Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum: 2013-14 Angel & Venture Capital Financing Overview

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Date(s) - 08/29/2013
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Banatao Auditorium - Sutardja Dai Hall

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In 2013 the early stage financing environment showed increasing strength with valuations and the number of financings increasing.  The strength of the funding market was evident by the presence of an IPO market stronger than it had been in years and a robust M&A market.  Additionally, 2013 continued a number of trends from prior years:  the growing influence of founders/entrepreneurs, the significant growth in the activity of seed/angel investors as well as alternative funding platforms, and the presence of large private companies that have raised rounds at significant valuations.  Finally, the secondary trading markets which had provided liquidity to private company investors following the economic downturn in 2008 seem less relevant in 2013.

Against this backdrop, the VC industry continues to undergo profound changes, with the number of VC funds shrinking and smaller amounts of VC dollars being raised.  Please join our panel of expert angel and venture capital investors for a look at early stage investing during the past year and what the future investment environment holds. The presentation will also include a review of the key metrics for venture capital investments/exits and critical VC term sheet terms for Q2 2013. This will be a thought provoking and informative session you will not want to miss!

Sam Angus Samuel B. Angus
, Fenwick & West LLP
Samuel B. Angus is a partner in the Corporate and Venture Capital Group of Fenwick & West LLP, a law firm specializing in technology and life sciences matters. Mr. Angus is resident in the San Francisco office and his practice concentrates on advising start-up/venture-backed companies, venture capital and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing, joint ventures and general corporate matters. Mr. Angus represents a broad range of companies from privately held start-up companies to publicly traded corporations, including Airbnb, Github, Marin Software and oDesk. His practice also includes advising entrepreneurs and investors.
Steve Bengston Steve Bengston
Steve Bengston heads the Emerging Company Services (ECS) group at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  ECS acts as “mentor capitalists” for young, high potential companies. Before joining PwC, Steve had 20 years of experience in a variety of marketing, business development and general management roles at several high tech companies in the Bay Area.  Most recently, he was Pres/CEO of, a leading international emarketing and greeting card company.   Previously, he was VP Marketing & Business Development at Worldview Systems, an Internet travel pioneer.  At Worldview, Steve helped launch and market Travelocity with Sabre Interactive. Steve has a BA in Economics and MBA from Stanford University.  He works closely or sits on the Advisory Board at Churchill Club, SVASE, Life Science Angels,  Bay Bio, and the Stanford/MIT Venture Lab, has taught classes on startups at UC Berkeley, San Jose State,  Santa Clara Law School, Hastings Law School, and Stanford,  and is active in a variety of other organizations in the Bay Area targeting entrepreneurs and investors. He is a frequent moderator/panelist at both university and industry sponsored events.
 Gregory Gretsch Gregory Gretsch
Managing Director, Sigma West
Greg joined Sigma West in 2000 after 20 years in the tech industry, where he was the founder of 3 successful companies. In 1997, Greg co-founded Connectify, an enterprise software company that sold software for Electronic Direct Marketing. After selling Connectify to Kana Communications in 1999, he stayed on board as the Vice President of Electronic Direct Marketing. Prior to Kana, Greg started GiftONE in 1996, which he later sold to SkyMall. In 1993, Greg launched his first start up, Vicarious, an education and reference CD-ROM publisher. Early in his career, Greg was in product marketing at Apple. Greg has a B.B.A in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Georgia.
Howard Hartenbaum Howard Hartenbaum
August Capital
Howard Hartenbaum joined August Capital in 2008. Prior to joining, he served as a General Partner at Draper Richards LP where he was the founding investor in Skype and a former member of the board of directors where his achievement resulted in his joining the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists.Before entering the venture capital field, Howard was at Hughes Electronics, where he was responsible for supporting business development, marketing and sales of satellite, information security and automotive technologies developed by HRL Laboratories. He also worked in engineering positions in ergonomics and user experience at Honda Motor Company and manufacturing at Teledyne Relays. Howard has worked overseas for a total of ten years in Luxembourg and Japan. He is a graduate of M.I.T.
Mike Maples Mike Maples, Jr.
Managing Partner
Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named as one of “8 Rising VC Stars” by Fortune Magazine for his investments in business and consumer technology companies. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was an entrepreneur and operating executive who worked in a variety of senior management roles in high-growth companies. His background spans a variety of markets including consumer technology, small business, and the enterprise, and he has led various functions in product development, marketing, business development, and corporate strategy. Mike co-founded Motive, Inc., the world’s leading broadband software company in 1997, and played key roles in its growth from raw start-up through sales of more than $75 million. Motive was one of the only successful technology IPOs in 2004, and the most successful infrastructure software IPO for the prior three years. He holds an Engineering degree from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a guest-lecturer on entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, Princeton University, and the University of Texas.
 Garry Tan Garry Tan
Y Combinator
Garry Tan is a partner with Y Combinator, and a cofounder of YC is a leading early stage incubator that has funded over 550 startups in the past eight years, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Optimizely, Weebly, Reddit, Instacart and Coinbase. He was a YC alum and cofounder of Posterous (acquired by Twitter in 2012), and also previously was an early designer and engineer who helped cofound the engineering team for Palantir’s finance product. He also designed the Palantir logo.
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The program begins with a networking hour at 6:30 PM with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the Stanley Hall Atrium, a short distance from the Haas School of Business.

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