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Entrepreneurial Tales of Building the A Team, Starting in the C-Suite

Entrepreneurial Tales of Building the A Team, Starting in the C-Suite

March 4, 2014 | 6:00-9:00 PM | 305 Lytton Avenue | Palo Alto 

Event Sponsor: Dorsey & Whitney 

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Please join us, as our panelists address best practices for building an A Team Company, starting with a corporate culture, founded in the C Suite, that is shared throughout the organization to achieve excellence. Panelists will either have had experience as entrepreneurs or are currently entrepreneurs. Venture capital, consulting, board and listed corporate C-suite perspectives will be represented on the panel. This should be an event rich in content that will provide practical, real-time strategies for current and future implementation. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

When you register you’ll have a chance to describe areas you would like covered at this event. You can also tweet your questions to the speakers prior to the event by using the event hashtag #CEOgrowth and @vctaskforce.


Ellice Papp, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, 

UBS Financial Services

Vish Mishra, Venture Director, Clearstone Venture Partners, @clearstonevc
Bruce Wright, CFO and Senior Vice President, Finance, Ultratech
C. Tony Quintong Jr, Founder and CEO, Securieon, @SecurieonGroup
Caitlin Roberson, Founder & CEO, Clear, Company @ClearMarketers; Personal @CaitlinMarketng

Ellice Papp, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services
UBS Financial Services is a leading global financial services firm serving a diverse client base that includes affluent individuals, corporations, institutions and governments.  Ellice is a Certified Investment Management Analyst and a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association. She has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry and is licensed in securities, futures, and insurance. Ellice is on the Executive Board of the VC Task Force and Chair of the CXO Series.  She is a member of the Peninsula Legal and Tax Professional Sub-Committee of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund and the San Francisco Financial Women's Association and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. LinkedIn

Vish Mishra, Venture Director, Clearstone Venture Partners
Vish has been a venture capitalist with Clearstone Venture Partners since 2002. He believes investing in good people is the best way to assure success; he looks for people who bring intellect, passion, commitment and integrity to their new venture, along with market knowledge and technology expertise. Clearstone is an early-stage technology fund with over $650M in committed capital with offices in Santa Monica, Palo Alto, California and Mumbai India. Notable Clearstone investments are PayPal (eBay), Overture (Yahoo), Kazeon (EMC), Integrien (VMware), Mimosa (HP), Ankeena (Juniper), Cetas (VMware), Bill Desk (India), Rubicon Project, United Online and Vast.  A Silicon Valley veteran, Vish has over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the technology industry covering computers, internet, communications and software and has served as a CEO and director of several startup companies. He is a recipient of Angel Island Immigrant Station’s Immigrant Heritage Award, was listed among the “10 Influencers in Silicon Valley” by San Jose Mercury News, named one of the “10 Famous Indians in Silicon Valley” by Silicon Indian Magazine and was recently named one of the "Top 51 Most Influential Global Indian Men." He holds a BSEE from the Institute of Technology at Benares Hindu University, India and MSEE from North Dakota University. @clearstonevc

Bruce Wright, CFO and Senior Vice President, Finance, Ultratech
Bruce joined Ultratech 1999.  He is responsible for Financial Operations, Corporate Services, Human Resources, Information Technology System and legal functions.  In addition, Bruce serves as on the Board of Directors and as Audit Committee Chairman for LTX Credence Corporation, a leading provider of solutions from design-to-production test for the worldwide semiconductor industry. His background includes more than 30 years in a variety of finance and planning positions, including serving as Chief Financial Officer for Spectrian Corporation and Tencor Instruments. Bruce holds a B.A. in physics from Pomona College, a B.S in mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology, and a M.S. in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a founding member and Chairman of SEMInvest and a frequent panelist on topics including financing, accounting, auditing, compliance and global commerce; he is frequently quoted in publications such as Forbes and contributes to a variety of non profit and advisory boards.

C. Tony Quintong Jr, Founder and CEO, Securieon               
Tony Quintong Jr is the Founder and CEO of Securieon a management advisory firm specializing in the development and execution of high performance growth strategies, based in San Jose. Tony focuses on mid to late stage companies requiring revised revenue models leading to higher valuations. His expertise is in organizational behavior and performance assessment; the company takes an active role in leadership by example with an interest in equity positions with clients. Tony is on the board of N2M Advisory and on the advisory board of CloudPhase Health. Previously, Tony held executive roles at Xerox, Management Sciences America and Computer Solutions later renamed as PowerSoft. He led the revenue turn-around at Convoy and served as CEO at two additional companies, Cylant Technology an internet security company, and Zelos, a global engineering practice. Tony earned his degree in Business Economics at UC Santa Barbara and an MBA with distinction from Saint Mary’s College. @SecurieonGroup

Caitlin Roberson, Founder & CEO, ClearCaitlin is an entrepreneur with a background in media, public relations, lifestyle and tech writing. She launched Clear, formerly Wordisseur, in 2011 to provide comprehensive solutions to 25 fast-growing enterprise software companies, including LinkedIn, Marketo, and Xactly Corporation. Caitlin leads Clear’s national team of content experts, oversees all new business, customer success and business operations activities. Caitlin serves as power-messaging consultant to Corporate Visions, Inc. and fundraising lead for Crush the Silence, an annual Silicon Valley wine auction; it supports the Let Them Hear Foundation where she served as Executive Director from 2007-2011. She graduated from UCLA in three years, summa cum laude; has contributed to two books and been published by media outlets nationwide. Company @ClearMarketers; Personal @CaitlinMarketng 

Doors Open: 6 PM
Registration & Networking: 6-6:30 PM
Panel and Q&A: 6:30 - 9 PM 

$55 VC Taskforce Members
$65 Affiliate Organization Members
$85 General Admission

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CXO Special Interest Group Board Chair: Ellice J. Papp, UBS Financial Services

Rick Brounstein, Managing Director, Emmes Group
Adrian Rich, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Program Manager: Chani Modi

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