Venture Finance SIG: Meet the New Funds -



  • An Evening with Emergence Capital & Shasta Ventures

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    Presentation Overview

    Been reading about some of the changes in the venture industry lately? Partners moving from firm to firm, firms changing focus or strategy, new firms being annnounced, new funds being raised. Come meet firsthand two of the most exciting "new" firms in Silicon Valley - Emergence Capital and Shasta Ventures. Both of these firms launched in late 2004 / early 2005 and have been investing in seed and Series A companies.

    As with many of our SDF VF SIGs, we will have a two part evening: the first devoted to learning about these firms, the partners, their profile and backgrounds and the second will be reserved for company presentations.

    A select number of entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to present to GPs from both firms and receive valuable feedback. Please send an Executive Summary (max of 5 pages) to [email protected].

    - Jason Green, General Partner, Emergence Capital
    - Tod Francis, Managing Director, Shasta Ventures
    - Ravi Mohan, Managing Director, Shasta Ventures

    Moderator: - Philip Korn, National Practice Leader, Silicon Valley Bank



    Jason Green, General Partner

    Emergence Capital

    Prior to founding Emergence, Jason spent a decade in the venture business as a General Partner with U.S. Venture Partners and as a Charter Class member of the Kauffman Fellows Program with Venrock Associates, the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family. In addition to his venture capital experience, Jason brings a mix of operating experience, strategic consulting and entrepreneurial research to Emergence. Earlier in his career, Jason served as VP of Muzertechnika, the largest private computer and telecommunications company in Eastern Europe at the time. Prior to this, he served as a strategic consultant with Bain & Company in Boston and San Francisco and with the investment firm of Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe in New York. Jason was also selected as the Charles Williams Fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Business for post-graduate research in Entrepreneurship and Finance. Jason is Chairman of the Board of the Center for Venture Education and the Kauffman Fellows Program, the leading educational fellowship in venture capital. Jason also serves on the Advisory Board of Arthur Rock Center of Entrepreneurship at Harvard and on the Steering Committee of the West Coast Research Center.

    Jason has led early-stage venture investments in several pubic companies such as DoubleClick (DCLK), aQuantive (AQNT), Visual Networks (VNWK), and Ask Jeeves (ASK) and private companies such as Megapath Networks, Nightfire Software (acquired by Neustar), and SuccessFactors.

    Jason graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard with Distinction. Jason is a Founding Board member of Endeavor, a non-profit serving the needs of entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Jason is married with two children. The most unique trivia about Jason is that he is a twin married to a twin.

    Tod Francis, Managing Director

    Shasta Ventures

    Tod has more than 20 years of experience working with marketing driven companies. He will lead Shasta’s investments in technology-enabled service companies serving the consumer and business markets. Prior to co-founding Shasta Ventures, he was a General Partner at Trinity Ventures for ten years. Previously, Tod spent ten years in marketing and management positions. He was a Partner at Ram Group Marketing Management from 1987 to 1993 and served as a Product Manager at Johnson & Johnson from 1983 to 1987.

    While at Trinity, Tod was involved with 16 technology-enabled service companies. He served on the Board of Directors of Baby Center, Blue Nile, FatBrain, Golf Web/Sportsline, Next Card, Next Door/On Station, Planet Outdoors, Shopping List, and Wedding Channel.

    Tod holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University.

    Selected Prior Investments: BabyCenter, Blue Nile, NextCard, GolfWeb/Sportsline,, FatBrain, LoopNet

    Ravi Mohan, Managing Director

    Shasta Ventures

    Ravi Mohan has focused his entire career on the software business, with five years in operating roles and eight years investing in companies at Battery Ventures. During his operating career, Ravi built transaction-processing systems at Accenture, sold and implemented packaged software applications for Hyperion Software Corporation (Nasdaq: HYSW), and ran MIC, a software development firm based in India focused on business intelligence. Through these experiences, he gained a thorough knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the information systems implemented in large corporations. This foundation has enabled him to be adept at helping next-generation infrastructure software and application software companies become successful. Moreover, Ravi is one of the few venture capitalists that has run a software development company in India that delivered systems to US companies.

    Prior to co-founding Shasta Ventures, Ravi was a General Partner at Battery Ventures and served on the Executive Committee. He focused on investing in software and technology-enabled service companies that served enterprises. During his tenure at Battery, Ravi led eight investments and sat on the boards of eleven companies. His investments at Battery include Corillian (IPO in April ’00 – Nasdaq: CORI), SupplierMarket (sold to Ariba – Nasdaq: ARBA), QSS (sold to Telelogic AB), Enosys Software (sold to BEA Systems – Nasdaq: BEAS), Diligent Systems (sold to VerticalNet) and SenSage, Inc.

    Ravi is very active in entrepreneurial circles and helped found the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA), to leverage entrepreneurial activities between India and America. In addition, he is an active Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

    Ravi holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan School of Business with Highest Distinction and was awarded a Citibank Fellowship for academic distinction. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

    Selected Prior Investments: SupplierMarket, Corillian, Quality Systems & Software, SenSage



    Philip Korn

    Silicon Valley Bank

    Philip is National Practice Leader for SVB's Emerging Tech Division, which has 1,500 below the radar non funded clients (angel backed and bootstrapped). SVB offers banking and other services for technology and life sciences companies nationwide and provides a unique combination of products and services specifically geared towards very early stage companies. These services include access to industry specific entrepreneurial and investor events and referrals to key partners and alliances. Philip has worked at Silicon Valley Bank since 1998 and previously focused on trade finance at commercial banks and the Federal Reserve System. Philip holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Thunderbird.

    Event Logistics


    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP.
    2000 University Ave.(University Circle)
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Tel: 650.833.2000
    Note: These are the tall buildings on the corner of University Avenue and Woodland Avenue on the west side of Hwy. 101. They are in the University Circle complex.

    6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments
    7:00p.m.-8:30 p.m. Panel discussion and Pitch Session (starts promptly at 7:00pm)

    $20 SDForum members
    $30 Non-SDForum members

    Pre-registration is now unavailable. Please register at the door.

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