2016 Red Herring North America: Agenda

Monday, June 6

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

Tuesday, June 7

7:30 – 8:30           Breakfast & Registration

8:30 – 9:00           Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

9:00 – 9:45           Keynote Roundtable: 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 investors look for when the sign a term sheet? At the same time, do you really need institutional venture money? 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 mentor?

  • ASMX Capital, David Dobkin, President
  • Citi Ventures, Gaurav Tewari, Executive Director
  • Formation 8, Drew Oetting,  Partner
  • OurCrowd, Audrey Jacobs, Co-founder

9:45 – 10:30 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?

  • Genomic Expression, Gitte Pedersen, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Zetta Venture Partners, Kanu Gulati, Senior Associate

10:30 – 11:00      Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:45      Keynote Roundtable: Managing Growth

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?

  • Sierra Ventures, Tim Stanley, Partner
  • Zadara Storage, Nelson Nahum, CEO and Co-Founder

11:45 – 12:15 Keynote Session: Dancing with the Corporates

One of the most daunting hurdles an entrepreneur may face is doing a deal with a large corporate – whether it is an investment or a partnership. The different culture, speed and set of priorities can make for a tricky encounter. How does a private company connect with the behemoths?

  • Intel Capital, Sunil Kurkure, Director
  • NetApp, Steven Mitzenmacher, Vice President, Corporate Development
  • Sony Corporation, Joseph Tou, Executive Director, Corporate Development
  • Yamaha Motor Ventures, Jay Onda, Director of Strategic Investments and Venture Partner

12:30 – 1:30        Lunch

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

3:30 – 4:00           Coffee Break

4:00 – 6:00           Presentations:  Red Herring North America Finalists

7:00 – 9:00           Cocktail & Dinner Reception

Wednesday, June 8

7:30 – 8:15           Breakfast & Registration

8:30 – 9:15           Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

9:15 – 9:45           Keynote Session: Exit Opportunities for Tech Companies

  • GCA Savvian Advisors, Steven Fletcher, Managing Director

9:45 – 10:30        Keynote Session

  • Benhamou Global Ventures, Eric Benhamou, Founder and General Partner

10:30 – 11:00      Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30 Keynote Session:  Keynote Roundtable: Lessons Learned

Entrepreneurs with invaluable experience share war stories – what are the lessons they take to heart after years in the industry?

  • eRelevance, Bob Fabbio, Chief Executive Officer
  • Bigfoot Biomedical, Jeffrey Brewer, President & CEO

11:30 – 11:50 Keynote Session: Tech M&A + Capital Markets:  A (Disruptive) Tale of Two Cities

  • Evercore Partners, Jeff Reisenberg, Managing Director

11:50 – 12:30 Keynote Session: Exits

Tech IPOs such as Alibaba, GoPro, 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 that lead prepares you for an exit?

  • Digital Air Strike, Alexi Venneri, Co-Founder/CEO
  • Evercore Partners, Jeff Reisenberg, Managing Director
  • GCA Savvian Advisors, Steven Fletcher, Managing Director
  • Raymond James, Jerry Darko, Technology Investment Banking
  • Sumeru Equity Partners, Kyle Ryland, Managing Partner

12:30 – 1:30        Lunch

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

3:30 – 4:00           Coffee Break

4:00 – 6:00           Presentations: Red Herring North America Finalists

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