Venture Startup & Financing SIG: Sold Out!



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    Venture Startup and Financing SIG: A Night with SoftTech VC - Thursday, March 1

    Presentation and Pitch Session: Come listen and pitch to SoftTech VC

    SoftTech VC is an early stage venture capital firm managing seed stage funds, SoftTech VC II and SoftTech VC III. Their funds are backed by a mix of institutional and private investors. At SoftTech, they have consistently invested in 20 new opportunities a year.

    Their founder and managing partner Jeff Clavier launched SoftTech VC in 2004, making the original 20+ investments (their non-traditional ‘Fund I’) as a business angel, investing his own capital, time and experience. As one of the original ‘super angels’ in the valley, Jeff developed SoftTech VC’s implementation of the micro-vc concept which has become so popular.

    In 2007, they launched SoftTech VC II, a 15M seed fund focusing on the consumer Internet space, aiming at investing in 60+ companies over 3 years. In 2011, their $55M SoftTech VC III successor fund made its debut. Their principals have been involved in over 100 startups as investors, advisors or founders. SoftTech VC has seen 20+ exits, and their companies have raised over $800M in follow-on financing. Today, SoftTech VC is among the most active investors in early stage consumer Internet and mobile startups.

    Learn about SoftTech’s perspective as to what is they are interested in, what they are investing in and how they operate. We will also talk about their approach to working with companies, how they get their members involved and how they are different from other venture capital firms. We will discuss some of the common traits of those companies selected to present to their partnership and those which ultimately were funded.

    We will select up to 8 ventures to do 3-minute pitches followed by 3 minutes of feedback.

    Note: If you are interested in presenting, please send your executive summary (no more than 2 pages) to John Lee, Co-Chair of the Venture Startup and Financing SIG, at [email protected]. Deadline for submission is Friday, February 24th. COMPANIES THAT WANT TO PRESENT MUST BE REGISTERED BEFORE WE REACH OUR LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF ATTENDEES.

    Speaker: Stephanie Palmeri, Senior Associate, SoftTech VC

    Steph Palmeri is a senior associate with SoftTech VC, where she invests in early stage consumer internet companies including next generation commerce, mobile services, and saas. She has over a decade of experience working at the intersection of marketing and technology. At SoftTech VC, Steph’s work includes opportunity reviews, due diligence, market analysis, and dealflow management, in addition to active involvement with SoftTech VC portfolio companies.

    Prior to joining SoftTech VC, Steph was an active member in New York City’s emergent VC and entrepreneurial community where she was an Associate with early-stage venture fund NYC Seed and launched the NYC SeedStart incubator. Additionally, she worked with Lot18 on business development and marketing initiatives. Steph’s early experience includes working for Accenture and Estee Lauder as well as building SaaS applications for customers including SAP AG, JP Morgan, and Diageo. Steph holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with joint degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems. In her spare time, Steph enjoys bikram yoga, skiing, and getting lost in foreign countries.

    Follow Steph on Twitter @stephpalmeri.

    Moderator: John Lee, Director, Entrepreneur Services Group, Silicon Valley Bank

    John Lee is a director in SVB's Entrepreneur Services Group. Lee establishes banking relationships with early stage technology companies. Lee also assists early and mid-stage technology companies with raising capital through review and feedback on investment materials and targeted introductions to venture capital firms and other investors. In addition, Lee provides relevant market insights and connections to strategic partners. Lee focuses on the enterprise and infrastructure software and hardware sectors, including cloud computing and SaaS, data management and storage, security, semiconductors, mobile and consumer electronic devices, data centers and broadband networks.

    Lee holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

    Note: There is an additional $10.00 charge at the door - if not pre-registered.

    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.


    6:30 - 7:00 pm  Registration and Networking

    7:00 - 8:30 pm Presentation