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An Evening with Sequoia Capital's Software Team

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Description

  • Want to pitch? A small number of lucky pre-selected entrepreneurs will have ten minutes to pitch their business and get feedback on their presentations from Sequoia Capital's Software Team.
     

    PLEASE PRE-REGISTER -- SPACE IS LIMITED

    Pre-registration is closed. Please register at the door.
     

    Panel

    Roelof Botha (bio), Sequoia Capital
    Sameer Gandhi (bio), Sequoia Capital
    Mark Kvamme (bio), Sequoia Capital
     

    Moderator

    Jonathan Abrams (bio), Founder & CEO, Friendster, Inc.


     

    Program Overview

    The SDForum Venture Finance SIG presents a rare opportunity to hear from and pitch to the software team at top Silicon Valley venture firm Sequoia Capital.

    Three experienced venture capitalists from this prestigious firm will join us to present their take on the software market opportunities for emerging companies as well as their current areas of interest, including storage and security software.

    A small number of lucky pre-selected entrepreneurs will have ten minutes to pitch their business and get feedback on their presentations from Sequoia Capital's Software Team.

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    Want to Pitch?

    Presentations will be accepted in the following areas:
    - Storage software
    - Security software

    If you are interested in presenting, please send email to sdforumplans@sequoiacap.com and provide a 2-3 page executive summary or brief description of your startup or startup concept. Please include founder(s) bio and relevant team/advisor information. Early submissions are preferred.


     

    Speaker Bios

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    Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital

    Roelof focuses on services and software investments. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Roelof served as the Chief Financial Officer of PayPal, an online payments company which eBay acquired in October 2002. Earlier, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Roelof is a certified actuary (Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries), and has a B.S. in Actuarial Science, Economics, and Statistics from the University of Cape Town and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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    Sameer Gandhi, Sequoia Capital

    Sameer Gandhi focuses on services and software investments. He is currently a Director of Aceva Technologies, Gracenote, Internet Wire, RIVA Commerce and Trados. He is responsible for Sequoia Capital's investments in Vividence and WorldChain, and also works with the managements of Covalent Technologies and ProcurePoint. Previously, Sameer was a director of Obongo (acquired by AOL), and was involved with eGroups (acquired by Yahoo) and MP3.com (acquired by Vivendi Universal). Before joining Sequoia Capital in 1998, he was a Principal at Broadview, an investment banking firm specializing in information technology mergers and acquisitions. Earlier, he held technical field sales and consulting positions at Oracle. Sameer has a BSEE and MSEE from M.I.T. and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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    Mark Kvamme, Sequoia Capital

    Mark Kvamme focuses on services and software investments. He is currently a Director of IronHide, EMN8, Bang Networks, Cerisent, Sawyer Media and Harmonic. Mark is also a Director of Macromedia (MACR). Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1999, Mark was Chairman of USWeb/CKS and Chairman and CEO of CKS Group prior to the merger with USWeb. Earlier in his career Mark was a Director of International Marketing for Wyse Technology, the President and CEO of International Solutions, and was a founding member of Apple France. Mark has a B.A. in French Economics and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.

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    Jonathan Abrams, Friendster, Inc.

    Jonathan Abrams is the founder & CEO of Friendster, Inc. Friendster is an online community that connects people through networks of friends for dating or making new friends. Previously Jonathan was the founder & CEO of HotLinks Network, Senior Director of Engineering at Bitfone Corporation, and a senior engineer at Netscape Communications, Bell-Northern Research, Nortel Networks, and CrossWorlds Software. Jonathan is also the Co-Chair of the SDForum Venture Finance SIG. Jonathan holds an Honors B.Sc. in Computer Science from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.


     

    Event Logistics

    Registration

    Pre-registration is required -- seating is limited!
    To use a coupon or register by phone, please call (408) 494-8378.
    Pre-registration is closed. Please register at the door.
     

    Location

    Microsoft Main Campus
    1065 La Avenida, Bldg. 1
    Mountain View, CA

    Agenda

    6:30pm-7:00pm Registration/Networking/Refreshments
    7:00pm-8:30pm Program (starts promptly at 7:00pm)

    Note: Latecomers who arrive after 7:20pm will not be admitted
    to avoid disruption of the session.

     

    Cost

    $15 SDForum and MITCNC members
    $30 Non-SDForum members
    Please call 408.494.8378 for student memberships
    Registration required

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