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  • Michelle Ma
    Sponsored by Sierra Ventures, HYSTA Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF) proudly announces “Pitch to Sierra”, a private pitch event with Sierra Ventures. We will
    Message 1 of 1 , May 21, 2009
      Sponsored by Sierra Ventures, HYSTA Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF) proudly announces “Pitch to Sierra”, a private pitch event with Sierra Ventures. We will be collecting business plans for an initial screening by our sponsors at Sierra, and selected teams will be granted a private meeting with partners in Sierra's office. Plans targeting all IT and CleanTech sectors, US or China/global, with seed or growth stage funding needs, are welcome to participate.

      Sierra invests broadly in technology sectors, including enterprise software, Internet and web applications, software-as-a-service, security, mobile applications, telecommunications, semiconductors, hardware systems, components and subsystems, storage, and energy companies. As a global firm, Sierra also invests in many different geographies, including North America, Europe, China and India. Sierra targets both seed and growth stage companies. For more information about Sierra, please check out: http://sierraven.com/

      "Pitch to Sierra" is part of the VC Connections Series offered by HYSTA ELF which seeks to connect high-potential startups/entrepreneurs with top-tier VCs, and develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.

      Business plan submission:

      ELF is currently accepting business plans (1-2 page executive summaries) on behalf of Sierra. Please email your executive summary to elf@... . The deadline of submission is 8:00PM, 5/31 (Sun). Results will be notified during the first week of June.

      Private pitch session:

      Date & Time:
      2nd week of June (tentative), during regular business hours. Selected teams will be notified privately via email regarding exact date and time slot.

      Sierra Ventures
      2884 Sand Hill Road, Suite 100
      Menlo Park, CA 94025

      Sierra Ventures Sponsors (Other partners may also join the final presentation):
      Ben Yu, Managing Director
      Gamiel Gran, VP of Business Development

      Bios of Sierra Ventures Sponsors:

      Ben Yu

      Ben Yu is a Managing Director of communications and semiconductors investments at Sierra Ventures. Ben also leads Sierra’s investment practice in China. He has led the Firm’s investments in Applied Microstructures, AuthenTec (NASDAQ: AUTH), Digital Media Group, Gobi Partners, InvenSense, mSilica, Micro Power, Multigig, SemEquip (acquired by Ceradyne), VeriSilicon and Verari. He served on the Board of Paracer (acquired by Stratos Lightwave) and SyChip (acquired by Murata) and he is actively involved in current Sierra investments in Element Labs, Eltek Valere and Novariant. Ben’s current Board seats include Applied Microstructures, InvenSense, Multigig, mSilica, 800APP, Novariant (Observer), Verari (Observer) and VeriSilicon.

      Ben started his career as a researcher and system architect, contributing pioneering work on 10 Gb Ethernet at 3Com and a 100 Gbps optical switching system at Princeton University. Combined with almost a decade of venture experience, Ben relates well to entrepreneurs and inventors who are addressing the hardest problems. “Maximum values are created when the conventional wisdoms are challenged and proven wrong,” says Ben, “I like to back entrepreneurs who think out of the box and are not afraid to fail.”

      Between new investments, portfolio companies and frequent trips to China, Ben spends most of his time with his two young sons.

      Gamiel Gran

      Gamiel Gran is Vice President of Business Development and leads the Business Development strategy for the Firm. His role includes the development of external advisory boards such as the Sierra Ventures CIO Advisory Board, and the development of partnerships with services providers such as Angel investors, recruiters, Venture Banking, and law firms. Gamiel is also responsible for the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Incubation program. At Sierra Ventures, he is focused on enterprise software, infrastructure software, consumer internet and open source investments.

      Gamiel has more than 20 years of operational roles leading Business Development, Alliances and Channels for companies such as IBM, Oracle, BEA, Asera, Edify and Cassatt. Prior to joining Sierra in 2008, Gamiel was VP Global Channels/Business Development at Cassatt Corp., VP Global Channel Sales at Edify, VP Strategic Alliances at BEA, and VP Business Development at Asera. He also spent four years at Oracle in Channel Sales and ten years at IBM in Business Development and Sales. During his career, Gamiel has been recognized for successfully establishing strategic relationships and launching channels and indirect sales models in publications such as VAR Business and CRN have captured these skills with various industry awards.

      Gamiel holds a BA in Economics/Social Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a California native, and lives in Portola Valley with his wife of 22 years and his 3 children.

      About HYSTA

      HYSTA (Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association) aims to promote entrepreneurialism and career development among Chinese professionals in Silicon Valley, and to facilitate networking and exchange of business ideas among successful Chinese entrepreneurs and executives in the Silicon Valley and mainland China. This event is organized by Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF), a HYSTA Chapter.

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