Defining Moments: Inflection Points in the Life of a Startup

October 6, 2011

Silicon Valley Bank's second annual Accelerator CEO Summit is a truly special one day event, bringing CEOs of some of the most exciting early stage technology, life science and cleantech companies together to hear from leaders in the innovation economy, and to gain the perspective of some of their most successful peers.

Startup America Partnership

This year, in partnership with the Startup America Partnership, we're offering this compelling event live via webcast. Our theme for the 2011 summit is "Defining Moments" - inflection points in the life of a startup - as told by some of the hottest startup CEOs. Our premise is that both success and failure are essential in the creation and growth of a great company, and that we can learn a great deal from others as they describe those moments in their journey.

Some inflection points include:

  • Pivoting - when radical adjustment is required
  • Deciding to sell the company
  • Moving from corporate to entrepreneurship
  • Closing your doors - what's next?
  • The right time for fundraising
  • Building infrastructure - too little or too much

We believe that our attendees will come away from the day empowered with many new tools, ideas and relationships that will help them successfully execute on the visions they have for their own companies.

Please join the Accelerator CEO Summit webcast, aimed at providing technology, life science and cleantech startups insights and learning from their peers that they need to succeed.


Keynote Speakers

It's hard to top last year's excellent speakers, but we have some amazing talent slated to speak to you this year. Follow our speakers on Twitter.

Ron Gutman Ron Gutman, CEO, HealthTap
The Hidden Power of the Smile
Ron Gutmanm, CEO of HealthTap, reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior and how it can influence your success.

Linda Jackson Linda Jackson, Founder and President of Team TIBCO
Finding Inspiration in Life's Defining Moments
Linda Jackson gave up her investment-banking career in 1993 to become a professional cyclist and went on to become one of the top three stage racers in the world and an Olympic athlete. She subsequently returned to finance, but found cycling again when she became involved with what is now Team TIBCO, a top-ranked professional women's cycling team. Linda will address the concept of "Defining Moments" from her unique perspective as a business person and professional athlete – demonstrating that seizing upon life changing moments is a theme across the human experience.

Guy Kawasaki Guy Kawasaki, Venture Capitalist and Author
Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
Guy Kawasaki, noted author, founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures and previously the chief evangelist of Apple, will speak on "Enchantment." You'll learn how to influence what people do while you maintain the highest standards of ethics. Guy will explain when and why enchantment is necessary, and describe the three pillars of enchantment: likability, trustworthiness, and a great cause. You'll learn to how to use enchantment to launch a new effort, overcome resistance, and use technology to enchant.

Eric Ries Eric Ries, Entrepreneur and Author
The Lean Startup

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the popular blog Startup Lessons Learned. He cofounded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. He is frequent speaker at business events, has advised a number of startups, large companies, and venture capital firms on business and product strategy, and is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School. His Lean Startup methodology has been written about in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, and many blogs. He lives in San Francisco. His book, The Lean Startup (Crown, 2011), is now available in stores and online.

Chris Vein Chris Vein, Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer
for Government Innovation
What the U.S. Government is Doing to Foster Innovation
Chris Vein, Deputy CTO of the U.S., and well-known former CIO of the city and country of San Francisco, will discuss how the government is taking substantive steps to foster innovation. Chris will discuss what programs and efforts are being undertaken, and how startup CEOs can best take advantage of government offerings.

Defining Moments Speakers

CEOs of some of the most exciting emerging companies discuss inflection points in the life of their startups. Follow our speakers on Twitter.

Leslie Bradshaw Leslie Bradshaw, President, Chief Operating Officer
and Co-Founder, JESS3
Disruptive Marketing
As a self-described "passionate entrepreneur, digital strategist, social scientist and farmhand / vineyard cultivator" Leslie Bradshaw will discuss inflection points in her own business, and also how simple marketing strategies can effectively accelerate the growth of a tech startup.

