Green and Clean Evening Series




    Green and Clean Evening Series
    Session Two: Non-Traditional Funding Sources

    Online registration for this event is now closed. Please register at the door.

    SDForum is delighted to announce its evening series on, Non-Traditional Funding Sources. Clean technology has been the sweet spot for venture investments over the past couple of years, but will it continue to grow at a rapid pace? How will the economy impact the venture landscape in 2009? What are the alternative means of funding? Gain insight from a panel well-versed in non-traditional capital.

    Speaker Bios:


    Quentin Falconer

    , National Cleantech Coordinator

    , Silicon Valley Bank.

     As National Cleantech Coordinator, Quentin Falconer leads the business development efforts for the cleantech industry at SVB Silicon Valley Bank.  SVB is the premier commercial bank for technology and life science companies of all sizes.  SVB currently banks half of all venture-backed companies nationwide.  Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Santa ClaraCalif., the company serves clients around the world through 27 U.S. offices and international operations in ChinaIndiaIsrael and the U.K.

    Formerly an engineer with Bechtel Corporation, Falconer began his commercial banking career in 1990 and has been with Silicon Valley Bank since 1999 working with emerging and mid-stage technology companies. He provides and oversees commercial and merchant banking, investment management and global treasury services for his portfolio of clients.  Falconer sits on the Advisory Council for the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum and is a member of Financial Executives International. He earned bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and music from Tufts University and a master’s of business administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

    Steve Goldby, Partner, Venrock. Steve Goldby joined Venrock in 2007 after spending nine years as CEO of Venrock-backed materials science company, Symyx Technologies, where he is currently Executive Chairman.  Steve has served as the CEO of MDL Information Systems, a leading scientific information company, before its sale to Reed Elsevier.  Prior to MDL, he held various management positions at Alza Corporation (acquired by Johnson and Johnson), including President of Alza Pharmaceuticals.  Steve was also President of Dynapol, a specialty chemical company and is a registered patent attorney.

    Previously, Steve served on the boards of Vitae Pharmaceuticals (a Venrock-backed company), Ilypsa (acquired by Amgen), Affymax (acquired by GSK), Scios (acquired by Johnson and Johnson), PeopleSoft (acquired by Oracle), Aspect Development (acquired by Itwo), TGV (acquired by Cisco), One Touch Systems (acquired by Apollo Group), Intermolecular, Scientific Software (acquired by Agilent).

    Erez Levy, Managing Director, TriplePoint Capital. Erez Levy is a Managing Director at TriplePoint Capital.  Erez brings close to 15 years of executive and finance experience in investment banking to TriplePoint Capital, including structured finance, leveraged buy-out, equity and strategic advice.

    Prior to joining TriplePoint Capital Erez served as a senior investment banker at JPMorgan's technology investment banking group in San Francisco, where he worked with many leading technology, high growth companies and private equity clients, raising capital and providing advice on mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to JPMorgan, Erez was an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist (H&Q), a leading technology and life-sciences investment bank where he worked with many of the firm's clients.  At H&Q, Erez also led several of the firm's investments in leading technology and high-growth companies.  In addition, Erez was instrumental in building both H&Q's and JPMorgan's international technology investment banking practices in Europe and in Israel.

    Tom Schulz, Cleantech Circle. Tom Schulz is a serial entrepreneur, investor, venture consultant and philanthropist.

    One of Tom's current projects is BioCee, an advanced biofuels startup out of the University of Minnesota. BioCee bridges the gap between microbiology and chemical engineering.

    Prior to becoming an investor, Tom already had over twenty years of technical and business experience. He worked on computer languages at Digital Equipment Corporation's Western Research Lab in Palo Alto and artificial intelligence and multimedia projects at Apple Computer in Germany. Tom was a strategic management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group at their Munich and San Francisco offices.

    In 1995, Tom co-founded the first publicly traded, nationwide Internet service provider in Germany, Cybernet AG, where he served on the executive management board.

    After going public with Cybernet, he went on to become an angel investor with the Munich Business Angel Network. Tom currently serves on the advisory board of Earlybird Venture Capital of Munich and Palo Alto. He is member of The Angels' Forum, a professionally run investor group in Palo Alto which also manages the Halo Funds.

    Tom earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

    Mitch Zuklie, Partner, Orrick. Mitchell Zuklie, a corporate lawyer, is the co-office leader for Orrick's Silicon Valley office, and heads the firm's energy industry group.  Mr. Zuklie focuses on the formation, financing and general corporate counseling of technology businesses.  Mr. Zuklie has completed several hundred venture capital financings, and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and technology licensing transactions.

    Mr. Zuklie has represented numerous venture capital clients including Accel Partners; Benchmark Capital; Bessemer Venture Partners; Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Mohr, Davidow Ventures; U.S. Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital.  Mr. Zuklie has also represented investment banks including Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Credit Suisse First Boston.

    Mr. Zuklie was one of the authors of the National Venture Capital Association's model venture capital financing forms.

    Before joining the firm, Mr. Zuklie was a director at Venture Law Group.

    Price at the door:
    Members:$30, Non-Members:$40, Platinum Pass:$0



    6:00pm-6:30pm: Registration, Networking, Cocktails

    6:45pm-7:00pm: Introductions

    7:00pm-8:00pm: Panel Discussion: Non-Traditional Funding Sources

    Quentin Falconer, Silicon Valley Bank
    Erez Levy, TriplePoint Capital
    Tom Schulz, Cleantech Circle
    Steve Goldby, Venrock
    Moderator:Mitch Zuklie, Orrick

    8:00pm-8:30pm:  Networking

    8:30pm-9:00pm: Closing Remarks