• Venture Finance Workshop Tuesday, May 08, 2001 - 06:30PM
    Microsoft Technology Center
    1250 Charleston Road
    Mountain View, CA
    Venture Start-up & Financing

Venture Finance Workshop



  • The Perfect Plan... or Probable Peril? A venture panel review of entrepreneur startup pitches.


    You've got a Plan. You've got a Vision. You need money. And you have no idea how to get funded. Ouch.

    Welcome to the *new* New Economy, where eCommerce is a bad word, profits matter, and the NASDAQ has put the fear of God into the heart of your friendly neighborhood venture capitalist. So what's a budding young entrepreneur to do?

    Come on down to SDForum's Venture Finance Workshop part II, and hear four fearless venture capitalists review and rate ten startup hopefuls and their company presentations. Our April 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.

    VC Panel

    (Panelists Bios)
    Bob Zipp, General Partner, Amicus Ventures
    Alan Fisher, General Partner, iMinds Ventures
    David Adams, General Partner, Rocket Ventures
    Panelist TBA

    Want to Pitch?

    If you are interested in presenting, please send email to kevin@iminds.com and provide a 2-3 page executive summary or brief description of your startup or startup concept. Please include founder(s) bio and relevant information if possible. Materials must be received by May 4th; early submissions are preferred.


    Venture Panelist Bios

    Bob Zipp, Amicus Ventures

    Bob Zipp has been counseling early stage companies since 1996. Before co-founding Amicus, Bob was a director at Venture Law Group and partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. In addition to the Amicus companies, Bob has worked closely with Hotmail, Astrology.com (acquired by iVillage), and ComputerESP (acquired by CNET) as well as several venture capital firms and investment banks. Bob graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985 and Duke University School of Law in 1988.

    Alan Fisher, iMinds Ventures

    A serial entrepreneur, Alan Fisher has founded a portfolio of successful high-tech companies, combining industry know-how with substantial business acumen. Prior to joining iMinds, Fisher was co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Onsale (now Egghead.com), the Internet's leading value retailer of computers and consumer electronics. Prior to Onsale, Fisher co-founded Ambia Corporation, now a division of publicly held Infodata Systems, a developer of electronic document management systems. As President and CEO of Software Partners, which he also co-founded, Fisher was responsible for the creation of such innovative products as StreetSmart and e.Schwab for Charles Schwab and Company. Fisher is a board member of Egghead.com, Fatbrain.com, and Infodata. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri.

    David Adams, Rocket Ventures

    Mr. Adams is a founder and a managing director of GreenField Technology Ventures, the predecessor of Rocket Ventures. He was formerly a manager in Andersen Consulting's Technology practice. Mr. Adams currently serves as President of the Angel Breakfast Club, an emerging angel investor forum, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Economics Dept. at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

    Event Logistics


    6:30pm-7:00pm Registration/Networking/Refreshments
    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

    Kevin Hartz (kevin@iminds.com), iMinds Ventures
    Dave McClure (dave@500hats.com), 500 Hats


    Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited!

    Cost (Refreshments included)
    $20 SDForum Members
    $30 Non-Members
    Free to Stanford GSB students (bring ID to verify your status)

    Pre-registration unavailable. Please register at the door.