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

Steve Blank, Serial Entrepreneur; Founder, Epiphany, Lecturer, Stanford University, Graduate School of Engineering

Jim Smith, General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Brian Jacobs, General Partner, Emergence Capital Partners

Mark Iwanovski, General Partner, Trident Capital

Marylene Delbourg-Delphis, Serial Entrepreneur, Professional CEO, Coach

Artem Boytsov, Senior Software Engineer, Google(Google tour)

Andrew Filev, CEO, Wrike

Philipp Korn, TriNet

Laurie Lumenti, Silicon Valley Bank

Sondra Card, Executive Recruiter

Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote

Vivek Mehra, General Partner, August Capital

Alex Miroshnichenko, CTO, Virsto Software

Daniel Zimmerman, Partner, SNR Denton (Silicon Valley Office)

Anna Otkina, Partner,SNR Denton (Moscow Office)

Bill Tai, Partner, Charles River Ventures

Betty Kayton, Experienced Startup CFO

Esther Dyson, Founder, EDventures

Angelika Blendstrup, International Exec Communication Coach

Ilya Strebulaev, Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Asa Dotzler, Director, Product Management, Mozilla Corp

Sergey Burkov, Angel investor, Advisor to Start-Ups

Alex Rosen, Managing Director, IDG Ventures

Matt Marshall, Chief Editor, Venture Beat

Neal Silverman,Sr. Vice President, DEMO Conference

Erin Vehr, VP Horn Group (Premier PR Agency)

Stan Chudnovsky, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder, Ooga Labs

Chuck De Vita, Managing Director, Growth Process Consulting

Lilia Shirman, Managing Director, The Shirman Group

Vlad Shmunis, CEO, RingCentral

Aleksey Savateyev, Director, Yahoo! Cloud

Vera Belenky, Executive, Digital Media, Accenture

Peter Loukianoff, Partner, Almaz Capital Partners

Henry Vogel, CEO, Apptera

Alexei Agratchev, CEO, BVI Networks

Alex Scherbakovsky, SilverLake

Eric Buatois, General Partner, Sofinnova Ventures

Dafina Toncheva, Partner, Tugboat Ventures

Serge Plotkin, Partner, Opus Capital; Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University, Co-Founder, Decru (sold to Network Appliances)

Alex Fedosseev, VP Product Management, 4Home (acquired by Motorola in December 2010)


Organizers and Instructors:


Vera Shokina, Runa Capital; Managing Director, TEC (The Entrepreneurs’ Club)

Anna Dvornikova, CEO, Entana Corp; Managing Director, TEC

Stas Khirman, Founder & Managing Director, TEC

Nikolai Mitushin, Partner, ABRT Fund

Ilya Antipov,Director of Operations, Ingria Technopark

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