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VC Taskforce
Pitch Practice
October 9, 2013 | 6:00-8:30 PM | 2225 E Bayshore | Palo Alto
Event Sponsors: Ennerspace and Royse Law

Practice makes perfect! 

Creating a perfect pitch to investors is extremely hard.  The best way to do so is to practice.  As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect.  You’ll be surprised at how much better you get at pitching your company after a bit of practice.

VC Taskforce’s Pitch Practice will help get you ready!

Pitch Practice is for entrepreneurs who wish to practice their pitch on other entrepreneurs and pitch coaches to learn what works and what doesn’t.  Get feedback on content…and delivery.

Join us. Rehearse. Gain Confidence. Improve your content and delivery.
We have many pitch rehearsal slots available.

If you have questions about the program, pitching, etc., contact Anna Katz

COACHES
Ronald Weissman, Apax Partners, Band of Angels
Email: ronald.weissman@apax.com
Ron Weissman has been an active Silicon Valley VC (Apax Partners) and angel investor (chairman of the Band of Angels' Software SIG and an advisor to the Band's Acorn Fund) and has trained many companies in the art of successful fundraising. He has advised more than 50 companies and has been on more than 20 early stage Boards. As a VC, he has critiqued hundreds of pitches and has read thousands of presentations. As a former high tech executive, he authored and delivered hundreds of pitches himself locally and on Wall Street for private and public companies.

Marc Burch
Email: marcrb@attglobal.net
Marc Burch is an angel investor and executive entrepreneur with extensive experience providing early-stage capital to start-ups in San Diego and Silicon Valley. He is a subject matter expert / judge / mentor for funding grants for the Center of Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT) and the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology. He also develops ideation and product strategy for Facebook and OpenSocial applications. Additionally, he has over 20 years of marketing, sales, business development and executive management experience in technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Actra (Netscape & GE Joint Venture), and MarketFirst. While at Actra, he managed an aggressive sales channel that led to the Netscape acquisition. At MarketFirst, he helped grow the company to over 240 employees with a $450 million valuation.

Rashmi Menon, LinkedIn
Email: rashmicsp@gmail.com
Rashmi Menon has launched numerous businesses and products within large corporations including The Walt Disney Company, Microsoft, and Yahoo!.  She co-founded Green Resource Network and served as Vice President of Product Management at two startups, Zvents (acquired by eBay) and VideoGenie. Currently, she serves as a product and strategy consultant to numerous companies and is a mentor at the StartX Startup Accelerator. She teaches an entrepreneurship course through the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program and received a BA, magna cum laude and phi beta kappa, from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Jay Prakash, President, Strategic Focus
Email: jay@strategicfocus.com
Jay Prakash has over 30 years of experience as an Executive, Management Consultant and Business Strategist. He is the founder and President of Strategic Focus, a consulting boutique that specializes in advising Computer & Software companies on their business strategies and IT shops on their Software purchase decisions. His expertise is in combining Strategic Management Methodologies with his domain knowledge of the Enterprise Software & Services market to help companies build market penetration strategies. Jay started his career at SRI; his current clients include IBM, Oracle, SAP, Aria, Apptio, Serena, etc. He served as CEO of iTenol, a venture funded enterprise software company, Manager of Strategic Planning at Xerox, and as a Vice President with P&L responsibility at Strategic, Inc. He is a visiting faculty member at the Sri Sathya Sai University in India where he teaches courses on Marketing Strategy and Entrepreneurship to second year MBA students. He is mentors technology startups on their Business Strategies and fund raising efforts and chairs VC Taskforce’s Elevator Pitch RoundtablePLUS. Jay holds a B.Tech (Honors) from IIT, Kharagpur in India and both MBA and MS (Engineering) from the University of California at Berkeley    His detailed bio can be viewed on Linkedin.

Agenda:
Doors Open: 5:30 PM
Program: 6:00-8:00 PM
Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks included

Registration:
Free to StartUP Academy Members
$15 VC Taskforce Members
$25 Affiliate Organization Members
$45 General Admission
(If space is available, door registration is an additional $10)

Space is limited, register early!

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