VF SIG: An Evening with Sequoia Capital



  • The Monthly Meeting of the VF SIG

    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.

    Pre-registration is now unavailable.
    Please register at the door.


    Presentation Overview

    Three experienced venture capitalists from this firm will join us to present their take on the software market opportunities for emerging technology companies targeting the consumer. In particular, they'll lead a discussion focused on how the consumer is ready and waiting for new capabilities on the devices central to their life--the TV, computer and mobile phone.

    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 Team.


    Sequoia Capital Panel:

    Roelof Botha (bio), Sequoia Capital

    Sameer Gandhi (bio), Sequoia Capital

    Mark Kvamme (bio), Sequoia Capital



    Philip Korn (bio), National Practice Leader, Silicon Valley Bank Emerging Technologies


    Email your Executive Summary to [email protected]

    We are very excited to showcase Sequoia Capital for our June event. Please note that attendance at this event with Sequoia is open to everyone, not just those presenting. Four to six pre screened companies will be selected to present for 10 minutes each.

    Presentations will be accepted in the following areas focused on software/services targeting the consumer:

    • Digital Home
    • Wireless
    • Internet

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


    About the Presenters


    Roelof Botha focuses on services and software investments. He is currently a Director of Luxim and is involved with Sequoia portfolio companies including Open-Silicon, Next Estate and Wideray. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2003, 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.


    Sameer Gandhi focuses on services and software investments. He is currently a Director of Aceva Technologies, Conformia, Gracenote, Market Wire, Mirra, Multimedia Live and Trados. He is responsible for Sequoia Capital's investments in Pacific Edge, Sourcefire and Vividence. 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.


    Mark Kvamme focuses on services and software investments. He is currently a Director of Allocity, Cast Iron Systems, EMN8, Mark Logic, LinkedIn and StrongMail Systems. Previously, he had been a Director of Corvigo (acquired by Tumbleweed Communications). 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.


    Silicon Valley Bank, National Practice Leader - Silicon Valley Bank Emerging Technologies

    Philip is 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 ciences 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


    Microsoft Main Campus

    1065 La Avenida, Bldg. 1

    Mountain View, CA


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

    7:00pm-8:30pm Progam

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


    $20 SDForum members

    $30 Non-SDForum members

    Pre-registration is now unavailable.
    Please register at the door.

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