GTS 2014 – Leading venture capitalists share their experiences and visions of the future.

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Leading venture capitalists share their experiences and visions of the future.

Panel V: Reinventing Venture Capital
Friday, March 28, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Kelly Porter, managing director of Woodside Capital Partners, lead a discussion with Nick Adams Managing Director at AME Cloud Ventures, Jeff Grawbow of Ernst & Young, Dave McClure of 500 Startups and Don Dixon of Trident Capital about the current and future landscape of venture capital.

Kelly Porter advises software and internet services companies on M&A and strategic financing transactions. He has participated-in dozens of transactions, including financings, acquisitions and IPO’s. He is also the organizer of MASiV: The M&A Silicon Valley Gathering, the most exclusive conference of top corporate development executives from the largest internet, software, mobile, technology and entertainment companies, held every January.

Prior to Woodside Capital Partners, Kelly was Managing Partner of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, ZAP Ventures, where he invested in 22 companies. Prior to ZAP Ventures, he held positions as Chairman and CEO of CatchTV, an interactive TV software firm (acquired by Liberty Media/ACTV); Executive Vice President of InterActive Corp/HSN-Home Shopping Network; Vice President of Fox Cable Networks in Los Angeles; Media Planner at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising; and Director of Business Development at Seltel, an TV station ad sales network.

Kelly is a native of Palo Alto, CA, earned a Masters as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and is former Co-Chairman of Silicon Valley Social Ventures / SV2.

Nick Adams, Managing Director at AME Cloud Ventures, Jerry Yang’s investment firm.
Nick spent past five years in the two powerhouses of Asia; India then China, becoming fluent in Mandarin and taking key roles in building three Web, Software and IT businesses. Creative, passionate and professional, with deep experience with both technology teams and business development.
Specialties: Product Management, Product Development, Web App Development, IT company strategy, Tech Team forming, Tech startups, Business Development.

Don Dixon is a Managing Director of Trident Capital and co-founded the firm in 1993. At Trident, he focuses on investments in IT Security, Business Services, Financial Payments, and Enterprise Software. He brings his expertise, experience and network to each of his portfolio companies and has helped many to become industry leaders, including Qualys, Merchant e-Solutions, Bytemobile and CSG Systems.

Currently, Don serves as a director of 2Checkout, AccountNow, Advanced Payment Solutions, Amprius, eGistics, Infotrieve, Neohapsis, Odyssey Logistics, Qualys (QLYS), RoyaltyShare, SivaPower, Tiandi Energy and XRS Corporation (XRSC). He is also on the investment committee of Mustang Ventures, an affiliated China fund of Trident Capital Fund VI. Recently, AlwaysOn recognized Don’s investment success on its “Venture Capital 100” list.

Don’s past directorships include Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), Anasazi Inc. (acquired by Pegasus Solutions), Bank of America Merchant Services (BPI), BlueStar Solutions (acquired by ACS), ByteMobile (acquired by Citrix), CSG Systems (CSGS), Epicor Software Corporation (EPIC), Epoch Partners (acquired by Goldman Sachs), Evolving Systems (EVOL), InfoUSA (IUSA), Merchant e-Solutions (acquired by Cielo), Pegasus Systems (PEGS), Signio (acquired by Verisign), Sygate Technologies (acquired by Symantec) and Unison Software (acquired by IBM).

In addition to his board work for Trident, Don is Co-Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership.

From 1988 to 1993, Don was Co-President of Partech International, a private equity fund associated with Banque Paribas. Prior to Partech, he was a Managing Director of Alex. Brown & Sons. Earlier in his career, Don was a Vice President of Morgan Stanley & Co. and a Senior Account Officer at Citibank, N.A.

Raised in New Jersey, Don earned his B.S.E. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Outside of Trident, he enjoys skiing, golf, traveling with his family and supporting the United States Marine Corps.

Jeff Grabow
West Venture Capital Leader, San Jose, California

Jeff has more than 25 years of experience with high technology startup companies in Silicon Valley. As the firm’s West Region Venture Capital Leader, Jeff works directly with rapidly growing, venture-backed companies and venture capitalists. Jeff is frequently quoted in the press regarding trends in venture capital and the IPO market.

In addition to a wealth of knowledge for emerging and start-up companies, Jeff brings expertise in relationship building, business development and relationship management with a focus on high growth enterprises. His expertise includes a concrete knowledge of Silicon Valley and the needs of its entrepreneurs.

Jeff brings his industry insights to bear in the EY Silicon Valley Contract CFO roundtable series, which focuses on venture finance, privacy and security, founder’s liquidity, exit readiness and other topics critical to the success of high growth company CEOs and CFOs. He is passionate about providing early stage companies opportunities to exploit global markets and promote rapid growth.

Dave McClure is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally invest in startups. He has been an investor in over 250 companies including, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, among others.

Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio,, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft.


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