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15% OFF! Th 11/17 Investor Panel: Venrock, Menlo Ventures, Intel Capital and Orange 6 pm to 9 pm San Jose Convention Center

From: Rob
Sent on: Monday, November 14, 2016 2:16 PM

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Join us Thursday, Nov. 17th at 6:00 p.m. for a lively mobile & wireless investor panel discussion with venture capitalists Steve Goldberg from Venrock, Sandeep Bhadra from Menlo Ventures, along with corporate venture capitalists Raj Gollamudi from Intel Capital and Gabriel Sidhom from Orange Digital Ventures.


The panel discussion will start by discussing how tech startups are using the latest wireless and mobile technologies to build new and exciting companies in high growth categories such as IoT, mobile, wireless connectivity and others, along with what opportunities early stage investors see in these sectors.

The panel will then discuss the similarities and differences between traditional venture capital and corporate venture capital and how each can work together when investing in the same early stage company.

Three pre-selected startups will then pitch to the investor panel for five minutes each, followed by feedback from each panelist. Startups directly or indirectly related to the wireless industry are welcome to submit their investor pitch decks for consideration.

Email your investor pitch deck to [address removed] for consideration.

Dinner and beverages will be provided.


Individuals who purchase a ticket to this event will also receive as a special bonus: one FREE Open Conference Two-Day Pass to the Wireless Global Congress Conference ( at the San Jose Convention Center on November 16 through November 17 --  $1,900 value!

This event is co-managed by Founders Floor and the Wireless Broadband Alliance in conjunction with their annual Wireless Global Congress Conference.



Steve Goldberg,   Partner at Venrock

Steve joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave and CoWave Networks. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation. Steve also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard. At Venrock, Steve focuses on investments in connectivity, M2M/Internet of Things, robotics and embedded systems. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Asoka, FutureDial, Red Seal, and Quantenna Communications. Previous board seats include Canesta (Acq by Microsoft), Kineto Wireless (Acq by Taqua), Newport Media (Acq by Atmel), and Teranetics (Acq by PLX Technology).

Steve received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sandeep Bhadra, Principal at Menlo Ventures

Sandeep Bhadra joined Menlo in 2015 and focuses on enterprise investments. Companies in the Menlo portfolio he is involved with include AppDome, Platform9, Signifyd, and Unravel Data. Sandeep was most recently with Cisco’s Corporate Business Development team working on acquisitions and investments in cloud, enterprise infrastructure software, and big data/analytics. Sandeep was actively involved with Cisco’s acquisitions of tail-f (SDN orchestration), Metacloud (Openstack private cloud) and Memoir Systems (next-gen network memory), and investments in Map-R, Platfora (acq: Workday) and Moogsoft (big data/analytics).

Earlier, Sandeep was an engineer at Texas Instruments’ R&D unit – where he led projects to build an Openflow switch chip, an ultra low-power IoT mote and 4G/LTE small-cell networks.

Sandeep received a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors degree from IIT Madras, both in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA from INSEAD. In his spare time, Sandeep likes to travel up and down the pacific coast with his dog, read fiction, and drink burgundies

Raj Gollamudi, Director at Intel Capital

Raj Gollamudi joined Intel Capital in 2013 and focuses on investments in the mobility sectors. Previously, he was an Investment Partner at Omidyar Network, an impact investing firm where he was responsible for mobile technology investments in emerging markets. Before joining Omidyar, Raj was a General Partner of BlueStream Ventures, a $300 million technology venture capital firm which he cofounded in 2000. Raj also spent five years as an equity research analyst at technology investment banking firms Thomas Weisel Partners and RBC Capital Markets, where he covered a range of software sectors. Raj began his career as a software developer at Sun Microsystems and was an early employee at Lucid, a venture-funded software startup. Raj has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, a Master’s in Computer Science from Clemson University, and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from BITS, Pilani in India.

Gabriel Sidhom, V.P., Technology Development at Orange Digital Ventures (Orange Telecom)

Gabriel Sidhom is Orange Silicon Valley’s VP of Technology Development. He’s responsible for all of the engineering, development, research and business model functions, while also rapidly prototyping and developing services that deliver business innovations emblematic of the Silicon Valley technology ecosystem. Previously he was in charge of Technology Analysis and Implementation for the unit for Orange.

Previously, he has held different roles within Orange, including serving as vice president for Orange’s European-based voice and IP wholesale services division, vice president, Marketing & Business Planning for GlobeCast, Orange’s satellite broadcasting subsidary, and as the vice president of marketing for Orange New York.

Before joining Orange, Mr. Sidhom worked for Verizon/GTE in a variety of executive-level marketing and development roles from 1980 to 1991.

Mr. Sidhom holds an MA from UCLA. He holds three patents.

Steve Andrews, Advisor and Investor at AbbeyBarn Communications

Steve is an independent international TMT investor and Consultant at AbbeyBarn Communications based in the UK, Chairman of Azzurri Communications and NED at Qsensei in USA. He spent over 25 years as an Executive at BT Plc in various roles; e.g. President Global Carrier business and Networks, Director of European JV’s, MD Group Mobility and MD Retail Products and Services. He was also the former Chairman of the Fixed Mobile Convergence Alliance (FMCA) and is currently Chairman of the TelCo Futures Forum. He has been instrumental in furthering the global development of Wireless Broadband.


Matt Day, Managing Director of Founders Floor

Matt is Founder and Managing Director of Founders Floor, LLC., a co-working accelerator for startups and entrepreneurs located in downtown San Jose, CA. Previously Matt was CEO and Founder of InStore Logic, Inc. a video analytics software company that analyzes the in-store shopping behavior of consumers in traditional retail stores using behavioral analytics. Before starting InStore Logic, Matt served as V.P. of Sales and Marketing at BCSI, a video surveillance software company, where he drove all sales and marketing initiatives while leading new product launch of the flagship Flexion VMS software. Prior to joining BCSI, Matt was Founder and CEO of Consumer Tech Media, Inc., a leading digital media advertising agency, providing digital strategies for clients such as SanDisk, Kingston Technology, Jabra, Philips Electronics, Casio and Bonzi. Throughout his career Matt has held various management and business development positions at 24/7 Real Media, Inc. (now part of WPP PLC, LON:WPP) a digital media technology company, Inc. an early pioneer in online photo sharing, and Cybereps, Inc. one of the first premier online ad representation firms. Matt started his first company, Inc. in 1999, one of the first ever ecommerce retail sites to sell dress, casual and athletic socks online. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Matt holds a B.A. degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Marketing Research.



6:00pm – 6:45pm – Registration, Food, Drinks and Networking  
6:45pm – 7:00pm – Sponsor Introductions  
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Panel Discussion  
8:00pm – 8:30pm – General Networking




Founders Floor is a coworking accelerator for startups and entrepreneurs. We provide a startup ecosystem for tech startups to help build their business, accelerate their growth and increase their probability for success. Office space, partnerships and funding opportunities.

SPONSOR OFFER: Free coworking day. Apply here:


WBA is the world’s foremost organisation driving the adoption of wireless broadband and leading the development of the converged Wireless Broadband Ecosystem. We carry out Public Advocacy and our initiatives drive the evolution of Next Generation Wi-Fi, Connected City, Unlicensed and Licensed wireless technologies, and Wireless Innovation.

Counting companies like AT&T, China Telecom, and BT amongst our 135+ members, we tirelessly work to bring the wireless community together, to offer thought leadership, and to provide opportunities for our members to collaborate on the future of the wireless ecosystem.



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