TEC : Founding & Funding - Entrepreneur & Investor Perspectives


Palo Alto, CA


December 2, 2010 , 6:30pm


An open discussion between startup founder and venture capitalist who chose to invest:

Venture funding is one of many ways available to an entrepreneur to finance a growing company. Once the entrepreneur has turned heads in the venture community, selecting the right VC is as important as having the right idea at the right time. Selecting the right VC can be the turning point that shapes a startup's future success.

At the same time, before the "VC hunt", it is very important to understand the process of how venture capitalists choose or screen their investments, what they are looking for, and how they think. What does it mean for them "the attractiveness of the opportunity"? How is the market size, the strategy, the technology, customer adoption, competition, the management team, and the deal terms are considered. How do VCs valuate their risks?

All these questions and more will be discussed in an interview with Vivek Mehra, Partner, August Capital and Alexander Miroshnichenko, a serial entrepreneur, Co-Founder and CTO, Virsto .


http://tec20101202.eventbrite.com/ - Early bird discount ends Nov 28. Full refund

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