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Date: February 27, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM PST
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Please plan to join us for the 8th Annual Funding, Exits and IPO's event on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at the Quadrus Center in Menlo Park.  This event typically sells out quickly and seating is limited so REGISTER TODAY!

Following a couple of disappointing years for technology company IPOs, 2018 appears to have been a bounce back year! Early in the year we saw the highly anticipated IPOs of Spotify and Dropbox and these have been followed by DocuSign, Carbon Black, Zuora, and many, many others.

For technology companies, 2018 has been a year of positives with a solid pipeline of unicorns and growth-stage companies as well as soaring stock prices and strong economic data encouraging investors to make further investments. However, in mid-October the markets suffered big losses including the worst day for the NASDAQ since 2011. Is this a temporary blip or the start of a serious decline? To what extent has the trade war with China contributed to these loses? Having seen some box office companies IPO earlier in the year, do we have a big name (Uber, Airbnb, Lyft) ready to go out in the fall and drive some excitement before year end or has 2018 run out of steam?

At time of writing it is difficult to predict what might happen in 2019. In December we witnessed significant year-end turmoil in the markets with December turning out to be the worst year for the stock markets since 1929. January has seen moderate gains but interest rate hikes, trade tariffs and falling iPhone sales make it very difficult to say with any certainty how 2019 will develop and whether anything will really change for the Venture Capital and Technology Company community in Silicon Valley.
Join us for an evening of lively, engaging and fun discussions and hear more about how things might work out for the technology community in 2019 and get a chance to ask questions to our panel of Venture Capitalists. We will see how accurate their 2018 forecasts were and will try to pin them down to some 2019 predictions too!  


With thanks to Penfolds, you could win a bottle of 2016 BIN 389 Cabarnet Shiraz


Our Thanks to:


Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures

Bill Reichert has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others.

Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is the Chairman of the Small Fund Roundtable of the VC Taskforce and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Managing Partner, Catapult  

Jonathan Tower is a Managing Partner at Catapult, a global venture capital platform based in Silicon Valley. Jonathan has deployed more than $220mm in more than two dozen companies across three core investment themes: consumer (ecommerce, marketplaces), enterprise (software, services) and frontier technologies (AI, machine learning, AR, etc).

Jonathan led investments in Jet.com (acquired by Walmart for $3.5 Billion), Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever for $1 Billion), MapR Technologies, Madison Reed, Qumulo, Freshly, InsideView, IfOnly, Price.com, Zenplace, Kanler, Joy, Sourceeasy, BillFloat, Neighborly, and many others that have gone on to become market leaders.

Catapult is a global venture capital platform serving entrepreneurs and investors committed to building transformational companies addressing fundamental human needs. The Firm aims to be indispensable partners to entrepreneurs around the world passionate about building companies driving meaningful innovation in new or existing industries, products or services.

Jonathan began his venture career with Gabriel Venture Partners and, more recently, was a Managing Director at TriplePoint Capital and a Managing Director at Hercules Capital where he led investments in Clustrix, Votizen (acquired by Causes), Loku (acquired by Groupon), Oportun, and others. Previously, he was CEO at two successful software companies, an M&A investment banker, and a management consultant with Accenture and Braxton Associates.

Jonathan earned a MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School and a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley.

Jonathan has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, CNBC, KQED & Forbes. Jonathan's blog, Adventure Capitalist, has been featured in San Jose Mercury News and Fortune.


Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Mitchell Kertzman is a Managing Director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. He has over 30 years of experience as a CEO of public and private software companies. Most recently, Mitchell was Chairman and CEO of Liberate Technologies, a provider of platform software for the delivery of digital services by cable television companies. Before joining Liberate, he was chairman of the board and CEO of Sybase, Inc. Mitchell was founder and CEO of Powersoft, which merged with Sybase in February 1995.

A former programmer, Mitchell founded Powersoft in 1974 as Computer Solutions. He renamed the company and became a member of the Hummer Winblad family in 1991 when Hummer Winblad invested in the company, which became the leading provider of client-server development tools with its flagship product, PowerBuilder. The merger with Sybase in 1995 was, at the time, the most valuable in the history of the software industry.

Mitchell served as President of the Massachusetts Software Council from 1994 to 1996 and was 1990 chairman of the American Electronics Association. He is founder and former chairman of the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), a think tank focused on issues related to the standard of living and quality of life of America's middle class. He served on the New York State Commission on Industrial Competitiveness and chaired its task force on industrial policy.

Mitchell was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He currently sits on the Boards of 6connect, AspireIQ, Blissfully, NuoDB and Symbium. 

West Coast Editor, The Financial Times

Richard Waters is the West Coast Editor for the Financial Times. His beat covers the technology industry. Before moving to the West Coast, Mr Waters was based in the FT's New York office for nine years. His roles there included Wall Street reporter, New York bureau chief, and the FT's first information industries editor, overseeing global coverage of technology, telecommunications and media. He previously worked at the FT in London where he held a number of positions, including editor of international capital markets, securities industry correspondent and accountancy and taxation correspondent.

Before working for the FT, Mr Waters worked as a reporter and editor for several financial magazines. He also worked for two years at Lloyd's Bank International and lived in Chile, also working as a teacher. In 2004, he was awarded Corporate Finance Reporter of the Year for his coverage of Google's IPO. He was shortlisted for the Business & Finance Reporter of the Year award at the British Press Awards in 2003 and won the award in 1992 as part of a team covering the BCCI scandal. In 1988, he was named Accountancy Journalist of the Year. He appears regularly on the BBC, CNBC, MSNBC, CNNfn and NPR.

Mr Waters received his Bachelor's degree from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University.




Quadrus Conference Center
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Date/Time Information:

February 27th, 2019
5.30 - 8.30pm

Event Schedule  
5.30 - 6.30pm Networking and Registration
6.30 - 7.45pm Panel Discussion
7.45 - 8.30pm Post Event Networking

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
Contact Information:
BABC Events Team - (415) 296 8645
Online Registration:
$50 - BABC Members
$65 - Non-Members

On the door:
$70 - BABC Members
$85 -  BABC Non-Members

There will be plenty of time for drinks and networking. Tickets include wine & Hors d'oeuvres.

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