Women In Tech Network: Seed to VC, Insights into the Funding Process from Tech Leaders for Women Startups

Women In Tech Network

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

Santa Monica, CA

Women In Tech Network:  Seed to VC, Insights into the...

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Media Partners, Influencers & Current Committee Team:  For VIP & Guaranteed Premier Reserved Seating/Entry, email our COO Stella Sacdalan at ssacdalan@womenintechnetwork.com

Join us for our Women in Tech Network Presents Panel Discussion: From Seed to VC, Insights into the Funding Process from Tech Leaders for Women Startups (Almost Sold-out event with 1,262+ RSVPs)

A few words from Councilman Mike Bonin - from the Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

The Panelists:

Barbara Boxer (BELLE Capital USA Fund)

Ms. Boxer is a Managing Director of the Fund, one of the Managers of the General Partner and serves as LeBe Inc.'s chief executive officer. Ms. Boxer has more than 20 years experience in advising and investing in early stage companies. Ms. Boxer has served as vice chairman of the Investment Committee for BELLE Capital, LP. She is also the Founder and Managing Member of Women Angels, LLC, an investment group with more than 100 women investors in Miami FL, Milwaukee WI, Chicago IL, and Washington, DC. Women Angels, LLC is comprised of qualified women investors who only invest in women owned businesses. Women Angels has invested over $5 million in five women owned businesses since 2007, co-investing with a number of women-focused funds including Phenomenelle Angels Fund and BELLE Capital. Ms. Boxer is phasing out of Women Angels and inviting its members to become limited partners in the Fund. 

Hildy Shandell (COO - Numecent - $14 Million Funded last year)

Hildy Shandell has over two decades of success working with private and public technology companies in a multitude of operating, strategic, transactional and investing roles. She has worked with Numecent as our Chief Operating Officer since November of 2010.

Previously, Hildy was a Venture Partner with Opus Capital, a $1 billion early stage venture capital fund, where she sourced and evaluated investment opportunities in multiple enterprise and consumer markets. She has also advised start-ups on business and go-to-market strategy, potential strategic alliances and financial/operational infrastructure.

Previously, Hildy was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Genesis Microchip, where she was instrumental in the sale of the company to STMicroelectronics at a 65% premium to market, the largest industry premium in recent years. While at Genesis, she accelerated new product launches through a technology licensing program and designed an acquisition strategy to strengthen the company's portfolio of differentiated technology. Prior to Genesis, Ms. Shandell was Vice President of Corporate Development at Broadcom. In that role, she completed close to $300 million of acquisitions which achieved 80% of the targeted sources of value and 95% retention of key talent.

Before joining Broadcom, Hildy was Chief Operating Officer of 3Dlabs, having been promoted from CFO, to lead global operations. Prior roles included Managing Director of the Renaissance Fund, a $150 million private equity fund, and partner at two major international law firms.

Kim Kovacs (Former CEO, Company was Acquired 2013)

Ms. Kimberly Kovacs is the co-founder and CEO of OptionEase, the leading network connector for complex equity compliance applications delivered on-demand via software-as-a-service (SaaS). OptionEase has more than 700 clients ranging from emerging venture-backed private entities to Fortune 100 organizations with over 100,000 equity plan participants. 

OptionEase has earned the rare distinction of been honored in Inc. Magazine’s, Inc. 5000 list of American’s fastest-growing private companies two consecutive years in a row, both in 2012 as well as 2011. Inc. named OptionEase the 19th fastest growing company in the Los Angeles area and the 22nd fastest growing software business in the U.S. B2B CFO named OptionEase a winner in its 2012 Smart 25 awards, based on its strong and sustainable growth.

Ms. Kovacs has a distinguished career in executive leadership and finance. She was on the board of Alpha Project in the 1990′s, securing over $50M in funding from HUD to preserve low income housing. At ORXYE Energy, as CFO and board member, she testified in Congress in concert with the EPA on clean energy regulations, assisted in bringing major oil companies into regulatory discussions and resolution that ultimately resulted in Ms. Hillary Clinton’s involvement and final adoption of the Clean Energy standards in the U.S.

In addition to her board seat for the National Coalition of Stock Planning Professionals (ACSPA) where she serves as Treasurer. Ms. Kovacs is currently on the board of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), in addition to being active in industry organizations such as FEI, FENG, and others. Ms. Kovacs is an active member of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) and the Association of Women in Technology (AWT).

Recently, she launched an OptionEase-sponsored scholarship with the Certified Equity Professional Institute (CEPI) to promote the advancement of equity administration and compliance. The annual scholarship pays for an individual to receive full CEP certification. Ms. Kovacs also supports youth music programs, historical site preservation and green technology initiatives to name just a few.



  • 7-8pm Check-in and Networking (Appetizers, Delectable Desserts & Wine will be served)

  • 8-9:30pm Panel and Q&A

  • 9:30-10pm More Networking: Wrap up the evening with conversations with your like-minded Tech Startups Peeps

In attendance will be Venture Capital Partners and Angel Investors for over 10+ firms. Also mix and mingle with Entrepreneurs and Start-up company representatives from over 100 companies.


