Lowenstein Sandler LLP
April 10, 2014 New York
nothing ventured, nothing crushedTM
speakers
moderated by
Ed Zimmerman
Aileen Lee Cowboy Ventures
Founder (and Partner, Kleiner Perkins)
Aileen is the founder of Silicon Valley-based fund Cowboy Ventures and, since 1999, has been a partner at Kleiner Perkins. She also authored the well-known Unicorn article.
Bob Goodman Bessemer Venture Partners
Founding Partner of BVP's New York office
Bob joined Bessemer Venture Partners in 1998 and is the founding partner of Bessemer’s New York office. He focuses on investments in software, mobile, digital media and healthcare IT. He’s led investments in many companies that have gone public including Millenial Media, Broadsoft, and Bladelogic, among others.
Dwight Merriman MongoDB
Chairman & Co-Founder
Dwight is the co-founder of the following major NY companies: MongoDB, DoubleClick, Gilt Group and Business Insider, as well as an investor in numerous others.
Jennifer Fonstad Aspect Ventures
Co-Founder
Jennifer co-founded Aspect Ventures and was, for the prior 17 years, a partner and Managing Director at DFJ. She has appeared on the Forbes Midas List. She is the Chairman of Flurry and also led investments in now public companies including NanoString and AthenaHealth. She co-founded the Broadway Angels. Jennifer spent a year teaching math to high school students in sub-Saharan Africa. Based in the Valley, Aspect is investing solely the capital of its two co-founders.
Josh Kopelman First Round Capital
Managing Partner
Josh founded First Round Capital (he’s had multiple successful exits, including IPOs, as an entrepreneur) and usually ranks among the top dozen venture investors in the world (according to the Forbes Midas list).
Mike Lazerow Salesforce Marketing Cloud
CMO (Formerly Buddy Media Founder/CEO)
Mike is the CMO of Salesforce Marketing Cloud and the former Chairman and CEO of Buddy Media, Inc.,(acquired by SalesForce) a NYC-based company whose social enterprise management system, the Buddy Media Social Marketing Suite, is used by eight out of the top ten global advertisers.
Michael Walrath WGI Group
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Michael is co-founder and a managing partner of WGI Group, a NYC-based PE firm. He is also co-founder/chairman of Moat Inc., chairman of Yext, co-founder of Confide and, formerly, founder/CEO of Right Media before its acquisition by Yahoo!. Michael co-founded Atlas Films. Atlas' second documentary, Fed Up, recently premiered at Sundance film festival. Worldwide rights were purchased by The Weinstein Company and the film will be released nationwide this spring.
Theresia Gouw Aspect Ventures
Co-Founder
Theresia co-founded Aspect Ventures this year and for the prior 15 years, was a partner at Accel. She’s one of only four women on the 2013 Forbes Midas List. Several of her investments led to successful IPOs, including Trulia, Imperva and PeopleSupport. Her enviable NYC portfolio includes BirchBox, LearnVest and BaubleBar, in addition to investments in HotelTonight and TRUSTe. She teaches Venture Capital at Stanford GSB and serves as a trustee at Brown University.
Yahal Zilka Magma Ventures
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Yahal Zilka co-founded and is Managing Partner of Magma Ventures, among the top venture funds in Israel. He served on the boards of both Waze (acquired by Google for over a billion dollars last year) and Onavo (also acquired at the end of last year by Facebook). Yahal was previously CFO of VocalTec, an Israeli tech company that pioneered the VOIP space and went public in the 1996 (during his tenure) and from which many other Israeli tech companies can trace their roots.
Klaus Hommels Lakestar
Founder
Klaus founded Lakestar, an internet-focused venture fund in Zurich and Berlin. He led investments in the A-Round of Spotify (and serves on the board), AirBnB, Skype, King.com, and Klarna and was an early investor in Facebook. Prior to Lakestar, he was the Managing Director and Board member of AOL Germany. In 2011 Klaus was named the NOAH Internet Investor of the year. Forbes ranked him first among European investors on the 2013 Midas list.
Jeff Richards GGV Capital
Managing Partner, Silicon Valley
Jeff Richards is a Managing Partner at GGV Capital, an expansion stage VC in China and Silicon Valley. Prior to GGV, Jeff was an entrepreneur in the US and Asia, having founded two software companies (R4, acquired by VeriSign, & QuantumShift). He was also an exec at VeriSign. Jeff led GGV’s investments in Buddy Media & BlueKai (both acquired), HotelTonight & Percolate, and is involved in GGV’s investments in Square, 21ViaNet(VNET), hiSoft(HSFT), Qunar. He used to be good at basketball.
