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Tim Wilson, Managing Director, Artiman Ventures;
David Koehn, Board Member, Sand Hill Angels.
Shawn Douglass, Managing Director, EMC Ventures
Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
Moderator: John Liu, Of Counsel, Fenwick & West, LLP
Program: 6:00pm - 6:30pm Registration and Network
6:30pm - 7:15pm Presentation
7:15pm - 8:00pm Panel Discussion
8:00pm - 8:45pm Investor/Entrepreneur Round Table Mentor
In today's high-tech venture environment, there are lots of New Challenges that the startups are facing. By having the killer app or compelling business plan is not enough.
In this special event, we invited several seasoned investors who will share us their vision and compelling stories.
Some of the topics but not limited:
- What are the common mistakes for a new startup?
- What it takes to successfuly build company from ground up?
- What are the most important elements that strike investors decision to fund the company?
- How to Recruit All- Stars?
- How to grow your company into a multi-million dollar company?
- Where are Investors investing?
Come and hear from the industry thought leaders.
Tim Wilson, Managing Director, Artiman Ventures
Between 2001 and 2011, Tim was a General Partner at Partech International. He continues to represent Partech and serves on the boards of Invensense (NYSE:INVN), Prysm, Five9s, LedEngin, Array Converter, and Acco Semiconductor. Previous investments include Teknovus (Broadcom) and Ario Data (Xyratek).
Between 1997 and 2001, Tim was the Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Island (NASDAQ: ISLD) a Partech portfolio company. The company was acquired in 2001 for $350M. Prior to Digital Island, Tim was a General Manager at Lucent Technology where he led the international voice communications product management team (now Avaya) with P&L for product lines generating over $2B in annual sales. Before Lucent, Tim held a variety of senior management positions within AT&T (North America and Australia) and AT&T Bell Labs from 1983-1995.
Tim graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College receiving his undergraduate degree in Physics. He received his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he was named a Fuqua Scholar.
David Koehn, Board Members, Sand Hill Angels
David has over 15 years experience focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. David has founded several start-ups including one focused on ecotourism and another focused on enterprise mobility. David has also assisted many start-ups in their growth. David has helped start-ups in many ways from assuming the CEO role and closing a series C, to transforming their business models and market approaches, to acting as a senior advisor.
David has worked for AvantGo, Tailwind (Founder), DKI (Principal), & Saba. In all of his roles across all of the companies he has worked for David has focused on building net new products, solutions and services. David pioneered mLearning at AvantGo. At Tailwind David delivered a product for consuming enterprise online learning and applications while offline. At DKI david helped dozens of clients conceptualize, productize, and take to market a wide range of media, social, unified communications, and games using the cloud, Facebook and mobile as the platform.
David received his Bachelors Degree from Carnegie Mellon, an MFA from the University of Florida, an M.Ed (TFA Cert) from the University of Alaska and is pursuing his MBA through Johns Hopkins.
David looks to invest in start-ups focused on disrupting inefficient markets. He targets, in particular, start ups focused on mid-market social enterprise, location-based solutions for small business, and real-time analytics/intelligence businesses.
Bill Reichert - Managing Director, Garage Technology Venture
Bill Reichert has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and an operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He sits on the Boards of CaseStack, WhiteHat, ClearFuels, cFares, and ThermoCeramix. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and a Charter Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is the Chairman of the Small Fund Roundtable of the VC Taskforce and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Shawn Douglass, Managing Director, EMC Ventures.
Shawn is Managing Director at EMC Ventures, where he is looking to make strategic investments in Big Data/Analytics, Cloud, Security and Disruptive Technology and Business Models.
Prior to his role at EMC Ventures, Shawn led the Advanced Technology Ventures Group in the Office of the CTO, where he was responsible for Identification, Evaluation and Development of opportunities to accelerate EMC’s growth via High-Leverage Technology Incubations, strategic investments, partner-based technology collaborations and the leverage of emerging technologies to foster and drive innovation for EMC. Prior to leading ATV, Shawn was responsible for Global Technology Partner Strategy.
Before joining EMC ,Shawn held positions with managed services provider leaders, LoudCloud and Digital Island where he was responsible for automating all aspects of the production operations including component provisioning/maintenance, problem detection/resolution and perimeter/core security in global distributed environment, supporting aggressive uptime and SLA’s in an ultra scalable, multi-tenant, secure infrastructure
Join Liu, Of Counsel, Fenwick & West, LLP
Mr. Liu's practice focuses on general corporate matters, intellectual property transactions and equity and debt financings.
Mr. Liu serves as U.S. corporate counsel to numerous U.S. and off-shore start-up and emerging growth companies. His intellectual property practice includes intellectual property protection and licensing, reseller and distribution agreements, joint development agreements, trademark filings and the transfer of trademarks, patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights. He has represented clients on transactions involving foreign jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.
Mr. Liu has significant software engineering experience working for several Bay Area companies serving the technology and financial technology sectors.
Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Mr. Liu was a corporate partner with Charter Law Group, a corporate boutique firm in Silicon Valley representing companies and investors in general corporate matters, business transactions, finance, intellectual property rights and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Liu received his undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and English and a graduate degree in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University. He also received an honorary graduate degree from the Department of Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He went on to complete his legal education at the University of California at Davis.