Fall 2008 Events

Global Entrepreneur Week

(Nov 17-21)

Tues., Nov. 18th, 2:30-4:30 pm, BT 550C & Reception area: Walk-in consultation with SVCE faculty/organizing team for Neat Ideas Fair participants. Dr. Sorin Grunwald, entrepreneur and adjunct faculty, has kindly agreed to meet with teams that would like advice on their
presentations.

Wed., Nov. 19th, Eng 189, 5:30-7:30pm: Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week in partnership with the City of San Jose
5:30pm: Reception in foyer outside Eng 189 (sponsored by City of San Jose)
6pm: Paul Krutko, Managing Director, Office of Economic Development, City of San Jose, will give a brief overview of the OED's role in encouraging entrepreneurship in San Jose
6:15pm: Dr. Naren Gupta, Managing Director, Nexus India Capital, Vice Chairman, WindRiver Systems, will speak on 'Successful Entrepreneurship in a Global Marketplace', followed by Q&A.

Thurs., Nov. 20th, Eng 189, 3-5 pm: FREE screening of Outsourced, the movie, http://www.outsourcedthemovie.com/, (1hr 43 minutes).

SVCE Eminent Speaker Event - Monday, October 20th

Where Martin Luther King Library - Room MLK 225/229
Time 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Speaker Miriam Rivera, Former Deputy General Counsel/Vice President, Google Inc.
Topic "Making the most of your Intellectual Property"
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SPEAKER BIO:

Miriam Rivera served most recently as Deputy General Counsel/Vice President at Google Inc. She was that Fortune 500 company's first business lawyer and the "chief operating officer" of the legal department. Five-year veteran Ms. Rivera led Google's corporate, commercial, Asia Pacific, Latin America, employment, real estate and technical operations practices. Previously, she served as associate general counsel, leading the revenue and commercial partnership practice for Google.

Ms. Rivera serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University, where she is a member of the Audit & Compliance, Academic Policy, Alumni & External Affairs and Globalization committees, as well as serving on the Board of Visitors of the Stanford Law School and the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing Advisory Board. Ms. Rivera is also on the Board of Advisors of Virtual Synaptics, DecisionStreet, and Hispanic.Net as well as an informal advisor to other start up companies and entrepreneurs. In Spring 2008, she team-taught a course on Deals, Vision & Leadership at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

While at Google, Ms. Rivera was Assistant Secretary to the board of Google Inc., served on the disclosure committee of the company, and as Secretary to the board of the Google Foundation. She served as the legal lead on Google's Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulatory compliance efforts and also has nonprofit and private company board and advisory experience, as a Trustee of the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, Board and Executive Committee Member of La Casa de las Madres, and Secretary to the Board of On Your Mind Inc. (a software startup she co-founded). As a result of these varied experiences, Miriam is familiar with governance issues faced by public, private and nonprofit boards.

Prior to joining Google, Ms. Rivera served as in-house counsel for Ariba Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA. Previously, she co-founded On Your Mind (later known as Outcome Software), a venture-backed enterprise software company. Earlier roles included strategy consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and associate in the business and technology practice at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.

Ms. Rivera is a frequent keynote speaker and has received a number of honors. In 2008, she received the Jerry A. Porras Leadership Award from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. In 2006, the Hispanic National Bar Association voted Miriam "Latina Lawyer of the Year", and Hispanic.Net named her "Latina Executive of the Year". She was also selected by Corporate Counsel magazine as one of the top 10 corporate attorneys in the United States in 2005.

Ms. Rivera supports charitable and community endeavors such as A Better Chance (enabling low income honor students to attend top private schools), BUILD (an entrepreneurship program targeting at-risk high school students), and Village Enterprise Fund (microgrants in the developing word) as well as having established a scholarship fund targeting African American and Latino low-income students at Stanford University.

Ms. Rivera received an AB in Sociology, an AM in Spanish from Stanford University, as well as a JD/MBA from Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business.


