Agenda

  • 7:00 a.m. - Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. - Introductory Remarks
  • 8:05 a.m. - Opening LP Keynote: Catherine Crockett
  • 8:35 a.m. - The VC Debate – The Model Is Proven: But Why Is It Only For The Few?
  • 9:05 a.m. - Entrepreneur Keynote: Aaron Levie
  • 9:35 a.m. - Coffee Break
  • 9:40 a.m. - VC ExecConnect meetings begin
  • 9:55 a.m. - Strategy Session: The VC’s New Tool Box: The Next Generation Of Sourcing and Branding
  • 10:25 a.m. - Fund-raising Insight: Which VC Funds are Getting Raised Now And Why
  • 10:55 a.m. - Strategy Session: Emerging Markets You Can’t Afford to Miss
  • 11:25 a.m. - Fund-raising Insight: The LPA & LP Communications
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:05 p.m. - VC Keynote: Todd C. Chaffee
  • 1:35 p.m. - Strategy Session: New Frontiers In Seed Stage Investing
  • 1:40 p.m. - VC ExecConnect meetings resume
  • 2:05 p.m. - VC Exits
  • 2:35 p.m. - Coffee Break
  • 2:50 p.m. - VC Keynote: Mark Suster
  • 3:20 p.m. - Forward Looking VC Fundraising Trends
  • 3:50 p.m. - Top 2012 VC Trends Keynote panel
  • 4:30 p.m. - Cocktails at the Top of the Mark

Ticket Price: $995


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Detailed Agenda

7:00 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks
Global data provider Thomson Reuters gives a statistical insight into VC fundraising and performance.

8:05 a.m. Opening LP Keynote: Catherine Crockett
Catherine Crockett co-founded Grove Street Advisors in 1998 and is a Managing Partner of the firm and member of its Investment Committee. Catherine leads investments across buyouts, growth equity and venture capital, including early development of GSA's IT and healthcare venture portfolio and in 2004, the firm's India portfolio. She was the lead investor for a number of new private equity teams that are now well established as leaders within their areas of investment focus, and is active on numerous advisory boards.Grove Street has a long history of backing venture since its inception in the 90s. Catherine will sit for an interview with a Venture Capital Journal reporter to discuss her views on VC.

Keynote: Catherine Crockett , Managing Partner, Grove Street Advisors

8:35 a.m. The VC Debate – The Model Is Proven: But Why Is It Only For The Few?
VC had a reason to exist 50 years ago, as it has a reason to exist today, and as it will have a reason to exist in the foreseeable future. But there are legitimate questions to be asked, such as whether the space is too crowded? Is the number, size and approach of traditional VC funds sustainable? We recruit a panel of top VCs who reveal as much as they can of their secret “special sauce.”

Matt McIlwain, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Spencer Punter, Director, Capital Dynamics
Judith Elsea, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Weathergage Capital
John O’Farrell, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Moderator: Lawrence Aragon, Editor In Chief, Venture Capital Journal

9:05 a.m. Entrepreneur Keynote: Aaron Levie
We recruited a top entrepreneur to discuss what it takes to make a startup thrive.

Keynote: Aaron Levie, CEO and Co-Founder, Box.net

Moderator: Alastair Goldfisher, Acting Editor In Chief, Venture Capital Journal

9:35 a.m. Coffee Break

9:40 a.m. VC ExecConnect meetings begin
On the premises of the Mark Hopkins, we host pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings between LPs and GPs.

9:55 a.m. Strategy Session: The VC’s New Tool Box: The Next Generation Of Sourcing and Branding
To tweet or not to tweet? How about to blog? VCs now have numerous branding options, from social media to old fashioned visiting tech teams in their garages. These branding and sourcing strategies may or may not lead to the holy grail: a great deal with an entrepreneur. This panel will discuss what methods VCs use when establishing and maintaining their brand, and how that strategy helps them ultimately to raise LP capital and create a great portfolio of companies.

Jim Watson, Managing General Partner, CMEA
Jeffrey J. Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Jay Park, Managing Director, BlackRock

Moderator: Alastair Goldfisher, Acting Editor In Chief, Venture Capital Journal

10:25 a.m. Fund-raising Insight: Which VC Funds are Getting Raised Now And Why
There are two main issues on the minds of LPs today: performance and solidness of the team. Beyond that, a panel of LPs will discuss what exactly it takes during the road show to impress them. Do they make sector bets? Are they interested in seed stage funds? What kinds of returns are they expecting? And what is the ideal fund size?

Georganne Perkins, Managing Director, Fisher Lynch Capital
Greg Baty, Vice President, Hamilton Lane
Kevin Nee, President, Wilshire Private Markets
Brad Dorchinecz, Senior Vice President, Northern Trust

Moderator: Seth Blackman, Principal, Rothstein Kass

10:55 a.m. Strategy Session: Emerging Markets You Can’t Afford to Miss
Venture investing has long since moved beyond the borders of Silicon Valley. But to where? Is it necessary to have feet on the ground in such markets as China, or Europe? What about Brazil and other emerging hotspots? VCs discuss.