Ed Zimmerman Lowenstein Sandler
Founder/Chair, Tech Group
Ed is a venture lawyer. During his more than 20 years at Lowenstein Sandler, he represented hundreds of start-ups, growth companies and venture funds. He has angel invested in more than 45 companies and invested as an LP in more than a dozen families of venture funds. Ed has taught VC at Columbia Business School for 8 years, has published 60 columns on venture/tech (and sometimes wine or music) on the Accelerators page of the WSJ and founded FirstGrowthVC.
archive
Last year, BloombergTV's "MoneyMoves with Deirdre Bolton" filmed live from the event and interviewed a number of speakers and attendees. The resulting interviews were broadcast globally. Click below to see videos. BloombergTV's Deirdre Bolton anticipates again broadcasting live from the event. By attending the event, you consent to being part of the broadcast.
2013
Speakers
Bing Gordon
Theresia Gouw
Aspect Ventures
Co-Founder
Mike Lazerow
Salesforce Marketing Cloud
CMO (Formerly Buddy Media Founder/CEO)
Doug Leone
Sequoia Capital
Managing Partner
Alan Patricof
Greycroft Partners
Founder and Managing Director
Gary Vee Vaynerchuk
VaynerMedia/Wine Library
Best Selling Author
Fred Wilson
Union Square Ventures
Managing Partner
Ed Zimmerman
Lowenstein Sandler
Founder/Chair, Tech Group
2012
Speakers
Katia Beauchamp
Birchbox
CEO and Co-Founder
Howard Lerman
Yext
CEO and Co-Founder
Brian O'Kelley
Appnexus
CEO and Co-Founder
Theresia Gouw
Aspect Ventures
Co-Founder
Deven Parekh
Insight Venture Partners
Managing Director
Josh Kopelman
First Round Capital
Managing Partner
Eric Hippeau
Lerer Ventures
Managing Director
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Eric Hippeau, a partner at Lerer Ventures, and Deven Parekh, a managing director at Insight Venture Partners, speak to Deirdre Bolton On Bloomberg Television’s “Money Moves” about venture capital opportunities and investment strategies.
Eric Hippeau, a partner at Lerer Ventures, and Deven Parekh, a managing director at Insight Venture Partners, speak to Deirdre Bolton On Bloomberg Television’s “Money Moves” about venture capital opportunities and investment strategies.
Micah Rosenbloom, founding partner of Founder Collective, discusses venture capital investing with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop."
Alex Zhardanovsky, co-founder of PetFlow.com, talks about the company's pet-supply delivery service and growth strategy. He speaks with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."
Billy McFarland, chief executive officer of Spling.com, speaks to Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness" about the company's growth strategy and the venture capital environment.
Lauren Remington Platt, chief executive officer of Vensette, talks about the creation of the personal makeup service. Platt speaks with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."
2011
Speakers
Fred Wilson
Union Square Ventures
Managing Partner
Alfred Lin
Sequoia Capital
Partner (Former chairman and COO/CFO of Zappos)
Aileen Lee
Cowboy Ventures
Founder (and Partner, Kleiner Perkins)
Dan Rose
Facebook
VP of Partnerships and
Platform Marketing
2010
Speakers
David Rosenblatt
1stdibs
CEO (Former CEO of Doubleclick)
Andy Weissman
Fabrice Grinda
OLX Co-Founder and CO-CEO
Deven Parekh
Insight Venture Partners
Managing Director
Wenda Harris Millard
Medialink LLC
President and COO
(Former Co-CEO and President of
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia)
Nick Beim
Venrock
Partner
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co-hosts
and discussion leaders
Grammy Winning Performer
Shelby Lynne ShelbyLynne.com
We’re excited to have Grammy winning singer/songwriter/guitarist, Shelby Lynne, performing at our party. Shelby’s acting credits include portraying Johnny Cash’s mother in the Academy Award-winning film, Walk the Line. Shelby wrote, sang, played all the instruments on and produced her last album, Revelation Road. NPR said: “…I'll continue to listen to everything Lynne puts out. Her voice is an extraordinary instrument, deployed with great shrewdness and delicacy.”
cohost and discussion leader
Katherine Barr Mohr Davidow Ventures General Partner
A General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, Katherine focuses primarily on investments in web and mobile consumer and business products and services that leverage data analytics and new technology platforms. Specific areas of investment interest include Life Tech (life optimization and digital personalization), Retail and Commerce Innovation, and Next Generation Media.
cohost and discussion leader
Patrick Chung New Enterprise Associates Partner
Co-head of NEA's Seed-stage investing practice and a founding partner of The Experiment Fund, an on-campus venture fund founded by NEA and Harvard (www.xfund.com). He is a director of 23andMe, Curalate, Euclid, Lytro, and MeCommerce, and is actively involved with Carezone, Coursera, CrowdMed, IFTTT, Ravel, Rock Health, Tivli, and Upworthy.
