TEC Pitch - Business plan presentations by Russian-speaking entrepreneurs

Dear Friends:

Mark your calendars and join us on November 8th (Tuesday) in Palo Alto for our famous TEC Pitch! In addition, a large delegation of entrepreneurs from Russia is coming to meet you.

The event includes a panel of venture capitalists, 10 min pitches from 5 pre-selected companies and extensive networking.

Among our confirmed distinguished judges are:


If you’d like to apply for this and future TEC Pitch events, please complete http://www.tecglobal.org/PitchingApp form and send a note to stas@khirman.com.

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TEC Breakfast with Runa Capital 2011-10-18

TEC meeting organised for Silicon Valley Russian-speaking entrepreneurs and Moscow-base Runa Capital partner Andre Bliznyuk.

5 years of investment banking experience: headed the Russia/CIS Equity Capital Markets Group for Goldman Sachs (2010-2011) and, prior to that, UBS Investment Bank (2006-2009), focusing on IPOs and other ECM transactions in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan
In 2003-2006, head of capital markets and investor relations at Sistema, leading Russian conglomerate, managing debt and equity financing deals for Sistema, MTS, Comstar, Sistema Hals and Sitronics; prior to that, worked in Wimm-Bill-Dann’s investor relations team (2001-2003)
Graduated from MSU with a master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Communications; followed this with a graduate course in Economics/Management


Dancing with the Elephant: Pitching to a Largest Telecom Operator

Please join us on September 21st (Wednesday) in Palo Alto for TEC meeting with a group of Deutsche Telekom top executives. DT comes to the Silicon Valley for scouting entrepreneurs and startups working in the areas of:

  • mobile applications
  • location
  • payment
  • cloud infrastructure and cloud security
  • communications
  • OTT media
  • middleware

The event includes a panel of DT executives, 10 min pitches from 4 pre-selected companies and extensive one-on-one networking.

Confirmed Deutsche Telekom speakers:

Attending VCs

  • Jim Smith (Partner , Mohr Davidov Ventures)
  • Tae Hea Nahm (Partner, Storm Ventures)
  • Vivek Mehra (Partner, August Capital)
  • Sanjay Subhedar ( Partner,Storm Ventures)
  • Dror Berman (Partner, Innovation Endeavors)
  • Serge Plotkin (Venture Partner,Opus Capital )
  • Evgeny Zaytsev (Partner, Helix Ventures)


From Zero To Millions in Customers and Revenues

Successful founding CEOs tell their amazing stories! Well, who can’t build a large company on “beaucoup buck” by hiring a powerful PR agency, crafty viral marketers, giving out product for free, running multi-million dollar burn rates, and securing exclusive distribution channels through Apple or Google by capitalizing on investors’ connections?

But can you build a product used by millions and/or generate millions in revenues without any, or on very small, investment? – These Extra-preneurs did it!



Sponsored by


Bank Leumi USA and Blumberg Capital

cordially invite you to attend:


Hear from a panel of experts on what it takes to fund, launch and grow your digital media startup in the US.  Join Venture Capital and Strategic Investors, Super Angels, Executives, Founders, and Entrepreneurs from the US and Israel as they discuss the latest trends in the digital media sector.


oDesk founder & CEO : Getting to Millions of Users ( and $$$) per Month

Every year, hundreds of thousands of new businesses are formed - and nearly as many head to the deadpool.

How to take your business beyond the choppy waters of a startup and into the calmer seas of a multi-million dollar global business? How to became the industry leader, bringing millions of users (and dollars) to your business?

Join us to learn how oDesk overcame common startup challenges to become a multi-million dollar global company. Co-founder Odysseas Tsatalos and CEO Gary Swart will be sharing their insights on growing a business from early-stage startup to more than $16M in earnings each month.

oDesk is the largest and fastest-growing global employment platform where employers can hire, manage, and pay a flexible online workforce.  With more than 1.2 million contractors in 150 countries, oDesk (www.oDesk.com) is the industry leader in remote work.

Date:Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: SNR Denton,1530 Page Mill Rd
, Palo Alto

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Speakers’ Bios:

Gary Swart, CEO,oDesk

Gary brings to oDesk a passion for helping small businesses succeed and more than 17 years of experience in the enterprise software market. Before oDesk, as the VP of Worldwide Sales for Intellibank, he was responsible for building the sales organization, but Gary's enthusiasm for small businesses was born during his tenure as a Business Unit Executive for IBM's Rational Software Product Group, where he led Small and Medium Business sales for the Americas. Gary came to Rational through its merger with Pure Software, where he held sales, management and leadership positions.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

Odysseas Tsatalos, Co-founder ,oDesk

Odysseas has more than a decade of experience in designing and managing research and development operations for Internet-based applications. He co-founded Intacct Corporation and, as CTO, oversaw the development of all phases of the Intacct web-based enterprise accounting system. He was also CTO and co-founder of BroadQuest Inc., where he led the transformation from an enterprise software contractor into a B2B infrastructure enabler. Previously, Odysseas was a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center.
Odysseas received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a diploma in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece.