Who Will Attend:

Tech startups, venture capitalists, angels, small business owners, media and

entertainment professionals, retail owners, entrepreneurs, mobile, Internet, digital

media, startups, service providers, legal, financial services, banks, investors.


Impressive list of attendees (Plus myriad of Women Entrepreneurs/Tech Startups): Deutsche Bank, Hulu, Rubicon Project, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Applliq, TigerText, Lyft, Scopely, Advanstar Communications (Acquisition: ENK International), Google, Anoto AB, Deloitte, Union Bank, Fan Appz, JP Morgan, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility, Demand Media, DH Infrastructure Economics Consulting, Go Fast Pay, Microsoft, (Miles, Bauer, Bergstrom & Winters, LLP), Amgen, Ticketmaster, JPL, (Microcosm, Inc.), Creative Resol-ve Healthcare Education Company, Morgan Stanley, Preact (Launch Pad LA), J. Hilburn, Entravision Communication, Tiger Lead Solutions (Acquired by Move Inc.), FullScreen, Hautelook (Acquired by Nordstrom), Knoll, Ernst & Young, The Israel Conference, Numecent, Manatt, CAA Venture, Taurus Capital Management, YourKidVid, BMG Entertainment, The Real Data Company, Stephen Young, UBS Investment Bank, DirectTV, Rumblefish, TOMS, Buzztone, (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP), Bryan Cave, (Studio 7 Media, LLC), ThreeDayRule, Brodeur Media, Saatchi and Saatchi, PWC, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, (KorWing, LLC), OneWest Bank, Kiitos Capital Management, Clear Channel Communications, (Ritz Group LLC), Uber Inc, Green Proposals, Hearst Digital, (Wired, Wired, West), Digitalkniss, Blitz, Modern Family - ABC, Paramount Pictures, Media Junkies, Fandango, Patch of Land, (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP), City National Bank, Otozip, Dreamworks Animation, Advisors LLP, Corra, (Gadbys Affair. LLC), Wipit, IBM, (THL Credit, Inc), Stubbs Alderton, Sun Microsystems, Evite (Acquired by Liberty Media), (Adorno & Yoss), DocStoc, Goldman Sachs, Spin Media Inc, (Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP), ShoeDazzle, Adly, Merrill Lynch, Sensing Places, The Walt Disney Company, Cal Tech, KABC-TV, Mayor of LA City Eric Garcetti Office Reps, Consul Representative (Startup Ecosystem abroad) and more!


WITN Inagural Event


Apply to Speak:

Investors, Startups, Corporate Execs can apply to speak on our panels. We are seeking investors, angels, VCs, strategic investors and successful entrepreneurs for a panel discussion.  Send email with subject line: ¨Speaker¨ with title, biography and areas of expertise to info@womenintechnetwork.com 

RECOMMENDED PARKING:  Parking Options:  On-street metered parking (After 6pm -No Fee) 

Sponsors:  Table sponsors get a table to showcase your product, demo, flyers, giveaways, food during the networking before and after the panel, plus their logo on the promo materials. Contact info@womenintechnetwork.com with SPONSOR for additional sponsorship information.



Women In Tech Network is a panel series in LA dedicated to connecting leading women entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and professionals with one another through educational networking and relationship building events. 


Run by LA Tech Leaders:


Marina Lee (Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of WomenInTechNetwork.com & StartupsEdge.com, Board of Directors, C & Company, Contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, The Glass Hammer, Business News Daily and Book:  Women Change The World -May 2014), E3 Event with 150+ Game Industry Executives, Media Partner of DEWexpo, Vator - Splash, Launch Fest & Hackathon, OC Mobile Conference, LA Game Conference and The Israel Conference, Advisor for C-Launcher Startups Competition - C Launcher Awards and Silicon Beach Event, Committee Team: Toshiba Golf Classics - 250 Executive Women - 3rd Annual Women's Business Day and Golf Clinic, Founder & Executive Producer of Interviews Featuring: Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki & Dr. Deepak Chopra, Events: Tony Blair (Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) & Vincente Fox (Former President of Mexico), Howard Marks (Legendary Investor and Billionaire, founder of Oaktree Capital), Paul Yanover (President at Fandango CEO & Former Disney Exec). Senior Executives of Fortune 500 Companies, Tech Startups and more



Stella Sacdalan

Stella Sacdalan 

COO at Women In Tech Network | Founder of PDX Incubator

With over 15 years experience in business incubation and franchise development, Stella Sacdalan is an accomplished executive and leader with a demonstrated record of increasing revenues, exceeding profitability goals and meeting stakeholder expectations. Featured in Oregon Business Magazines’ annual spotlight on women innovators, Stella, as founder and CEO of the PDX Fashion Incubator, incubated hundreds of women entrepreneurs and was the driving force in creating a thriving independent designer industry that exists today. She also pioneered the 3rd longest running fashion week in the U.S. behind NYC and LA. As the COO of the company she went onto franchise, Stella was responsible for the “Top 100 Fastest Growing Businesses in Oregon “award from the Portland Business Journal. Stella’s energy and expertise has led her to back to working with women entrepreneurs in the Los Angeles area.

