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A Case Study of Learning Lessons for Entrepreneurs

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    Building a Silicon Valley Business:
    A Case Study of Learning Lessons for Entrepreneurs

    Series Description:
    SDForum, in collaboration with Nixon Peabody and Frank Rimerman are delighted to announce the launch of a unique and innovative breakfast series: Building a Tech Business in Silicon Valley: A Case Study. The Series is NOT a “talking heads” panel program.   Instead, the important lessons learned are communicated through discussions centering around detailed case descriptions.   Audience members put themselves in the shoes of the company's principals as they suffer and succeed through the rollercoaster life of a startup.  The Series will take place across five sessions from Fall '08 to Spring '09 and will trace the lifecycle of a fictitious Silicon Valley technology company.

    Each session will be kicked off  by a panel of experts and then  participants will discuss and debate what the founders should do, provide helpful insights and materials for the entrepreneurial attendees as they build and grow their own companies.  The experts include seasoned entrepreneurs and CEO’s, service providers, investors and executives with pertinent experience and insights. There will be a dedicated wiki to communicate with  attendees, including disseminating background material prior to the sessions, session materials, news and other related pieces or posts, and speaker and sponsor information.

    Attendees are invited to participate in the entire series, or simply come for one session of particular interest.

    Session #5 – Selling Out/Exit Strategy

    Journey Computer Networks (JCN) was happy that OS had stabilized itself and would likely make some money; however, they were more excited about what they could do OS’s technology. JCN made an offer to acquire OS’s technology and integrate OS’s operations into their nascent television programming division.

    Confirmed Speakers:

    Ramneek Bhasin, Mayfield Fund
    Dr. J. Antonio Carballo,
    IBM

    Jerry Iwata,  Comerica
    Jan Robertson, 
    SiVal
    Moderated by
    : Steve Clinton,
    Nixon Peabody

    Price:

    $20 for Members
    $30 for Non-Members
    $0 for Platinum Pass Members

    Speaker Biographies:

    Ramneek Bhasin, Mayfield Fund

    Ramneek Bhasin is a seasoned executive with deep experience in both startups and F100 class companies with a global perspective (including a special emphasis on Asia-Pac). Areas of expertise include web/enterprise software, media, enterprise or consumer mobile and wireless. Business focus areas include corporate strategy, strategic alliances, business, market and brand development.

    Most recently, Ramneek founded Mobio Networks, Inc. -- a venture backed company focused on the next generation of mobile platforms and consumer wireless services. Before that, he was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Storm Ventures, focused on communications, wireless and internet software. Previously, Ramneek was CEO and co-founder of Vialto Corp. and successfully led Vialto’s efforts in its acquisition by Cisco Systems Inc.

    Juan-Antonio Carballo, IBM

    Juan-Antonio has been a semiconductor and nanotechnology partner at IBM's Venture Capital Group since 2004, and currently heads IBM's Microelectronics Services business worldwide. He has worked and studied in three continents. In 2007, Dr. Carballo was on leave as a partner and co-founder of Argon Venture Partners, the first and only VC firm focused on early-stage synergies between the US and Western Canada. In 2006, Juan-Antonio was on assignment in China to bootstrap IBM's VC presence and ecosystem. In 2004 and 2005, Juan-Antonio established first-time partnership initiatives around IBM hardware architectures, bringing in hundreds of new VC and start-up relationships or deals, spearheading the first $100m platform fund initiative with Walden International around blades, and creating the first VC board around an open Power processor platform. For this work, he was named number one "Top 40 Under 40" by American Venture Magazine in 2006. Prior to his work IBM's VC Group, Juan-Antonio led research in adaptive communications chips and systems at IBM Research. He won several IBM awards for driving work in this area. He filed over 23 patents and has around 50 publications in semiconductors, systems, energy-efficient design, engineering economics, and collaboration software.

    Steve Clinton, Counsel, Nixon Peabody

    Mr. Clinton represents a broad range of companies from privately held start-up companies to publicly traded corporations. He has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate transactions and assists clients with the negotiation and consummation of mergers, stock sales, asset acquisitions and other reorganizations. Mr. Clinton regularly assists with cross-border transactions.

    Mr. Clinton advises public clients in the preparation of reporting documents and registration statements filed with the SEC under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as well as other SEC compliance matters.

    Mr. Clinton represents clients in equity financings, convertible debt offerings, and venture capital transactions. His practice also consists of representing emerging growth companies in all aspects of business and corporate transactions, including entity formation, entity governance and business planning issues.

    Jerry Iwata, Senior Vice President Technology and Life Sciences Division, Comerica Bank

    Mr. Iwata has over 18 years experience in structuring and underwriting debt financing to private and public companies.   While at Comerica, he has been involved in financing as little as $250,000 to a Series A pre-revenue company, and up to $100 million in a bank debt syndication to a public company to fund acquisitions.  He joined Comerica Bank in 2001 through Comerica’s acquisition of Imperial Bank.  Mr. Iwata had been part of Imperial Bank’s emerging growth division which was focused primarily on debt financing to venture backed companies.  He works out of the division’s headquarters office in Palo Alto, CA. and focuses on the life sciences industries as well as businesses in security, communications, storage, semiconductor, enterprise software, and computing.  Prior to joining Comerica Bank, he spent 10 years at Union Bank where he was a Vice President and Relationship Manager.  While at Union Bank, Mr. Iwata was involved in providing growth financing to local and foreign owned companies in various industries.    

    He holds a B.A in Economics from San Francisco State and M.B.A from San Diego State University.

    Jan Robertson, Managing Partner, SiVal Advisors

    Ms. Robertson is a co-founder of SiVal and has been practicing Mergers & Acquisitions for over 25 years.  She has advised numerous technology company clients and boards of directors on a wide variety of M&A transactions during her career.  Prior to forming SiVal, Ms. Roberston was Managing Director of Needham & Company's West Coast M&A Group, which she founded in early 1997.  While at Needham, over 25 transactions were completed under her management in a wide range of sectors including:  Semiconductor, Semiconductor Capital Equipment, EMS, EDA, Software, e-Commerce, and Communications.  Prior to her tenure at Needham, Ms. Robertson worked at major Canadian investment banking firms, such as BMO Nesbitt Burns and RBC Dominion Securities.  She holds an M.B.A from Queen's University (Canada), a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from the University of Toronto, and is credentialed as a Chartered Business Valuator.