Discussion co-leader
Stephen Collins bazaarvoice CEO and Director
As chief executive officer at Bazaarvoice, Stephen is responsible for guiding the company’s strategy and vision. While at Bazaarvoice, Stephen has served as chief financial officer, responsible for leading the finance and legal teams and providing strategic and operational leadership as a member of the executive leadership team.
Co-Host
Stefan Heuser Samsung | Open Innovation Vice President
Stefan Heuser is currently Vice President US Open Innovation Group for Samsung. Stefan is based in San Jose, California and heads the Samsung team, which focuses on early-stage investments in startup companies, technology sensing and sourcing, and University relationships. Stefan has previously held positions in Siemens Smart Grid, Siemens Finance and Siemens Technology to Business (TTB).
cohost and discussion leader
Alfred Lin Sequoia Capital Partner
Alfred is a Partner at Sequoia Capital and works with consumer internet and enterprise companies. He represents Sequoia Capital on the Board of Directors of Achievers, Airbnb, Houzz, Humble Bundle, Romotive and Stella & Dot. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2010, Alfred was Chairman and COO of Zappos.com, which was acquired by Amazon.com for $1.2B. Prior to Zappos.com, Alfred was VP of Finance and Business Development at Tellme Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft for $780M.
cohost and discussion leader
Jules Maltz Institutional Venture Partners General Partner
Jules Maltz joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in August 2008 and has over ten years of venture capital and startup experience. He focuses on later-stage venture investments in rapidly-growing Internet and software companies. Jules was recognized by AlwaysOn as one of the top 100 venture capitalists by his inclusion in the AlwaysOn 2012 VC 100 List.
cohost and discussion leader
Bubba Murarka Draper Fisher Jurvetson Managing Director
Bubba Murarka is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where his current responsibilities include leading early stage investments in consumer internet and mobile technology companies. Prior to joining DFJ, Bubba led product development for Facebook for Android and started the Facebook Home project. At Facebook, Bubba also led business development deals with key strategic partners including Microsoft, Netflix,Yahoo, Dentsu and Terra Networks.
cohost and discussion leader
Brian O'Malley Battery Ventures General Partner
Brian leads Battery’s Seed & Early Stage practices, while focusing on investments in eCommerce, online marketplaces and internet applications. During his tenure at Battery, he has invested in Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV), Brightedge, Coupa, H.BLOOM, Insitu (acquired by Boeing), J. Hilburn, Joor, HotelTonight, Loosecubes, Peerflix (acquired by Live Universe), Serena & Lily, Skullcandy (NASDAQ: SKUL), Sociable Labs, Sosh, TradeKing, Viddy and World Golf Tour.
cohost and discussion leader
Jason Pressman Shasta Ventures Partner
Jason leads the enterprise practice at Shasta Ventures and invests across a range of sectors including enterprise software, SaaS, cloud and consumer services. A company builder who played an integral role in the development of one of today’s largest online businesses, Jason acts as a thought partner, advocate and counselor to entrepreneurs looking to take their companies from initial proof of product-market fit to industry dominance.
host
Kathi Rawnsley Lowenstein Sandler Founder & Managing Partner, Palo Alto
As a start-up specialist who has nurtured dozens of fledgling companies through their early stages, Kathi sees her job as part lawyer and part coach. Many of her clients are entrepreneurs dealing with new and often unfamiliar challenges. Kathi helps them work through the myriad complexities of founding a technology company — many with legal implications.
cohost and discussion leader
Dan Scholnick Trinity Ventures General Partner
Dan joined Trinity Ventures in 2007 and brings significant entrepreneurial and product development experience to the firm. Prior to Trinity, Dan was the second employee at Wily Technology, a pioneer in the application performance management market. At Wily, Dan helped build the first version of the company’s application performance management product and held a number of key roles before its acquisition by CA (NASDAQ: CA).
Discussion Co-Leader
Alex Schultz Facebook Director, Growth
Alex Schultz is a director on Facebook's growth team where he applies growth marketing tactics, such as email marketing, to help Facebook grow both its number of users and their engagement. Since he joined in 2007, he and his team have helped Facebook grow from a small network primarily for US college students with 50 million users to a global communications platform used by more than 1 billion people worldwide.
