Changing the Face of Innovation Summer Celebration
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)
Palo Alto, CA
Changing the Face of Innovation Summer Celebration
Please join us as we celebrate the Astia Community and learn how Angels are changing the face of innovation!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club
3000 Alexis Drive
Palo Alto CA 94304
How Angels are changing the face of innovation
From the types of investments they are making, to the platforms and methods they use, angels are shaking up the investment scene in substantive ways.
Join the Astia community for this exciting event that includes opening remarks by Dr. Alicia Robb, Sr. Research Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; followed by a panel of innovative angels discussing where they see the opportunities ahead.
4:30pm-4:45pm Remarks by Alicia Robb, author, A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms
4:45pm-5:30pm Angels In Conversation
Rory Eakin, Founder and COO, Circle Up
Amy Gips, Founding Managing Partner, Astia Angel
Aileen Lee, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
David Lee, Founder and Managing Partner, SV Angel
Rick Thompson, Founding Managing Partner, Signia Ventures
5:30pm-7:00pm Networking and book signing
Rory Eakin has supported entrepreneurs nearly all his career, most recently as Director of Investments at Humanity United, part of the Omidyar family enterprises. At Humanity United, he invested in small businesses and social enterprises to stimulate job creation and promote stability in fragile economies. He began his career at a startup providing financial training to small businesses in Cape Town, South Africa. Rory is a former consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Rory received his MBA from Stanford as well as a public policy degree from Princeton. He holds Series 24, 63, and 82 licenses, and enjoys listening to weekend NPR quiz shows a little too much.
Amy Gips is the Founding Managing Partner of Astia Angel, a global network of female and male angel investors that invests in women-led, high growth ventures. She is also the Director of Investments at Astia and aids in the investment activity of all Astia companies. As an experienced investor, Amy has invested in debt and equity in companies at various stages across multiple industries. She previously worked at PennantPark Investment Advisers and DLJ Investment Partners (Credit Suisse) and began her career as an investment banking generalist with Jefferies. Amy received a bachelor of science degree from Boston College. She is an angel investor with Investors’ Circle and a Fellow with Criterion Ventures.
Aileen Lee is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, having joined the firm in 1999. Her primary area of focus is working with consumer-oriented digital companies. Aileen currently works with companies including Callaway Digital Arts, Offermatic, One Kings Lane, Plum District, Rent the Runway, Trendyol, Dollar Shave Club, Storenvy and RMG Networks (formerly Danoo), where she served as the founding CEO for two years. She also worked closely with the teams at companies such as Blue Nile (Nasdaq: Nile), Bloom Energy, Friendster (acquired by MOL Global), Good Technology (acquired by MOT), Shopkick, and Tellme (acquired by Microsoft). Before joining KPCB, Aileen worked at Gap Inc. in various operating roles. She has also worked for Odwalla and for The North Face in brand and product marketing. Aileen began her career at Morgan Stanley in technology mergers and acquisitions. Aileen has a bachelor of science degree from MIT and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is also a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
David Lee is a Founder and Managing Partner of SV Angel, an angel fund with investments in companies such as Twitter, Foursquare, Pinterest and Dropbox. Prior to SV Angel, David was at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage venture firm. He was a founding member of Google's New Business Development team and led business development at StumbleUpon prior to its sale to eBay. He also was a corporate attorney at leading technology law firms. David has an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow; a J.D. from NYU; and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.
Rick Thompson is an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on the social web and a passion for social and mobile gaming. As the most active investor in the space, Rick serves on the boards of Cie Studios, Iddiction, Idle Games, Playchemy, Red Robot, Rumble Entertainment, Kihon Games and Artillery Games. Previously, Rick co-founded Playdom (acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2010), Adify (acquired by Cox in 2008) and Flycast (IPO in 1999 and acquired by CMGI in 2000). Rick was the first engineer at Octel Communications (IPO in 1987 and sold to Lucent in 1997). Rick received and AB from UC, Santa Cruz and an MBA from the Wharton Business School.
Astia is a global not-for-profit organization with a distinct focus and mission – to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. Guided by a proven philosophy that gender diversity is an essential element of innovation, Astia works with startups around the world as they access capital, grow their businesses, and hone the leadership skills of their founding teams.