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Th 2/23 Venture Capital Panel: Silicon Valley Startup Funding Trends in 2017 6:00 pm to 9 pm Pillsbury Law Firm Palo Alto

From: Rob
Sent on: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:52 PM

The deadline to register and pay online is:

2 pm Th  2/23


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Our distinguished panel will discuss some of the trends in startup funding in Silicon Valley for 2017.

Please come with your questions and comments.




6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Check In, Food, Networking

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

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm   More Networking


About the Moderator:

Riaz Karamali is a partner in the Corporate & Securities – Technology practice in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a top ranked international law firm that is a leader in the fintech space.  Riaz is a bitcoin enthusiast, an investor in fintech companies, and represents both investors and emerging companies in the space.  Riaz has practiced law in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, and has extensive experience in corporate law, venture finance, private equity, strategic mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions.  Riaz has worked with hundreds of start-up and emerging companies, guiding them from their pre-founding stages through their angel and venture capital financing rounds, significant commercial contracts and strategic alliances to their ultimate exit transactions.  Riaz earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his undergraduate degree from Rice University



About the Panelists

(More panelists TBA.)


Ho Nam is a general partner at Altos Ventures focusing on investments in the areas of software, mobile, and internet technologies. He currently serves as a director of Accolo, DigitalPath, Lohika, Trilibis Mobile, TVU Networks, and WhiteHat Security. Ho led the firm’s prior investments in Axis Systems (Cadence), Enwisen (Infor), Evolve (Oracle), Immunet (Sourcefire), (Real Networks), Nishan Systems (Brocade), Pixo (Sun) and SayNow (Google).

Ho began began his professional career at Bain & Company where he advised clients in technology and consumer products industries. Ho later worked at Silicon Graphics and Octel Communications before co-founding Altos Ventures.

Ho received an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.


Martha Notaras is a Partner at venture capital firm, XL Innovate, investing in insurtech, including startups focused on data & analytics and new business models. XL Innovate’s investments include Lemonade, Embroker, New Energy Risk, Notion, Cape Analytics, Slice Labs and Stonestep. Martha is a board member at Notion, an IoT home awareness solution provider working closely with insurance companies, and a board observer at Cape Analytics, a machine learning company focused on property data.

Previously, Martha ran corporate development for DMG Information, the business data and analytics division of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc.  Of the 20 investments she made at DMG Information, two achieved valuations over $1 billion. She has served as board director for many early and growth stage companies, including 10 years on the board of Risk Management Solutions, which provides catastrophe models to the insurance industry. Her prior experience includes investment banking at Merrill Lynch and commercial banking at Credit Suisse. She received her A.B. cum laude from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, awarded for graduating in the top five percent of the class.




Neeraj Gupta is a managing director at Cervin Ventures. Most recently, Neeraj was a member of the executive team at Patni, a publicly listed IT services company where he led global sales and marketing with top line responsibility for $700M. Prior to that, he was a general manager with responsibility for telecom, media, and growth industries. Neeraj founded Cymbal Corporation, an IT services company focused on telecom operators which he led as CEO from its inception to successful exit to Patni Computers. In his earlier career, he held engineering and product management positions at Octel (acquired by Lucent) and Genesys (acquired by Alcatel). Neeraj has had significant global experience including stints in the UK and India.

Neeraj holds a B.S.  in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Punjab University in India and an M.S.  in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama. He is a Kaufman Fellow.


Roman Sobachevskiy is the Investment Director at GVA Capital, an investment company with over $100 million in assets under management. During his tenure at GVA, he has identified and invested in over 20 startup companies in the U.S. and Europe. Most recently, Roman has raised $30 million in venture capital money to create a new fund focusing on investments in AI, deep learning, autonomous vehicles, fintech, and more.  The fund is currently focused on seed to series B investments.  Depending on the opportunity, GVA can act as lead investor or participate as a co-investor.  The fund's typical investment size ranges from $100,000 to $500,000 for seed investments, and upwards of $2,000,000 for series B investments.

Roman holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  Prior to attending business school, Roman was a successful entrepreneur and started several e-commerce companies and scaled them from idea to consistent profitability.



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