Repeat Startups' Successes, Avoid Their Mistakes: Silicon Valley Bank Presents Accelerator CEO Summit

Company news  |  September 6, 2011

Startup CEOs Share Their Wisdom at Day-Long, Live Webcast Event Featuring:  

Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures
Chris Vein, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation
Ron Gutman, Healthtap and Smile Enthusiast
• and Founders and CEOs from Clean Power Finance, Couchbase, FastScale, JESS3, Kiip,, Rocketspace and more

Santa Clara, Calif. –– September 6, 2011 — Silicon Valley Bank, financial partner to technology and life science companies of all sizes worldwide, will host a day-long educational event for entrepreneurs in which they can learn from the successes and mistakes of other startup founders and CEOs. "Defining Moments: Inflection Points in the Life of a Startup" is Silicon Valley Bank's second annual Accelerator CEO Summit and will be Webcast from the Computer History Museum on October 6, 2011 in collaboration with the Startup America Partnership.

"We have found that connecting our clients with each other is one of the most powerful ways we can help them grow," said Gerald Brady, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank's Entrepreneur Services Group. "The successes and failures in a startup's life are inspiring and entertaining for fellow entrepreneurs, but most importantly they are lessons startup CEOs can build upon in the development of their own businesses."

Together with the Startup America Partnership, Silicon Valley Bank joins dozens of successful, world-renowned companies engaged in helping entrepreneurs and young companies obtain the knowledge, tools and resources they need to grow and create jobs.

Silicon Valley Bank's experienced bankers offer a comprehensive suite of financing solutions, treasury management, corporate investment and international banking services to its clients worldwide. Dedicated to the long-term success of its innovative clients, Silicon Valley Bank helps connect startups to potential investors; hosts educational and networking events worldwide; shares valuable intelligence, perspective and data; and advocates for issues affecting its clients in political arenas.

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About Silicon Valley Bank Silicon Valley Bank is the premier bank for technology, life science, cleantech, venture capital, private equity and premium wine businesses. SVB provides industry knowledge and connections, financing, treasury management, corporate investment and international banking services to its clients worldwide through 26 U.S. offices and seven international operations. (Nasdaq: SIVB)

Silicon Valley Bank is the California bank subsidiary and the commercial banking operation of SVB Financial Group. Banking services are provided by Silicon Valley Bank, a member of the FDIC and the Federal Reserve System. SVB Private Bank is a division of Silicon Valley Bank. SVB Financial Group is also a member of the Federal Reserve System.

About Startup America Partnership
The Startup America Partnership was launched at the White House in response to President Obama's call to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. The Partnership is bringing together an alliance of major corporations, funders, service providers, mentors and advisors working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of high-growth enterprises in the U.S. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are founding partners. American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., and Microsoft are sponsors. The Partnership will identify, measure and report on the effectiveness of cross-sector collaboration in support of entrepreneurial ventures and its effect on job creation and growth. For more information on the Partnership, visit and follow at and