Spring 2009 Events

SVCE Eminent Speaker Event - Mon. April 20th 6-7:30 pm

Where Engineering Room 189
Time Mon. April 20th 6-7:30 pm
Speakers Robert Bigler, CEO, Animatics - maker of controls for electric vehicles (SJSU alum)
Simon Brafman, co-founder Green Java, green coffee service (SJSU alum)
Gaurav Shah, Greenline industries & Goldstar, biofuels manufacturer
Topic Panel discussion on The Future of 'Green' Entrepreneurship

Speakers Bio:

Robert Bigler
Robert Bigler is the CEO of Animatics , a company that he co-founded. He graduated in 1987 from San Jose State University with a BSME. Prior to that, while pursuing his degree, Robert operated a growing business in the basement of an old Victorian house off campus, where he also rented a room. He personally designed all of the Hardware, software and embedded firmware in Animatics’ early years. He particularly enjoys the mechanical engineering and package design, a role he holds onto even today, while his main responsibility is growing the company globally as CEO.

Simon Brafman
Simon Brafman brings over 25 years of successful experience in the business-to-business marketplace for high-end, complex software and hardware products and services to Green Java—A coffee company which produces and deliveries coffee using eco-friendly technologies. He has held senior management positions in the EDA (Electronic Design & Automation), On-Line Education, NPO (Non-Profit Organization) and Professional Services industries. Simon's commitment to develop smart 'green' business models is based on his strong belief that we can both protect our environment and enjoy high quality products and services. Simon received his BA degree from UC Santa Barbara; and his MBA from San Jose State University.

Gaurav Shah
Gaurav Shah is the CEO of www.intellinanoparticles.com. In addition, he has been on the founding team for Goldstar and other biofuel companies. Currently he is a senior engineer at the Greenline Industries—A biodiesel technology provider—where he is responsible for engineering, sales, process development, next generation biofuel technologies and research. His specialties include: Algae, Jatropha, Biodiesel, Nanotechnology, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind, Geothermal and Petroleum/ Petrochemicals. In addition to biodiesel, he also has a strong interest in the emerging field of nanotechnology. His business plan on nanotech was one of the top 10 business plans in a global competition that was shortlisted by veneto nanotech (Italy) for the year 2006. He also won 2nd prize on the same business plan at Purdue University's national business plan competition. Gaurav holds an MS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California.

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

Annual Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition
www.cob.sjsu.edu/svbpc - Thurs. May 14th

BREAKTHROUGH POWER - Embracing the New Energy Frontier

Where Eng. 189 - Engineering Building, SJSU
Time Thursday, April 2nd 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Speaker Joel Garbon and Jeane Manning co-authors of Breakthrough Power
Accompanied by Sterling Allen, President of the New Energy Congress
Topic BREAKTHROUGH POWER - Embracing the New Energy Frontier
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The last 100 years have seen several inventors who have developed clean/free energy generators to the "proof of concept" stage, but who for one reason or another never make it to the commercial product stage. What seems to be missing?

Come and listen to Joel Garbon and Jeane Manning, co-authors of Breakthrough Power, accompanied by Sterling Allen, President of the New Energy Congress discuss the obstacles that have plagued inventors in the field of New Energy, and how you can succeed in launching your New Energy Revolution!

For more information please visit http://www.padrak.com/breakthrough/

These events are free and open to the public, and co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship at SJSU, the Golden Key International Honour Society at SJSU, and New Energy Movement.

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

Business Plan Prep Workshop - Finance - Sat. April 11th 10am-12pm

Where BBC 021
Time Sat. April 11th 10am-12pm
Speaker Anthony Nassar, Founder & Principle, Venture Momentum, Inc.
Topic Business Plan Prep Workshop - Finance

Business Plan Prep Workshop.ppt

VMI Financial Roadmap.ppt

Description for Finance Workshop

Attend this workshop to get a competitive advantage in winning the prize money in the 2009 Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition. This Finance Workshop will offer the opportunity to learn how to build a compelling financing model. It will help you understand what investors are looking for in the projections and validate the assumptions behind the business model.
It will also help you get hands-on assistance in completing your financial plan.
The Workshop will be presented by Anthony Nassar, Founder & Principle of Venture Momentum Inc.

Speaker's bio:

Anthony Nassar launched  Venture Momentum, Inc. because he has a passion for helping entrepreneurs start an innovative venture, and grow it into a successful business. He brings to Venture Momentum's clients 20 years of financial management experience. Anthony is the developer of the VMI Financial Roadmap, an impressive financial modeling framework often praised by investors. He leads workshops on financial modeling and financial operations for startups. He presented for SDForum, the Berkeley Business Plan Competition, Technology Ventures Corp., eBIG, and SiliconFrench.  For more information about Anthony Nassar's bio, please go to http://www.venturemomentum.com/abou_founderp.html

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

Business Plan Prep Workshop - Marketing - Sat., March 14th, 10am-1 pm

Where BBC 021
Time Sat, March 14th,10am-1 pm
Speaker Bob Goedjen, Mark Levi, Counselors and Instructors, Silicon Valley Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Topic Business Plan Prep Workshop - Marketing

Description for Marketing Workshop

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 (see www.cob.sjsu.edu/svbpc for details). 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).

