2014 Red Herring North America: Agenda

*Preliminary agenda. Subject to change.

Wednesday, May 14

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

Special showcase of Red Herring Europe 2014 winners

Thursday, May 15

7:15 – 8:00            Breakfast & Registration

8:15 – 8:45            Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

8:45 – 9:45            Keynote Presentation: State of the Industry

  • Evercore Partners, Paul Deninger, Senior Managing Director

9:45 – 10:30        Keynote Roundtable: Great Expectations

A pristine group of investors discuss opportunities in 2014 and beyond. What sectors are hot? What geographies show the most promise? Where are they looking to invest now and where do they see their dollars going over the next 18 months?

  • Iris Capital, Denis Barrier, Managing Director
  • Silver Lake Sumeru, Sanjeet Mitra, Principal

10:30 – 11:00     Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30     Fireside Chat

  • Parti des Togolais, Alberto Olympio, President

11:30 – 12:00     Keynote Session: Is There a Secret to Getting Funded?

VC money is flowing to companies in Silicon Valley and beyond.  However, you still need to meet the right people and say the right things. What, exactly, 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, be it for your seed round or your series C?

  • Intel Capital, Carey Lai, Investment Director
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Michael Abbott, Senior Partner
  • Redpoint Ventures, Elliot Geidt, Vice President

12:00 – 12:30      Fireside Chat

  • Google, Dave Sobota, Director of Corporate Development

12:30 – 1:30        Lunch

1:30 – 3:45            Presentations: Red Herring North America Finalists

3:45 – 4:15            Coffee Break

4:15- 6:30             Presentations: Red Herring North America Finalists

Friday, May 16

7:15 – 8:15            Breakfast & Registration

8:15 – 8:45            Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

8:45 – 9:30        Keynote Session: Finding Smart Money

  • Meritech Capital Partners, Craig Sherman, Managing Director
  • SAP Ventures, Gaurav Tewari, Executive Director
  • Sierra Ventures, Tim Guleri, General Partner

9:30 – 10:15        Keynote Session: Managing Growth in a Global Market

Companies cross invisible lines with visible effects. How can companies manage growth and adapt to the unforeseen? In todays global market execution is everything. Is there a secret sauce or just good old elbow grease?

  • Alfresco, Doug Dennerline, CEO
  • Box, Niall Wall, Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development
  • Perseus Telecom, Jock Percy, CEO

10:15 – 10:45    Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:15     Keynote Session: Opening the Door to the Corporates

There is a point when every entrepreneur must step out of the nest and navigate unchartered waters.  One of the most daunting hurdles many will face is doing a deal with a large corporate. It is a different culture, a different speed and certainly a different set of priorities. 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?

  • Hewlett Packard, Dave Daetz, Sr. Director, Corporate Development & Strategic Business Development
  • Intel Capital, Vibhor Rastogi, Investment Director
  • Samsung Electronics, Kevin Morrow, VP Strategic Partnerships

11:15 – 12:00     Keynote Session: Exits

  • Argos Therapeutics, Jeffrey Abbey, President and CEO
  • Pacific Crest Securities, Brewer Stone, Managing Director
  • Siemer & Associates, David Siemer, Managing Director

12:00: – 12:30    Fireside Chat: Lessons Learned

  • Riverwood Capital Management, Michael Marks, Founding Partner

12:30 -1:30          Lunch

1:30 – 3:45            Presentations: Red Herring North America Finalists

3:35 – 4:15            Coffee Break

4:15 – 6:30            Presentations: Red Herring North America Finalists

7:15 – 10:00        Red Herring 100 North America Award Ceremony & Dinner