Fifth Annual Growth and Exit Strategies for Software & IT Companies Powered by SDForum
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Please join us for the fifth annual Silicon Valley conference. Throughout the years, our focus has always been on growth and exit strategies, and within that focus we have presented timely speakers and advice for CEOs of software and IT companies. The first conference took place at the very bottom of the software market, in 2002. Geoffrey Moore delivered a keynote address on strategies for selling software in a hostile, paranoid environment. Subsequent conferences focused on themes such as the recession, shrinking IT spending and a moribund IPO market. In 2006 we were back with an aggressive agenda promoting growth and value creation through the resurgence of SaaS and a rebounding NASDAQ. This year we are focusing on two central themes that have been extremely prevalent among recent IPO, M&A and investment targets: Private equity recapitalization transactions, and Web 2.0. We will also welcome a buyers panel that includes luminaries from Yahoo, McAfee, Intuit and other leading companies, and an informal discussion with CEOs who recently sold their companies.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to attend this one-day event to learn how to maximize your wealth in today’s hot M&A environment.
NEW! The California State Bar has approved this WFS educational seminar for 7 CLE credits when you attend the conference.
"A very worthwhile conference. The coverage of topics was comprehensive and the materials were very thorough.” Joe Powers, CFO — BayPackets, Inc
"Absolutely worth the effort. Thank you.” Jurgen Schlenzig, CEO — SiteForum Group
"Excellent! Right on target!” Satya Avala, CEO — IQSure Inc.
"Excellent material on M&A and growth for a software company.” Tad Nguyen, CEO — Ingleside Networks
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8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 Chair Welcome and Industry Update
Nat Burgess, Executive Vice President - Corum Group, Ltd.
9:00 - 9:45 Panel Discussion
Exit Options - Determining What is Right for You
Views from the Investment Banking, VC and Private Equity Communities
9:45 - 10:15 Morning Keynote Speaker
The Financial and Strategic Role of Private Equity in Global Technology Markets
Amish Mehta, Partner - Vector Capital
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:15 Panel Discussion
CEOs Who Sold - Are You Ready?
Dan McCall, Formerly with AppWorx
Jonathan Sposato, Formerly with Google
Yan Calotychos, Formerly with iView
11:15 - 12:00 Buyers Can Pay Higher Valuations Using Leverage: The Role of Debt in Tech Companies
Steve Macho - Wells Fargo Foothill
12:00 - 1:30 Grant Thornton Luncheon
Analyst Viewpoint on Future Opportunities for Technology Entrepreneurs
Tim Miller - The 451 Group
1:30 - 2:00 The Deal - Secrets to a Successful Negotiation
2:30 - 3:15 Buyers Panel
What it Takes to Be the One They Acquire
Steven Aldrich - Intuit
Ken Gonzalez - McAfee
Damon Cronkey - Yahoo!
Mark Alba - Symantec
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:15 Afternoon Keynote
Web 2.0 and the Enterprise
Rene Bonvanie - SVP, AppExchange, Salesforce.com
4:15 - 5:00 Market Update
Building Value in Software and IT Companies
Ward Carter, President - Corum Group, Ltd. The current valuation environment and strategies for achieving maximum value.
5:00 - 7:00 Cocktail Reception
A Partner Event with The WFS
World Financial Symposiums (WFS) is an international organization dedicated to educating technology leaders. It organizes and promotes forums for CEOs, CFOs, corporate investors and other deal participants for the software and IT industries, with the intent to educate and encourage deal flow among industry participants. A true symposium, WFS brings together elements of the financial and partnering community, allowing for the exchange of innovative and effective approaches and methods being used in successful corporate growth plans today. The 5th Annual Growth & Exit Strategies for Software & IT Companies will be held in San Jose, CA, June 21, 2007. Featuring a topical agenda and world-class presenters, the conference provides an outstanding opportunity to learn about creating wealth and accelerating growth.
Double Tree Hotel
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110
(Refreshments,Breakfast, Lunch, and Reception included)
$295 Special Price Through SDForum
- "A very worthwhile conference. The coverage of topics was comprehensive and the materials were very thorough.” Joe Powers, CFO — BayPackets, Inc