Leslie Bradshaw Peter Byck, Founder and CEO, Winery Exchange
Continuous Entrepreneurship
Peter Byck is that rare breed in Silicon Valley – a founding CEO who remains at the helm after over 11 years of leading the company he founded. This is not an accident: Peter has focused on blending his extensive industry expertise with cutting-edge business practices – and staying cutting edge after 11 years is essential. He calls this "continuous entrepreneurship." Entrepreneurs consistently push their ideas, their businesses, their employees and themselves on a daily basis. As your business begins to grow quickly, it's easy to focus on the logistics and tactics around this growth. But as Peter points out, to be truly successful one can never lose that sense of imagination that is inherent to every true entrepreneur.

Gary Kremen Gary Kremen, CEO of Sociogramics, Founder of Match.Com and Clean Power Finance
As an entrepreneur, inventor, executive and investor, Gary Kremen has over twenty-five years experience with emerging growth companies and developing information technology. He is a founder of several companies including Match.Com and his latest endeavor Clean Power Finance.

Duncan Logan Duncan Logan, CEO, RocketSpace
When to Pivot
Duncan Logan is the CEO of RocketSpace, shared office space in San Francisco. Duncan is a seasoned entrepreneur, and when his previous venture faltered, he quickly adjusted his focus to RocketSpace, now one of the largest and best known shared office space.

Duncan Logan Avery Lyford, Partner, Blueprint Growth Partners
"Big Brother" Alliances for the Win
Avery Lyford focuses on driving growth for companies at all stages. Avery contributed to the book" Blueprint to a Billion: 7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth". Avery addresses the "Big Brother" relationship between startups and corporates, and how deeply understanding the other company's interests is essential. Avery will outline the critical roles that each play in this dynamic and how you, as a startup, can use you can use a "big brother' to catapult you to success.

Sunil Nagaraj Sunil Nagaraj, Bessemer Venture Partners
Customer Discovery
Sunil Nagaraj has been the CEO of a startup (Triangulate) and is now an investor at Bessemer Venture Partners, and one thing he has learned is that many CEOs don't do sufficient customer discovery before seeking funding. He will debunk the idea that you need money to better understand your customer and how having even elementary customer discovery can make all the difference in getting funded.

Bob Wiederhold Bob Wiederhold, President and CEO, Couchbase
The Fundraising Mindset
With a $14 million Series C in his fast growing company Couchbase, Bob Wiederhold is venture-savvy CEO. Bob will address what it means to fundraise, and how every CEO should always be in fundraising mode. But even if you're looking for investors, it's important to note that VCs are not just sources of funding but also an essential part of the ecosystem. They constantly share information with one another – what company or technology or entrepreneur is hot – and you want to be part of that conversation.

Brian Wong Brian Wong, Founder and CEO, Kiip
Building Personal Relationships (bold)Brian Wong, is founder and CEO of kiip, a mobile rewards network that is redefining the advertising industry through a "moments-based" rewards model. Brian came to Silicon Valley at age 17, and via his single-minded approach to building relationships, landed a hot job at Digg. After Digg, Brian's uncanny ability to create meaningful connections with entrpeneurs and investors was essential in his successful launch of kiip.


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Light breakfast available
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Guy Kawasaki
Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Avery Lyford, Partner, Blueprint Ventures
10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Break
10:35 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Brian Wong, Founder and CEO, kiip
Moments-Based Marketing
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 p.m. Bob Wiederhold, Couchbase
Being Part of the Venture Ecosystem
11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Sunil Nagaraj, Founder and CEO, Triangulate; Bessemer Venture Partners
The Importance of Customer Discovery
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Convergence of Technology and Hollywood
MJ Eng, Founder and President, ShoeDazzle
Jeremy Liew, Managing Director, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Moderated by Lizette Chapman, The Wall Street Journal
1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Break
1:20 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Ron Gutman, Founder and CEO, HealthTap
The Hidden Power of the Smile
2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Peter Byck, Founder and CEO, Winery Exchange
Continuous Entrepreneurship
2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Duncan Logan, Rocketspace
When to Pivot
2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Leslie Bradshaw, JESS3
Disruptive Marketing
3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Gary Kremen, CEO of Sociogramics, Founder of Match.Com,
Founder of Clean Power Finance
3:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Break
3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Chris Vein, Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer for Government InnovationWhat the U.S. Government is Doing to Foster Innovation
4:10 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Linda Jackson, Founder and President, Team TIBCO
Defining Moments
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Greg Becker, President and CEO of SVB Financial Group
Closing Remarks