Meet COO of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)


February 22, 2011 / Palo Alto CA


Meet the First Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - the largest single investor in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Mark your calendars and make your plans to come and meet our distinguished speaker from London, Mr. Varel Freeman, COO and the First Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). TEC is fortunate to host Mr. Freeman for a keynote address and the Q&A discussion that will follow. Mr. Freeman will discuss the challenges and the benefits of investing in the emerging markets.

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Varel Freeman

COO & First Vice President

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Varel Freeman oversees all banking operations of the EBRD. He chairs the Operations Committee which reviews all investment and loan proposals before consideration by the Board of Directors, and oversees the formulation of the Bank’s strategy to effectively and efficiently promote the transition of the 30 countries where the EBRD invests. Mr. Freeman is also a member of the Executive Committee.


Founder & Investor: Funding a Cloud Management Company.


February 2, 2011 / Palo Alto CA


Please join us for our traditional “Founder & Investor” panel on February 2 in Palo Alto. We will meet a leading venture capitalist and a successful Russian-speaking co-founder of his portfolio company to learn the startup funding process described from two different viewpoints.

Our panel participants are:

  • Peter Bell, Partner, Highland Capital Partners
  • Yuri Rabover, Co-founder, VP Product Strategy, VMTurbo

Registration http://tec20110202.eventbrite.com/ (early birds discount, full refund "no question ask")

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'Start-up King' Mike Cassidy: How to build 4 successful companies in a row


SNR Denton
1530 Page Mill Rd
Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304


January 12, 2011 , 6:00pm


Mike Cassidy is a legendary Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur that has co-founded, served as CEO, and led 4 (four!) consumer Internet companies to market leadership and successful acquisitions (over $600m in total):

  • Ruba, the travel guide company, acquired by Google in 2010 (deal undisclosed).
  • XFire pioneered in-game messaging, was purchased by Viacom’s MTV Networks in May 2006 for $110m.
  • Direct Hit, an award-winning Internet search engine acquired by Ask Jeeves in 2000. “$500 million in 500 days."
  • Stylus Innovation, produced computer-telephony software. It was sold to Artisoft for $13 million in 1996


Deep Dive : Silicon Valley Startup Seminars

A special 2-weeks long seminar for startup FOUNDERS ONLY on startup marketing, product management, sales, and VC financing.






Deep Dive is a 2-week long program held in Silicon Valley for a small selected group of Russia entrepreneurs (max 20 founders/CEOs). The program helps technology companies and investors extend their business operations: establish partnerships and connections, setup local presence and accelerate cross-border business development.

The program consists of seminars held by leading angel investors, prominent venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs, marketing, product and business development experts, Stanford University professors, representatives of Fortune500 companies, US lawyers, and other experts in creating high technology ventures, developing business plans, structuring deals, and transferring intellectual property. We cover topics of entrepreneurship, team and culture, company valuation, capital structure, product management, marketing, and sales. The program includes networking events and company case studies, pitches, and presentations conducted.


List of Speakers and Coaches


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