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May 16, 2000

Woodside Fund Appoints John Occhipinti Principal

John C. Occhipinti has been named principal at Woodside Fund, a leading venture capital firm that develops early stage information technology ventures in Northern California.  Occhipinti was consultant to the Fund for the past year in the areas of Internet and e-commerce technology, marketing and sales.

“John adds depth to our management team.  Woodside Fund is committed to marketing as a means of gaining a better understanding of the needs of the market.  John’s experience in technology and marketing will enable us to extend our ability to serve technology entrepreneurs,” states Robert E. Larson, Woodside Fund managing director.

Prior to joining Woodside Fund, Mr. Occhipinti spent four years at Netscape Communications, holding the position of Director of Sales, then Director of Electronic Software Distribution and Strategic Channel Sales.  While managing both e-business operations and online enterprise e-commerce sales, he worked closely with hundreds of early stage Internet entrepreneurs helping build scalable e-commerce and content applications for the web.  In addition, he helped Fortune 500 clients utilize Internet technologies to reengineer corporate value chains spanning front office and back office operations.

Prior to Netscape, Mr. Occhipinti worked at Oracle Corporation doing marketing and sales of large-scale enterprise database technologies.   He was the number one performing manager during his tenure there.

Occhipinti has an MBA from the University of California Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, and a BA from the University of California Berkeley.

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.  The Fund serves as the lead or co-lead investor in most of its portfolio companies.

 

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