Entrepreneur Thought Leader Mentor: Finding Your Way To Successful Entrepreneurship07/26/2012 - 07/26/2012

Entrepreneur Thought Leader Mentor: Finding your Way to Successful Entrepreneurship


Topic: Entrepreneur Thought Leader Mentor: Finding your Way to Successful Entrepreneurship

When: Thursday,  7/26, 2012, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Where: Fenwick & West, LLP, 801 California Street, Mountain View, CA

Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3759988226, Early Bird Expires Soon, Check online.



David Lane, Partner, Onset Ventures
Naeem, founding CEO of Bitzer Mobile; founder of six startups


Starting your own business is an exhilarating yet overwhelming experience. Entrepreneurs don't have the time to read a how-to guide, but they do need the fundamentals presented succinctly and directly. This talk comes from the speakers' 20 years of experience in working with, teaching, and advising several hundred entrepreneurs. Short and to the point, the workshop offers practical, powerful information for anyone thinking about starting a business.

Perhaps you still have a day job and are contemplating launching your own company or perhaps you have lots of ideas and are wondering which one is most likely to succeed. This simple but thorough seven-step method will answer your most essential questions. The questions that your investors will soon be asking you! Save yourself thousands of dollars and two years of your life before you plunge into your startup.

We will work with participants on their one-minute acclerating elevator pitch and fine tune how they present their ideas and seek customer feedback. A fine-tuned elevator pitch is the first step in attracting investors and generating customer interest.

About Speakers

David Lane is the Partner at Onset Ventures. Over the past 23 years, David Lane has created, built and financed start-up companies, which has resulted in multiple successful public offerings and acquisitions. He has directly managed venture capital funds totaling in excess of $2 Billion.

At ONSET, David specializes in cloud-enabling infrastructure software, SaaS, information security, healthcare IT, mobile solutions and commercializing disruptive IT technologies developed at leading research universities. He currently works with the following portfolio companies: AuthenTec, Truviso and Vindicia.

Prior to becoming a managing director of ONSET, David co-founded Diamondhead Ventures and led the firm's investments in Danger (acquired by Microsoft), Entercept Security Technologies (acquired by McAfee) and UPEK (acquired by AuthenTec). Before Diamondhead, he was a senior venture capital investment officer at the Harvard Management Company, where he focused on making direct investments in seed to later stage opportunities in the IT and life science sectors. David's other investments include: Applied Immune Sciences (IPO), Harmonic (IPO), Kofax Image Products (IPO), TriQuint Semiconductor (IPO), NexGen (IPO), Quidel (IPO), Viewlogic Systems (IPO) and Harbridge Merchant Services (acquired by First Data Corporation).

David earned a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He serves on the University of Southern California Engineering School;s Board of Counselors, the Engineering School Dean's industry advisory board as well as several non-profit boards.

Naeem is the president and CEO of Bitzer Mobile, a company that provides a platform for enterprise data mobility. He is also a faculty member at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of business. He has taught entrepreneurship and New Venture Finance since 2005.

Naeem started his own business at the age of 26 and subsequently went on to start, or work at, six startups. His first job out of Brown University with a degree in electrical engineering was to design chips and electronic systems. Twenty years, two kids, one IPO and three CEO stints later, he founded Startup-Advisor, a company focused on educating and advising entrepreneurs on all aspects of starting and running a business (www.Startup-Advsior.com ).

Naeem works frequently with the US State Department in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship across the world and was invited to the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC to participate in a dialogue about starting an entrepreneurial ecosystem worldwide. He is on the International advisory board for the North African initiative at the Aspen Institute. He has travelled to 76 countries to understand cultures and how business is done and considers himself a global citizen.