***Free and open to the public***


SVCE Eminent Speaker Event - Monday, September 15th


Where Martin Luther King Library - Room MLK 225/229
Time Monday, September 15th, 6 - 8 pm
Speaker Geoff Alexander, Tony Calleja, and Jayan Ramankutty
Topic

Taking the Leap into Entrepreneurship from SJSU: Alumni Perspectives

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SPEAKER BIOS:

Geoff Alexander, co-founder, Oasis Media, LLC, and other ventures Geoff started his first company at the age of 21. He spent 8 years in non-commercial radio, taught school, and was a high-tech sales professional for seven years. He launched his sales training company in 1990 (www.alextrain.com), and his clients have included companies such as Cisco Systems, Apple Computer, and Symantec. In 2001, he incorporated the Academic Film Archive of North America (www.afana.org) as a non-profit corporation, and serves as its Executive Director. He co-founded Oasis Media, LLC (www.wowasis.com), a Southeast Asian travel informational and marketing company in 2003, and serves as its CEO. He received his BA in Creative Arts in 1988, and his MA in Education in 1996, both from San Jose State University.

Tony Calleja, Co-Founder & CFO, Log Savvy Inc.
Tony is a seasoned financial executive, general manager and company founder who brings to Log Savvy extensive private and public company experience, including IPO and M&A execution in multiple sectors of the technology industry. He was a co-founder and served as President and as CFO of Vado, Inc., a leading Bay Area specialty technology staffing company. Tony was previously VP Finance & Corporate Controller at bamboo.com where he created and executed policy, handled SEC filings and audits through its private VC financing rounds, its IPO and the subsequent merger that created Internet Pictures Corp. [NASDAQ: IPIX]. Prior to bamboo.com, Tony held multiple finance positions over the course of 15 years at MCI and National Semiconductor. He was an early angel investor and advisor to Addamark Technologies (now called SenSage). Tony holds an MBA from Golden Gate University, and a BS in Accounting from San Jose State University.

Jayan Ramankutty, Co-Founder & CEO, KRK Labs Jayan has founded four companies and successfully exited three within the last twenty years. Most recently, he was the CEO of YuMe Networks which he founded in 2003. In July 2006, he closed series A financing for YuMe from Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners and BV capital. Prior to that, Jayan co-founded Lara Networks in 1997, a world leader in Network Search Engines (NSE), which was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor in 2001. Based on proprietary TCAM technology, NSE was aggressively adopted by Cisco for its world class switches and routers. Jayan co-founded empowerTel Networks in 2000 to build carrier grade VoIP switches using proprietary media processors based on TCAM technology and multi-processor cores. The Media Express Processor known as MXPô, was awarded the best product at Interop 2000. empowerTel was acquired by Ipunity in 2002. In 1991, Jayan co-founded Nimbus Technology, to design and manufacture Sparc chipsets for the multi-processing graphics work station market. Nimbus was acquired by Alliance semiconductor in 1993, prior to going IPO. Jayan holds patents in the field of CAMS, VoIP, DRM and IP Video. Jayan graduated with BE(Hons) Electronics from BITS Pilani, India and MS in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University, while working as a Senior Designer at Elxsi . He is the founding President of BITSAA-Silicon Valley Inc (www.bitsaa-svc.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit alumni organization where he is still very active. He is also a TiE Silicon Valley Charter Member and chairs the Media and Entertainment SIG.


***Free and open to the public***


Spring 2008 Events

Eminent Speaker Event - Wednesday, April 23rd

 

 

Where Martin Luther King Library - Room MLK 225/229
Time 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Speaker Larry Boucher, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Alacritech
Topic "How to Grow a Successful Business"

Larry Boucher, founder, president and chief executive officer of Alacritech has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Silicon Valley. His technical and business accomplishments include establishing and building three successful start-up companies as well as authoring an industry-standard technical specification. Mr. Boucher is a recognized leader in the areas of server adapter, storage, and networking technologies.

Mr. Boucher received his MS in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BS in business administration and his MBA from San Jose State University.


***Free and open to the public***

Business Plan Prep: Finance Workshop - Saturday, April 12th

 

Presenter Eric Walczykowski, Deloitte Services, LP
Organiser Steve Bennet, Founder and Managing Director of Bodega Partners
Where Boccardo Business Building, BBC 004
Time 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Eric has assisted Emerging Growth Companies in many roles, including, Chief Executive Officer, VP of Corporate Development, Venture Capital Investor, Board Member, Investment Banker and Auditor.

