Topic: Raising First Rounds - A Hands-On, Step by Step Workshop
Whether it comes from VCs, angels, or friends and family, the first round of funding is always a challenge. Work hand in hand with experienced investors as they show you what they are looking for in early-stage companies. Allow successful entrepreneurs to demonstrate and craft pitches that leads to success and point out what doesn’t. Learn how to identify the right investors, where to find them, and ways to structure your venture's first round to set the stage for the ones that follow.
Workshop Faculty -
Bob Dolezal, CEO, Consultiq
In addition to his role as SVForum Program Chair–Capital Corridor, Dolezal has founded, operated, and sold several companies and has performed M&A transactions for buying and selling clients in a career spanning four decades and multiple industries. Formerly a media, publishing, and broadcasting executive, he has managed and delivered strategic, marketing, operational, and management consulting services to over 100 Fortune 500 and smaller companies. He has authored over 35 published non-fiction books on a variety of topics and has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles. He has actively participated in Silicon Valley entrepreneurial circles since 2003, and currently resides in Rocklin, a Sacramento suburb community in the Sierra foothills.
David Howard, President, Consultiq
Howard is President of the boutique high-tech startup consulting practice, Consultiq. He has 20 years of progressive experience spanning telecommunications, Internet applications and cloud-computing software including VP-Marketing and CMO positions. Has worked with Nasdaq 100 firms and early-stage startups. His expertise includes detailed understanding of demand management, B2B marketing, early customer acquisition, lead generation, business development, Internet advertising, software-as-a-service, big-data analytics marketing, and enterprise software marketing. Howard holds certificates in Haas Berkeley Executive Program and in Venture Capital Executive Program, U.C. Berkeley-Walter A. Haas School of Business
John Matthesen, Principal, Related Concepts
In addition to being co-chair for programs of the SVForum's East Bay Series, Matthesen is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of global operations and sales experience in the US, Europe and Asia. As part of the startup teams at Sybase and Commerce One, he held numerous positions, including CIO, VP of Asia Sales, and various roles in marketing and Engineering. Since then, he served as COO at an internet advertising company, CEO at a software anti-piracy company, COO at a biotech software company, and is currently on the board of numerous companies, including Shanghai and Montevideo. He is an active angel investor as well as a venture partner at a SF-based VC, and has been involved with biotech, shipping containers and several consumer product companies. His current focus is on Latin America. Projects include launching US divisions of technology companies from Mexico, Panama and Uruguay. John holds a BA in biopsychology and linguistics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also has certifications in Telecommunications Management from San Francisco State University and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as an adjunct professor of e-Commerce at Carnegie-Mellon university West Coast campus and is on the Advisory Board of Directors at Diablo Valley College.
Dave Mosby, Executive Director, Keiretsu Forum Academy
Dave is a pioneering software technologist and business leader skilled at uncovering and developing hidden assets that enable rapid growth in early stage and underperforming software and services companies. As CEO, he led three profitable software and services companies; at the public company, grew revenues from $1m to $16m and public market cap. 60-fold in less than 3 years; negotiated license agreements with industry leading software companies, trade association, and export licenses with Department of Commerce and NSA. In each unique situation he attracted results-focused leadership teams and innovative enterprise strategies that enabled access to capital (public and private placement), relationships (industry and thought leaders), and customer advocacy that powered growth. These experiences have paved the way for a highly acclaimed book, The Paradox of Excellence: How Great Performance Can Kill Your Business.
WHERE: Robert Half, 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612 (Corner of 20th and Harrison)
BART- www.BART.gov Take the 19th street station (exit 20th street. When coming up the stairs, continue to walk straight forward. Cross over Webster, and Robert Half is on the right hand side, same side as Starbucks, in a tall, mauve colored building).
From 580 W, take the Harrison street exit. Take the first left (follow the signs that say toward down town Lake Merritt) on Harrison. Follow Harrison for about 1/2 mile. Robert Half is on the corner of 20th and Harrison right by the lake in the high-rise, mauve colored building.
From 880 N, take the Broadway exit. Come all the way down Broadway until you get to 20th St. Make a right on 20th. Come up three blocks and Robert Half is right on the corner of 20th and Harrison, the same side as Starbucks, tall, mauve colored building.
Meter/garage parking can be found in and around the building. SVForum does not validate, and garage parking can be expensive.
COST: $10 for SVForum members (Join at http://www.svforum.org/ and save on every SVForum event!), $25 for general public /walk-ins.
ABOUT THIS MEETUP:
5:30-6:30: Registration and Panel/Attendee Networking
6:30-6:35: Welcome, Announcements and Workshop Leader Introductions
6:35-7:50: Interactive Workshop Q&A
7:50-8:00: Closing Remarks and Announcements
8:00-8:45: Panel/Attendee Networking
Sponsored by Accenture, Nokia, and SAP. Facility hosting by Robert Half International.
Members- $10.00 ($10.00 more at the door)
Non-Members - $25.00 ($10.00 more at the door)