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Name: 2021 Funding, Exits & IPO's - #FEIbabcsf
Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM PST
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Please join us for the 10th Annual Funding, Exits and IPO's event on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021.

Despite the doom and gloom of 2020 for small businesses and social gatherings, the financial markets appeared to tell a very different story with the Dow Jones Industrial Average recovering over 10,000 points since March and the NASDAQ soaring to over 12,000 points by mid-December.
The work from home, buy from home, work-out from home, do everything from home and get everything delivered to your home appears to have singlehanded propelled the stock markets to record highs and the technology industry has been both a big contributor to and beneficiary from this. 
If you were focused back in March you would have bought shares in Amazon, Tesla, Cloudflare, Peloton or Zoom among others. As it became clear that we needed a vaccine you might have been looking at Moderna, Pfizer or Novavax but as we started to get used to living with this virus and return to business as usual working from home, wearing masks and social distancing a handful of massive technology company IPOs drove the NASDAQ to record highs. Silicon Valley companies were largely responsible for this growth including Snowflake, JFrog, Sumologic, Palantir, Asana, Doordash and Airbnb.
Through December 10th there were over 400 IPO deals in the U.S market with 23 of those being Silicon Valley Venture Capital backed deals. 
So what is the outlook for 2021? With the political future more certain, a vaccine on the way, volatility relatively low and valuations high should we expect 2021 to be a big year for technology company IPOs? 
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 2021 and get a chance to ask questions our panel of Venture Capitalists. We will see how accurate their 2020 forecasts were and will see if we can have them make some forecasts for 2021. 



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.


Venture Advisor, New Enterprises Association

Claudia joined NEA in 2016 after 30 years of service with IBM where she held many technical and business leadership positions. She founded the Venture Capital Group within IBM, where she served as its Managing Director and Vice President of Corporate Development.

The Venture Capital Group is a unit in IBM that drives non-organic growth through partnerships and M&A activities globally, focusing on growth markets, and disruptive technology and business models. Prior to that position she headed the licensing and commercialization group in the IBM Research Lab.

Claudia is a board member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), chairwoman of the board of the Global Corporate Venturing, Advisor to the American Advancement of Science Lemelson Fellowship, board member of Bank of the West / BNP Paribas, board member of Best Buy, and advisory board member of other global venture capital organizations, including Latin American Venture Capital Association, Women in Leadership in Private Equity in China, Canadian Innovation Exchange, Savannah Fund in Africa, and others.



President, Air Access

Business and Technology Executive. Markets supported include wireless communications, 5G, IoT, physical and cyber security, signal processing, embedded systems, automotive, robotics, location services, and telematics. Early stage company advising and independent board member availability. Also provide Expert Witness support for IP/Patent litigation.

Steve spent over 10 years at Venrock, a first-tier venture capital firm, as an Operating Partner. Prior to Venrock, he was a Program Director at Trimble Navigation. He also co-founded DataRunway, Inc., a broadband wireless communications company and was President and CEO of Vidient Systems, a manufacturer of video analytics solutions for the physical security market. He was also primarily responsible for the merger of CoWave Networks, as its CEO and first employee, and Advanced Radio Cells, Inc. to form Arcwave in January, 2003. Prior to joining Arcwave, he was Vice President of R&D at Nokia Internet Communications. There, he had overall responsibility for R&D with a $70 million budget and over 275 engineers worldwide. He helped grow their security appliance business from $50 million to over $250 million in 12 months. Prior to this, he was President and CEO of Verticom, Inc. where he built a new management team, streamlined many processes, and helped restart the company. Before that, he was VP & GM of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation that was later sold to P-Com for over $60M. The division was profitable and was part of the successful Cylink IPO in February 1996. In addition to the above, he has also held senior management and engineering positions at Applied Signal Technology, Hewlett Packard, and California Microwave.

He holds a Ph.D. E.E. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and M.S.E.E. and B.S.E.E degrees from Washington University in St Louis, Mo. He is a Life Member of the IEEE and a past president of the IEEE Communications Society, Santa Clara Section.

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.



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February 24th, 2021

Virtual Networking - 3.45 - 4.00pm
Panel Session - 4.00 - 5.00pm

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