East Bay Series: Getting Funding Without VCs



  • ***IMPORTANT***       ***NEW LOCATION***   ***ADDED PANELISTS***

    In an effort to make our meetings more accessible to more people, we are testing out some new locations.  

    In response to our recent survey, we will try locations that received the most requests.  This month we will be in Newark.  

    Future locations are still in the works, but those who come to this meeting can give us direct input.

    Our goal is to provide events with topics you want in locations that are easy to reach.

    Topic: Getting Funding Without VCs

    We've assembled a great panel of both angels and entrepreneurs for this session.  Come and learn how others have launched their businesses without VC money.   We have some angel investors here to tell you about how to work with this great resource.  Learn some of the tricks and tips around this method of raising money.  There will be plenty of time for networking and conversation as well.  Join us!


    Eric Alderman, President and CEO, Solarnexus (www.solarnexus.com)

    Eric is an experienced software industry executive, with CEO/COO roles in 4 enterprise software companies over the last 22 years.  Before co-founding SolarNexus, he was co-founder and COO of Qumu, an enterprise software company that provides video management solutions to Fortune 500 companies.  He was also President/CEO of Mobile Support, Inc., a mobile applications company providing applications to field service technicians, and was co-founder and COO of eScene Networks, the original developer of Qumu. eScene Networks was acquired by Inktomi Corporation in 2001.  Prior to co-founding eScene, Eric was co-founder and President/CEO of The HyperMedia Group, a leading developer of custom e-Learning solutions, acquired by Wilson Learning Corporation in 1998.

    Eric Law, Founder and CEO, EADOC  (www.eadocsoftware.com)

    EADOC LLC is a rapidly growing cloud computing company delivering a fast, secure, easy-to-use collaborative construction management application for the trillion dollar construction industry. Launched in early 2006, we have built a solid customer base ranging from small cities and water districts to some of the largest construction management firms in the U.S.

    The company was founded by Eric Law in February of 2006 with a $50,000 capital contribution. The idea for EADOC's cloud-based construction management software came from Mr. Law's experience working for a large contractor on commercial and industrial projects as a project engineer. Combining his knowledge of the construction industry with his experience in the software industry, Mr. Law built the first prototype that was used for demonstrations to potential clients. He has bootstrap-funded the company with revenue from customers. Mr. Law has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

    Leif Langensand, CFO, Angels Forum (www.angelsforum.com)

    Leif is the Administrative Partner for The Halo Fund III Management Company and CFO for The Angels Forum Management Company. He has over twenty years’ experience in financial services and process improvement consulting. In 2006, Leif started investing in early stage companies through his involvement with The Angels' Forum. His responsibilities as CFO for The Angels' Forum Management Company required him to support Halo I, Halo II and The Halo Opportunity Fund. He joined The Halo Fund III Management Company as Administrative Partner in 2007.

    Jo Anne Miller, Partner, Milk Street Ventures (www.milkstreetventures.com)

    Prior to joining Milk Street Ventures, Jo Anne was a Principal at Nokia Innovent, a seed-stage investing team within the Nokia strategy organization. In this role, Ms. Miller was responsible for management of the portfolio and the Nokia business relationships. Prior to Nokia, Jo Anne was the President and CEO of Gluon Networks, a start-up providing next-generation converged voice and data switching and management systems for local telephone service providers. Jo Anne has more than 29 years of telecommunications and computer industry experience, including senior executive, engineering management, and research roles at JetCell, an indoor wireless/VoIP company (acquired by Cisco Systems), AirNet Communications, a wireless infrastructure company, Tellabs, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

    Maureen Shea, President & CEO, Two Shea Consulting (www.twoshea.com)

    Maureen is a technology Entrepreneur and currently is President & CEO of Two Shea Consulting, which focuses on IT & Mobile recruiting and consulting. Maureen is a member of Golden Seeds San Francisco Bay Area and passionate about women-owned ventures. Golden Seeds was founded in August 2004 as a simple angel investing group, and it has evolved into a disciplined investment organization. Today, it has locations in New York, Boston, and San Francisco/Palo Alto, where Golden Seeds' 230+ investors aid in all phases of the investment process with their resources and expertise. She was formerly co-founder of VirtualFabrix, a cloudbased application solution (acquired by Quest Software in 2008). Maureen holds a B.S. degree from Cal State L.A. and attended UCLA’s MDE Program for Entrepreneurs from Andersen School of Management.

    MODERATOR: John Matthesen, CEO, Related Concepts (www.relatedconcepts.com)

    Mr. Matthesen is a serial entrepreneur, with over 25 years of global operations and sales experience in the US, Europe and Asia. As part of the startup teams at Sybase and Commerce One, he held numerous positions, including CIO, VP of Asia Sales, and various roles in marketing and Engineering.  Since then, he served as COO at an internet advertising company, CEO at a software anti-piracy company, COO at a biotech software company, and is currently on the board of numerous companies, including Shanghai and Montevideo.  He is an active angel investor as well as a venture partner at a SF-based VC, and has been involved with biotech, shipping containers and several consumer product companies.

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    5:30–6:30 pm: Networking

    6:30–8:00 pm: Panel discussion and Q/A

    (Please note - food is extra - approximately $10.00).