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Yogen Dalal
Yogen Dalal
Managing Director
Mayfield Fund
Yogen Dalal's successful history as an entrepreneur and executive coupled with his legacy as an engineer makes him enormously valuable as a venture capitalist and Mayfield leader since 1991.  He brings broad talent to a wide range of early-stage investments in the consumer/media, enterprise and communications software arenas.

Yogen currently sits on the boards of Consorte Media, Packet Design, Revenue Science and VoloMedia.  Yogen's past notable investments include Affinity Labs, Arbor Software, BeVocal, BroadVision, Concur, Nuance, OuterBay, Packet Engines, Snapfish, TIBCO, Vantive and Whistle.

Prior to joining Mayfield, Yogen was a founding member of two successful startups, Claris Corporation and Metaphor Computer Systems.  Yogen was also a member of the original Star and Ethernet development teams at Xerox and a co-author of the TCP Specification while at Stanford University.

Yogen earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay where he was recently honored as a Distinguished Alum.

He serves on the board of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a nationally acclaimed professional non-profit theater company in Ashland, Oregon, and on the board of Northern California Public Broadcasting (KQED, KTEH, KQET, KQEI). Yogen is a Charter Member of TiE and a former board member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation and TheatreWorks. 2009 Speakers List
 
Tim Draper
Tim Draper
Managing Director
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.  His original suggestion to use “viral marketing” in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses.  On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tim serves on the boards of Glam, Tagworld, SocialText, Kyte.tv, Chroma Graphics, Meebo, Increo, and Wigix.  Previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), Overture.com (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and others.
 
Tim launched the DFJ Global Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in over 30 cities around the globe.  He founded or co-founded DFJ ePlanet (global), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC), Zone Ventures (LA), Epic Ventures (Salt Lake City), Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara), and DFJ DragonFund (Shanghai).
 
As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Tim is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV, radio, and headline appearances.  He was #7 on Forbes Midas List and #52 on the list of the most influential Harvard Alumni.  And DFJ was honored as #1 Dealmaking Venture Capital firm for 2008.
 
Tim is also the course creator and Chairman of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children.  He served on the California State Board of Education.  In November of 2000, Tim launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election.  He is a member of Singapore's Economic Advisory Council and Ukraine's Orange Circle.  He is on the Board of U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business.  He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 2009 Speakers List
 
Richard Kramlich
Richard Kramlich
General Partner
New Enterprise Associates
Dick has more than 30 years of venture capital investment experience.  He focuses on a broad range of technically oriented companies.  His present board memberships are listed below.  Previous board memberships include 3Com Corporation, Ascend Communications, Dallas Semiconductor, Healtheon/WedMD, Immunex and Macromedia.  He was recently Chairman and President of the National Venture Capital Association and recipient in 2001 of their Lifetime Achievement Award.  Prior to joining NEA, Dick was a general partner of Arthur Rock & Associates and Executive Vice President of Gardner & Preston Moss.  He received a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in History from Northwestern University. 2009 Speakers List


Gary Morgenthaler
Gary Morgenthaler
General Partner
Morgenthaler Ventures
Gary Morgenthaler is a General Partner of Morgenthaler, a private equity partnership managing over $1 billion of equity capital.  Mr. Morgenthaler co-manages the firm’s communications and Internet software & services investments.  He also serves as Chairman of Versata, Inc., and Director of Catena Networks, Nuance Communications, Westwave Communications, and Yotta Networks.  Previously, Mr. Morgenthaler co-founded and served as Chairman of Illustra Information Technologies until its acquisition by Informix Software in 1996.  He co-founded Ingres Corporation (previously Relational Technology) and served as Chairman until its sale in 1990.  He is a former Director of Premisys Communications.  Earlier he was with McKinsey & Company, Tymshare, Inc., and Stanford University's Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences.  He received his B.A. in International Studies from Harvard. 2009 Speakers List
 
Robert Ackerman
Robert Ackerman
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Allegis Capital
Bob Ackerman is Managing Director and co-founder of Allegis Capital.  Prior to forming Allegis Capital in 1995, Mr. Ackerman had more than fifteen years of general management, venture capital and strategic mergers and acquisition advisory experience working with information technology start-up companies.  His operating experience includes the CEO of UniSoft Systems (a world leading UNIX systems house operating in the U.S., Europe and Asia) and founder and Chairman of InfoGear Technology Corporation (the first internet appliance company; acquired by CISCO in 2000).
 
Mr. Ackerman currently sits on the Board of Directors of Inertia Beverage Group and Divvio.  Prior investments includes LGC Wireless, IronPort Systems (CSCO), iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ), Comparnet (MSFT), StepUp Commerce (INTU) and Classroom Connect (ENL).  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Entrepreneur's Foundation, a non-profit organization in Silicon Valley that develops and facilitates community support programs within the high-technology community and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco-based Asian Art Museum.  Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Jeff Adams
Jeff Adams
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs
Jeff is a managing director in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group in the Investment Banking Division and focuses on a broad range of technology clients.  He is head of the Renewable and Alternative Energy team covering venture capitalists and emerging growth companies and was formerly co-head of the global Semiconductor team.  Jeff has worked in technology investment banking for 14 years and became a managing director in 2002.

Jeff earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1987 and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA in 1993.  He and his wife, Lori, have four children and live in San Mateo, California. 2009 Speakers List

 
Jim Anderson, CFA
Jim Anderson, CFA
President of SVB Analytics
SVB Capital
Jim Anderson is president of SVB Analytics, a wholly owned subsidiary of SVB Financial Group.  SVB Analytics provides solutions to analytical problems that are specific to emerging growth technology, life science and venture capital companies.  In that regard, SVB Analytics is rendering valuation opinions for clients to help them comply with IRC 409A and delivering capitalization management solutions through the firms controlling stake in eProsper, Inc.

Anderson joined Silicon Valley Bank in 1999 and has served in a variety of capacities, most recently as a founder, president and chief investment officer of SVB Asset Management, a non-bank affiliate of Silicon Valley Bank.  He was also a founder and managing director of SVB Securities, Silicon Valley Bank’s broker dealer subsidiary.  These groups today represent total client assets in excess of $14 billion.

Anderson has more than 25 years experience in investment banking, asset management, and commercial banking, assisting clients with corporate finance strategies, valuations, M&A and investments, including 20 years in the technology and life science sectors.

Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, Anderson was managing director of technology investment banking for CIBC Oppenheimer where he was responsible for initiating the firm’s entry into the technology sector in 1991.  He has worked with a wide range of firms, including small development stage companies and multi-billion dollar investment grade corporations.  In his early banking career, Anderson held several positions with Chase Manhattan Bank, including managing the West Africa Region for three years based in Dakar, Senegal.  He also worked as a software engineer at Electronic Data Systems and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Zaire.

Anderson earned a master’s from the American Graduate School of International Management and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the State University of New York.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Anderson is a member of the Asset Liability Committee, which has responsibility for strategy and management of Silicon Valley Bank’s $2 billion investment portfolio.  He is the editor of the weekly newsletter, Investment Strategy Outlook, published by SVB Asset Management and is frequently asked to speak at industry-related events on the economy and financial matters for technology and life science companies. 2009 Speakers List

 
George P. Arnold
George P. Arnold
Managing Principal
Knightsbridge Advisors
George joined the senior investment team as a Managing Principal in May of 2007, having become known to Knightsbridge as a fellow investor in a number of leading venture partnerships to which he was exceptionally successful in gaining access.
 
From 2004 until beginning his tenure at Knightsbridge, George was director and head of Venture/Growth Equity fund investments for Citigroup Private Equity.  In this capacity, he was responsible for over 100 fund relationships with commitments of $1.3 billion, sat on a dozen advisory boards and brought Citigroup into some 29 new venture and growth equity funds, many of which are considered difficult to access by most investors.  From 1998 to 2003, he invested directly in private technology companies alongside venture investors on behalf of Citigroup, serving as a director or observer on many of their boards including the boards of Insurance.com, ConvergeNet (acquired by Dell), Guardent (acquired by VeriSign), Mobile365 (acquired by Sybase), and Openwave (fka Unwired Planet and Phone.com).  George spent his first year at Citigroup working in the Business Strategy Development and M&A Group and worked on a majority stake acquisition of a European bank.  As an investor in companies and funds, he draws on a broad technology background.  He spent five years as an engineer and project manager with a Silicon Valley technology company that produces test and measurement solutions and holds a patent in the area of metallic access subscriber line testing.  He is a Swiss national, a former Swiss Army officer and a graduate of the Swiss Institute of Technology (Dipl.El.-Ing.ETH), who came to the US in 1992 to earn an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University, followed by an MBA from Santa Clara University. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Brian Ascher
Brian Ascher
Partner
Venrock
Brian joined Venrock in 1998 as a Kauffman Fellow, after holding marketing and product marketing positions at Intuit, Inc.  He had responsibility for launching several versions of the market-leading software product Quicken and the Quicken.com website.  The job led to a passion for the user experience for Brian, one that he continually applies to consumer and software ventures.  He also brings strategy skills gained at the Monitor Group and investment banking deal experience from Robertson, Stephens & Company to his portfolio companies.  In 2009, Brian was named to Forbes’ Midas List.

Education: B.A., Princeton University, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude
M.B.A., Stanford University Graduate School of Business 2009 Speakers List
 

Bernard De Backer
Bernard De Backer
Director
Parish Capital Advisors Europe LLP
Mr. De Backer joined Parish Capital in April 2006.  As a Director, he is responsible for overseeing the investment team’s activities.
 
Prior to joining Parish Capital, Mr. De Backer served as Vice President at BancBoston Capital and later at Bank of America Private Equity Partners.  He has been active in most of Europe’s main private equity markets (U.K., France, Israel, Spain, Benelux, and Scandinavia), and on a range of fund, secondary and direct investments.
 
Prior to joining BancBoston Capital, Mr. De Backer spent four years in the European high tech industry, working on a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the IMEC research laboratory.  During this time, he worked on a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite project with Matra Marconi in Bristol, and was seconded to Lund University in Sweden where he worked closely with both Ericsson and Telia.
 
Mr. De Backer received both MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium, as well as an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.  He is fluent in Dutch, English and French, and advanced in Mandarin. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Bronwyn Dylla Bailey, Ph.D.
Bronwyn Dylla Bailey, Ph.D.
Research Director
SVB Capital
Bronwyn Dylla Bailey is the research director for SVB Capital.  In her role, she is responsible for assessing venture capital trends, identifying strategic market opportunities and communicating this information to limited partners.  Bailey brings more than 12 years of experience conducting research and providing analytics for consulting engagements and academic studies to SVB Capital.

Prior to joining SVB Capital in 2006, Bailey was with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) located in Los Angeles, where she conducted financial and economic analysis in support of intellectual property, antitrust, and other commercial litigation.  While at PwC, she co-authored a chapter on intellectual property in the entertainment industry for a leading financial reference book.  Bailey was also a director at Micronomics, an economics consulting firm in Los Angeles, and advised telecommunications and media clients as a strategy consultant for Cap Gemini in London.

Bailey graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in government and international relations.  She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, where her research focused on the political economy of Europe. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Alex Bangash
Alex Bangash
Managing Director
The Rumson Group
Alex Bangash is Managing Director at Rumson, an LP advisory and Fund of Fund for alternative investments.  Rumson is committed to securing a competitive advantage to US Endowments and Foundations, Pensions, and mission based Family Offices with an avowed goal of being the best in their peer group.  At Rumson, Alex focuses on US Venture Capital, Buyout, and Intellectual Property managers.  Rumson also focuses on manager search and selection for India related managers across asset classes.  Rumson clients include:
  • Some of the Top Ten Foundations
  • Some of the most prestigious endowments
  • One of the Top 5 Pensions
  • One of the largest Asian Institutional investors.





Prior to Rumson, Alex has extensive operating experience in Telecom, Wireless, Optical, and Software at Bell Labs, AT&T, GE, and.  At Bell Labs, he held various research, marketing, corporate and business development positions, working on a $5B fixed wireless network, algorithms and implementation of inventory optimization software, and optical transmission and switching systems.

Education:
  • MBA, The Wharton School at University of Pennsylva
  • Masters in Engineering, Operations Research and Ind. Eng., Cornell University
  • AB Triple Major from Cornell University in Computer Science, Economics, and English Literature 2009 Speakers List
William B. Beeson, CFA
William B. Beeson
Practice Leader, Southern California Valuation Services Group
Moss Adams LLP
William B. Beeson is the Practice Leader of Moss Adams’ Southern California Valuation Services Group and a member of the firm’s Valuation Services Group Steering Committee.  He has lectured on valuation and financial analysis and also testified as an expert witness on business valuation before the Superior Court of California.  Mr. Beeson has also been appointed by the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties, to act as a neutral appraiser in business dissolution and minority shareholder disputes.  He is also actively involved in conducting valuation opinions related to SFAS 141, 142 and other fair value pronouncements as well as review of other appraisal experts providing fair value estimates for clients of Moss Adams.

Mr. Beeson received a Bachelor’s of Science in corporate finance from the University of Southern California and has been active in business valuation and related litigation, capital planning, and financial analysis since 1986.  Mr. Beeson holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA©) designation, and is also a member of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts and CFA© Institute. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Nicole Belytschko
Nicole Belytschko
Director, Private Equity
C.M. Capital Management
Nicole Belytschko (Portfolio Manager, Private Equity) leads C.M. Capital’s investment activities in venture capital and leverage buyout funds.  Prior to joining C.M. Capital, Nicole was an investment manager with Comprehensive Financial Management, a large West Coast multi-family office.  At CFM, Nicole assisted in both portfolio management and new manager selection for a $1 billion portfolio of private equity, hedge fund, and public equity investments.  Previously, Nicole worked with Scient Corporation in developing the firm’s corporate venture arm and leading direct investments in technology companies.  Prior to Scient, she spent several years as a member of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette’s Private Fund Group, where she marketed and distributed alternative investment (private equity) products to the institutional investor community.  Nicole began her career as a business law paralegal with Sullivan & Worcester, focused mainly on their private equity industry clients.
 
Nicole has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, and a BA in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara (Phi Beta Kappa). 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Keith Bergelt
Keith Bergelt
Chief Executive Officer
Open Invention Network
Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network (OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux.
 
Prior to joining OIN, Mr. Bergelt was the president and chief executive officer of two hedge funds, Paradox Capital and IPI – formed to unlock the considerable asset value of patents, trademarks and copyrights in middle market companies.  The funds were the first of their kind to offer specialty lending products supported exclusively by intellectual property.  During Mr. Bergelt’s stewardship, he raised over $300 million while financing portfolio companies of private equity firms.
 
Previously Mr. Bergelt co-founded, advised and managed intellectual property portfolios within several multinational organizations.  Mr. Bergelt also distinguished himself, serving for twelve years as a U.S. diplomat, with postings at the United Nations in New York and the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan where he was involved in the negotiation of intellectual property rights protection in Asia.
 
Mr. Bergelt holds an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Duke University, a Jurist Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Theseus Institute in France. He is a frequent speaker on corporate strategy, finance and intellectual property management.

Industry Expertise:
  • Open source
  • Innovation
  • Corporate strategy
  • Finance
  • Private equity
  • Intellectual Property and its role in Economic Development
  • Devices (i.e. mobile handsets), displays (i.e. glass and backplane), and subdevices (i.e. IC) technologies
  • Ecosystem Development in Industry with concepts drawn from living systems theory, chaos theory, and artificial life

Recent Speaking Engagements:
  • OSCON 2008
  • FSOSS 2008
  • Ontario Linux Fest 2008
  • LES Conference (national annual)
  • LESI Conference (international annual)
  • Ocean Tomo Auction
  • ACG (national annual)
  • SRI (IP Finance national annual)
  • Incremental Advantage Conference (regional IP Finance and Valuation events)
  • Various IAM-sponsored conferences
  • CIP Forum (European Conference on IP in Goteborg, Sweden)
  • Various New York State Bar Association conferences 2009 Speakers List
» SESSION A: Surviving The Long Winter
Thursday, June 4th  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Moderator: Tracy Lefteroff, Global Managing Partner, Private Equity, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Panelists: Ajit Nazre, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Lisa Lambert, Managing Director, Intel Capital
J. Sanford Miller, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners
Martin D. Pichinson, Co-Managing Director, Sherwood Partners
Keith Bergelt, Chief Executive Officer, Open Invention Network

 

Jeffrey Bollerman
Jeffrey Bollerman
Director, Limited Partnership Interest Market
SecondMarket
Jeffrey Bollerman heads the Limited Partnership market at SecondMarket.
 
SecondMarket brings together buyers and sellers in the largest marketplace for illiquid assets.  Since its founding in 2004, Second market has executed over $1 billion in secondary market transactions across traditionally illiquid asset classes, including auction-rate securities, bankruptcy claims, limited partnership interests, private company stock and restricted securities in public companies.
 
