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Trend spotting like venture investing is a contact sport. And being able to spot early investment opportunities in technology markets is an art that's afforded a few smart investors first mover competitive advantage. To better understand the forces at work, we put together a panel of expert analysts, bankers and VCs to analyze the past year investment and M&A landscape and examine emerging market opportunities for 2007. We'll attempt to make sense of the tea-like leaves of development apparent in 2006 and how it's likely to shape the market next year.

December 12, 2006
5:30PM -9:30PM
KPMG, Mountain View
Schedule
5:30PM-6:30PM Poster Sessions/ Buffet Dinner/ Networking
6:30PM-7:30PM Startup Company Presentations / Q & A
7:30PM-8:00PM Break
8:00PM-9:00PM Panel Discussion
9:00PM-9:30PM Discussion
Moderator: Mark Boslet, Special Writer Dow Jones

 

Mark Boslet

Mark is a journalist and blogger based in Silicon Valley. He co-founded the political news and opinion Web site, BigBark, and presently serves as a special writer at the Dow Jones Newswires covering the technology industry and venture-capital business. He has won awards for his coverage of Microsoft and is published regularly in newspapers across the country.

His blog, Bits of Matter, can be found at http://bitsofmatter.blogspot.com.

Prior to Dow Jones, Mark was a senior writer at The Industry Standard magazine, a publication that chronicled the dot-com boom. Before that, he worked at newspapers in Connecticut and Florida. Mark has a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Florida and an undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Panelist: Ray Bingham, Managing Director, General Atlantic LLC

 

Ray Bingham

Ray Bingham’s distinguished career of more that 30 years has spanned businesses in high tech, chemical engineering, and hospitality real estate development with accomplishments in mergers and acquisitions, global trade and venture capital. From 1993 to 2005, he served in executive management roles at Cadence Design Systems, the world’s leading electronics design automation (EDA) software company. He was named executive chairman in May 2004, after serving as president and chief executive officer since May 1999. Under Mr. Bingham’s leadership, Cadence developed from a $360 million company to a $1.3 billion global industry leader. During his tenure as CEO, the company’s technology leadership grew through a series of strategic acquisitions, internal research and development and venture investments. Mr. Bingham also directed Cadence’s global expansion into India, China and Russia, a decade ahead of today’s focus in those emerging markets. He is a director of four public companies: Oracle Corporation, Flextronics International Ltd., Freescale Semiconductor and KLA Tencor. Mr. Bingham earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors from Weber State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Panelist: Spencer Greene, VP Corporate Development, Juniper Networks

 

Spencer Greene

In this role, he is responsible for a portion of Juniper Networks' mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, and partnership activity. Prior to this, Greene was Vice President of Product Management for Juniper Networks' IP core and edge router product lines. During his six years at Juniper Networks, Greene also led a number of engineering development teams. Greene came to Juniper Networks through the acquisition of his company, Layer Five Inc., an intellectual property development and licensing company he co-founded in 1996. Prior to Layer Five, Greene was in the semiconductor and personal computer industries, holding marketing and engineering positions. Greene also worked for a year in Yokogawa Electric's research laboratories in Tokyo, Japan. Greene holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and French from Rice University, and a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He holds numerous patents in the networking and graphics acceleration fields.
Panelist: Kamran Elahian, Chairman & Co-Founder, Global Catalyst Partners

 

Kamran Elahian

Mr. Elahian is a veteran entrepreneur with over twenty-eight years of experience in the high-tech industry. He has co-founded ten high-tech companies, one venture capital firm and two non-profit organizations. In addition to Global Catalyst Partners, he is chairman of Centillium Communications, Planetweb, Greenfield Networks, Entopia, Actelis Networks, the Global Catalyst Foundation and Schools Online. He co-founded Schools Online (1996), a non-profit public charity organization with the goal of bringing the Internet to every school in the world. Additionally, he co-founded the Global Catalyst Foundation (2000), a private philanthropic foundation. Mr. Kamran received a B.S. in computer science, a B.S. in mathematics (at the age of twenty), and a masters of engineering degree in computer graphics from the University of Utah.

Panelist: Doug Gonsalves, Managing Director, SVB Alliant

 

Doug Gonsalves

Gonsalves has over 17 years of experience executing mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, private placements, recapitalizations, growth capital financings, privatizations, and preparing and delivering fairness opinions. In this role he advises later-stage private and emerging public companies in the software, Internet and services industries. Before joining SVB Alliant, Gonsalves was a founding partner of The Spartan Group, a boutique investment banking firm. Prior to founding his own firm, Gonsalves spent four years with Merrill Lynch & Co, as director and head of the company’s growth banking group and then as director of the middle market M&A group and co-head of Western U.S. activities. Gonsalves also served as vice president and team leader of BancAmerica Robertson Stephens’ M&A group. He began his investment banking career in the M&A group of Banc of America Securities and its predecessor entities. Gonsalves holds an MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from California State University.

Panelist:  David Liu, Managing Director, Technology Investment Banking Group Jefferies Broadview

 

David Liu

Mr. Liu covers both U.S. and Asian technology companies and has strong domain knowledge of technology capital markets. Since joining the firm in 1993, Mr. Liu has completed over 30 transactions resulting in an aggregate value of more than $3 billion. With more than 12 years of investment banking, venture capital and technology start-up experience, Mr. Liu has advised on a broad range of transactions ranging from IPOs, follow-on offerings, convertibles, private company sales, tender offers and restructurings. Mr. Liu founded his own software company and has served on the boards of several technology start-ups. He holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and two BS degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
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