16th Annual MIT Venture Capital Conference

When: Fri December 13, 2013 8:30 am

Organization: MIT Venture Capital and Private Equity Club

Location: Marriot Cambridge - Kendall Square

Website: http://www.mitvcconference.com/2013/index.html


Startup Showdown : register now !

The Startup Showdown is the opportunity for a selected number of exciting early-stage startup companies to present to an audience of angel investors, venture capitalists and members of the MIT community during the VC Conference.

Registration is now open ! You just need to fill out the form below available here.

About The Conference

The MIT VC conference is an all day event during which venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and students will come together around fast-paced panels and hard hitting keynotes dealing with the intersection of entrepreneurship and venture capital.

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Keynote Speakers

Peter Levine, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Peter Levine is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center and Cloud Division at Citrix where he was responsible for revenue, product management, business development and strategic direction. Peter joined Citrix in 2007 through its $500 million acquisition of XenSource, the leading provider of enterprise-class open source virtualization software, where he served as CEO, leading its 600 employees and establishing strategic agreements for the XenServer product family with customers such as Microsoft, Symantec, HP, NEC and Dell.

Prior to XenSource, Peter was a general partner at the Mayfield Fund. Before Mayfield, he was an early employee of VERITAS Software. During his 11-year tenure with the company, he helped to grow the organization to over 5,000 employees and more than $1.5 billion in revenue. Peter served as executive vice president and was responsible for worldwide marketing, OEM sales, business development and several product divisions. He began his career as a software engineer at Spectrum Software and was later a software engineer at MIT’s Project Athena.

Peter holds a B.S. in Engineering from Boston University and attended the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is currently a management lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a former entrepreneurship lecturer at the Sloan School. Peter also serves on the boards of Actifio, Bromium, Convergent.io, DataGravity, GitHub, Instart Logic, Mixpanel and Udacity, and is on the board of trustees for Boston University and the National Outdoor Leadership Schoool (NOLS), and the Dean’s Advisory board for MIT Engineering.

Follow Peter on his blog, http://peter.a16z.com/, and on Twitter @Peter_Levine.

Ray Rothrock, Partner, Venrock

As a venture capitalist for more than two decades, Ray has assisted entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams and produced outstanding financial returns for his limited partners. He has personally discovered, created and guided more than 50 companies in the Venrock portfolio through their early stages of formation and emerging growth. Beginning his professional career as a nuclear engineer he continues his love for “building,” especially companies.

Presently Ray is chair of the National Venture Capital Association for the 2012-2013 term and he was ranked #49 on the 2012 Forbes’ Midas List

Ray’s areas of investment expertise and interests span the globe, and include energy, information technology infrastructure and cyber security. He led Venrock’s Internet investment strategy beginning in 1992 and in 2004, initiated the firm’s energy investment strategy. Ray’s successful investments include Check Point Software Technology (NASDAQ: CHKP), the world leader in Internet security where he continues on its Board of Directors; DoubleClick (NASDAQ: DCLK) subsequently acquired; Spyglass (NASDAQ: SPYG), subsequently acquired; Digex, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIGX) subsequently acquired; USInternetwork (NASDAQ: USIN), subsequently acquired; FogDog Sport (NASDAQ: FOGD), subsequently acquired; and scores of others, including Vontu, PGP, Pedestal, and Whole Security, which were all acquired by Symantec, and P-Cube, Qpass, Upgrade Corp., and Nanogram Devices. His most recent success is Imperva (NYSE: IMPV), the most successful tech IPO of 2011. His track record in cyber security is second to none.

An avid spokesman for the venture industry, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Ray also is active in educational and community causes. He currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department and the Board of Woodside Priory School. He previously served as Trustee of the Texas A&M Foundation and chaired the investment committee of its $1 billion endowment. In 2010-2011, Ray was an Executive in Residence at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, where he taught several economics classes and lectured on energy. He also is a trustee of TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA, the leading theatre company in the Silicon Valley, and is a patron of the arts in general.

Ray earned his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, an S.M. in Nuclear Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Follow Ray on his blog, http://rayrock.wordpress.com, and on Twitter @rayrothrock.

Josh Kopelman, Partner, First Round Capital

Josh has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization.

In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – and took it public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. Josh founded Half.com in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000 -- and Josh remained with eBay for three years, running the Half.com business unit and growing eBay’s Media marketplace to almost half a billion dollars in annual gross merchandise sales. In late 2003 Josh helped to found TurnTide, an anti-spam company that created the world's first anti-spam router. TurnTide was acquired by Symantec just six months later.

Josh founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. And since that time the firm has invested in over 200 emerging technology startups – becoming one of the most active venture capital firms in the country. Josh was ranked 12th on Forbes 2013 “Midas List” of the top 100 tech investors. Josh has been named as one of the top ten ‘angel investors’ in the United States by Newsweek magazine, one of "Tech's New Kingmakers" by Business 2.0 magazineand a "Rising VC Star" by Fortune magazine. Josh also is the proud winner of a second place ribbon in the 2011 Nantucket Watermelon Eating competition.

Josh is an inventor on thirteen U.S. Patents for his work in Internet technology. In June 2000, he was awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the Greater Philadelphia region.