Susan Arete

Susan M. Areté

VP of Strategy & Business Development - Women In Tech Network | Elance City Manager - SoCal 

Many thanks to our continuous supportive and dedicated (30) Committee Team!!!

Women Influencers, Key Contributors and Advisors helping in Changing The Ratio working with our Women In Tech Network and SoCal Startup Tech Ecosystem!  See 8 Pix Slides: http://ow.ly/u9D58

Women In Tech Network fosters business opportunity and growth for LA's enterprising female community.  We are the connective-tissue between Women Co-Led Companies & Funding Resources.  In addition, our mission is to galvanize and bring together VCs & Angel Investors and bring new investment funds to help grow our LA Tech Startup Ecosystem.   


Thanks to our Sponsors:



Elance is proud to support this event and will be providing appetizers and wine for all in attendance. Elance is an online freelance marketplace where you can hire the skills your business needs instantly. Over half a million entrepreneurs, startups, and businesses like yours are hiring from a pool of over 2.6 million professional freelancers to augment and flexibly scale their teams. In addition, Elance is providing a $50 credit towards your first hire.



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Pay it Forward Labs is a movement who want to help you grow your business by providing you with the cornerstones of success, Networking, Mentorship, Education and Referrals. Its our privilage to love what we do and do what we love.


Thanks to our Community Supporters:


We are a Sustainable City.  Santa Monica is an internationally recognized, award winning sustainability leader.  In 1994, the City of Santa Monica was among the first in the country to adopt a Sustainability City Program.  Our business reap benefit - both environmentally and economically - from a free Business Greening Program, the Santa Monica Green Business Certification program, and the annual Santa Monica Sustainable Qulity Awards.  The Santa Monica Green Building Program expedites building permits.  The City also offers grants to businesses and property owners under the Sustainable Landscape Program and Solar Santa Monica.



Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce building a thriving community since 1925


The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce advocates and represents business' interests and issues facing the community.  We provide the environment to help our members prosper and succeed through a proactive working partnership with all levels of government and community organizations to achieve a healthy local economy and quality of life.








Have questions about Women In Tech Network: Seed to VC, Insights into the Funding Process from Tech Leaders for Women Startups? Contact Women In Tech Network

When & Where

Water Gardens
1620 26th Street, Suite 100S
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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Past Panelists - General Assembly Los Angeles & Women In Tech Network Present: Inaugural Women Investor Panel Event   


Renee LaBran - Rustic Canyon & Fontis Partners, Victoria Cheng - Core Innovation Capital, Alyse Killeen - Clearstone Venture Partners, Alexa Fischer - Correlation Ventures & Eva Ho - Susa Ventures  (Sold-Out - Full House - Standing Room Only with 206 Past Attendees - Here are some notables):  Venture Capital Partners and Angel Investors for over 10+ firms. Also mix and mingle with Entrepreneurs and Start-up company representatives from over 100 companies.

Impressive list of attendees came to our Inaugural Women Investors Event (Plus myriad of Women Entrepreneurs/Tech Startups): Evite (Acquired by Liberty Media), ShoeDazzle, Siemer Ventures, Mobile Roadie, Hulu, Scopely, Advanstar Communications (Acquisition: ENK International), Fan Appz, JP Morgan, Three Square Inc, Buyerly, The Walt Disney Company,  Preact (Launch Pad LA), Grandpoint Bank, Otozip, Cornerstone, J. Hilburn, Hautelook (Acquired by Nordstrom), Ernst & Young, Numecent, Philosophie, Goldman Sachs, Taurus Capital Management, Fandango, Merrill Lynch, Mayor Eric Garcetti Office, Henrik & Dr. Geeta Fisker (Fisker Automotive & Tesla Motors), Consul Representative (Startup Community abroad) and more (Plus a Rocketfeller)

Women In Tech Network is dedicated to connecting leading women entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and professionals with one another through educational networking and relationship building events. Run by LA Tech Leader Marina Lee (Founder of WomenInTechNetwork.com & StartupsEdge.com) 

Women In Tech Network fosters business opportunity and growth for LA's enterprising female community.  Our mission is to be the connective-tissue between Women Co-Led Companies and Investors.  In addition, we galvanize and bring together VCs & Angel Investors and bring new investment funds to help grow our LA Tech Startup Ecosystem.  

Past Panelists:  Thought Leaders, Movers & Shakers and Headliners like Billionaire, Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group), Paul Yanover (President, Fandango), Howard Marks (Legendary Investor and Billionaire, founder of Oaktree Capital), VK Raman (Current VP of Foundry Engineering at Broadcom and VP of Procurement at Broadcom), Rocco Fabiano (Senior Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. & President, Qualcomm Retail Solutions, Inc.), Sriram Viswanathan (Ex-Senior VP of Intel under Arvind Sodhani. Ran half of Intel Capital, now has a startup advisory/VC firm called Indusage) and Nagraj Kashyap (Vice President of Qualcomm Ventures). 



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