Founder & Investor: Funding a Cloud Management Company.


February 2, 2011 / Palo Alto CA


Please join us for our traditional “Founder & Investor” panel on February 2 in Palo Alto. We will meet a leading venture capitalist and a successful Russian-speaking co-founder of his portfolio company to learn the startup funding process described from two different viewpoints.

Our panel participants are:

  • Peter Bell, Partner, Highland Capital Partners
  • Yuri Rabover, Co-founder, VP Product Strategy, VMTurbo

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Highland Capital Partners ( ) have always been focused on one goal: to help great people build great companies. Since its inception in 1988, HCP have invested in over 200 seed, early and growth stage companies – 90 of which have gone public or been acquired to date. HCP emphasize a team-oriented approach in providing the right mix of strategic guidance, hands-on leadership and deep industry domain expertise in helping entrepreneurs and their teams to become market-leading organizations.

Peter Bell is a General Partner at Highland specializing in technology investments across all stages of company growth. As an industry veteran, Peter has worked with and invested in companies in the information security, e-commerce, data center infrastructure, enterprise software and communications industries. Peter represents Highland on the boards of Desktone, ExaGrid Systems, GigamonInXpoSCVNGR, Virtual Computer, VMTurbo, WePay, and is actively involved with Highland's investments in NetentSec, Inc. and RethinkDB, and is a former boardmember of Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell).

VMTurbo’s ( ) virtualization management suite enables proactive and automated management of workload and resources in virtualized data centers.  Only VMTurbo provides a holistic view of your virtual infrastructure as well as detailed action plans with respect to workload placement and resource allocation.  Our customers accomplish more, with less IT resources, by using our suite to analyze, optimize and control their virtual infrastructure.

Yuri Rabover,Co-founder, VP Product Strategy,VMTurbo.  Prior to joining VMTurbo, Yuri managed the Advanced Solution group in the EMC CTO Office and worked very closely with the Architecture and Applied Research in prototyping and innovating across many technology stacks and solutions. Yuri joined EMC with the acquisition of SMARTS. Yuri had a long and diverse career with SMARTS, he was a member of the founding team, managed engineering and product development, was responsible for technology partnership development managing relationships with strategic accounts. Yuri worked in several other high-tech startups managing engineering and products in storage and system management, IP telephony and collaboration. Earlier in his career, Yuri managed a research lab at Russian Academy of Sciences Informatics Institute doing applied research in operating systems and resource management, user interfaces. Yuri holds a B.S in electrical engineering and M.S in computer science from Moscow Technical University of Electronic Engineering and Ph.D. in computer science from Russian Academy of Sciences Informatics Institute

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"As Stanford MBA students, we were exposed to a lot of VC firms both from the Valley and abroad. It is at Stanford that we met Anna Dvornikova, an absolutely amazing business leader and (by our big luck) our friend, who was the center of the Russian Silicon Valley professional community, and was doing a huge work to connect Russia and the Valley. Anna helped us a lot with kick-starting Wikimart, put us to our first-ever conference, introduced us to most of Russian VCs. And all that happened in a very short time span! It was the beginning of a six-month journey that despite the particularly tough times resulted in an extraordinarily group of investors backing our start-up."

Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakayev,
co-CEOs, Wikimart