posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007

Funding Strategies -- Engaging in the "Adventure" of Venture Capital

Thursday March 29th, 2007 
Hyatt, Bellevue, WA
Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest as we take a unique inside
look into the challenging and exhilarating experience of financing start-ups
and emerging technology businesses in today’s market. 
Tremendous amounts of capital are available for investment in young
companies. In the last 24 months, for instance, we have seen two of the
largest funds raised ever. Entrepreneurs can access capital from venture
firms and angle investors, but also from hedge funds and private equity
firms.  Each source of capital presents potential benefits and potential
risks to the entrepreneur raising money. 
On Thursday, March 29, 2007 New York-based moderator Ed Zimmerman,
Lowenstein Sandler will guide a discussion with panelists Brent Whisenant,
The Carlyle Group - San Francisco; serial entrepreneur Bill Bryant; Bill
McAleer, Voyager Capital; and Diaz Nesamoney, founder of Informatica and
Celequest – San Francisco, to explore:
•          The stage of development at which a company should seek
institutional investors and what red flags to look for
•          How has the reduction in average company capital requirements
changed the way VC firms make investments, and the way entrepreneurs raise
early capital
•          Which investors will be more amenable to a relatively earlier
exit (at a relatively smaller return) to a strategic buyer
•          How the weak IPO market impacts investment decisions
•          How strategic buyers in the M&A market impact the venture
financing process
Please join us for this stimulating dinner event THURSDAY, March 29, 2007
WHEN: Thursday March 29th - Social hour and registration begin at 5:00 pm.
Dinner is served at 6:15 pm. Program starts at 7:00 pm. 
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel - 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA  
HOW: Dinner and program $48 Early Bird Registration through March 16th; $54
in advance; $60 at the door.
 Reservations may be made as
* Register online at until 5:00 p.m., March 28th  
* Phone registrations at (206) 283-9595 accepted until March 28th, noon.
* Onsite registrations accepted beginning at 5:00 p.m. March 29th, space
* VISA, MasterCard and American Express are welcome.
* Companies or individuals may reserve a table of


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