2013 BVC Panel Moderator:
Moderator Dino Vendetti is Founder of Bend, Oregon-based Seven Peaks Ventures, where he is primarily focused on investing in early stage software, web and mobile companies. He is also co-founder of Bend-based tech accelerator FoundersPad, and a partner at Formative Ventures in Silicon Valley.
Prior Experience: Partner at Bay Partners and Seattle-based Vulcan Ventures. He is an experienced operating executive who spent the majority of his career in marketing, business development, and engineering roles at tech companies including Qualcomm. Education: MSEE and MBA from the University of Washington; BS in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.
Meet BVC's 2013 Expert Panelists:
In addition to being BVC's 2013 Keynote Speaker, Steve Blank is also a panelist. He is a best-selling author and teaches entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students at multiple universities including U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University.
Prior Experience: Entrepreneur and CEO at eight high tech companies. A Lean evangelist. A Harvard Business Review "Master of Innovation". He's been involved in building and leading eight high tech companies including E.piphany, Ardent, and SuperMac. Steve is also known for developing the "Customer Development" methodology, which launched the latest revolution in entrepreneurship, the Lean startup movement. Steve has published three books on effective entrepreneurship -- one of which is a bestseller. Learn more about Steve’s success.
Bruce Cleveland, General Partner at InterWest Partners, focuses on software and service sector investments emphasizing mobile, Cloud Computing and analytical applications. Representative investments include Marketo (as the first investor) as well as companies such as Workday and CubeTree.
Prior Experience: Senior roles in engineering, product management and product marketing with companies such as Apple, AT&T, Oracle and Siebel Systems. As a founding member of Siebel's executive team, he served as SVP Marketing and SVP Products. He is credited by Forbes and IDC with creating the most effective alliance program in the software industry. Education: United States Military Academy, West Point; B.S. in Business Administration from CSU, Sacramento.
Caroline Cummings is VP of Business Development at Palo Alto Software. She is also an active mentor to several young women. Other than her affinity for entrepreneurship, Caroline is passionate about mentoring.
Prior Experience: As the former co-founder and CEO of two tech companies, Caroline's experienced both start-up failures and successes, and has raised close to $1M in investment capital. She has co-founded several successful entrepreneurial programs for the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, including Smart-ups Pub Talks and the Southern Willamette Angel Network. She is the immediate past president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lane County's board of directors. Education: Drexel University's LeBow School of Business.
Janice Fraser is founder and CEO of LUXr, developers of Lean-based curriculum for accelerators. She is an entrepreneur and interaction designer for web and mobile products. During Janice's 15 years in Silicon Valley, she has raised capital, founded both successful and failed startups, consulted to both large enterprises and early stage firms.
Prior Experience: Janice was co-founder of design firm Adaptive Path and served as the company’s first CEO. During her tenure, Adaptive Path tripled in staff and revenues, developed and sold a product to Google, coined the term Ajax, and transformed Adaptive Path from a lifestyle partnership to a high-growth firm.
Shelley Gunton is Chief "Make it Happen" Officer of Chez Marie, Inc an Oregon-based, growing natural food producer of wholesome and tasty veggie patties and other "flexitarian" favorites. She is an active volunteer advisor, mentor and board member to many early stage companies and entrepreneurs in addition to chairing Angel Oregon 2012.
Prior Experience: Formerly Executive Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Portland State University, Shelley was co-founder and "Top Dog" of Castor & Pollux Natural PetWorks, a leading organic and natural pet products company that won the first cash investment award at Angel Oregon in 2005 and was purchased in 2008. Education: MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Nishad Pai is a Principal for global alliances and strategic partnerships at Google, where he is responsible for developing cross-platform strategy for Google's largest and most complex business partners and advising executive management and business leadership.
Prior Experience: Nishad was head of industry in media and entertainment at Google, where he led advertising sales in the video game sector, including console, online, social and mobile gaming. Before joining Google, Nishad held leadership roles in business development, marketing, operations and finance at Amazon.com, Yahoo!, Palm, Napster and JP Morgan. Education: Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Nitin Rai has over 25 years of experience in the high tech industry. He is currently President & CEO of First Insight Corporation, an Oregon based software company which he founded in 1994. Nitin has raised over $20M in both angel and venture investment for First Insight. He is also incoming president of TIE Oregon, a non-profit entrepreneurship organization. He is a founding charter and board member of TIE Oregon since 2007 and has chaired its mentorship program since its inception.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
Eric Rosenfeld is a founding partner of the Oregon Angel Fund (150 investors) and has led over 40 equity investments in local start ups since 2004. The fund invests $6M annually in the most promising start ups in Oregon and SW Washington.
Prior Experience: Eric co-founded Capybara Ventures, was a principal owner of Second Story Interactive Studios, and director of corporate business development for Mentor Graphics. He has also chaired the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and OEN's Angel Oregon Conference. Education: MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland; degrees in Industrial Engineering and American Studies from Stanford University. Affiliations: Catlin Gabel School, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.
Bret Waters is an experienced Silicon Valley executive and entrepreneur. He is a regular lecturer on business strategy at Stanford University, an entrepreneurship mentor at Santa Clara University's Graduate School of Business, and currently serves on the board of the Stanford University School of Education, where he is active in the efforts to bring technology innovation to the field of K-12 education.
Prior Experience: Bret was co-founder of Metagraphics, Founder of Artmachine, and served as interim CEO for Stanford New Schools at Stanford University. Education: MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.