SDForum Quarterly Venture Breakfast with Pillsbury Winthrop
SDForum Quarterly Venture Breakfast with Pillsbury Winthrop
Event Description: "Gaming"
We’re excited to deliver, with Pillsbury Winthrop, the third annual Quarterly Venture Breakfast Series. Our April session will be focusing on ‘Investments in Entertainment- Fun and Games.’
In the first 6 months of 2008 the average venture investment in the media and entertainment category was $5 million. Down from an average of $5.9 million in Q1 and Q2 of 2007, what can we expect in 2009? Is the gaming sector seeing the same investment trends?
Steve Bengston, Director, Emerging Company Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Steve Bengston 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.
Ken Elefant, General Partner, Opus Capital.
Ken Elefant is a founding partner of Opus Capital focusing primarily on internet and software investments. Ken serves on the board of Spock Networks, Pudding Media, iWidgets, Wirefree Partners, TrustedID, and SuperSecret and was involved with several prior investments including Virsa Systems (NYSE: SAP) and Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD). Previously, Ken was a Senior Associate at Lightspeed Venture Partners. Prior to this, Ken was a Senior Associate and Kauffman Fellow at Battery Ventures.
Ken brings strong operating experience to Opus. Previously, he worked at Radius Inc. as Director of International Sales and Marketing. He has also held various marketing and business development positions at Claris Corporation (the software subsidiary of Apple Computer) and RealNetworks. While at Claris, Ken devised the compensation plan for the U.S. sales force that helped move the company from being a Macintosh-only company to being a cross-platform company.
Ken holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton undergraduate division at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michael Kim, Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners. Michael Kim joined Rustic Canyon from Accelerator Venture Partners, a San Francisco-based partnership investing in early-stage technology companies (including two companies that went public: Evolve Software and Shopping.com). Formerly an investment banker, Michael was with Morgan Stanley's Technology Merger & Acquisitions Group in Menlo Park. While there, he was directly involved with 27 announced transactions worth over $77 billion. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Michael was an associate at The Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City and also worked at IBM in Armonk, NY. He graduated with honors from Cornell University, received an M.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.
Michael serves on the board of Lead21, an organization that enables entrepreneurs to advocate free market public policy, and was formerly on the board of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank that champions freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free market policy solutions. He is a Trustee of the Asian Art Museum Foundation, and the former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Symphonix League of the San Francisco Symphony. In March 2004, Michael was appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco as a Trustee of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, a $16 billion pension fund. He served as the President of the board for fiscal year 2007, and is currently the Chairman of the Investment Committee.
Allison Leopold Tilley, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop 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.
Ho Nam, General Partner and Co-Founder, Altos Ventures. Ho Nam is a General Partner and co-founder of Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of software, services and infrastructure technologies. He currently serves as a director of Accolo, Billeo, JS-Kit, Telekenex, Trilibis Mobile,WhiteHat Security, and Yosemite Technologies. Ho led the firm’s prior investments in Axis Systems, Evolve Software (EVLV, acquired by Primavera Systems), Listen.com, 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.
Before joining Altos Ventures in 1996, Ho worked at Silicon Graphics (SGI) and Octel Communications (acquired by Lucent). Ho began his VC career at Trinity Ventures in 1990 and began his professional career at Bain & Company where he advised clients in the Semiconductor industry on product and corporate strategy.
Ho received an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, where he was co-editor of the Materials Handbook for Hybrid Microelectronics, the result of a research project funded by Teledyne Technologies. (acquired by Verisity), (acquired by Real Networks),
Price: $20/SDForum Members, $30/non-members, $0/Platinum Pass
8:00am-8:30am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am-9:45am Panel Discussion
Steve Bengston, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Ken Elefant, Opus Capital
Michael Kim, Rustic Canyon Partners
Ho Nam, Altos Ventures
Allison Leopold Tilley, Pillsbury Winthrop
9:45am-10:00am Question and Answer