Skip Besthoff, General Partner of Castile Partners, Presentation
Arthur Fox, Angel Investor, Presentation
Elliot Katzman, General Partner of Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Presentation
The business plan is your primary vehicle for conveying an organized thought process to investors about your business, team, and pathway to success. Entrepreneurs need well-conceived business plans to raise capital and grow their businesses. Our panel consists of three successful investors (venture capitalists & angels). They will provide advice on how to put a business plan together, tell you what works and doesn’t work in today’s investment climate, network with you, and answer your questions.
Skip Besthoff is a General Partner of Castile Partners (www.CastileVentures.com ), a VC firm that invests in early stage companies in the communications, Internet & digital media, mobility, and software/security/services sectors. He has a particular interest in the convergence of consumer and enterprise business models, and currently serves on the boards of Enquisite and Health Guru. Prior to Castile, Skip was principal at Rho Ventures where in eight years he invested in and participated on the boards of a number of companies including Everdream (acquired by Dell) and IntraLinks (acquired by TA/Rho). He also spent five years as a manager for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and has an MBA degree, with honors, from Cornell University.
Arthur Fox is an Angel Investor via a wide range of deal structures (e.g., preferred equity, convertible debt). Also, he co-founded and is President of Royalty Capital Fund (www.royaltycapital.us ), the first successful venture capital fund to employ a unique, royalty-based investment methodology that he conceived. All of the royalty deals have been done as the lead angel investor who syndicates the deal. Arthur was the co-founder and Executive VP of Octek, Inc., which was acquired by a Fortune 500 company in 1984. He co-founded Lexidata Corporation, which went public in 1981. He also co-founded Medicel and served there as VP and Director. He holds an MSSE degree from MIT.
Elliot Katzman is a General Partner of Commonwealth Capital Ventures (www.ccvlp.com/index.asp ), a VC firm that invests in early stage companies in the software, communications, and instrumentation sectors. Prior to joining Commonwealth, he was a General Partner at Kodiak Venture Partners. Katzman founded and led MyTeam.com, a direct marketing/new media company now part of the Active Network. As CFO of Atria Software, he led an IPO and a $1 billion merger with Pure Software, the largest software merger of its time. He also was Senior VP and CFO at SolidWorks, where he led the merger with Dassault Systems.
Alan Silver has been the part-time Chief Financial Officer (www.PartimeCFO.com ) for over 50 technology start-ups over the last 14 years. At Andover.net he was the part-time CFO from when the company had fewer than 10 employees until just 5 months before the company went public. He has an MSM degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, is Treasurer of Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network, and has been a panelist at MIT Enterprise Forum Start-Up Clinics.