May 22, 2000
Woodside Fund Chairs Early Stage
Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA) Conference 2000: "Building For Sustainability"
Woodside, CA -- The Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance
(ESVCA) is a community of more than 150 seed and early stage venture
capital firms across the US, that convene annually to share common
challenges, practices and information on critical aspects of their
business. This twelfth conference will focus on the opportunities
and challenges in building sustainable venture capital funds in
today's exuberant and fast-paced early stage investing environment.
The conference will be held June 5 in San Francisco, CA.
This year's round table conference features thought provoking
topics which include: How scalable is early stage investing? What's
in the crystal ball for e-commerce? What are the key success factors
for alternative venture fund structures, and how sustainable are
they? What management and compensation structures are evolving and
succeeding? How do VCs market their services to highly qualified
startups? The featured speakers are Jon M. Ekoniak, Vice President
and Senior Research Analyst for B2B E-commerce:Vertical Markets
at US Bancorp Piper Jaffray, and Raimundo Archibold, Vice President,
J.P. Morgan Securities, Internet/eCommerce Equity Research.
ESVCA has been a unique organization since its inception over twelve
years ago. While the venture community provided a host of conferences
on venture capital investing for VCS and the entrepreneurial community,
none existed specifically for early stage venture capitalists. The
original idea for ESVCA was to create a confidential atmosphere
where managing directors of venture firms could freely exchange
candid observations and information on the most sensitive and timely
topics facing the industry. Today the Alliance maintains this same
atmosphere that fosters effective communication among its members.
ESVCA chairman Vincent Occhipinti has provided leadership for the
Alliance for the last nine years. Mr. Occhipinti is a founder and
Managing Director of Woodside Fund, a leading venture capital firm
in Silicon Valley. "My commitment to ESVCA is very strong because
it facilitates the unique experience of VC peers to gather in a
disarming and non-competitive environment. As chair of ESVCA, I
have the enviable position of interfacing with each attendee to
stimulate thought-provoking discussions regarding the future of
our industry. Collectively, we (the ESVCA) can impact the industry
in a very positive way."
About Woodside Fund
Founded in 1983, Woodside Fund has one of the longest and strongest
track records of success in early stage venture capital investing.
All Woodside Funds have performed in the upper quartile of the industry
for venture capital partnerships formed in their respective years.
Woodside Fund's latest partnership, Woodside Fund IV, had its final
close in March, and invests between $5 and $10 million in early
stage ventures in Internet and electronic commerce, computer software,
telecommunications, and networking. The Fund serves as an active
lead or co-lead investor in most of its portfolio companies.