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June 12, 2007
5:00PM -9:00PM
KPMG, Mountain View
5:00PM-6:00PM Poster Sessions/ Buffet Dinner/ Networking
6:00PM-7:00PM Startup Company Presentations / Q & A
7:00PM-7:30PM Break
7:30PM-8:30PM Panel Discussion
Topic: "Next Generation Internet Search"
8:30PM-9:00PM Discussion

Moderator: Amos Barzilay Ph.D., Venture Consultant, Walden International


Amos Barzilay

Prior to joining Walden Amos Barzilay was Vice President & General Manager, Content and Supplier Solutions in Commerce One. Dr. Barzilay joined Commerce One as part of Commerce One's acquisition of Mergent Systems in January 2000. Dr. Barzilay was a co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Mergent Systems, a business-to-business e-commerce infrastructure start-up. Prior to Mergent, Dr. Barzilay held a variety of senior management positions including General Manager of C*ATS Software, a leader in financial risk management applications, and Worldwide Director of Industry Marketing at Informix, focusing on data warehousing and vertical markets including finance, manufacturing, retail and telecommunications. Dr. Barzilay has an engineering degree from the Technion in Israel and a M.B.A. and Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Panelist: Andrew Braccia, Partner, Accel


Andrew Braccia

Andrew began his career with the Yahoo! in 1998, as a member of Yahoo’s early business development team. Most recently he served as vice president of Yahoo! Search, where he was responsible for all business and operational aspects of Yahoo’s consumer search business. Previously, as vice president of business operations for the Yahoo! Search and Marketplace Group, Andrew oversaw the business planning and financial performance of multiple Yahoo! businesses. Andrew also served as vice president and general manager of Yahoo’s Marketplace division, which includes Yahoo! Shopping, Yahoo! Travel, Yahoo! Real Estate, and Yahoo! Autos – all leading commerce sites in their respective categories under his leadership. As a member of the original operating team that led the development Yahoo’s in-house search technology, he also played a significant role in the acquisition and integration of several companies, including Inktomi, Overture, Alta Vista, and FAST. In addition, he helped lead the acquisition of Flickr, an important component of Yahoo’s emerging community and social search strategy.
Panelist: Steve Larsen, Co-founder and CEO of Krugle

Steve Larsen

Steve Larsen has years of experience with venture-backed technology companies. Most recently, he was chief operating officer of Better Life Media, before that he was CEO of security software company BigFix, Inc., and before that, VP of business development at Visage Mobile (as part of his tenure with St. Paul Venture Capital). He has also held founder/executive roles at Net Perceptions and CitySearch, and senior management positions at Prodigy, AT&T, Open Systems and Control Data Corporation.
Panelist:  Louis Monier Ph.D., Founder of Internet Search Engine AltaVista

Louis Monier

Louis joined Google in June 2005 as a member of the technical staff. In this role, he is leading an infrastructure project. Previously, Louis was an eBay Fellow, responsible for redesigning and implementing the search back-end for eBay. He ran the Advanced Technology Group, a small research group inside the company, and initiated the "new way to search" that eBay is currently deploying. Louis has also held positions as CTO and VP of Engineering for BigVine, a Kleiner-Perkins startup that explored the idea of online barter. He is perhaps best known as the Founder and CTO of an early search engine, AltaVista, and the translation site BabelFish. Louis earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Paris at Orsay.

Panelist: Barney Pell Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Powerset, Inc.


Barney Pell

Dr. Barney Pell is Founder and CEO of Powerset, a VC-funded startup company building a transformative consumer search engine based on natural language processing. For over fifteen years, Dr. Pell, (Ph.D. Computer science, Cambridge University F1993) has pursued ground breaking technical and commercial innovation in A.I. as a researcher, research manager, business strategist and entrepreneur. He spent 2005 as Entrepreneur in Residence at Mayfield evaluating early to mid-stage IT and knowledge based companies. Before joining Mayfield, Dr. Pell worked for NASA Ames Research Center. Between 1998 and 2002, Dr. Pell worked in technical start-ups serving as Chief Strategist and Vice-President of Business Development at, a provider of internet-based stock-market analysis tools, and later Vice President of Strategy for Whizbang! Labs, a provider of advanced text processing and search engine software.
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