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Start-ups & Early-Stage event by SVForum

  • Nov 14, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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Opening the Kimono: Funded Entrepreneurs & Early Stage VCs
on What’s Getting Funded Today and Why

organized by SVForum

Real Case Studies from Social IQ Networks and Spinnakr
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What does it take to grow your business from a mere concept to securing your first round of funding beyond your credit card and friends & family? Come listen to real case studies from successfully funded entrepreneurs, and the investors who fund them, on what it takes to get funded today, and why.

  • If Color can raise $40M just on a concept, why am I having so much trouble raising a lousy few hundred thousand?
  • I’ve created a prototype, my buddies all think it’s great, so why do I need co-founders?
  • Do I need to have customer traction? And if so, what does this mean – a few hundred, tens of thousands, a million, or what?
  • Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter all had huge valuations without any revenue, so what’s all the fuss about scalable business models?
  • Why am I having so much difficulty getting interest in raising $500K at a $10M valuation? This seems perfectly reasonable when you read of Square raising $20M on a >$2B valuation

Please use the discount code "SOCIAL" to register online: Click to register

Get answers to these questions, and more, network and share ideas with other founders and technologists in the Silicon Valley, in an evening of engaging conversations, networking, learning opportunities, hors d’oeuvres and wine.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Networking and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Speaker Presentations and Audience Q&A
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Additional networking

Steve Goldberg, Venrock
Michael Mayernick, Spinnakr
Devin Redmond, Social IQ Networks
Moderated by: Greg Clark, Cooley LLP

Speaker Bios:

Greg Clark, Vice President, Business Development, Cooley LLP.Greg Clark is Vice President, Business Development, for Cooley. He has over 20 years of experience in business development leadership roles in the technology industry. Prior to joining Cooley, Mr. Clark was Vice President of Sales at Wink Communications, which he helped build from a start-up through an IPO in 1999. He also served as Director of Sales at Lucent Technologies and held various senior management positions at AT&T and the Unisys Corporation. Mr. Clark also has consulted for several private firms on business development and client service processes. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed the Executive Development Program at Duke University.

Steve Goldberg, Partner, Venrock. Steve joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave and CoWave Networks. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation. Steve also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard. At Venrock, Steve focuses on investments in the wireless, mobile and energy sectors. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Asoka, FutureDial, Neoconix, Newport Media, Kineto Wireless, Lavante and Quantenna Communications. Previous board seats include Canesta (Acq by Microsoft) and Teranetics (Acq by PLX Technology). Steve received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Michael Mayernick is the co-founder of Spinnakr, a venture-backed predicative web analytics platform. He was named a 2011 Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, winner of the 2012 Founder Showcase and winner of the 2012 Data 2.0 Startup pitch competition. Prior to co-founding Spinnakr, Michael worked as a consultant building large analytics systems and web applications for startup and federal clients. He is also a mentor at several startup accelerators.

Devin Redmond is the co-founder and CEO of Social iQ Networks, a cloud-based compliance and security service that allows brands to discover, audit, and protect their presence and accounts on the Social Web. He is a seasoned executive and product planner with more than 17 years of experience in public and private companies. Devin has held executive and leadership roles in product management, marketing, business development, and sales. Prior to co-founding Social iQ Networks, he served as the global Vice President for Product Management, Corporate Development, Business Development, and Marketing at Websense. Prior to Websense his experience also includes Check Point Software, Neoteris, and RealNetworks.

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