Most recently, Eric was the Chief Executive Officer of Suni Medical Imaging, a medium sized medical technology company that grew 40% under his direction.  During his tenure at Suni, Eric recruited four executive staff members and led the company through two sales transaction processes.  As part of the strategy at Suni, Eric evaluated and led development in several Internet and eCommerce strategies.

Prior to Suni, Eric spent five years in the Venture Capital Industry with Nucleus Partners and The Angels Forum/Halo Fund where he lead direct investments and served as an interim executive in certain portfolio companies.  During his tenure in Venture Capital, Eric had the opportunity to participate on the Board of Directors for fifteen private companies as a member, observer and advisor.

Eric also spent six years with Andersen in both Corporate Finance and Audit.  While in Corporate Finance, Eric created the Western Region internet/eCommerce practice and acted as the lead financial advisor on Private Placement transactions and Mergers and Acquisitions. 


***Free and open to the public***

Eminent Speaker Event - Wednesday, March 19th

 

Where Martin Luther King - Room MLK 225
Time 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Speaker Vish Mishra, Senior Partner, Clearstone Ventures
Topic "Starting and Financing Start-ups: U.S. versus India"

Vish joined Clearstone in March 2002 with over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the high tech industry including software, Internet, networking and telecommunications. He is a founder and served as a board member of Telera. Vish was also co-founder of Excelan (1983), which was funded with $7.3 million in venture capital.

Vish holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Technology at Benares Hindu University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and MBA work from the University of Minnesota. He is a very active Director and Charter Member of TiE who has dedicated himself to the growth of the organization since its inception.

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***Free and open to the public***

Business Plan Prep Workshop - Saturday, March 1st

Where Boccardo Business Center - Room BBC 226
Time 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This Workshop will offer tips on how to conduct effective market research and create a successful marketing plan that maximizes sales resources. It has been organized specifically to help all those planning to enter the Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition being held in May, with confirmed cash prizes of $10,000. The Competition is open to ALL SJSU students, alumni, faculty and staff.

The Workshop will be presented by Bob Goedjen and Mark Levi, counselors and instructors for Silicon Valley SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives).

To know more about Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition '08 Read More..


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Eminent Speaker Event - Wednesday, February 13th

 

Where Boccardo Business Center - Room BBC 202
Time 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Speaker Ajit Nazre, Venture Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Topic "Business Opportunities in a Global World"

Ajit joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2003. His areas of investment are enterprise software and services, new materials and greentech. Ajit came to KPCB from SAP. At SAP he worked for Dr. Hasso Plattner, CEO, Chairman and co-founder, SAP. He co-founded SAPMarkets in 2000, a fully owned company of SAP, and was Managing Director of SAPMarkets Americas. In 2002, he was SVP of SAP's New Venture Unit, SAP Inspire.

Prior to SAP Ajit worked in the medical device industry, first at Zimmer, Inc., a division of Bristol Myers and Squibb, and then at Mathys AG (Synthes) in Switzerland. Ajit has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering Poona (COEP), India. He holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech, a PhD in Biomechanics from the Technical University of Hanover, Germany and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

This event is co-hosted by the Lucas Graduate School of Business

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Fall 2007 Events

November 7th, Wednesday

Where College of Engineering - Room 189
Time 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Speakers

- Fred Greguras, Of Counsel, Fenwick & West LLP

- Thomas Schneck, Managing Partner, Schneck & Schneck

- Monica Zent, President & Managing Attorney, Zent Law Group

Moderator Jeff Gordon, Senior Director, Program Development and External Partnership, SJSU Research Foundation
Topic "How to protect your business idea"

Fred Greguras focuses on strategic legal issues for software, semiconductor-related and life sciences companies. His practice includes start-up issues and financing in both domestic and international transactions. He has represented a wide range of companies in financing, M&A, licensing and other commercial transactions, from privately held start-ups to publicly traded companies. He has also been a venture capitalist and a general counsel and CFO for a startup. His current employment position is "Of Counsel". He also served in the United States Marine Corps as a Captain from 1969 to 1970.

