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Angel Investing and Entrepreneurship: Navigating the New Economy

Sponsored by the Keiretsu Forum and Co-Sponsored by YCSF

The Yale Club of San Francisco is proud to co-sponsor this panel from the Keiretsu Forum: 

 Angel Investing and Entrepreneurship:

       “Navigating the New Economy


Wednesday, August 5, 2009 from 5:30pm-8:00pm  
Marin Art and
Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA


·        How has the Private Equity market become even more appealing for investors?

·        How are entrepreneurs receiving funding?

·        What business models work best for angels?


Please join your fellow Yale Club members and the Keiretsu Forum inbringing together Alumni from America’sleading business schools and universities for an exciting panel discussion onnavigating today’s economy. Whether you are an entrepreneur looking for fundingor an investor looking for your next venture to support, the evening promisesto provide compelling content that will help you succeed during a turbulentmarket. Ivy Plus Alumni Invited.





5:30-6:15pm reception/networking

6:15-6:30pm Welcome and Keiretsu Forumoverview

6:30-8:00pm Panel Discussion andQ&A



Moderated by Colin Wiel, Presidentof San Francisco/ North Bay Chapter

Jeff Burkland

Jeff Burklandhas over 15 years of business experience in both strategic and tacticalfinancial roles, fund raising, operational roles, and leading marketing andproduct management efforts. Mr. Burkland began his career at AT&T, where hegrew a $4.4 million nation-wide business within AT&T by more than 50% peryear. Additional key roles include: leading Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 effortsfor large- and small-cap telecommunications and financial services clients, extendingUTStarcom’s presence outside of Chinaand running tactical segment marketing for the 500-person telecom equipmentmanufacturer. Mr. Burkland holds a BS in Electrical Engineering/ Economics fromDuke Universityand a MBA from HarvardBusiness School.

Joe Preis

JoePreis is founding Green Building Power – a hub of products and managementresources for innovative companies and real estate professionals generatinggreen profits from buildings. He has 20+ years of strategic management andfinance experience in entrepreneurial ventures in varied industries. As CEO,Mr. Preis successfully grew MetroRent, Inc., an online rental service, and soldit to Cendant Corporation. Mr. Preis is an active angel investor in the KeiretsuForum and past president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization in San Francisco. Mr. Preis holds a BA inDemography from Harvard and a MBA from Stanford.


TomMorrison formed his first startup1968, which was a sales and marketing consulting company specializing inconsumer products, which sold to Shell Oil in 1973. Mr. Morrison then took theposition of CEO at Arcata, where he engineered the buyout of the largestmedical records microfilm service bureau in the US. Later, Mr. Morrison held positionsof COO at Alani, a healthy fast food business, and CEO at Corporate SignSystems, which was the largest firm specializing in providing turn-key signmanufacturing and installation services worldwide. Mr. Morrison led bothcompanies to a successful acquisition. Mr. Morrison’s success as a Partner atPhoenix Growth Capital helped build a portfolio of $500M in venture debt withdouble digit returns. He is an active angel investor and has been a member ofKeiretsu Forum since 2006. Mr. Morrison holds a degree in Economics from Yale,and an MBA from HarvardBusiness School.


ABOUT KEIRETSU FORUM www.keiretsuforum.com or Keiretsu Director, Kelly Kimbrough kelly@keiretsuforum.com

With over 750 accredited investor membersthroughout 18 chapters on three continents,Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest angel investor network. KeiretsuForum membership is comprised of serious investors, venture capitalists,corporate/institutional investors and serial entrepreneurs that provide early-stage capital in the range of $250k-$2million to high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. 

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