Startup Boot Camp for Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs.
Thanks to Perkins Coie for offering the venue, food & drinks.
9:30AM: Introductions and Opening Remarks
9:45AM: Sessions Begin
- Session 1 (40 min): Lior Zorea, "How to be intriguing to seed stage investors"
- Session 2 (40 min): Rick Prostko, "Biggest blunders entrepreneurs make in pitching to VC's"
--10 Min Break--
- Session 3 (40 min): Zhanping Wu & Jim Jenson, "Negotiating terms with your co-founders"
- Session 4 (40 min): Eric Tao, "How to Build an Innovation Team"
12:30-1:30PM: Lunch + Networking
=== Details ===
Lior Zorea, "How to be intriguing to seed stage investors"
Lior Zorea is a corporate and securities Partner with Perkins Coie and a key member of the firm's Emerging Companies practice group. Lior's practice focuses on representing emerging growth companies in their formation, funding, and exit (whether through a sale or public offering). He has led clients in hundreds. Lior also has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience having worked on over 100 such transactions with deal values of up to $2.5 billion and spanning a variety of transaction structures commonly used in the technology space, including public/private acquisitions, private/private acquisitions, and public/public mergers. His mergers and acquisitions practice is currently focused on the sale of private technology companies (ranging from "boot-strapped" to venture-backed) and public company acquisitions. With a background in finance, economics and math, Liorbrings a uniquely quantitative and practical approach to the practice of law, particularly in the transactional context. Lior's clients include emerging growth startups, later stage private companies and public companies in the information technology space, including the internet, software, digital media, gaming, semiconductor, and fixed and mobile communications technology.
Rick Prostko, "Biggest blunders entrepreneurs make in pitching to VC's"
Rick Prostko is a Principal at Comcast Ventures. He targets disruptive companies in the consumer internet, eCommerce and digital media sectors. Prior to Comcast Ventures, Rick was a Principal at VantagePoint Capital Partners for five years, an Associate at Summit Capital Partners for three years and an Analyst with UBS Investment Bank for over two years.
Zhanping Wu & Jim Jenson, "Negotiating terms with your co-founders"
Zhanping (Ping) Wu is a corporate attorney at Perkins Coie, focusing her practice on corporate matters related to emerging and growth companies. Her practice includes corporate formation, venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, public offerings, technology transfer transactions and general business counseling.
With both China and U.S. legal education, Ping also has extensive experience advising clients making investments with Asian implications and is actively involved in the firm's China practice. As a former IP litigator, Ping has experience in intellectual property protections and planning as well. Ping is listed in Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Northern California Rising Star," 2011.
Jim Jensen, a partner in Perkins Coie's Emerging Companies Group and a leader of the Firm's China Emerging Company and the Investment Fund Formation practices in Silicon Valley, represents emerging companies, accelerator/incubators and venture capital funds in diverse industries, including clean technology (e.g., biofuels, LEDs, smart meters and solar), digital media, Internet, medical devices, mobile, security and software. He is a technology entrepreneur and has formed and run multiple e-commerce and other Internet companies, which gives him a unique understanding of legal issues as viewed through the eyes of entrepreneurs. He also represents traditional brick and mortar businesses that produce profits and cash flow, anathemas to Silicon Valley startup companies. Jim has been involved in more than 250 investment and exit transactions during his legal career and, as importantly, a handful of exit or restructuring transactions as a business executive. His transactional experiences range from a few hundred thousand dollars to several billion dollars. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Jim managed hundreds of investment transactions as General Counsel, Emerging Markets, with VantagePoint Capital Partners, a large venture capital and private equity firm. He benefits his client through his broad network of contacts in the angel investment and venture capital community.
Eric Tao, "How to Build an Innovation Team"
Dr. Eric Tao has directed the School of Information Technology and Communication Design (ITCD) at California State University Monterey Bay since July 1, 2002. He is responsible for multimillion dollar annual budgets based on grants from the federal government and the state of California, as well as from donations, and tuition. Dr. Tao is in charge of several academic programs and R&D facilities involving more than 30 faculty/staff members and over 1,000 students.
Dr. Eric Tao co-founded and chairs the board of California University of Management and Technology (CALMAT). Located at downtown San Jose, CALMAT offers innovation and entrepreneurship focused MBA and Computer Science programs.
Since 2009, Dr. Tao also directs of the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development, funded by Economic Development Administration, serving the Greater Monterey Bay region by providing a venue for innovative ideas, the commercial transfer of research and technology, and a support network for start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Dr. Tao, as a full professor of California State University, has taught and conducted research in information technology, innovation, e-learning and globalization at CSU Monterey Bay. He has published more than thirty papers in educational technology, globalization, medical image processing and higher education. He often speaks at international conferences on global technology, innovation and education issues. He also serves as judges at many business plan competitions.
Dr. Tao served as a member of Substantive Change Committee of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six accreditation bodies sanctioned by the Federal Department of Education. He is one of the board members of Zeuss Group Inc. and CALMAT - California University of Management and Technology. He is also Digital Technology advisor for the National Health Research Institute of the Republic of China as well as a board member of university corporation. Besides this work, Dr. Tao serves his local community as a member of the Technology Advisory Board of Hartnell College, and Cabrillo College.
Between 1987 and 1991, he worked for RMO Inc as Chief Software Engineer. Then, between 1992 and 1997, he co-founded and worked as CEO of WingTech Corporation, a firm that specialized in industrial and medical image-based inspection systems.
Eric Tao received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and was awarded the UC Regents Graduate Students Award multiple times. His research in Digital Medical Database systems earned him a multimillion dollar grant from the National Institute of Health. He received a M.S. in Computer and Information Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His bachelor's degree is in Electrical Engineering is from National Sun Yat Sen University. While in college, he served as the president of student government and editor-in-chief of the university newspaper.