New Event: Are we all on the same page? - Investors vs Founders!

From: celenda
Sent on: Monday, December 3, 2007 10:27 AM
Announcing a new event for The Santa Clara County Entrepreneur Meetup Group!

What: Are we all on the same page? - Investors vs Founders!

When: Thursday, December 6, 6:00 PM

Event fee: USD20.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: Our group is keen to promote events that are educational to south bay entrepreneurs. There are lots of resources out there. We want to encourage you to participate. SVASE is very kind to extend member-rate for some of their events to our group members. If you have time, don't miss out these great opportunities. I also want to remind everyone that SCORE will have some up-coming workshops in January and February. You can check out their website for more info :

SVASE event:
With the holiday season approaching, this irreverent panel will delve into the delicate balancing act that exists between a startup?s investors and founders. Investors say they want founders who want to build long term viable companies, but how does that square with the desire for dramatically accelerated growth and a profitable exit just a few years down the road?

Am I working overtime till I get fired?

This oft quoted comment from a production line worker in the fiercely cyclical semiconductor industry could just as well be ascribed to the founders of many startups. What really happens to founding teams when milestones fail to be met and there?s no sign of fresh investors on the horizon?

From conflict liquidity balancing long term and short term goals, this panel will provide a good humored and lively debate on the driving forces behind each side of the investor/founder marriage.

? What does each side really want from the other?
? How does the dynamic change when new investors come on board?

? Who?s really running the company ? the founders or the investors?
? What happens when milestones fail to be met?

? How often do founders get coached to succeed versus replaced, and what are the consequences?

? What?s more important ? a successful, viable company, or a profitable exit?
? What due diligence should you do before approaching investors?

The Panel:

* Jonathan Abrams, Founder & CEO, Socializr and Friendster
* Paul Pluschkell, Founder & CEO, spigit
* Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
* Josh Stein, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Moderator: Steve Bengston, Managing Director of Emerging Company Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers

WHEN: Thursday, December 6

6:00 - 7:00 pm: Networking and hors d?oeuvres

7:00 - 8:15 pm: Panel discussion and Q/A

8:15 - 8:30 pm: Additional networking


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR Campus), 950 Page Mill Road , Palo Alto , CA 94304

PRE-REGISTERED RATES (All Rates Include Hors D?oeuvres):

Members - $20; Please print and bring your payment receipt. RECEIPTS will be requested at the door.


This event is co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati,

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