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    Venture Startup and Financing SIG: New Venture Launch Fundamentals for 2012

    Presentation Overview: Getting Going on the New Venture in 2012 – Choosing the Right Idea, Building the Team and Getting the Venture Started

    Starting a new venture in the middle of a historic economic downturn is not for the faint of heart, but fortunately many have gone before you and you can come to this evening seminar and learn from those CEO’s, startup advisors and others about how to focus on the right opportunity, build a team that will succeed and get through the formation mechanics without getting too side-tracked from the key focus of building a product/solution that will sell in the marketplace. Topics to be covered include:

    -Choosing the right “problem” to solve, tips on how to choose the right market/product opportunity for your new venture or at least avoid the sectors that have classic “danger” warning signals
    -Finding co-founders, advice on how to assess your strengths, weaknesses so you can add team members to bolster the venture
    -Finding a space/place to start – out of the house or into an office? Or maybe an incubator? What are the ups/downs of those options?
    -To business plan or not? Is it really helpful or necessary?
    -Setting-up the new venture – when to incorporate, setup option plans and other legal mechanics of the new venture launch
    -What other advisors are necessary? How to choose banks, accountants, lawyers and build advisory boards

    Shannon Carter, TrueGame/Golden Gate Angels
    Shannon Carter has over 20 years of startup/turnaround management, corporate development and capital acquisition experience in the software, Internet, telecommunications, mailing/logistics, healthcare and financial services industries. Mr. Carter has scaled 8 early-stage technology companies through high growth and profitable exits. As an active angel investor and serial entrepreneur, Mr. Carter mentors San Francisco based startup and SMB software founders.

    Mr. Carter consults hi-tech companies and entrepreneurs through the U.S. Small Business Administration. He is a co-managing partner with Golden Gate Angels and active member of US Angel Investors. Mr. Carter holds a B.S. in Marketing, CSU Hayward and a MBA in Technology Management, University of Phoenix.

    Sajjad Masud, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
    Sajjad is passionate about working with great teams and building outstanding products. He has worked with many growing startups that have benefitted from his product, strategy and marketing expertise in the internet, mobile, software and cloud computing areas. He is currently CEO of an early stage startup and also Co-founder/co-president of HBS Angels, a group that promotes entrepreneurship and showcases innovative ventures for early-stage investing. Previously, Sajjad held technology, management and entrepreneurial roles at various established and start-up companies and started his career as a software engineer at Oracle. He holds an MSE in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Ben T. Smith currently works with Accelerator Ventures and is the Managing Partner of BTSIV, LLC
    where he is an investor in, board member of, or advisor to over 25 technology and media businesses including Glu Mobile, Tapulous, DealSquare and others. Ben recently left as the President of Reply Media. Reply is a high growth profitable company that manages a series of local internet properties and provides leads to local businesses. Ben sold a
    profitable MerchantCircle to Reply! for $60M and a significant return in 2011.

    As Co-Founder of MerchantCircle, an internet company focused on local, Ben built the largest network of local businesses on the web and one of the fastest growing local advertising networks. Ben incubated MC, as an EIR at
    Rustic Canyon, where he was focused on helping to finance and create companies in new media and software.

    In addition to being the SVP of Corporate Development at Borland through 4 acquisitions, Ben was the original CEO of CodeGear for which he lead the separation and startup. CG is the leading innovator in development tools
    with brands that include Delphi and JBuilder and over $75MM in annual revenue.

    Earlier, Ben co-founded Spoke with USVP and couple of great entrepreneurs in 2002. He guided Spoke to its 50th customer and through 3 rounds of successfully higher financing valuations while establishing a new category with his name on 3 key social patents. Ben remains on the board of Spoke. Prior to joining Spoke, Ben served the White House as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Planning, to the Secretary of Transportation for the period of
    creating the Transportation Security Administration after 9-11. Prior to working for the government, Ben was a Vice President in EDS's A.T. Kearney management consulting subsidiary, leading the West Coast operations of the
    Kearney/EDS Venture Development Group. He has advised leading technology companies on business and marketing strategies. As one of the youngest partner's in the history of Kearney, he was recognized by Consulting News as
    one of the top 25 consultants in the world in 2002. Ben has also been interim SVP of Sales and Marketing for a $150M logistics services company and CEO of a 60-person Upside 100 software company. Ben holds a Master's
    from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.

    Tom Cervantez – Founder and Co-President, Harvard Angels & Partner, Bizlaw

    Tom Cervantez is an active angel investor in the computer, communications and networking sectors and runs the Harvard Angels (angel group for Harvard Business School NorCal Alum and Harvard Club SF) and the Golden Gate Angels investor group in San Francisco. Tom is also a partner with Business Counsel Law Group in San Francisco, working with emerging companies, venture funds and computer software and hardware providers. He advises clients in matters involving securities, capital structure planning, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, venture financing and licensing transactions. He also advises domestic companies expanding into foreign markets, and international companies seeking investment or product distribution in the United States. Tom holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University, a JD from Harvard Law School and a MBA from Harvard Business School.


    6:30 - 7:00 pm  Registration and Networking

    7:00 - 8:30 pm Presentation

    Note: There is an additional $10.00 charge at the door - if not pre-registered.

    Seating is limited! It is very important to pre-register for this event. It does sell-out and we may need to turn people away. Please note: Because of Paypal's new policies, we can no longer accept American Express cards at the door.

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