Stories of young Silicon Valley millionaires are popping up and startup frenzy is back again. Google's recent acquisition of YouTube for $1.65B and BusinessWeek's cover story on the "new brat pack of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs" have captured the imagination of young entrepreneurs itching to leave their corporate jobs. However, what does it really mean to transition from employee to founder of a company? What experiences and skills can help make that transition more successful? And how do you know when it's time to start your own company?
Come and hear from our panel of speakers who have made the transition from corporate citizen to founder of their own company. Also, there will be other founders and members of the ecosystem who support founders available during the networking portion of the night who can share their experiences.
* Dave Lu - Founder of FanPop
Dave is the founder and CEO of Fanpop, the one-stop destination for real people with real passions to find real content and community. Dave attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for his Bachelor's and received his MBA from Stanford. Dave has several years of experience in product management and marketing at some of the biggest names in consumer technology. He started as a product manager at Yahoo! He went on to manage the Sony-Yahoo! Alliance for Sony. Dave interned at Apple Computer during business school. After Stanford, he led product strategy for the affiliate marketing team at eBay. Most recently was doing product marketing for Pure Digital, a Sequoia/Benchmark-backed consumer electronics startup.
* Charles Ying - Founder of Mobile80
Charles is the founder of Mobile80, a stealth-mode company that is reinventing mobile user interfaces. Charles has a diverse background in mobility, graphics, interaction design and internet services infrastructure. He has held lead technical and design positions at Openwave Systems, a leading mobile infrastructure company; Sendmail, a messaging startup; and FilmLoop, a consumer media publishing startup. His research background is in computer graphics at U.C. Berkeley.
* Tom Cole - Partner at Trinity Ventures
Tom invests in software, Internet, and technology-enabled services companies. Current interests include software as a service, and companies leveraging the Web as an application platform. Tom possesses a rich set of industry experience dating back to the early 1990's, in a mixture of both operating and venture capital investing roles. Prior to joining Trinity in 1998, he held numerous design and development roles at startups and larger companies including Approach Software and Oracle Corporation. Tom also served as a technology consultant to financial institutions including Wells Fargo.
* Also, there will be other founders and members of the ecosystem who support founders available during the networking portion of the night who can share their experiences.
* Joanne Wan - MJAA Mixer Chair
Joanne is actively involved in the Silicon Valley startup community. She was the Business Development Manager at STIRR, the Emerging Technology Network which catalyzes entrepreneurial activity in the Bay Area. In the past, she has held marketing positions with tech startups such as Extensity and Headlight.com and more established companies such as Juniper Networks. Her time in the tech world is coupled with knowledge of the Life Sciences industry. She has worked at Johnson & Johnson and also served as a management consultant to large pharmaceutical and biotech companies through Strategic Decisions Group.
6:30 - 7:00 Registration (Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served)
7:00 - 8:20 Panel Discussion
8:20 - 9:30 Networking/Socializing
This event is proudly sponsored by Orrick, the premier legal advisor for emerging companies. Orrick represents more than 450 venture-backed emerging growth companies in Silicon Valley and more than 550 worldwide. Visit Orrick's Emerging Companies website for more information.
If you have questions, please contact Joanne Wan at firstname.lastname@example.org