Speakers for Startup Boot Camp #15 Early Stage Startup Financing

SVE is inviting several speakers to bring you a startup boot camp on early stage financing.

  • When: 9:15 AM, Saturday, November 9, 2013
  • WherePerkins Coie LLP (3150 Porter Drive, Palo Alto, CA)

Register Here (Cost: $20 online, $30 at the door)


• James Skelley, Attorney with Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property practice

• “Intellectual Property Considerations for Startups”

• Jensen James, Partner at Perkins Coie LLP

• Lior Zorea, Corporate and securities Partner with Perkins Coie

•  “Forming Your Startup”

• David Cao, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of SVEntrepreneurs & Startups, Founder & CEO at GWC, Earlier Stage Mobile Angel Investor

•  “Angel Investment Overview” 


“Intellectual Property Considerations for Startups”

James Skelley is an attorney with Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property practice.  He frequently counsels clients regarding patent enforcement, licensing, copyright registration, litigation, and both domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution.  Since 2006, James has prepared dozens of patent applications ranging from medical device technologies to wireless antennae design and microfabrication.  He also counsels clients concerning reexamination, reissue, and interference proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to practicing law, James performed machine vision and robotics research and has considerable technical experience in a variety of areas, including artificial intelligence, circuit design, networked systems, computational geometry and signals processing.  He continues to write code in JAVA, C++, Python, and a variety of other languages while remaining involved in both the Silicon Valley technical and legal communities. He received his JD from Boston University School of Law and an M.E. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

“Forming Your Startup”

Jim Jensen, a partner in Perkins Coie’s Emerging Companies Group and a leader of the Firm’s China Emerging Company and the Investment Fund Formation practices in Silicon Valley, represents emerging companies, accelerator/incubators and venture capital funds in diverse industries, including clean technology (e.g., biofuels, LEDs, smart meters and solar), digital media, Internet, medical devices, mobile, security and software.  He is a technology entrepreneur and has formed and run multiple e-commerce and other Internet companies, which gives him a unique understanding of legal issues as viewed through the eyes of entrepreneurs.  He also represents traditional brick and mortar businesses that produce profits and cash flow, anathemas to Silicon Valley startup companies.  Jim has been involved in more than 250 investment and exit transactions during his legal career and, as importantly, a handful of exit or restructuring transactions as a business executive.  His transactional experiences range from a few hundred thousand dollars to several billion dollars.  Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Jim managed hundreds of investment transactions as General Counsel, Emerging Markets, with VantagePoint Capital Partners, a large venture capital and private equity firm.  He benefits his client through his broad network of contacts in the angel investment and venture capital community.

Lior Zorea is a corporate and securities Partner with Perkins Coie and a key member of the firm’s Emerging Companies practice group. Lior’s practice focuses on representing emerging growth companies in their formation, funding, and exit (whether through a sale or public offering). He has led clients in hundreds.Lior also has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience having worked on over 100 such transactions with deal values of up to $2.5 billion and spanning a variety of transaction structures commonly used in the technology space, including public/private acquisitions, private/private acquisitions, and public/public mergers. His mergers and acquisitions practice is currently focused on the sale of private technology companies (ranging from “boot-strapped” to venture-backed) and public company acquisitions.  With a background in finance, economics and math, Liorbrings a uniquely quantitative and practical approach to the practice of law, particularly in the transactional context. Lior’s clients include emerging growth startups, later stage private companies and public companies in the information technology space, including the internet, software, digital media, gaming, semiconductor, and fixed and mobile communications technology.

David CaoSerial Entrepreneur, Founder of SVEntrepreneurs & Startups, Founder & CEO at GWC, Earlier Stage Mobile Angel Investor