September 14, 2004
John Occhipinti from Woodside Fund
Selected by SDForum to Moderate RFID Panel
Woodside Fund Co-Led Recent RFID Funding of Intelleflex
Corporation and CenterBoard
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.--Sept. 14, 2004--Woodside
Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm, today announced that
managing partner John Occhipinti was selected by SDForum to moderate
a panel entitled The RFID Revolution. Occhipinti was selected because
of his knowledge of and investment experience in the radio frequency
identification (RFID) market.
Recently, Woodside Fund co-led the funding of an $11.3 million
investment in Intelleflex, a supplier of RFID products and applications
that enable real-time information to be remotely read by computer
systems. In November of 2003, Woodside Fund also invested in CenterBoard,
which offers a patented network approach to data management solutions
"We wanted an individual who was well-versed in the RFID field,
was familiar with a wide-range of companies involved with this technology,
and could direct the panel in an instructive, knowledgeable, and
thought-provoking way," commented Laura Merling, SDForum's
executive director. "We selected John Occhipinti because of
his investment expertise in the RFID space and his understanding
of anticipated uses of RFID. He will be an excellent moderator,
and will undoubtedly lead the panel in a stimulating and educational
"RFID is set to explode in the next few years, growing to
nearly a $5.0 billion market in 2007. This disruptive technology
promises to eliminate efficiencies in the supply chain by billions
and to allow retailers to reduce inventories to minimal levels,"
said John Occhipinti. "I am sure that attendees of The RFID
Revolution panel will participate in an intense debate over topics
like when mass adoption will truly occur and how the industry will
handle privacy concerns."
Further panel details:
The panel will be hosted at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco
on Wednesday, September 22nd from 6:30pm until 9:00pm. More than
130 attendees from a wide range of industries expect to hear subject
matter experts and peers talk about the latest developments in RFID.
The goal of the panel is to provide an educational forum and to
answer any pressing questions about RFID.
The panel will include several leading technology developers and
pioneering end-user corporations which include Keith Dierkx, senior
vice president of operations for Embarcadero Systems Corporation;
Salil Padhal, CTO of the RFID Program at HP Labs; Steve Shafer,
senior researcher at Microsoft Research; and Jorge Fernandes, CEO
and co-founder of VIVOtech. The panel will explore "RFID as
one of the most promising technologies of the decade" according
to Occhipinti, and the discussion "will revolve around the
pros and cons of this controversial technology, the impact it is
currently having on the business community and how RFID is positioned
to revolutionize supply chains."
The RFID Revolution panel is being co-hosted by SDForum and SofTECH.
For additional information about the event, please go to www.sdforum.org/RFID.
John Occhipinti Bio
John Occhipinti is a Managing Partner at Woodside Fund and dedicates
his expertise to the enterprise software sector. Prior to joining
Woodside, John was an early employee at Netscape Communications.
As Director of Sales, John led a team that drove the company's first
significant revenues, helping launch Netscape through its initial
public offering. Later, John ran Netscape's Electronic Software
Distribution and Strategic Channel Sales groups. Prior to Netscape,
John worked at Oracle Corporation, marketing and selling large-scale
enterprise database technologies. John has both an MBA and a BA
from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently serves
on the Board of Directors of Intalio, CenterBoard, Tacit Knowledge
Systems and USBuild.
About Woodside Fund
Woodside Fund is a leading venture capital firm that excels in
developing seed- and early-stage technology companies. Founded in
1983, the Fund attributes its long record of success to the high
value it places on building productive partnerships with entrepreneurs,
other investors and service providers. Typically a lead investor,
Woodside Fund invests from $5 million to $15 million in early-stage
enterprise software, fabless semiconductor and network infrastructure
companies located on the West Coast. Woodside Fund has more than
$330 million in capital under active management. For more information,
go to www.woodsidefund.com.
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