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April 9, 2002, Zanzibar, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic: 5 things you should expect from your VC besides money.

Speaker: Mr. Stephen Ciesinski, Managing Partner, Earlybird-VC from Silicon Valley, California.

More than 135 CEO's, entrepreneurs, and investors registered for this event. They all gathered at Zanzibar to listen to an honest presentation by Mr. Ciesinski and network. Five companies selected through our Business Defense Program were introduced to Mr. Ciesinski and they pitched their biz plans for possible funding. Zevila.com, a software company of New York, was the lucky winner for the "Your Pitch" program. Harry Sticker, CEO of Zevila introduced his company/product/services to more than 135 CEO's and senior management members in attendance.

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March 5, 2002, Zanzibar, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic:10 things I wish my lawyer had told me about starting a tech company !

Speaker: Mr. John Delaney, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

More than 148 CEO's, entrepreneurs, and investors registered for this event. They all gathered at Zanzibar to listen to an honest, truthful educational presentation by Mr. Delaney and network. More than 20 executives/entrepreneurs received advice or had their question answered during the one-hour limited program "Legal advice from John." matrixM, a mobile messaging company of New York, was the lucky winner for the "Your Pitch" program. Amit Joshi, CEO of matrixM introduced his company/product/services to more than 140 CEO's and senior management members in attendance.

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January 15, 2002, Zanzibar, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF VENTURE TERMS: Insights into the legal structure and terms that venture capitalists require for their investments.

Speaker: Mr. Babak(Bo) Yaghmaie, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

More than 135 CEO's, entrepreneurs, and investors registered for this event. They all gathered at Zanzibar to listen and get an insight into the complex term sheet process presented by Mr. Yaghmaie and network. More than 25 executives/entrepreneurs received advice or had their question answered during the one-hour limited program "Legal advice from Bo." McGuireWoods, a New York city law firm was the lucky winner for the "Your Pitch" program. Yvenne M. King, Attorney at Law of McGuireWoods introduced her company and services to more than 140 CEO's and senior management members in attendance.

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December 11, 2001, Zanzibar, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic: TRUE CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGEL INVESTOR

Speaker: Mr. Michael Tannen, Managing Partner, Tannen Media Investment Fund LLC.

More than 175 CEO's, entrepreneurs, and investors registered for this event. The honest and straight forward presentation by Mr. Tannen was a surprise to most attendees. More than 20 executives/entrepreneurs received advice or had their question answered during the one-hour limited program "Advice from Mike." Wireless Evangelist, a New York city wireless company was the lucky winner for the "Your Pitch" program. Seth Daniels, Chief Evangelist of Wireless Evangelist introduced his company and services to more than 170 CEO's and senior management members in attendance.

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November 5, 2001, Zanzibar, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic: How to Raise Capital from Multiple VCs in the Current Market Conditions

Speaker: Mr. Steve Brotman, Managing Director and Founder of Silicon Alley Venture Partners

More than 200 CEO's, entrepreneurs, and investors registered for this event. Mr. Brotman made a superb presentation relating his own story of building his first company and the current market condition. More than 40 executives/entrepreneurs received advice or had their question answered during the one-hour limited program "Informal Chat with Steve". Advance Online, a Cape Town, South Africa, Internet Media Management company was the lucky winner for the "Your Pitch" program. John De Bruyn, Managing Director, of Advanced Online introduced his company and and services to more than 200 CEO's and senior management members in attendance.

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October 9, 2001, Zanzibar, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic: They got $30M and I can't even talk to the VCs ! Learn the inside scoop on what it takes to get the big money. Hear the truth and the only truth

Speaker: Mr. Jerry Colonna, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Flatiron Partners.

