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January 8, 2001


Conference to Establish Private Equity Market Expectations for 2001

Woodside, CA -- Vincent M. Occhipinti, Founder and Managing Director of Woodside Fund, and Chairman of the Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA) will chair the Private Equity Roundup 2001. This third annual conference, put on by Strategic Research Institute's Private Equity Group, will be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Arizona on January 28-31, 2001.

Mr. Occhipinti is no stranger to the podium.  Having founded Woodside Fund, a highly successful early stage technology fund 17 years ago, places Mr. Occhipinti as one of the most sought after speakers on early stage investing.  Vince is also known for his eight year role as Chairman of the Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA), a unique federation of 150 seed and early-stage funds that meet to openly share investing issues.  ESVCA members represent a major force in the private equity market.

"We are so pleased that Vince will be chairing this conference," states Isabel Mattson-Pain, Senior Vice President, Strategic Research Institute Private Equity Group.  "It was important for us to have a leading early stage venture capital investor, like Woodside Fund, involved. The audience will certainly benefit from Vince's perspective."

The Private Equity Roundup 2001 will help set the stage for the expectations of the private equity market and its participants over the next 12 months. The agenda reflects the most timely and critical issues in today's climate, presented by the industry's most distinguished faculty.  Keynote speakers are Brian P. Hehir, Vice Chairman Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc., and Greg A. Smith, Chief Investment Strategist Prudential Securities, Inc.

    Conference topics include:
  •  Investors expectations for future rates of return
  •  How the latest valuation metrics are affecting existing portfolio companies and their effect on future investments
  •  Creating liquidity in secondary markets
  •  The next phase in venture capital: Dot.Gone - welcome back cash-flow
  •  Finding opportunity in the consolidating dot.com industry and the new economy fall out
  •  The future of Private Equity online
  •  Deal flow strategies in the new investing climate

Presenters include CALPERS, Battery Ventures, LP, Castle Harlan, Inc, ABS Ventures, Advent International, Alchemy Partners, Altos Ventures, AT&T labs, Blackstone Group, Chase Capital Partners, DLJ, E. M. Warburg Pincus, Florida State Board of Administration, GM Investment management, GTCR Goulder Ranuer, Hamilton Lane Advisors, Intel Capital, JP Morgan, Newbridge Technology Ventures, One Motorola Ventures, Philips Electronics, Pacific Life, Silver Lake Partners, Summit Partners, The Carlyle Group, TIAA-CREF, and Virginia Retirement System.

Sponsors include: GarMark Advisors LLC, Marsh, Arthur Andersen, Grant Thornton, Intel, Lincolnshire Management, Inc. and Fleet Capital, Katten Muchin & Zavis, The Scotland Group, CMO Group, Ernst & Young, Liquid Alternatives, Provident Capital Corp., and Brookside Capital.

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, which had its final close in April, invests between $5 and $10 million in early stage ventures in Internet and electronic commerce, computer software, telecommunications, and networking, located in Northern and Central California. The Fund serves as the lead or co-lead investor in most of its portfolio companies.





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