Mr. Bollerman joined SecondMarket from Citigroup Global Wealth Management (the division that houses Smith Barney and the Citi Private Bank) where he headed private equity product development.  Prior to joining Citigroup, Jeff worked a fund formation lawyer at Ropes & Gray LLP.  Before law school, Jeff held an appointment in the Outstanding Scholars Program of the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
 
Mr. Bollerman has served on the advisory board of a $750M private equity fund of funds and currently serves on the committee which advises Furman University on its $500M+ endowment.  Jeff graduated from Furman (cum laud) and earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia where he also earned an M.A. in History.  He holds the Series 7, 24 and 63 securities licenses. 2009 Speakers List

 
Neil Campbell
Neil Campbell
Senior Partner
Endeavour Capital, Ltd.
Neil J. Campbell is currently the Founder, Chairman & CEO for Mosaigen(r), Inc., a global healthcare & ICT technology development corporation, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland USA.  Mr. Campbell serves as a General Partner for Endeavour Capital Ltd., an Asia/Pacific venture fund in the life sciences and information technologies.  Mr. Campbell is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Carey Graduate School of Business & Entrepreneurship at the Johns Hopkins University and lectures in the JHU Medical Institutes as part of the joint business/medicine programs.

Mr. Campbell has held several industry executive positions over 20 years such as President & COO/CEO for EntreMed Pharmaceuticals, a NASDAQ publicly-traded cancer company; Senior Director of Commercial Development for Celera Genomics (NASDAQ) where he built global genomic & proteomic businesses around the human genome project; General & Executive Management positions at Life Technologies, Inc., (NYSE) (acquired by Invitrogen), IGEN, Inc.(NASDAQ) (acquired by Roche); and Abbott Laboratories, (NYSE) the global diversified healthcare company.

Mr. Campbell co-founded in 2001 Quanta Biosciences of Gaithersburg, MD, founding Director and Vice Chairman of CureKids International, a 501(c)(3) venture philanthropy childhood disease-focused foundation in the life sciences. Mr. Campbell earned his MBA and MA in Management Systems from Webster University in Saint Louis, MO and his BS-BA from Norwich University in New England. 2009 Speakers List

 
Navin Chaddha
Navin Chaddha
Managing Director
Mayfield
Navin Chaddha is a proven serial entrepreneur and venture investor.  Navin was ranked on the Forbes Midas List of top 100 dealmakers as #11 in 2009, #10 in 2008 and #58 in 2007.  He invests in the Cleantech, Internet, Enterprise, Semiconductor, Software and Telecom industries in the U.S. and leads Mayfield's investments in India.  His current Mayfield investments include Consim Info, Gigya, Mimosa Systems, Seedfund, Tejas Networks, WiChorus and WideOrbit.
 
Navin has made over 25 investments in the past, of which 9 have had IPOs and 6 have been acquired.  Some of his past investments include Akamai (IPO), LVL7 Systems (acquired by Broadcom), NeoPath Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), Rhythms NetConnections (IPO) and Vendavo in the U.S.; IL&FS Investsmart (IPO), Indya.com (acquired by News Corp), Makemytrip, Persistent Systems, Provogue (IPO) and Suzlon (IPO) in India.
 
Navin was founder and CTO of VXtreme, a streaming media software company that was acquired by Microsoft and became Windows Media.  He served in various management roles at Microsoft after that.  Navin was also the co-founder of iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ IPO) and CEO of Rivio (acquired by CPA2Biz).
 
Navin holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University (received the Stanford and IBM Graduate Fellowships) and a B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi (received the Director's Medal for being first in his class) and was honored with the prestigious distinguished IIT Alumni Award in 2006.  Navin is a Charter Member of TiE.  He holds over 35 patents and has been recognized as an industry thought leader by several organizations including Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and World Economic Forum. 2009 Speakers List
»  Opening Session: Co-Chairman’s Welcome Discussion
Wednesday, June 3rd  1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Navin Chaddha, Managing Director, Mayfield Fund
Interviewed by: Pui-Wing Tam, Deputy Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal



Todd Chaffee
Todd Chaffee
General Partner
Institutional Venture Partners
Todd Chaffee joined IVP in March 2000, focusing on later-stage investments in rapidly-growing technology companies.  He has more than 25 years of operating and investment experience.  Todd has led investments in ArcSight, Ariba (ARBA), ComScore, CyberSource (CYBS), Digital River (DRIV), Epiphany (EPNY), Extensity (EXTN), H5 Technologies, Hands-On Mobile, HomeAway, Inc., Mobile 365 (acquired by Sybase), Netflix (NFLX), Nuance Communications (NUAN), Open Market (OMKT), Trintech (TTPA), VeriSign (VRSN), Verisity (VRST) and Yahoo (YHOO).  Todd Chaffee has also actively participated in IVP’s investments in At Road (ARDI), Concur Technologies (CNQR), MarkMonitor and Websense (WBSN).

Prior to IVP, Todd was Executive Vice President of Visa International.  His responsibilities included overseeing the Advanced Technology, Strategic Planning, Corporate Development and Equity Investment divisions for Visa.  He also held the position of President of Visa Marketplace, Inc. (Visa’s investment subsidiary) and managed Visa’s global technology investment portfolio.  Under Todd’s leadership, Visa’s venture capital operation generated more than $1 billion in gains and produced a 33x multiple of capital invested with an IRR of 243%.  Todd joined Visa in 1994 as Senior Vice President of Advanced Payment Systems.  After establishing and growing Visa’s highly successful venture capital business, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Visa International, becoming the youngest EVP in Visa’s history.  Prior to Visa, Todd held management positions at several Fortune 500 companies including Norwest Corporation, American Express and TRW Information Systems Group.  During his career, he also founded Grand Expeditions, Inc., a global luxury and adventure travel company with revenues in excess of $200 million.

Todd earned a B.S. with honors from the University of Minnesota Carlson Business School.  He also completed the Stanford Graduate Business School Advanced Management Program and the Harvard Business School Venture Capital Program. 2009 Speakers List
 
Elizabeth (Beezer) Clarkson
Elizabeth (Beezer) Clarkson
Director
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Elizabeth (Beezer) Clarkson is a Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where she helps manage the DFJ Global Network of Partner Funds (DFJ Global Network) and focuses on its global expansion into new geographic and sector markets.  The DFJ Global Network has grown to include 16 funds managing over $6B on four continents, with 140 professionals, and hundreds of active portfolio companies.  Most recently, Beezer was an Investment Manager at Omidyar Network, a $400M fund by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay.  There she invested in information technology and financial services, as well as made fund investments on a world-wide basis with a focus on emerging markets.  Prior to Omidyar Network, Beezer was a Business Manager for Hewlett-Packard's Consumer PC Global Business Division.  At HP, she was responsible for executing large-scale, strategic alliances and distribution partnerships with marquis internet services companies for placement on HP desktop and notebooks globally, delivering multi-million dollar gross margins annually.  Before Hewlett-Packard, Beezer was with LC39, a $40M early stage VC fund based in New York City.  In her role as General Manager she sourced early stage technology investments and also acted as VP of Business Development for select portfolio companies in the financial services space.  Earlier she was a management consultant for Towers Perrin, providing counsel on business strategy, management and organizational effectiveness out of their San Francisco office.  Elizabeth has also worked as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley in their Global Infrastructure Group with clients located in North America, Indonesia, China, Japan and the Middle East.
 
Beezer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government at Wesleyan University, where she was awarded an International Relations Certificate, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Beezer currently also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Alonzo King's Lines Ballet, a non-profit arts organization. 2009 Speakers List
 
Rob Coneybeer
Rob Coneybeer
Managing Director
Shasta Ventures
Rob Coneybeer brings deep experience in building semiconductor and networking companies to Shasta Ventures.  Rob has both operational expertise as an engineer, ten years of venture capital experience, and leads Shasta’s investments in infrastructure technology companies.  Prior to co-founding Shasta, Rob was a General Partner at New Enterprise Associates where he led 15 investments in core infrastructure technologies. 2009 Speakers List

 
Richard G. Couch
Richard G. Couch
Founder/Chairman/CEO
Diablo Management Group
Richard Couch has over 27 years of corporate, executive and turnaround management experience, covering over 450 assignments in a broad variety of businesses, in a total of 14 countries.

Since September 1986, Mr. Couch has been the Founder, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Managing Principal of Diablo Management Group(DMG), a nationwide management consulting company based in the San Francisco (East Bay) Area that provides services primarily to companies, investment firms, banks and creditors who are involved in mergers, acquisitions, turnarounds, workouts, re-organizations and sales (of equity and assets).  Through DMG, he has served in various interim executive and/or advisory capacities in companies experiencing managerial, financial or operational difficulties — including Avantos, Craftmart Inc., Dynachip, Freemans, General Foods Industries, Granny Goose Snacks, HedgeStreet Inc., Inkra Networks, I.M.S Inc., Inflow, Jetstream, Medchoice Warehouse Club Inc, Optilink, Olympus, Oakville Grocery, Pets.com, Riffage, Silicon Valley Networks, Visual Numerics, Xebec Skystream, Maranti, TestQuest and Moviebeam.  In addition, Mr. Couch has handled numerous assignments as a Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee, and as a Trustee( Assignee) in ABC's (assignments-for-the-benefit-ofcreditors).

Before founding DMG in 1986, Mr. Couch founded and managed RGC Associates, which operated troubled companies usually in an interim President/CEO capacity.  Mr. Couch was also a Senior Vice President and Principal with INCO Venture Capital Management assisting in the selection, growth and transition of earlystage companies.

His early executive experience included general management roles in two mid-sized companies following a 10-year career at Xerox in managerial and Vice President roles in both the Copier Manufacturing Group and the Printing Systems Group.

In addition to his crisis management experience, Mr. Couch has been a Board Member of several startup companies, the past Executive Director of the Tri-Valley Technology Enterprise Center (TTEC), and periodically accepts counselor/advisor/mentor roles with CEO’s who are managing rapid change in their own companies.  Additionally, Mr. Couch is considered a “Simon School Distinguished Alum” at the University of Rochester, serves on the Simon Executive Advisory Board and the Simon Alumni Advisory Board.

Mr. Couch is a frequent panelist/presenter at industry conferences, and has taught numerous Executive Lecture Series programs in graduate business schools. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Craig Dauchy
Craig Dauchy
Partner & Chair – Venture Capital Group
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Craig E. Dauchy is a partner in Cooley Godward Kronish’s Business department and head of the Venture Capital practice group.  Associated with the Firm since 1975, Mr. Dauchy became a partner in January 1981 and is resident in the Palo Alto office.  He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Dauchy specializes in representing venture capital partnerships and emerging companies.  He has participated in the formation of more than 150 venture capital and private equity funds and in hundreds of venture capital financings.  In addition to his extensive experience with all aspects of venture capital, Mr. Dauchy has handled a variety of general corporate and securities transactions, including private placements and public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.  He is counsel to companies in diverse industries, including enterprise software, semiconductor, web services, medical devices and computer hardware products.

Mr. Dauchy is co-author of the book “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Law” (Thomson, 3rd ed., 2007).  He is also co-author of “Structuring Venture Capital Limited Partnerships” (The Computer Lawyer).  He has been a panelist on several occasions for the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Practising Law Institute (PLI), the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), the American Bar Association and the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies, and was featured in the Venture article, “Don’t Call Just Any Lawyer.”  He has written for the Venture Capital Journal.  He also has lectured at the Stanford Law School, the Stanford Graduate Business School, the Stanford Graduate Engineering School, and the Owen Graduate Business School (Vanderbilt).

Mr. Dauchy received a joint J.D./M.B.A. degree in 1975 from Stanford University.  He was elected to the Order of the Coif at the Stanford Law School.  In 1971, he received a B.A., magna cum laude, in History from Yale University.  He is a past member of the Board of Visitors at Stanford Law School.  Mr. Dauchy has been listed for a number of years in The Best Lawyers in America.  In addition, Mr. Dauchy has been named as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” by San Francisco Magazine for the past several years.

Mr. Dauchy is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California.  He is also a member of the Partnership Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California and the Venture Capital Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Paul Denning
Paul F. Denning
Founder & CEO
Denning & Co.
Denning and Company, LLC was founded in 2001 to serve the private equity fundraising needs of both veteran General Partners seeking only to broaden their L.P. base, as well as the next generation of Private Equity Managers, requiring a more elaborate fundraising effort.  Denning and Company, LLC has raised funds based in the U.S., Japan/Asia, UK/Europe, Russia, and Israel from an L.P. base similarly diversified.  Paul joined Hambrecht & Quist in 1995, as Managing Director of the Private Equity Market Group in San Francisco and integrated into the Private Fund Group as co-head following the Chase Manhattan acquisition in 1999, and subsequently, the merger with JP Morgan in 2001.

Prior to joining Hambrecht & Quist, Paul was a managing director at Robertson, Stephens & Company, a Limited Partner at Montgomery Securities and a Principal at Sutro & Company.  Paul has been involved in the investment banking industry for over 30 years and served 7 years, pro bono, as a Trustee and Commissioner of the City and County of San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, a $10 billion pension plan.

He is a frequent speaker at private equity conferences throughout the world and has published several industry publications including: “How to Sell Restricted Securities, a Guide to Rule 144” and “Stock Distribution, a Guide for Venture Capitalists.”  From 1989 to 2000, he founded and hosted The Annual Private Equity CFO Conference in San Francisco, London and Hong Kong.

Paul graduated with honors from the University of Akron, Ohio and later received his Masters Degree in Public Finance. He served in the U.S. Navy as an officer and aviator from 1966 to 1970. 2009 Speakers List
 
Anne Dinneen
Anne Dinneen
Director of Investments
The James Irvine Foundation
Anne Dinneen has been with the Foundation since 2004 and was appointed Director of Investments in October 2008.  In collaboration with the Chief Investment Officer and other investment staff, Anne is responsible for the sourcing, evaluation, recommendation, and monitoring of the Foundation’s investment managers, investment opportunities, and portfolio.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Anne worked with Barclays Global Investors as a quantitative portfolio manager on the Advanced Active Equities team.  She also held equity research positions with Thomas Weisel Partners and Banc of America Securities.  Anne has an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University and is currently pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Anne also has a Diploma in French Civilization and Language from Université de Paris, La Sorbonne. 2009 Speakers List
 
Dixon Doll, Ph.D.
Dixon Doll, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & General Partner
DCM
For more than 35 years, Dixon has influenced and guided entrepreneurs, investors and executives in the computer and communications industries.  In recognition of his accomplishments in venture capital, Dixon was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 venture investors on its Midas List for the past four years, as well as one of the top 100 personalities involved in creating the information highway by Upside Magazine.  In April, 2005, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association in Washington, D.C.  He becomes NVCA Chairman in May 2008 and also serves on the Executive Committee.

Since the early 1980s, Dixon has been a telecom and Internet venture capital pioneer.  In 1996 he launched DCM – Doll Capital Management, an early stage technology venture capital firm which currently has more than $1.6 Billion under management, headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with an office also in Beijing, China.  DCM has backed such well known entrepreneurial companies as About.com, @Motion, Clearwire, 51job, Foundry Networks, Internap, Ipivot, Neutral Tandem, PGP Corp., Recourse Technologies, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp, Sling Media and VanceInfo.  DCM has become widely recognized as one of the top Silicon Valley venture firms actively investing in China and Japan.  In the mid-1980’s, Dixon cofounded the venture capital industry’s first fund focused exclusively on telecommunications opportunities.  Those funds he organized launched such noteworthy companies as Alantec, Bridge Communication, Centillion Networks, Network Equipment Technologies, Optilink, PictureTel, Polycom, and UUNet.

He has authored two books, and traveled extensively to six continents to give highly sought after lectures and conference presentations.  Through their family foundation, he and his wife, Carol, give generously to numerous educational and philanthropic organizations such as the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco where he serves as the Chairman of its dual governing boards, San Francisco Symphony, Kansas State University, the University of Michigan Business School, the Papal Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and the University of San Francisco where he has served as Chairman of the Investment Committee.  He also serves as a trustee or advisory board member for each of these organizations.  He received his B.S.E.E. degree (cum laude) from Kansas State University as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, where he was a National Science Foundation scholar. 2009 Speakers List
 
Chris Douvos
Chris Douvos
Co-Head, Private Equity
The Investment Fund for Foundations
Chris Douvos joined TIFF in July 2004 to co-head the firm’s private equity division.  In this role, Mr. Douvos co-manages a group that has deployed nearly $2 billion on behalf of the endowed charities, foundations, endowments, and other non-profit organizations that TIFF serves.  Now Based in Palo Alto, California, Mr. Douvos established TIFF’s west coast office during the summer of 2008.
 
