posted on Monday, September 24, 2007

MIT Venture Lab Vision Series -- Funding Your Business - From Plan to Reality -- October 4th

MIT Venture Lab 


The Fall 2007 Venture Lab "Vision" Series: 

Every market leading company fills speeches with the word “vision.”  What does vision mean to you?  How can you think about  planning, financing and operating your business with an eye

toward your vision for the future? 


Thursday, October 4, 2007

6:00 to 8:00pm 

Doors open @ 5:30pm 


"Funding Your Business - From Plan to Reality"

(Part two of the Business Vision Series)

One Union Square Boardroom

600 University St., First Level

(Lower lobby, 6th Avenue level, behind the escalator)

Seattle, WA 98101



Capital is the fuel that enables a new company to get off the ground and an existing company to reach new heights.  One key to any successful business start-up and expansion is the ability to secure appropriate financing.  The process of raising capital can be complex, drawn-out, and often times frustrating.  However, armed with the right information and an effective capital-raising plan, entrepreneurs can navigate the process in a timely and successful fashion. 


In the second event of the fall Venture Lab series on business vision, Frank Barbieri, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Transpera and Scott Darling, General Partner of Frazier Technology Ventures, will share their experiences on successful funding strategies and key aspects of the fundraising process.


This event will explore the various aspects of the capital raising process, including:

- Key funding issues from the vc's and entrepreneur’s perspectives;

- Identifying the most appropriate funding sources and how to best approach and win them over;

- Allocating the necessary time and company resources to the process;

- Shepherding potential investors through the due diligence of the company; and

- Managing the negotiation process to a successful close.


Topics of discussion will also include: valuation issues and the effects of today's market conditions, deal structure and current investor requirements, creative and alternative ways to fund a business, and the after-effects of the fund-raising process and its impact on future business.



Frank Barbieri Founder, Chairman and CEO, Transpera

Frank founded Transpera with the vision of helping normal people enjoy new kinds of mobile video experiences. Frank recently ran media products at InfoSpace and also ran the Windows Mobile Media Device and Services group at Microsoft. Frank also held a senior position at Onvia, a company he helped take public, and MSNBC where he drove the online video distribution business and interactive content division. He has most recently worked in the private equity industry doing mobile and entertainment strategy and portfolio company support. Frank started his career as a photojournalist documenting the plight of refugees globally.



Scott Darling General Partner, Frazier Technology Ventures

Scott has more than 25 years of experience as a technology executive. Most recently, Scott spent 7 years with Intel Capital where he was Vice President and Managing Director.   During this tenure at Intel Capital he managed the teams responsible for the Digital Home and Enterprise investment sectors in support of the business units representing more than two thirds of Intel’s revenue.  During Scott’s years at Intel and prior to joining Intel Capital in 2000, he was the general manager for several business units including the Internet Media Services Division and the Personal Conferencing Division, as well as the marketing director for the OEM Computer Systems Division. Before Intel, Scott worked in product marketing at Apple Computer and at two early PC industry startups: VisiCorp and Osborne Computer Systems.


Scott received his MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business in 1988. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1981, where he studied economics and computer science.



Workshop Location:
One Union Square Boardroom, 600 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101
(Lower lobby, Street level, behind the escalator)

5:30 - 6:00 PM - Registration and Networking
6:00 - 8:00 PM - Presentation


Covered parking is available in the Union Square building garage, accessible from 7th Avenue.
Tip: arrive after 5:00pm for their $6 evening rate.


Seminar cost will be $25.00 per attendee. In addition, the cost of parking for the evening is $6.00 after 5:00pm. Reservations may be arranged as follows:
- Register online at until 5:00 pm, October 3rd, 2007.
- Phone registrations at (425) 771-4790 accepted until noon October 3rd
- Onsite registration begins at 5:30 pm October 4th, space permitting
- VISA, MasterCard and American Express are welcome



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