Venture Startup & Financing Evening Program: Sold Out



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    Venture Startup and Financing SIG: New Venture Launch Fundamentals for 2011

    Presentation Overview: Getting Going on the New Venture in 2011 – Choosing the Right Idea, Building the Team and Getting the Venture Started

    Starting a new venture in the middle of a historic downturn is not for the faint of heart, but fortunately many have gone before you and you can come to this evening seminar and learn from those CEO’s, startup advisors and others about how to focus on the right opportunity, build a team that will succeed and get through the formation mechanics without getting too side-tracked from the key focus of building a product/solution that will sell in the marketplace. Topics to be covered include:

    -Choosing the right “problem” to solve, tips on how to choose the right market/product opportunity for your new venture or at least avoid the sectors that have classic “danger” warning signals
    -Finding co-founders, advice on how to assess your strengths, weaknesses so you can add team members to bolster the venture
    -Finding a space/place to start – out of the house or into an office?  Or maybe an incubator?  What are the ups/downs of those options?
    -To business plan or not?  Is it really helpful or necessary?
    -Setting-up the new venture – when to incorporate, setup option plans and other legal mechanics of the new venture launch
    -What other advisors are necessary?  How to choose banks, accountants, lawyers and build advisory boards


    Larry Augustin, CEO - SugarCRM
    Larry Augustin is an angel investor and advisor to early stage technology companies. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Appcelerator, Compiere, DeviceVM, DotNetNuke, Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, Pentaho and SugarCRM. One of the group who coined the term "Open Source", he has written and spoken extensively on Open Source worldwide. Worth Magazine named him to their list of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000. From 2002 to 2004 he was a Venture Partner at Azure Capital Partners. In 1993 he founded VA Linux (now SourceForge, NASDAQ:LNUX) serving as CEO until August 2002. While CEO he launched and led the company through an IPO in December 1999.

    Harj Taggar, Y Combinator
    Harj Taggar is a partner at Y Combinator, an early stage investor in technology startups. He was previously founder of Auctomatic, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2007 and was acquired by Live Current Media in 2008. He graduated in 2006 from Oxford.

    James Lee, Corporate Partner - Business Counsel Law Group, LLP
    James is a co-founding partner of the corporate boutique law firm, Business Counsel Law Group ( His practice includes representation of corporations and other business entities in a variety of business transactions, such mergers and acquisitions, venture financings and other private offerings of equity and debt, formation of corporations and limited liability companies, project finance and various other general commercial transactions. James has significant experience representing and counseling energy, technology and clean-tech companies and serves as general counsel to many of his clients. James also has experience in real estate acquisitions and leases. James received his BA from UCLA and his JD from Hastings College of Law.

    Jonathan Baer - Threshold Ventures
    Jon Baer is a senior executive who brings a unique perspective to the world of startups. He has been both a venture capitalist as well as the founder and CEO of two venture backed companies, eBoomerang, an enterprise software company which was sold in 2006 and Artificial Muscle, Inc., a spinout from Stanford Research Institute (SRI). As a principal and founder of Threshold Ventures, Jon works with companies around the world, serving as an advisor/mentor, working on specific projects (such as creating venture backed companies from emerging new technologies and helping international companies develop and execute plans for entering the U.S. market) and when appropriate, taking on interim operating roles.  Jon is also a Co-Chair of the Venture Startup and Finance SIG for the SDForum.

    Seating is limited! It is very important to pre-register for this event. It does sell-out and we may need to turn people away. Please note: Because of Paypal's new policies, we can no longer accept American Express cards at the door.