Prior to joining TIFF, Mr. Douvos worked at Princeton University’s endowment where he focused on selecting and monitoring external investment advisors in illiquid asset classes.  During his tenure at Princeton, Mr. Douvos was also involved in asset allocation and portfolio risk assessment.  Previously, Mr. Douvos was a strategy consultant at Monitor Company.  At Monitor, he worked with clients in the financial services, telecommunications, and healthcare sectors on a variety of projects involving new market development, customer segmentation, business process outsourcing, salesforce optimization, and merger integration.  He also served as an equity analyst in the firm’s principal investing activities.
 
In his spare time, Mr. Douvos is the author of www.Super LP.com, a blog about private equity investing and human nature.  He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has given guest lectures at Dartmouth’s Tuck School and Berkeley’s Haas School.  He also serves on the Alumni Council at Phillips Academy.
 
A CFA Charterholder, Mr. Douvos received his BA in history from Yale College and his MBA from the Yale School of Management. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Derek Dowsett, CPA
Derek Dowsett, CPA
Business Assurance Partner
Moss Adams LLP
Derek is the regional practice leader of the Moss Adams Technology and Life Sciences Industry Group and a member of the firm’s SEC/Corporate Finance Group.  He has over seventeen years of public accounting experience working with technology and life sciences companies ranging from early stage start-ups to multi-national public entities.  He consults with clients on private placements, public stock offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC compliance matters.  He also advises clients on technical accounting issues related to revenue recognition, equity and debt transactions, stock-based compensation, valuations of private company stock, asset impairments, corporate restructurings, and segment reporting.
Moss Adams LLP is the 11th largest public accounting firm in the United States with 20 offices in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and New Mexico.  The firm has over 2,000 employees, with more than 250 partners, and through an affiliation with Praxity, Moss Adams has resources in over 73 countries throughout the world.

Professional Organizations
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants

Education – Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – Franklin and Marshall College 2009 Speakers List

 
William H. Draper, III
William Draper
General Partner
Draper Richards
With over forty years of experience, William H. Draper, III is one of America's first venture capitalists.  He is Managing Director of Draper Richards L.P., a venture capital fund focusing on early-stage technology companies in the U.S., and Draper International, a venture capital fund investing in private companies with operations in the U.S. and India.
 
Mr. Draper has played an international leadership role in expanding the world economy.  In 1986, he became the head of the world's largest source of multilateral development grant assistance, the United Nations Development Program. He also served from 1981 to 1986 as President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.  He was appointed to that position by President Reagan.  In that post Mr. Draper assumed a leadership role in U.S. efforts to sustain world trade in the face of major liquidity problems among the developing countries.
 
Before joining Ex-Im Bank, Mr. Draper was founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, California.  During his twenty years as the senior partner of Sutter Hill, a leading venture capital firm in the U.S., Mr. Draper helped to organize and finance several hundred high technology manufacturing companies.
 
As a civic leader, Mr. Draper has been involved in many community service programs.  He is currently on the boards of the Atlantic Council, Draper Richards Foundation, Hoover Institution, Institute of International Studies at Stanford University, World Affairs Council of Northern California and the United Nations Association-USA.  Mr. Draper formerly served as the Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, Chairman of the Institute of International Education, as a Trustee of Yale University and as Chairman of the Board of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco; he was a former Board member of Population Action International, George Bush Library Foundation, the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the World Rehabilitation Fund in New York.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University.  Mr. Draper is also a director of several technology companies.  In 1992 he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  In 1996 he received the Citizen Diplomacy Award from the International Diplomacy Council, and in 2002 he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  In 2005, he received the Vision Award from SD Forum and was inducted into the Dow Jones Venture Capital Hall of Fame. In addition, he has received honorary decorations from Bolivia, Morocco, and Samoa.
 
Mr. Draper received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1950, and a Master of Business degree, with distinction, from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1954.  He received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from Southeastern University in 1985, and an honorary M.A. from Yale University in 1991. 2009 Speakers List
 
Ira Ehrenpreis
Ira Ehrenpreis
General Partner
Technology Partners
Ira Ehrenpreis is a General Partner with Technology Partners.  He has been with the firm since 1996.  Ira leads Technology Partners’ Cleantech investment practice, investing in Energy Technology, Water Technology, and Materials Science opportunities.  Ira is a recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the Cleantech sector, and in 2007, was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45” by Details Magazine.  In the venture community, Ira serves on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and on the Board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC).  He is also the Co-Chairman of both the VCNetwork and the YVCA, two non-profit organizations comprising more than 1,000 venture capitalists.  In the Cleantech sector, Ira has served on several industry Boards, including the Clean-Tech Investor Summit (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Conference Chairman), Cleantech Venture Network (Past Chairman of Advisory Board), ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy), Energy Investors Forum (Past Conference Chairman), Energy Venture Fair, and California Climate Change Advisory Board.  He has also served on the Advisory Boards of the Southern California Tech Coast Alliance, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), and the Comerica Venture Capital Advisory Board.  Ira is also an active leader at Stanford University, where his contributions have included teaching the course on Venture Capital and serving on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School.  Ira is also a Contributor to Nimmer on Copyright, the leading copyright treatise.  Ira received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of Stanford Law Review.  He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.

Technology Partners is a 24 year venture capital firm that has managed more than $750 million of investment capital with current investments being made from Technology Partners Fund VIII.  Technology Partners has invested in more than 100 companies in a variety of industries serving principally as a lead investor.  The majority of investments are in early stage companies.  The firm invests approximately half of its capital into Cleantech (Energy Technology, Water Technology, and Advanced Materials) companies and the other half into companies focused on the Life Sciences.

For more information on Technology Partners, go to www.technologypartners.com.

Ira Ehrenpreis can be reached at: ira@technologypartners.com 2009 Speakers List
 
Judith Elsea
Judith Elsea
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Weathergage Capital
Judith is a co-founder and Managing Director of Weathergage Capital and enjoys over 20 years of investment experience, including over 14 years of venture capital partnership and private equity investment experience.  Prior to Weathergage, she was a Managing Principal of Knightsbridge Advisers for five years.

Judith was Chief Investment Officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation from 1993 to 2001.  As CIO, she directed a $2 billion globally diversified investment portfolio.  She was also responsible for developing the foundation’s private equity portfolio, committing over $600 million to US early stage venture funds and other private equity partnerships.  She was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Kauffman Fellows Program, a global apprenticeship program designed to train the next generation of venture capitalists.  Earlier in her career, she was vice president, director, and portfolio manager of public equities at two investment management firms, including a subsidiary of GE Capital.

Judith graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in business and international management from the University of Texas and has an M.B.A., with honors, from the University of Chicago.  She is a Chartered Financial Analyst. 2009 Speakers List
 
Norman A. Fogelsong
Norman A. Fogelsong
General Partner
Institutional Venture Partners
Norm Fogelsong joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in March 1989.  With more than 29 years of high-technology venture capital experience, he currently emphasizes investments in private later-stage companies and in select public market opportunities.  Norm has led investments in Artisan Components (ARMH), Aspect Communications, Compaq Computers (CPQ), Concur Technologies (CNQR), Convex Computers (CNVX), Cortina Systems, Danger (MSFT), Gaia Online, Integrated Circuit Works (CY), Lam Research (LRCX), Motion Computing, Platinum Software (EPIC), Polycom (PLCM), TelCom Semiconductor (TLCM) and Websense (WBSN).

Norm also actively participated in venture investments in Akamai (AKAM), Amgen (AMGN), At Road (ARDI), Applied Biosystems (ABI), Chordiant (CHRD), ComScore (SCOR), Cypress Semiconductor (CY), Digital River (DRIV), Dust Networks, Genentech (DNA), Linear Technology (LLTC), LoopNet (LOOP), LSI Corporation (LSI), MIPS Computer Systems (MIPS), Mobile 365 (SY), Quantum (QTM), Silicon Graphics (SGI), SupportSoft (SPRT), Synchronoss (SNCR), 3COM (COMS), Verisity (VRST) and WebEx Communications (WEBX).

For Cortina Systems, Norm arranged a $132 million investment syndicate, the largest private venture financing done that year.  The proceeds were used to buy a $100 million division that was being spun out of Intel.  In addition, Norm recently led IVP’s investments in Gaia Online, the leading online hangout for teenagers on the web.

Norm began his career as a computer programmer and systems analyst at Hewlett-Packard.  He then worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company where he specialized in product/market strategy.  Prior to joining IVP, Norm was a General Partner with Mayfield Fund.  He has served the local community as the Treasurer of the Children’s Health Council, the Secretary of the Churchill Club and as a member of the Major Gifts Committees at Menlo School and Stanford University.

Norm earned a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Winston Fu, Ph.D.
Winston Fu, Ph.D
General Partner
U.S. Venture Partners
Winston Fu is a General Partner at USVP, and he enjoys helping entrepreneurs build teams that are passionate, fun-loving and fanatical about their pursuit to build great companies.

Winston’s investments focus is on the application of technologies in areas such as renewable energy, environmentally sustainable products, and semiconductors (and areas related to semiconductors).  Winston, along with Van Kwok, leads USVP’s activities in China.

“The renewable energy and cleantech sectors potentially offer start-ups access to markets of enormous scale. However, the significant risks in developing products that are simultaneously economical and eco-friendly should not be taken lightly.”

Winston serves on the boards of Active-Semi International, CFX Battery, Maskless Lithography, Redwood Systems, Solyndra, Superprotonic, and Teknovus.  During the past decade, Winston also served on the boards of Alchemy (acquired by AMD in 2002), Brion Technologies (acquired by ASML in 2007), Clear Shape Technologies (acquired by Cadence in 2007) and New Focus (NUFO made its initial public offering in 2000 and was subsequently acquired by Bookham in 2004).

Winston joined USVP as an associate in 1997, following his selection as a Kauffman Fellow in Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship, and he became a General Partner in 2000.  Prior to joining USVP, Winston served in technical and marketing roles at Vixel Corporation, which made its initial public offering in 1999 (NASDAQ: VIXL) and was subsequently acquired by Emulex (ELX) in 2003.  As director of product marketing, he was responsible for developing new applications for the VCSEL device product line at Vixel.  Prior to helping launch Vixel, Winston researched and developed technologies in the areas of semiconductors, lasers and superconductors at Stanford University, Sandia National Labs and MIT.

Winston earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from MIT, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, where he was an Austin Scholar. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Jim Fulton
Jim Fulton
Partner, Chair – Emerging Company Practice
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
James F. Fulton, Jr. is a partner in the Cooley Godward Kronish Business department and head of the Firm’s Emerging Companies practice.  He joined the Firm in 1995 and is resident in the Palo Alto office.

Mr. Fulton’s practice focuses on the representation of emerging technology and life sciences companies and the venture capital firms that invest in those companies.  As a specialist in corporate and securities law, he has counseled company clients and investors in a wide variety of projects, including company formations, spin outs, private and public financings, mergers and acquisitions, employee equity incentives, executive hiring and SEC reporting and compliance.

Mr. Fulton received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, graduating cum laude.  He received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1989, graduating cum laude.

Prior to joining Cooley, Mr. Fulton was a senior budget analyst with the U.S. Government’s Office of Personnel Management for six years.

Mr. Fulton is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. 2009 Speakers List

 
Barry J. Gonder
Barry J. Gonder
General Partner
Grove Street Advisors
Barry J. Gonder joined Grove Street Advisors (GSA) as a General Partner in 2001 and has more than 24 years of experience in the private equity industry.  GSA is an investment advisory firm specializing in private equity investments with over $6 billion under management.  GSA manages separate accounts on behalf of institutional investors and family offices and invests across the full range of private equity funds, from buyouts and special situations to early stage, technology-oriented venture capital.  At GSA, Mr. Gonder is responsible for building and managing client portfolios and participating in the development and management of the firm.

Prior to joining GSA, Mr. Gonder was the Senior Investment Officer for the Alternative Investment Management Program at CalPERS.  Mr. Gonder designed the overall investment strategy, built the professional staff of seven, and implemented back-off processes.  During his tenure Mr. Gonder and his staff grew CalPERS commitments to private equity funds and direct investments by approximately $19 billion.  In addition, Mr. Gonder pioneered a number of important industry innovations including investments in the management companies of several of the industry’s leading private equity firms. In addition, Mr. Gonder was a member of the 4-person Senior Executive Team managing the entire CalPERS portfolio.

Prior to CalPERS, Mr. Gonder served in senior investment management positions for almost 12 years at the Travelers Companies and Connecticut Mutual where he was responsible for creating the private equity programs and completed a number of direct private equity and mezzanine debt investments into companies. During his career in the insurance industry, Mr. Gonder also managed a $1 billion portfolio of foreign investments and served as Vice President and Director of Research for Travelers’ Common Stock Group.

Mr. Gonder holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Vassar College. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Edwin A. Goodman
Edwin A. Goodman
Co-Founder & General Partner
Milestone Venture Partners
Edwin A. Goodman has over 30 years of venture capital experience with premier venture firms, including Patricof & Co. (now Apax Partners) and Hambros Bank.
 
The fund Mr. Goodman managed at Patricof, invested in Apple Computer’s final private financing round.  In 1979, he and his associates raised the first substantial fund that included money from ERISA institutional investors.
 
As CEO of Hambros America, he invested in over 100 companies: Allied Waste; Corporate Software; Komag, Inc.; Petsmart Inc; Solectron Corporation; Staples, Inc., Telematics, Inc.; and Veeco Instruments.
 
Education: BA, Yale University, MS, Columbia University Business School.
 
About Milestone Venture Partners: Milestone invests primarily in early stage companies offering software-as-a-service, content with web services, and business process outsourcing solutions in the New York Metro Area.  Milestone focuses on technology sectors in the region that offer high return potential such as financial services IT, healthcare IT, and media and marketing services. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Bob Grady
Bob Grady
Managing Director
The Carlyle Group
Robert E. Grady serves as Chairman of Carlyle’s U.S. venture and growth capital group, Carlyle Venture Partners (“CVP”), which has $1.5 billion under management.  He serves on the investment committees of CVP, Carlyle Asia Growth Partners (“CAGP”) and Carlyle Europe Technology Partners (“CETP”).  He is based in San Francisco.

Mr. Grady is a Director of AuthenTec, Inc. (Nasdaq: “AUTH”) and a former Director of Blackboard (Nasdaq: “BBBB”) and Ingenio (acquired by AT&T (NYSE: “T”)).  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of privately-held Carlyle portfolio companies, eScreen, The Health Central Network, Panasas, Secure Elements, and Verari Systems.  Mr. Grady is a former director and served as Chairman in 2006-2007 of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).

Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Grady was a Managing Director and member of the Management Committee at Robertson Stephens, the San Francisco-based technology investment bank.  At Robertson Stephens, he served as lead investment banker on over 150 public market financings and M&A transactions, and was an active venture capital investor.

Mr. Grady served from 1994 to 2004 on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he taught a course on “Investing in Highly Regulated Industries.”
Mr. Grady served in the White House from 1989-1993, as Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and as Executive Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1991–1993) and as Associate Director of OMB for Natural Resources, Energy and Science (1989–1991).  He previously served as Chief Speechwriter and Senior Advisor for the successful 1988 Bush/Quayle Presidential Campaign (1988); Director of Communications for New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean (1983–1986); and Legislative Assistant and then Chief of Staff to U.S. Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick (1979–1983).

Mr. Grady serves on the boards of directors of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Pardee RAND Graduate School, TechNet, and the Asia America Multi-Industry Association (AAMA); on the Advisory Council of the Royal Bank of Canada’s Strategic Technology Fund; and on the National Commission on Energy Policy.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Grady is an honors graduate of Harvard College and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 2009 Speakers List
 
Jason Green
Jason Green
General Partner
Emergence Partners
Jason is a founder of Emergence Capital and has over a dozen years of experience in the venture capital business as a General Partner with Emergence, a General Partner with USVP and as an associate and Kauffman Fellow with Venrock, the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family.  Earlier in his career, Jason served as VP of Muzertechnika, the largest private computer and Telecommunications Company in Eastern Europe.  Prior to this, he served as a strategic consultant with Bain & Company and with the investment firm of Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe.  Jason has led successful early-stage venture investments in past companies such as DoubleClick (DCLK), aQuantive (AQNT), Visual Networks (VNWK), SuccessFactors (SFSF) and Ask Jeeves (ASK) and currently serves on the boards of private companies such as Lotame , TouchCommerce , Kidzui , Goodmail Systems and Maxplore .
 
Jason is Chairman Emeritus and on the Board of the Center for Venture Education and the Kauffman Fellows Program, the leading educational fellowship in venture capital.  Jason also serves on the Advisory Board of Arthur Rock Center of Entrepreneurship at Harvard and on the Steering Committee of the West Coast Research Center.  Jason is a Founding Board member of Endeavor, a non-profit serving the needs of entrepreneurs in emerging markets.
 
