We are very happy to switch gears and focus on financing with Dan Keoppel the Executive Director of Verizon Ventures, Verizon Communications’ venture investing program. We are very pleased to have Dan to discuss his experiences and the overall VC market.
Verizon Ventures makes direct investments in innovative startups that work with one of three major Verizon business units wireless, wireline, and enterprise services. He has lead the investments in Airborne, Networks in Motion, Thumbplay, Entropic Networks, Medio, Loopt, FlashNetworks, Veoh, Zoove, Cellfire, ConteXtream, CardStar, Videosurf, BugLabs, Aztek Networks and SkyFire.
Dan has been with Verizon and its predecessor companies, Bell Atlantic and Nynex, for 15 years where he has held a variety of corporate development and merger & acquisition positions. Prior to Verizon, he worked at AT&T in their M&A group and at AT&T Ventures Corporation, and held various finance positions with Lucent (then AT&T) Consumer Products. Dan has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is based at the Verizon Center in Basking Ridge, NJ.
Agenda for the evening is as follows:
6:30 to 7:00 Pizza & Networking
7:00 to 7:10 Updates
7:10 to 7:20 Audience/Member Announcements and Requests
7:20 to 7:30 Startup presentation from Ron Robinson CEO of Beutystat
7:30 to 7:40 Startup presentation from Ian Griggs CEO of Hazarai
7:45 to 8:15 Keynote speaker: Dan Keoppel of Verizon Ventures
8:20 to 9:00 Networking
After 9:00 Drinks at Vanderbilt's in the Hamilton Park Hotel 175 Park Ave Florham Park, NJ 07932 - Just exit through the Florham Road / Park Ave exit of FDU and you will see the Hotel on the left before you reach Park Ave.
Directions - Complete directions to the FDU library are available here - http://view.fdu.edu/files/directionstolibrarymonningercenterandorangerie.pdf
Parking - Park behind the library, across from of the dorms or in one of the larger (but further) lots. See the parking map below.