CXO Forum - Alternatives to the Traditional VC: What Financing Channels & Vehicles are Available



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    CXO Forum
    at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
    Alternatives to the Traditional VC: What Fianancing Channels & Vehicles are Available?

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    This event is SOLD OUT!! Registration is now closed.

    This event is intended for entrepreneurs and startups. If you do not fit this profile, please do not register for this event.


    You have a great business idea down. You have talented people lined up and ready to join your team. Maybe you’ve even got a working prototype complete or alpha site launched with feedback. Now it’s time to take your idea to the next level and you need funding to do that.

    The traditional venture capital firm approach isn’t for everyone. What are the alternatives?  Not all funding options are created equal and different channels and vehicles are right for different entrepreneurs and different businesses.  Angel, Crowdfunding, Bootstrap? Which one is right for you? Come hear our panel of experts discuss alternatives to traditional VC financing and gain some insight into which could the best fit for you.

    11:30 am - 12:00 pm    Networking and Lunch
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm     Panel discussion and Q&A

    Monali Jain, Keiretsu Forum
    Don Ross, HealthTech Capital
    Chris Yeh, PBworks
    Moderator: Riaz Karamali, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

    Speaker Bios:

    Riaz Karamali, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. Riaz has extensive experience in corporate law, venture finance, mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions. Riaz has worked with hundreds of start-up and emerging companies, guiding them from their pre-founding stages through their angel and venture capital financing rounds, significant commercial contracts and strategic alliances to their ultimate exit transactions. He has acted as outside general counsel to many such privately held companies in a wide range of industries including Internet, social gaming, biotechnology, semiconductor technology, medical devices and consulting. Riaz has significant experience with cross-border transactions involving numerous countries including Australia, Bahrain, the Cayman Islands, China, Dubai, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Israel, Jordan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Switzerland. Riaz has structured and negotiated numerous complex, long-term technology-based and service-based alliance agreements relating to business process outsourcing, information technology infrastructure outsourcing, manufacturing outsourcing, research and development outsourcing, software application development and management, software OEM transactions, internet search and display advertising alliances, university technology transfer transactions and traditional corporate joint ventures. Riaz has assisted clients with the legal and strategic aspects of all phases of outsourcing transactions including the planning of the request for proposal to potential vendors, evaluation of vendors, the negotiation of the transaction documents, transition planning, relationship governance and the handling of contractual disagreements.

    Don Ross, HealthTech Capital. Don has 10 years Angel investing experience and currently is a Board Director, Sand Hill Angels (SHA) and Co-Chair, SHA Deal Quality Committee. His investments have included companies in mobile, tech, eHealth, diagnostics, and medical devices. Don has private board experience and startup operating experience as CEO and VP. He cofounded and sold a life sciences publishing company and is co-author of two college-level nutrition textbooks. Don earned a BA, Architecture with honors, Berkeley.
    Chris Yeh, VP Marketing, PBworks. Chris Yeh has been building Internet businesses since 1995. He is the VP Marketing for PBworks, which provides highly vertical solutions that help businesses work more efficiently and effectively. Millions use PBworks each month for partner/client collaboration, new business development, project management, social intranets, and knowledge management. Previously, he was the first investor in and interim CEO of Ustream.TV, which provides an open and distributable platform for live interactive online video. Chris is also an active angel investor and the founder and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Technology Alumni Association. Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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