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Sep. 19, 2013 IBM Smart Camp

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On September 19, 2013 in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum, IBM held their North America Regional SmartCamp “Looking for Entrepreneurs who want to Build a Smarter Planet!” Startups had access to venture capitalists, industry experts, press, entrepreneurial organizations, academics, marketing and technology experts. Winners go on to compete for IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013. Claudia Fan Munce, IBM Managing Director, Venture Capital Group and Vice President Corporate Strategy moderated panelists John China of Silicon Valley Bank, Mark Gorenberg of Hummer Winblad and Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures who talked about what they look for in startups. Phil Gilbert, General Manager, IBM Design gave the first keynote and Chris Shipley, CEO, Guidewire Labs gave the second. Eric Apse, Partner with IBM’s Venture Capital Group introduced the contestants Josh Alexander of Toopher, Michael Gresty of Rifiniti, Barry Hill of Connectem, Ying Tam of Mindful Scientific and the two winners Lance Donny of OnFarm Systems and Scott Megill of Coriell Life Sciences.

Also attending were Susan Lucas Conwell, Vish Mishra, Nina Paolo, Kelly Porter and Ann Winblad.

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Jul. 15, 2013 SVForum Volunteers


On July 15, 2013 in Palo Alto at DLA Piper, SVForum staff held a volunteer meeting. Atttending were Jon Baer, Denyse Cardozo, Geoffrey Doyle, Francine Gordon, Steve Hogan, Joe Jasin, Bob Ketner, Jay Kumar, Michal Lenchner, Sonja London, Susan Lucas Conwell, Eilish McCaffrey, Waiming Mok, Kim Murray, Dave Nielsen, Christine Oliver, Rhinehart Reglos, Subu Sankara, David Snyder, Jeanine Swatton, Paul Wcislo.

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June 1, 2011 SDF New Member Breakfast

On June, 1, 2011 in Redwood City at SDForum headquarters, Susan Lucas Conwell held a New Member Breakfast. It was a great opportunity to network with a wide range of professionals and learn about SDForum’s upcoming events. Attending were John Arthur, John Bialy, Jeanne Bradford, Derek Dowsett, Waven Dean Fernandes, Elaine Haight, Steve Hogan, Rosh Lee, Loy Oppus Moe, Steve Organek, Michael Paganucci, Julie Price, Jim Remmell, Steve Tabrizi, Chris Tholstrup, and Elizabeth Xu.

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Jun. 2, 2010 SDF Volunteers At SAP

On June 2, 2010 in Palo Alto at SAP, SDForum volunteers and staff got an inside look at SAP views on future technology trends.

David Cruickshank , Director, Co-innovation Lab Palo Alto presented “Global Ecosystem and Partner Group Overview of SAP’s Global Co-Innovation Lab Network-leveraging the Ecosystem to accelerate innovation.” SAP technology touches over half of the world’s GDP in one way or another. They want to reach everyone everywhere.

Sanjay Poonen, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Business User & LoB (Lines of Business) Solutions presented “Overview of how SAP’s analytical software solutions are transforming the way businesses run.” It is now possible to track every transaction and analyze it in real time.

Richard Probst, VP, Infrastructure Technology Strategy in the Technology and Innovation Platform group presented “Overview of SAP’s technology strategy, envisioning what enterprise software must look like in a world, that is mobile, on-demand and in-memory.” Probst tracked the historical trend from mainframes to client server to internet to enterprise 2.0.

Scott Bolick, VP Sustainability. Presented “Highlight SAP’s emerging solutions, including SAP Carbon Impact and Green Rewards.” They are moving to power their equipment and buildings to direct current solar this summer. He demonstrated SAP applications running on an Apple iPad.

