Return to Fundamentals: From Hype to Hard Facts!



  • "Excellent, Clear communication of what the VC community would expect of me."
    -About speaker Robert Winter.

    Hear from five VCs, learn what they want and expect to see in today's market. Find out what makes them say "no" and what makes them say "yes!"



    Robert Winter, Partner Rocket Ventures


    Panel of VCs

    Brett Battles, General Partner Aberdare Ventures

    Ho Nam, General Partner Altos Ventures

    Robert Larson, Managing Director Woodside Fund

    Henry Wong, Associate Artemis Ventures

    We all know that the market has shifted, and it's impacted the venture community. Investors have changed their criteria when evaluating emerging startups, and they're taking more time to do it. VCs are expecting companies to have solid business fundamentals. But what does that mean and how can they be effectively implemented? If it's true that investors are backing fewer companies, you can't afford NOT to fully understand these fundamentals and have them in place.

    To help you get on the right track, Robert Winter, a seasoned Venture Capitalist currently with Rocket Ventures, will explain what the VC industry is looking for in startups and guide you towards success. Whether you are looking for your first investment or follow-on rounds of funding, you can use the practical advice given in this seminar immediately to build a more effective business. This presentation will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion with leading venture capital firms.

    During the morning you will learn:

    • How to avoid the most common mistakes of entrepreneurs looking for funding
    • The difference between the truth and misleading media hype
    • What tools to use to best prepare yourself and attract VC funding

    Event Logistics


    8:30-9:00am Registration/Networking/Continental breakfast

    9:00-12:00pm Interactive Seminar



    SDForum Center

    111 W. Saint John, Suite 200

    San Jose, CA 95113


    Seminar Track

    Management; Idea and Startup Stage


    Cost (Continental Breakfast included)

    $49 SDForum Members

    $99 Non-Members

    To register by phone, call SDForum at 408-494-8378.