Spring 2010 Events

Past Events:

April 22nd, 2010
How to pitch to VCs, angels, & other Investors

Topic: How to pitch to VCs, angels, & other Investors
Description: A roundtable discussion with two founders and one entrepreneur/angel investor on what they did to receive funding.
Where: BBC 224
Time: Thursday, April 22nd, 6pm
Speakers: Rich Aberman, Founder of WePay
Nils Johnson, Founder of Aryty
Patrick Allen, Founder of WebGreek

For more information on the event please visit the Entrepreneurial Society of SJSU website

April 21st, 2010
SVBPC Information Session

Topic: SVBPC Information Session
Description: Important information/guidance on Business Plan by Dr. Anuradha Basu.
This information session can be very helpful to the students/participants having non-business majors.
Where: Duncan Hall, Room 249
Time: Wednesday, April 21st, 5 - 6pm
Speaker: Dr. Anuradha Basu, Director, Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship.

April 15th, 2010
Make sure your finances are in order

Topic: Make sure your finances are in order
Where: BBC 224
Time: Thursday, April 15th, 6pm
Speaker: Steve Bennet, Board Director, Sand Hill Angels & SJSU faculty member

Guest Speaker's Bio:

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Steve is founder and managing director of Bodega Partners, a venture catalyst and management consulting firm, which aids early-stage companies in strategic planning and business development. In the past 12 years with Bodega, he has helped over 75 companies meet their strategic and financing goals.
Steve earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. He is also a licensed CPA.
(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.sandhillangels.com).

April 12th, 2010
Financing new ventures in the current economy

Topic: Financing new ventures in the current economy
Where: Engineering 189
Time: Monday, April 12th, 6-7:30pm
Speaker: John Hall, Managing Director, Horizon Ventures & SJSU alumnus

Guest Speaker's Bio:

Picture of John Hall John Hall has more than 20 years of experience in the venture capital industry. In 1989 he co-founded Newtek Ventures II where he was a General Partner until 1999 when he co-founded Horizon Ventures.

He holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance and an MBA in Finance from San Jose State University.
(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.horizonventures.com)

March 27th, 2010
Market your brand the right way

Topic: Market your brand the right way
Where: BBC022
Time: Saturday, March 27th, 10am
Speaker: Suzan Briganti, Founder-President, Totem Brand Strategy Inc.

To attend this workshop, please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/603096879. This is necessary to have a headcount for the workshop because of limited seating.

Guest Speaker's Bio:

Suzan Briganti is the Founder & President of Totem Brand Strategy, a premier consulting firm located in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Suzan’s in-depth experience spans 20+ years of working with firms like Bank of America, Proctor & Gamble, and Amazon. Always an entrepreneur at heart, Suzan started her own interchangeable hand bag company which ultimately sold in over 150 specialty stores including the likes of Nordstrom & Women.com.

(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.totembrand.com)

Global Ties: Entrepreneurial links between the Bay Area and China & India.

Topic: Global Ties: Entrepreneurial links between the Bay Area and China & India
Where: Engineering 189
Time: March 8th, 06:00 pm-07:30 pm
Speakers: Arjun Malhotra, Chairman, Headstrong

Robert Lee, Chairman and Founder, Achievo

Sean Randolph, President & CEO, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Ash Kalra, Council Member, San Jose

Guest Speakers' Bio:

Arjun Malhotra

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Mr. Malhotra serves as Chairman of Headstrong’s Board of Directors. Prior to Headstrong he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of TechSpan, which merged with Headstrong in October 2003.

A pioneer of the Indian IT industry, Mr. Malhotra founded TechSpan in 1998 with funding from Goldman Sachs and Walden International. The merger of TechSpan with Headstrong has built an end-to-end services organization. Mr. Malhotra led the seamless integration across businesses and cultures, resulting in Headstrong’s recognition as one of the fastest-growing IT-based Financial Services companies.
(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.headstrong.com).

Robert Lee

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Dr. Robert P. Lee, a 30-year veteran of the computer industry, is Executive Chairman of Achievo Corporation. Dr. Lee co-founded the company in 2002 and served as its CEO from 2002 through 2008.

Dr. Lee was president and CEO of Accela, Inc., one of the leading government automation software companies in the U.S. He relinquished his roles with Accela in 2007, but continues as a board director.
(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.achievo.com).

Sean Randolph

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Sean Randolph is President of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education, that works to foster a competitive economy in California and the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and the Silicon Valley. The Economic Institute produces authoritative analyses on major economic policy issues, including infrastructure, globalization, energy, science & technology, and governance, and mobilizes California and Bay Area leaders around targeted policy initiatives.
(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.bayareacouncil.org).

Ash Kalra

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Councilmember Ash Kalra earned his seat in the November 4, 2008 election for San José City Council District 2. Councilmember Kalra is the first Indian-American to be elected to the San José City Council. He has been a resident of San José for over 30 years and is proud to be the first Oak Grove High School graduate on the City Council.
(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.sjdistrict2.com/).

Silicon Wadi meets Silicon Valley: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Israel and the U.S.

Topic: Silicon Wadi meets Silicon Valley: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Israel and the U.S.
Time: Monday, February 8th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Reception at 5:30 pm in ENG Building Lobby)
Speakers: Jason Wolf, VP Business Development North America, Better Place
(SJSU MBA Alumnus)

David Perlmutter, Executive Vice President, Intel

Sagi Rubin, Associate, Virgin Green Fund

Moderator: David Steele, Dean, College of Business, SJSU

Download the flyer of the event

Guest Speakers' Bio:

Jason Wolf

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Jason Wolf is vice president of North America for Better Place. His responsibilities include overseeing the company’s efforts in California, Hawaii and Ontario and developing other North American markets. Within the energy and transportation ecosystems, Wolf works with federal, state and local governments as well as utility, business and non-governmental stakeholders to make the vision of zero-emission EVs powered by renewable energy a reality.
(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.betterplace.com/).

David Perlmutter

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David (Dadi) Perlmutter is executive vice president and co-general manager of Intel Corporation's Intel Architecture Group (IAG). He is responsible for architecting, developing, and marketing Intel's platform solutions for all computing segments including data centers, desktops, laptops, netbooks/nettops, handhelds, embedded devices, and consumer electronics. As co-general manager, Perlmutter is focused on product development and architecture technology decisions across microprocessors, chipsets, system-on-a-chip (SOC), communications and graphics.
(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.intel.com/).

Sagi Rubin

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Sagi Rubin joined VGF from Gemini Israel Funds, an Israeli based venture capital firm.

At Gemini Sagi was focused on the renewable energy sector, and helped initiate and develop the fund’s activities and investments in the sector. Prior to that Sagi was involved with several of the fund's investments in the Enterprise Software and Consumer Internet space.
(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.virgingreenfund.com/).


David Steele

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David M. Steele, former president of Chevron Latin America and dean of the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, has been appointed dean of the College of Business at San José State University. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carmen Sigler selected Steele after a national search that focused on candidates with substantive experience in both the corporate and academic arenas
(For the complete Bio, please visit: http://www.sjsu.edu/cob/).