder and CEO of Friendster (www.friendster.com), an online community that connects people through networks of friends for dating or making new friends. Edgard is a Principal at Outlook Ventures, one of the Valley's oldest and most successful venture catalysts. Outlook has invested in successful companies such as Overture and Soundview Partners, and 60% of its investments have resulted in acquisitions or IPOs.

    As usual, we will restrict attendance to the first 25 founders and CEOs that sign up, so sign up fast!


    About our Guests


    Jonathan Abrams, Founder & CEO at Friendster, Inc.

    Jonathan Abrams is the founder & CEO of Friendster, an online community that connects people through networks of friends for dating or making new friends. Jonathan was the founder, CEO, & CTO of HotLinks Network, a venture-backed Internet software startup, which he started in 1998, and sold in 2001.

    Previously, Jonathan was the head of engineering at Bitfone Corporation, a wireless software startup backed by Nokia Venture Partners, and held senior engineering roles at companies such as Netscape Communications, Bell-Northern Research, Nortel Networks, and CrossWorlds Software.

    At Netscape, Jonathan worked on Netscape's web browsers and Java implementations, as well as acting as technical lead in Sun-Netscape partnership discussions. At Nortel, Jonathan designed object-oriented telecommunications software, and was the lead Java scientist at Nortel's Computing Technology Lab, working on advanced Internet projects. Jonathan holds an Honors B.Sc. in Computer Science from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

    Jonathan is Co-Chair of the SDForum Venture Finance SIG, and the moderator of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) Forum for Startup CTOs and Technology VPs. Jonathan has served on the advisory boards of early-stage software companies, and been a mentor in the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs eSeries program and the Haas School of Business/Columbia Business School National Social Venture Competition. Jonathan has also served as a repeat judge for the Stanford Entrepreneur's Challenge business plan contest and the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition.


    Edgard Capdevielle, Principal at Outlook Ventures

    Edgard is a Principal at Outlook Ventures, a seed and early-stage venture capital firm. Prior to joining Outlook in January, 2001, Edgard Capdevielle was an Associate at Wingspring, an early-stage venture catalyst. He also served as a strategic advisor to eBay as the company planned entry into Latin American markets. As a Strategic Analyst at SUN Microsystems, focusing on businesses including Internet and high-end servers and microprocessors, Capdevielle identified price/performance overlaps among products across business units to maximize profitability of the company's product portfolio. In addition, Capdevielle advised IBM, HP and several start-ups in strategic and product management projects related to Internet initiatives.

    Previously, Capdevielle was a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young for three years. Capdevielle led a major effort to localize SAP products for Latin American markets. He also took leading roles in a variety of Business Process Reengineering projects and implementations of Executive Information Systems.

    Capdevielle graduated with a double major in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He also holds an MBA from the University of California Haas School of Business, where he obtained certificates in Management of Technology and Global Management. Capdevielle enjoys reading, squash, racquetball, skiing, golf, and spending time with his wife Maria.


    Event Logistics


    Pre-registration is recommended -- seating is limited.
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    111 West Saint John, Suite 200
    San Jose, CA 95113
    Phone: 408-494-8378

    Note: the building doors lock at 7:00pm. If you arrive after 7:00pm,
    please call 408-494-8378.



    6:00pm-6:30pm - registration
    6:30pm-8:30pm - discussion


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No charge for ASAP members for the month of May
    Please call 408.494.8378 for student memberships
    Registration required

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