Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wilson Sonsini Entrepreneurs College

Silicon Valley's most famous law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is hosting a free 14 week series of seminars for entrepreneurs to learn about raising capital and running an early-stage startup. One unique & cool thing about what WSGR is doing, is that they are using many of their branch offices (Austin, New York, Washington D.C., San Diego, San Francisco, & Seattle) to syndicate the content, which is great for folks that don't live in Silicon Valley. The first event is on Valuation and takes place on October 2nd and you can register here.

Session 1: Valuation
Breakfast & Networking: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. PDT
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. PDT

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
950 Page Mill Road, Terrace 2D
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Fall 2007 Program
Most sessions will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and will include a breakfast program with additional time for networking. The December 19 program will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by a networking reception. All programs will be held at the firm's offices at 950 Page Mill Road in Palo Alto and videoconferenced to our offices nationwide. The program series will be repeated in Spring 2008.

October 2, 2007 Valuation
October 17, 2007 Business Plans & Fundraising
October 24, 2007 Biotech Session
October 31, 2007 Forming and Organizing the Start-Up & Founders Stock
November 7, 2007 Clean Tech Session
November 14, 2007 Intellectual Property
November 28, 2007 Compensation & Equity Incentives
December 12, 2007 Term Sheets
December 19, 2007 Exits & Liquidity

Monday, September 17, 2007

$350M Congrats to Zimbra!

Zimbra was acquired by Yahoo! earlier this evening for $350M in cash. Congrats to the team at Zimbra for executing so well. This is yet another data point confirming that open source software is a mega trend sweeping IT. Its an exciting time to be at a company like Untangle that has embraced open source philosophies so wholeheartedly. Who knew free software could be worth so much money?

Am I a Cat Man?

A couple of weeks ago, a friend posed a question: "Andrew, are you a cat man?" While I have always liked cats, my answer was of course no. However, Mae Ling has uncovered startling new evidence to the contrary which suggests that I may in fact be a cat man.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Caught on Tape with a Green Mowhawk

Here is a video that was taken at LinuxWorld of me explaining what Untangle does. I didn't really have the Mohawk gelled up, but you'll get the idea. Anyway, LinuxWorld was lots of fun, Dirk & Robert also died their hair green and Untangle was named the best security product of the show.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

A Great Place to Meet Angel Investors

The Churchill Club is hosting an interesting breakfast event about the top trends in angel investing on Friday morning (9/7/07). If you're looking to raise money from angels, this should be a great place to make a couple of great connections because the panel features several prominent angels and its a safe bet that many more will be in the audience. Its a breakfast event at Dinah's Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto at 7:30am. You can buy your tickets here.

Angel Investing: Top Trends and Opportunities


Richard Brenner, Chief Executive Officer, The Brenner Group, Inc.


  • Casey McGlynn, Founder & Secretary, Life Science Angels; Chairman, Life Sciences Group, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
  • Peter Redford, CEO, Chairman, TV Interactive Corp
  • Steve Stephansen, President and Founding Member, Sand Hill Angels; CEO, Agoura Technologies
  • Jeff Yu, Managing Director, The Angels' Forum

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