6th Annual Rice Alliance I.T. and Web 2.0 Venture Forum

6th Annual Rice Alliance I.T. and Web 2.0 Venture Forum
Event Date:
December 11, 2008
Registration: 8:00 am  Program: 9:00 am   Company Showcase: 5:00 pm

Location: Jones Graduate School of Management, McNair Hall, Rice University
Host:  Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
Jones Partners

Early Registration Deadline:
Monday, December 8, 2008
To register and for more informationClick Here

Register now to attend the largest Information Technology and Web 2.0 venture capital forum in the Southwest.   Meet leading venture capitalists with over $5 billion under management.  Hear from Google, Benchmark Capital, Sevin Rosen Funds, and others.

Hear about the latest trends in web 2.0, cloud computing, and mobile computing from Google.  Learn about the role that web 2.0 and social networking will play at the enterprise level.   Hear from the most influential internet/web 2.0 thought leaders from across the state from Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

More than 50 of the most promising early-stage I.T and Web 2.0 companies have been hand-picked to present and showcase their new venture to an audience of more than 400 venture capitalists, early-stage investors, successful entrepreneurs, academic and business leaders. Attendees will benefit from networking and learning opportunities.

Keynote Speakers:

Jeff Dachis
Founder and CEO, The Dachis Corporation

Jeff Dachis’ leadership and vision helped create the internet services industry more than a decade ago when he co-founded Razorfish, Inc. out of a one-bedroom New York apartment.   Jeff was CEO, President, and Chairman. He led its $55 million IPO (initial public offering), and grew it into one of the world's largest digital solutions providers with 2,500 employees in 15 offices across 9 countries, and over $280 million in annual revenue. Razorfish ultimately was sold to Microsoft as part of aQuantive for $6 billion.

Dachis has received $50 million in funding from Austin Ventures in 2008 to launch a new company in Texas to help enterprise clients utilize social technology to engage their customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and communities.  Austin Ventures is one of the nations’ largest venture capital firms.  In September, Austin Ventures, based in Texas, announced they had closed new funds totaling $900 million to invest in early-stage and growing companies.

Jaime Casap
Business Development Manager, Google

Jaime Casap is Business Development Manager at Google, responsible for evangelizing Google Apps to universities in North, Central, and South America as part of the Google Education Team.

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.  Google is now widely recognized as the world's largest search engine -- an easy-to-use free service that usually returns relevant results in a fraction of a second.  Google Apps include email, calendar, talk, video, Google Docs, and other collaboration tools within a web browser.

Bruce Dunlevie
General Partner, Benchmark Capital Management
Bruce is a general partner of Benchmark Capital Management, a venture capital firm he co-founded with fellow Rice alum and general partner Kevin Harvey ’87, in 1995.  He has become a leading venture capitalist, playing a key role in the e-commerce revolution and assisting in the creation of the Palm Pilot and eBay.

Benchmark Capital is one of the largest and most successful Silicon Valley venture capital firms, with $2.5 billion under management.  Benchmark invests from $100k up to $10-15 million in early stage companies.  In addition to Palm Pilot and eBay, other portfolio companies include Red Hat Software, Juniper Networks, AOL, 1-800-flowers.com, Nordstroms.com, Jamba Juice, and many others.
To register and for more informationClick Here 
Go to: www.alliance.rice.edu


Thu, Dec. 11, 2008
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. US/Central


Jones Graduate School of Management