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Leveraging Intellectual Property for Funding and Growth w/ Efrat Kasznik Part 2

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Access Silicon Valley. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. There is a cover charge for this event. In order to attend, please register and pay here: https://asv-financial-fun-2.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEAIPO&afu=3951017871 Our MeetUp members get 10% OFF! [ Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO ] ***DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE.** Dinner and refreshments are provided. Space is limited. RSVP early. OVERVIEW This two-part series explores the fundamentals of financial modeling and valuation involving startups and emerging technologies, and how to leverage your intellectual property (IP)portfolio for funding and growth. Part 1 in the series, Telling Your Story with Numbers: Building a Fundable Financial Model, lays the foundation for the creation of a balanced, realistic and fundable financial model, while highlighting some of the pitfalls to avoid when presenting your financial plan to investors. Part 2 in the series, Monetizing Innovation: Leveraging Intellectual Property for Funding and Growth, explores the interaction between IP assets and corporate value, and how to manage your IP portfolio to support funding and growth. Efrat Kasznik, President of Foresight Valuation Group, Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Chair of the High Tech Sector of the Licensing Executives Society (USA-Canada), will share insights from her 25 years of experience as an IP valuation and strategy expert, as well as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, CFO, investor and advisor. Throughout her career, Efrat has advised hundreds of companies of all sizes and across a wide range of industries, on how to extract value from innovation. Part 2 - Monetizing Innovation: Leveraging Intellectual Property for Funding and Growth Want to leverage your intellectual property (IP) for fundraising and exit? Want to become a Unicorn but not sure how your IP portfolio can support your valuation and growth? IP assets are the most valuable assets for high-tech startups, and yet companies are often struggling with how to manage and grow these assets so they adequately protect their core ideas and products, while at the same time increase corporate value and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. This is not a legal session, but rather a session exploring the intersection of IP management and corporate value, and is based on the curriculum of Ms. Kasznik’s MBA class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Some of the topics that will be covered include: - How to create an IP portfolio that will increase your startup valuation - How to leverage your IP assets for funding - What are the types of IP value that investors are looking for - What are the common valuation methods for valuing IP - What are some of the mistakes to avoid when managing an IP portfolio for startup growth - How does IP impact Unicorn valuations AGENDA 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - networking, food and refreshments 6:30 PM - 6:45 PM - speaker and sponsor introductions 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM - startup workshop and Q & A SPEAKER BIO Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group & Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business Ms. Kasznik is an intellectual property (IP) and valuation expert, with 25 years of consulting experience, focusing on assisting clients with the creation, commercialization and monetization of their IP assets. She specializes in analyzing and valuing IP portfolios for a range of purposes, including: mergers & acquisitions, financial reporting, technology commercialization decisions, tax compliance, transfer pricing, litigation damages and business liquidations. She has worked with hundreds corporate clients that range in size from Fortune 100 to start-ups, as well as law firms, universities, research institutions, inventors, IP brokers and patent funds. LEARN MORE & GET TICKETS HERE: https://asv-financial-fun-2.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEAIPO&afu=3951017871

Early Stage Startup Valuation Workshop: What is Your Startup Worth?

The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by: www.idea-to-ipo.com There is a cover charge to attend this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Please only RSVP "Yes" if you will be attending. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/early-stage-startup-valuation-workshop-what-is-your-startup-worth-tickets-61961421279 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Have you ever wondered what your startup is worth? Do you have someone interested in investing in or even buying your startup? Do you need to grant stock options? If you are an early-stage startup that is looking for help in determining the value of your startup, come to this hands on valuation workshop. The speaker will discuss what valuation models to use in the early stages and will run some actual models, including: Cost Approach, VC Method, Discounted Cash Flow. He will also discuss and model the impact that funding rounds and their various terms and preferences can have on the common stock values. ** Due to the popularity of this event, we have split this workshop into early and mid-stage groups so we can dig deeper and be more relevant to your specific stage. [Early-Stage = pre-development, pre-alpha, pre-revenue and projections have not yet been built.] If you not an early-stage startup and are a mid-stage startup, that workshop will be held at a later date.** Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check in, Food, Networking 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Networking About the Speaker: Jeff Faust, CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst) is the director of valuation services at Abbott, Stringham and Lynch. Jeff has extensive experience in the valuation of start-ups / private companies for various purposes; fundraising, mergers/acquisitions, stock options grants (IRC § 409A) and more. He has provided valuation expertise to start-ups of all sizes and stages of development and in a wide variety of industries including hi-tech (Software, SaaS, Mobile, Telecom, Social Media, Cloud, Data, etc), bio-tech, manufacturing and many more. If you have questions about the content of this workshop, contact Jeff at: [masked]

Adam Savage: My Life as a Maker

Villa Ragusa

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by the Commonwealth Club. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. There is a cover charge for this event. In order to attend, please register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adam-savage-my-life-as-a-maker-tickets-56073887507?aff=sv040119 Our meetup members get the Commonwealth Club rate. DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Adam Savage, Former Co-Host, “MythBusters”; Author, Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It; Twitter @donttrythis In Conversation with Kishore Hari, Host, "Inquiring Minds" Podcast This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Adam Savage is a maker. From his elaborate Comic-Con costumes to a 1,000-shot Nerf gun, he has built thousands of projects as a special effects artist and co-host of the hit TV show “MythBusters.” Savage will highlight some of his memorable ideas and shares what inspires him to build, make, invent, explore and above all else create. Savage spent 14 years as the popular co-host of “MythBusters.” He currently stars on Tested.com’s YouTube channel and is the host of “MythBusters Jr.” Location: Villa Ragusa, 35 S. Second St., Campbell, CA Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program Notes: In association with Wonderfest All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

How to Prepare Your Startup For Venture Capital Funding

The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. This event is organized by: www.idea-to-ipo.com PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. There is a cover charge for this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Please only RSVP "Yes" if you will be attending. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-prepare-your-startup-for-venture-capital-funding-tickets-60564992523 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $20 (cash) at the door. During the presentation and Q&A session, you will learn about the essential organizational- and ownership-related issues that need to be properly addressed by your startup so that you will be able to have discussions with early stage venture capitalists without any undesired surprises. The speaker will discuss the following: 1) What to consider when planning your own venture and still working for others 2) How to structure the initial allocation of equity among the founding team 3) What types of restrictions on the founder’s stock are required by investors 4) Impact of a Stock Option Plan on the company capitalization 5) How much capital should companies consider raising 6) What type of securities should a company consider issuing to investors 7) What are the most important due diligence issues for the investors 8) How to close a financing round without delays and more! Please come with your questions, concerns and scenarios. Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Informal Q & A, Networking About the Speaker: Stan Lewandowski is a partner at K & L Gates and is based in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Stan counsels companies in the U.S. and abroad on financing, operations, development and other strategic transactional issues, primarily in the technology and renewable energy sectors. Stan represents emerging growth companies at every stage of the pipeline—from start-up to liquidity. He works on a variety of strategic growth issues, including venture capital and private equity financings, private offerings, joint ventures and M&A. Combining his experience representing Central and Eastern European companies with his Silicon Valley background, Stan has worked closely with investors and companies on domestic, in-bound and out-bound transactions, as well as on-shore and off-shore structures. Stan also has significant experience advising developers, their affiliates and investors, and financial institutions in connection with the development and disposition of renewable energy projects, with a total value in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Stan earned his LL.M. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received his master of laws and diploma from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. He also earned a diploma from the University of Cambridge in England. If you have questions about the content of this presentation, you can contact Stan at: [masked]

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