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June 12, 2006


Occhipinti Discusses Early Stage Investing Best Practices with Individuals from Adams Capital Management, Battery Ventures, Crescendo Ventures, Labrador Ventures, and Sand Hill Angels

June 12, 2006, Redwood Shores, CA: Woodside Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm, today announced that co-founder and managing director Vincent M. Occhipinti, also chairman of the Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA), participated as a panelist during a recent International Business Forum (IBF) Venture Capital Investing conference which took place from June 7th through June 9th at the Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco. The event, which is nationally recognized as the premier industry gathering for venture capitalists and institutional investors, was chaired by Dixon R. Doll, co-founder and managing general partner of DCM – Doll Capital Management. The primary focus of the event was discussions on leading-edge strategies for creating value, maximizing returns, ensuring successful fundraising and optimizing exits.

IBF conferences have a reputation for high quality of programs and the ability to attract seasoned speakers and attendees. Event attendees included active venture and institutional investors comparing best practices and tracking industry trends. Presented annually, the Venture Capital Investing flagship gathering secured a cross-section of more than 450 private equity investors and venture capitalists during the three-day event. As a whole, the group represented over a trillion dollars in capital.

Vincent Occhipinti participated on the panel titled ‘The Changing Face of Early Stage Investing,’ which was moderated by Sunita Patel, SVP and Venture Capital Group Regional Managing Director of Comerica Bank. The lively discussion covered such topics as; how the rules of engagement for early stage investing have changed, how investors need to realize the importance of proceeding with cautious optimism, and applying lessons learned to achieve strong, sustainable returns. The group concluded with an extensive review of new approaches being used by today’s leading early-stage dealmakers to ensure success.

“I was not only fortunate to participate as a panelist among such a stellar group during IBF’s successful three-day conference, but was able to use the event as a vehicle to network with peers, pursue business developments, research potential deal flow opportunities and gain insight into the industry,” said Vincent Occhipinti. “The conference had the ideal mix of value-added venture capitalists and experienced executives and continues to be a crucial event for staying current with venture capital investing.”

In a recent letter from the Chairman, Dixon Doll wrote that “the worldwide venture capital industry has been going through a period of unprecedented change and our community has seen a dramatic consolidation in the number of active venture-fund managers and a marked adjustment in LP fund commitments as institutional investors demand tighter reporting requirements and begin reducing their venture-fund allocations to all but the very best performing partnerships.” Doll further added that “now, more than ever, entrepreneurs and leading VCs need to organize their strategies to access the most friendly capital markets around the world.” The event succeeded to provide an excellent forum for individuals to exchange valuable business information and investing strategies discussions.

Further discussion session topics included:
• Venture Capital Forecast: Predictions & Views From Top Venture Investors
• Trouble In Paradise: How Are VCs Going To Cope With Shrinking Institutional Assets?
• The Maturation Of The Biotech Industry: Approaches To Investing In Bioagriculture, Stem Cells, And Healthcare-Information Integration Networks
• Global Fund-Raising at The Forefront: Tapping International Asset Pools
• The Global VC Investment Strategy: Navigating the Playing Field
• Web 2.0: Services, Applications, and Business Models Reshaping the Internet
• Reviewing The GP Report Card: How GPs Can Sustain Limited Partner Confidence
• The Coming Storm: VC Compliance With Fair Value Standards
• Though Leadership Forum Update: Visionary Views On Global Technology Trends
• Harnessing The Future Of CleanTech
• Understanding The Real China Picture: Integrating The Silicon Valley Development Strategy In China
• Global Portfolio Company Growth
• Nanotech: The Ultimate Disruptive Technology

Vincent M. Occhipinti Biography
Vincent Occhipinti co-founded Woodside Fund in 1983, and has been intimately involved in the management and success of Woodside 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. Occhipinti 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, Occhipinti served as Vice President of Marketing for Mobility Systems, and while at Levi Strauss and Co., had profit and loss responsibility for the Stretch Levis Division. He earned a BA from Stanford University.

About IBF
International Business Forum (IBF) presents financial and business conferences on venture capital, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategic investing, defined contribution/401(k) plans, institutional investing, funding technology innovation, commercialization of intellectual property and corporate employee benefits. IBF conferences provide attendees with leading-edge information and new business contacts to achieve business objectives. For further information, go to www.ibfconferences.com.

About Woodside Fund
Woodside Fund is a leading venture capital firm that excels in developing early-stage technology companies. Founded in 1983, Woodside 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 $10 million in early-stage software, fabless semiconductor and network infrastructure companies located primarily 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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