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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Early-Stage Software & IT - Investing, sponsored by Morrison & Foerster. This event was in New York City on August 10, 2005.

    Edwin Goodman, General Partner, Milestone Venture Partners Edwin Goodman, General Partner, Milestone Venture Partners

    Mr. Goodman is a venture capitalist with 27 years of experience with highly regarded venture firms, including Patricof & Co. (7 years) and Hambros Bank (17 years).

    Mr. Goodman joined Patricof & Co. as its third employee in 1974 and managed the fund that invested in the final private financing round raised by Apple Computer in the summer of 1977.

    In 1979, Mr. Goodman and his associates at Patricof raised the first substantial fund ($26 million) that included money from ERISA institutional investors. This fund marked the beginning of U.S. pension fund participation in the venture capital business.

    At Hambros he was Chief Executive Officer of U.S. operations and during his tenure, with his partners, managed several private equity funds with over $150 million collectively under management. He has reviewed thousands of investment proposals and teams under his management have invested in more than 100 companies. Twenty five of these companies went public and many were profitably sold, including: Allied Waste (NYSE:AW); Corporate Software; Komag, Inc (Nasdaq:KMAG); PCA International, Inc; Petsmart Inc (Nasdaq: PETM); RASNA Corporation; Solectron Corporation (NYSE:SLR); Staples, Inc (Nasdaq: SPLS); Telematics, Inc; and Veeco Instruments (Nasdaq:VECO). Mr. Goodman is also a visible spokesman and leader within the venture capital industry. From 1986-1995, he chaired the annual Venture Investing conference sponsored by International Business Forum, which afforded him an excellent overview of the national venture capital community. Mr. Goodman holds a BA from Yale University (1962) and an MS from Columbia University Business School (1979).

    Esther Dyson, Editor at Large, CNET Networks (Angel Investor) Esther Dyson, Editor at Large, CNET Networks (Angel Investor)

    Esther Dyson is editor at large at CNET Networks, where she is responsible for its monthly newsletter, Release 1.0, and its PC Forum, the high-tech market's leading annual executive conference. As editor at large, she also contributes insight and content to CNET Networks' other properties. She sold her business, EDventure Holdings, to CNET Networks in early 2004. Previously, she had co-owned EDventure and written/edited Release 1.0 since 1983.

    At Release 1.0 and in her private investment activities, Dyson focuses on emerging technologies, emerging companies and emerging markets. Among the topics she has covered for Release 1.0 recently are social software and social networks, registries of people and things, the Internet, the transformation of e-mail to "Meta-mail," identity management, and the use of "consumer" Internet services such as Yahoo! eBay and Google by small businesses.

    By 1994, she had already explored the impact of the Net on intellectual property (among other things, why many software products are now turning into online services). In 1997, she wrote a book on the impact of the Net on individuals' lives, "Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age." It includes a number of chapters about today's hot topics such as security, privacy, anonymity and intellectual property.

    Dyson is also an active player in discussions and policy-making concerning the Internet and society. From 1998 to 2000, she was founding chairman of ICANN (the organization responsible for overseeing the Domain Name System). A variety of government officials worldwide turn to her for advice on Internet policy issues.

    In addition, she donates time and money as a trustee to emerging organizations (Bridges.org, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Eurasia Foundation). For several years in the '90s she was chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. After graduating from Harvard in economics, Dyson began her serious career in 1974 as a fact-checker for Forbes and quickly rose to reporter. In 1977 she joined New Court Securities as "the research department," following Federal Express and other start-ups. After a stint at Oppenheimer covering software companies, she moved to Rosen Research and in 1983 bought the company from her employer Ben Rosen, renaming it EDventure Holdings. The daughter of an English physicist and a Swiss mathematician, Dyson started traveling in Eastern Europe in 1989 and eventually helped to fill the small but vital vacuum at the intersection of Eastern Europe, high-tech and venture capital, even as she remains active in the US and Western Europe.

    Brett Topche, Associate, NJTC Venture Fund Brett Topche, Associate, NJTC Venture Fund

    Brett joins NJTC Venture Fund from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he achieved a dual major with high honors in Finance and Legal Studies and a minor in Political Science. He previously worked for MRA International in real estate development consulting and for the accounting firm Frankel and Topche. At NJTC Venture Fund, Brett focuses primarily on software and communications companies.

    Douglas P. Miscoll, Principal, Newlight Associates Douglas P. Miscoll, Principal, Newlight Associates

    Mr. Miscoll is a Principal of Newlight Associates. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Laidlaw & Co., an investment firm that he purchased with an investor group and subsequently sold. He also served as Managing Director of Northgate Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on investments in early-stage technology companies. Mr. Miscoll was a founding member of the management team that created K-III Communications, now Primedia, a publishing and media company sponsored by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Mr. Miscoll holds a B.A. from Santa Clara University, a M.A. from Templeton College, Oxford University and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

    Robert Dennen, Managing Director, Enhanced Capital Partners Robert Dennen, Managing Director, Enhanced Capital Partners

    Mr. Dennen is a Managing Director for Enhanced Capital Partners, LLC and is responsible for making qualified investments in the various CAPCO states. His initial area of focus is New York. He is a member of the firm's investment committee. He serves on the Board of Directors of PartSearch Technologies, Inc. Prior to joining Enhanced Capital Partners, LLC in June 2001, Mr. Dennen has held senior positions at technology firms. He was a founder, CFO and Chief Technology Officer for Prism eSolutions, a provider of internet-based knowledge management and training, focused on quality management compliance. He was responsible for the design, development, commercialization and launch of the company's initial product. Previously, Mr. Dennen was the VP of New Product Development for barnesandnoble.com, a leading e-commerce site. In addition, he was a Director for Simon & Schuster in their Education Technology group commercializing on-line uses of proprietary business content. Mr. Dennen started his technology career at Andersen Consulting where he was a Senior Manager in their Telecommunications Industry Consulting Practice for 10 years. He worked as a staff accountant at Arthur Andersen during which time he became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mr. Dennen received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Daniel Schultz, Managing Director and co-Founder, DFJ Gotham Daniel Schultz, Managing Director and co-Founder, DFJ Gotham

    Daniel J. Schultz is a Managing Director and co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures. Danny is a member of the Board of Directors of Pivot Solutions (IM-based FIX-enabled trade execution platform) and Magnolia Broadband (RF smart antenna chipsets), Chairman of the Board of SMART System Technologies (contactless payment and CRM platform) and a Board observer at XOsoft (disaster recovery software). He is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurial and technology-related conferences. Previously, Danny was a senior banker with Lehman Brothersí equity capital market groups in both New York and London focused on technology and emerging growth companies in the US and Israel. Just prior to founding DFJ Gotham, he was head of Equity Private Placements at Lehman Brothers where he spearheaded a dramatic increase in the firmís venture capital financings for a variety of technology, consumer products and healthcare companies. Danny is a member of the Investment Committee of the endowment fund of the American Friends of The Hebrew University and is AFHUís Assistant Treasurer. He is also a member of the Finance Committee at Willow Ridge Country Club. Danny graduated from Columbia University where he received his A.B. in Economics. He and his family reside in Westchester New York.

    Moderator: Michael Rennock, Partner, Morrison & Foerster

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