Jason graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard with Distinction.  Upon graduation, Jason was selected for the Charles Williams Fellowship at Harvard Business School for post-graduate research in Entrepreneurship and Finance.  Jason is married with two children. The most unique trivia about Jason is that he is a twin married to a twin.
 
Jason can be jgreen@emcap.com.  His Executive Assistant, Rebecca Brown, can be reached at rebecca@emcap.com. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Bill Gurley
Bill Gurley
General Partner
Benchmark Capital
Bill Gurley joined Benchmark Capital in 1999 after spending two years as a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.  Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston focusing on personal computer hardware and software.  His research coverage included such companies as Dell, Compaq, and Microsoft, and he was the lead analyst on the Amazon IPO.  In both 1995 and 1996, Bill was a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team.  Prior to his investment career, Bill was a design engineer at Compaq Computer, where he worked on products such as the 486/50 and Compaq's first multi-processor server.  Before Compaq, he served in the technical marketing group of Advanced Micro Devices' embedded processor division.  For the past twelve years, Bill has authored the Above the Crowd newsletter which focuses on the evolution and economics of high technology businesses.  Current Investments: Linden Lab/SecondLife, LiveOps, Move Networks, Nanosolar, OpenTable, Red 5 Studios, Tropos Networks, VUDU, and Zillow.com.  Previous Investments: Avamar Technologies (acquired by EMC), Business.com (acquired by R.H. Donnelley), Crossgain (acquired by BEA Systems), Employease (acquired by ADP), JAMDAT (IPO: JMDT; acquired by Electronic Arts), Nordstrom.com (acquired by Nordstrom), Shopping.com (IPO: SHOP; acquired by eBay), and The Knot (IPO: KNOT).  Other Affiliations: Advisory board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Education: MBA from the University of Texas, 1993; and a BS in computer science from the University of Florida, 1989. Chartered Financial Analyst. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Martin Haemmig
Dr. Martin Haemmig
Senior Advisor on VC & Adj. Professor, Globalization of Venture Capital
STANFORD UNIVERSITY & CeTIM
Dr. Martin Haemmig specializes as international researcher, lecturer and advisor on “The Globalization of Venture Capital” focusing on the industry trends, VC best practice, and benchmarks sector developments across geographies (investments, valuations, exits, performance – covering 13 countries in Asia, Europe, Israel, and the United States).

While traveling about 7 months per year in Asia, the United States and Europe, he research and/or teaches in conjunction with leading schools around the world.  They are in CALIFORNIA (Stanford University, University of California Berkeley & Davis), EUROPE (INSEAD, ETH Zurich, UniBW Munich, Leiden Univ.), CHINA (Tsinghua, Peking, Renmin, Fudan, SH-Jiaotong) and as guest lecturer in INDIA (IIT Delhi & IIT Bombay, IISc in Bangalore, Indian School of Business – ISB in Hyderabad).

Martin Haemmig is involved in various programs as advisor and expert on venture capital including the World Economic Forum for projects, China’s largest Science Park “ZhongGuanCun” with over 20,000 companies and about 1 million employees, as well as a researcher and “Senior Advisor on Venture Capital” at Stanford University (Asia Pacific Research Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship – APARC-SPRIE).  He is an international advisor to the Thunderbird Private Equity Center, as well as to the UC Berkeley China Research Center on Venture Capital.  He helped set up the world’s first Venture Capital PhD program in China at Renmin University in Beijing and is a participant of the Stanford ‘Roundtable for Entrepreneurship Educators – REE’.  In addition, he advices several leading multinational companies and international VC firms as global VC expert.

Martin Haemmig speaks English, German and French at a proficient level.  He spent about 10 of the past 30 years outside his home country Switzerland (USA, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa, covering a total of 52 countries).  He has both his doctor degree in business and his MBA from California and an engineering degree in electronics from Switzerland.  During his 20 years industry experience as technologist and business executive in R&D, after sales service management, business development, VP marketing & sales and as general manager, he also became Swiss national marketing champion in 1994. 2009 Speakers List

Doug Hamilton
Doug Hamilton
Managing Director
SVB Capital
Doug Hamilton is a managing director in the Private Equity Group of SVB Capital, located at 3000 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, Calif.  Hamilton is actively involved with SVB Capital Partners and is managing director of the SVB Strategic Investors Fund, as well as an investment manager for Silicon Valley BancVentures.

In addition to sourcing and managing fund investments, he oversees venture capital relationships with many top-tier venture capital and private equity firms on Sand Hill Road, where Hamilton has been located since 1994.  In his role, Hamilton leverages the entire SVB Financial Group platform and its member companies including SVB Silicon Valley Bank, SVB Capital, SVB Global, SVB Alliant, SVB Analytics and SVB Private Client Services.

He is well known by more than 400 general partners of venture capital firms and often speaks at venture firms’ CEO events, as well as moderating panels at venture capital industry conferences.  Prior to his role on Sand Hill Road, he served as senior lender for SVB Silicon Valley Bank’s Palo Alto office, focusing on lending to venture capital backed startup companies.

Before joining SVB, Hamilton was a commercial lender with Union Bank, where he was responsible for growing and maintaining the largest portfolio in their Mid-Peninsula Regional office.

Hamilton earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arizona and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in corporate finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. 2009 Speakers List
 
Howard Hartenbaum
Howard Hartenbaum
General Partner
August Capital
Howard Hartenbaum joined August Capital in 2008.

Prior to joining, he served as a General Partner at Draper Richards where he was the founding investor in Skype (eBay), and was also a former member of the board of directors where his achievement resulted in his joining the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists.  He was also a minority investor in Photobucket (Fox Interactive Media) and Bebo (AOL).

Before entering the venture capital field, Howard held positions at Hughes Electronics, where he was responsible for supporting business development, marketing and sales of satellite, information security and automotive technologies developed by HRL Technologies and he also worked in engineering positions at Honda Motor Company and Teledyne Relays.

Howard has worked overseas for a total of ten years in Luxembourg and Japan.  He is a graduate of M.I.T. 2009 Speakers List
 
Richard Hayes
Richard Hayes
Managing Partner
Oak Hill Investment Management
Oak Hill Investment Management is one of the Oak Hill partnerships, each of which has a dedicated management team. In total, the Oak Hill partnerships manage over $15 billion of assets across multiple asset classes, representing capital from leading entrepreneurs, endowments, foundations, corporations, pension funds, and global financial institutions. Rick is focused on managing the assets for a select group of ultra-high-net-worth clients.

Prior to Oak Hill, Rick was the Senior Investment Officer for the CalPERS Alternative Investment Management (AIM) Program.  CalPERS is the nation’s largest pension fund, with roughly $200 billion in assets.  With the assistance of his team, Rick built and managed a $20+ billion portfolio of private equity and hedge fund investments, the largest in the world.  In addition, Rick was a member of the 5-person Senior Team managing the entire CalPERS portfolio.

From 2000-2004, Rick served as the elected Chairman of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), the global private equity association whose members control $1 trillion in global private equity investments.

Prior to joining CalPERS, Rick had both operating and investment experience.  He spent six years as an operating executive building McCaw Cellular/AT&T Wireless Services into a $4 billion global wireless company.  On the investment front, Rick was a Senior Associate with the Bank of America Venture Capital Group, a $1 billion+ international venture capital and buyout fund.

Rick earned a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, both with honors.

Outside of work, Rick co-founded The MIND Institute (www.mindinstitute.org), a research center focused on Autism. Rick is a member of the Investment Committee of the San Francisco Foundation (www.sff.org), an $800 million community foundation.  In addition, he is a member of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (www.ypo.org). 2009 Speakers List
 
Peter Hebert
Peter Hebert
Managing Partner
Lux Capital Management
Peter is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Lux Capital, focusing on investments in advanced materials and energy.  Peter began his career at Lehman Brothers, where he worked in the firm's top-ranked Equity Research group.  In 2000, he co-founded Lux Capital.  In 2003, Peter led the spin-off of Lux Research.  As founding CEO, he helped build Lux Research into the leading emerging technology research firm.  Peter launched the publicly-listed Lux Nanotech Index [AMEX: LUXNI] and the $150 million PowerShares Lux Nanotech Portfolio [AMEX: PXN].
 
Peter manages Lux Capital’s investments in Accelergy, Angstrom Publishing, Everspin Technologies, Lux Research and several stealth energy ventures.  He was a Chancellor's Scholar and graduated cum laude from Syracuse University's Newhouse School.  Peter was the Founding President of Syracuse's first venture organization, Future Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs.  He has been an invited speaker, guest lecturer and panelist at CNBC, Bloomberg, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, MIT, and the National Science Foundation.  Peter also co-founded Young Wall Street, a charitable organization supporting youth-related causes in New York City 2009 Speakers List
 
Mark G. Heesen
Mark Heesen
President
NVCA *National Venture Capital Association
As President of the National Venture Capital Association, Mark Heesen is responsible for setting the strategic direction for all Association activities, including public policy efforts, research initiatives, educational programs, and member services.  In this capacity, Mark works closely with the NVCA professional staff and Board of Directors to demonstrate the positive impact of venture capital investment on the United States economy.  Under his direction, the NVCA has created numerous value-added sub-groups including the CFO Task Force, Strategic Communications Group, Corporate Venture Capital Group, Medical Industry Group and Human Capital forum, all of which are dedicated to supporting NVCA membership in uniquely critical areas.  As a spokesperson for the venture capital industry, Mark is often called upon by the financial media, NVCA members, limited partners, and regional associations to present the overarching venture capital perspective to a wider audience.  He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, appears regularly on CNBC, and is consistently quoted in the press in stories concerning venture capital trends.  Since 1991, Mark has worked on behalf of the NVCA to enact a wide range of policies that benefit the venture capital and entrepreneurial communities, including a significant capital gains differential, securities litigation reform, numerous SEC and FASB accounting issues, immigration reform, and a streamlining of the FDA and CMS approval processes, among other issues.

Prior to coming to the NVCA, Mark was an aide to a former Governor of Pennsylvania and was Deputy Director for Federal Funds reporting to the Texas Legislature.  Mark received a law degree with an emphasis in taxation from the Dickinson School of Law in 1984. 2009 Speakers List
 
Stefan Hepp
Stefan Hepp
Founder & CEO
SCM
Dr. Stefan Hepp is Chief Executive Officer and founder of SCM.  Previously, he was with Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley in London and Zurich for several years, most recently as a member of the executive board of Morgan Stanley Switzerland where he was responsible for institutional clients.  Dr. Hepp studied at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of St. Gallen (HSG) where he also earned his doctoral degree.  Additionally, he holds a master’s degree from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the Chicago Graduate School of Business.  He serves as a consultant to major pension funds as well as the World Bank and is a member of the examination board of the Schweizer Fachschule für Personalvorsorge, an institution that offers the Swiss diploma for pension fund managers. 2009 Speakers List
 
Panda Hershey, Ph.D.
Panda Hershey
Director | Global Private Markets
TIAA-CREF | Financial Services for the Greater Good
For over 90 years, TIAA-CREF has been helping those in the academic, medical, cultural and research fields plan for and live in retirement.  With nearly $400 billion in assets under management, we offer high value products and services, objective advice and a wide choice of world-class products, both proprietary and nonproprietary, tailored to our 3 million participants' ultimate financial goals.

Panda Hershey, CFA, is a Director with the TIAA-CREF organization and has nine years of experience in private equity.  As part of the Alternative Investments Team, Ms. Hershey manages the San Francisco office and venture capital portfolio.  Her responsibilities also include West Coast-based buyout relationships and co-investments.

Before joining TIAA-CREF in 2006, Ms. Hershey spent six years with the CalPERS Alternative Investments Management team.  At CalPERS, she led investments in and held advisory board seats on U.S. and international venture capital, buyout, distressed and special situation private equity funds.  She holds a B.A. from Mills College and earned a Ph.D and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Davis. 2009 Speakers List
 
Robert M. Hofeditz
Robert M. Hofeditz
Partner
Probitas Partners
Mac has seventeen years of industry experience and is responsible for Probitas Partners’ primary fundraising project management activities and leads its sourcing effort for new fundraising projects.  Prior to joining Probitas Partners in 2001, Mac was with AdvisorTech Corporation, a venture-backed financial services firm.  Previously, he was an investment consultant with Strategic Investment Solutions, Inc. (“SIS”), a leading adviser to sophisticated institutional investors.  Mac earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is a fourteen-year member of the CFA Institute and has been active in the Kauffman Fellows Program at the Center for Venture Education, The Association for Corporate Growth, and the San Francisco Venture Capital Forum. 2009 Speakers List
 

Paul Holland
Paul Holland
General Partner
Foundation Capital
In addition to coordinating the CleanTech practice at Foundation Capital, Paul's primary focus is on helping early-stage start-ups go from zero to $100M in revenue.  He helped take public two venture-funded software start-ups, Kana Communications (KANA), and Pure Software (RATL).  Paul currently serves on the board of directors for Bella Pictures, CalStar Cement, Conformia, Coverity, Edge Dynamics (acquired by iMany), Ketera, Serious Materials, and TuVox; and previously for Talking Blocks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard) and RouteScience (acquired by Avaya).
 
Prior to joining Foundation Capital, Paul was senior vice president of worldwide sales at Kana Communications, a leading supplier of Enterprise Relationship Management solutions to strategic e-businesses.  Paul went on to build a team of over 350 people that secured more than 900 customers worldwide, helping Kana become one of the top ten IPOs of 1999.  Before Kana, Paul was a vice president and general manager for another highly successful start-up, Pure Software, helping raise their market value from $2 million to over $1 billion in his five-year tenure there.  He began his professional career at SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute).
 
Paul enjoys spending time with his wife Linda Yates, and their three daughters, Kylie, Devon, and Piper.  In his spare time he enjoys golf, volleyball, poker, traveling (he has visited over 50 countries to date), and is building a LEED Platinum home in Portola Valley.  Paul has been guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business, Harvard Business School, James Madison University, and the Stanford Graduate School of Engineering.  He is an active advisor and supporter of Project BUILD in East Palo Alto, the Bing School at Stanford and Sustainable Silicon Valley.
 
Paul received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley; an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia; and a BS from James Madison University. 2009 Speakers List
 
George Hoyem
George Hoyem
General Partner
Blueprint Ventures
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Eric C. Jensen
Eric Jensen
Chair Of Business Department
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Eric C. Jensen is a business partner in the Cooley Godward Kronish Palo Alto office.  Mr. Jensen is head of the Firm’s Business department and a member of the Management Committee.  Mr. Jensen has been with the Firm since 1988 and a partner since 1994.

Mr. Jensen practices securities and general corporate law, with an emphasis on the representation of emerging and public software, semiconductor, internet, and other information technology companies.  He also has extensive experience representing venture capital funds and underwriters.  He has counseled clients in the areas of corporate formations, venture financings, public offerings of equity and debt, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, licensing and related strategic transactions, employee incentive matters and SEC reporting and compliance.  Mr. Jensen has been included as one of The Best Lawyers in America in 2006 – 2008, was named in The Top Lawyers in the Bay Area in 2006 and named as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Public company clients of Mr. Jensen have included:
  • Adobe Systems Incorporated
  • Alteon WebSystems
  • Arterial Vascular Engineering, Inc.
  • Blue Martini Software
  • Borland Software Corporation
  • Leadis Technology, Inc.
  • NVIDIA Corporation
  • Procera Networks
  • Siebel Systems
  • VANS
  • ViewSonic Corporation
  • Vitria Technology
  • Volterra Semiconductor Corporation










Private company clients include:
  • Aeris.net
  • Beceem Communications, Inc.
  • Encover, Inc.
  • NextBio
  • NorthStar Systems International, Inc.
  • Parascale, Inc.
  • PlaySpan, Inc.
  • Reliant Technologies Inc.
  • Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
  • SeeSaw Networks, Inc.
  • ShuffleBrain, Inc.
  • Silicon Clocks, Inc.
  • SkyData Systems, Inc.
  • Synfora, Inc.
  • Teak Technologies, Inc.
  • TriCipher, Inc.
  • World of Good
  • Yield Software












From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Jensen served as general counsel and member of the senior management team at Blue Martini Software.

Mr. Jensen received a J.D. in 1988 from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was an editor for the UCLA Law Review.  In 1987, Mr. Jensen served as an extern to the Hon. Arthur L. Alarcon of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University in 1984, where he graduated with distinction and honors in economics.

