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Venture Startup and Finance SIG – Beyond the Hype: Raising Seed or Series A Capital

September 15, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-7

Online registration closes at 5pm. Walk-ins are welcome.

Beyond the Hype: What it take to Raise Seed and Series A venture capital

We’ve all heard the stories: a 22-year-old comes to SV from some startup you’ve never heard of, raises millionsin seed or venture financing– with no product and a skeletal team. The stories might be true, but they also beg a very important question: is instant success the new normal, or is it just that everyone loves a jackpot story?  Raising money is a lot harder than the stories would have you believe–and at this month’s VF SIG, we’ll be talking all about what it really takes to get your company its first round of solid funding. We’ve got a great panel of startup CEOs who have been through the drill of raising seed and Series A capital; they’ll discuss their successful funding strategies–as well as the things they did wrong.

Join us for an enlightening and entertaining evening!

About Our Speakers:

William Grosso, Scientific Revenue
William “Bill” Grosso has been an acclaimed engineering and product leader ever since he walked away from his job as a research scientist in Artificial Intelligence. Whether as a VP of Engineering, a CTO, or as an SVP of Product, he’s known for building high-performance organizations that ship innovative customer-centric products on time. What’s more, and what’s more important, people enjoy working for him and achieve personal bests under his direction. Currently, he splits his time between driving his son to school, incubating a new startup and consulting. The son is doing fine, the startup is in stealth mode, and the consulting practice focuses on helping customers think about their data (especially around predictive analytics), business intelligence, and revamping organizational processes to achieve higher performance. His customers range from the Fortune 500 to 10 person startups and just about the only thing they have in common is that they have an interesting problem they need Bill (or his team) to solve. LinkedIn

Tom Landers, CEO & Founder of Traipse Media 
Tom has over 20 years of experience in the Silicon Valley, with both well established and start-up companies. He has worked with a variety of Fortune 100 companies, building custom products, affiliate programs, partner and VAR solutions both domestically and internationally. Serving in management and senior technologist roles with RealNames Corporation, Quantum Corporation, Adecco Corporation, and Silicon Graphics, Inc., as a Senior Architect for McAfee (NYSE: MFE) Landers worked on globalization and VAR program development around “security as a service” (SaaS) and carrier/service provider distribution channels worldwide through VAR programs with many of the world’s largest ISPs and telecoms. When found outdoors he is mountain Biking, trailrunning, hiking, geocaching, whitewater rafting, camping, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, adventure racing, relaxing… LinkedIn

Moderator: Jon Baer, Managing Partner of Threshold Ventures 
Jon is a recovering venture capitalist who has worked with early stage companies for more than 3 decades. He was also the founder and CEO of two venture backed companies, one a spin out from SRI International. Jon now spends his time teaching, mentoring and advising early stage companies around the world. In the past two years he has worked with companies from Silicon Valley, S. Korea, Singapore, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Northern Ireland, Venezuela, Mexico, Denmark, Australia, Tunisia, Norway, and elsewhere. He believes that startups require tough love and need to focus on money, metrics and milestones. He thinks that powerpoint can be your best friend or worst enemy when telling a story. He teaches CEO’s to say less (yes, because less is more). LinkedIn

6:30 – 7:00 pm  Registration and Networking
7:00 – 8:30 pm Presentation


IBM Innovation Center, Silicon Valley
1001 East Hillsdale Blvd., West Tower, Suite 400, Suite 400
Foster City, CA 94404 United States