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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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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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Jan. 19, 2012 SVForum SVASE Merger

Jan. 19, 2012 in Redwood City at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits-Redwood Shores, SVForum and SVASE celebrated the joining of members and resources. SVForum speakers included CEO Chris Gill, Board Member Ann Winblad of Hummer Winblad and Deborah Magid of IBM Venture Capital Group who will be the incoming Chair and Director. SVASE speakers included Board Members Laura Pickering of Sizijee and Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels. KV Rao of Zuora spoke about how these organizations helped him get funding.

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