Dear BayPay Members ,
With success stories like Square and a few IPOs of more established players, investors are starting realizing that there is money to be made on this category. On the other side of the spectrum, entrepreneurs are creating new products and services that will disrupt a market already very shaken.
For the last few years, we have created events around the major trends in payments seen from the inside but for this third event of the year, we wanted to discuss trends with the very people investing in them and taking the risk of accelerating or creating them.
During this event, we will ask questions to these successful and very well known investors to understand:
Of course, this session will be interactive to allow many questions from the audience.
For this event, we have discussed with many VCs and have selected these ones for at least one of the following reasons:
We want also with this event to give to entrepreneurs the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs so they can share tips and maybe introductions to help each other. We are in Silicon valley, remember.
For this event, we will be hosted by our sponsor Silicon valley Bank in Santa Clara, California.
Bring your business cards, as there will be time to network prior to and following the focused discussion.
We are working actively to create this panel so stay tuned and come back:
Chris Winship, Partner of FTV Capital
Chris has 12 years of growth equity investing experience. His primary areas of investment focus are in payments and transaction processing, business services and outsourcing, and software. Prior to joining FTV Capital, Chris was an Analyst with Salomon Smith Barney's media and telecommunications group. Prior to Salomon Smith Barney, Chris worked at Putnam Investments in Putnam's sales and marketing divisions. Chris received a BA from Dartmouth College.
Alan Chiu, Principal at Xseed Capital
Alan Chiu is a Principal at XSeed Capital, with over 15 years of product development expertise in enterprise software and data storage. Alan was previously Director of Product Management at Bycast (acquired by NetApp), an object storage software company with a global customer base that included some of the largest digital content repositories in the world. At Bycast, Alan and his team drove the product roadmap, managed OEM relationships with IBM and HP, and developed strategies to enter new vertical markets.
Prior to Bycast, Alan served as an engineering manager at a network security start-up, and helped develop the market-leading digital prepress workflow system at Creo, which was acquired by Kodak for $1B in cash.
Alan holds a BASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, as well as an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions.
Saeed Amidi, Founder & CEO of Plug & Play
Saeed is the Founder and CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center. Plug and Play is the premier technology startup accelerator with over 300 companies which collectively have raised an excess of $750 million.
Additionally, Saeed is a General Partner in Amidzad. The fund has been investing in technology companies for over 15 years and holds successful investments in over 70 technology companies, some of which are: PayPal, Powerset, Danger, Bix, Powerset, DropBox, Lending Club, Zoosk, etc. Saeed is a serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive with over 28 years of experience in founding, operating, and growing successful companies. He has successfully started and grown businesses both nationally, as well as internationally, in countries like: Spain, Italy, France, Austria, etc
Ben Malka, General Partner of Northhill Ventures
Ben joined North Hill Ventures in 1999 with a deep understanding of the financial services industry. For almost two decades, he has helped companies specializing in financial services, consumer products, information technology, and marketing automation.
Before joining North Hill Ventures, Ben was a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on advising software and processing vendors to the financial services industry. Earlier in his career, Ben also worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company. His current portfolio companies include FSV Payment Systems, Simple Tuition, Payroll Associates, Placemark, ALI Solutions, and Current Analysis.
Rohit Bodas, Vice President of American Express Ventures
Rohit Bodas is a Partner at American Express Ventures and is responsible for early-stage investments for American Express’ $100 Million Digital Commerce Initiative.
Prior to American Express, Rohit was founding member of Hartford Ventures and made investments in DriverSide Inc and Coulomb Technologies. Prior to Hartford Ventures, Rohit held various positions at Motorola in R&D, business development and at Motorola Ventures. Rohit has developed key mobile video and security technologies and holds two US patents.
Rohit holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Computer Science, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management
Max Fram-Schwartz, Associate at 500 Startups
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