Announcing the latest Sessions event where money talks and bullshit walks – BizSessions 1.0!
Join us on July 14th for a discussion about funding models in current cash starved times.
Boot strapping, Angel money, VC funding, micro funds, ramen profitability- when, why and how you should choose each. How are companies, entrepreneurs and investors evolving after the lessons learned in the past decade? Are social platforms, outsourcing , App stores and new distribution models enabling startups to reach critical mass without major venture capital and changing the funding game as we know it? We’ll be tackling these and other important questions at bizSessions 1.0 on July 14th.
We’ve got a great group of speakers that represents multiple perspectives on this topic, from partners in the largest silicon valley VC firms to independent angel investors to entrepreneurs who have taken different paths and lived to tell about it.
Join us for a great discussion and a great networking event!
Ping Li Ping joined Accel in 2004 and focuses primarily on Information Technology infrastructure (computing, networking, security and storage) and digital media platforms. His areas of interest also include datacenter virtualization, cloud computing (see below), distributed data management and internet datacenter scalability. He currently is an investor/Board Member of BitTorrent, Cloudera, Mochi Media, Mu Dynamics, Raptr, Verivue and YuMe; and he is actively involved in Imperva. Ping was also responsible for Accel’s investment in Reactivity (acquired by Cisco).
Jonathan Abrams is the founder and CEO of Socializr, a new web service offering free online event invitations, and innovative ways to share event and party information with your friends. Jonathan is an award-winning serial entrepreneur who was hailed as “The Social Pioneer” by Vanity Fair in June 2008 for creating the pioneering social networking service Friendster.
Jonathan is the inventor of a United States Patent for a “System, method, and apparatus for connecting users in an online computer system based on their relationships within social networks.”
. Kent Goldman — Principal, First Round Capital
Kent joined First Round Capital as a Principal in 2008. Most recently, he was a member of the Corporate Development team at Yahoo, where he focused on M&A to support the company’s user-facing properties. In 2007, he led the company’s $350M acquisition of Zimbra. Earlier, Kent led business strategy efforts for Yahoo’s Front Page, Communications and Community products which included Yahoo.com, My Yahoo and Yahoo Mail.
Before joining Yahoo in 2004, Kent was an institutional investor focusing on early-stage consumer technology. Among the firm’s investments with which he worked most closely was Oddpost, one of the first web-based services to demonstrate the functionality of a desktop application. In 2004, Yahoo acquired the company. Oddpost’s technology now serves as the basis for the Yahoo Mail interface.
Igor Shoifot –COO, Fotki
Igor is a co-founder and co-owner of Fotki.com, one of the largest photo sharing companies, with nealy 1.5 million members and several million unique monthly visitors and a social networking solution/photo-sharing platform used by such clients as Sears and Telecom Italia. Prior to Fotki, Igor was CEO of Microsoft WebTV’s largest entertainment portal, Epsylon Games, and ran and co-founded start-ups in digital video, VoIP, document management and software development. He published articles and interviews on Internet business and digital media in Venture Beat, IP Law and Business, TV Technology, eMedia, Outsourcing Offshore and other publications. For 8 years, Igor has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in digital media, online advertising and marketing, e-commerce and e-business at New York University and other schools. He has an MBA from Boston University and a PhD from the Russian Academy of Sciences.