EC SIG: Great Expectations
Managing through the bubble and beyond.
Josh Silverman, CEO - Evite.com
Jeffrey Karan, Partner - Stone Karan Capital
Microsoft Technology Center - Silicon Valley
1250 Charleston Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
$10 for non-SDForum Members
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A refreshingly candid portrayal of the challenges faced by CEOs managing companies through the Internet bubble. Topics include the 'hangover' effect of the bubble for existing companies, the impact of the current market on new venture formation, as well as the personal lessons learned from company founders. Anyone thinking of founding any kind of venture-backed company, as well as those managing existing startups, will find this discussion interesting and insightful.
Josh Silverman was a Founder of Evite.com, and has been its CEO since January, 1999. He developed the product concept and business plan, built an experienced executive team, and led the company through two rounds of financing, raising $38M from leading venture capital firms.
Since it's public launch in July, 1999, Evite has built one of the country’s most recognized and respected consumer Internet brands. The company has garnered many of the Internet industry's most prestigious awards, including a Webby Award (Best Service), Upside Hot 100 Private Companies, Yahoo! Internet Life Top 100 Websites, and Wired Readers Raves (nominee, Most Innovative Company). In the process it has built significant relationships with some of the world's leading advertisers, including Pampers, Heineken, Polaroid, REI, and Finlandia.
Prior to founding Evite, Mr. Silverman was a Vice President at ADAC Laboratories (a Baldrige-Award winning high-tech medical equipment manufacturer), served as a Senior Consultant at Booz*Allen & Hamilton, and worked on the staff of U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. Mr. Silverman is a regular speaker at major technology conferences, and is quoted in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Industry Standard, the Red Herring, Forbes, and News.com. He has a BA in Public Policy from Brown University, and an MBA from Stanford, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and President of his class.
Jeffrey S. Karan
Jeff is currently a Partner with Stone Karan Capital, a technology focused investment bank. Prior to this, he was the Co-founder and CEO of an Internet start-up named OneDemocracy.com.
Jeff also spent 12 years in investment banking, first with Morgan Stanley and then with Goldman, Sachs. He holds an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck Business School (Tuck Scholar, 1980), a BA from Dartmouth College (1979), and an MA in Comparative Philosophy and Religion. Jeff lives with his wife and twin daughters in Woodside, California.
Mitchell Levy is a popular speaker, lecturing on ECM issues throughout the U.S. and around the world. He is the author of E-Volve-or-Die.com and the Founder and Program Coordinator of San Jose State University's E-Commerce Management Certificate Program, http://ecmtraining.com/sjsu, He is President of ECnow.com, an ECM consulting firm helping companies transition from the industrial-age to the Internet-age. Mr. Levy serves as Chair for Comdex.biz, the core conference at Comdex Fall and Comdex Chicago and for his own symposia series, ECMsym.com. Mitchell is executive producer of ECMgt.com, an on-line ECM e-zine. He is also the chair of this SIG.
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