Mr. Jensen is admitted to practice before the California and Colorado bars and is a member of the American Bar Association.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, a non-profit corporation. 2009 Speakers List
 
Bret Jepsen
Bret Jepsen
Director of Venture Capital
Sterling Stamos
Bret Jepsen has been actively involved in private equity for nearly 10 years and was hired as Director, Venture Capital / Private Equity for Sterling Stamos Capital Management in June 2008.  He most recently managed the Venture Capital portfolio for the City of San Francisco’s Investment Office.  Bret serves as an advisor to several venture capital funds in the SF Bay area and East coast.  Prior to SF, he worked at Connecticut – based Portfolio Advisors, LLC and helped build private equity programs for various endowments, pensions and family institutions.  Bret also gained direct investing experience while working for Dominion Ventures, LLC.  Bret received his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and undergraduate degree from BYU's Marriott School of Management. 2009 Speakers List
 



Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson
Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson
Co-Founder
Asset Management Company
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Kim Kaplan-Gross
Kim Kaplan-Gross
Partner
Cooley Godward Kronish
Ms. Kaplan-Gross represents international and domestic private investment firms in fund formation, secondary transactions, management and governance issues and investment adviser regulatory matters.  She represents venture capital, buyout and other direct private equity funds, as well as primary and secondary funds-of-funds.  In fundraising, she advises fund sponsors on legal structuring matters, guides them in market positioning and setting proposed terms and conditions, and leads their investor negotiations.  In addition, Ms. Kaplan-Gross represents institutional investors in their investments in private equity funds.

Prior to joining Cooley, Ms. Kaplan-Gross was a partner with DLA Piper’s Boston office, as well as a partner in the private equity group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP.

Ms. Kaplan-Gross received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994, where she was also the Senior Articles Editor for the University of Miami Law Review, as well as a member of the Order of the Coif.  She received her B.S. in 1989 from Boston University.

She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the American Bar Association. 2009 Speakers List
 
Raman Khanna
Raman Khanna
General Partner, Information Technology
ONSET Ventures
Raman Khanna has 20 years of operating experience and 15 years of investment experience in information technology.  Raman was named on the Forbes Midas List as a top 100 dealmaker in 2008 and 2009.  He has been involved in many start-ups that had exits valued at over $1 Billion.
 
At ONSET, Raman is focused on software, internet infrastructure and digital media sectors.  He currently serves on boards of Mixercast, Permuto, Serus, FirstRain and Nitronex.
 
Prior to becoming a managing director of ONSET, Raman co-founded Diamondhead Ventures in June 2000 where he led the firm's investments in Cavium Networks (IPO: CAVM), Reactivity (acquired by Cisco Systems), PassMark Security (acquired by RSA Security/EMC), Orative (acquired by Cisco Systems), Intraspect (acquired by Vignette), Serus, FirstRain and Nitronex.
 
Prior to Diamondhead Ventures, Raman worked at Stanford University for 16 years in various roles, including Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  Raman also served on Advisory Boards of many global technology companies.  During his Stanford tenure, Raman was actively involved with many high technology start-ups as an angel investor, advisor and board member.  His portfolio included Berkeley Networks (acquired by Fore Systems), Postini (acquired by Google), Siara Networks (acquired by Redback), SupportSoft (IPO), Shopping.com (IPO), Selectica (IPO) and Entercept Security Technologies (acquired by McAfee).
 
Raman is one of the early charter members of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE), the world's largest non-profit organization for entrepreneurs.  Raman currently serves on the board of TiE Silicon Valley.
 
Raman received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Delhi University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Golden Gate University. 2009 Speakers List
 
Jeff Kuhn
Jeff Kuhn
Managing Partner
FLG Partners, LLC
Jeff Kuhn is a Co-Founder and a Managing Partner of FLG Partners.  He has over 30 years of operational, financial and capital markets experience in investment banking, financial services and technology companies.  He has been CFO of and consultant to companies in the software, design services, electro-optical, medical services and telecommunications businesses, with significant international experience in Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

As a CFO, he has built staffing and responsibility for budgeting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations and reporting, contracts, licensing, domestic and international tax compliance and reporting, and management information systems and reporting.  In investment banking and financial services, Jeff has wide experience throughout, including IPOs, project finance, leasing, mergers & acquisitions, private placements of debt and equity, and recapitalizations.

Prior to co-founding FLG, Jeff was CFO at Planetweb, Inc., an internationally venture-backed software company which developed and licensed embedded applications and device-critical software for consumer electronics OEMs.  Earlier, Jeff was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Diablo Research Company, a world-leading design services company specializing in wireless communications.  Before joining Diablo Research, Jeff was CFO, VP Finance, Co-Founder of, and consultant to, a number of companies in the financial services and technology sectors.

Previously, Jeff was Vice President, Investment Banking, in the Technology Group at Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc.  At Kidder Jeff executed the full range of capital markets transactions and advisory assignments for companies in the real estate, commercial banking, semiconductor manufacturing, semiconductor capital equipment, biotechnology, paper products, retail, investment advisory, data storage, electrical components, and computer workstation sectors. 2009 Speakers List
 
Neetesh Kumar
Neetesh Kumar
Partner
Rho Fund Investors
Neetesh Kumar is a Partner of Rho Fund Investors (RFI), which commits to venture capital and specialized private equity funds whose strategies afford unique advantages, such as domain expertise, operational expertise or focus on a particularly attractive sector or region.  Since, 1981, Rho has committed in excess of $1.9 billion to more than 125 private equity funds.  Prior to joining Rho, Mr. Kumar was a Senior Portfolio Manager and the Director of Private Equity Investments at the University of California, Office of the Treasurer of the Regents.  Previously, he was with One Equity Partners and First Chicago Venture Capital focused on investments in private equity partnerships and private companies.  In addition, Mr. Kumar was a Manager for Andersen Consulting and the initial team member of a successful technology startup, Vetri Systems Inc. Mr. Kumar received an MBA from the University of Chicago. 2009 Speakers List
 
Tracy Lefteroff
Tracy Lefteroff
Global Managing Partner, Venture Capital and Life Sciences Industries Services
PricewaterhouseCoopers
As Global Managing Partner of Private Equity and Venture Capital as well as Life Sciences Industry Services, Mr. Lefteroff is in charge of services provided to the venture capital community, venture-funded technology companies and publicly-held, privately-owned and venture-funded life sciences companies worldwide.  Mr. Lefteroff has been key to the development of strategic collaborative agreements with many of the major international pharmaceutical companies and has recently assisted in several high profile industry mergers.  He also co-authored the Firm’s Practice Standards and Aids for the Life Sciences Industry.
 
Mr. Lefteroff currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the Stanford Venture Laboratory and the California Healthcare Institute.  He has served as Treasurer of the Washington State Biotechnology Association, Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest and as a Committee Member of the Washington Society of CPA’s High Technology Committee.  He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California, Washington and Idaho Societies of CPA’s.  Mr. Lefteroff has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers for approximately 20 years, including three years in the Seattle, Washington office, where he was extensively involved with the Firm’s venture capital and life sciences clients.  Today he resides in the San Jose, California office. 2009 Speakers List
» SESSION A: Surviving The Long Winter
Thursday, June 4th  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Moderator: Tracy Lefteroff, Global Managing Partner, Private Equity, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Panelists: Ajit Nazre, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Lisa Lambert, Managing Director, Intel Capital
J. Sanford Miller, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners
Martin D. Pichinson, Co-Managing Director, Sherwood Partners
Keith Bergelt, Chief Executive Officer, Open Invention Network

 

Cameron Lester
Cameron Lester
General Partner
Azure Capital Partners
Cameron Lester is a founding General Partner with Azure Capital Partners where he specializes in software and related infrastructure technologies.  His current board memberships include EzRez Software, Limbo, PSS Systems, ROME, SilkRoad technology, SourceCode Technology and Zend Technologies.  Other successful investments include TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), VMware (acquired by EMC), Interwoven (IPO in 1999) and Salesforce.com (IPO in 2004). Immediately prior to Azure, Cameron was a Managing Director and the Group Head of the Software Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB).  Over the course of his career, Cameron has provided strategic and investment advice to numerous leading private and public software companies.  Cameron received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. 2009 Speakers List
 
Dan’l Lewin
Daníl Lewin
Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development
Microsoft Corporation
Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president for Strategic and Emerging Business Development, is responsible for Microsoft Corp.’s global relationships with startups, venture capitalists and the business relationships with industry partners such as Adobe Systems Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. and IBM Corp.  Based in Silicon Valley, Lewin also has executive and site responsibility for the company's operations in Mountain View, Calif., which currently employ 2,000 people.
 
Strategic and Emerging Business Development consists of three groups: the Emerging Business Team, the Local Software Economy (LSE) and the Strategic Relations Group, whose common goal is to support software startups and established companies working on the Microsoft platform while helping develop and grow local software economies worldwide.  Through the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program, Microsoft BizSpark Program, and the LSE’s Microsoft Innovation Center Program, Lewin's groups help accelerate startup success in more than 60 countries.
 
Lewin has spent more than 30 years as a Silicon Valley-based executive leading sales and marketing divisions for companies including Apple Computer Inc., NeXT Inc. and GO Corp.  Before joining Microsoft, he was CEO of Aurigin Systems Inc., a startup that pioneered intellectual property asset management, and he has consulted for emerging companies, venture capital firms and corporate joint ventures.
 
Lewin serves on the boards of the Churchill Club; Software Development Forum; American Electronics Association; Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society; and the Tech Museum of Innovation, where he serves as chairman of the Tech Museum Awards program.  He is also on the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Venture Capital Association.  He holds an AB in politics from Princeton University. 2009 Speakers List
 
Kelvin Liu, CFA
Kelvin Liu, CFA
Principal
INVESCO Private Capital
Kelvin Liu joined Invesco Private Capital (IPC) in 2006 and is involved in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of prospective partnership fund investments.

Prior to joining IPC, Kelvin was the Director of North American Operations for TIF Ventures, a Singapore government fund of funds with $1.3 billion under management.  In this capacity, Kelvin represented TIF Ventures’ investment efforts in the United States.  Being a member of TIF Ventures’ founding team, Kelvin was instrumental in establishing its presence and industry network in the US.  Prior to TIF Ventures, Kelvin was the Director of the National Science and Technology Board (NSTB) based in Redwood City, CA.  NSTB is a governmental agency providing financial assistance for the development of science and technology in Singapore, interacting with start-up companies as well as Fortune 500 enterprises.  Kelvin serves on the advisory boards for Barings Asia and Navis Asia Funds.

Kelvin received an MBA (Finance) with Honors from The Wharton School.  He also earned a B. Eng (1st Class Honors) and an M.S. degree in Management, both from the National University of Singapore.  Kevin Liu is also a CFA charterholder 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Peter N. Loukianoff
Peter N. Loukianoff
Managing Partner
Almaz Capital Partners
Prior to co-founding Almaz Capital Partners, Mr. Loukianoff was a partner at Alloy Ventures from 2001-2008, one of the more successful and longest-established venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.  Prior to joining Alloy, he was on the founding teams of Autonomy, Inc. (US), a pioneer in Internet search and categorization, and Ubiquinet, Inc., a location-based services and software company.

As the Cold War was ending, Mr. Loukianoff was one of the first Americans to establish joint ventures with prominent Russian scientific institutions, including the Kurchatov Institute, Troitsk Triniti Research Center, and the Russian Academy of Sciences.  These joint ventures served to facilitate technology-licensing arrangements with US companies, such as Apple, Sun Microsystems and General Atomics.  In 1991, he organized a first-of-its-kind Russian-American symposium on technology transfer and commercialization, which featured President Gorbachev’s chief technology advisor Dr. Evgeny Velikhov and Nobel Laureate Dr. Glenn Seaborg.

Mr. Loukianoff is a co-inventor of five patent-pending mobile messaging technologies that are enabling a new and exciting market in voice and visual mobile advertising.  He is on the board of directors of Apptera and chairman of the advisory council at Ravenflow, and his past investments include Audiobasket, Versata (Nasdaq: VATA), Xactly and ZipRealty (Nasdaq: ZIPR).

Mr. Loukianoff is an internationally recognized expert on venture capital and entrepreneurship in Russia.  He is a frequent guest lecturer and invited speaker on the subject of Russian-American business investment.  Recently, he has been interviewed on CNBC’s Street Signs by Erin Burnett, by the New York Times at the Alternative Investments Conference in Moscow, and at the Forbes CEO Forum in Cannes, France.   Peter’s pragmatic and ground-level expertise offers a clear, compelling and unique view on global entrepreneurship and its effects on the geo-political landscape.

Mr. Loukianoff earned an MBA and BS Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. 2009 Speakers List
 
Joseph Marks
Joseph Marks
Principal
Coller Capital
Joseph is an Investment Principal with responsibility for deal origination and execution in the US market and has 17 years' experience of alternative investments.

Prior to joining Coller Capital, Joseph was a General Partner with Smart Technology Ventures, a California -based venture fund investing in the Communications and Information Technology sectors.  While there, he served on a number of private and public company boards. Previously, he was a Vice President of Alternative Investments with Kayne Anderson Investment Management.

Joseph has a BA in Economics (Hons) from Stanford University.  He received his JD and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Joseph is a CFA Charterholder and is based in New York. 2009 Speakers List
 
Bruce McWilliams, Ph.D.
Bruce McWilliams, Ph.D.
Chairman
Tessera Technologies
Bruce McWilliams is chairman of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSRA) and was its chief executive officer from 1999 to 2008.  He established and implemented the company’s growth strategy of developing and delivering innovative miniaturization technologies to the mobile phone and semiconductor industries.  During his tenure, the company achieved compounded revenue and operating profit growth exceeding 50% annually which led to Tessera being cited by Business Week Magazine as the Second Hottest Growing Company in America in 2006.  Tessera was also cited by Electronic Business Magazine as the 4th Best Small Electronics Company in the U.S. in 2006.  Today more than 20 billion semiconductor devices have been shipped using Tessera’s technology.
 
McWilliams has more than 20 years of executive and technical management experience in the semiconductor industry.  He has held numerous executive management positions, including senior vice president at Flextronics International, a position he assumed upon Flextronics’ acquisition of nCHIP, Inc., a multi-chip module packaging company he co-founded and where he served as its CEO.  McWilliams also founded and was CEO of S-Vision, a silicon chip-based display company.
 
McWilliams is a member of the board of directors for Intermolecular, a semiconductor materials company, and NemoTEK, a mobile phone camera manufacturing company.  He is a Trustee of Carnegie-Mellon University and a member of its advisory boards for Physics and Human & Computer Interaction.
 
In 2005, McWilliams was given Ernst & Young’s Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year award.  He holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.
 
McWilliams is married with two sons and enjoys golf and backpacking.  He has a strong interest in science and education and endowed the “Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology” and the “McWilliams Fellowship for Graduate Students in Science” at Carnegie Mellon University. 2009 Speakers List
 
J. Sanford (Sandy) Miller
J. Sanford Miller
General Partner
Institutional Venture Partners
Sandy Miller joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in April 2006.  He focuses on later-stage venture and growth equity investments in technology companies.  Sandy has more than 25 years of venture capital and investment banking experience and has served on over 20 public, private and philanthropic boards.  Sandy was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 venture capitalists in the world by inclusion in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Midas List.
 
Sandy has led investments in Constant Contact (CTCT), Data Domain (DDUP), Handango, LiveOps, Merchant e-Solutions, Placeware, SkyStream Networks, Swissray, US Internetworking, Vonage (VG), and Zynga.  He has also been actively involved with the firm’s investments in Cortina Systems and RGB Networks.  Sandy is Chairman of Handango and a director of Swissray and Vonage (VG).
 
Prior to IVP, Sandy was a Senior Partner with 3i, a leading global venture capital firm.  He established and managed 3i’s later-stage technology investing business in the United States.  Earlier in his career, Sandy was a leading technology investment banker.  Sandy co-founded Thomas Weisel Partners (TWPG), where he was a member of the Executive Committee, Chief Administrative and Strategic Officer, and Co-Director of Investment Banking.  He was also a Senior Partner at Montgomery Securities and led the technology and healthcare groups.  Prior to Montgomery, Sandy was a Managing Director and opened technology investment banking offices in San Francisco for Merrill Lynch and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.  Sandy was also a Manager of strategy consulting at Bain & Company and a securities lawyer at Pillsbury Winthrop.
 
Sandy serves as a Trustee/Board Member of Stanford Law School and the Cantor Center (Stanford University Art Museum).  Sandy serves on the Executive Committee of the Capital Campaign of the University of Virginia where he previously was a College Trustee.  He has also been a Trustee/Board Member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the American Conservatory Theater and Grace Episcopal Cathedral.
 
Sandy earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia (Phi Beta Kappa) and a J.D. and M.B.A. from Stanford University. 2009 Speakers List
» SESSION A: Surviving The Long Winter
Thursday, June 4th  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Moderator: Tracy Lefteroff, Global Managing Partner, Private Equity, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Panelists: Ajit Nazre, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Lisa Lambert, Managing Director, Intel Capital
J. Sanford Miller, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners
Martin D. Pichinson, Co-Managing Director, Sherwood Partners
Keith Bergelt, Chief Executive Officer, Open Invention Network

 

Thomas D. Miller, CFA
Thomas D. Miller, CFA
Managing Director
Quist Valuation – San Francisco, CA
Since joining Quist Valuation in 2000, Tom has performed hundreds of business and securities valuations for financial reporting, corporate finance, tax purposes, intellectual property, restricted stock and purchase price allocations.  Tom leads Quist’s San Francisco office and is a frequent speaker on complex valuation issues.
 
