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Pitch to Investor Panel

Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to IPO

Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

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Entrepreneurs can display their startup concepts, products and services during the networking portions of the event on demo tables - whether or not they are pitching at this event.  Demo table space is free for startups, though tablers are asked to support the event by bringing food to share (pizza, juice, and fruit).

Startup service providers can also request a sponsor table.

All potential tablers should send an email with info on their organizations to:


Also, all attendees will have a chance to talk to investors on the panel one-on-one during the "speed pitching"  portion of the event.

For details,  send an email to:






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First Responders            $5 plus   Eventbrite fees

Second Responders      $10 plus  Eventbrite fees

Third Responders          $15 plus  Eventbrite fees

Fourth Responders        $20 plus Eventbrite fees

Please bring your printed ticket to the event. 

Or, pay $30 (cash) at the door. 



Our investor panel will discuss the latest trends in startup funding. Entrepreneurs will then pitch to our investor  panel, followed by questions and feedback from the panel.

If you would like to be part of the pitch line up for the formal pitch session, please send an email message to:



There will also be a period of time set aside for private one-on-one "speed pitching".  For details,  send an email to:


Additionally, there will be startup demo tables and tables for startup service providers.

If you would like space on a startup demo table, or if you would like a sponsor table,  please send an email to:



6:00 pm to 7:00 pm  Food, Networking, Demo Showcase Tables

7:00 pm to 8:45 pm  Program

8:45 pm to 9:30 pm  Networking 

Investor Panel


(More investors TBA.)




Ho Nam is a General Partner of 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), Listen.com (Real Networks), Nishan Systems (Brocade), Pixo (Sun) and SayNow (Google).

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

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






Assim Gupta is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with Keiretsu Forum. He has more than 20 years of software development and business strategy experience and has worked with leading names in Silicon Valley like Apple, Google, Oracle, SGI etc. Assim's current focus is in mobile/ cloud based consumer services and products. He typically works with early stage companies which have some unique proposition in these areas.

Assim holds an MBA in International Business as well as a BS in Electronics Engineering.








 André Guéziec is an angel investor, entrepreneur and executive with a unique combination of product vision, technical depth, and start up expertise. His passion is to build a quality product and experience from the ground up.

André founded Beat the Traffic (nicknamed "BTT") in 2001-2003 and successfully sold it to a Canadian media group, Pelmorex (The Weather Network and MeteoMedia) in 2012. The Beat the Traffic system is used by 60 TV stations in many large North American cities. Beat the Traffic is also a popular Smartphone App, consistently in the top 10 in its free navigation category. André started BTT and, as its CEO, grew it to a profitable business with original and defensible Intellectual Property, and an excellent team. In addition to being an angel investor he is also an advisor to technology companies. His sweet spot is to be the catalyst in early stage opportunities where it also makes sense for him to actively participate in an advisory role. 

Earlier André was Senior Software Engineer and Architect at Multigen and Borland.  André started at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Univ. Paris 11, and a MS in Economics from Univ. Paris 11 Sorbonne. André also holds a MS in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris. He has published about forty peer-reviewed papers, journal articles and book chapters and is an inventor of about 25 U.S Patents. 




Salil Pradham is a venture partner with Draper Nexus, an advisor to a number of private and public companies and has served on a number of academic boards including UCLA's WINMEC and UCSD's center for wireless communications. In his previous life, Salil was the founder and Chief Technology Officer for HP's Enterprise RFID efforts, focused on retail and healthcare. A recognized thought leader, Salil is the founder of two startups and has been issued 43 US patents. Salil has a Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University and Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Poona.






Steven Hoffman (a.k.a. Captain Hoff) is an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, and cofounder of Founders Space. Recent investments include BOXC, Content Analytics, wise.io and AirPair.

As the Captain of Founders Space, Hoffman has helped hundreds of startups deal with rapid growth, go through the fund raising process, and develop critical strategic relationships.


Hoffman is a founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group, was Chairman for the Producers Guild SF, and served on the Board of Governors for the New Media Council. 

AngelList: https://angel.co/captainhoff/

Hoffman is also a cofounder of LavaMind LLC, which has developed numerous award-winning entertainment and educational apps.


Prior to this, Hoffman was the Chief Product Officer at Playkast, an online video startup that merged with FunStar (backed by Accel Ventures & Qualcomm). Hoffman was COO of Zannel (Tap11), a ventured-funded startup backed by USVP, Alloy, and Palomar Ventures that was sold to AVOS (YouTube cofounders). 

Before that, Hoffman was the North American Studio Head for Infospace, where he ran the US mobile games publishing and development group. While in Los Angeles, Hoffman was CEO of Spiderdance, Hollywood's leading interactive television studio, whose customers included NBC, Viacom, Time Warner, TBS, GSN and A&E. Hoffman also consulted for R/GA Interactive, designing projects for Kodak, Disney, Intel, AdAge, and Children's Television Workshop. In Japan, Hoffman worked as a designer for Sega.

Prior to Sega, he was a Hollywood development executive at Fries Entertainment, where he managed TV development. Hoffman graduated from the University of California with a BS in Electrical Computer Engineering and went on to earn a Masters in Film & Television from the University of Southern California.







Vivek Ladsariya  manages investments in the IT, media, and health technology sectors for Fenox Venture Capital. Based out of the firm's Silicon Valley office, Vivek also lends his understanding of Asia to portfolio companies looking to expand across geographies.

Vivek moved to Fenox Venture Capital after earningan MBA from the Yale School of Management, before which he led a gaming technology start-up followed by a technology platform for the early stage ecosystem in India.




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For all your startup HR and payroll needs, contact:

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For a free consultation, mention that you are an Idea to IPO member

How much is your startup worth?  Ask Jeff Faust at Berger Lewis.



Menlo Technologies specializes in software engineering services specifically in the areas of: Cloud, Web, localization and Mobile application development. We work closely with our clients to capture requirements, organize development plans, execute and test applications for a wide variety of industries. Our clients range from start-up entrepreneurs to FORTUNE 500 companies. We’ve assisted some of the world's most admired companies such as: Apple, HP, LinkedIn, First Republic Bank and Equilar. What sets us apart from the others is our ability to: 

• Mitigate complexities 
• Capture accurate requirements 
• Assign the right people for your project 
• Apply Agile Development Methodologies 
• Perform Quality Assurance 
• Keep your cost under control 
• Communicate clearly and often

Call Brian Phelps for a free consultation

 (831) 332 1559

Have questions about Pitch to Investor Panel? Contact Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to IPO

When & Where

Palo Alto JCC
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

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Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to IPO

Entrepreneurship permeates the culture of Silicon Valley -- the innovation capital of the world. Taking a startup from idea to IPO has taken on mythical proportions in Silicon Valley. Many dream the dream, with hopes of launching the "next big thing".

We are a community of entrepreneurs, technologists, academics, financial professionals, business writers, venture capitalists, investors, attorneys, consultants, and corporate executives.

We meet regularly to share resources, exchange ideas, and network. We participate in both on-line and off-line events.

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