Discussion Co-Leader
Jessica Verrilli Twitter Corporate Development
Jessica manages corporate development and is responsible for acquisition strategy, deal execution, and M&A integration at Twitter. In this role she has led 18 acquisitions for the company, including Vine, Crashlytics, WeAreHunted / #music, Posterous, Cabana, Spindle, nClud, MixerLabs, BackType, etc and contributed to many others. Through this work she has played a strategic role in catalyzing and accelerating the highest priority engineering, product, and broader corporate initiatives at Twitter.
Discussion Co-Leader
Elaine Wherry EWherry.com
Elaine Wherry co-founded Meebo where she served as Meebo's Chief Experience Officer prior to being acquired by Google in 2012. Elaine is a classically trained violinist, a recipient of the Founders Fund TechFellows Award in Engineering Leadership, and her work on team-building and leadership have been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and CBS.
Host
Ed Zimmerman Lowenstein Sandler
Founder/Chair, Tech Group
Ed is a venture lawyer. During his more than 20 years at Lowenstein Sandler, he represented hundreds of start-ups, growth companies and venture funds. He has angel invested in more than 45 companies and invested as an LP in more than a dozen families of venture funds. Ed has taught VC at Columbia Business School for 8 years, has published 60 columns on venture/tech (and sometimes wine or music) on the Accelerators page of the WSJ and founded FirstGrowthVC.
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about us
The Tech Group closes hundreds of venture capital, angel, growth equity and private equity deals each year. We help tech companies do M&A, as buyers and sellers and represent tech companies and investment banks in public offerings. We serve as outside general counsel to many tech companies. We also handle a wide range of legal matters including licensing, privacy and intellectual property (for instance, we manage thousands of patents for startups and industry-leading companies). Just some of the larger tech firms we serve include Applied Materials, Cypress Semiconductor, Electronic Arts, Google, Intel, Red Hat, Stanford Research and Symantec. Also, we’re really busy so we didn’t spend much time writing this description.
Ed Zimmerman LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Founder/Chair, Tech Group
Ed is a venture lawyer. During his more than 20 years at Lowenstein Sandler, he represented hundreds of start-ups, growth companies and venture funds. He has angel invested in more than 45 companies and invested as an LP in more than a dozen families of venture funds. Ed has taught VC at Columbia Business School for 8 years, has published 60 columns on venture/tech (and sometimes wine or music) on the Accelerators page of the WSJ and founded FirstGrowthVC . more
Mark Kesslen LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Chair, IP Group
Wherever IP intersects with technology, Mark Kesslen is in his element. Since entering the profession, he has been an active participant in virtually every type of intellectual property matter. He has tried cases, drafted patent applications by the hundreds, managed large IP portfolios and helped develop legislation to fight off patent trolls. more
Marita Makinen LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Chair, M&A Group
With a focus on the strategic acquisitions and divestitures carried out by both public and growth-stage private companies, Marita values — and is valued for — her long-term approach to client relationships. She is regarded by her clients in the technology and consumer industries as a "company-focused" lawyer, one who becomes deeply involved in their business and who sees each transaction in the context of its impact on the company's future prospects. more
Anthony Pergola LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Co-Founder/Vice Chair, Tech Group
Anthony is the Vice Chair and co- founder of Lowenstein Sandler's Tech Group. Anthony is listed among The Best Lawyers in America. His clients create, finance and bring to market new technologies in the IT/software, communications, financial services, and life sciences/biotech industries, among others. He assists emerging, growth, later-stage technology businesses, and the venture funds that finance them, in venture capital investments. more
Kathi Rawnsley LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Founder & Managing Partner, Palo Alto Office
As a start-up specialist who has nurtured dozens of fledgling companies through their early stages, Kathi sees her job as part lawyer and part coach. Many of her clients are entrepreneurs dealing with new and often unfamiliar challenges. Kathi helps them work through the myriad complexities of founding a technology company — many with legal implications. She helps with their financing; negotiates their contracts and helps them think through issues related to building a team. more
Ray Thek LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Vice Chair, Tech Group
Ray is a deal lawyer who focuses on financings and exits for companies whose core assets are intellectual property. From start-ups to major corporations, he helps companies and investors identify, finance and monetize the technologies, processes, products and brands that will create the most value for them. more
Stephen Buckingham LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (IP), Tech Group
Steve represents and counsels clients in the software/computer, internet, life sciences and other industries. He defends them against claims of patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation and product liability claims. He also litigates complex breach of contract and license claims involving technology development agreements and/or intellectual property rights, strategizing with clients pre-litigation to manage and minimize legal risk. more
Peter Fusco LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (Deals), Tech Group