Prior to joining Quist Valuation, Tom was the Senior Portfolio Manager with Thunderbird International Asset Management, with diverse experiences as a senior portfolio manager and an equity analyst, specializing in IPOs, venture capital and international business.  In addition, Tom worked as an Assistant Equity Analyst with Robert W. Baird & Company, with focus on growth and income equities, retail, technology and IPO offerings.
 
Valuation and Industry Analysis Results
  • Participated in over 200 valuation engagements for venture, public and privately held companies in a number of industries including software, gaming, construction, business services, manufacturing, medical devices, oil and gas and telecommunications.
  • Conducted intrinsic debt and equity valuations of more than 100 IPOs for acquisition purposes in industries such as consumer products, Internet services, retail distribution, software and telecommunications.

Accreditation and Education
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Thunderbird—American Graduate School of International Management, MBA
  • University of Wisconsin—Madison, BS, International Relations and Economics

Memberships and Associations
  • Association for Investment Management and Research member
  • Denver Society of Securities Analysts member
  • CFA Society of San Francisco, Professional Member
  • Swiss Society of Investment Professionals member
  • American Society of Appraisers candidate member

Public Engagements / Publications
  • “FAS157 Portfolio Valuation,” Fair Value Summit of New York, February 2009
  • “Firm Value Allocation,” Fair Value Summit of New York, February 2008
  • “OPM vs. PWERM: Market Trends and Potential Pitfalls,” Business Valuation Update, Volume 13, No. 9, September 2007
  • “Trends and Potential Pitfalls,” Business Valuation Update, Volume 13, No. 9, September 2007
  • “409A Valuation,” Private Equity CFO & COO Conference in the Rockies, July 2006
  • “The Valuation of Closely Held Organizations,” Colorado Society of CPAs
  • “Impacting Valuation Drivers,” Colorado Software and Internet Association
  • “Pricing Equity Compensation Plans,” Denver/Boulder CPA Society
  • “Expensing Stock Options,” Denver Society of Security Analysts, Fall 2005
  • “Demystifying the Lattice Model,” The Journal of Employee Ownership Law and Finance, Volume 16, No. 4, Fall 2004 2009 Speakers List

 
Matt Murphy
Matt Murphy
Partner, iFund
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Matt Murphy is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; he joined in 1999.  Matt manages the iFund at KPCB, a collaborative initiative with Apple and the iPhone platform, which focuses on defining applications for the mobile internet.  His expertise is in network communications, compute infrastructure, and mobile applications.  Matt is either a Director or works closely with the management teams of AutoNavi, Booyah!, Dash, GOGII, Pelago, Movius, Kodiak Networks, RGB Networks, Stoke, Aerohive Networks, Ocarina, and eASIC.  Previously Matt was a board observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO) and director at Peakstream (acquired by Google).
 
Prior to KPCB, Matt led product management at a semiconductor start-up (Netboost acquired by Intel), worked at Sun Microsystems where he led business development for the Network Systems Group and was a Product Line Manager for networking platforms.  He also worked in strategic and technical consulting for a number of years at Booz, Allen, & Hamilton and Accenture.  Matt holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Tae Hea Nahm
Tae Hea Nahm
Managing Director
Storm Ventures
Tae Hea Nahm is a founding general partner of Storm Ventures.  At Storm, Tae Hea has invested in Airespace Networks (where he was also the founding CEO, and acquired by Cisco), Berkana Wireless (where he was Chairman, and acquired by Qualcomm), Com2us (KOSDAQ: A078340), McubeWorks (acquired by Core Logic), and OSA Technologies (acquired by Avocent).  His investment focus is in wireless, software, semiconductors and East Asia.

Prior to Storm, Tae Hea was a founding partner of Venture Law Group, a partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and a cofounder of Novera Optics.  Since his first client (incorporating StrataCom), Tae Hea has advised and personally invested in startups in various industries, such as communications (JetCell/Cisco, Netro, Ramp Networks/Nokia, StrataCom/Cisco, Telera/Alcatel, Transmedia/Cisco and Xylan/Alcatel), internet and services (AtRoad and Sina.com), life science/materials (Connectics, Landec and General Surgical Innovation/Tyco), semiconductors (ESS Technology, IC Works/Cypress, Marvell Technology and Quality Semiconductor/IDT), and software (Access360/IBM and Gupta Technologies).

He holds an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and a JD from University of Chicago Law School. Tae Hea was born in Seoul, Korea.  He serves on the board of East Asia Institute. 2009 Speakers List
 
Ajit Nazre, Ph.D.
Ajit Nazre, Ph.D.
General Partner
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Aniruddha Arvind “Ajit” joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2003.  His areas of investment include enterprise software and services, material science pertinent to energy, environment and life sciences.

Before joining KPCB, “Ajit” was with SAP for 5 years.  At SAP, he worked for Dr. Hasso Plattner, CEO, Chairman and cofounder, SAP.  “Ajit” played a key role in formulating and executing SAP’s internet strategy (mySAP.com).  He co-founded SAPMarkets, a fully owned company of SAP, focused on Marketplace applications and technology.  As the Managing Director of SAPMarkets Americas, “Ajit” grew the business to $100 million in six quarters.  In 2002, he laid the foundation for SAP Inspire – SAP’s New Venture Unit.

Prior to SAP, Ajit worked for six years in the medical device industry, first at Zimmer, Inc., a division of Bristol Myers and Squibb and then at Mathys AG (Synthes) in Switzerland.  During this time he managed the development of several new product lines and received 7 U.S. and four European patents.

“Ajit” has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering Poona (COEP), India.  He holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech, a Ph.D. in Biomechanics from the Technical University of Hanover, Germany, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. 2009 Speakers List
» SESSION A: Surviving The Long Winter
Thursday, June 4th  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Moderator: Tracy Lefteroff, Global Managing Partner, Private Equity, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Panelists: Ajit Nazre, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Lisa Lambert, Managing Director, Intel Capital
J. Sanford Miller, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners
Martin D. Pichinson, Co-Managing Director, Sherwood Partners
Keith Bergelt, Chief Executive Officer, Open Invention Network

 

Paul Newsome
Paul Newsome
Executive Director, Head of Investments
Private Equity, Unigestion (US), Ltd
Paul Newsome is an Executive Director, head of Unigestion’s private equity investment team responsible for investment research, due diligence and fund monitoring globally.  He is based in Unigestion’s New York office.   Before joining in 2002, he worked at BancBoston Capital as an investment officer, making and managing venture capital investments in Europe.  Earlier in his career, he was a finance manager at Procter & Gamble.  Mr Newsome holds a first class Masters degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University and is a Chartered Management Accountant. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Anita Ng
Anita Ng
Senior Specialist Consultant
Cambridge Associates
Ms. Ng is a Senior Specialist Consultant in the Menlo Park office.  She works with a broad group of clients, including foundations, endowments, public pension plans, and private clients, to construct and oversee non-marketable alternative asset portfolios.  Ms. Ng sits on the internal ex-US private equity and the fund of funds research committees, and periodically leads various non-marketable alternative asset manager due diligence projects.

Before Ms. Ng joined Cambridge Associates, she spent approximately 10 years as an investment banker, covering the technology sector for CIBC World Markets, Credit Suisse First Boston and Banc of America Securities, and earlier in her career, working in Hong Kong with Merrill Lynch’s Asia Pacific Investment Banking Group focusing on Greater China clients.  With these firms, she identified, pitched, structured, and executed both private and public financings and merger and acquisition transactions, totalling over $2.6 billion in transaction value.  She also assessed appropriate capital structure and financing methods for existing and prospective client companies, evaluated potential acquisition targets and strategic partners, and oversaw all deal execution.  Ms. Ng graduated from Stanford University with Honors and Distinction and received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Rory O’Driscoll
Rory O’Driscoll
Managing Director
Scale Venture Partners
Rory is a veteran venture capitalist who is focused on mobile, internet, and enterprise software and services.  During his career, Rory has contributed to the evolution of software-as-service (SaaS) business models at companies such as Frontbridge, Omniture (NASDAQ: OMTR) and PlaceWare.  Currently, he sits on the boards of Arena, Hubspan, Innovion, JasperSoft, Lumension Security, mBlox, Omniture, Picolight, ScanSafe and Vantage Media.

He was previously an investor in Altra, Connect, EGroups, Frontbridge, Good Technology, Net6, NetGenesis, OuterBay, Pavilion, Placeware, and Zone Labs.  Prior to Scale Venture Partners, Rory worked in Corporate Development at Bank of America and was founder and CEO of Mercia Ltd., a UK-based manufacturing company.

Rory was born and raised in Ireland and holds a BSc from the London School of Economics. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Vince Occhipinti
Vince Occhipinti
Managing Director
Woodside Fund
Vincent M. Occhipinti, Managing Director, has extensive operating experience in small and large companies throughout the technology industry.  Since co-founding Woodside Fund in 1983, he has been intimately involved in the Fund’s management and portfolio companies.  Since 1990, Mr. Occhipinti has chaired over 15 conferences of the Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA), a federation of more than 100 seed and early-stage funds.  Mr. Occhipinti is a leader in the early stage venture community and has also chaired several other major early stage venture capital conferences, including the IBF Early Stage Investing Conference and the SRI Private Equity Roundup.  Prior to Woodside Fund, Mr. Occhipinti spent 20 years working with start-ups in the computer industry.  He was founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Logisticon, Inc. and served as Vice President of Marketing for Mobility Systems.  Early in his career, he was an executive and division manager at Levi Strauss and Co.  Mr. Occhipinti has a B.A. from Stanford University. 2009 Speakers List
 
Adam Oliveri
Adam Oliveri
Managing Director, Private Company Market
SecondMarket
Adam Oliveri is the Managing Director of SecondMarket’s Private Company Market.  He was one of the first three employees hired by SecondMarket in which he played a critical role in the growth and development of the company’s online marketplace for trading illiquid assets.  Currently, Mr. Oliveri is responsible for leading the firm’s efforts to create an administration and liquidity platform for private company securities.  Prior to this, Mr. Oliveri was Co-Head of the SecondMarket trading desk, and responsible for managing the company’s public and private company markets.  In this role, he also helped in the development of SecondMarket’s online platform for trading auction-rate securities.  Mr. Oliveri graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Applied Economics and holds his Series 7 and 63 licenses. 2009 Speakers List
 
Toshi Otani
Toshi Otani
Co-Founder and Managing Director
TransLink Capital
Toshi Otani is a co-founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital.  Toshi has over 17 years of experience in management of and investment in high-tech companies.
 
Toshi started his career at Mitsubishi Corporation, the world’s largest trading firm, where he was in charge of multiple investment and business development projects in the IT industry.  During his tenure at Mitsubishi, he assumed roles within sales, marketing, project management, and business development, working with multiple U.S.-based start-ups which Mitsubishi had developed relationships with.
 
After getting his MBA at Stanford Business School, Toshi assumed the role of President of Hikari Tsushin’s VC operation in the U.S.  He was responsible for a six person investment team in the Palo Alto office of Hikari Tsushin and led investments in successful companies such as WebEx (WEBX) and SiRF (SIRF).
 
After Hikari Tsushin, Toshi was recruited to a position as Senior Vice President of Everypath Inc..  As a member of the CEO’s direct management team, Toshi contributed to reforming Everypath’s corporate strategy for global operations.  He founded the Japanese subsidiary of Everypath and served as its General Manager and Representative Director where he was responsible for all Japanese corporate functions including sales, marketing, project management, customer support, and R&D.  Toshi grew Asian operations from one person to a team of over 20 professionals which generated over 60% of Everypath’s worldwide business for five consecutive years.  His operational skills allowed Everypath Japan to meet projected revenues within 5% of forecast for 18 consecutive quarters in a highly competitive environment. 2009 Speakers List
 
Alan J. Patricof
Alan J. Patricof
Managing Director
Greycroft, LLC
Alan Patricof is the managing director of Greycroft, LLC, a venture capital firm, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, focused on the digital media sector.  Prior to founding Greycroft in 2006, he was the founder and chairman of Apax Partners, Inc., the U.S. arm of Apax Partners, Worldwide, LP, now one of the world’s leading private equity firms with $35 billion under management or advice.  During the past 40 years, Mr. Patricof has participated in the financing and development of a large number of public and private companies.  Companies that he has been involved with at the initial stages are Apple Computer, America Online, Cadence Systems, Office Depot, FORE Systems, Cellular Communications, Inc. and Audible, Inc.  Mr. Patricof is a Member of the Board of Governors, North American Venture Capital Summit.  He is also very active in the New York philanthropic community, and is a board member of TechnoServe, Trickle Up Program, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Global Advisory Board of Endeavor.  In June 2007, Mr. Patricof was appointed by the president of the United States to the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.  From 1993 to 1995, he served as Chairman of the White House Conference on Small Business Administration.  Mr. Patricof holds a BS in Finance from Ohio State University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.  He lives in New York City and is married to his wife Susan for 39 years; he has three sons, Mark, Jon, Jamie, and six grandchildren, Lily, Nina, Jack, Chloe, Riley and Sawyer. 2009 Speakers List
 

Venu Pemmaraju
Venu Pemmaraju
Investment Director
Focus Areas: Enterprise Software, Software for MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices)
Intel Capital
Venu joined Intel Capital in 2000.  Prior to Intel Capital, Venu was Product Marketing Manager at Synopsys.  Before that Venu worked at Mentor Graphics as a Technical Marketing Manager and at CAD Language Systems, Inc. as Director of Engineering.  Venu is a board observer for Concursive and Fonality.  He has also invested in Enpirion, GENBAND and Sendmail and managed exits for PSI (acquired by IBM), MySQL (acquired by Sun Microsystems) and TimesTen (acquired by Oracle).  Venu has a BS from Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), an MS from University of Houston and an MBA from University of Chicago. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Doug Pepper
Doug Pepper
General Partner
InterWest Partners
Doug Pepper joined InterWest in 2000, investing in technology-enabled services, digital media and consumer Internet companies.  Pepper has led several investments for InterWest, including Brand.net, INVIDI, Marketo, OfferPal Media, Varolii and Achates Power.  He also co-led InterWest’s investment in Lombardi.  Pepper has played a defining role in InterWest’s investment activities in the online advertising and lead generation spaces.  In addition, Pepper serves as a board observer at Markettools and Epocrates.
 
Founded in 1979, InterWest is a diversified venture capital firm currently investing InterWest X, a $650 million fund.
 
Previously, Pepper worked in business development at Amazon.com.  Prior to Amazon.com, Pepper was a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York, focusing primarily on technology and healthcare.  In this role, Pepper also spent time in Hong Kong, working with technology clients in China, India and Korea.
 
Pepper received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, and his M.B.A. from Stanford University. 2009 Speakers List
 
Georganne Perkins
Georganne Perkins
Managing Director
Fisher Lynch
Prior to joining Fisher Lynch Capital, Georganne was Director of Private Equity at the Stanford Management Company, which was created to manage the investment assets of Stanford University.  Georganne led the private equity program investing in both venture capital and buyout funds and held numerous advisory board positions.  Prior to joining the private equity team in 1990, she held various other positions at Stanford since 1982.

Georganne is also a Trustee of the YMCA Retirement Fund, a Director of the Harris/my CFO Foundation, and a member of the endowment investment committee for Saint Francis High School.

Georganne earned her B.A. in Fine Arts at the University of California, Irvine. 2009 Speakers List
 
Carlos Perry
Carlos Perry
Chief Operating Officer
Emerging Markets Private Equity Association
As EMPEA’s Chief Operating Officer, Carlos Perry manages EMPEA’s financial and day-to-day operations.  He is also responsible for EMPEA’s membership, events and business development activities.  Before joining EMPEA, he was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, working with financial services, media and telecom clients in North America and Asia.  Previously, he served as Executive Vice President – International for the Yankee Group, a technology research firm, where he spent seven years managing the company’s international business.  At Yankee, Mr. Perry launched new products, subsidiaries and joint ventures in markets including Japan, the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Mexico, China, Korea and South Africa.  He also led consulting engagements related to telecom liberalization in Brazil, India, the UAE, Thailand and other markets, including work for venture capital, private equity, investment banking and government clients.  Prior to Yankee Mr. Perry was an entrepreneur and consultant in Russia and Hungary.

