SDForum Quarterly Venture Breakfast with PWC



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    Event Description:

    Kicking off the second year of the QuarterlyVenture Breakfast  Series in collaboration with PWC, the panel will discuss trends in venture investments in the Web 2.0 Consumer Internet sector.

    VC investments in Web 2.0 have exploded due to low capital costs, scalability, and some lucrative exits.  Steve Bengston will present an overview of the investments in the sector and trends, and then our veteran VC panel will discuss some of the issues facing Web 2.0 companies, including:

    •        If Microsoft buys Yahoo, will that severely damage the M&A market for Web 2.0 companies?
    •       Are there any areas that are not already over invested?
    •       Is Web 3.0 marketing hype?
    •       What is the next Facebook? Is social networking dead?

               Steve Bengston, 
               Moderator: Sylvia Burks, 
    Pillsbury Winthrop 
               Richard Wong, 
               Chad Kinzelberg, Scale Venture Partners
               Jim Marshall, Selby Venture Partners
               Brian O’Malley, Battery Ventures 
               Lars Leckie, 
    Hummer Winblad

    About the Speakers:

    Steve Bengston from PriceWaterhouseCoopers,  runs the Emerging Company Services (ECS) group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. ECS helps companies informally with referrals to investors and other people that can help startups and more formally with services like audit and tax. Steve also presents the Money Tree data each quarter which summarizes venture capital investment results and trends.

    Sylvia Burks, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  Ms Burks'  practice focuses on the representation of established and emerging technology companies in the areas of corporate securities, mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances, intellectual property matters, as well as general corporate representation.

    Prior to joining Pillsbury, Ms. Burks was a partner at Coudert Brothers LLP in their Global Corporate Practice. She has practiced law at the German firm of Boden Oppenhoff & Schneider (now Linklaters), and also in the Competition Directorate at the Commission of the European Union in Brussels. 

    Chad Kinzelberg, Director, Scale Venture Partners Chad is focused on Internet and enterprise software investments and joined Scale Venture Partners in 2006 with more than 20 years of marketing, sales, and general management experience. Prior to ScaleVP, he was General Manager and Senior Vice President of VeriSign's SSL business unit, where he managed the P&L and led all functional groups for the company's flagship division. Chad holds an MBA degree from Rice University and a BA degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

    Lars Leckie, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Prior to Hummer Lars was involved in founding and operational roles at start-up companies. He was a co-founder of AutoFarm (now Novariant), a company focused on GPS and robotics. Lars was in charge of strategy, product marketing, business development and building the sales team across three continents. Lars has also been involved with the founding team of SportBug, a GPS and Internet fitness company. While Lars spends less time programming now, he started his technical career coding and hacking computer games. He is the holder of several US patents.

    At Hummer Winblad, Lars played a key role in the firm's investments in Aria Systems (SaaS billing and customer management) and vKernel (Virtualization Infrastructure).

    Jim Marshall, Managing Director, Selby Venture Partners. Jim co-founded Selby Venture Partners in 1998 and brings over 18 years of investment and technology experience in the Silicon Valley. He currently focuses his investments in software and consumer services, and is leading Selby’s initiatives in the emerging Green IT and Cleantech sectors.

    When mentoring and supporting management teams of Selby portfolio companies, Jim draws on expertise developed during his nine years in various positions at Silicon Valley Bank. While there, he worked closely with more than 75 early-stage, emerging growth technology companies. In his last position as Vice President of the Commercial Software Practice, he worked with a number of venture-backed software and Internet companies including Accrue Software, BEA Systems, Broadbase Software, E.piphany and Nuance Communications.

    Brian O’Malley, Battery Ventures, Brian joined Battery in 2004 and focuses on investments in consumer Internet, digital media and enterprise software. He is on the board of Donnerwood Media, TradeKing, and World Golf Tour, and is actively involved with Bazaarvoice, Insitu, and Peerflix. Prior to Battery, Brian was an Associate with Pequot Ventures, where he invested in software and services, including applications, middleware and vertical solutions.

    Richard Wong, Accel. Richard joined Accel in 2006, with a focus on mobile and broadband services software, as well as messaging and security applications. Rich currently serves on the board of AdMob, the leading mobile advertising company, and Sana Security. Through pre-Accel associations, Rich also serves as a board advisor to Plaxo, Simplicita, and 4thMedia.  

    Prior to Accel, Rich was SVP/GM of Products at Openwave. In this capacity, Rich launched several of OPWV’s most successful new products such as the Edge security gateway (anti-abuse), integrated messaging, and location-based services. Rich was previously GM of Messaging Products, growing the business from $50MM to $180MM from 2003 to 2005, and Chief Marketing Officer from 2001 to 2003.

    Registration Begins at 8:00am


    $20 for SDForum members
    $30 for non-SDForum members
    No Charge for SDForum Platinum Pass Members


    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    2475 Hanover Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94304



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