CoolTech Club VC panel : Pros and cons of Skolkovo project: Panel Discussion with Mark Iwanowski,Eric Buatois and John China

WHEN

August 19,2010

WHAT

A very constructive discussion on what needs to be done to achieve the success of Skolkovo Project as well as what is definitely not going to work. We have three great panelists for this discussion: Mark Iwanowski, Partner, Trident Capital,Eric Buatois, Managing Director,Sofinnova Ventures and John China, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank, who were with us on a VC Trip to Russia in May (www.vctriptorussia.com). Also Mark has just recently returned from a special meeting of the Presidential Committee on Modernization in Moscow chaired by President Medvedev. We invite you to participate in the discussion: your ideas and practical and productive suggestions are most welcome.

CoolTech Club VC panel : Russian-American High-Tech : A Fresh Viewpoint

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June 9,2010

WHAT

In May 2010, CoolTech Club executive team brought 20 managing partners from some of the leading Venture Capital firms in Silicon Valley to Moscow, Russia, where they had an opportunity to learn more about Russian businesses and Russian technology companies and where they had been introduced to the Russian market as a destination for potential investment.

Our delegation had meetings with D. Medvedev ( President of Russian Federation) , A. Chubais ( CEO of RUSNANO), V.Vekselberg (Head of "Skolkovo" project), U. Milner ( Digital Sky Technology) and many more leaders of Russian investment and entrepreneurship communities.

This panel offers you an opportunity to meet group of leading VC who participate in this trip and learn their first impression about possibility to make business in/with Russia. In addition, we'll discuss what special role can be play by local Russian-speaking community.

CoolTech Club panel : Building Your First Start-up: Panel Discussion with Founders/CEOs

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March 18,2010

WHAT

Open discussion on technology, entrepreneurship and startup management with Max Skibinsky (Hive7) and  PJ Gupta (Noca).

CoolTech Club panel : Making Money on Social Media: Russia Compared to the US (LiveJournal & TrialPay CEOs panel)

WHEN

February 3,2010

WHAT

The discussion will touch on the following issues:

  • differences in revenue strategies and advertising for social media companies in Russia and the US
  • development of gaming and virtual goods,
  • mobile solutions for social media: Russia vs the US,
  • US stereotypes about Russia's business environment
  •  legal issues, and more.
     

CoolTech Club with Kevin Epstain : The 5 Big Marketing Mistakes Every Manager Makes (and How to Avoid Them)

WHEN

April 16,2009

WHAT

Every marketer makes mistakes. But when you have a limited budget and only a few chances to make your business a success, the goal is to avoid making too many mistakes.

In this brief, interactive, and somewhat cynical view of marketing, author Kevin Epstein presents a view of the “Big 5” mistakes every manager makes – and how you can avoid making the same mistakes.

Filled with real-world anecdotes from his time at Netscape, RealNetworks, VMware and other well-known Silicon Valley success stories, this presentation provides a humorous but practical set of tips for anyone who is exposed to marketing in their job.

CoolTech Club with Sergey Beloussov : Parallels and Continents: Building a High-Tech International Company

WHEN

March 26,2009

WHAT

An exclusive CoolTechClub/AmBAR event and a rare opportunity to hear one of the most successful "serial" entrepreneurs coming out of Russia -- Sergei Beloussov - delivering a candid discourse on a variety of subjects including current state of software development, virtualization, storage management, venture capital, education, "culture management" and the art of "using brains".

CoolTech Club: Bootstrapping in the Silicon Valley - Startups with no VC money

WHEN

January 13,2009

WHAT

Bootstrapping is a term used to cover different methods for avoiding using the financial resources of external investors. While bootstrapping involves a risk for the founders, the absence of any other stakeholder gives the founders more freedom to develop the company.
Wikipedia.

With looming financial crisis and total disarray of local Venture Capital, do startups have any sound alternative but just roll over and die quietly?

How about good old , but somehow forgotten, "bootstrapping" strategy ? Thomas Edison , Alexander Bell and Michael Dell didn't spend to much time waiting for "Sand Hill Road" to get up to speed, aren't they? Is it still possible to build successful companies without VC backing in our times?

CoolTech Club presents a panel of three distinguished Club members who have personal experience of building successful Silicon Valley companies with "no VCs money down". They gracefully agreed to share with us their stories, strategies, advantages and pitfalls of bootstrapping, and so on.

CoolTech Club with Dr. Boaz Ganor: Terror.Net : The current trends of the global jihadi terrorism and the use of the internet

WHEN

December 16,2008

Dr. Boaz Ganor is the Associate Dean of the Lauder School of Government, the founder and Executive Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), and the head of the Homeland Security Studies Programs at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel. He is also the founder and Chairman of the International Academic Counter Terrorism Community (ICTAC).

At Present Dr. Ganor is a Koret Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and teaching graduate counter terrorism courses at Stanford University - International Relations program, as well as graduate courses at Goldman public policy school at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Ganor has published numerous articles on terrorism and counter-terrorism. His latest book, The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle – A guide for decision makers (Transaction Publishers, 2005), is being used as a text book in many universities worldwide. He is also editor of Post Modern Terrorism, (Transaction Publishers, 2006) and co-editor of Trends in International Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (2007), and of Hypermedia Seduction for Terrorist Recruiting (NATO Science for Peace and Security Series: Human and Societal Dynamics, Volume 25, 2007).

CoolTech Club with Stas Khirman : P2P - ISPs Killer?

WHEN

August 21,2008

WHAT

Peer-to-Peer applications became a major factor in the Internet traffic consumption, making major ISPs worry about sustainability of their business.

In his presentation, Stas Khirman reviews recent statistics and makes speculations about future of P2P, Internet and ISPs businesses. Topics to be covered:

  • What is the overall P2P impact on the global infrastructure of the Internet?
  • Worldwide, how many people are using P2P applications?
  • What are most “popular” P2P applications?
  • What types of contents are shared by P2P?
  • What can we learn from P2P trends?
  • What should ISPs do to survive?


CoolTech Club with Tim Wilson: Where did all that money go?

WHEN

May 22,2008

WHAT

Tim Wilson, a General Partner at Partech International, will cover

  • what sectors and geographies are attracting venture money?
  • What are some of the underlying assumptions/trends behind the numbers?
  • Looking forward, can we predict/forecast changes that would lead to new sectors becoming “hot” or “not?”

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