Quarterly Venture Breakfast with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Pillsbury Winthrop






    Quarterly Venture Breakfast
    with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Pillsbury Winthrop


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    We're excited to deliver the fourth annual Quarterly Venture Breakfast Series. Our October session will be focusing on ‘Enterprise Software’.

     software was a huge category for the venture industry for many years and then collapsed with the Internet bubble as many companies found they never implemented many of the packages they bought, or were disappointed with the results.  Will there be a resurgence with SAAS and cloud computing or are they the current fads that will fail to live up to the hype?  Our panel of experts will outline what corporations are really buying these days and where they see the market going.


    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 Question and Answer

    Savinay Berry, Granite Ventures
    Jim Lussier, Norwest Venture Partners
    Ho Nam, Altos Ventures
    Prashant Shah, Hummer Winblad
    Danny Wallace, PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Moderator: Sylvia Burks, Pillsbury Winthrop



    Speaker Bios:

    Savinay Berry, Vice President, Granite Ventures.
    Savinay joined Granite Ventures in August 2008. He focuses on both software and communications. Prior to joining Granite Ventures, Savinay held associate positions at JK&B Capital and MK Capital. From 2000 to 2006, he held various positions at Dell Inc., most recently as senior global commodity manager for wireless products. Savinay focuses on the mobile, enterprise architecture and digital media sectors and helps on the board of Episodic and Crowd Science and is actively involved with Skytide, and Sonic Mule.

    Sylvia Burks, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop.
    Sylvia Burks is the leader of Pillsbury's Clean Technology Group and member of the Emerging Growth & Technology Team in Silicon Valley. Her practice focuses on the representation of established and emerging technology companies in the areas of corporate securities, financing, mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances, with a particular focus on cross-border transactions for public and private companies based in Europe and Asia. Ms. Burks frequently speaks on topics including venture capital investments and investments in the technology and life sciences sectors, cross-border licensing and acquisitions, cleantech and  Recovery Act opportunities. Ms. Burks holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

    Jim Lussier, General Partner, Norwest Venture Partners.
    Jim focuses on investments in software, services and consumer/internet companies. His current investments include CollabNet, DoubleFusion, M-Factor, Sabre and StarCite. Jim was formerly a member of the board of directors of Acta Technology (acquired by Business Objects) and Escalate (acquired by GERS). He has worked closely with a number of NVP portfolio companies including Annuncio (acquired by Peoplesoft), Arbortext (acquired by PTC), and Primus Knowledge Solutions (acquired by Art Technology).

    Ho Nam, General Partner and co-founder of Altos Ventures.
    Ho focuses on investments in the areas of digital media, software, and infrastructure technologies. He currently serves as a director of Accolo, Billeo, JS-Kit, Telekenex, Trilibis Mobile, and WhiteHat Security. Ho led the firm's prior investments in Axis Systems (acquired by Verisity), Evolve Software (EVLV, acquired by Primavera), Listen.com (acquired by Real Networks), Nishan Systems (acquired by McData), Pixo (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Provato (acquired by I-Many) and Soundpipe (acquired by Comdial). All were deals in which Altos was the lead investor in the seed or first institutional round of funding. 


    Prashant Shah, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad. Prashant joined Hummer Winblad in December 2000. He has been instrumental in many investments including Baynote, Bridgestream, Cenzic, InMage, Jareva Technologies, Krillion, Scalent, SyncVoice, Tizor and Voltage Security. He also observes a number of these boards. In addition, Prashant is an active Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley (www.tiesv.org), where he is Chair of the Software SIG; and a member of the Board of Trustees for Astia (www.astia.org).

    Danny Wallace, Partner - Software Team, PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Danny has over 26 years of accounting and auditing experience with PwC, which includes experience in Europe and the U.S. He was the partner in charge of our Silicon Valley Software practice and has many years of experience advising public software companies in areas such as revenue recognition, business combinations and equity issues. Currently he is the co-leader of our Emerging Companies Services group in the US. He is a frequent presenter at revenue recognition seminars for clients and was a contributing author to our "Software Revenue Recognition" guide.  He also has a portfolio of venture backed emerging growth private companies, in the technology sector. 

    Price: $20/SDForum Members, $30/non-members, $0/Platinum Pass

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