YEx Circle – Things That Go Bump In the Night

Date: Thursday, March 03, 2016
Time: 7:30am-9:30am
Location: Sierra Ventures
1400 Fashion Island Blvd.
Suite 1010
San Mateo, CA 94404

Join us as we discover the moments that are truly frightening versus those that are more concerning in our minds as founders and investors.

The worries and things that keep us up at night are not always aligned between startup executive, founder, or investor; join us as we hear the investor and founder’s perspective on what struggles they have faced, won, and those lost over time. The story often changes as companies grow, implode or remain stagnant over time. Recognizing when and how to listen to the warning signs is a critical part of navigating the path as a startup. Being able to make it through is key to the overall success of founders everywhere.






Executive Director,
Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

Nicola Corzine serves as the Executive Director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs. As Executive Director, Nicola is responsible for strategic and operational leadership, working closely with the Entrepreneurial Center’s President and board of directors to drive and implement program planning, fundraising, and business operations.

Nicola brings over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought leadership programming experience to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, most recently in her role as Deal Manager for the Band of Angels, a position she held since 2004. Nicola is also a Partner in the 2009 Acorn fund which includes investments in Practice Fusion, Niveus Medical, Materna, CrowdOptic and Flywheel, one of the biggest names in the E-hailing industry and acquired companies, 100plus (acquired by Practice Fusion) and nScaled (acquired by Acronis).

Prior to Band of Angels, she was the founder and executive director of Financing Partners, an organization offering specific programs designed to help entrepreneurs and investors reach their mutual objectives. Nicola has a broad background in investor relations and marketing at both startup companies, such as Digital Integrity, and financial institutions, including Credit Suisse First Boston and Fundraising Forum. She has served as Board Observer to Flipora, a unique search engine for your Web Memory, Meteor Solutions and Flywheel.




Chief Product Officer,
Eros Now

Dr. Shampa Banerjee is a Silicon Valley veteran and demonstrated product and technology expert with a 20 year track record of creating winning products and solutions in complex markets.

Shampa is currently the Chief Product Officer at Eros Now, the digital division of Eros International, the largest integrated studio for Bollywood films. In her role she leads the product teams which design, build, and optimize the Eros Now experience and platform streaming movies, TV and music in 19 countries around the world for lovers of Indian entertainment.

Prior to Eros Now she was Vice President of Engineering and Product Management at Socialtext, one of the earliest Enterprise Social Networks, where she partnered with the CEO to a successful acquisition by Bedford Funding a $1.4B dollar technology fund. Shampa’s previous positions include Co-founder & Vice President at Gullivergo, an online service for students studying abroad (acquired by Princeton Review), Chief Operating Officer at Meevee, an internet video start-up company (acquired by Live Universe), Chief Technology Officer of Ziff Davis Media, and several senior leadership roles at AOL/Netscape where she spent six years.

Shampa got her undergraduate degree at the Indian Institute of Technology/Kanpur, India. She did her MS in Physics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her Ph.D. in Particle Physics at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She is also a trained Indian classical vocalist and currently spends her spare time jamming with a fusion music group in San Francisco.




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