Venture Finance SIG: An Evening with Hummer Winblad



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Venture Finance SIG

    Pre-registration for this event is closed.
    Please register at the door.

    We are very excited to showcase Hummer Winblad Venture Partners for our April event.

    Please note that attendance at this event is open to everyone, not just those presenting.

    Interested in Presenting? Send email to [email protected] and provide a 2-3 page executive summary or brief description of your startup. Please include founder bios, stage of development, and overview of market opportunity and your solution. Early submissions are preferred.


    Presentation Overview

    In 1989 John Hummer and Ann Winblad formed Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, the first venture capital fund focused exclusively on software companies. Although the software industry was then in its infancy, John and Ann held two convictions that continue to drive the firm's thought process today. First, they believed that software companies enjoy a simple but superior economic model based on the low variable cost of production. Second, they felt that software would have a dramatic effect on how we live, work, and play. This vision has become reality; software has grown into one of the largest industries in the United Stages. Despite this remarkable growth, they believe that software's future has only just begun.

    Ann Winblad, Doug Hickey, and Prashant Shah will join us to offer their opinions on where the software industry is heading, give a preview on areas where they will be placing their bets, and provide advice on how to raise venture funding in today's environment. Three lucky pre-selected entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business and get feedback on their presentations from Hummer Winblad.


    How to present? Send email to [email protected] and provide a 2-3 page executive summary or brief description of your startup. Please include founders bios, stage of development, and overview of market opportunity and your solution. Early submissions are preferred. 



    Ann Winblad, Partner

    Ann Winblad is the co-founding Partner of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and experience have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.

    Ann has over 25 years of experience in the software industry. She began her career as a systems programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1976 Ann co-founded Open Systems, Inc., a top selling accounting software company, with a $500 investment. She operated Open Systems profitably for six years and then sold it for over $15 million. Prior to co-founding Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Ann served as a strategy consultant for prestigious clients such as IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. In addition, Ann has co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications. Ann received a BA in mathematics and in business administration, as well as an MA in education and international economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Ann has served as a Director of start-up and public companies and currently serves as a director of Dean & Deluca, Intacct, Market Wire, The Knot and Voltage Security. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas and is an advisor to numerous entrepreneur groups.


    Doug Hickey, Partner

    Doug is a Partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Doug has more than 20 years of operational experience holding senior-level positions in the telecom, Internet and technology space. Most recently Doug was CEO of Critical Path. Prior to Critical Path, Doug was President and CEO of Global Center. Global Center became one of the first and largest providers of advanced web hosting. After selling Global Center to Frontier Communications in 1998, Doug was named President of Frontier Global Center and Executive Vice President of Frontier Communications Corporation.

    Doug also held the position of president and CEO of MFS Datanet, the Internet and data arm of MFS communications. MFS Datanet grew to more than $200 million in revenues and became widely recognized as the leading bandwidth and connectivity provider to more than 3000 ISPs and leading corporations worldwide. Doug was a key member of the team that negotiated the purchase of UUNET, positioning MFS as the world leader in Internet data traffic. Prior to this, Doug held several other senior-level management positions including general manager of North America at Ardis, a Motorola company. Doug received a B.S. in economics from Siena College.

    Currently Doug sits on the Boards of Lavastorm, Yosemite Technologies, Plug Power (PLUG) EAS Corporation, Scalent Systems, InMage Systems, SignalDemand, Success Metrics and CITTIO. Doug founded the Douglas T. Hickey Chair in Business at Siena College and serves on Siena's board of directors.


    Prashant Shah, Principal

    Prashant Shah is a Principal of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. His background includes vast experience defining and launching high-tech products into new markets. Prior to joining Hummer Winblad, Prashant was the Group Product Manager at Entrust Technologies where he oversaw software for authentication and authorization. His experience also includes positions at Cypress Semiconductor where he managed a line of specialty RAM, and AT&T where he held a variety of roles in sales, operations management and product management. Prashant received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.



    Steve Bennet, Bodega Partners

    Steve is founder and managing director of Bodega Partners, a venture catalyst and management consulting firm, which aids early-stage companies in strategic planning, business development, and interim management. In the past ten years with Bodega, he has helped over 75 companies meet their strategic and financing goals. He has taken the CFO role in over a dozen of these companies, including iControl Networks, Orbital Data, Valchemy, CSE Systems, Empart Technologies,, GolfWeb, Tribeworks, and Biological Components Corporation. Prior to and concurrent with Bodega, Steve was a Venture Partner at Outlook Ventures, an instructor at U.C. Berkeley (teaching an extension course he designed, "Financing the Software Venture"), and held various positions in software product marketing and corporate finance at Bay Logics, Digital Microwave, and Arthur Anderson. Steve is currently co-chair of the Venture Finance SIG at the Software Development Forum. Steve earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. He is also a licensed CPA.


    Event Logistics


    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP.

    2000 Woodlands Circle

    East Palo Alto, CA 94303

    Tel: 650.833.2000


    6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments

    7:00p.m.-8:30 p.m. Panel discussion and Pitch Session (starts promptly at 7:00pm)


    $20 SDForum members

    $30 Non-SDForum members

    Pre-registration for this event is closed.
    Please register at the door.

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