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The Future of Funding

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Posted by The Founding Member on 2010-02-16

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The last few tickets remain for the Future of Funding. The agenda is fairly comprehensive, and the panels cover the key issues of our time. Please join us.

http://www.futureoffunding.com

The Entrepreneur Perspective:
The past year has been hard for fundraising. What do entrepreneurs really need and what do they want? Is innovation suffering, or are the strong overcoming obstacles? This panel will explore what seasoned entrepreneurs have to say about the present and future environment of funding.

- Moderator: Michael Arrington, Founder, TechCrunch
- Chris Dixon, CEO, Hunch
- David Kidder, CEO, Clickable
- Scott Painter, CEO, Zag
- Robert Ackerman, Managing Director, Allegis Capital

Innovative Fund Experiments:
Traditional Venture Capital firms have not been standing still. Many are experimenting with new models for early stage deals. This panel will explore how different venture groups have delivered innovative financing programs.

- Moderator: Matt Marshall, CEO and Editor, VentureBeat
- George Zachary, Partner, Charles River Ventures
- Dave McClure, Angel, Founders Fund, (FF Angel & fbREV)
- Ryan Spoon, Sr. Associate, Polaris Ventures (Dog Patch Labs)
- Jeff Clavier, Managing Partner, SoftTech VC
- Kevin Dick, Managing Director, Right Side Capital Management

The Role of Corporate Investors:
Corporate investors have filled a void in the market, but there has been a long tension with financial investors. How has the role of corporate investors changed over the last year? Can common ground be found with financial investors? This panel will explore the changing role of corporations in funding.

- Moderator: Adeo Ressi, CEO of the Founder Institute
- Jon Gelsey, Director of Corporate Development, Microsoft
- Michael Yang, Venture Partner, Comcast Interactive Capital
- Harshul Sanghi, Managing Director, Motorola Ventures
- Mike Brooks, Venture Executive, Chevron Technology Venture
- Kuk Yi, Managing Partner, Best Buy Capital

Incubator and Accelerators:
There is an increasing number of incubators and accelerators appearing around the country. What has been their effect? What models are working? How are they succeeding, and what challenges are they facing? This panel will examine the growing role of incubators.

- Moderator: Matt Marshall, CEO and Editor, VentureBeat
- Adeo Ressi, CEO of the Founder Institute
- David Cohen, CEO, Techstars
- Danny Robinson, Managing Director, Bootup Labs
- Reshma Sohoni, CEO, Seedcamp

The Growth of Small Firms:
There are an increasing number of venture capital firms with smaller and smaller fund sizes. These firms are starting to see some interesting returns, while remaining popular with entrepreneurs. What is working? What is not? This panel will explore how some of the small firms are investing and looking for big wins.

- Moderator: Dan Primack, Founder, peHub
- Mike Maples Jr., Managing Partner, Maples Investments
- Rob Hayes, Partner, First Round Capital
- Naval Ravikant, Managing Partner, Hit Forge
- Chris Sacca, Managing Partner, Lowercase Capital
- Aydin Senkut, Founder & President, Felicis Ventures

The Emergence of Secondary Markets:
A number of secondary markets for private equity have emerged in the last year. Is selling founder stock a good idea? When should funds look to liquidate positions? What are the real dynamics of these marketplaces? This panel will explore the role of secondary markets in the modern funding ecosystem.

- Moderator: Dan Primack, Founder, peHub
- Greg Brogger, Founder and CEO, SharesPost
- David Quinlivan, Managing Director, Saints Capital
- Justin Burden, Principal, Industry Ventures
- Barry Silbert, Founder and CEO, SecondMarket
- Larry Albukerk, Founder, EB Exchange Funds

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