Presentation: "Techie VC's Talk about Trends & Opportunities"

Time: Wednesday 09:10 - 10:00

Location: To be announced

Abstract: Salil & Kevin will talk about what opportunities they see in our space, and the types of projects, in their opinion, can make for big businesses. They will discuss why they made or didn't make certain investments, the ones that got away, what they've learned from their careers as entrepreneurs and VCs, and advice for entrepreneurs in the audience.

Kevin Efrusy, Accel Partners

 Kevin  Efrusy Kevin Efrusy is General Partner at Accel Partners, where he focuses primarily on two areas for investment: consumer internet services and SaaS/open source software. Within SaaS/open source software, he led investments or serves on the boards of Xensource (acquired by Citrix), Genius, SpringSource, Terracotta, and Aptana. Prior to venture, Kevin started Corio, an ASP/SaaS pioneer which went public on Nasdaq and was acquired by IBM in 2005. Later he served as the first CEO of IronPlanet, an online marketplace for heavy equipment with current annual gross sales over $360M. Kevin has an MSEE, BSEE, and BA in Economics from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Salil Deshpande

 Salil  Deshpande Salil Deshpande is General Partner at Bay Partners, where among other things, he invests in Java, enterprise software, open source, middleware, and application frameworks. His recent investments in the space have been around Grails, Groovy, Spring, dynaTrace (continuous performance management) and others, with several more in the works. Bay Partners, a 33-year old early-stage venture firm based in Palo Alto, has created over 200 successful businesses, over 11 funds. Salil joined Bay four years ago, prior to which he co-founded and sold several companies including The Middleware Company, which operated network of developer sites. Salil has an MSEE from Stanford University and BSEE from Cornell University.