Steve Westly, CEO, The Westly Group, Selling your startup idea to Silicon Valley's VCs

Steve Westly former Controller of California and Ebay executive, now CEO of The Westly Group, gives tips on pitching to investors to international entrepreneurs in an interview with Angelika Blendstrup in 2011.

Interview by Angelika Blendstrup



Eric Benhamou, CEO, Benhamou Global Ventures, Key Elements of a VC Presentation in Silicon Valley

Eric Benhamoum CEO, Benhamou Global Ventures in Interview 2011 gives tips to international entrepreneurs for their startup pitches to investors in Silicon Valley.

Interview by Angelika Blendstrup


Daniel Zimmermann keynote at TEC International Startup Conference (Dec 6,2011)

Legal Issues with Global Startups:
Incorporation, IP Protection, VC Financing, Standard Agreements



Saeed Amidi keynote at TEC International Startup Conference (Dec 6,2011)

Saeed Amidi is the Founder, President and CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center. Plug and Play is the premier technology startup accelerator in the world with over 200 companies which collectively have raised over $750 million.

Saeed has been investing in technology companies for over 15 years and holds successful investments in over 70 technology companies such as PayPal, Powerset, Danger, Bix, etc.



Pitch Johnson Opens TEC International Startup Conference (Dec 6,2011)

Mr. Franklin Pitcher ("Pitch") Johnson was co-founder in 1962 of Draper and Johnson Investment Company, venture capital company, and became an independent venture capitalist in 1965 as the founder of Asset Management Company. Asset Management Company has made over 250 venture investments during its more than 43 years of operation. These have included Amgen, Applied Bio Systems, Applied Micro Circuits, Conductus, Hybritech, IDEC Pharmaceuticals, Octel, Qume, Red Brick Systems, Remedy, Sierra Semiconductor, Tandem Computer, Teradyne and Verity. He was a director of many of those companies and is presently a director of three private companies, and a public investment fund operating in eastern Europe.


Tim Draper keynote at TEC International Startups Conference (Dec 6,2011)

Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.  His original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses.  On behalf of DFJ Tim serves on the boards of DoAt, Glam, Meebo, Prosper, SocialText, and DFJ Plug 'N Play companies.  DFJ's previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and others. 


From Zero To Millions in Customers and Revenues

Thinking to bootstrap your company in the Silicon Valley ? - Learn from those who did it!



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


Vivek Wadhwa talk at TEC Club (April 5,2011)

On April 5th,2011 , under the auspices of The Entrepreneur's Club and the Europe Club of the Stanford Graduate School of Business 6 international groups and their members met to hear entrepreneur, turned academic, and frequent writer on TechCrunch and in Business Week, Vivek Wadhwa.

Vivek give his insights about startups, and countries like Russia and Chile trying to recreate Silicon Valley as well as future prognostics about the loss of key international talent leading to America's current brain drain. Audience members widened the topics discussed and made the evening a truly global one.


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