Josh earned a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Follow Josh on his blog, http://redeye.firstround.com, and on Twitter @joshk.

Women in VC Panel Speakers

Maia D. Heymann, Senior Managing Director, CommonAngels

Maia has worked with dozens of start-ups and growth companies, in Boston and Palo Alto, throughout her 20+ year career as an angel investor, venture capitalist, and tech banker. She has made equity investments, personally as an angel, and professionally as a VC, in over 40 technology companies. In 2012 Maia was named by Xconomy as a top angel investor in New England. Maia has also been a manager of an institutional limited partner committing capital to venture capital and private equity funds. She worked for Shott Capital Management, Bank of America, BancBoston Ventures, BancBoston Robertson Stephens, and Bank of Boston.

Maia joined the Manager in a full-time, leadership role after having been a CommonAngels Investor since 2006, a Board member since 2009, and the Manager’s Chairman from 2010-2011. Most recently, Maia was a Managing Director at Shott Capital Management, a $2.7Bn discretionary, separate accounts manager, where she was responsible for VC and PE fund selection and portfolio management, and was an advisory board member for 6 PE or VC funds. Prior to joining Shott, Maia held several senior positions at the banks that ultimately became Bank of America.

From 1999 to 2008, Maia was a Managing Director at BancBoston Ventures, which became part of Bank of America in 2004. Maia joined BancBoston Ventures in 1999, opened the Palo Alto, CA office, and developed the investment strategy. From 1999 to 2002, she built the team and venture portfolio. Some of Maia’s venture capital investments included: OnDisplay (IPO, then acquired by Vignette); Versata (IPO, then acquired by Trilogy); Docent (IPO); Centric Software, Preview Systems (IPO); MarketAxess (IPO); Ancestry.com (via MyFamily.com) (IPO); IMX, Inc.; Impresse; and Inventa.

In 2002 Maia moved back from Palo Alto to Boston and eventually headed BancBoston Ventures within Bank of America's Global Private Equity Group, having been chosen to manage a diverse $330 million portfolio of venture and private equity investments. She led a team of investment professionals, assumed numerous board and observer seats, and developed and executed exit strategies. Maia was a board member of Inventa, Enigma, NetKey, Watchfire and WebCT, and a board observer of Arbinet-TheExchange, BuyerZone, Centric Software, InQuira, Iowa Telecom among others.

In 2006 Maia formed DeVere Management Group to make personal, angel investments in private companies. In connection with her investments she sits on the boards of Apperian, (representing CommonAngels), Fiksu, and Wymsee. Her portfolio of personal investments includes over 24 companies.

From 1993 to 1998, Maia was with BancBoston Robertson Stephens and with Bank of Boston in Palo Alto, CA. She originated and structured corporate finance transactions for public and private technology companies. She also worked closely with 4 private equity firms to underwrite senior and sub-debt for LBOs in the technology industry, and made several equity co-investments alongside the PE sponsors. From 1989 to 1991, Maia worked in the Audit department of Bank of Boston Corporation where she led risk-assessments in multiple businesses in numerous domestic and international locations. In 1992 she completed the Loan Officer Development Program, and in 1993 moved to Palo Alto to join the High Tech Division of Bank of Boston.

Maia graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa

Follow Maia on Twitter @MaiaHeymann.

Jennifer Jordan, Vice President, MassVentures

Jennifer is Vice President at MassVentures, where she identifies and vets companies in the areas of data analytics, enterprise software, robotics, crowdsourcing and healthcare IT that meet the fund’s target criteria for early-stage investment.

Most recently she was a Managing Director of the Golden Seeds angel investor network. She has also provided start-up mentoring for entrepreneurs through Springboard and the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. She is the founder of the Reed College Start-Up Lab and has served as a first round judge for the MIT $100K, the MIT VC/PE Conference, and the Mass Challenge business plan competitions. She served as Entrepreneurship Lead for the MIT Accelerating Information Technology Innovation program sponsored by Google in Cali, Colombia, where she lead 30 young entrepreneurs in a six week lean start-up program to form ten new mobile technology companies, and connect them to mentors, angel and venture investors in the region. Previously, Jennifer served as Corporate Vice President of Investor Relations at Cadence Design Systems and spent 10 years building an investment research practice in early search, ecommerce, mobile, Internet software applications, video game software and technical software as a Senior Vice President and Senior Equity Research analyst with Black & Company through its acquisition by Wells Fargo Securities.

She is a black belt in the Indonesian Martial Art of Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen and holds the title Mas Goeroe.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @jajordan13.

Megan Quinn, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Megan Quinn is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She joined the firm in 2012 and focuses on consumer Internet investments. Megan specializes in designing, building and scaling transformative consumer products and companies.

Megan joined KPCB from Square, the company revolutionizing payments for buyers and sellers. As Square’s director of products she led strategy and development of the company’s products across merchant and consumer audiences.

Prior to that, Megan spent seven years at Google where she held various leadership positions in communications, business development and product management. She oversaw the development and marketing of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps. Her team’s work continues to serve as the foundation for Google’s location-based consumer and advertising products.

Megan also previously worked at Genentech. She received her degree in political science and history from Stanford University.

Follow Megan on Twitter @msquinn.