Tech Womens Program: Women Venture Capitalists: The VC world as they see it




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    Topic: Women Venture Capitalists:  The VC world as they see it

    Despite advances of women in business, they still represent barely 10% of all venture capitalists.  What is life like in that world that impacts so many start-ups?  In this lively panel discussion, women VCs will talk about:

    • how they got into the business
    • the challenges they have faced as venture capitalists
    • the value they bring to the decision-making process of funding
    • their perception of why women entrepreneurs receive a disproportionately low percent of investments
    • suggestions they have for participants considering becoming entrepreneurs or VCs.

    There will be time at the end for questions about how it all works or what it all means.  If you have questions you would like to have asked of the panel, send them to us at  techwomensgroup (at) 
    And- yes- men are welcome to attend. (We've had several men ask us....)

    Trae Vassallo, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers
    Since joining KPCB in 2002, Trae has focused in two areas: Greentech and Consumer Internet. Trae works closely with management teams of Ausra, utility grade solar provider; Altarock Energy, geothermal development company; Fisker Automotive, extended electric luxury automotive company;  GloriOil, enhanced oil extraction using biotechnology; Aggregate Knowledge, a platform for online discovery; Cooliris, enabling the visual web; and RecycleBank, an incentive program that rewards consumers for recycling.

    Prior to KPCB, Trae was a co-founder of Good Technology, a KPCB portfolio company (acquired by Motorola) that provides an end-to-end wireless corporate email solution. Prior to Good, Trae worked as a design engineer at IDEO Product Development where she developed  products including the PalmV, the Dell Latitude Docking station and many others. Trae holds 13 patents.  Trae earned a Bachelor's and Master's in Mechanical Engineering with honors and an MBA all from Stanford.

    Cindy Padnos  Managing Director, Illuminate Ventures
    Ms. Padnos is the founding Managing Director of Illuminate Ventures, a newly launched high tech venture capital firm and continues to serve as a Director of Outlook Ventures where, since 2004, she has participated in committing the firm’s $140M fund. Cindy's experience and focus encompasses Internet/Web 2.0, SaaS, digital media, technology-enabled services, mobile communications and software sectors.

    Prior positions include founder and CEO of Vivant, President and CEO of Acumen, founding vice president of marketing at Scopus Technology and management positions at IDE, Ingres and AT&T.  Cindy earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, at the University of Michigan and her MBA/MSIA with honors from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Tepper School and for Astia and on the Board of Directors of Xactly Corporation, Wild Pockets, BrightEdge, CalmSea and LPI&M.

    Lara Druyan   General Partner, Allegis Capital
    Prior to joining Allegis Capital, Lara Druyan had responsibility for Silicon Graphics' desktop software business.  She  oversaw the successful development, execution and deployment of the SGI NetMeeting collaborative software suite into Fortune 500 companies.  As a product manager, Ms. Druyan was also part of the team that launched the O2 and Octane desktop machines worldwide.  Previously, Ms. Druyan worked at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker where she advised global media and telecommunications companies on corporate finance and merger and acquisition strategies.

    Ms. Druyan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Apprion, Packet Design, SonicSwap and Rosum Corporation.  Ms. Druyan serves on the Board of Advisors to the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.  She holds a bachelor's degree with Honors in Economics from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

    Susan Mason  General Partner, Onset Ventures
    Susan came to ONSET in 1996. Susan most recently led a successful consulting practice, helping Fortune 100 corporations capitalize on emerging markets and technologies. Early in her career, she held positions in marketing and engineering design of high-performance systems and microprocessors for Fujitsu Microelectronics, Fairchild Semiconductor and NCR Microelectronics.

    At ONSET Ventures, Susan specializes in hardware and software investments in communications, networking and security. She currently serves on the boards of 1020, Airplay, Brilliant Networks, ClariPhy Communications, Glimmerglass, Obopay, PacketMotion, Securent (acquired by Cisco in 2007) and SS8 Networks.  Susan received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado and her MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Susan is a Kauffman Fellow and a founding board member and Chairman of the Center for Venture Education.

    Anu Shukla     CEO, Offerpal Media (serial entrepreneur of VC backed ventures)
    Anu Shukla founded Offerpal Media in June, 2007, with the vision of providing social application developers and other social publishers with a viable way to monetize their traffic. She has since grown Offerpal Media into the leading social advertising network on the Web, generating significant revenue for social publishers while driving high quality leads and high value customers to online advertisers. A serial entrepreneur, Anu is also the founder and CEO of Mybuys Inc., the leading provider of personalized product recommendations for online retailers. Prior to Mybuys, Anu pioneered the category of Internet Marketing Automation as founder and CEO of Rubric, Inc, which was acquired in 2000 for $366 million. 

    6:00 - 6:30 p.m   Registration and Networking
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Program / Q & A

    $10 for SDForum Members
    $25 for Non-Members
    $0 for Platinum Pass

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