VF SIG: Below the Radar VCs - An Evening with Emerging Managers



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Venture Finance SIG

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    Anthony LeeAltos Ventures

    Jon GoldsteinCatamount Ventures 

    Phil WickamCopan 

    Clint ChaoFormative Ventures 

    Richard LingRembrandt Venture Partners

    John HammVenture Strategy Partners


    Philip Korn, Senior Relationship Manager Silicon Valley Bank 


    Presentation Overview

    We are very excited to have investors from six venture capital firms that have raised recent new funds and who invest in seed stage tech companies. Please note that attendance at this event is open to everyone, not just those presenting. To present, send your Exec Sum to [email protected]. We are seeking companies in the areas of enterprise and application software, storage, security, wireless, internet technology and services, and computer networking. Up to three companies will be selected to present for 10 minutes each.


    Email your Executive Summary to [email protected]

    Provide a 2-3 page executive summary or brief description of your startup. Please include founders bios and relevant info, stage of development and technology summary. Early submissions are preferred.


    About the Presenters

    Anthony Lee, Altos Ventures

    Anthony Lee is a General Partner of Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of infrastructure and enterprise software. He currently serves as a director of Cogency Software and is active with Yosemite Technologies. Before joining Altos Ventures in 2000, Anthony led marketing efforts for three start-up companies. He served as Vice President of Marketing for Evolve (EVLV, later acquired by Primavera) where he developed and executed a turnaround strategy that positioned Evolve as the leading provider of professional service automation (PSA) software and resulted in a successful IPO. Anthony also served as Vice President of Marketing for Clip2, a Web directory funded by Greylock and Lightspeed Venture Partners. He also co-founded Signature Wines, a national distributor of private-labeled wines. Previously, Anthony was a strategic consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he worked with clients in the telecommunications and pharmaceuticals industries. He currently serves on the boards of non-profit publisher Business Today and technology provider Compumentor. Anthony received his MBA from Stanford University and earned a BA in Politics and Economics from Princeton University.


    Jon Goldstein, Catamount Ventures

    Jon's career in technology spans more than 15 years, and includes time spent as a system designer and programmer, financial analyst, and sales & general manager. Jon is a Venture Partner at Catamount Ventures. Prior to Catamount, Jon was Vice President of Sales at Grassroots Enterprise, Inc. Prior to Grassroots, Jon spent five years with Remedy Corporation (NYSE: BMC) developing and implementing their sales and channel strategies in the US and Asia. Jon managed the creation and launch of Remedy's first dedicated US telesales organization; he created the engagement strategies for Asia/Pacific and then implemented those strategies through local partnerships and major direct sales; and was responsible for launching and managing Remedy's Japanese subsidiary. While living in Japan, Jon coordinated the introduction of Remedy's products into Japan which included recruiting and managing Remedy's strategic partners and customers, project managing the localized versions of Remedy's software, and hiring and training local staff. Prior to Remedy, Jon spent several years at Island Graphics in a variety of sales and sales management roles, and at Oracle Corporation in their telesales (DMD) and finance organizations.

    Jon serves on the Board of Directors of Siterra Corporation, and advises several portfolio companies including Liquid Engines. Jon holds a BA degree from Clarement McKenna College.


    Phil Wickham, Copan

    Phil Wickham has over 15 years of experience in technology venture capital and international management. Prior to joining Copan, he was a co-founder of Profile Venture Partners, a Philadelphia-based early stage software fund. During his tenure, he also launched the fund's Silicon Valley office. Prior to Profile, Phil was with JAFCO America Ventures in their Palo Alto office. There he focused on software and semiconductors. While at JAFCO, he led or co-led investments in Com21, Lightspan Partnership, think3, Entivity and SmartPrice. He also led business development efforts in Asia on behalf of many of his companies. Prior to JAFCO, Phil was with OneLiberty Ventures in Boston as a Kauffman Fellow focused on software and healthcare IT. Prior to his career in venture capital, he co-founded Reference Media in Tokyo in 1989 and later sold the company to the Princeton Review, where he stayed on in a sales and marketing role.

    Phil holds a BS from the Aerospace Mechanical Engineering School at the University of Arizona, and an MBA from Rensselaer. He currently serves on the board of the Kauffman Fellows Program.


