Venture Startup & Financing SIG: Tales from the Darkside: The Things That Can Go Wrong



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    Venture Startup and Financing Evening Program: Tales from the Darkside: The things that can and do go wrong in a startup

    Panel Discussion:
    We all hear and read about the darlings of Silicon Valley-everything seems to go right-they build the product, raise money easily, get great customer traction. Is it really that easy?? Do things go wrong in those great companies. What about the companies that fail-what really happened??

    Join us for a post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving feast for the brain. Our panelists are veterans-startup junkies and former venture capitalists. They have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Our panelists work not only in Silicon Valley but with companies around the world. And they will tell all. It promises to be an interesting evening.

    Mark Johnson

    Mark B. Johnson is a dynamic leader and senior operating executive who provides management and business expertise, consulting and CEO coaching for private and public companies and executives. Having worked in and with venture capital, multiple startups and Fortune 500 companies in the US and internationally, Mark brings a broad global perspective on financing, transactions, strategy and operations, created through years of building companies and product/service platforms in both operating and director roles. Previously, Mark was CEO of SkyPilot Networks (acquired by Trilliant) and Associate Partner at Mobius Venture Capital, specializing in wireless and software infrastructure. Prior to that, he directed product strategy at Preview Systems (acquired by Aladdin Knowledge Systems) and spent 10 years at Apple in various technical, marketing and international management roles with a primary focus on developer relations. Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in modern languages and a second major in computer applications from the University of Notre Dame.

    Michael Loftus
    Mike Loftus has been involved with startups for over 20 years, defining their core company strategies, product roadmaps and driving sustainable revenue. Mike’s first senior role in a startup was E-machines in 1989 as VP Marketing. He then became a member of the management team at Graphic Media which completed a merger with Eagle River Interactive, which later became At Bullant Inc., a mobile platform startup, he was a member of the leadership team and was appointed CEO for completing the sale of assets to Gravana, which later became Xumii. In 2005, Mike became CEO and a member of the startup team of inFreeDA, which received a Series A investment from Hummer Winblad Partners and was later sold to AT&T. Mike has held other senior management positions over his career including NetFish Technologies, prior to its acquisition by IONA, and at Dialogic, prior to its acquisition by Intel. Mike is currently the Managing Director and VP Product for AdStream Inc., a technology company that delivers ads targeted to the viewer of mobile video. He is also the Founder of The Glue USA, a consulting practice that assists early stage companies to build the leadership team, define the product roadmap and source investment capital. Mike has earned degrees in business and computer engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, attended the Executive Management program at Stanford University and completed the Franklin Covey Leadership Program: Great Leaders, Great Teams, and Great Results.


    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) which was sold to AG Bayer in 2010.

    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.

    Frank Rimerman + Co.
    1801 Page Mill Rd.
    Palo Alto, CA 94304

    6:30 - 7:00 pm  Registration and Networking
    7:00 - 8:30 pm Presentation

    $35 for non-SVForum members
    $20.00 for SVForum members

    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.

    Venture Startup and Financing SIG