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Jun. 3, 2013 SVForum Launch Silicon Valley Reception


On June 3, 2013 in Palo Alto at Cooley LLP, SVForum held a reception for entrepreneurs and investors attending “Launch: Silicon Valley 2013.” Here are some pictures of that event.

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Nov. 14, 2012 SVF Main Event Getting First Round Of Funding

On Wednesday November 14, 2012 in Palo Alto at Cooley LLP, SVForum held its Main Event “Opening the Kimono: Funded Entrepreneurs and Early Stage VCs on What’s Getting Funded Today and Why.” Gregory Clark of Cooley LLP moderated panelists Steve Goldberg of Venrock, Michael Mayernick of Spinnakr and Devin Redmond of Social IQ Networks. They discussed how to get that first round of funding.

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Sep. 12, 2012 SVForum Venture Capital Investment Trends

On Wednesday, September 12 in Palo Alto at Cooley LLP, SVForum held their Main Event “Venture Capital Investment Trends with PwC.” Steve Bengston of PwC presented the latest information on which industries and regions are receiving venture capital, based on Q2 2012 findings from the MoneyTree™ Report by PwC and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters. Bengston moderated panelists Guru Chahal of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Shahin Farshchi of Lux Capital Management and Vish Mishra of Clearstone Venture Partners.

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Aug. 8, 2012 SVForum Main Event

On August 8, 2012 in Palo Alto at Cooley LLP, SVForum’s Main Event topic was “Raising Capital for Early Stage Technology Companies.” Greg Clark of Cooley LLP moderated panelists Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels, Michael Harries of Citrix Startup Accelerator, Saad Khan of CMEA Capital and John Suh of Hyundai Ventures.

They discussed how even with reduced costs of startups and supportive incubators, companies still need venture capital. The options range from Ron Conway’s portfolio strategy angels to Mike Maples and his “Thunder lizard” to Band of Angels, Sand Hill Angels, and Angels’ Forum. Many investors are looking at social, mobile and big data because of the lower barriers to entry. An ideal candidate would be an experienced engineer leading an energetic team with an existing revenue stream and a business plan to sell the startup to a larger buyer like the Instagram Facebook acquisition.

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May 9, 2012 SVForum Startup Up And Running

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in Palo Alto At Cooley LLP, SVForum presented “Main Event: Getting your Startup Up & Running in 2012.” Chris Minunni of Cooley moderated panelists Manish Chandra of Poshmark, Mary Curtis of Pacifico, Eric Johnson of Ignited USA and Chris Yeh of Pbworks. They discussed getting a startup the right foundation with business plans, legal agreements, staffing and of course funding. Think not only about how you get started but where you want to wind up.

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Apr. 11, 2012 SVForum Creating Killer Products

On Wednesday, April 1, 2012 in Palo Alto at Cooley LLP, SVForum held its Main Event “Creating a Killer Product – Do you want to be Steve Blank or Steve Jobs?” Gregory Clark of Cooley LLP moderated panelists Joe Beninato of Tello, Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels, Eph Lindenbaum of Advance Ventures and Richard Melmon of Bullpen Capital. They discussed the pros and cons of both approaches.

Steve Jobs and Steve Blank had different ways to create killer products. Guy Kawasaki said, “Steve Job’s idea of a customer focus group was his left brain talking to his right brain.” Steve Blank’s idea was the Customer Development Process used by many startups. Frankly if you are not a genius who can make giant leaps to a final product, you have to rely on process.

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