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WITI San Diego Regional Network
WITI Entrepreneur eSeries

Tuesday, January 23, 2007
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

WITI is pleased to present its signature educational series for entrepreneurs, the eSeries. The eSeries is designed for early stage information technology and life sciences companies. The course covers the essential items entrepreneurs need to know to get from a concept to funding: How do you put together an effective business plan? How can you identify and protect your intellectual property cost-effectively? What are the best ways to approach angel investors and VCs? Most critically, the eSeries course gives entrepreneurs a chance to develop their investor presentations and get feedback from experienced investors as well as legal advisors.

Eddie Wang Rodriguez of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. is the lead instructor for this five part course. Each session features guest speakers, including industry experts, entrepreneurs and investors.

The eSeries will be held at the offices of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., from 6:00-9:00 p.m. (Tuesday evenings, and Saturday, 2/24/2007, 9A-1P). Meals are provided.

Registration for the five-part series is $135/members and $150/non-members. Women and men entrepreneurs are invited to attend.


eSeries 2007:

Five 3-hour sessions designed to provide entrepreneurs with valuable tools for starting and building a company. Session topics include:

Session #1: From Idea to Formation [1/23/2007];
Session #2: Intellectual Property [1/30/2007];
Session #3: Initial Funding [2/6/2007];
Session #4: Preparing the Financing Presentation [2/13/2007];
Session #5: Investor Presentation [2/24/2007]


Session One - From Idea to Formation

Learn how to take an idea, develop it, put it in a business plan and then form the proper entity. Topics include:

• Developing the idea
• Preparing a business plan and executive summary
• Choice of Entities (partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations)
• Founder issues and other formation issues


Session Two – Intellectual Property

Learn how to protect your start-up company’s most valuable asset – its intellectual. Topics include:

• What are patents and a step-by-step explanation of the patent process
• What are copyrights/trademarks and a step-by-step explanation of the process
• Patent strategies to maximize value of the intellectual property and the company
• Issues related to licensing patents to or from third parties, including universities

Session Three - Initial Funding

Learn what the initial funding process is and how to raise seed/Series A funding. Topics include:

• Seed funding – what is it and how to get it
• Review of a common seed funding methods such as convertible note financing
• Detail review of the Series A financing process, including what VCs are looking for in a Series A financing
• Review of a Preferred Stock Term Sheet and what and how to negotiate the term sheet

Session Four - Preparing the Financing Presentation

Learn how to prepare the financing presentation

• What are investors looking for
• Key elements in a presentation

Session Five - Investor Presentations

• Selected companies to give investor presentation


About Our Speaker(s)


Eddie Wang Rodriguez
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
email: [email protected]

Lance Kurata
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
email: [email protected]

James Cleary
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
email: [email protected]

Speaker Bios:
Bio of Eddie Wang Rodriguez:

Eddie Rodriguez is a member in the Mintz Levin San Diego office, where
he practices in the Business and Finance Section. His practice is
focused on a full range of corporate and securities matters, including
corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, venture financing,
technology licensing, and general business counseling for both public
and private companies. He has extensive experience with counseling
public and private companies in the life science, telecommunications,
software, hardware, e-commerce and information technology industries in
a broad range of transactional matters.

Bio of Donald Rindell:

Currently Mr. Rindell is Sr. Director of Business Development for Amylin Pharmaceuticals.

Prior to Amylin, Mr. Rindell had a successful consulting practice; he was Acting President of Medical Device Group, an acute care and respiratory company, and VP of Business Development for CardioNet, a “real-time� 24/7 cardiovascular monitoring company. His responsibilities included corporate sales, M&A activities, product planning and new strategic initiatives.

Prior to his consulting practice, he was Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategic Planning for Advanced Tissues Sciences (ATS), a La Jolla based biotechnology company.

Prior to ATS he was Vice President for Global Business Management for Braun/Thermoscan, a division of the Gillette Company. At Braun/Thermoscan he played a major role in building Braun’s medical diagnostics business to sales exceeding $170 million.

Mr. Rindell was also employed by Hybritech, a division of Eli Lilly as Executive Director of Sales and Marketing.

He holds a BS degree in Economics from the College of Wooster and a MBA from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Business.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at:

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
    9255 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 600
    San Diego, California 92121




Session One, Tuesday, 1/23/2007: 6-9 PM
Session Two, Tuesday, 1/30/2007: 6-9 PM
Session Three, Tuesday, 2/6/2007: 6-9 PM
Session Four, Tuesday, 2/13/2007: 6-9 PM
Session Five, Saturday, 2/24/2007: 9A-1P


Offices of:

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
9255 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92121

Food and beverages will be served at each session.


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo is a versatile law firm of more than 450 highly qualified and dedicated attorneys representing diverse international clients in many industries, who turn to us for a wide range of legal services and resources. Our clients include major public corporations, privately held and family businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging growth companies, investors, underwriters, directors and officers, research scientists, medical and academic institutions, public agencies and industry associations.

Clients benefit from the depth of our expertise in both traditional and cutting-edge practice areas. Our legal expertise is coupled with industry knowledge in a wide range of industries, including recognized leadership in a number of fields where our long track record helping clients to succeed has firmly established us as a "go-to" firm: biotechnology and life sciences, communications and information technology, high technology, and health care. In these dynamic and converging industries, clients need counsel who are particularly good at handling complex and sometimes unprecedented situations, and who bring the valuable perspective and insight that results from many years of in-depth experience.

Attorneys here at Mintz Levin are driven by an entrepreneurial zeal that is one of the firm's defining characteristics and which translates into the innovative, energetic representation of clients. We pride ourselves on the quality of our strategic thinking and our ability to think like clients -- to understand the goals, critical issues and opportunities that drive them. Responsive, aggressive problem-solving is a hallmark of the firm and the foundation on which the firm's success and growth have been built since its founding in 1933.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Jennifer Beckey ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.