Venture Capital
Finding the next Dropbox; Innovations in Early Stage Venture Capital As consumer innovation hits the $250 Billion Enterprise Market, deal sourcing and deep domain expertise are proving to be the competitive advantage to deliver blockbuster returns in early stage venture funds. Hear from the practitioners! Partners from Sierra Ventures, an early stage technology-focused US Venture Capital fund, will share their view on the opportunities over the next decade. One of the key topics is the angel and incubator ecosystem and Sierra will discuss how they work with one of their close partners, AngelPad. This is an incubator founded by ex-Googlers, Facebook and LinkedIn executives to foster entrepreneurs (ex-Google, FB, Amazon, Microsoft, etc.) building startups focused on the consumerization of IT. You will also hear from one of these companies, ElasticBox, which recently raised a $2M seed round led by Sierra, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz and Nexus Ventures. The CEO will offer his view on the new early stage ecosystem and the requirements to scale his business. Tim Guleri is a Managing Director at Sierra Ventures, responsible for the Firm’s consumer, datacenter infrastructure software, and open source investments. He has led the Firm’s investments in and serves on the boards of Approva, CodeGreen Networks, DotNetNuke, Everest Software (acquired by Trilogy), Greenplum, (in India), Sourcefire (FIRE: NASD) and CarWale (in India). Tim has also served on the boards of AirMedia (acquired by AOL), Motiva (acquired by Siebel Systems), Net6 (acquired by Citrix Systems) and Octane Software (acquired by Epiphany).