Glenn Solomon, Partner, GGV Capital
David Chao, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, DCM
Maureen Downey, Principal, Pantheon

Moderator: Sarah McBride, Correspondent, Thomson Reuters

11:25 a.m. Fund-raising Insight: The LPA & LP Communications
How have the recession and other factors affected terms, including GP commitments to their funds, fee splits, and much more? This panel of experts discusses whether LPs or GPs have the upper hand in current LPAs.

Jennifer Urdan, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates
Elizabeth M. Hammack, Managing Director, Chief Counsel & CCO , C.M. Capital Corporation
Amit Tiwari, Principal, Invesco Private Capital
Damon Krytzer, Board Member, City of San Jose Police and Fire Retirement Plan

Moderator: Jon Marino, Editor, peHUB.com

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:05 p.m. VC Keynote: Todd C. Chaffee
A top-performing VC sits for a fireside chat with a reporter from Venture Capital Journal.

Keynote: Todd C. Chaffee, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners

Moderator: Lawrence Aragon, Editor In Chief, Venture Capital Journal

1:35 p.m. Strategy Session: New Frontiers In Seed Stage Investing
Seed-stage deals are all the rage, thanks in part to a rise in angel investment activity and because the cost to launch startups in certain sectors is so low. Who are the top seed-stage performers? How large are their funds, and who gets into them? Do institutional LPs even want to be in seed-stage funds?

Kirk Dizon, Managing Director, KKD Capital
Michael Kim, Managing Partner, Cendana Capital Management, LLC
Aydin Senkut, Managing Director, Felicis Ventures
Larry Marcus, Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital

Moderator: Mark Boslet, Senior Editor, Venture Capital Journal

1:40 p.m. VC ExecConnect meetings resume

2:05 p.m. VC Exits
The last few years have seen tremendous growth in secondary marketplaces, where investors can buy and sell shares of private companies. How do private exchanges impact the valuations of VC holdings and their ability to exit? And how are they impacting purchase prices entering investments? There has also been life in the IPO market, recently evidenced by the IPO of LinkedIn. What is the IPO market like and which kind of companies can attract attention? How large do you have to be? Meanwhile, Google and others are sitting on billions in cash—we’ll also discuss sales to strategics, as we look at all the ways VCs are reaping what they’ve sown.

David Weir, CEO, Sharespost
Lise Buyer, Founding Principal, Class V Group
Deepak Kamra, General Partner, Canaan Partners
Eric T. Fitzgerald, Director - Alternative Investments, MetLife Investments

Moderator: Jon Marino, Editor, peHUB.com

2:35 p.m. Coffee Break

2:50 p.m. VC Keynote: Mark Suster
Mark Suster is a partner at Los Angeles-based early stage investor GRP Partners, which he joined in 2007 after having worked with the firm twice as an entrepreneur. He started London-based BuildOnline in 1999, bought in 2005 by the French company SWORD Group; he then founded Koral, in San Mateo, Calif., which he sold to Salesforce.com. Mark currently sits on the boards of RingRevenue, GumGum, Adly, Burstly, Pose and TextPlus and is an angel investor in Affordit, EagleCrest Energy, EcoMom, ExpenseCloud, Gendai Games and LaughStub, among others. Suster writes on the popular blog Both Sides of the Table and is host of This Week in Venture Capital, a weekly Web-based television show. In this keynote, he gives his views on the next generation of VC funds.

Keynote: Mark Suster, General Partner, GRP Partners

3:20 p.m. Forward Looking VC Fundraising Trends
In the next few years, which kinds of funds will get the most traction? Is there a bubble around social media or I-phone and I-pad apps that is about to burst? What about cleantech and lifesciences? We bring together a panel of top LPs to discuss where they the VC fundraising market moving.

Bret Jepsen, Director, San Francisco Employees Retirement System
Paul Denning, CEO, Denning & Company, LLC
George Arnold , Managing Principal, Knightsbridge Advisers
Andy Hayes, Private Equity Investment Officer, Oregon Office of the State Treasurer
Pascal Villiger, Portfolio Manager, CalSTRS

Moderator: David York , Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners

3:50 p.m. Top 2012 VC Trends Keynote panel
To end the day, we gather a group of outspoken and successful VCs and LPs to discuss the future of the asset class, and what it will take to win for the next generation of funds.

Ashton Newhall, Co-Founder, Greenspring Associates
Diana Frazier, Founding Partner, FLAG Capital Management
Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners

Moderator: Jonathan Weber, West Coast Bureau Chief, Reuters News

4:30 p.m. Cocktails at the Top of the Mark