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This talk will cover what every startup founder needs to know from startup to funding and beyond, including both law and business lessons learned from an experienced entrepreneur, investor and attorney.
Bob Stefanksi is a corporate partner with Reed Smith in Palo Alto, where he represents technology startups. He was on the founding team of TIBCO Software, a leading Silicon Valley enterprise software company, where he served for many years as EVP, Corporate Development and General Counsel during the company’s rapid growth from a startup to the billion dollar global company it is today.
Bob will cover topics important to every technology company founder, ranging from basic entity formation considerations to intellectual property, building the team, equity compensation, financing exit considerations and more.
Lunch will be served.
11:30 am to 12:00 pm Check In, Lunch, Networking
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Presentation, Q & A
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm More Q & A, Networking
About Our Speaker:
Bob Stefanski, Partner, Co-Chair Venture Capital & Technology Group, Reed Smith LLP
Bob has a diverse corporate practice, with a focus on technology companies ranging from early stage start-ups to public companies. As a former general counsel of a public Silicon Valley software company, his experience covers a broad range of matters, including corporate transactions, intellectual property, technology transactions, employment and executive compensation, corporate governance, emerging growth/venture capital and counseling on international expansion of emerging growth technology companies.
Bob has also served as a director of both public and private companies, and is an advisor to several Silicon Valley early stage technology companies. As a director of public mobile software company, Zi Corporation, he served on the Audit Committee, the Governance Committee and as the chair of the Compensation Committee. He also served as the chair of the Independent Directors Committee in its successful sale following a tender offer by Nuance Communications.
Bob has been an active advisor in helping his alma mater, The University of Michigan, expand its entrepreneurial footprint, including serving as a member of the West Coast Advisory Board and as a frequent speaker for the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship. He is also partnering with Silicon Valley venture capitalists in the formation of an early stage technology accelerator and venture fund focused on commercializing capital efficient, disruptive technologies coming primarily out of the University of Michigan and its ecosystem.