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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Seattle Venture Capital Breakfast, sponsored by Orrick. This event was in Seattle on Fri, April 30, 2004.

    Tom Simpson, Managing Partner, Northwest Venture Associates Tom Simpson, Managing Partner, Northwest Venture Associates

    Northwest Venture Associates Managing Partner Tom Simpson has 15 years of experience as a venture capitalist and investment banker building and serving successful Northwest businesses in several markets. Prior to forming Northwest Venture Associates, he was a managing director in Dain Rauscher Wessels' Seattle-based investment banking group, where he spearheaded the fundraising of more than $350 million for several of the region's most successful emerging companies. Tom is a director of Confirma, MessageGate, Pacific Edge Software, Sur La Table, Pet's Choice, Telect, TeleSym, VoteHere and a former director of AdRelevance (now NetRatings), Netpodium (now Akamai) and Packet Engines. He is a board member and past-president of the Evergreen Venture Capital Association, which oversees the 40 plus venture capital firms in Washington State. Tom serves on the boards of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies and the Technology Alliance of Washington. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Washington and a master's degree in business administration from The Wharton School.

    Tom Johnston, Managing Director, AHVP Tom Johnston, Managing Director, AHVP

    Tom Johnston is a managing director of AHVP, a director for, NetMotion Wireless and Max-Viz. He is another of AHVP's technology experts, who held several senior marketing positions with Microsoft Corporation between 1990 and 1998.

    Most recently, as a group product manager for Microsoft, Tom led the team responsible for marketing the Windows desktop platform and Internet Explorer-including XML-to developers and Web professionals. Previously, he was lead program manager for Microsoft's Internet security product unit.

    Tom also conducted business development for Microsoft's advanced consumer technology division, forging partnerships with wireless communication firms to enable two-way communication for handheld computing devices. He has also held product management roles for Windows NT and Microsoft's network business unit.

    Tom has an A.B. in Mathematics and History from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business.

    Jon Staenberg, Managing Director, Staenberg Venture Partners Jon Staenberg, Managing Director, Staenberg Venture Partners

    Jon Staenberg has been working with venture backed companies for more than a decade, and has participated in over 100 deals. In this capacity he has started his own company, worked full-time in other companies, and consulted to over 50 startups. He is one of the most experienced venture capitalists in the Pacific Northwest, having raised two funds totaling over $100 million. After working in the marketing area at Microsoft for six years, he joined Virtual i-O as VP of Sales & Marketing. During the last eight years, he has been engaged in business planning, business development, financial planning and fundraising, recruiting and mergers and acquisitions work for a variety of Silicon Valley and Seattle-based startups.

    Jon serves on the boards of and Micropath, and is on the advisory boards of New Vine Logistics, Vista Broadband, Prime Advantage, Time Domain,, OneName, Syncronex, and

    Jon graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, where he received his B.S., M.A., and M.B.A. While at Stanford, he started and ran two successful companies.

    Jon Anderson, Partner, Ignition Jon Anderson, Partner, Ignition

    Jon is a general partner and one of the founders of Ignition. Jon invests in enterprise data and applications companies. Jon serves as a director of Wildseed and nthOrbit.

    Prior to Ignition, Jon spent nine years at Microsoft Corporation in several strategic roles, advising the company's executive management on overall business strategy, guiding such as key issues as enterprise licensing and pricing, financing and P&L management. Most recently he led a team responsible for development and execution of Microsoft's volume licensing programs, an $8 billion business, negotiations of licensing agreements with Microsoft's largest customers and the enhancement of core product business and licensing models and creation of business models for emerging products.

    Jon also served as General Manager of Worldwide Business Strategy for Steve Ballmer and as Corporate Controller. Jon led the creation of the company's current P&L, measurement and competitive reporting systems. Jon led efforts that made changes to business models for core products that lead to multi billion dollar profit contributions. Jon led or was a core member of the teams leading company acquisitions including the company's first email product, Microsoft Mail, FoxPro, Visio and the company's proposed merger with Intuit.

    Prior to joining Microsoft, Jon was a CPA and Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche, where he served as an advisor to companies ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to new technology start-ups.

    Jon attended the University of Oregon and received his degree in business administration from Central Washington University.

    Jon serves as a director of Wildseed, nthOrbit and N'Site Solutions.

    Moderator: Alan Smith, Administrative Partner, Orrick

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