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OPEN SV is pleased to bring LauchPad program to its third year for upcoming and experienced entrepreneurs alike. OPEN LaunchPad is designed to bridge the gap between the entrepreneurs and the potential investors. As an entrepreneur, you have got your pitch polished and the slide deck worked out; the next step is to get in front of the investors. Entrepreneurs need mentorship and the feedback. OPEN SV hosts these events to provide a platform to the entrepreneurs to pitch to the VCs and seed investors. Entrepreneurs, mentors/advisors and potential investors are invited to attend and fuel the energy of the initiative.
AGENDA: The judges will provide valuable feedback to the line up of presenting
DATE: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
7 – 7:45 pm – Registration, Networking, Dinner (Register Here)
7:45 – 9:00 pm – Pitch Session
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Networking / Wrap-up
VENUE: Pillsbury Law Firm, 2550 Hanover St, Palo Alto, CA. 94304
Shoieb Yunus, Chair, OPEN SV LaunchPad / Entrepreneurial Idol
Shoieb Yunus is a charter member of OPEN SV. At OPEN SV, Shoieb leads the LaunchPad program designed to bridge the gap between the entrepreneurs and the investors. Shoieb is an entrepreneur, seasoned product professional and an indie filmmaker. He has an impressive record of developing and managing products, revenue growth, user acquisition and growth hacking and played leadership and critical roles at industry leaders and early stage startups across Machine Learning, SaaS, Digital Video, Social Networking, Mobile Apps, Embedded Systems, Sensors (MEMS, biometrics, authentication) and Data Fusion. AuthenTec, now Apple, acquired Shoieb’s first startup EzValidation, a fingerprint authentication software company. He is a pioneer in delivering first cloud-based, simple ‘live’ video streaming app on Facebook. Currently, Shoieb is building a Job-to-Candidate Search and Ranking System using Machine Learning and Semantic Search for the enterprise. He earned BS in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky.
Amos Ben-Meir, Member, SandHill Angels
Amos is a seasoned Hi-Tech Executive and serial entrepreneur with background in high performance semiconductors, systems and EDA. He has a successful track record at multiple start-ups, extensive experienced in building multi-functional teams and executing on aggressive product schedules. Amos founded Veloce Technologies that was acquired Applied Micro. He serves as VP of Engineering at Applied Micro. He has held technical leadership roles at Redback Networks, AMD/Nexgen and National Semiconductor.
Amos is an active angel investor since year 2000. His past and current investments span a mix of hardware and software companies in various Hi-Tech market segments. AngelList profile:https://angel.co/amos-ben-meir
Sandhill Angels: http://www.sandhillangels.com/members/
Shayan Habib, Partner, Ideavelopers (early stage VC fund)
Shayan is an early stage VC at Ideavelopers. He is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new venture capital investment opportunities in early stage technology companies, conducting valuation exercises, and structuring and negotiating transaction terms and conditions, including managing legal documentation and due diligenceand leading M&A transactions to exit opportunities or for growth of portfolio companies. Shayan provides active and on-going support to portfolio companies including developing operational structures, management of key personal, business development, financial management and planning, and business strategy for growth, product differentiation, and pricing.
He holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from UPenn.
Yao Choong, Investor, The Social+Capital Partnership
Yao Choong is a member of the investment team at The Social+Capital Partnership, a venture capital fund based in Palo Alto that invests in breakthrough companies in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, education, financial services and enterprise. Yao joined Social+Capital from Google, where he was part of the team driving strategy, analytics and special initiatives for the business organization. Prior to Google, Yao was at Silver Lake Partners, a technology-focused private equity fund, and Moelis & Company, an M&A advisory firm. Yao was born in Singapore and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Finance and Computer Science.
S. Jaffer Hussain, Charter Member, OPEN SV; Startup Advisor
Jaffer Hussain is founder and CEO at Augurent, a startup in the battery management systems space. He has over twenty years of experience in entrepreneurial and senior management roles in the software and high technology sectors. Jaffer has founded two startups and been an active advisor to startups, growth-stage technology companies, and venture firms. As an executive consultant at NASA, Jaffer focused on public-private partnerships and venture capital initiatives, helping connect the agency with innovative companies, universities, and venture capital firms. Earlier in his career he was in various leadership roles in the software and semiconductor sectors. As VP of SiVision Marketing at LogicVision, he focused on yield analytics software. As VP of Marketing and International Sales at B-Tree Systems, he drove the diversification of the company’s embedded systems product line into new markets and geographies. Jaffer started his career as a semiconductor design engineer.
Jaffer holds an MBA from Stanford University, an M.S.E. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from NED University. He has been an active charter member of OPEN Silicon Valley since 2001.