VF SIG: Angel Panel & Pitch Meeting



  • Come learn what it takes to get the right kind of angel investors on your team and what they like and don't like about the companies presenting.


    Michael McCloskey (bio)
    Mark Pincus (bio)
    Andre Touma (bio)


    Program Overview

    Angel Panel & Pitch Meeting

    Will seed capital return in 2003? Ring in the New Year at SDForum's Venture Finance SIG, and hear five entrepreneurs pitch to a panel of angel investors that have been on the other side of the table and offer a lot more than money to the start-ups they chose to work with. Learn what it takes to get the right kind of angel investors on your team and what they like and don't like about the companies presenting. Valuable advice for anyone looking for funding, but particularly so to the fearless entrepreneurs willing to get up and pitch! Our January workshop will feature pre-selected entrepreneurs who will have ten minutes to pitch their startup and get some feedback from our panel, as well as a shot at that elusive seed round of funding.

    Want to pitch?
    If you are interested in presenting, please send an email to [email protected] and provide a 2-3 page executive summary or brief description of your startup or startup concept. Please include founder(s) bio and relevant team/advisor information.

    The deadline is Friday, January 10th of 2003 - early submissions are encouraged.


    About the Panelists


    Michael McCloskey

    Mr. McCloskey was formerly CEO and a director of Kana Software, a provider of enterprise class customer contract management software. Prior to joining Kana, he served in various executive management positions with Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc., a provider of enterprise interaction management software, including President, COO, VP, Finance and International, and CFO. Previously, he served as CFO at Network Appliance, Inc., a network data storage device company and Digital Microwave Corporation, a telecommunications products company. He currently serves on the boards of several privately-held companies. Mr. McCloskey holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.


    Mark Pincus

    Mark is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Mobius Venture Capital. Prior to joining Mobius, Mark held the following positions:

    • Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Support.com (NASD: SPRT)
    • Co-Founder, CEO, FreeLoader, Inc. (acquired by Individual, Inc. NASD: INDV
    • Vice President, Columbia Capital Corporation
    • Manager, Corporate Development, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI)
    • Associate, Asian Capital Partners, Hong Kong
    • Manager, Bain & Co.
    • Analyst, Lazard Freres & Co.


    • MBA, Harvard Business School
    • BSE, Summa Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School


    Andre Touma

    Andre is a former Oracle executive, venture partner and entrepreneur in residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners. Andre currently serves on boards of enterprise software startups. With over 16 years of operating and management experience in product development and marketing, Andre started, built and brought to market several of Oracle's application development tools, with over $125 million in annual revenues, and was later responsible for product strategy and planning for Oracle's Tools division, a $300 million a year business unit. Andre holds an MS degree from MIT, and a BS degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France.


    Event Logistics


    Online registration is no longer available, please register at the door.


    Microsoft Main Campus
    1065 La Avenida, Bldg. 1
    Mountain View, CA


    6:30pm-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments
    7:00pm-8:30pm program (starts promptly at 7:00pm)

    Note: Latecomers who arrive after 7:20pm will not be admitted to avoid disruption of the session.


    $20 SDForum Members
    $30 Non-Members
    $10 to full-time students (not alumni) with valid ID

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