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With Carolin Funk (Blue Bear Capital), Ephraim Lindenbaum (Advance Ventures), Ajay Chopra (Trinity Ventures), Jason Gordon (Polsinelli).
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 03:00 PM   Absolutely Free   Online
 
     
 
 
              

 
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A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss what to expect in the Silicon Valley & global startup ecosystem, venture capital, & more in 2021.

Please come with your questions & comments.

About the Panelists:

Carolin Funk, Investment Director, Blue Bear Capital

Dr. Carolin Funk is an Investment Director at Blue Bear Capital engaged in deal flow, diligence, & investing activities with a particular focus on blockchain, AI, & IoT solutions in the renewable energy, grid & mobility sectors. Carolin has spent her career supporting renewable energy technology programs across government agencies, large corporations, & early-stage ventures.Prior to joining Blue Bear, Carolin served as COO of Caban Systems & FreeWire Technologies. At FreeWire Carolin led product development, helped scale the team from 11 to 30 people, & supported a Series A fundraise bringing BP Ventures, Stanley Black & Decker, & Blue Bear Capital into the company. Before FreeWire, Carolin was Director of Venture Technology at Siemens. Carolin's focus areas at Siemens included smart grid, autonomous machines, big data, & AI. Carolin began here career in Germany, she holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering & an MBA from the Technical University of Berlin.

Ephraim Lindenbaum, Managing Director, Advance Ventures

Ephraim Lindenbaum is a founder & Managing Director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture investment fund investing in early-stage start-ups. Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures invests in: Sustainability (Sectors: AgTech, CannaTech, FoodTech) Communications (Sectors: IoT, Mobility & Security) & Information Technology (Sectors: DigitalHealth, FinTech).Mr. Lindenbaum currently serves as a board member, observer or board advisor to Acerro, Alpha Foods, Front Range Biosciences, MycoTechnology, PathogenDx & Willow Industries. His prior exits with Advance Ventures include: Agnitia Networks (LeadingEdge), Bright Light Systems (Phoenix Lighting) , Corvigo (NASDAQ: TMWD), eSports (Ositech), iLoopMobile (LSE: IMO), Inertia Beverage Group (now WineDirect), Kite.io (Quixey) LandSonar (Triangle) MerchEngines (NASDAQ: DLX) Ooba Beverages (HealthyBrands), Parago (NASDAQ: HAWK) Smaato (Spearhead) & SnapMD, (Kinderhook).

Prior to co-founding Advance Ventures, Mr. Lindenbaum was the co-founder of interactive media pioneer Broadcast Production Group & served as CEO until its acquisition in 1999 by Parago (acquired by NASDAQ: HAWK), a leading global financial engagement management company. He is a lecturer at Stanford Business School, Santa Clara University, San Jose State University & has been featured in Forbes, Inc Magazine, VentureBeat, Wired, CNN FutureWatch & Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Ajay Chopra, General Partner, Trinity Ventures

Ajay Chopra is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures. A successful entrepreneur-turned-investor, he focuses on early stage investments in consumer & business applications & services. He has invested in numerous prominent companies, such as FitBit (FIT), TubeMogul (TUBE, acquired by Adobe) & 21vianet (VNET). Current investments include Arize.AI, BirdEye, Bulletproof, Dynamic Signal, Earnin, Gobble, Harmonize Health, Holberton, Thrive Causemetics & Zero.

Prior to joining Trinity in 2006, Ajay was co-founder, chairman & CEO of Pinnacle Systems (PCLE), a seminal media technology company that pioneered consumer generated media creation. Under his management, Pinnacle grew into a global, multi-billion-dollar public company, won an Emmy award & completed over a dozen M&A transactions. It was acquired by Avid Technology in 2005.

Ajay is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a 13,000-member non-profit fostering entrepreneurship worldwide. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Harker School in San Jose, California. Ajay is an avid skier, boatman & bicyclist.

About the Moderator:

Jason Putnam Gordon, Polsinelli

Jason Putnam Gordon is a results-oriented corporate attorney practicing in the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies group in Polsinelli's San Francisco office. He has a passion for working with experienced entrepreneurs & executives to make their vision a reality.

Jason regularly represents companies throughout their life cycle in matters related to venture capital financing, strategic corporate relationships, corporate formation, complex mergers & acquisitions, sales, & divestitures. Jason regularly works in a wide array of verticals including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, video games, software, hardware, life sciences, the internet of things & agricultural technology. His clients are based locally, elsewhere in the U.S., & internationally.

Jason can be reached at:

JGordon@polsinelli.com
 
 
 
 
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