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Apr. 17, 2013 SVForum E-Commerce & Gamification

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On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in East Palo Alto at  DLA Piper, SVForum presented “E-Commerce & Gamification.” Benjamin Hautefeuille, Co-Chair for SIG eCommerce, introduced Kris Duggan, CEO & co-founder of Badgeville and Carlos Diaz, co-founder of Kwarter. They discussed social media using game mechanics to encourage the desired user behavior like customer loyalty or contact center productivity. The result can be amusing or annoying, but not all gamification is trivial. In the protein folding game FoldIt, the public predicted protein configuration of an AIDS enzyme, which had stumped scientists for 15 years, in 3 weeks. While the phrase gamification has peaked, the demand for a user interface that is easier (and possibly fun) to use will continue.

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Jan. 19, 2011 SDF Singapore

On Jan, 19, 2011 in East Palo Alto at DLA Piper, SDForum with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), and the US Market Access Center’s iStart@SV hosted a Singapore delegation for “How to Succeed in the Valley”. Jon Baer of Threshold Ventures moderated panelists Derek Dowsett of Moss-Adams, Laurie Lumenti of Silicon Valley Bank Accelerator, Curtis Mo of DLA Piper, Sean Tan of Huawei and Henry Wong of DiamondTech Ventures. They discussed successful strategies for establishing a business in Silicon Valley and expanding in the U.S. market.

When setting up here, it helps to have a successful business in your home country that investors can evaluate. They recommended learning from local law firms and professional organizations on how to find good people. The best people may not work for the biggest companies. In fact, they may be on their own and frankly a little odd. You may pay more but you will get more in return.

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Jun. 21, 2010 SDF Startup Funding

On June 21, 2010 in East Palo Alto at DLA Piper, SDForum’s Startup SIG hosted SciMed Partners CEO Susie Faries presentation “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Three Levers of Funding.” SciMed focuses on medical devices, medicine, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and emerging technologies. Faries spoke about strategy as startups build their business plans and investor materials and the path to commercialization. The three primary pieces of groundwork that start-ups need to know to get funding are the market, technology, and intellectual property.

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May 21, 2008 SDF Harvard Angels

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On May 21, 2008 in East Palo Alto at DLA Piper SDForum for startups to present to the Harvard Angels Selection Committee. When I first heard of name “Harvard Angels” I thought they were a well-dressed motorcycle gang. It turns out they ride in to town to raise money instead of hell. Any disruption they cause will be in technology. Text from DJCline.comm

They are members of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Northern California and the Harvard Club of San Francisco. During the past year they made early stage investments from $100,000 to $500,000. They advise on writing executive summaries and pitching their companies in three minutes.

Tom Cervantez of of Davis Wright Tremaine moderated the panel consisting of Come Lague, Active Angel and VC with Nueva Ventures, Sajjad Masud, Angel and founder of Apvision, J.C. Sarner, Angel Investor and co-founder of Optimizing Software Tools. They listened to the following pitches.

Michel Gelobter of Cooler wants to connect every purchase with a solution for global warming.

John Lee and Mike Samachisma of Bardo Entertainment offered an online virtual reality for pop culture.

Lina Pandey of GreenBack Systems has an authentication system for financial institutions.

Ron Ih of GoPlay Network created a new way for fantasy sports fan to interact online with real leagues.

Michael Ferguson, Managing Partner of Eccogen presented a campus card program where students could reload a prepaid card.

If you can’t go to Harvard go to a Harvard Angel. I still wonder if they have pinstripe leather jackets.


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Mar. 24, 2008 SDF Global Open Source

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On March 24, 2008 at Swissnex in San Francisco, SDForum hosted the Global Open Source Conference. It brought together investors, entrepreneurs and government experts to discuss the effects of open source software around the world. Text stolen from DJCline.com. Continue reading Mar. 24, 2008 SDF Global Open Source