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October 12, 2004

Vince Occhipinti from Woodside Fund to Chair Fifth Annual Early Stage Venture Investing Conference

Special Presentation by Dan'l Lewin, Corporate VP of Microsoft to Focus on Accelerating Growth Through Partnerships

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif, October 12, 2004. – Woodside Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm, today announced that Managing Director Vince Occhipinti will chair the Fifth Annual Early Stage Venture Investing Conference taking place October 21-22, 2004 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. International Business Forum (IBF), the presenter of the event, expects over 300 attendees and 50 speakers to participate during the two-day conference. The event will offer valuable business information-exchange, discussions on investing strategies, case study presentations, and forecasting for members of the venture capital and start-up technology business communities.

"It's imperative that early stage venture investors stay abreast of industry trends and best practice strategies to mitigate risk," said Vince Occhipinti, Managing Director from Woodside Fund. "This conference is an excellent opportunity for venture capitalists, corporate, institutional and private equity investors to discuss with how they can advance innovation by investing their dollars across a variety of emerging sectors."

Here's a sampling of what to expect during this two-day program:

  • The Current Business of Early Stage Investing
  • Venture Fund Structures for Early Stage Investments
  • Board Member Issues in Today's Market
  • The Global Tectonic Shift in Early Stage Investing
  • Disruptive Technologies Impacting Commercial Markets: Thought Leadership Update
  • Tapping Universities and National Research Laboratories for Deal Flow
  • Positioning the Company Offshore: Outsourcing and Business Development Strategies
  • LP Expectations on Early Stage Ventures
  • Getting Early Stage Companies to the Next Round of Financing
  • Valuing Early Stage Companies in 2004
  • Preparing Early on for the Liquidation Event

For further information about the event, please go to www.ibfconferences.com

Vincent M. Occhipinti Biography
Vince co-founded Woodside Fund in 1983, and has been intimately involved in the management and success of the Fund and its portfolio companies. He is well known in the industry for his ongoing role as chairman of the conferences of the Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA), a federation of 150 seed and early-stage funds. Since 1990, the conference has brought together general partners in seed and early stage funds to discuss issues of mutual interest. Vince has a wealth of operating experience in both small and large companies in the technology industry. He founded Logisticon, Inc. which he led as President and CEO, and pioneered enterprise process and factory automation software. Earlier in his career, Vince served as VP, Marketing for Mobility Systems, and while at Levi Strauss and Company, had profit and loss responsibility for the Stretch Levis Division. He has a BA from Stanford University.

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 fabless semiconductor, enterprise software, 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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