• VF SIG: VC Panel & Pitch Meeting Wednesday, June 26, 2002 - 06:30PM
    Microsoft Main Campus
    1065 La Avenida, Bldg. 1
    Mountain View,, CA
    Venture Start-up & Financing

VF SIG: VC Panel & Pitch Meeting



  • Come on down to SDForum's Venture Finance SIG, and hear three fearless venture capitalists review and rate ten startup hopefuls and their company presentations.


    Alex Gove, Vice President - WaldenVC

    Carl Nichols, Managing Partner - iMinds Ventures

    Thomas L. Rosch, General Partner - InterWest Partners


    Program Overview

    VC Panel & Pitch Meeting

    Come on down to SDForum's Venture Finance SIG, and hear three fearless venture capitalists review and rate ten startup hopefuls and their company presentations. Our June workshop will feature pre-selected entrepreneurs who will have five minutes to pitch their startup and get some feedback from our panel of VCs, as well as a shot at that elusive first round of funding. Gongs prohibited, please.

    Want to pictch?

    If you are interested in presenting, please send email to [email protected] 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.


    About the Panelists

    Alex Gove, Vice President - WaldenVC

    Alex joined WaldenVC in August, 1999. Prior to WaldenVC, he served as a Senior Columnist at Red Herring, a monthly magazine about the business of technology. From April, 1995, until his departure, he was responsible for the magazine's venture capital and New Media coverage. In addition to writing monthly columns on venture capital ("VC Whispers") and New Media ("New Mediator"), he completed numerous feature stories, company profiles, and interviews. Alex also created and wrote a bi-weekly column for Red Herring's Web site called "VCPS" that focused on the relationship between entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. After leaving Red Herring, he wrote a monthly column for the magazine called "Nuts & Bolts" that dealt with the process of raising venture capital. Prior to Red Herring, Alex worked in entertainment production and investment banking.

    Alex graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College.


    Carl Nichols, Managing Partner - iMinds Ventures

    Carl Nichols co-founded iMinds in 1995 and has more than 19 years of experience in the computer, telecommunications, media, logistics and consumer products industries. Nichols has held senior executive positions in the strategic planning, business development, operations management, market development and finance departments of several major companies.

    Prior to iMinds, Nichols headed strategic and financial planning at Pacific Bell, an $8 billion telecommunications and Internet service provider, where he was responsible for identifying new growth opportunities and business lines, developing strategic partnerships and optimizing the company's investments. Before joining Pacific Bell, Nichols was Vice President of Strategic Business Management at Scrivner, Inc., a $6 billion packaged goods distributor. He led the company's business development efforts, including market expansions, new concept developments, domestic and international alliances and operating improvements.

    Nichols received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science magna cum laude from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard's Graduate School of Business.


    Thomas L. Rosch, General Partner - InterWest Partners

    Prior to joining InterWest, Tom Rosch had helped lead AT&T Ventures to a ranking as the number one telecom venture fund of 1998 (Red Herring) and one of the top 10 venture funds from 1997-1999 in IPO aftermarket performance (Forbes). He is a member of the boards of several companies, including E-Stamp Corporation (NASDAQ: ESTM, Former Chairman), Signio, Inc. (acquisition by Verisign pending) and Veridicom, Inc. In addition, Tom led AT&T Ventures’ investments in companies such as Juniper Networks (NASDAQ: JNPR), iPrint.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPRN), CoSine Communications, Accept.com (acquired by Amazon.com), Sentient Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems) and Just In Time Solutions.

    Prior to AT&T Ventures, Tom was a Senior Manager at The Boston Consulting Group, where he ran new business strategy assignments for technology, communications and media clients. In new technology venture areas, Tom drove ISP, PCS, wireline broadband (CATV modem and xDSL), and LEO broadband satellite entry strategies. In media, he led turnaround efforts at several major newspapers, merger integration at a Hollywood studio, and strategy efforts in film, music, multimedia, and Internet content.

    Before BCG, Tom was an analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co. He received his MBA and JD from Stanford and his AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard.


    Event Logistics


    Pre-registration is required -- seating is limited!

    To use a coupon or register by phone, please call (408) 494-8378.



    Microsoft Main Campus

    1065 La Avenida, Bldg. 1

    Mountain View, CA


    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.



    $20 SDForum Members

    $30 Non-Members

    $10 to full-time students (not alumni) with valid ID

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