March 15th, 2006
Mountain View, California

The new media wave is here. Digital media has entered the mainstream, becoming a significant force of consumer buying. Content companies are seriously moving into this space, offering downloadable TV shows, classic movies, new video releases on demand, music, and even exclusive programming for mobile devices.

Yet this new tsunami of media has so many complex aspects: Digital rights, copy protection, consumer technology, video formats, licensing, and more. It's hard to know who the key players are, what cutting edge technologies are viable, and which strategies will be successful.

The Silicom Ventures Consumer Media Symposium is designed to educate, stimulate, inform and entertain Silicom Ventures investors that are angel (high tech executives) and VC investors on the myriad of issues surrounding the consumer media market.

5:30PM-6:30PM Poster Session, Dinner Buffet and Networking
6:30PM-6:45PM Opening words and overview of the industry
6:45PM-7:30PM Panel Discussion
  Topic: "Silicom Valley, leading the Consumer Media Explosion"
7:30PM-8:30PM Poster Session and Networking

Moderator: Adam Lashinsky, Senior writer, Fortune magazine


Adam Lashinsky

Adam Lashinsky is a business journalist with unusually broad experience in both broadcast and print media. Currently a senior writer at Fortune magazine covering high tech and finance, Lashinsky's specialty is getting the inside dope on the technology scene that most interests the money crowd. He's an insider to Silicon Valley with solid credentials, an independent, knowledgeable and well-connected voice on what's really going on in high-tech. He brings an edgy, clear-headed "New York" perspective on the creative, lively and sometimes make-believe landscape of the Valley. Lashinsky previously has worked in Washington D.C., Chicago and Tokyo, where he was a Henry Luce Scholar, reporting for the Nikkei Weekly, the English-language version of Japan's main economic daily, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. He began reporting on Silicon Valley in 1997.
Panelist: Eli Harari, Founder and CEO, SanDisk Corporation


Eli Harari

Eli Harari is the founder of SanDisk Corp., and has been President and Chief Executive Officer since June 1988. Dr. Harari founded Wafer Scale Integration, a privately held semiconductor company in 1983 and was its President and Chief Executive Officer from 1983 to 1986 and Chairman and Chief Technical Officer from 1986 to 1988. From 1973 to 1983, Dr. Harari held various management positions with Honeywell Inc., Intel Corp., and Hughes Aircraft Microelectronics. Dr. Harari has been a Director of Sandisk Corp., since June 1988. He has been a Director of Tower Semiconductor Ltd. since January 2001 and serves on the Finance, Stock Option and Compensation Committees. Dr. Harari holds M.A. and Ph.D. in Solid State Sciences from Princeton University and a B.S. (Honors) degree in Physics from Manchester University. He has more than 70 patents issued in the field of nonvolatile memories and storage systems.
Panelist: Richard Atkinson, Vice President, Anti-Piracy Strategy & Operations, Walt Disney Studios

Richard Atkinson

Richard is responsible for orchestrating Disney Studio’s global battle against content theft – be it piracy of movies, music, television, or other products of the Studio. Prior to this role, Richard spent 5 years as a "Disney Imagineer" at Walt Disney Imagineering– with the responsibility of creatively infusing emerging technologies into Disney’s world-renown theme parks all over the world. Prior to Disney, Richard was the Chief Communications Technologist for Northrop Grumman Corporation – where he spent 15 years as a communications technology strategist and briefer of highly complex and classified concepts (such as the area of "stealth aircraft") to the top levels of US and other governments.
Panelist: Dan Sheeran Senior Vice President, Music and Video RealNetworks, Inc.

Dan Sheeran

Dan Sheeran joined RealNetworks in 2001 and is the senior executive responsible for the Music and Video consumer services for the company. Sheeran came to RealNetworks from nCUBE where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. Prior to working at nCUBE, Sheeran was Senior Vice President of Product Management at SkyConnect, a digital video systems vendor to the cable and telecommunications industries. Sheeran holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service cum laude at Georgetown University, and a M.B.A. from Northwestern University.
Panelist: Russell Siegelman, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers


Russell Siegelman

Russell invests in consumer and energy related technologies and markets, including software, electronic commerce, Web services, semiconductors, consumer systems, media and telecommunications. He is currently on the board of: Digital Chocolate, Friendster, Lilliputian Systems, Mobilygen, Quorum Systems and RazorGator. Russell also leads KPCB's investment in WildBlue Communications. Russell joined KPCB after seven years at Microsoft. At Microsoft he helped launch LAN Manager. For the first half of 1993, Russell worked directly for Bill Gates during which time he researched the online market and recommended an entry strategy for that market. This led to the formation the Microsoft Network (MSN). Before Microsoft, Russell was a software engineer who wrote artificial intelligence applications for the financial services industry. He earned his SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Physics in 1984 and a MBA from Harvard University where he was a Baker Scholar in 1989.
Panelist: Jonathan Sasse, President/CEO, iriver America




Jonathan Sasse

Jonathan Sasse has spent the past decade working with portable music devices in the consumer electronics industry. With strong experience in retail sales channels as well as product, technical and brand marketing, Mr. Sasse is responsible for the strategic direction of iriver America. Mr. Sasse was with Diamond Multimedia, Rio and subsequently SONICblue, before joining iriver America. During his time with Rio, Rio-branded portable MP3 players enjoyed a #1 market share in the category. After joining iriver America (2003), Mr. Sasse has successfully launched iriver award winning portable digital devices that have enjoyed tremendous market success and continue to impress consumers with their functionality and sleek design.
Panelist: Jan Jannink, PhD, Founder/CTO & President Imeem


Jan Jannink

After earning a PhD in Computer Science and working as part of the Database
Group at Stanford University, Jan worked to invent the database architecture
and the meem data model that power the imeem system. Wanting to bring deep technology to direct communications systems, Jan continually works on
algorithm design, data management and software development.
Jan holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Japanese from Georgetown University, and
both a Master's and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford. Jan worked at IBM Research, Toshiba R&D, and served as Director of Digital Rights Management and Client Software Development at Napster, Inc. before founding imeem in 2003. Committed to communication and problem-solving, Jan is proficient in five languages and actively collects and solves Rubik's cubes. He is also a competing springboard diver.

Speaker: Thomas Meredith, Founder/CEO, P2P Cash


Thomas Meredith

Mr. Meredith has significant Internet, financial services and voice technology experience. Starting his computer career at Digital Equipment Corp, he become an early employee at the first computer clone manufacturer, Franklin Computers. He later founded VoxLink, the leading innovator of voice and electronic mail integration. Mr. Meredith founded one of the first gaming companies on the Internet, Internet Gaming. The gaming industry was responsible for processing the first significant volume of credit cards on the Internet. Mr. Meredith has spent the last three years working with online media companies to encourage the use of the 250 million strong Peer to Peer networks as a content distribution channel; not as a fulltime employment system for lawyers. He holds a Masters in Business Administration Degree from Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Science Degree from Stanford University.
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