Join PricewaterhouseCoopers and a distinguished panel as they provide insight into the state of venture capital investment and provide an insight view of U.S. and international investing trends (primarily Asia) across various industry sectors.
Meet investors and VCs to find out where their money has been invested. Learn about the hot sectors that they find exciting!
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Kathleen Borie, Emerging Company Services, PwC
Chris Gottschalk, Blumberg Capital
Curtis Mo, DLA Piper
Vish Mishra, Clearstone Venture Partners
Carol Sands, The Angels’ Forum
Renata Quintini,Felicis Ventures
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Registration and networking. Hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Panel Discussion
8:30 pm – 9:00pm: Q&A
Kathleen Borie, PwC. Kathleen is a member of the Emerging Company Services (ECS) group at PwC. ECS acts as “mentor capitalists” for young, high potential companies, assisting them in numerous ways ranging from reviews of business plans to introductions to Venture Capital firms and service providers who may be relevant to their success. Before joining PwC, Kathleen had 15 years of experience in marketing and business development roles at companies focused on providing finance and accounting solutions to emerging growth companies in the Bay Area and Southern California. Most recently, she was the Director of Business Development at Accretive Solutions, a national consulting firm. Prior to that she held sales leadership positions at Capital Advisors Group (an investment management firm) and Silicon Valley Bank (a lender to technology/life sciences companies).
Chris Gottschalk. Chris has over 8 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, operational executive and investment banker within the technology space. Prior to Blumberg, Chris worked at Menlo Ventures where he pursued investment opportunities in mobile, internet, gaming, software, and e-commerce. Before joining Menlo Ventures, Chris served as the Director of Corporate Development & Analytics at PlayPhone. In this role he was responsible for M&A sourcing and execution, strategic partnerships, and improving operational metrics. Chris also worked as an investment banking analyst in the TMT group at Cowen and Company where he completed a number of M&A and equity transactions in the digital media and communications equipment sectors. Chris began his career at Intel as an operations financial analyst within the Flash Products Division. In addition, Chris has consulted for several technology startups including Gilt Groupe and ngmoco.
Curtis Mo, DLA Piper. Curtis Mo is a partner in DLA Piper's Corporate and Securities group, based in Silicon Valley. Mr. Mo is recognized as a leading corporate and securities lawyer in Silicon Valley. He has represented emerging growth companies, major public companies, investment banks, venture capital funds and private equity funds in hundreds of public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, venture capital financings and other complex transactions. He has extensive experience in corporate governance matters and regularly acts as general outside counsel to public and private companies at all stages of development, particularly in the technology, life sciences, clean energy technology and consumer sectors. He has represented over a thousand companies, including Cisco Systems, Digital Island, Doubletree Hotels, E*TRADE Group, JetBlue Airways and Restoration Hardware, as well as many top-tier investment banks and venture capital funds.
Vish Mishra. Vish joined Clearstone in March 2002 with over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the high tech industry including software, Internet, networking and telecommunications. He is a founder and served as a board member of Telera, a cutting edge voice web infrastructure company which was sold to Alcatel for $140 million in 2002. Vish was also co-founder of Excelan (1983), which was funded with $7.3 million in venture capital, went public in 1987, sold for $225 million in 1989 and went on to contribute $1 billion to Novell’s revenue in subsequent years. Vish prides himself in being a mentor capitalist who sits or has sat on boards of many venture-backed companies such as Abeama, Cofix, Onjibe, PostMedia Group, Quantros, Ramp Networks (sold to Nokia), SloMedia, Verano, and Xalted IP Networks. His prior experience includes founding VP of Operations of Excelan and VP Novell and EVP of iPlanet (a unit of Sun Microsystems and AOL), and CEO of four start-ups: Info-Objects, Mindworks, IntelliMatch and Ace Software.
Carol Sands. Carol Sands is the Founder and the Managing Member of The Angels' Forum and The Halo Funds. She has 30 years of experience with investing, entrepreneurial, and large corporate institutions. Carol's career started in the Midwest where she was a bank officer with First Bank Systems and held marketing and sales positions with Motorola and Xerox Computer Services. After moving to San Francisco, she was hired into executive positions at Arthur Young (Ernst & Young) and Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers). In 1997, she formed The Angels' Forum, an innovative angel group. The Angels' Forum organizes individual investors with previous entrepreneurial experience to invest using a venture capital model for due diligence, mentoring, and board management. In 2000, Carol co-founded The Halo Fund, a $25 million venture fund invested in early stage, Silicon Valley based start ups, with Ed Esber, Phil Schlein, Craig Sirnio and Ed Berkowitz. The same core partners later launched Halo II and Halo III.
Renata Quintini. Renata, native Brazilian, is primarily focused on e-commerce and education opportunities. During her time at Felicis she led investments in Baby.com.br, Bonobos, Dollar Shave Club and Artspace, among others. She brings over a decade of experience in investments and corporate transactions, which allows her to offer a diverse and strategic perspective to portfolio companies. Before joining Felicis, she was an investor at the Stanford Management Company, where she helped manage the endowment’s venture capital portfolio and build out its small funds VC exposure. Prior to that, she had a stint at JPMorgan’s Tech, Media and Telecom group in San Francisco, where she focused on consumer Internet companies. She started her career as a tech M&A attorney, having practiced both in Brazil and at Skadden, Arps in Palo Alto. Renata holds a Law degree from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, an LL.M from Stanford Law School and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.