(6:30-7:00p) Socializing and happy hour
(7:00-8:30p) Talk + Q&A
This talk is designed to provide founders with an overview of the venture capital industry. During this session, you will learn about the overall structure and important nuances in the VC industry. You will learn essential information about how VC funds fit into the context of other alternative asset classes, fund operation and organization, angels vs. super angels vs. VCs, and basic portfolio company valuation for the venture industry. It is also a great opportunity to meet an investor and make a connection to pitch your idea.
John Rodkin is the Managing Director of Samsung NEXT, San Francisco. Prior to joining Samsung, John was the CEO of four startup companies: ShopSanity (ecommerce analytics, acquired by ShopRunner), ClickShift (digital advertising optimization, acquired by WebTrends), Green Hedges (home value insurance, failed), and Flyswat (hyperlink management/advertising, acquired by NBC Internet for $120 million). He was also the owner of Web Position, a SEO analytics company sold to Infospace, where he ran the technology and marketing groups. John is a lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he teaches two courses in venture capital and entrepreneurship. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, John was an RF engineer at ViaSat where he designed CDMA communication devices for the US Navy. He has a B.S. and M.Eng from MIT in electrical engineering, and a JD and an MBA from the University of Chicago.