Mr. Perry holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School, a Masters of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in international politics from the Elliott School at George Washington University. 2009 Speakers List
 
Nancy Pfund
Nancy Pfund
Managing Partner
DBL Investors
Nancy E. Pfund is a Managing Partner of DBL Investors, an investment firm focused on delivering strong financial returns together with positive social, environmental, and economic impact.  Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several private companies, including; Tesla Motors, Pandora Corporation, BrightSource Energy, Solar City and eMeter.  Originally a regional venture capital group within JPMorgan, DBL Investors spun out as an independent firm in January 2008.  Ms. Pfund joined JPMorgan (then Hambrecht & Quist) in 1984 as a securities analyst and later joined its venture capital department as Managing Director in 1989.  Ms. Pfund is a member of the board of directors of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), and is an Advisor to the CalCEF Angel Fund.  She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency, and is a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer.  Ms. Pfund is also a member of the Task Force on California’s Energy and Environmental Challenges, an initiative of the Pacific Council on International Policy.  Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management. 2009 Speakers List
 
Martin D. Pichinson
Martin D. Pichinson
Co-Managing Director
Sherwood Partners, LLC
Major venture capital firms, lending institutions and law firms rely on Sherwood to make the tough decisions that improve and sustain companies. They say, “Who better than Sherwood knows what can go wrong and how to extend the life and runway of a company”?  Experienced with a history of restructuring technology companies, Pichinson provides companies at all stages guidance based on many years of senior consulting and advisory experience.

At Sherwood, Pichinson takes a hands-on approach working with management teams to develop new strategies to create and maintain profitability and gain maximum market share.  Grasping the immediate needs of his clients and focusing on long-term goals has made him one of the most prominent business advisors in the business world today.

His management style and understanding of corporate structure and culture enables him to develop a sense of accomplishment within the organization that contributes to growth and profitability long after his mission is completed.  Pichinson has positioned Sherwood as one of the most sought after advisory firms in assisting technology companies reengineer, refocus, positioning and restructure.  He is also one of the nation’s foremost experts in Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (ABCs) and developed what today is called “an operating ABC” as he fully understands the importance of the relationship between human capital and the IP.  He is one of the leading crisis managers in the technology and life science sectors.  Pichinson’s marketing-branding savvy and experience is also being called upon to assist his clients maximize their marketing and branding efforts.

Pichinson brings more than 25 years of experience as a trusted business advisor to Sherwood Partners and has a long history of managing and working with management teams from early stage to established companies.  Before co-founding Sherwood Partners in 1992, he had a highly successful consulting practice and successfully restructured many nationally know companies.

Pichinson’s work has been published in many publications including the Asian Venture Capital Journal, Business Credit, Institutional Investor's Journal, Journal of Private Equity, Total Telecom and Venture Capital Journal. He has been featured and quoted in The Economist, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, Fortune, Associated Press, Newsweek Japan, Asahi Shimbun, Nikkei as well as other national and foreign publications. Pichinson has also served as both a presenter and moderator at conferences for influential industry organizations such as Churchill Club, ABI, IBF, OPAL, INSEAD, INSOL, LAVA and others. 2009 Speakers List
» SESSION A: Surviving The Long Winter
Thursday, June 4th  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Moderator: Tracy Lefteroff, Global Managing Partner, Private Equity, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Panelists: Ajit Nazre, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Lisa Lambert, Managing Director, Intel Capital
J. Sanford Miller, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners
Martin D. Pichinson, Co-Managing Director, Sherwood Partners
Keith Bergelt, Chief Executive Officer, Open Invention Network

 

David Porter
David Porter
Managing Partner
Apposite Capital
David Porter has over 30 years' experience in private equity and investment banking.  David Porter is Managing Partner of Apposite Capital LLP, an investment firm exclusively focused on healthcare.  Apposite invests globally in private companies involved in lifesciences and healthcare services.  Prior to co-founding Apposite in 2006, David worked on a number of large LBOs at Nomura's Principal Finance Group including Angel Train Contracts and Married Quarters Estate (now Annington Homes).  He then founded and headed Nomura International's healthcare investment and corporate finance groups where he generated consistent high Life sciences returns.

David has extensive involvement in the Healthcare industry; he was a Member of Health Reform reference group for the UK Department of Health, Member of UK government efficiency review on social care, Member of the Myners’ review of Pre-emption and was a Member of the BIA (Bio Industry Association in the UK) Board.

For further information about Apposite Capital, please visit www.appositecapital.com 2009 Speakers List
 
 
John F. Powers
John F. Powers
President & CEO
Stanford Management Company
In June of 2006, John F. Powers became President and CEO of the Stanford Management Company.  SMC was established in 1991 to manage Stanford’s financial and real estate assets.  SMC is a division of Stanford University with oversight by a Board of Directors appointed by the University Board of Trustees.  SMC oversees approximately $21.6 billion of endowment and trust assets, temporarily invested expendable funds, and commercial real estate investments.

From 2002 until 2006 Mr. Powers worked at Offit Hall Capital Management LLC as Managing Director and the Director of Research, and was a member of the firm’s Investment and Management Committees.  Offit Hall was an investment advisory firm with offices in San Francisco and New York. Offit Hall had more than $20 billion under advisement for approximately 130 clients as of March 31, 2006.

From 1992 to 2002 Mr. Powers worked at Robertson Stephens, Inc.  He was Managing Director and Director of Research and served on the Management and Executive Committees.  He joined Robertson Stephens as an equity analyst in the Communications area.

Mr. Powers began his career in marketing research and opinion polling at Cambridge Survey Research.  He was vice president at Yankelovich, Skelly and White, a marketing consultancy firm from 1977 to 1981.  Following business school, Mr. Powers worked in the telecommunications equipment industry at ROLM Corporation (1983-1987) Octel Communications Corporation (1987-1990), and Aspect Telecommunications (1990-1992).

Mr. Powers received an A.B. from Cornell University in 1975, and an MBA in 1983 from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.  He serves on the Boards of the Town School for Boys, Makena Capital Management, LLC, the San Francisco Ballet, and is a member of the Google Investment Advisory Committee. 2009 Speakers List
 
William M. Reichert
William M. Reichert
Managing Director
Garage Technology Ventures
Bill Reichert is Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a leading seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund.  Garage makes small investments – generally $500,000 to $1 million – in promising early stage technology companies and works intensively with them to help them to the next step.  Bill has been on the boards of CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, Miasole, cFares, ThermoCeramix, STEP Labs, and ClearFuels Technology in conjunction with Garage’s investments in those companies.  The Firm is located in Palo Alto, California.
 
Bill has spent most of his career as an entrepreneur and operating executive.  Prior to joining Garage in 1998, Bill was a co-founder and senior executive at several early-stage, venture-backed technology companies, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, Infa Technologies, and Academic Systems.  Earlier in his career, Bill worked at McKinsey & Co. in Los Angeles, the World Bank in Washington, DC, and Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York.  Bill earned his BA from Harvard University and his MBA from Stanford University. 2009 Speakers List
 
Joseph Riley
Joseph Riley
Managing Member
Psilos
Joseph Riley joined Psilos in 1998 as its chief financial officer, and now serves as a managing member and chief administrative officer for the firm.  He has primary responsibility for financial reporting, cash and capital management, and facilities and infrastructure oversight, while also taking an active role in the sourcing, evaluation and monitoring of investment opportunities for the Psilos funds.  Mr. Riley currently serves on the Board of Directors of Best Doctors, Comprehensive NeuroScience, Caregiver Services and SmartPill.
 
Prior to Psilos, Mr. Riley spent six years at Price Waterhouse LLP, most recently as a manager in the Corporate Finance Group.  In that role, he planned and performed due diligence reviews, analyzed financial models and operating projections and assisted clients with structuring complex transactions and contracts.  Mr. Riley has extensive experience in advising mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare, manufacturing and food services industries.  Previously, he spent three years as a senior accountant in the Price Waterhouse Audit and Business Advisory Services Group, where he provided attestation and general business consulting services to a large variety of public and private multinational corporations.  Mr. Riley holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Accounting from Georgetown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Bryan E. Roberts, Ph.D.
Bryan E. Roberts, Ph.D.
Partner
Venrock
Bryan Roberts, Ph.D. joined Venrock as a Kauffman Fellow in 1997.  He is based in Venrock’s Palo Alto office and focuses on a broad range of healthcare investments.  Bryan currently serves on the Board of Directors of a number of private companies including Achaogen, Coderyte, Fate Therapeutics, Ikaria, Ironwood, Satiety and Ventana.  Past investments include athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN), Xenoport (NASDAQ: XNPT); Sirna Therapeutics (acquired by Merck) and Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN).  Immediately prior to joining Venrock, Bryan received his Ph.D. in Chemistry & Chemical Biology from Harvard University.  He previously held positions in corporate finance at Kidder, Peabody & Co and received his B.A. from Dartmouth College.  Bryan was named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute in 2006 and was the highest-ranking healthcare investor on Forbes’ Midas List in 2008 and 2009. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Bryce T. Roberts
Bryce T. Roberts
Managing Director & Co-Founder
O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
Bryce co-founded O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) in 2005.  At OATV he focuses on consumer and enterprise software and services investments.

Prior to OATV, Bryce sourced and lead a number of successful early stage investments at Wasatch Venture Fund, a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate.  In 2004, Bryce co-founded the Open Source Business Conference (sold to IDG) in order to spark a conversation around commercializing the highly disruptive technologies and services emerging from the open source community.  Prior to Wasatch, Bryce was a member of a small team at vertical search pioneer Whizbang! Labs.  While at WhizBang!, he defined and launched the FlipDog.com division (sold to Monster Worldwide).  He began his career in technology doing large enterprise software deployments, saving his employer from the dreaded Y2K Bug.

His investments at OATV include GameLayers, Get Satisfaction, OpenCandy, OpenX, Parakey (acquired by Facebook), Path Intelligence and Wesabe.  He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Thomas V. Rueger, Jr.
Thomas V. Rueger, Jr.
Executive Director | Technology, Media & Telecom – Equity Capital Markets
J.P. Morgan
Tommy Rueger is an Executive Director of J.P. Morgan working in Equity Capital Markets with a focus on the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors.  In this role, Mr. Rueger works with venture, financial sponsor and corporate clients to raise both private and public capital.  Mr. Rueger has been involved in a number of noteworthy private and public transactions, including bookrun initial public offerings for Clearwire, DigitalGlobe, DivX, Freescale Semiconductor, iRobot, Mellanox, Neustar, PROS Revenue Management, Qimonda, RHI Entertainment, ShoreTel, Shutterfly, SMART Modular, SSA Global, Verifone, and VMware.  Additionally, Mr. Rueger has led bookrun follow-on and convertible financings for a number of issuers, including Ascent Solar, Cbeyond, Cogent, Dolby, Innerworkings, Monotype Imaging, Neustar, Nice Systems, Palm, PROS Revenue Management, Qimonda, Verifone and Ultra Clean Holdings.
 
Mr. Rueger has worked for J. P. Morgan for nearly twelve years.  Prior to joining Equity Capital Markets, Mr. Rueger worked for six years in J. P. Morgan’s Leveraged Finance group where he focused on leveraged buyout and non-investment grade financings across various industries.
 
Mr. Rueger received a B.S. from Washington & Lee University. 2009 Speakers List
 
Scott Sandell
Scott Sandell
General Partner – Investing Area: Information Technology
New Enterprise Associates
Scott joined NEA in 1996 as an Associate, became a Partner in 1999 and a General Partner in 2000.  Scott focuses on investments in information technology and alternative energy, and is responsible for NEA’s activities in China. Present board memberships include Bloom Energy, Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), Dexterra, DreamFactory, Fusion-io, HelioVolt, Lianlian Pay, SolFocus, Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD), SugarCRM, Tableau Software, Telegent and Teneros.  He also serves as Co-Chairman of the board of the Software Development Forum.  He has sponsored investments in 3ware (acquired by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation), Amplitude Software (acquired by Critical Path), Fineground Networks (acquired by Cisco), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks, (NASDAQ: JNPR), NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ), Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) and WebEx (NASDAQ: WEBX).  Scott started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and later joined C-ATS Software as the company's first salesman.  He founded and ran the European Subsidiary before attending Stanford Business School. During and after business school, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95.  In addition to an MBA from Stanford, Scott holds an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Phil Sanderson
Phil Sanderson
Managing Director
IDG Ventures SF
In September 2006, Phil joined IDG Ventures SF as a Managing Director.  He was previously a General Partner at WaldenVC for 9+ years.  At WaldenVC, Phil focused on early stage deals in new media and IT.  Phil remains as a member of the Board of Directors of VitalStream (VSTH) and served on the Boards of IPIX (IPIX) and NIKU (NIKU).  Prior to WaldenVC, he worked as an investment banker in Robertson Stephens’ New Media and Information Technology Groups.  At Robertson Stephens, Phil managed initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions assignments for CBT Systems, Computer Learning Centers, Electronic Arts, Fritz Integrated Logistics, Spectrum HoloByte, Sierra On-line, and Vantive, among others.  Prior to Robertson Stephens, he worked in Goldman Sachs’ corporate finance group.  Phil has also founded and operated three companies in the retail, non-profit, and manufacturing industries.  He is also Co-Chairman/Founder of the VCNetwork (www.vcnetwork.org) and the YVCA; two non-profit organizations consisting of over 1,000 venture capitalists in Silicon Valley.  Each year Phil manages social networking events which include the participation of 50% of the Valley’s General Partners.  In addition, Phil serves on the Board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC, wavc.net) and the US Track & Field Foundation (USTAF).  Phil received his Master of Business Administration with Honors from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors from Hamilton College. 2009 Speakers List
 
Harshul Sanghi
Harshul Sanghi
Managing Director
Motorola Ventures
Harshul Sanghi manages the Silicon Valley office of Motorola Ventures, based in Sunnyvale, California.  Harshul’s role includes identifying, executing, and managing strategic investments in startup companies that will drive the realization of Motorola’s strategy.  He is also responsible for managing the Venture group’s investment activities in India.  Harshul has extensive experience in digital media, wireless, digital home, and semiconductor industries.  Harshul, himself an entrepreneur, enjoys working with entrepreneurs to drive the adoption of disruptive market technologies.  Harshul is on the board of several portfolio companies as well as that of the Strategic Venture Association (SVA). He is also an active TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur) Charter Member.
 
Harshul holds an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.  He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and Financial Management from the University of Bombay, India. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Jessica E. Reed Saouaf
Jessica E. Reed Saouaf
Managing Director – Co-head, Private Equity Investments
Hall Capital Partners LLC
Jessica Reed Saouaf is a Managing Director at Hall Capital Partners LLC and Co-Head of the Private Equity Group.

Ms. Reed Saouaf joined the Firm in 1999 and has held a number of positions, among them Vice President and Head of the Equity Strategies group, where she focused on public equity and equity hedge fund investments, Head of Distressed, where she focused on distressed investment strategies in the private and public markets, Research Associate, and Research Analyst.  Ms. Reed Saouaf took a sabbatical to earn her M.B.A. at which time she also interned at Buena Vista Fund Management.

Ms. Reed Saouaf graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in 1999 with B.A. in Economics and Psychology.  She earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2006. 2009 Speakers List
 

Bart Schachter
Bart Schachter
Founder and Managing Director
Blueprint Ventures
Bart Schachter is a Founder and Managing Director of Blueprint Ventures.  Bart brings over 20 years of extensive entrepreneurial, venture capital, investment and technology operating experience.
 
Bart founded Blueprint Ventures with a vision of capital efficiency, dedicated service to entrepreneurs and limited partners, and a unique sourcing approach of Corporate IP (Intellectual Property) Spinouts.  These spinout deals successfully leverage prior investments of leading technology companies to gain an early R&D advantage in launching new companies.  Bart and Blueprint successfully led spinouts from companies such as Intel, Fujitsu, NEC, and Xerox PARC.
 
Bart began his investing career in 1996 at Intel Capital as Director of Networking and Communication Investments.  He led deals spanning all areas of communications infrastructure including service providers, systems, and semiconductor companies.  He started his eight-year career at Intel in several senior operating roles within the Networking and Communications Division.  His product line responsibilities included network adapters and switches, storage area networking, network management software, security and video conferencing.  Later he became responsible for several international product lines, including the acquisition and integration of a network management start-up in Israel.
 
Bart holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Barry Schiffman
Barry Schiffman
Executive Managing Director/Co-Founder
Globespan Capital Partners
Barry is a Co-Founder and Executive Managing Director of Globespan and is based in the firm’s Palo Alto office.  He primarily focuses on investments in the Communications, and Systems and Peripherals sectors.  Barry serves on the boards of Amalfi, Analogix, Arkivio, Luidia and Wirefree Partners.  He has also led the team to successful investments in AirGate PCS (NASDQ:PCSA), Aptis Communications (acquired by Nortel Networks), Avanex Corporation (NASDAQ:AVNX), Brocade Systems (NASDAQ:BRCD), Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR), Digital Island (NASDAQ:ISLD), Glu Mobile (GLUU), Monterey Networks (acquired by Cisco), Net Perceptions (NASDAQ:NETP), Philsar Electronis, Inc. (acquired by Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDQA:CNXT), Silknet (NASDAQ:SILK; acquired by KANA Communications, NASDAQ:KANA), among many others.

