Quarterly Venture Breakfast with Pillsbury Winthrop and PwC "Gaming"
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SVForum Quarterly Venture Breakfast
with Pillsbury Winthrop and PwC
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Online registration is now closed. Walk ins welcome; additional $10 at the door.
Gaming has emerged as a major category in the venture capital market. The gaming business is now bigger than the movie business. Games have transitioned from single player games on dedicated consoles to simultaneous users throughout the world on the Internet, such as World of Warcraft, which is now a $1 billion business all by itself. Zynga was recently touted as the fastest growing company in the history of Kleiner Perkins, and has since stumbled on the public markets. Come hear our panelists on November 6, discuss trends they see in the gaming market and where they think the industry is headed.
8:00am - 8:30am Registration and Breakfast
8:30am - 8:45am Introductions
8:45am - 9:00am Overview
9:00am - 9:45am Panel Discussion
9:45am - 10:00am Q/A, Networking
Kathleen Borie, PwC
Anthony Lee, Altos Ventures
Patricia Nakache, Trinity Ventures
Eric Tilenius, Scale Venture Partners
Moderator: Allison Leopold Tilley, Pillsbury Winthrop
Please check back for speaker additions
Kathleen Borie, Director, Emerging Company Services, PwC. Kathleen is a member of the Emerging Company Services (ECS) group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. ECS acts as “mentor capitalists” for young, high potential companies, assisting them in numerous ways ranging from reviews of business plans to introductions to Venture Capital firms and service providers who may be relevant to their success. Before joining PwC, Kathleen had 15 years of experience in marketing and business development roles at companies focused on providing finance and accounting solutions to emerging growth companies in the Bay Area and Southern California. Most recently, she was the Director of Business Development at Accretive Solutions, a national consulting firm. Prior to that, she held sales leadership positions at Capital Advisors Group (an investment management firm) and Silicon Valley Bank (a lender to technology/life sciences companies). Kathleen has a BA/MA in Finance from Tufts University. Anthony Lee, General Partner, Altos Ventures. Anthony Lee is a General Partner of Altos Ventures, where he focuses on software and digital media investments. Anthony currently serves as a director of BrightEdge, Demandbase, Hooked Media Group, Kontagent, Koofers, MyERP, Netbase Solutions, Roblox, and Xignite. He was also a director of GuardianEdge, which was acquired in 2010 by Symantec (SYMC). Before joining Altos Ventures, Anthony led marketing efforts for three start-up companies including Evolve Software (Nasdaq:EVLV, later acquired by Oracle). Anthony began his career as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and has published a national magazine. Anthony serves as Chairman of TechSoup Global, the world's largest non-profit distributor of computer software and hardware. He co-founded and co-chairs the C100, a network of top Canadian technology leaders dedicated to supporting Canadian entrepreneurs. Anthony is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a charter member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is a founding member of the Full Circle Fund, a venture philanthropy group based in San Francisco. Anthony received his MBA from Stanford University and earned a BA in Politics and Economics from Princeton University. Patricia Nakache, General Partner, Trinity Ventures. Since joining Trinity Ventures in 1999, Patricia Nakache has focused on funding companies launching innovative Internet services around fundamental business or consumer needs. Her passion is partnering withentrepreneurs to nail their value proposition and develop a scalable business model. Patricia has active investments in BeachMint, Care.com, Kixeye, PayScale, Ruby Ribbon, and ThredUp, and was previously involved with Affinity Labs (acquired by Monster Worldwide), LoopNet (LOOP), MyNewPlace (acquired by RealPage) and Sabrix (acquired by Thomson Reuters, TRI). Prior to Trinity Ventures, Patricia worked at McKinsey & Company, helping enterprises in technology; financial services and retailing identify and address their strategic and operational issues. Previously, she also contributed to FORTUNE magazine and other publications on management best practices in technology companies. Patricia is a member of the Stanford Business School Trust Investment Committee. Patricia received her M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her A.B. in Physics and Chemistry from Harvard University.
Email: email@example.com Twitter: @pnakache
Eric Tilenius, Executive-in-Residence, Scale Venture Partners. Eric is currently ScaleVP’s Executive-in-Residence (EIR) focused on consumer Internet and mobile. Prior to ScaleVP, Eric was general manager for Zynga, where he ran Mafia Wars and Zynga’s other MMO games, setting records for Daily Active Users and monetization on those franchises. Eric also ran Zynga’s corporate-wide player retention and engagement efforts. Before Zynga, Eric was an active angel investor, founded two companies, and served as CEO of three companies, all of which had successful exits (two IPO’s and one acquisition). Eric holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University. Allison Leopold Tilley, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop. Allison focuses on the representation of technology companies in securities and venture capital transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, venture funds and joint ventures. She has significant experience representing acquirers and target companies. Ms. Leopold Tilley is co-leader of the firm's Emerging Growth & Technology practice, leader of the Silicon Valley Business and Technology Group and co-leader of the Southeast Asia team.
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