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Sept. 23, 2009 Engage Expo

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On September 23, 2009 at the San Jose Convention Center’s Engage Expo held a panel discussion on”How Venture Capital Sees Social Media” SDForum’s Susan Lucas-Conwell moderated panelists Timothy Chang of Norwest Venture Partners, Stewart Guenther of Venture Capital-Private Equity Roundtable, Shai Goldman of SVB Capital and Michael Kim of Rustic Canyon Partners. Text from DJCline.com

So what are the rules of engagement for social media? One-way boxed media like books and CDs are dead. Social media is about community, conversations and content. Theoretically social media is a platform-independent web service targeting customers who want to spend as much time as possible in your space. Revenue streams are shifting from advertising to subscriptions. The buzzwords are Media-As-Service (MAS), Free-To-Play (FTP) and metagames. If you are developing for the Apple iPhone you have good chance at funding because of the market and the distribution channel. Text from DJCline.com

If you want start a company think about how you are going to end it. Are you going to build it to be bought? What is your business plan and revenue stream? Do you know many venture capitalists want fifteen times their 2.5 million dollar investment back? Can you bootstrap it with angel investors? Talk to your potential acquiring company about who would be interested in investing. Text from DJCline.com

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June 25, 2009 SDF Visionary Awards

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On June 25, 2009, Heidi Roizen hosted the SDForum’s Visonary Awards, given to pioneers leading the way in high technology. Executive Director Susan Lucas-Conwell welcomed San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed who praised this year’s guests and awardees. Forest Baskett of NEA introduced Jim Clark of Silicon Graphics and Netscape. Yogen Dalal of Mayfield Fund introduced Judy Estrin of JLabs. KR Sridhar of Bloom Energy introduced Vinod Khosla of Sun Microsystems. Tom Wertheimer introduced Kay Klopovitz of USA Network.


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Sept. 3, 2008 SDF Breakfast

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On September 3, 2008 SDForum’s Susan Lucas-Conwell held a strategy breakfast for volunteers and visitors. Attending were Mark Duncan, Shirley Lin, David Cheung, ArLyne Diamond, Ovidiu Feodorov, Francine Gordon, Irene Lefton, William Leong, and Dave Nielsen. Text from DJCline.com. Continue reading Sept. 3, 2008 SDF Breakfast

July 2, 2008 SDF Breakfast

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On July 2, 2008 SDForum’s Susan Lucas-Conwell held a strategy breakfast for volunteers like Vladimir Gostrer of EFI, Shirley Lin of WooMeOver.com, Dave Nielsen of platform d, Fred Stein of Partner Programs, Michael Strohecker of the South East England Development Agency, Richard Taylor of SenSage, Shirley Lin of WooMeOver.com, Jayabeep Vijayan of NeST, and Kimberly Weifling of Weifling Consulting. Text from DJCline.com. Continue reading July 2, 2008 SDF Breakfast

June 25, 2008 SDF Visionary Awards

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On June 20, 2008, Heidi Roizen hosted the SDForum’s 2008 Visionary Awards, given to pioneers leading the way in high technology. Executive Director Susan Lucas-Conwell welcomed San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed who praised this year’s guests and awardees. Scott Sandell of NEA introduced fellow partner and Visionary Forrest Baskett. Dr. Mendel Rosenblum of VMware introduced his CEO and Visionary Diane Greene. Tim Haley of Redpoint introduced Netflix founder and Visionary Reed Hastings. Dr. Richard C. Atkinson of the University of California introduced Qualcomm chairman and Visionary Irwin Jacobs. John Markoff of the New York Times introduced Visionary Steven Levy who recently left Newsweek to begin writing for Wired magazine. Text from DJCline.com. Continue reading June 25, 2008 SDF Visionary Awards

May 20, 2008 SDF Clean Tech Efficiency

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On May 20, 2008 in San Francisco, Nixon Peabody and Moss Adams sponsored a presentation on how clean tech companies are increasing energy efficiency. Susan Lucas-Conwell of SDForum and Anne Morrissey of ASTIA kicked off the event. Andrea Cohen of Nixon Peabody moderated a panel with panelists Zach Gentry of Adura Technologies, Barbara Grant of American River Ventures, Bennett Johnston of Lumenergi and Tim Woodward of Nth Power. Text from DJCline.com. Continue reading May 20, 2008 SDF Clean Tech Efficiency