Prior to co-founding Globespan, Barry was the Senior Executive Managing Director of JAFCO Ventures, where he opened the Palo Alto office in 1996.  Joining JAFCO from Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners, Barry has extensive industry experience investing in high-growth IT companies.  At WPGVP, he focused on early-stage investments in IT industries and led investments in companies such as Vermeer (acquired by Microsoft) and Unwired Planet (later named Phone.com, NASDAQ:OPWV).

Prior to Weiss, Peck & Greer, Barry spent 7 years at Apple Computer, Inc. where he held several senior-level positions, and architected deals with key partners such as IBM.  He was a founding partner in Apple’s corporate venture capital fund.  There he led successful investments in companies such as Sybase (NASDAQ:SYBS), ON Technology (NASDAQ:ONTC), NetFrame (acquired by Micron), and Forethought (acquired by Microsoft).

Previously, Barry held operating positions as President of Micro Air Systems, a semiconductor equipment company which was selected as one of Texas Instrument’s top ten vendors, and President and CEO of Heuristics, where he helped pioneer microprocessor-based speech recognition technology.  He also co-founded Diacon Systems, a health information systems company.

Barry received a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He is a member of the Georgia Tech Regional Development Board and past president of the M.I.T. Parents Fund. 2009 Speakers List
 
Claus Schmidt, Ph.D.
Claus Schmidt, Ph.D.
Managing Director & Exec. VP Technology
Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH
Claus joined Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) in January 2008.  RBVC is the corporate venture capital unit of the Robert Bosch GmbH and invests in innovative start-up companies world-wide.  The main investment focus is on technologies and services in the field of automation and control (including sensors, actuators and all corresponding electronics), cleantech, enabling technologies (such as networks, communication technologies, software, system engineering) and new materials.

Claus spent about 24 years in the industry in various operational positions after finishing his studies and Ph.D. in physics.  He worked for IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) before he joined Robert Bosch GmbH in 1992.

In Bosch Claus held various management positions in the central research lab and in operational units mainly in the field of automative electronics and systems engineering.  He also founded a startup company out of Bosch working on liquid crystal displays.  The last 5 years before joining RBVC Claus headed the semiconductor engineering and design organisation of the Robert Bosch GmbH. 2009 Speakers List
 
Dr. Maximilian M. Schroeck
Dr. Maximilian M. Schroeck
Managing Partner
Cipio Partners
Prior to joining Cipio Partners, Maximilian was Managing Director of Agilent Ventures, Palo Alto, CA, overseeing Agilent Technologies’ global venture investments in communication and measurement technologies as well as biotech.  While at Agilent, the world’s leading high-tech test & measurement company, Maximilian was also in charge of the firm’s corporate strategy group and new business development function, where he launched and managed efforts in nano-scale measurement and other emerging technology areas.  Before joining Agilent in early 2001, Maximilian was Vice President and Partner with A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm.  Based in Silicon Valley, he co-led the EDS/A.T.Kearney Venture Fund after a distinguished, decade-long consulting career in Europe and the U.S. advising many of the world's leading high technology companies on corporate strategy issues around growth, innovation and operational effectiveness.  Maximilian holds MBA and Doctorate degrees in Strategic Management from Munich University, Germany. 2009 Speakers List
 
 
Sam Schwerin
Sam Schwerin
Managing Partner
Millennium Technology Ventures
Sam Schwerin is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Millennium Technology Value Partners, L.P.  He is a seasoned executive with significant experience in private equity, investment banking, restructuring, turnarounds, and operational management in prior roles at The Blackstone Group, Salomon Brothers, StorageApps Inc. and OpenPeak Inc.  In total, he has completed more than 200 transactions involving $50 billion of principal investments, mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and debt and equity financings.
 
Sam is a frequent speaker and commentator on the need for innovation within the private equity arena.  Under his leadership, Millennium has become a recognized leader in the value and venture capital investing arenas, as well as a pioneer of the direct secondary market for venture capital and growth equity assets.  Since late 2001, Sam has articulated the value-centric strategy that is today the hallmark of Millennium’s success.  He has been the principal architect of Millennium’s proprietary transaction structures designed to provide liquidity to holders of private equity investments, non-core operating assets and to constituents in bankruptcy and restructuring.
 
Sam was previously with The Blackstone Group where he focused on a combination of venture capital investments and multi-billion dollar merger and acquisitions advisory assignments.  He also worked at Salomon Brothers in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Leveraged Finance groups, in addition to executing corporate and municipal restructurings, and the firm’s own principal and bridge loan investments.
 
Sam has been involved in the founding and management of several successful companies.  Most recently, he co-founded and served as CFO and Vice President, Corporate Development at OpenPeak, a leading provider of next generation voice over IP and digital home systems.  Prior to OpenPeak, Sam served as Vice President of Finance and Strategy at StorageApps, a pioneering technology company in the fast-growing data storage management arena, where he was responsible for financial management, strategic planning, and an IPO process prior to leading the company’s sale to Hewlett-Packard in a transaction valued at $350 million in September 2001.
 
Sam earned his Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science from Lehigh University.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Lehigh Leadership Council. 2009 Speakers List
 
Mike Selfridge
Mike Selfridge
Northern California Region Manager
SVB Capital
Mike Selfridge is the Northern California region manager for Silicon Valley Bank.  He is responsible for the leadership, management and financial performance of all lending activities and client relationships for the company’s core constituency of venture-backed companies as well as the venture capital and private equity firms throughout the region. Selfridge has deep expertise in business development, finance, risk management, leadership and specializes in global diversified financial products and services for the technology, venture capital and private equity industries worldwide.
 
Selfridge joined SVB Financial Group in 1997 and has held a number of leadership positions in sales, credit, international expansion, product development and financing solutions.  Prior to his current role, Selfridge was the Head of Europe and Israel regions for SVB in addition to managing the company’s Global Products Division which included SVB Asset Management, investments, international credit products, foreign exchange trading, trade finance, global treasury management and online banking.
 
During his tenure with Silicon Valley Bank, Selfridge has also served as the division manager for the commercial bank’s activities in the Northeast, was a senior credit officer for the entire Southeast region and senior vice president of Silicon Valley Bank’s International Group.  Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, Selfridge worked in corporate banking for HSBC and loan audit group for Wells Fargo Bank.
 
Selfridge currently serves on the advisory board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the official export credit agency of the U.S. government, which was responsible for authorizing $12.6 billion in financing to support an estimated $16 billion of U.S. exports in 2007.  He also serves on the board of directors of the Housing Trust of Santa Clara and the advisory boards for both the Bay Area chapter of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Santa Clara University’s business school.  Selfridge holds a bachelor of science degree from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, and a master’s of business administration from the University of San Francisco. 2009 Speakers List
 

Jeff Semenchuk
Jeff Semenchuk
EVP, Head of Growth Ventures
Citigroup
Jeff leads Citi’s global corporate venture group.  He and his teammates work with Citi business unit heads and external partners to identify emerging market growth spaces, develop new venture concepts in these spaces, and launch new corporate ventures in pilot geographies globally. These new ventures span existing business units within Citi and also shape new-to-market and new-to-Citi lines of business.
 
Where there are opportunities for strategic partnerships, the Growth Ventures team makes equity investments in start-up companies, such as Obopay and ViVOtech.  They also form and spin-out new venture companies, including Mobile Money Ventures, a San Francisco start-up that Citi formed last year with SK Telecom.
 
The new ventures always start with an explicit focus on driving success for customers, disrupting and transforming industry dynamics, and generating significant revenue and equity growth.
 
Prior to joining Citi, Jeff was head of Global Innovation at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, where he led the company’s most important innovation and venture initiatives.  These were instrumental in increasing the business unit’s valuation from $3 billion to $16.6 billion four years later, when it was sold to Johnson & Johnson.
 
Prior to joining Pfizer, Jeff was a founder or co-founder of four start-up companies, the COO of a fast-growing marketing and communications agency, and the first staff consultant hired into Andersen Consulting’s (now Accenture) newly formed Change Management practice.  Jeff lives in Chicago with his wife Sonia, their 16-year-old son André, and their 13-year-old daughter Katia. 2009 Speakers List
 
Andrew T. Sheehan
Andrew T. Sheehan
Managing Director
Sutter Hill Ventures
Andy Sheehan focuses his investments on internet software, services and digital media companies.
 
Andy currently is a director of Buzznet, Inc. His prior directorships have included, @Road (acquired by Trimble), AllBusiness.com, BakBone Software, Datran Media, Intermix Media and Myspace (acquired by News Corp.) and ReachLocal.  Andy joined the firm in 2007 from VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he was a managing director.  Previously, he worked at Alex. Brown & Sons and ABS Capital Partners.
 
Andy received his BA from Dartmouth College with a degree in English.  He earned his MBA in 1985 from the Wharton School. 2009 Speakers List
 
Erik Straser
Erik Straser
General Partner
Mohr Davidow Ventures
With a decade of experience in venture capital, Erik has been a catalyst for Cleantech in Silicon Valley and abroad.  He leads MDV’s Cleantech investment team and applies his expertise in areas of solar, biofuels, energy storage, industrial biotech and clean coal.

Prior to MDV Erik worked at Interval Research Corp., a technology incubator funded by Paul Allen, and at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a technical staff member.  He also consulted to several seed and early stage venture capital firms.

While pursuing a PhD in engineering at Stanford, Erik led an interdisciplinary project between the electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering departments to develop a next-generation monitoring system for critical facilities.  He holds a U.S. patent from his research work.

Erik serves on the advisory council of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, as well as on the advisory boards of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), Stanford’s BASES, NVCA Cleantech Council, and Cleantech Venture Network.  He is a winner of the 2006 World Technology Award for Finance, presented by the World Technology Network, in association with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Dow Chemical, Cisco, TIME magazine, Fortune magazine, Science magazine/AAAS, Red Herring, and CNN.

Erik earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and both doctoral and master’s degrees from the Stanford University School of Engineering. 2009 Speakers List


Hans Swildens
Hans Swildens
Founder and Principal
Industry Ventures LLC
Hans manages all aspects of the firm including deal sourcing, structuring and execution.  He invests primarily in secondary direct opportunities and limited partnership interests in technology-focused funds.  Hans has sourced and led the acquisition of over $400 million of secondary venture investments.  These transactions include purchasing corporate venture capital funds, restructuring partnership interests for venture capital funds, acquiring portfolios of Limited Partnership interests, purchasing founder's equity interests and structuring special situation investments with General Partners and Limited Partners.  The firm manages investments in over forty venture capital partnerships and seventy five private companies.

Prior to Industry Ventures, Hans was a successful entrepreneur who co-founded and acted as President of Microline Software prior to its acquisition by Blaze Software (Blaze completed a successful initial public offering and was acquired by Fair Isaac - NYSE: FIC).  He also provided board advisory services to Discovery Mining (private), nCircle Network Security (private), Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai), and StepUp Commerce (acquired by Intuit).  He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 2009 Speakers List
 
Pui-Wing Tam
Pui-Wing Tam
Deputy Bureau Chief
The Wall Street Journal
Pui-Wing Tam is the deputy bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau.  She has been at the Journal since 1995, covering finance in Hong Kong and New York before moving to the San Francisco bureau in 2000 to cover technology and Silicon Valley.  She is a graduate of Oxford University and Columbia University. 2009 Speakers List
»  Opening Session: Co-Chairman’s Welcome Discussion
Wednesday, June 3rd  1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Navin Chaddha, Managing Director, Mayfield Fund
Interviewed by: Pui-Wing Tam, Deputy Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal

 

Lip-Bu Tan
Lip-Bu Tan
Founder and Chairman
Walden International
Lip-Bu Tan is Founder and Chairman of Walden International, a leading venture capital firm managing over $1.9 billion.  He concurrently serves as President and Chief Executive Office of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., and has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since 2004.  Lip-Bu invests primarily in industries relating to semiconductor/components, alternative energy, and digital media.  He also serves on the Boards of Flextronics International (NASDAQ: FLEX); SINA (NASDAQ: SINA); Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (NYSE: SMI; HKSE: 981).  During his tenure at Walden, he made investments in Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Corporation; Ambarella, Inc.; Beceem Communications; Inphi Corporation; Silicon Mitus; SolarEdge Technologies, Inc.; Telegent Systems; TierLogic, Inc.; and Tilera Corporation; Premisys Communication, S3, Centillium (NASDAQ: CTLM), Endwave (NASDAQ: ENWV), Integrated Silicon Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: ISSI), Leadis (NASDAQ: LDIS), Network Peripheral, and Unisem (KLSE: UNI).

Lip-Bu received his B.S. from Nanyang University in Singapore, his MBA from the University of San Francisco, and his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Additionally, Lip-Bu serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), the Visiting Committee for the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a Trustee of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, on the Regent College Board of Governors, and as Trustee of the San Francisco Opera.  Lip-Bu has been ranked amongst the Top 10 Venture Capitalists in China by Zero2ipo and the Top 50 Venture Capitalists on the Forbes Midas List. 2009 Speakers List
 
Mark Tanoury
Mark Tanoury
Partner, Emerging Companies Group
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Mark P. Tanoury is a partner in Cooley Godward Kronish’s Business department.  He has been with the Firm since 1982 and is resident in the Palo Alto office.  He served as chair of the Firm’s Business department from 1999 to 2002.

His practice includes all areas of corporate, partnership and securities laws, with a focus on the formation and financing of emerging growth companies and venture capital partnerships.  He has served as lead counsel in a wide variety of public and private financings over the years and has been a speaker at numerous seminars on the topic.

Mr. Tanoury graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982, where he was a member of the Michigan Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif.  Mr. Tanoury received an M.B.A. in Finance in 1978 from the University of California, Berkeley.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Ohio State University in 1977, graduating summa cum laude and previously was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 2009 Speakers List
 
Jim Tullis
Jim Tullis
Managing Partner
Tullis Dickerson
Jim Tullis is the founder and chief executive officer of Tullis Health Investors, a family of funds focused exclusively on health care.  The Tullis team has over 100 years of experience in the health care industry and a track record of top-quartile performance.  Under Jim’s direction, the firm has invested in a portfolio of companies representing innovative concepts in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, managed care, health insurance, health care information technology, logistics and distribution, and medical devices.  Prior to establishing Tullis Health Investors in 1986, Jim worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley where he managed health care investment research, focusing on pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  During his tenure on Wall Street, he received many accolades, including recognition on the Institutional Investor All-Star list of Wall Street's top securities analysts.  He was twice named #1 Drug Analyst, was featured on the Wall Street Week television program, and authored Wall Street’s first research report on biotechnology.  Jim is a graduate of Stanford University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He currently serves on the Boards of several public and private companies. 2009 Speakers List
 
Sandhya Venkatachalam
Sandhya Venkatachalam
Director, Strategy, Acquisitions & Venture Investments
Cisco Systems Inc.
Sandhya is a Director of Corporate Development at Cisco, leading a team responsible for setting and executing Cisco’s acquisition and private equity investment strategy in the Software, Collaboration, Mobility, and Unified Communications markets.  Sandhya has led the development and execution for some of Cisco’s most successful acquisitions including Webex, which reinforced Cisco’s leadership position in Collaboration and Unified Communications and launched the company into the Software-as-a-Service market.  Sandhya also led the acquisitions of Securent, Postpath and Jabber which will complement the Webex platform and enable new directions for the business.  Sandhya also led Cisco’s investments in Xobni, a next generation email search and collaboration company, and SoonR, a mobile SaaS platform company, and was previously a Board Observer for Plaxo, which was recently acquired by Comcast.

Prior to her current role, Sandhya was a Product Line Manager in Cisco’s DataCenter Business Unit, responsible for parts of the MDS 9000 Family of Storage Networking Switches and for developing a new, low-end switching platform that went from $0 to $75M in revenue in under two years.

Prior to Cisco, Sandhya was one of the early business executives at Andiamo Systems, a datacenter networking startup that achieved the leading market share position in its space.  Andiamo Systems was acquired by Cisco in 2004 and its product family currently has over an $800M annual revenue run rate.

Sandhya holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Harvard University. 2009 Speakers List


David York
David York
Co-Founder
Paul Capital Partners
David York joined Paul Capital in 2000.  He leads the Fund of Funds team and is responsible for the management, development and growth of the Firm’s fund of funds and co-investment offerings.  Over the course of his eight year tenure with Paul Capital, he has developed an extensive network of relationships with private equity fund managers, including serving on 14 venture capital fund advisory boards.  He has extensive operational experience, having founded and managed four different trading desks while on Wall Street.  Mr. York’s career spans two decades including serving as Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets Trading Services at Chase H&Q, running Volpe Welty & Company’s Corporate and Venture Services Group, and founding the Specialty Equity Transaction group at Drexel Burnham Lambert.  He began his career as an Executive Consultant at Paine Webber.  Mr. York received his B.S.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. 2009 Speakers List
 


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