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W 8/17 Finding the Right Investors for the Long Term 6 pm to 9 pm Menlo Park

From: Rob
Sent on: Thursday, August 11, 2016 1:23 PM

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Are you an entrepreneur looking for investors for your startup but don’t know which ones are right for you?

Our panelists will discuss what entrepreneurs need to consider when selecting investors that will not only provide the funding you  need, but who can be long-term partners that can help you  through the critical years of your company’s development.

The panel will discuss:

1) the different types of investors in the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem

2)  the best way of identifying and reaching investors that are right for your company

3)  the questions you should ask potential investors

4)  the kind of due diligence you should conduct on potential investors

5)  how to close the deal

and more!




6:00 pm to 7:00 pm  Check In, Food and Drinks, Networking Reception

7:00 pm to  8:30 pm  Panel Discussion, Q & A

8:30 pm to  9:00 pm  More Q & A,  More Networking


About the Panelists


Ajay Chopra is a general partner with Trinity Ventures.

Founded in 1986, Trinity Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm dedicated to partnering with passionate entrepreneurs to transform revolutionary ideas into reality. With over $1 billion under management, Trinity Ventures believes in personal engagement, mutual respect and goal alignment with the entrepreneurs.

Trinity focuses on early stage and seed technology investments with particular emphasis on digital media, cloud computing, mobility, SaaS and internet infrastructure areas.

Ajay's investment have included Fitbit; 21Vianet Group, Inc.; Namo Media; FitStar; Uplift, StudyEdge, and  Deliv.  In addition, he served on the Board of Directors at Gobble;  ZIRX; TubeMogul; RadiumOne; Dynamic Signal; and  Whitesky

Additionally, Ajay was the Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO, COO of Pinnacle Systems, which was founded in his living room and eventually grew into  a multi billion dollar global company and had a successful initial public offering (IPO).



Carol Sands is the Founder and the Managing Member of The Angels' Forum and the Founder and Managing General Partner of The Halo Fund. She has 30 years of experience with investing, entrepreneurial, and large corporate institutions.

In 1997, she formed The Angels' Forum, an innovative angel group. The Angels' Forum organizes individual investors with previous entrepreneurial experience to invest using a venture capital model for due diligence, mentoring, and board management.

In 2000, Carol co-founded The Halo Fund, a $25 million venture fund invested in early stage, Silicon Valley based start ups. The same core partners later launched Halo II and Halo III.  

A globally recognized expert, Carol consults with government officials and corporations about early-stage investing and innovation. She teaches  "Angel investing for the Serious Investor" and “The Effective Startup Board Member” through Stanford University's Continuing Studies and has guest lectured at other universities around the world.

Passionate about the impact that small amounts of money can make when combined with innovative thinking, she is also a Director of the Sands Family Foundation which funds early stage and pre NIH (National Institute of Health) research relating to prostate and ovarian cancers.

Carol received her B.A. in Business Administration from The University of Iowa.


Capital efficient companies Disruptive technologies or business models  
"Must Have" verses "Nice to Have" products or services  
Does good while making a LOT of money  
Only Bay Area companies  


Financing strategies, term sheets, and M&A negotiations  
Board of Director formation, development & governance  
Sales & Marketing




About the Moderator


Alan Seem is a corporate partner in the Menlo Park office of Shearman & Sterling LLP. His primary areas of focus are M&A, securities offerings, venture capital and private equity investments and going-private transactions. Alan also regularly advises companies and their boards of directors regarding corporate governance matters, including SEC/stock exchange compliance and disclosure-related matters. Alan was the former head of Shearman & Sterling’s Asia Capital Markets Group and the Beijing Office Managing Partner, having worked 16 years in the Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices, and remains active in the firm’s China practice. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese fluently and is a member of the bar in New York and California.  He has worked with private and public companies in a variety of industries, including:

Internet (Weibo, Sina, Renren, Lashou, Giant Interactive, CTrip, BitAuto); Renewable Energy (Suntech, Hanwha SolarOne);

Software (Hisoft, Kingsoft, Bleum); Semiconductors (Global Foundries, TSMC, SMIC); Media (China Mass Media, Acquity Group);

Telecommunications (Softbank, China Mobile, China Netcom, Huawei Technologies, Qiaoxing Mobile, Hangzhou

Easycomm); Education (New Oriental Education, TAL Education, Ambow Education); Medical (Mindray Medical,

Simcere Pharma, Nuokang Bio-pharmaceutical, Ruinian International); Banking (China Rapid Finance, Bank of China,

Bank of Communications, ICBC, Siam Commercial Bank, KGI Securities); Automotive (Uber, Brilliance China Automotive,

Lentuo International); Real Estate (IFM Holdings, SYSWIN); Retail (Suning, Xiniya Fashion); Mining (China Coal,

Metallurgical Corp of China, Yanzhou Coal); Oil & Gas (PetroChina, IPIC, MI Energy, SPT Energy, SK Corp, ADNOC, Thai Oil)

and others (machinery & manufacturing, airlines, etc.).




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