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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Silicon Valley VC and Angel Conference, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP. This event was in Palo Alto on Thursday, March 4, 2010.

    Photo of Paul Cummings, Partner, Honda Strategic Venturing Paul Cummings
    Honda Strategic Venturing
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    Honda Strategic Venturing
    Paul Cummings is a Principal with Honda Strategic Venturing (HSV), the corporate venture capital arm of Honda Motor Corporation based in Mountain View, California. HSV seeks investment opportunities in technology venture companies to establish the strategic foundation for collaborative partnership both to excel Hondaís innovative R&D and to help technology venture companies succeed in Hondaís product markets. Prior to joining Honda, Paul held various management positions with an automotive tier 1 supplier; including, positions in mergers and acquisitions, business development and operations for a Japanese partnered joint venture. Paul also worked for Accenture in the Sydney, Australia office with the Strategy Consulting Practice. Paul holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and BA from Michigan State University.

    Photo of Ho Nam, General Partner & Co-founder, Altos Ventures Ho Nam
    General Partner & Co-founder
    Altos Ventures
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    Altos Ventures
    Ho Nam is a General Partner and co-founder of Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of networking, storage and semiconductors. He currently serves as a director of Billeo, Vapro, WhiteHat Security, and Yosemite Technologies and works closely with CrownPeak, Enwisen, and Xignite. Ho led the firmís prior investments in Axis Systems (acquired by Verisity), Evolve Software (EVLV, acquired by Primavera Systems), Inzap, (acquired by Real Networks), Nishan Systems (acquired by McDATA), Pixo (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Provato (acquired by I-Many) and Soundpipe (acquired by Comdial). All were deals in which Altos was the lead investor in the seed or first institutional round of funding. Before joining Altos Ventures in 1996, Ho worked at Silicon Graphics (SGI) and Octel Communications (acquired by Lucent). Ho began his VC career at Trinity Ventures in 1990 and began his professional career at Bain & Company where he advised clients in the Semiconductor industry on product and corporate strategy.

    Photo of John Hall, Managing Director, Horizon Ventures John Hall
    Managing Director
    Horizon Ventures
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    Horizon Ventures
    John Hall has more than 16 years of experience in the venture capital industry . He was a General Partner of Newtek Ventures from 1989 until 1999, when he co-founded Horizon Ventures where he also is a General Partner. Prior to his venture capital career, John had broad experience in senior financial and general management roles over a 20-year period in the pharmaceutical, semiconductor and software industries and was a co-founder of 3 successful software companies. As a venture capitalist, John has been a member of 14 board of directors of both private and public companies and currently serves on the boards of four private companies. He holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance and an MBA in Finance from San Jose State University and did Ph.D. work in Finance at the University of Santa Clara.

    Photo of Steve Goldberg, Partner, Venrock Steve Goldberg, Ph.D.
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    Steve Goldberg joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave, and CoWave Networks. He was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and VP and GM of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation. Steve has also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard. Additionally, Steve enjoys teaching and public speaking, and has delivered a number of academic and industrial courses in the areas of wireless, telecom, and signal processing.

    Photo of Eric Chen, Venture Partner, WI Harper Group Eric Chen
    Venture Partner
    WI Harper Group
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    WI Harper Group
    Eric was one of the first employees at E2open, a Silicon Valley supply chain software startup and a pioneer of the on-demand software model, where he was Director of Asia Business Development.

    Eric works closely with WI Harper's offices in the U.S and Greater China in assisting portfolio companies with cross border business development, operational, and strategic activities. Within WI Harper, Eric is actively involved with Laszlo, Ooma and Media Corporation.

    Mr. Chen earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

    Photo of Matthew Denesuk, PH.D., Partner, IBM Venture Capital Group Matthew Denesuk, PH.D.
    IBM Venture Capital Group
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    IBM Venture Capital Group
    I am currently a Partner in IBM's Venture Capital Group.

    Prior to this I held various positions in IBM Global Services, focussed on transforming the business toward models which are less labor-based and which improve productivity and differentiation through increased use of innovative technologies (what we broadly refer to as "services technology assets").

    Prior to this at IBM, I have been involved with developing emerging businesses, based at least in part from technologies developed in our Research laboratories. This has included a variety of businesses based on hardware, software, services, and various nanotech-related technologies.

    I also serve as an advisor to several small companies.

    Prior to joining IBM, I co-founded and managed several companies in the areas importing, marketing, and distribution of consumer products; specialty polymer products; and intellectual property and product development.

    Previously, I was a Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona.

    I also served for eleven years as a consultant, where I assisted large and small businesses with managing product research and development efforts and with IP strategy and litigation.

    I have led fundamental and applied research efforts relating to optical and electrical properties of nanostructured materials and devices, with a focus on electrochromic technology for "smart windows." I have also led research efforts relating to interfacial properties of medical polymers and to wetting and fluid flow in microporous materials. I have authored numerous publications and book chapters in the technical literature.

    I received my B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T., and I received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona.

    Photo of Nicola Corzine, Deal Manager, Band of Angels Nicola Corzine
    Deal Manager
    Band of Angels
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    Band of Angels
    Nicola Corzine is deal manger for the Band of Angels; she is also the founder and executive director of Financing Partners, an organization offering specific programs designed to help entrepreneurs and investors reach their mutual objectives. Nicola has a broad background in investor relations and marketing at both startup companies, such as Digital Integrity, and financial institutions, including Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to joining Financing Partners, she was the director for Fundraising Forum where she grew their Silicon Valley investor base from 300 to over 1,000.

    Moderator: Adrian Shulman, Partner, Bingham McCutchen

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