2016 Red Herring Global: Agenda

Tuesday, November 15

7:15 – 9:00pm Welcome Cocktail & Registration

Wednesday, November 16

7:45 – 8:45 Breakfast & Registration

8:45 – 9:30 Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

9:30 – 10:30 Keynote Session: Ecosystem overview

  • GCA Savvian Advisors Steven Fletcher Managing Director

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00 Keynote Session: Getting Funded

VC money is flowing to companies across the globe.  However, entrepreneurs still need to meet the right people and say the right things. What do leading investors look for when the sign a term sheet? How do you get in front of the right investors and say the right things? As importantly, what matters most when finding an investor? How can entrepreneurs ensure they get the funding they need while reaping the benefits of an experienced and knowledgeable investor?

  • Interwest Partners, Keval Desai, Managing Partner
  • Luma Capital, Sumeet Jain, Partner
  • Wavemaker Partners, David Siemer, Managing Partner
  • Wellington Financial, Eric Speer, Vice President

12:00 – 12:30 Keynote Session: The Drive to Innovate

As technology’s sophistication accelerates at an exponential rate, how can entrepreneurs ensure their companies stay ahead of the innovation curve? What factors need to be in place to ensure that creativity and the development of groundbreaking ideas can flourish?

  • Surprise Top 100 Global Candidates

12:30 – 1:30   Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 Presentations: Red Herring Global Finalists

3:30 – 4:00 Coffee Break

4:00 – 6:00 Presentations: Red Herring Global Finalists

7:00 – 9:00 Cocktail & Dinner Reception

Thursday, November 17

7:45 – 8:45 Breakfast & Registration

8:45 – 9:30 Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

9:30 –  10:15 Keynote Session: State of the Industry

How does the current economical climate affect the technology sector? What are the trends and forecasts entrepreneurs should know?

  • Meritech Capital Partners, Paul Madera, Managing Director

10:15 – 10:45 Keynote Roundtable: Managing Growth and the Lessons Learned

Inflection points lead startups to reconsider and change their execution plans. Companies cross invisible lines with visible effects. How can companies pivot and adapt? Is there a common set of challenges inherent in scaling a company? Is there a secret sauce to the process, or just good old elbow grease? What are the key lessons and takeaways?

  • eRelevance, Bob Fabbio, Chief Executive Officer

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30 Keynote Roundtable: Working with the Corporates

One of the most daunting hurdles an entrepreneur may face is doing a deal with a large corporate. The different culture, speed and set of priorities can make for a tricky encounter. How does a private company reach out to the giants? What is their vetting process?  How can they make sure to make a good first impression?

  • Pearl Therapeutics, Sarvajna Dwivedi, Co-founder

11:30 – 12:00 Keynote Roundtable: Going Global

Tech companies routinely expand beyond their homeland. For nations with smaller markets, international expansion is not always a choice but a necessity. What are some of the common pitfalls encountered when going global, and how can they be avoided? As importantly, is there a universal best practice, or is each country a new proposition?

  • BIMobject, Stefan Larsson, CEO
  • Kyulux, Christopher Savoie, CEO

12:00 – 12:30 Keynote Roundtable: Exits

Tech IPOs such as Alibaba, Box, FaceBook, and Hortonworks have made headlines consistently over the past few years. Yet, there are far more M&A deals than IPOs. How do you make the right decision? When should you take the plunge?  Is there a clear map you can follow to make your way towards an exit?

  • GCA Savvian Advisors, Steven Fletcher, Managing Director
  • Siemer & Associates, Dan Chen, Managing Director
  • Pearl Therapeutics, Sarvajna Dwivedi, Co-founder

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 Presentations: Red Herring Global Finalists

3:30 – 4:00 Coffee Break

4:00 – 6:00 Presentations: Red Herring Global Finalists

7:00 – 10:00 Red Herring 100 Global Award Ceremony & Dinner

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