More than 310 CEO's, entrepreneurs, and investors gathered at Zanzibar to listen to Mr. Colonna. More than 40 executives received advice or had their question answered during the one-hour limited program "Biz-Chat with Jerry." A new program entitled "Your Pitch" was introduced to give the unique opportunity to a local company to make a FREE presentation to this highly influential audience about their business. BenefitEvents.com was the lucky winner chosen by a lottery drawing and they made a superb presentation. A moment of silence was observed for the people who were lost in the September 11 WTC tragedy.

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September 12, 2001

This event was cancelled due to the WTC tragedy of September 11.


August 14, 2001, Zanzibar, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic: How to build management teams and boards the right way in early-stage ventures.

Speaker: Mr. Lawrence E. Phillips, Managing Director at PRIMEDIA Ventures

More than 270 CEO's, entrepreneurs, and investors gathered at Zanzibar to listen to Mr. Phillips. A new one-hour program ("Biz-Chat") was introduced to give an opportunity to entrepreneurs meet in with Mr. Phillips in person and have their questions answered. This program was very well received and more than 25 executives took advice or had their questions answered in the one-hour limited program "Biz-Chat with Larry".

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July 10, 2001, The Gaslight, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic:: What and how entrepreneurs should do things differently to raise funds or approach investors to succeed in the current market condition.

Speaker: Mr. Jason Chervokas, Venture Partner at PRIMEDIA Ventures

More than 250 CEO's, entrepreneurs, and investors gathered at The Gaslight to listen to Mr. Chervokas. The newly introduced "Who Is Coming List" concept in our Bulls Eye Networking program was much appreciated by the participants. This enabled registered participants to identify who they wanted to meet before coming to the event.

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June 12, 2001, Carnegie Hill Brewing, New York

Title: SAEC FREE "Networking Big-Event"

More than 300 CEO's, entrepreneurs, and investors networked and had fun. A newly introduced numbering scheme as part of the Bulls Eye Networking was introduced to enable participant recognize each other easily.

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May 8, 2001, Carnegie Hill Brewing, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic: SAEC Vision for Nurturing Entrepreneurs and Developing a Community.

Speaker/Host: Dr. Gyan Parida, Founder/President, Silicon Alley Entrepreneurs Club (SAEC)

Dr. Parida laid out his vision for providing FREE help to entrepreneurs of early stage start-up through community participation. More than 320 CEO's, entrepreneurs, and investors gathered and were excited to listen to the ambitious program laid out by Dr. Parida. The details of SAEC programs Free Networking Event, VC-Meet™, e-Meet™, CXO-Meet™, CEO-Meet™, National and Global Venture Forum series, Bulls Eye Networking™ (BEN), Straight-Talk™ (ST), Entrepreneurs Advisory™ Program (EAP), Business Defense™ Program (BDP), Business Builder™ Program (BBP), and the Green Leaf™ program (GLP) all developed at Dr. Parida's own Digital Research facility iZyn Digital was taken by surprise to most of the audience.

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March 13, 2001, The Gamut, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic:"Holland Still Grew Tulips After the Tulip Mania."

Speaker: Mr. Tom Lipscomb, Director of the Center for the Digital Future

Mr. Lipscomb presented an overview of New York's Digital Future at Silicon Alley Entrepreneurs Club Entrepreneur's Soiree. This event was jointly sponsored with The Elevator.


February 13, 2001, The Gamut, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic:"What I Learned at the Dot-Com Debacle"

Speaker: Mr. Pascal Helou, former CEO of globotron.com, Mr.Corey Podolsky former vice president and head of product development at Urban Box Office.

Both speakers described what could best be characterized as the "War Stories from the Bleeding Edge." This event was jointly sponsored with The Elevator.


January 16, 2001, The Gamut, New York

Straight-Talk™ (ST) Topic:: "Dot-Coms are Dead! What a Great Time to Start a Dot-Com!"

Speaker: Mr. Andy Sernovitz, visiting scholar at the Wharton School of Business and CEO of GasPedal Ventures.

He gave a rousing presentation that the opportunities for Internet businesses have never been better. This event was jointly sponsored with The Elevator.

 

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