    Clint Chao, Formative Ventures

    Clint Chao is a seasoned high-technology executive who brings 18 years of operating experience to Formative Ventures. Chao's investment experience includes investment lead and Board of Directors participation at Marketocracy (board member) in Los Altos, Ca. and Zyray Wireless (board observer) in San Diego, Ca. Chao has a proven sales, marketing, business development, operating, and fund-raising track record that span both the public and private business sectors. Prior to co-founding Formative Ventures, Chao served as vice president of marketing and business development for SkyStream Networks. He had also previously managed worldwide sales and customer service for the company. His expertise in articulating company vision and market positioning helped the company raise over $70m in venture financing, from firms such as AOL-Time Warner, Shaw Communications, Norwest Ventures, IVP, Intel and Mayfield. Under his leadership, SkyStream formed partnerships with such industry leaders as AOL Time Warner, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, RealNetworks, Lucent Technologies, Mitsubishi, and Philips. Chao is known throughout the industry for his vast knowledge of the digital video and networking industries, and has spoken at such prestigious events as NAB, Digital Hollywood and CDN 2001. Prior to joining SkyStream in 1998, Chao served as senior director of marketing at C-Cube Microsystems where he was responsible for all aspects of marketing for the PC/CODEC Division, a group he co-founded and grew to run rates exceeding $50M in sales annually. At C-Cube, he was responsible for forging relationships with leading PC manufacturers, including Compaq, Creative Labs, Dell, Gateway, Intel, and Toshiba. These partnerships helped to make C-Cube the No. 1 worldwide supplier of DVD semiconductors to the personal computer market. Chao began his tenure at C-Cube as the first salesperson for the company, where he created the company's sales representation network around the country, and subsequently held numerous sales management positions. Before joining C-Cube in 1990, Chao held numerous sales and sales management positions with Motorola Semiconductor, where he was recognized as one of the company's top salespeople. Chao earned a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from University of California at Berkeley.


    Richard Ling, Rembrandt Venture Partners

    Richard Ling is a seasoned executive with over seventeen years of experience in the computer industry. Prior to joining Rembrandt, Mr. Ling was the co-founder, President and CEO of AlterEgo Networks Inc., a wireless infrastructure company, acquired by Macromedia Inc. in March 2002. Prior to AlterEgo, he led the i-Merchandising product organization at Inktomi, responsible for overseeing all areas of the group's engineering and operations, including site and network operations and product development. Prior to Inktomi, Mr. Ling was a co-founder, acting CTO and VP of Products and Engineering at Impulse Buy Networks Inc., leading the development, operations and product management groups. Impulse Buy Networks acquired by Inktomi in April 1999. Prior to Impulse Buy, Mr. Ling founded and was CEO of Spero Inc., a company focused on creating supply-chain/distributor management systems for large-scale enterprises. Prior to Spero, Mr. Ling was a Director of International Product Marketing and Management at Novell Inc. Previously, Mr. Ling was a product line manager at Univel, acquired by Novell in 1992. Mr. Ling has been a systems design engineer, strategic planning analyst and product manager for Convergent Technologies Inc. Mr. Ling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (robotics and control/learning systems focus) from the University of California at Berkeley.


    John Hamm, Ventures Strategy Partners

    As a general partner, John Hamm brings a powerful combination of skills, knowledge and expertise to the VSP team. John's diverse background as an operating executive, a start up CEO, a venture investor, a leadership coach and an advisor/board member to dozens of technology companies gives him a unique and informed perspective on early stage investing.

    John currently serves on the board of Candera and IronPort Systems, and has served on the boards of Brocade Communications, Documentum (acquired by EMC), and Sylantro Systems.

    Most recently, John was a managing director at TCG Advisors, a division of The Chasm Group, where he advised CEOs and executive teams in the areas of leadership coaching and management systems. At TCG Advisors, John developed custom seminars for early stage tech companies and Global 2000 firms, as well as a quarterly CEO Boot Camp program for Deloitte & Touche that reached over 600 entrepreneurs nationwide.

    Prior to TCG, John was a venture partner at Redpoint Ventures and a managing director at Internet Capital Group (ICG), where he evaluated investment opportunities and provided management and leadership coaching to portfolio companies. As a private investor, John has a strong track record of successful technology start-ups, including Brocade Communications and IronPort Systems.

    John has taken on leadership roles at several high-growth companies, including Whistle Communications, where he served four years as president and CEO. Backed by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Mayfield, Whistle became the leader in small office Internet appliance products and was acquired by IBM in June 1999. Prior roles included VP, Worldwide Sales at Adaptec, and later EVP and General Manager of Adaptec's $480M Enterprise Systems division, as well as executive positions at Western Digital both in the U.S. and Europe. John started his professional career at Hewlett-Packard.

    John has been published in Fast Company, Business 2.0, Business Week, Fortune, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. His latest published work, Why Entrepreneurs Don't Scale, appeared in The Harvard Business Review, December 2002.

    John holds B.S. degrees in Engineering Physics and Engineering Management from Purdue University, and completed the UC-Irvine Executive MBA program.


    Philip Korn, Silicon Valley Bank

    Philip is National Practice Leader for SVB's Emerging Tech Division and a team leader in the bank's Peninsula office based in Palo Alto. His group manages 500+ client relationships with technology and life sciences companies and provides a unique combination of products and services specifically geared towards very early stage companies. These services include access to industry specific entrepreneurial and investor events and referrals to key partners and alliances. Philip has worked at Silicon Valley Bank since 1998 and previously focused on trade finance at commercial banks and the Federal Reserve System. Philip holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Thunderbird.


    Event Logistics


    Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, LLP.

    2000 University Avenue

    East Palo Alto, CA 94303

    Tel: 650.833.2000


    6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments

    7:00pm-8:30pm Progam


    $20 SDForum members

    $30 Non-SDForum members

    Pre-registration for this event is closed.
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