Hawaii Entrepreneurs Summit, October 2006

In October, 2006, HiBEAM and Vantage Counsel held a Hawaii Entrepreneurs Summit at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. The Summit consisted of three, 1-hour panels: 1) Entrepreneur Panel, 2) Venture Capital Panel, and 3) Start-up Financing: A Deal in Real Time.

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25 Must Know VC Term Sheet Terms

An entrepreneur’s perspective of the most important VC term sheet terms. This blog provides a link to 25 VC term sheet terms that every entrepreneur should know.

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Rules for Slide Presentations to VCs

Guy Kawasaki’s blog about slide presentations is a great starting point for new entrepreneurs. Read about his “10/20/30 rule” – 10 slides, 20 minutes max., no smaller than 30 point font – at http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2005/12/the_102030_rule.html

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Podcast: Achieving Alignment in the VC Board Room

Kip Sheeline of LVP interviews Kevin Compton of Kleiner Perkins on venture board alignment issues. Kevin candidly discusses his decision making process when evaluating competing term sheets with different economic terms, how he values human capital compared to dollars in the boardroom, and how he addresses conflicts of interest posed by co-investors with differing risk profiles.

You can find the podcast at http://www.vc-io.com

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Call for Executive Summary Submissions from “Launch: Silicon Valley”


When: Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus, Mountain View

“Launch: Silicon Valley” is the showcase for the next generation of high technology companies. It is being brought to us by SVASE, the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. The big idea is to display the most exciting of the newest startups in high technology.

SVASE has recently circulated a Call for Submissions: “Launch” is looking for new companies that are ready for launch, but are not already well-known. These are emerging companies who have a product or service available (as of November 8), but have not been out for more than several months. All technology sectors and all geographies will be considered.

Executive summaries are being accepted at:

Email: LaunchSV@svase.org

The deadline for submissions is October 15.

To be clear, “Launch: Silicon Valley” is not a pitchfest or a beauty pageant. Companies will not be pitching for funding; they will be looking for buzz, customers, mindshare, and possibly talent and partners. “Launch” wants to focus on finding companies that are not already well-funded and well-known, and that can’t afford their own fancy PR campaigns and an exorbitant fee to present at some elegant resort.

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When is the best time to raise venture capital?

Check out this article on the best time to raise venture capital: http://venturebeat.com/?p=1837

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Startup Success 2006

Check out the following video of The Churchill Club’s annual look at what it takes to build a successful startup.

Click here to see the video.

This panel of five Silicon Valley entrepreneurs discussed the challenges and critical success factors necessary to reach the promised land. Moderator: Guy Kawasaki, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures. Speakers: Lauren Elliott, Founder, Third Rock Mining; Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and CEO, LinkedIn; Joe Kraus, Co-Founder and CEO, JotSpot; Daniel Mattes, Co-Founder and CTO, Jajah; Alex Welch, Co-Founder and CEO, Photobucket.

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