• Internet Search Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 06:00PM to 09:00PM
    Silicon Valley Bank Kellogg Auditorium
    3005 Tasman Drive
    Santa Clara, CA 95054
    Mobile and Digital Media Group

Internet Search



  • ow it has revolutionized the advertising business and created new business opportunities for innovative start-ups

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    Presentation Overview

    Search is now big business. This year, Google will sell $6.1 billion in ads, nearly double what it sold last year, according to Anthony Noto, an analyst at Goldman Sachs. That is more advertising than is sold by any newspaper chain, magazine publisher or television network. By next year, Mr. Noto said, he expects Google to have advertising revenue of $9.5 billion. That would place it fourth among American media companies in total ad sales after Viacom, the News Corporation and the Walt Disney Company, but ahead of giants including NBC Universal and Time Warner. For more information http://marcellomedia.blogs.com/mrb/2005/11/google_soon_at_.html

    This paradigm shift in the advertising business has opened up a new category of start-ups offering innovative solutions around search technologies. Some are innovative off-shore companies who have migrated their business to the US to maximize on the huge opportunities and they are aggressively carving out their niches.

    Hear from a panel of industry leaders and search innovators who will discuss the state of the burgeoning search category and the future opportunities for technology executives and entrepreneurs. Technologies includes: audience driven search, enterprise search solutions, electronic media monitoring and information search and retrieval products.



    Jeff Clavier (bio)- Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech Venture Consulting


    Ani Kortikar (bio)- Founder and CEO, Netramind

    Jorn Lyseggen (bio)- Chief Executive Officer, Magenta News

    Steven E. Marder (bio)- Chief Executive Officer, Eurekster, Inc.

    Hosted by ANZA, CSPA, Silicon Vikings and SDForum.

    Speaker Bios


    Jeff Clavier

    Based in Palo Alto (CA), Jean-Francois "Jeff" Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech Venture Consulting, a firm providing services to the “software ecosystem”, primarily early stage consumer Internet startups. Jeff will typically get involved as an advisor, board member or part-time executive, focusing on business development, fund raising, and strategy matters.

    His current areas of interests include next generation search, social media (blogging, syndication, aggregation), and open source. These are also the primary topics covered on his blog, Software Only, alongside venture capital, startup and industry news, conferences,…

    Jeff has spent over sixteen years in the software market, as an entrepreneur, a senior executive and a venture capitalist. Throughout his career, he got exposed to the global market: leading development teams in Europe and on Wall Street, designing products that were sold internationally and investing in software infrastructure startups across the USA and Europe.

    Prior to founding SoftTech VC, Jeff was the President of RVC Capital, the firm managing the Reuters Greenhouse Fund – the Corporate Venture arm of Reuters that has invested $560M in 82 companies since 1994, including Yahoo!, Verisign, Phone.com, Infoseek,… As the Partner in charge of US Operations, Jeff’s focus was on investing and managing the US portfolio, as well as supporting all companies in their commercial and business development efforts. Jeff’s Board involvements included UltraDNS (CA), Tacit (CA) and Pathfire (GA). He was also involved in a number of other portfolio companies: Moreover (UK), Bitpipe (MA), PacketVideo (CA), SpiritSoft (UK), Epicentric (CA), Kinecta (CA), GiantBear (NY) and Epoch Partners (CA).

    Jeff joined the Venture arm of Reuters from its product development division, where he was leading the development of the Risk Management and Desktop unit. He had direct responsibly for 250+ staff in Paris, London and New-York, developing a number of leading front and middle office products: the ATW suite of Unix applications, the Kondor+ Risk Management offering, and the flagship Reuters Desktop Kobra/3000 Xtra, that he designed back in 1993. Jeff became instrumental in the development of the Reuters Open Systems product line since the early 1990’s, after its acquisition of Effix Systems, the Paris-based startup company he helped develop in 1989.

    A seasoned speaker at events of the VC and Private Equity community in the US, Jeff has also been for 3 years the co-producer of the RVC SoftEdge conference, a yearly gathering of the different “components” of software innovation: entrepreneurs, thought leaders, leading technology columnists, CIOs, senior executives of established technology players and venture capitalists. One of the key features of the conference was also to bring innovation from the US, Europe and Israel, hence the choice to organize it in New-York. Most recently, Jeff co-chaired the SDForum Vertical Search Conference, Vertical LEAP and became the founding co-chair of the SDForum Search Special Interest Group.


    Ani Kortikar

    Ani is founder and CEO of Netramind. Netramind empowers media agencies, search agencies and marketing departments to scale their business profitably using full service Netramind teams. Ani has been in professional services field for last 16 years.

    Ani has gone through the cycle of being an entrepreneur - technical architect - executive management - back to being an entrepreneur. He has worked in consulting and in management capacity with various venture funded private and public companies in Silicon Valley over last 10 years. As a consulting technical architect Ani was involved with many global, multilingual marketing project implementations for Cisco systems as early as 1994. As an executive he was responsible for creation of information technology, training and knowledge management divisions for consulting arm of Xoriant - a Silicon Valley based 600-person consulting firm. Later he also established pre-sales and professional services groups for the software products division of Xoriant.

    Ani completed his Bachelor of Technology from IIT Bombay as well as his Masters in Operations Research. Ani holds dual MBA from Columbia Business School, New York and HAAS school of Business, Berkeley, CA.


    Jorn Lyseggen

    Jorn Lyseggen is a Norwegian entrepeneur with four start-ups behind him, two industrial exits and one public floating. His field of interest is in the intersection of technology and media. His last start-up is Magenta News AS, a 140 people strong B2B search engine company offering subscription services to more than 4000 clients across Europe and the US. Magenta News AS has 13 offices across Europe and has recently established itself in the US.


    Steven E. Marder

    Steven joined Eurekster as Chief Executive Officer after managing the North American operations of Gramercy Venture Advisors, Inc., a boutique strategic investment bank and venture catalyst based in San Francisco, with offices in Asia Pacific and Europe. He is an experienced corporate executive, venture catalyst, strategic advisor and attorney with over 17 years of professional experience in financial, operation and corporate management. Prior to Gramercy, Steven served as Chairman/ CEO of eMemberDirect, Inc. (formerly Pet Planet.com), which he founded and took public in 1999. Prior, Steven was a Principal of global venture catalyst, Double Impact. A former intellectual property and media and entertainment attorney, Steven previously ran business development and licensing at Compton's New Media (Tribune Company), and worked in the recording industry at companies such as Metropolis Records, EMI Music and CEMA Distribution. Steven is also a co-founder and Board member of S.L.I. Systems. He is a graduate of Columbia College/ Columbia University and St. John's School of Law.


    6:00-7:00pm Registration, Networking & Appetizers

    7:00-9:00pm Panel Discussion

    Event Logistics

    Silicon Valley Bank
    Kellogg Auditorium
    3005 Tasman Drive
    Santa Clara, CA 95054
    Ph: 408-919-0352



    $20 Passport Program Members
    $25 SDForum, ANZA, CSPA & Silicon Vikings members
    $35 Non-members

    Please call 408-414-5950 if you would like to register over the phone.

    Pre-registration is now unavailable.
    LIMITED Registration will be available at the door.