Entrepreneur Thought Leader Mentor: Finding Your Way to Successful Entrepreneurship ( Co-Organized by Fudan Alumni )
Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
$5 addtion for no pre-registration
6:00pm - 6:30pm Registration and networking
6:30pm - 8:00pm Presentation
8:00pm - 8:30pm Entrepreneurs' Pitch
8:30pm - 9:00pm Social Networking
David Lane, Partner, Onset Ventures
Naeem Zafar, Founding CEO of Bitzer Mobile; Founder of six startups
Starting your own business can be an exciting adventure but it could be very intimidating and often filled with many challenges. Entrepreneurs will have difficult time finding text books to guide them through the rough journey. If you have some product/service ideas and are contemplating starting a new business, you should invest a few hours to listen to two inspirational speakers who will share their experiences, vision and insightful stories with us.
Our speakers are well known in the Valley and are frequently invited as conference keynote speakers. You can learn from two very successful industry thought leaders about things you should do to prepare for your startup. They will also provide insiders’ perspectives on what investors are looking for when they invest.
David Lane is the Partner at Onset Ventures. Over the past 23 years, David Lane has created, built and financed start-up companies, which has resulted in multiple successful public offerings and acquisitions. He has directly managed venture capital funds totaling in excess of $2 Billion.
At ONSET, David specializes in cloud-enabling infrastructure software, SaaS, information security, healthcare IT, mobile solutions and commercializing disruptive IT technologies developed at leading research universities. He currently works with the following portfolio companies: AuthenTec, Truviso and Vindicia.
Prior to becoming a managing director of ONSET, David co-founded Diamondhead Ventures and led the firm's investments in Danger (acquired by Microsoft), Entercept Security Technologies (acquired by McAfee) and UPEK (acquired by AuthenTec). Before Diamondhead, he was a senior venture capital investment officer at the Harvard Management Company, where he focused on making direct investments in seed to later stage opportunities in the IT and life science sectors. David's other investments include: Applied Immune Sciences (IPO), Harmonic (IPO), Kofax Image Products (IPO), TriQuint Semiconductor (IPO), NexGen (IPO), Quidel (IPO), Viewlogic Systems (IPO) and Harbridge Merchant Services (acquired by First Data Corporation).
David earned a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He serves on the University of Southern California Engineering School;s Board of Counselors, the Engineering School Dean's industry advisory board as well as several non-profit boards.
Naeem Zafar is the president and CEO of Bitzer Mobile, a company that provides a platform for enterprise data mobility. He is also a faculty member at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of business. He has taught entrepreneurship and New Venture Finance since 2005.
Naeem started his own business at the age of 26 and subsequently went on to start, or work at, six startups. His first job out of Brown University with a degree in electrical engineering was to design chips and electronic systems. Twenty years, two kids, one IPO and three CEO stints later, he founded Startup-Advisor, a company focused on educating and advising entrepreneurs on all aspects of starting and running a business (www.Startup-Advsior.com ).
Naeem works frequently with the US State Department in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship across the world and was invited to the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC to participate in a dialogue about starting an entrepreneurial ecosystem worldwide. He is on the International advisory board for the North African initiative at the Aspen Institute. He has travelled to 76 countries to understand cultures and how business is done and considers himself a global citizen.