Raising Capital in Today's Environment



  • Learn from two Silicon Valley veterans a process that has helped over 60 companies raise $400+ million dollars over the last four years.

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    Jim Robbins, (bio), Principal, Panasonic Ventures
    Chuck Erickson, (bio), Managing Director, Software Business Cluster

    Learn from two Silicon Valley veterans who have helped over 60 companies raise over $400 million dollars in the past 4 years (including recently). Find out the proven steps they use to prepare companies for funding and success - 92% of the 60 businesses they've worked with are still in business today.

    Jim and Chuck will teach you their process that includes a statement of a compelling vision, the development of revenue and business models, and a honed investor presentation. They have refined this process after years of selecting very early-stage companies, mentoring the executive teams, and providing funding and networking connections.

    Don't miss your opportunity to learn the keys to building a fundable emerging growth company.

    Speaker Bio


    Jim Robbins, Principal, Panasonic Ventures

    Robbins' wealth of experience and knowledge in the fields of new business formation and operations, organizational design, technology management, and law make him a tremendous asset to Panasonic Ventures.

    In 1994, he co-developed the first software incubator in California, the San Jose Software Business Cluster. Since its opening, this Cluster has created 850 new jobs and attracted over $175 million in venture funding for start-up tenants. Robbins continues to hold the position of executive director for both the Software Business Cluster and the Environmental Business Cluster. Other projects include the Digital Equipment Business Enterprise Cluster of Northern California, the Communications Technology Cluster in Oakland, Calif., the Women's Technology Cluster for women starting multimedia, software and Internet companies in San Francisco, Calif., and an advanced transportation incubator for CALSTART. More...


    Chuck Erickson, Managing Director, Software Business Cluster

    Mr. Erickson is a seasoned executive with over thirty-five years of technology management experience, and is currently serving as the Managing Director of the Software Business Cluster in San Jose, CA. He has recently held positions of corporate President and CEO, Managing Director, and Technical Director of entrepreneurial management teams in start-up and turn-around companies focused in the areas of innovative software and hardware development, international business and corporate operations. He has extensive international experience in software and hardware development, marketing, and manufacturing. Mr. Erickson holds a BSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology, has done post-graduate studies at The University of Chicago. He has lectured at IIT, Penn State University and San Jose State University.

    Event Logistics


    8:30am-9:00am Registration/Networking/Continental breakfast
    9:00am-11:30am Seminar


    SDForum Center
    111 W. Saint John, Suite 200
    San Jose, CA 95113


    Seminar Track

    Management/Business Planning, Startup Stage


    Cost (Continental Breakfast included)
    $30 SDForum Members
    $60 Non-Members

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