Venture Startup & Financing SIG: Get Going on New Ventures in 2014



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    The New Venture in 2014 – Choosing the Right Idea, Building the Team, and Getting the Venture Started

    Starting a new venture following a historic downturn is not for the faint of heart, but fortunately many have gone before. At this evening seminar, you'll learn from those CEO’s, startup advisors, and others about how to focus on the right opportunity, build a team that will succeed, and get through the formation mechanics. Topics to be covered include:

    -Choosing the right “problem” to solve
    -Finding co-founders
    -Finding a place to start 
    -Setting up the new venture
    -How to choose banks, accountants, lawyers and build advisory boards.

    Come listen to CEOs and investors that have recently faced these issues, and hear how they address the concerns and find solutions to make the deals happen.


    Jeff Fluhr, Co-Founder and CEO of Spreecast

    Jeff is a co-founder and CEO of Spreecast, the social video platform that connects people. He is also a co-founder of StubHub, where he served as CEO from inception until its acquisition by eBay in 2007. Jeff sits on the board of or is an advisor to several consumer-oriented internet and mobile companies. He has been the recipient of several awards including the Joseph Wharton Award for Young Leadership, San Francisco Business Times’ Forty Under 40 list, Sports Business Journal’s prestigious Forty Under 40 list and Entrepreneur Magazine’s 24 Best and Brightest young entrepreneurs in America. Earlier in his career, Jeff worked at The Blackstone Group and Thomas Weisel Partners. He earned a dual degree in Engineering and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania and attended Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

    Bob Wiederhold, President and Chief Executive Officer of Couchbase

    Bob has more than 25 years of high technology experience. Until an acquisition by IBM in 2008, Bob served as chairman, CEO, and president of Transitive Corporation, the worldwide leader in cross-platform virtualization with over 20 million users. Previously, he was president and CEO of Tality Corporation, the worldwide leader in electronic design services, whose revenues and size grew to almost $200 million and had 1,500 worldwide employees. Bob held several executive general management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., an electronic design automation company, which he joined in 1985 as an early stage start-up and helped to grow to more than $1.5 billion during his 13 years at the company. Bob also headed High Level Design Systems, a successful electronic design automation start-up that was acquired by Cadence in 1996. Bob has extensive board experience having served on both public (Certicom, HLDS) and private company boards (Snaketech, Tality, Transitive, FanfareGroup).

    Ullas Naik, Venture Capitalist, Angel Investor, and Entrepreneur

    Ullas is a seasoned venture capitalist, angel investor and entrepreneur.  He is the founder of Streamlined Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm investing in extreme scale business application and infrastructure software companies for the web, mobile web, social web and enterprise.  The fund’s investments include Atheer Labs, Resilinc, DoorDash, Baarzo, Tachyus, etc. Ullas has been an active angel investor for over 17 years, during which time he has invested in over 60 companies spanning Internet 1.0, Web 2.0, the mobile web, social web, enterprise computing as well as disruptive technologies in other domains. Currently, a few thematic areas he is pursuing involve (i) the capture of large volumes of data to change the dynamics of various vertical markets, (ii) new API-enabled business models, (iii) the application of collaborative consumption principles towards business use cases and (iv) new human-computer interface technologies such as wearables.  He is also investing in compelling entrepreneurs targeting large problems in the social web, the mobile web, enterprise IT, robotics as well as the infrastructure that underlies all these spaces.

    Moderator: John Lee, Vice President, Entrepreneur Services Group, Silicon Valley Bank

    John Lee is a vice president in SVB's Entrepreneur Services Group. He establishes banking relationships with early stage technology companies. He also assists early and growth-stage technology companies with raising capital through review of investment materials and introductions to investors including angels, venture capital firms, and corporate venture funds. In addition, he provides market insights and connections to strategic partners including corporate development and IT groups.  John focuses on enterprise and infrastructure software sectors including cloud computing and SaaS, big data and analytics, security, mobile platforms and applications, and advertising technology, and hardware sectors including semiconductors, mobile computing and consumer electronic devices, and data center systems, storage, and networks.  John holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


    6:30 - 7:00 pm  Registration and Networking

    7:00 - 8:30 pm Presentation