The perfect pitch
The Perfect Pitch to Investors is a three-day workshop which aims at empowering entrepreneurs and leaders in established companies to attract and secure the financial resources to support their business initiatives. This seminar will be particularly effective for those seeking angel and venture capital for their enterprises.
Roger Strauch, Co-founder and Chairman of The Roda Group, a seed stage venture capital fund, who led ask.com to success, and Ronald Weissman, Chairman of the Software Special Interest Group at Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest seed funding organization, who worked extensively with Steve Jobs, will travel to Armenia to lead this workshop. These accomplished experts have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to build over a dozen companies with combined market capitalization in the billions.
Roger Strauch is Chairman of The Roda Group, a seed stage venture capital group, based in Berkeley, California. His firm, co-founded in 1997 with Dan Miller, provides entrepreneurs the resources, environment, and guidance to launch and grow their high technology businesses.Mr. Strauch serves on the board of directors of four portfolio clean technology companies in the businesses of carbon capture, lead acid batteries, agriculture soil additives and water remediation. Mr. Strauch is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cool Systems, the manufacturer of Game Ready, a medical physical therapy system. He was the first CEO and former chairman of Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com) a leading search engine on the web. Mr. Strauch was a board member and former CEO of Symmetricom, a public telecommunications equipment manufacturer. In 1983 he co-founded TCSI Corp., a telecom software company. As TCSI’s chairman and CEO, Mr. Strauch led the company from a start-up to a successful IPO in 1991 and secondary public offering in 1996.
Mr. Strauch is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. He is a member of the Engineering Dean’s College Advisory Board of University of California at Berkeley. He is the recipient of the 2002 Wheeler Oak Meritorious Award from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2006, Mr. Strauch and his wife Dr. Julie Kulhanjian were named and honored as “Builders of Berkeley”. Mr. Strauch endowed the Roger A. Strauch Chair in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and co-founded the William Saroyan Endowment for Armenian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Strauch is the Chairman of the Paros Foundation which supports arts and education organizations in Armenia. Roger co-founded and was an owner of ICON Communications, a broadband ISP in Armenia utilizing WiMax technology. He is a Life Trustee of the Armenian Assembly of America.
Mr. Strauch earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, from Cornell University and Master of Science degree from Stanford University, both in electrical engineering. He holds two patents in the area of wireless communications.
Dr. Ronald Weissman has 30 years experience building businesses, investing in new companies and advising CEOs. He has been a Board Director of more than 25 companies and advised more than 50 CEOs and management teams in areas relating to corporate innovation, finance and fundraising, corporate growth and market strategy.
Ron was a partner at global private equity firm Apax Partners for more than fifteen years
and continues to manage companies in their venture portfolio. Prior to Apax, he was Vice President of Global Marketing, Corporate Development and Investor Relations for Verity, the industry leader in enterprise information management. During his tenure, the company received the Turnaround of the Year award by the Turnaround Management Association after Verity grew its market cap from $50 million to nearly $2B. In previous roles, Ron managed European and corporate marketing at NeXT Computer as a direct report to Steve Jobs and, prior to that, managed academic computing along with holding a faculty position at Brown University and the University of Maryland.
Ron is also an active angel investor and is Chairman of the Software Special Interest Group of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest Angel investment organization and a model for angel groups worldwide. He has a passion for mentoring entrepreneurs globally and has coached CEOs and management teams in the US, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, France, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Finland.
Ron has published extensively and lectures regularly on venture capital at Stanford, UC Davis’ Graduate School of Management, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and the University of Santa Clara Schools of Business and Law. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California at Berkeley.
You will learn
- How to attract capital with a good pitch
- How venture capital works and how venture capitalists evaluate pitches like yours
- How to make a substantive case in 20 minutes or less and support your pitch with a clear business plan and metrics
- Getting to WOW: how to create a great elevator pitch
Date: November 17-19, 2015
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Yerevan, 4 Grigor Lusavorich St.
Participation fee: 145.000 AMD