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Startup Game Changer-Breakfast Panel

Join us for breakfast and learn actionable tips for accelerating the growth of your business from experts in VC, legal, financial, banking, HR, and business development. Speakers from DLA Piper, Accel, Square 1 Bank.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Breakfast & Panel

This two-hour breakfast session will provide you with actionable tips for accelerating the growth and success of your business. Collectively, our panelists – representing investment and professional service firms offering VC, legal, financial, banking, HR and business development – have supported thousands of startups worldwide from the ground up. Join us to network with entrepreneurs, investors, and partners.

We’ve done the research, culled the most salient points of startup success and are prepared to share with you what the best companies do to build traction and successfully scale – and what you can do too.

In this session you’ll learn:
  • The golden rule of HR
  • The best method for calculating how much your company needs to raise
  • The top investment source for your startup right now
  • How to get a partnership deal signed
  • Three legal steps you need to take to properly protect your company and more!
Of particular note is the caliber of the event’s panelists:

Curtis Mo, Partner – DLA Piper
David Ehrenberg, CEO and Principal – EGFS
Kobie Fuller, Partner – Accel Partners
Jessie Freese, Manager Early Stage Practice – TriNet
Tim McDonough, VP Venture Banking – Square1 Bank
Mike Moss, Founder – Blue Deer
Moderator: Philipp Stauffer- Founder & CEO, Onor; Executive Committee, Wharton Club

Come prepared to ask questions, to network and to learn how to take your startup to the next level.

Philanthropy: Net proceeds benefit Tides Foundation non-profits focused on ending homelessness in the Bay Area.

Register Online
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
7:30 a.m. Breakfast; 8:00 AM panel discussion
DLA Piper, 555 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Registration: $20 for WCNC members and Members of Affiliate Clubs. Non-member alumni and other guests: $35 per person. Cancellations after January 10th are at the discretion of the WCNC. No charge for Wharton Club Gold Ticket Members (but remember as always to register via the above 'Register Online' link). Registration closes on Monday, January 13th at 3:00pm.
New membership is available at http://www.whartonclub.com/memsub.html.

All guests must check in with Security at the building lobby. You will then be escorted into the elevator and directed to DLA Piper reception on the 24th floor. Parking is available in the underground garage. The garage is accessed from Minna Street.

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About the Speakers:

Curtis Mo, Partner – DLA Piper
Curtis Mo is a partner in DLA Piper's Corporate and Securities group, based in Silicon Valley. He was formerly the founding and managing partner of the Palo Alto office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and co-chair of the Corporate group in Silicon Valley for Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP. Mr. Mo is recognized as a leading corporate and securities lawyer in Silicon Valley. He has represented emerging growth companies, major public companies, investment banks, venture capital funds and private equity funds in hundreds of public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, venture capital financings and other complex transactions. Read more

David Ehrenberg, CEO and Principal – EGFS
David Ehrenberg is the founder and CEO of Early Growth Financial Services, an outsourced financial services firm that provides early-stage companies with three platforms of financial support: day-to-day transactional accounting, CFO services, and tax and valuation compliance. He’s a financial expert and startup mentor whose passion is helping businesses focus on what they do best. David graduated from Georgetown University with degrees in accounting and finance and earned his MBA from the University of Washington. Follow David @EarlyGrowthFS. Read more

Kobie Fuller, Partner – Accel Partners
Kobie joined Accel with more than 10 years of experience in funding and building software companies, and adds highly specialized marketing technology expertise to the investment team. At Accel he helps identify and work with entrepreneurs who are building category-defining companies. Kobie graduated from Harvard University where he was also captain of the track team and an Ivy League champion sprinter. Read more

Jessie Freese, Manager Early Stage Practice – TriNet
Jesse builds relationships with the executive leadership at small and mid-sized organizations and provide consulting advice regarding HR and how best to manage their infrastructure needs. Read more

Tim McDonough, VP Venture Banking – Square1 Bank
Tim develops and manages loan and deposit relationships with venture-backed technology startups. He spent 7 years with Gold Hill Capital, a venture debt fund focused on technology and life science VC backed companies. While at Gold Hill, he was part of a team that raised two funds totaling over $350 million in capital commitments. He earned a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University. Read More

Mike Moss, Founder – Blue Deer
Mike is sales strategist and evangelist with a 20 year proven results track record and extensive start up experience. He specializes in strategic partnerships and marquee accounts, business development, lead generation, pipeline growth, sales process and sales team performance. Mike has initiated and closed $4M and $5M contracts and closed countless six figure deals with companies including HP, Cisco, SAP, Google, Disney, Sony, Warner Brothers, Levi Strauss, Bloomingdales, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, American Express, and many more. Read more

Philipp Stauffer- Founder & CEO, Onor; Executive Committee, Wharton Club
Philipp is founder & CEO of Onor Inc., a start-up in native & immersive marketing that smiles on the world. Philipp is also a Founding Partner at Dropimpact LLC, an Innovation Catalyst and Think Tank in Silicon Valley. Previously, Philipp was a senior executive team member at Adchemy where he led strategic sales and client services. Prior to Adchemy, Philipp was a Managing Partner at Accenture focusing on growth strategy and innovation in areas such as cloud, big data, eCommerce, mobile and digital marketing, both in the consumer and enterprise space. Most recently he was a Founding Managing Partner of Accenture Interactive, a now leading global marketing practice with more than 4,000 digital marketing and data sciences professionals globally. Before joining Accenture, Philipp was at Interpublic Group in Europe, a leading global marketing and advertising services firm, specializing in product innovation and design. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich, Switzerland and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Hosted by:
Michael Fernandez, W’91
Michael is the Founder of Quant6. The firm attracts and deploys independent data scientists and software engineers to companies executing critical Big Data initiatives. Michael co-founded and is chairman emeritus of Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit providing free music lessons to over 115,000 children in over 1600 schools across the US. He serves on the board of NCIRE, the leading nonprofit medical research institute in the United States devoted to pioneering new medical treatments for Veterans. He also serves on the board of the Tides Foundation. Michael holds a BSE from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MPA from Harvard University. Contact Michael.

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