Pete represents tech companies and venture funds in growth, venture and seed fundings and in M&A. He serves as general counsel to many startup and growth companies. Pete also works closely with the NYU/POLY’s incubators in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He can sometimes be found in Brooklyn stalking startups. He likes live music. more
David Haber LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (Deals), Tech Group
David focuses on mergers and acquisitions of venture and private equity-backed companies, private equity and venture capital transactions and angel investments. He has more than 13 years of experience as a tech company lawyer, half of which he spent in Silicon Valley during and after the burst of the dot-com bubble. more
Mary Hildebrand LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (IP), Chair Privacy Practice, Tech Group
Mary has more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, commercialization, protection, and management of intellectual property, technology and database assets around the world. Mary has been lead counsel in many substantial transactions with particular emphasis on complex structures involving the development, distribution, exploitation, sale, license and outsourcing of intellectual property assets and web-enabled ventures. more
Vanessa Ignacio LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (IP), Tech Group
To say that Vanessa Ignacio deals in equal parts with science and art in her practice is no exaggeration. The science is identifying and applying legal issues in advising companies on the clearance, development, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks. The art is negotiating with trademark examiners and understanding their myriad reasons for granting or refusing a mark. more
Matt Kirmayer LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (Deals), Tech Group
Matt works with new technologies and the entrepreneurs that develop and bring those technologies to market, and focuses his practice on the representation of emerging technology companies, venture capital and private equity funds, and institutional investors. more
David Leit LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (IP), Tech Group
David is a technology and intellectual property lawyer. With an unusual “hybrid” practice advising clients both on transactions and on litigation, David’s deep experience in both areas allows him to bring his unique perspective to bear on their IP and technology issues. more
Daniel Ovanezian LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (IP), Tech Group
Daniel counsels companies in patent prosecution, trademarks, software copyrights, licensing, opinion letters, due diligence reviews accompanying mergers and acquisitions, IP portfolio evaluations, and pre-trial services related to patent infringement litigation. more
Robert Paradiso LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (IP), Chair, Life Sciences Patent Practice
Robert is an intellectual property attorney focused on the life sciences industry. Over the course of his career, he has had the privilege of counseling clients on the discovery, design and protection of many successful therapeutic and diagnostic products with important commercial and humanitarian benefits. more
Marina Portnova LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (IP), Tech Group
Marina focuses on intellectual property protection in computer architecture, software, networking, communications, image processing, and business methods. She provides clients a broad range of patent-related services, including preparing and prosecuting patent applications (U.S. and foreign), patent validity and infringement analysis and opinions, IP due diligence work, IP licensing, and strategic IP counseling. more
Matt Savare LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (IP), Tech Group
Matt focuses his practice on media, entertainment, intellectual property, online advertising, technology and privacy issues. Matt has represented clients in many facets of the media and entertainment industries, including film, television, music, publishing, theater, visual and performing arts, and new media, with a particular emphasis on how new and emerging technologies are disrupting traditional business models. more
Brian Silikovitz LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (Tax), Tech Group
Brian is a tax lawyer for businesses. He is an integral part of any deal team and provides structuring and other tax advice in mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, debt and equity investments, executive compensation, and other tax issues that arise throughout the life of a business. more
Ethan Skerry LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (Deals), Tech and M&A Groups
Ethan is a deal lawyer with a long track record of successful M&A, joint venture and other complex transactions across a variety of industries, with a particular emphasis on M&A transactions involving technology, life science and other growth companies. more
Charles Torres LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Partner (Deals), Tech Group
Charles is a Partner in the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler. A corporate attorney with more than a decade of experience in venture capital and private equity, Charles’ practice focuses on counseling buyers and sellers in connection with mergers and acquisitions, minority and control investments and portfolio dispositions, typically with respect to established or emerging technology companies. more
Gary Wingens LOWENSTEIN SANDLER
Chairman & Managing Partner
Gary Wingens has served as Chairman and Managing Partner of Lowenstein Sandler since 2008, leading its continued expansion as a national firm with close to 300 lawyers working from offices in New York, New Jersey and California. Gary believes that what makes Lowenstein Sandler different from other leading law firms is the intensity of the firm’s commitment to its people, its clients and its communities. more
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