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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Silicon Valley VC & Angel Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP. This event was in Palo Alto on Thursday, October 14, 2010.

    Photo of Clint Chao, General Partner, Formative Ventures Clint Chao
    General Partner
    Formative Ventures
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    Formative Ventures
    Clint Chao is a founding general partner at Formative Ventures. Clint invests in emerging technologies start-ups in areas such as communications, wireless, and next-generation Internet solutions. Clint is an experienced technology executive who brings more than 20 years of start-up operating experience including marketing, sales and business development to Formative Ventures. His investments and board leadership include Mashery, Marketocracy, Silicon Clocks, Smalltown, SOASTA, and Zyray Wireless (acquired by Broadcom in 2004).

    Prior to co-founding Formative Ventures, Clint served as vice president of marketing, sales, and business development at SkyStream Networks (acquired by Tandberg TV), a leading provider of video routing equipment. Under his leadership, SkyStream formed partnerships with industry leaders such as AOL Time Warner, HP, Microsoft, RealNetworks, Lucent Technologies, Mitsubishi, and Philips.

    Prior to joining SkyStream, Clint served as senior director of marketing at C-Cube Microsystems where he was responsible for marketing for the PC Division, a group he co-founded and grew to run rates exceeding $50M in sales annually. Clint began his tenure at C-Cube as the first salesperson for the company, where he created the company’s sales representation network around the country.

    Before joining C-Cube in 1990, Clint held numerous sales and sales management positions at Motorola Semiconductor, where he was recognized as one of the company’s top salespeople.

    Clint earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

    Photo of Karan Mehandru, Prinicpal, Trinity Ventures Karan Mehandru
    Trinity Ventures
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    Trinity Ventures
    Karan joined Trinity Ventures in 2010 with more than ten years of experience in enterprise software and systems, SaaS, semiconductors, consumer electronics and next generation datacenter infrastructure technologies. Prior to Trinity, Karan was a Senior Associate at Scale Venture Partners and was actively involved with Scale’s investments in NComputing, Siimpel (acquired by Tessera) and Discera. At Scale, Karan focused on enterprise infrastructure including storage, virtualization and cloud computing, enterprise software and SaaS.

    Before Scale he was a Strategic Sales Account Manager at Synopsys. He was instrumental in closing more than $40 Million in strategic and territorial design wins during 2006 and 2007 and directed the sales effort for Synopsys’ software suite, IP and professional services. He also led marketing, applications and sales efforts for his team’s top accounts and worked closely with the company’s strategic customers and product management teams on the development of new products. Prior to Synopsys, he was an implementation manager in the fabless semiconductor market for PMC-Sierra in Vancouver, Canada. During his five years with PMC-Sierra, he led and managed design implementation of large scale ASICs targeted for the telecommunications, enterprise storage and networking markets.

    Karan is an active member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Silicon Valley.

    Photo of Ed Esber, Co-Managing Partner, The Halo Fund Ed Esber
    Co-Managing Partner
    The Halo Funds
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    The Halo Funds
    Ed Esber has over thirty five years experience in the computer and software industry. Business Week magazine and Computer Reseller News have identified Ed as a pioneer and visionary leader of the personal computer industry who is credited with developing the market strategies for two of the world’s best selling software packages of the 1980s: VisiCalc and dBase.

    Ed has personally started, grown and/or turned around over fifteen companies, some of which became public companies. He has been a member of the Angels’ Forum for 9 years and a co founding member of Halo Fund Management Company, Halo Fund II Management Company and Halo Opportunity Fund Management Company. In 2007, he became a Co Managing Member of all previous funds and a Co Founder of The Halo Fund III Management Company.

    Ed is on the Board of Directors for Quantum, BenefitStreet and iTaggit. He was the CEO or President of Ashton Tate, Creative Insights, Creative Labs, and SoloPoint. He started his career by working for Texas Instruments, IBM and Digital General. Ed has also taught an MBA course at the Weatherhead School of Business at Case Western Reserve University entitled “Starting and Managing a Successful Startup”. Ed has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

    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 Larry Marcus, Walden Venture Capital Larry Marcus
    Managing Director
    Walden Venture Capital
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    Walden Venture Capital
    Larry Marcus is a Managing Director at Walden Venture Capital. Larry is on the Board of Directors of Pandora, Melodis (Voice and Sound Search), Telekenex (IP Voice and Data), (purveyor of funny), and a board observer of Real Girls Media (women targeted site) and on the Board of Advisors to Dealmaker Media (early stage focused events). He is also on the Board of the non-profit JazzSchool in Berkeley CA

    Prior to Walden, Larry was a leading equity research analyst at Alex. Brown / Deutsche Bank and prior to that Robertson Stephens & company, both in San Francisco. Larry was among the first equity analysts to cover PC and video games, followed by internet media and enhanced TV (e.g. Scientific Atlanta, General Instrument, Gemstar, Wink). Through a hands on, product oriented approach, he developed a successful methodology and track record of backing products/companies at early stages of adoption that would eventually achieve mass market success, including Terayon, Edmark,, Netflix, CBS Marketwatch, Maxis, Activision and Spectrum HoloByte. Prior operating experience includes consulting for both Digidesign and Maxis, media planning at a major New York ad agency and general management in computer services retail. Larry received both his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley. Larry is an avid drummer and a green tech enthusiast.

    Photo of Eric Chen, Angel Investor 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 Stephen Lee, Principal, Samsung Stephen Lee
    Samsung Ventures
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    Samsung Ventures
    Mr. Lee is a Principal at Samsung Ventures and focuses on Digital Media and Mobile investments. He joined Samsung Ventures in 2009 and is currently on the board of directors for Amber Precision Instruments and is a board observer for Widevine, Impinj and Ethertronics. Previously, Mr. Lee led venture investments at Mitsui & Co., where he played an active role in Mitsui’s investments in Beceem Communications, Synacor, Luidia and SmartSignal. Prior to his venture capital career, Mr. Lee was a management consultant where he helped leading technology companies identify new growth opportunities both in the United States and abroad.

    Mr. Lee holds a B.A. in Political Economies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Moderator: Adrian Shulman, Partner, Bingham McCutchen

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