Thomas Schneck received a B. A. (Physics) degree in 1961 from the University of California (Berkeley) and a J. D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1971. He worked for several years as a patent engineer for the University of California Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. He has been in private practice as a patent attorney since 1971, working as an associate for Rosenblum, Parish & Bacigalupi of San Francisco/Palo Alto (1971 1974) and then in private practice. He served as the chairman of an ABA sub committee on automated patent information retrieval and also served as co-chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Education Committee. He is a former U.S. Air Force officer (1962 1966), a former trustee of Presentation High School in San Jose, and is on the Board of Visitors of Santa Clara University School of Law. He served for one year (2001) as the public member of the Santa Clara County Parole Commission under appointment by the presiding judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He has been on the faculty of Lincoln Law School of San Jose as adjunct professor of intellectual property law since 2000. His current employment position is Managing Partner at Schneck & Schneck.

Monica Zent is an experienced intellectual property and business attorney specializing in software, Internet and technology law and licensing, music, entertainment and media law, commercial law, and data security. She is a highly effective drafter and negotiator, closing up to $3.4 Billion in outbound client licensing transactions in software, technology, media and product-based industries, and closing up to $1.9 Billion in inbound licensing transactions and over $2 Billion in commercial transactions over the past few years alone. She is also a versatile manager capable of maximizing resources, minimizing costs and achieving successful results. In addition to her effective communication she also has exemplary legal drafting skills in any context.
 

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***Free and open to the public***

November 29th, Thursday

Where
Barrett Ballroom, Student Union Building
Time
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Event
Topic

"PRESENT YOUR IDEAS IN THIS FAIR"

***Free and open to the public***

Fall 2007 Past Events

October 8th, Monday

Where

MLK Library Room 225 & 229

Time

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Speakers
  • Vivek Ranadive, Founder, Chairman & CEO, TIBCO Software Inc. (Co-Sponsored by the Lucas Graduate School of Business)

Topic

"How to sell your business idea: Lessons for becoming a successful entrepreneur"

Vivek Ranadivé, President, Chairman, and CEO of TIBCO Software, founded TIBCO in 1985 with the vision of bringing real-time technology into the mainstream. His acclaimed New York Times business bestseller 'The Power of Now: How Winning Companies Sense and Respond to Change Using Real-time Technology' (McGraw-Hill, 1999) has been widely used in academia and been the subject of numerous interviews. Mr. Ranadivé has appeared as a featured expert on real-time computing on CNBC and in publications such as the Economist, Fast Company and Red Herring. Mr. Ranadivé has consistently been recognized as a visionary for the future of business integration, securing him a place in InfoWorld's 2002 Top Ten Technology Innovators. He was also recognized by Ernst & Young as a 2002 Software Entrepreneur of the Year.

Prior to founding TIBCO, Mr. Ranadivé was president and founder of Teknekron Software Systems, Inc., a UNIX consulting company. Previously, he held management and engineering positions with Ford Motor Company, M/A-Com Linkabit and Fortune Systems. Mr. Ranadivé is a frequent presenter on such topics as the future of integration, enabling real-time business, and unleashing the power of information across enterprises to become more competitive. Mr. Ranadivé earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He received both a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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September 18th, Tuesday

Where
MLK Library Room 225 & 229
Time
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Speakers
  • Stuart Skorman, Founder and former Chairman & CEO, Elephant Pharmacy, HungryMinds.com, Reel.com, & Empire Video
Topic
" the right business idea"

Stuart Skorman is a self-described "serial entrepreneur". He has 35 years of retail industry experience and is a pioneer in information-rich retailing. His first book, Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur, was published in the Spring 2007 by Jossey-Bass/Wiley.  He was founder and CEO of Elephant Pharmacy, which takes an innovative approach to pharmacy retailing. He served as CEO of Hungry Minds, Inc., an online education site that he sold to IDG Books nearly three years ago. He also founded and served as CEO of Reel.com, an e-commerce retailer, based in Berkeley, CA, which was sold to Hollywood Video for 100 million dollars in 1998. Skorman pioneered his movie recommendation system as founder and CEO of Empire Video, which he sold to Blockbuster Video. Prior to working in the retail video industry, Skorman served at Bread & Circus in a variety of operating and board roles.

This event is co-hosted by the Lucas Graduate School of Business

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