Vivek Wadhwa at Stanford: Future of Startups around the World

Fireside Chat with famous Vivek Wadhwa at Stanford:

Entrepreneurship, Leadership and the Future of Startups around the World

TEC (The Entrepreneurs’ Club) together with the Stanford GSB Europe Club is proud to announce a fireside chat with famous visionary and entrepreneurial guru, Vivek Wadhwa. Vivek is a senior research associate at Harvard Law School, advisor to several start-up companies, a columnist for BusinessWeek.com, a contributor to TechCrunch, and writes for international publications. Vivek has been busy jetting around the world giving advice and inspiration to entrepreneurs and governments especially those in India, Russia, Chile, Japan, Brazil and the US.

This event is organized in cooperation with SiliconFrench, JHTC, GABA , BayBrazil and IEFF .

Mark your calendars and make your plans to come and meet our distinguished speaker on:

Date:Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Bishop Auditorium, Graduate School of Business, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford University

For registration, please go to: http://tec20110405.eventbrite.com/

Please note that all proceeds from this event will go to Stanford University!

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Leonid Gozman : "Modernization in Russia: Myth or Reality?"

Open Discussion with Leonid Gozman
Board Member, RUSNANO, and
Co-Chairman of the Union of Right Forces Party

Modernization in Russia: Myth or Reality?

Dear Friends:

Mark your calendars and make your plans to come and share your thoughts with our distinguished guest, Leonid Gozman on the topic of Modernization in Russia: Myth or Reality?

Date:Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: SNR Denton,1530 Page Mill Rd
, Palo Alto

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Please note that the discussion will be held in Russian, without translation.

Speakers’ Bios:

Leonid Gozman is a Board Member at RUSNANO, a $5B Russian State Corporation of Nanotechnologies and a Co-Chairman of the Union of Right Forces Party.

Before RUSNANO, Leonid was a Member of the Executive Board and Authorized Representative for the Government and NGO Relations at RAO UES (Energy Sector) of Russia. He also served as an Advisor to Anatoly Chubais, then the Head of Presidential Administration and later First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation. Leonid was a Member of the Democratic Choice of Russia Party and Secretary of the Federal Political Council of the Party and then a Co-Chair of the Federal Political Council, Right Cause Political Party in Russia.


[TEC NY Event] TEC New York Social


Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 7:00 PM


Inc Lounge @ The TIME HOTEL

224 w49th Street New York, NY


In response to multiple requests, we are organizing another social event in New York. Please join us at the TEC-NY Spring Social (Wed, March 9th, 7PM). This will be an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Entrepreneurs Club members, network, share experiences, as well as simply have fun in a less formal environment and have an additional celebration of International Women's Day!

The Event is reserved for 35 people only - please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/TEC-NY/events/16242400/


TEC Opens San Francisco Chapter! Inaugural Event with Famous Dave McClure

TEC Opens San Francisco Chapter!

Inaugural Event with Famous Dave McClure:

The Art of Angel Funding

TEC is proud to announce the opening of its San Francisco Chapter with the inaugural keynote address by famous Dave McClure, the Founder of 500Startups!

Mark your calendars and make your plans to come and meet our distinguished speaker on:

Date: Wednesday, March 9th
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Fenwick & West, 555 California Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104

Due building security requirements - no entrance without online registration :

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What They Say About Us

"The wonderful thing about entrepreneurs is that their passion for starting new companies transcends languages and geographic boundaries."

Ron Conway, Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, early stage investor in Google and PayPal

"Networking is very important for start-ups. The challenge for them is often not money: it is mentoring and finding people who can give good advice from experience."

Esther Dyson, Founder, EDventure Holdings

"This conference is clearly a labor of love for a group of dedicated professionals who care deeply about the Eastern European entrepreneurs. From the value-packed educational panels, to the star-studded key note speakers' line up, to an amazing quantity of venture capitalists – this is a not to be missed event for any high tech entrepreneur,"

Richard Guha, President of the Marketing Executives Network and Managing Partner at MaxBrandEquity

"As Stanford MBA students, we were exposed to a lot of VC firms both from the Valley and abroad. It is at Stanford that we met Anna Dvornikova, an absolutely amazing business leader and (by our big luck) our friend, who was the center of the Russian Silicon Valley professional community, and was doing a huge work to connect Russia and the Valley. Anna helped us a lot with kick-starting Wikimart, put us to our first-ever conference, introduced us to most of Russian VCs. And all that happened in a very short time span! It was the beginning of a six-month journey that despite the particularly tough times resulted in an extraordinarily group of investors backing our start-up."

Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakayev,
co-CEOs, Wikimart