The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Speaker Series





    SDForum, in collaboration with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, presents:

    The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

    We are bringing together leading entrepreneurs in an exploration of harnessing your vision in pursuing your dreams.

    These will be intimate gatherings. We are looking for no more than 15 entrepreneurs to attend each session.

    The discussions will be podcasted for all to enjoy but we want to keep the gatherings intimate to (1) give entrepreneurs meaningful time with these thought leaders; (2) have a lively discussion (we often find speaker series can only scratch the surface of issues); (3) things are more fun when everyone participates.

    To that end, we’d love to invite you to join us for one of our sessions. We are looking for (1) entrepreneurs who want to change the world, (2) people who are not afraid to ask questions / engage in a discussion, (3) people who are passionate about the topic / people involved.

    Our next session is on Monday, May 11 from 5-7:30 pm at the Draper Fisher Jurvetson offices: 2882 Sand Hill Road, Suite 150, Menlo Park, CA featuring serial entrepreneur Steve Blank. Please mention SDForum when you request a seat for this event.

    If you have not read Steve Blank’s book The Four Steps to the Epiphany, please look through:

    and if you want to know what Steve was doing at a young gun, read:

    Steve Blank 
    Management Science and Engineering

    Mr. Blank is a retired serial entrepreneur with over 28 years of experience in high technology companies and general management as a founder and executive. He has been a founder or participant in eight Silicon Valley startups since 1978. His last company, E.piphany, started in his living room in 1996. His other startups include two semiconductor companies (Zilog and MIPS Computers), a workstation company (Convergent Technologies), a supercomputer firm (Ardent), a computer peripheral supplier (SuperMac), a military intelligence systems supplier (ESL) and a video game company (Rocket Science Games).

    Concurrently, Mr. Blank teaches at the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley and at the Columbia Business School. There he created the "Customer Development in High Tech Enterprise" course. He is the author of the course text "The Four Steps to the Epiphany" (

    Ravi Belani is an Associate at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where he serves on the boards of DesiHits, Redux, LiveMedia, TinyPictures, Yield Software, and Vizu. Ravi also led the firm’s investments in Komli and Pubmatic. Prior to Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Ravi worked in product management at startups Extensity (IPO’d, then acquired) and Zaplet, as well as as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

    Ravi is a Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi graduate of Stanford University, holding a BS with Distinction and MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.  Ravi also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. As a Board Fellow at Harvard, Ravi served the Global Board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). Ravi is also a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.

    This is an invite only event. Please contact for more information.