Venture Finance SIG: Featuring Norwest Venture Partners



  • The Internet is Back-What's different this time and where is the money

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    Presentation Overview

    The Internet Is Back-- What's different this time around and where is the money flowing?

    The dreams that fueled the Internet bubble in the nineties are finally being realized, and the potential for revenue growth in today’s smart online companies is enormous. This is supported by the fact that venture capital money is flowing back into Internet deals according to a survey by National Venture Capital Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Thomson Venture Economics. In the first quarter of this year alone, venture investments in Internet related startups rose 36% to $753.8 million from a year earlier. Are these the signs of another dot-com bubble? While the magnitude of this spending does not compare to the millions of dollars that were invested during the Internet bubble, venture capitalists are becoming more and more bullish on the fact that big money can be made on the Internet. We have learned valuable lessons from the bubble, though, and today's startups are not unproven ideas sketched on napkins that attracted money during the peak. Rather, they are well thought out businesses with substantial revenue potential and they understand what it takes to build a company for the long term. Today's Internet businesses require more conventional management that is able to work out how services can be extended--and how companies can generate revenue from them.

    Join leading high tech venture capital firm, Norwest Venture Partners, and seasoned executives from two of the firm's leading portfolio companies, Mercora and Telcontar, on Wednesday, October 19th as they host an informative panel that will address these trends. The panel will discuss why they think the Internet will have great effects moving forward-- and why they believe what we've seen so far is nothing compared to what's coming. In addition, the panel will discuss:

    • What does it take to start a successful Internet venture in today's economy and what are some of the challenges executives face?
    • What are the hottest areas of technology in the consumer, Internet and business services sectors that are being funded today?
    • What are the areas of technology that leading Silicon Valley executives have chosen to target and why?
    • Why are these business models working?
    • Why did NVP fund these companies and what is NVP looking for when it comes to new ideas and talent?


    - Jim Lussier, Partner, NVP
    - Jeff Crowe, Partner, NVP
    - Srivats Sampath, President and CEO of Mercora (the largest global legal digital music network) and former CEO of
    - Kim Fennell, President and CEO of Telcontar (a recognized leader in the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry).
    - Tom Cervantez, Co-Chair - VC SIG and Partner - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (moderator)


    How to present? Send email to [email protected] and provide a 2-3 page executive summary or brief description of your startup. Please include founders bios, stage of development, and overview of market opportunity and your solution. Early submissions are preferred.


    Event Logistics


    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP.
    2000 University Ave.(University Circle)
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Tel: 650.833.2000
    Note: These are the tall buildings on the corner of University Avenue and Woodland Avenue on the west side of Hwy. 101. They are in the University Circle complex.

    6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments
    7:00p.m.-8:30 p.m. Panel discussion and Pitch Session (starts promptly at 7:00pm)

    $20 SDForum members
    $30 Non-SDForum members

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