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. Our August 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 Pitch?
If you are interested in presenting, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Venture Panelist Bios
Randy Haykin, Managing Partner, iMinds Ventures
Randy Haykin co-founded iMinds in 1995. Prior to iMinds, he held various senior sales and marketing positions in the high technology arena over the past 15 years with high-profile companies such as Yahoo!, Viacom, Paramount, BBN, IBM, NetChannel and Apple Computer. Haykin served as the founding Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for building the company's marketing team, establishing agency relationships and generating advertising sales from scratch. Haykin served as interim VP Marketing at NetChannel, which was successfully acquired by America Online in 1998. He has also served as part of the core team that launched America Online's Greenhouse, a successful venture incubator.
Haykin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard's Graduate School of Business. He is the author of "Demystifying Multimedia" (Random House, 1993). He is on the Governing Board of Opportunity International, a non-profit that provides micro-loans for 3rd World countries, and active in Operation Kids, which provides programs and support for children's non-profit agencies around the world.
Scott Laughlin, Partner, IDG Ventures
Scott joined IDG Ventures in August 2000 and represents IDG Ventures on the board of Xythos Software. Scott joined IDG Ventures from Microsoft, where he worked first as a sales director, then as a group program manager overseeing the development of Web-delivered services. Previously, he served as vice president of sales at LinkExchange, a venture-funded startup acquired by Microsoft. During six years with International Data Group, Scott held research, marketing, sales, and management positions and helped launch new business units including The Web magazine. Scott serves as a director of Laughlin Communications, an advertising and media company, and of College Parents of America, a national member organization helping parents provide higher education. He has been an active angel investor through both private placement and as a limited partner in a San Francisco-based incubator. Scott holds a BA from Princeton University.
Andy Scott, Director, Garage Technology Ventures
Andy joined Garage Technology Ventures in March 1998 as employee #1. As Director of Venture Finance, Andy sources and evaluates prospective portfolio companies, and then works with clients' senior management team to refine their funding strategies and presentation to investors. In addition, he makes introductions to the Garage Technology Ventures network of corporate, venture capital and individual investors, as well as potential strategic partners. Since 1998, Andy helped facilitate $142 million in 40 rounds of financings for Garage portfolio clients.
Previously, Andy consulted with several Internet and software companies including Peapod, Macromedia, and Perceptual Robotics Inc. He was a Kauffman Foundation Intern at Evanston Business Investment Corp, a seed venture capital firm which invests in technology startups. Prior to business school, he worked for a sports marketing firm in Hong Kong, and a food brokerage in Seattle. He holds a BA from Northwestern University, and a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
7:00pm-8:30pm Pitch Session (starts promptly at 7:00pm)
** Latecomers who arrive after 7:20pm will not be admitted to avoid disruption of the session.
Microsoft Technology Center
1250 Charleston Road
Mountain View, CA
Entrepreneur Venture Finance Co-Chairs
Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited!
Cost (Refreshments included)
$20 SDForum Members
Free to Stanford GSB students (bring ID to verify your status)
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