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Thursday, August 27 • 11:10am - 11:40am
Cloudfunding Fireside Chat

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Is OpenStack still an attractive investment opportunity for VCs in Series A, B and C deals? Are large vendors still looking for hot startups to build out their technology portfolios? What do VCs look for in infrastructure deals? Two VCs who’ve done multiple deals in the space will share their thoughts, moderated by an OpenStack entrepreneur who recently engineered a successful exit.

Moderators
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Jesse Proudman

Founder and CTO, Blue Box Group, an IBM Company
Jesse Proudman is founder and CTO of Blue Box Group Inc., now a part of IBM. His leadership has been instrumental in driving the success of the company and helping Blue Box customers embrace the benefits of transitioning their operations to the cloud. A lifelong entrepreneur, Jesse is actively involved with the University of Puget Sound Business Leadership, 9Mile Labs, and University of Washington’s Entrepreneur mentorship programs. He was... Read More →

Speakers
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Elise Huang

Partner, Westsummit Capital
Elise is a Partner of WestSummit Capital, a leading China-based global growth equity firm focused on helping high growth technology companies access the China market. Elise has over 15 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience in both the US and Asia. Prior to WestSummit, Elise was a Vice President/Head of US Investment at Vertex Venture Holdings ($1.5B VC arm of Singapore Temasek Holdings) where she oversaw all direct... Read More →
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Vivek Mehra

General Partner, August Capital
Vivek Mehra is a General Partner with August Capital. He invests broadly in IT infrastructure and areas of interest include data center technologies, systems management, security, storage, and cloud computing systems and software. Prior to joining August Capital, Vivek co-founded Cobalt Networks in 1996. As CTO & VP of Product Development, Vivek built the first successful server appliance and grew Cobalt into a worldwide leader in the... Read More →
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Dharmesh Thakker

General Partner, Battery Ventures
Dharmesh Thakker serves as a General Partner at Battery Ventures. He joined in 2015 and focuses on venture investments in areas such as cloud infrastructure, big data, security, and next-generation enterprise applications. Dharmesh is a Founding Member and Co-President of the Wharton Cleantech and Energy Network. He served as Managing Director at Intel Capital, which he joined in 2011. Dharmesh was responsible for datacenter software sector... Read More →


Thursday August 27, 2015 11:10am - 11:40am
Hahn Auditorium