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Exit Strategies

  • 01 Jun 2010
  • 7:00 PM - 9:59 PM
  • Emerging Enterprise at Foley Hoag, 1000 Winter Street, Suite 4000, Waltham, MA

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Meeting Presentations: 

Peter Siy, currently a Teaching Executive in Residence, Presentation

Laura Kevghas is a Partner at Mirus Capital Advisors, Presentation

At our March meeting you learned how such an early factor as a term sheet can affect your exit strategy. This is not the only thing that will do that and shows that at the beginning of your new venture you are dramatically changing the last chapter of the story.

At our June meeting we are going to hear from some entrepreneurs and investors about how they planned it (or not) and how it all came out.

Panel:

Peter Siy is currently a Teaching Executive in Residence, teaching and advising in finance at Bentley University. He was founder of White Mountain DSP which quickly became one of the leading DSP emulator vendors in the world. Analog Devices Inc acquired White Mountain in 1999.


David Aronoff is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners. David currently represents the firm on the boards of Blackwave, CHiL Semiconductor, Sand9, and VidSys.

Prior to joining the firm in June 2005, David spent nearly a decade focusing on early-stage investing at Greylock Partners where he led several of the firm's successful investments in the communications and systems markets.

Prior to Greylock, David held management roles at Chipcom, and co-founded the Attitude Network (acquired by TheGlobe.com), an Internet content startup. Earlier in his career he held technical positions at Bell Labs where he developed secure network systems.

David holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Vermont, cum laude and with college honors, an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. Contact: Telephone: 617-307-9292, www.flybridge.com  David's blog, the diary of a Geek VC, can be found atwww.geekvc.com .


Laura Kevghas is a Partner at Mirus Capital Advisors, and has over 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, split almost equally between investment banking and corporate development. As an advisor to privately-held companies, Laura has been directly involved in the successful sale of dozens of client companies across multiple industries. As the Director of Corporate Development for Advanstar Communications, Inc. Laura and her team completed more than 40 domestic and international acquisitions, as well as several divestitures of non-key assets.

Laura holds an MBA with high honors from Bentley's McCallum School of Business and a BS Magna Cum Laude in Finance and Economics from Bentley University, where she was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a business school honor society. Laura is also a member of The Exit Planning Exchange and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Her article "Thinking About Cashing Out? How to Create Value in Your Business" has been featured in The Commonwealth Institute on line e-newsletter and her published piece titled "Help! Someone Wants to Buy My Company" in the Boston Women's Business newspaper. She also is a frequent contributor to the Mirus Viewpoint published both on line and in print. She holds her Series 7 and 63 FINRA certifications. Contact - Telephone: 781 418 5944, E-mail: kevghas@merger.comwww.merger.com .

Moderator:


Galen Moore, Mass High Tech. Galen Moore covers Internet technology, software startups and venture capital finance for Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech. He has written in-depth on the performance of Boston's venture industry and been first- to-press with startups that have a shot at becoming the next Massachusetts billion dollar tech company. In the past, he has written for both Boston dailies, and covered city politics and crime for the MetroWest Daily News. He has his own first-hand experience with venture-backed startups, a free daily called BostonNOW, which shut the doors when its VC backer, an Icelandic telecom, melted in the spring of 2008. Contact –Telephone: 617-316-3224, E-mail:gmoore@masshightech.com www.masshightech.com