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

SVCE Eminent Speaker Event - March 9th, 6-7:30 pm

Where Engineering Room 189
Time Monday, March 9th, 6-7:30 pm
Speaker Moderator: Steve Bennet, Sand Hill Angels & SJSU Professor. Panelists include: Jon Fisher, CEO & Founder, Bharosa.com; Ilya Ronin, Co-Founder & Business Development Manager, Marpo Kinetics, Inc. and Gustavo Alberelli, Director, Kennet Partners, Silicon Valley.
Topic Bootstrapping start-ups: the pros & cons
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Bootstrapping Sample video.

Speaker's Bio- Steve Bennet

Steve Bennet 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 15 years with Bodega, he has helped over 75 companies meet their strategic and financing goals. He has taken the CFO role in over a dozen of these companies, including Fliqz, TextDigger, Orbital Data, Greystripe, Valchemy, iControl Networks, Pharmacy TV Network, Rentals.com, GolfWeb, Tribeworks, and Biological Components Corporation.

Prior to and concurrent with Bodega, Steve was a Venture Partner at Outlook Ventures and held various financial management positions at Bay Logics, Digital Microwave, and Arthur Anderson. Steve is currently on the faculty at San Jose State University, teaching Entrepreneurial Finance, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship. He is also an active angel investor and on the board of the Sand Hill Angels.

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.

He lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife, two daughters, dog, and dwarf hamster.

Visit his blog at http://professorvc.blogspot.com/

Speaker's Bio- Jon Fisher

Jon Fisher is the author of Strategic Entrepreneurism(tm) (SelectBooks 2008). Currently, Jon serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco's school of business. An entrepreneurship aficionado, he is a media commentator and lectures frequently at university business schools. Jon was named Ernst & Young's 2007 Entrepreneur of the year in California. He has served as CEO of three software companies in the Silicon Valley over the past 15 years. Among them is Bharosa, Inc. which was acquired by Oracle Corporation.

Speaker's Bio- Ilya Ronin

Ilya Ronin has a proven track record of triple digit revenue growth generation, successful new product launches, building global distribution networks, and developing cost-effective marketing and customer education programs that drive lead acquisition, conversion, product adoption and brand recognition. He is specialized in marketing management, market research and product development, branding,positioning, advertising, PR, print and electronic materials, web presence, SEM, email marketing, and success metrics. For more information about Ilya Ronin's bio, please go to http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/83b/332

Speaker's Bio- Gustavo Alberelli

Gustavo Alberelli focuses on investments in software, Internet and technology-enabled services. He works extensively with portfolio companies on optimizing the efficiency of their respective sales models. Gustavo joined Kennet in 2005 as an Associate and has over 8 years of experience working with high-growth technology companies as a financial advisor, employee, and venture investor. He is on the board of Go Internet Media, supports Kennet portfolio company Intelepeer as a Board Observer and is an angel investor in Designer Apparel. For more information about Gustavo Alberelli's bio, please go to

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

SVCE Eminent Speaker Event - Wednesday Feb. 18th 2009

Ron Conway
Click here for event flyer
Ron Convey Sample video.wmv

Where Martin Luther King Library - Room MLK 225/229
Time 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Speaker Ron Conway, Angel Investor & SJSU alumnus
Topic Investing in Entrepreneurs in Turbulent Times


Ronald Conway is a Special Partner at Baseline Ventures. Prior to this he was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005) whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail. He is actively involved in numerous philanthropic causes and now invests independently as an angel investor and was recently named #9 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top "dealmakers" in 2007.

Ron worked with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions (1973-1979), Altos Computer Systems, as a co-founder, President and CEO, (1979-1990) and Personal Training Systems (PTS) as CEO (1991-1995). PTS was acquired by SmartForce/SkillSoft (Nasdaq SKIL).

Ron has served/serves on Boards/Advisory Boards including: Facebook, Plaxo (acquired by Comcast), Photobucket (acquired by Fox), Digg.com , Bright Mail, Ask Jeeves, Rupture (acquired by EA), Associated Content, RockYou, PurePlay, ScanScout, Zappos, Trulia, Simply Hired, StumbleUpon (acquired by eBay), and Anchor Intelligence (co-founder).

Philanthropically Ron is Vice Chm of the UCSF Medical Foundation in SF, Board Member of SF Homeless Connect, and on the Benefit Committee of the Tiger Woods Foundation and Ronald McDonald House.

Ron graduated with a degree in Political Science from San Jose State University.

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