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Venture Capital Panel: Funding for IoT Startups

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The deadline to register and pay online is:

2 pm Th 4/20

1) Park in lots 8, 9, or 9A to 9D, or Edison 7. Parking is okay in these lots and free for this event. (Normal campus parking regulations won't be enforced.)

2) Go to College Center - Building 10, Bayview Dining Room (2nd floor).

3) Please review the campus map in advance so you can find the meeting space and parking seamlessly.


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.

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First Responders $9 plus Eventbrite fees

Second Responders $13 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:

Please bring your printed ticket to the event.

Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door.

Our distinguished panel will discuss the latest developments in IOT (Internet of Things) and the current state of funding for IoT startups.

Please come with questions and comments.


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

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation, Audience Q & A

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking

There will be demo tables for startups and sponsor tables for service providers for the networking portion of the event. If you would like to have space on a demo table or sponsor table for the networking portion of the event, send an email message to:


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About the Moderator

Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California ( Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. His clients include international emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) and is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.

About the Panelists:

(More panelists TBA.)

Deborah Magid is the Director of Software Strategy for the IBM Venture Capital Group. Deborah represents IBM’s $25B software business in the company’s 12-year old Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries.

Deborah is responsible for sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world. She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market. As a director of strategy in IBM Software Group, she also brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies. Deborah is responsible for fueling the ecosystem pipeline in strategic areas related to building a “smarter planet” and contributes to filling out the IBM product portfolio through M&A.

Deborah’s relationships are global and extend into emerging geographies. Deborah is a frequent spokes-person on topics of relevance to entrepreneurs and investors. She is Chairman of the Board of SVForum, the Silicon Valley emerging technology network; on the advisory board of White Bull, serving the European entrepreneurial and venture communities; and on the Steering Committee of the California Sustainability Alliance.

Previously, Deborah held positions in product management, marketing, and user-centered design at Taligent, GE Information Services and AT&T.

Deborah holds degrees in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Connecticut.

Salil Pradhan is a venture partner and early stage investor with Draper Nexus Ventures. Salil has experience as an adviser to corporate limited partnerships on product strategy, partnerships with startups, and mergers and aquisitions. His current focus is on seed/early stage startups in verticals including retail, healthcare and agriculture with an emphasis on IoT (Internet of things).

Previously, Salil spent 10 years at Hewlett Packard in a variety of roles, including CTO of HP's enterprise RFID/IoT business, where he helped create and grow the nascent IoT solutions business to $100M in revenue.

He serves on the Board of Momentfeed Inc., is a mentor at the Plug & Play Tech center and Cincinnati-based Brandery, and an advisor to a number of tech startups. Salil is also an advisor to Washington, D.C.-based Govonomy, which helps technology startups growth into government markets. He has also served on the advisory boards of UCLA's WINMEC and UCSD's Center for Wireless Communications.

A founder of two startups, Salil's all around experience as a entrepreneur, venture capitalist, product executive and corporate strategist makes him a sought-after panelist and judge at venture pitch events. He has been frequently quoted in leading publications. Salil has been issued 54 US patents, in areas related to sensors, IoT and computer systems. He holds an MS in Computer Science from Northeastern University in Boston and a B.E. (Computer Engineering) from the University of Pune, India.

George Arabian is the managing partner of Steelhead Ventures, LLC, a micro venture capital fund with seed stage investments in Silicon Valley tech startups. Steelhead’s portfolio includes startups headed by 30+ visionary founders whose ideas and companies will impact their marketplaces and communities profoundly. VR and IoT are two areas that are a key focus of the fund.

George is also managing partner of Growth Corner, , a Growth Acceleration Agency that accelerates and scales revenues for companies that have established product/market fit. Growth Corner’s expertise is in four core areas/competencies: 1.) Brand Voice/Footprint – Digital Marketing and Communication 2.) Data Driven Growth Marketing – Optimizing Demand Generation 3.) Building and Optimize Sales Organizations and Models 4.) Implementing/Integrating Growth Infrastructure and Growth Analytics.

George has over 25 years of experience in the software/technology industry in Silicon Valley, having experienced three IPOs and two exits. He has led sales, marketing, business development, corporate development, team building and revenue generation for emerging technology companies at various stages in their business life cycles. He continues to advise, lead and mentor startups by helping them scale by through his expertise in revenue acceleration.

Nitin Pachisia is a founding partner of Unshackled Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund for immigrant founders in the U.S. Unshackled Ventures is supported by nearly 80 investors, including Brad Feld, First Round Capital, Yahoo founder Jerry Yang and the Emerson Collective, founded by Laurene Powell Jobs.

Before starting Unshackled Ventures, Nitin founded an experiential e-commerce company. Prior to that, he ran finance and strategy for edtech startup Kno (acquired by Intel) that raised over $90M of funding from top VC’s including Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital and Floodgate. Before Kno, Nitin worked at Deloitte, focusing on tech startups and helping them with growth, exits, and strategic initiatives.

Nitin has appeared on NBC, NPR, CCTV, has been featured in various publications including Forbes, WSJ, Financial Times, TechCrunch, CNN, and has been an op-ed contributor in the Huffington Post and ReCode. Nitin is actively engaged as mentor or as part of evaluation committee at Stanford University, Babson, Alchemist Accelerator, GTWY, Founder Institute, among others.

Being an immigrant himself and having founded startups while on a visa in U.S., Nitin understands the venture resources immigrant founders need - besides capital. He recognizes the opportunity immigrant founders represent and is focused on building an ecosystem that strengthens the pursuit of their American dream.

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